Christmas shopping: pick up 'hot toys' now

Christmas shopping: pick up 'hot toys' now

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Christmas is less than two months away, but some parents are already shopping for that hot toy their child wants to see under the Christmas tree.

This year there's a good reason to start early -- some of the most popular toys might not last.

Right now, there are rows and rows of shelves filled with toys at Target.

"If it's on sale you got to get it now."

Danelle Boyd isn't waiting for Black Friday for deals on popular toys. She is buying presents now, along with Halloween candy.

Many of these toys are $20 off the original price. She can't pass it up – she only has one problem.

"I just have to find somewhere to hide it."

There are no real "hot toys" this year -- but there are some popular ones kids are asking for Christmas.

Girls want the latest Monster High doll or the robotic Furby in assorted colors. And the Leap Pad Explorer.

Christmas toys are on Dara Schultz's to-do list. She has two kids. She's skipping Black Friday too.

"I've started sort of compiling lists but we are going to do a lot of shopping online."

Many stores have online services making it easy to buy toys. That's what this busy mom is looking for.

But she did pick up a gift today. She's not worried about the hottest gift -- her kids are very young.

"They'll be happy to have anything under the tree," says Schultz.

Predictions are the popular toys may be hard to find by December 1. Stores do not want an oversupply of toys come January. It costs them money.

Experts say you should shop on Friday at lunch time. That's when all the stores start restocking their shelves for the busy Saturday.

Gerta Richmond is shopping but not for Christmas.

"I don't want to think about Christmas already, so far, thanksgiving is the next one," says Richmond.

Several stores are also offering lay-away plans for early shoppers -- but make sure you read the fine print before signing up.

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