Holiday Shopping: The Blacklisted Gifts

Monster Fearleading Dolls(Photo courtesy of Toys R Us)

The holidays are an exciting time for parents and children. While children are exuberant about receiving gifts, parents wait in anticipation to see the look of glee on their child’s face on Christmas morning. Although parents want to give their children everything, there are some toys that should be marked off the present list. The following gifts should not be given to children this Christmas.

Exclusive Monster High Ghoul Spirit Fearleading Doll
Aside from portraying an innocent sport in a negative manner, the monster dolls are described by Toys R’ Us as “wild , fierce, and totally trendy.” While a fashionable daughter is desirable, most mothers do not want their daughters to be wild. Parents should not buy toys that promote negative characteristics.


Nerf Vortex Vigilon Disc Blaster
Primarily designed for the 8 to 10-year-old range, the Nerf Vortex Vigilon Disc Blaster is a toy gun that teaches children how to shoot and load weapons. This gift essentially promotes violence by portraying gun use as a fun activity.

Nerf Dart Tag Swarmfire

Another gun by Nerf that encourages violence. Let the madness stop.

Vtech Kidizoom Camera
Although not violent or superficial, the Vtech Kidizoom Camera is too extravagant for its projected age group. Designed for toddlers, the Kidizoom Camera has 1.3 mega pixels, and 4x digital zoom. Children can easily store photos on a PC or Macintosh operating system. This sounds great for a teenager or adult, but what does a 3-year-old know about digital zoom and saving pictures on an operating system? At best, this toy will end up at the bottom of a child’s chest.

Nintendo 3DS Flaming Red Console
Plain and simple, the Nintendo 3DS is too expensive for a 6-year-old. Although the Flaming Red Console is priced at $100 less than the standard game, $249 is still too much money for a portable game that will be outdated next year.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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