Local Stores Reveal Season's Hottest Holiday Items


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) In just a few weeks the holiday shopping season kicks off.

So how are local businesses gearing up for this season's latest trends and gadgets?

Every year there are a few items that are hot for the year.

With that in mind, many local shops are already stocking up the biggest products.

Black Friday signals the start of the holiday shopping season.

But, Quale’s Electronics in Twin Falls is getting a jump on the competition.

"We can offer a lot of those Black Friday deals Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, the whole week of Thanksgiving. So, sleep in on Friday, but come here on Monday," said Bruce Quale, Quale’s Electronics.

Flat screen TVs have been among the hottest holiday gifts for years and this season is no different, but there's a new twist.

"In television, the Smart TV concept has been really big. That's where you have internet connection in your TV so you can do instant streaming, you can do applications like your cell phone or smart phone," said Quale.

The latest gadgets and tablets are also expected to top the wish lists.

"Samsung and Sony both have tablet computers and they've been really good and suppose to be very popular for the holiday season," said Quale.
For those looking for unique toys, Toytown should be your first stop.

"We know what we have, we know what it does, we know who it's for," said Rose Pilcher, Toytown, Twin Falls.

From chemistry sets to remote control helicopters, they've got it all.

One of the top picks...Magformers.

"The magnets you saw go into a ball are for any age, all ages, great for creative play,” said Pilcher.

And, for the kid in all of us...a Spooner.

"It's good for balancing. It's good for spinning. It's like an adult Sit n' Spin," said Pilcher.

Games, race tracks, and Calico Critters are also among this season's hottest toys.

Toytown is in the process of opening two new stores in Meridian and Idaho Falls.

Last year on Black Friday weekend, a record breaking 226 million people shopped at retailers and online spending over $52 billion.

This year sales are expected to increase 4.1 percent.

That's according to the National Retail Federation.

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