While none of the following ten toys are in any particular order, there are various reasons I think they are inappropriate for children. I hope that parents, grandparents, and others who are shopping for the kids in their lives are wise in their gift choices this Christmas.
The Jacob (from Twilight) Barbie Doll
This doll (along with the other Twilight movie Barbie dolls) was on a shelf about 3 feet high - which seemed to me a shelf height that would intrigue 7-year-olds, and not the 16+-year-olds who actually read the Twilight series. It was also part of a display that did not have higher shelves.
Yes, Twilight is a part of pop-culture right now. But no, a half-naked male doll is not appropriate for an innocent 7-year-old girl (...or anyone else. Really, what's an older girl/woman really going to do with the doll...? I'm afraid to make any guesses...). The books and movies are not even directed at children.
The Barbie Video Girl Dollpotential abuses. Kids can be creative for way less than $60.
Fisher Price Smart Fit Park... and any other video games directed at preschoolers
I can't wait to be a mom and take my children to the park to play. I hope we have a backyard where they can climb trees and climb on their jungle gym and swing and play in the dirt. When the weather is hot, why not play in the sprinklers? Rainy days? We'll get creative! I'm sure we'll go puddle-jumping some days, and stay home to make cookies other days. We'll even get out the crafts.
But there will be no video games. Not in my house.
Little Tykes Giddy Up & Go Pony
It looks a little unsafe to me. It is not something I would allow a child to play with alone.
If my children loved ponies so much, I think I would rather invest in riding lessons or a day at a ranch.
Scrabble Flash Cubes
I'm not even much of a game person, but I would far prefer getting out the actual Scrabble game and setting it up and looking up questionable words in the dictionary. I don't need the pieces to tell me my words are not words - SpellCheck gets plenty of words wrong, so why would these game pieces be any different?
I don't think Bratz dolls would get those lessons across. Therefore, my daughters will have different dolls to play with. The "high-fashion" focus is not one I care to instill in my little girls.
Any Cell Phone
WWE Smackdown Action Figures
Husband says, "I don't think I'll get my children anything with 'Smackdown' in the title."
NERF N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster... and other insane-looking gun toys
Are there any toys you are avoiding this year?