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Kevin Thomas at Child’s Play in Lee Heights Shops says that the blind box concept is very popular this year. You get a package with Thomas and Friends collector minis or Lego mini figures or Star Wars action figures, but it is random and each package is a surprise. “See these Emojis which kids like to put on their backpacks or just play with as well. The most popular is the poop one, but we’ve started getting Christmas themes and those will go really fast.” In a corner on the floor is a container of small Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. It never dries out and “they all do special things like the one that is dark purple when it is cold but turns pink when it is warm, like a mood ring.” In addition, “You Name It” barrettes can be custom ordered at no additional cost if they don’t have the name already on the rack. “We’ve done Japanese before.” Anything Pokemon is very popular right now after Pokemon Go revived it. Packages of 10 cards can be used to play a game but “95 percent of the kids don’t play; they collect and trade cards.” Finally a present that can go in a child or adult stocking — the Fidgetland that can be discreetly massaged in your pocket at work or school to reduce stress and relieve anxiety.

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