Hot holiday toys for 2004 |

Hot holiday toys for 2004

Dancing robots, scooters, PlayStations among popular items

Elmo’s got a performance that brought him, again, to the top of Christmas lists, singing E-L-M-O to the tune of “YMCA.”

But he’s not alone at the top.

According to Shamra Grajeda, assistant manager of Craig’s Kmart, Robosapien is giving Elmo a run for his money.

“The kids are really liking him,” she said about the interactive robot that has 67 functions — including dancing. Robosapien comes with a remote control and is on sale for $68.88.

“He’s really a hot little toy,” Grajeda said.

Hot sellers also include motorized scooters and educational toys — phonics and Leap Pads, she said.

“PlayStations are still the thing,” she said, adding that the store’s electronics department is hoping. “We’re having trouble keeping up.”

Some good stuff already has come and gone in the post-Thanksgiving rush. The store sold out of Spiderman remote control cars and binoculars equipped with a digital camera.

Shoppers looking for time to browse away from the holiday frenzy are encouraged to stop by early in the morning.

“That’s still a nice, quiet time,” Grajeda said. “Christmas Eve is usually really hectic.”

Kmart will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight Dec. 19 to 23 but closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Looking for unique gifts? Shop in Craig’s historic downtown business district.

Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of The Kitchen Shop, said people are shopping for a variety of different items this year, making it difficult to pinpoint a favorite.

If she had to name one, she said, any silicone product — cooking mats, basters, oven mitts, spatulas — is popular.

Daszkiewicz, like many downtown stores, has a Christmas gift registry. She said she was surprised at how many women are requesting dishes this year.

Down the street at Trinkets, Trash and Treasures, owner Donna Fleetwood said Lennox Classics china and glassware are popular gift items and that Yankee Candles are going so fast she can hardly keep up.

The Boyd’s Bears collection remains popular this year.

“I think we’re going to have a great Christmas,” Fleetwood said. “A lot of people seem to be shopping locally.”

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at

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