Make a reservation
Fortunately, this year stores are making it easy to shop early, with layaway services and other offers. So even if you don't have the cash yet, you can still start shopping. Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Kmart have dropped fees, minimum balances, and other requirements to make it easier than ever to use layaway programs. In addition, Toys R Us this year launched a "hot toy" reservation system, which lets parents reserve hot toys before they even hit shelves.