(From left) Bill Casey and Bonnie and Caitlin Carter take a look at a Mr. Potato Head box set at the Amherst Canadian Tire store. Casey was looking for presents for his two-year-old granddaughter, while Caitlin was looking for something for her brother and grandfather. Raissa Tetanish Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Ask around and you'll see that children are all asking for something different for Christmas this year.
Chances are they may not get that one item they really want, especially if it's the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game.
"Good luck getting one of those if you try," said Kevin Soehner, owner and operator of the Canadian Tire store in Amherst.
"I've looked at every store in Moncton, every store in Truro and every store in Amherst and can't find it, and everyone is saying the same thing - that they can't get it."
Up until the week before Christmas, Soehner wasn't sure what that one-wanted item was going to be. He asked his employees what people were buying or looking for, but nothing really stuck out, until now.
In the toy department at Zellers, supervisor Carol Ferguson said it's Bakugans the boys are asking for and the Moxie and Liv dolls for girls.
"Tech Decks are also popular for boys...they're finger skateboards," Ferguson said, adding the Moxie and Liv dolls are something similar to the ever-popular Barbie doll.
"But nothing's really hot. We haven't had any trouble keeping things in stock," she said.
Other than those toys, Ferguson said electronics are still popular, as are animated toys.
At Bright Beginnings Child Care Centre, Patsy Bennett said gaming systems are what the school-aged children are seeking under their trees.
"Nintendo Wii's and DSi's," she said. "But I'm not sure what else they're asking for."
Also popular for the older ages is the vampire series, Twilight, as well as Where the Wild Things Are with new-found popularity following the release of the motion picture based on the classic children's book.