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11/21/2011

Which presents do kids want most this Christmas?

When I was a kid, the present I wanted most was an awesome Lego set. It didn’t matter which – although I had a preference for the ‘City’ brand – but Legos beat out remote-controlled cars and skateboards.

Well these days, the list is slightly different.

The iPad tops the list of presents kids want most this holiday season, according to the results of a survey from Nielson.

326036-nielsen-kids-want-ipadsIt found 44 per cent, or just under half of respondents, want an iPad.

The Nielson list is full of tech gadgetry and contains no traditional toys, so forget Legos or model trains.

After the iPad, kids aged 6-12 also want (from the most-desired item down) an iPod touch, an iPhone, a computer, a tablet computer (non-iPad), a Nintendo 3DS, Kinect for Xbox 360 followed by other varieties of the Nintendo DS lineup.

After that comes a TV set at 20 per cent support, followed by a non-iPhone smartphone, the Sony Play Station 3, a Blu-Ray player, an e-reader (kids read books?) and the Xbox 360.

Luckily (?) for parents Santa, the iPad is portable and can be used for everything from studying and doing research to rocking out with Garage Band or reading magazines using an app such as Zine.

It’s also the place for kids to download app after app, song after song, straight from the device. They could even download building instructions for those once-popular Legos.

What do your kids want for Christmas?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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