8A.M. Putting Halloween aside for a day and it’s Ho, ho, ho and it’s off to work we go. Not another Sunday Fun-day at Totally Kids for me, but a long day’s mission at the mart. Tweets from @santa__claus with his daily count down, leaving only 82 nights till Christmas Eve sent us to the Upper Midwest Gift Market in search of the seasons latest and greatest toys.

Starting the day out at a buyers breakfast and meeting Devon’s MIL Karen, reinforced the factoid that men often times marry women much like their mothers; spunk is certainly a shared trait with those women.

Molly and Me was the first stop where it was Tween Heaven, not for toys, or boys, for that matter, but to die for hippest decor to deck out any wanna be tween, tween or teen room.

What girl wouldn’t want this flashing disco ball with a music function? Plug in your iPod or MP3 player and rock out to your favorite tunes. The lights flash to the beat of the music. Then, when ready to unwind, it functions as a night light.

Science 2010. Possessing an uncanny sense of balance, the Hexbug Nano can even flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! When  coming into contact with an object in its path, the energetic insect will switch directions and scury away on a new path due to its persistant random behavior. What’s more, each HEXBUG Nano is assigned a unique serial number and point value system that owners can use to register their Nano online, earn points by answering quiz questions about great scientists in history, achieve levels in an online game that requires players to use scientific principles to build their own virtual Nano, and hunt for rare creatures with the highest point values. This we think is a great scientific find. What ages do you think would find this Hexbug Nano Starter Habitat a must have?

Any Pinkalicious fans on your list? Madam Alexander has created a soft cloth 18 inch Pinkalicous doll for 2010 that is pink, pink and did I say pink? We also found Goldilicious dressed in her iconic Medieval princess dress.

Sleigh loads of toys for good boys and girls will all be available at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. The day ended with tired legs and aching feet, but mission accomplished. Now with  Santa’s count down tweets we are ready to help with everyone’s list.

Remember,  that there are little elves aka personal shoppers waiting to assist helping you find just what you are looking for. Plus as always there is FREE gift wrapping on most toys.