Enlist your friends
Your best weapon for finding hot toys may be your social circle. Vanek says she makes a list of all the toys on her list and then shares it with her friends, who also have their own lists. "We all know what each other's kids want, so if we see something, we'll buy it and swap later," Vanek says. If the other person already has that toy, just return it. "It beats looking for something on eBay and spending two or three times as much."