Thank you to Target for providing me with a gift card to help create my post. All opinions are my own.
I always thought I would make an awesome spy; I’m sneaky, I’m pretty light footed, I kind of blend in to my surroundings, I look great in black and I watched plenty of TV shows where people talk in code names through their watches. Considering all this, I feel I’m pretty cut out for job, but when it comes to holiday shopping for my family, no amount of ninja stealth seems good enough. My kids are always with me, my husband is a snooper so hiding gifts is hard and getting time to myself to shop just doesn’t happen. Thankfully, Target has teamed up with former CIA intelligence officer of 25 years, Jonna Mendez, in creating Target’s Gift Detective to help moms determine the gifts their kids want the most this holiday season and keep them under wraps!
Although I feel I’m pretty spy worthy, Jonna has her spyglass in check. She’s the co-author of “Spy Dust,” a book about Jonna and her husband Tony Mendez’s,( who by the way was inspiration for Ben Affleck’s character in Argo, how cool!) work in Moscow during the last decade of the Cold War. Not to mention she last held the Chief of Disguise position at the CIA! Jonna took her years of CIA work and put together a no-fail list of spy worthy tips for parents to keep their holiday shopping on the DL.
My favorite tip Jonna offers is Covert Observation: Definition- Observation uses biometrics, or the science and technology of measuring and analyzing biological data, such as body language and facial expressions, to decipher subjects’ unintentional clues.
My method of covert observation: head to my local Target and check out the scene! I decided to take advantage of a grandmother visit and hit the store solo to see what this holiday’s hot toys were and create a list of my own. I created a wish registry online and met up with headquarters ( Target Customer Service) to pick up my tools for the job ( a registry scanner). Thankfully Target’s Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts List showed me everything I’d needed to keep my kiddos happy this Christmas. Including Target exclusives and brand favorites like Barbie, Beats, LeapFrog, Monster High, NERF, Razor, Xbox, and includes selections for boys and girls of every age! A few of my favorite Target Exclusives are:
- Disney Sofia The First 10″ Doll
- 4-pk. Disney Planes Die-Cast Gift Set
- Disney Frozen Anna or Elsa Dolls Toddler Dress Gift Sets
- Razor Lighted-Wheel A Scooter
- Imaginext Justice League Javelin
Once my own shopping mission was accomplished, I made another trip with the kids to create their own Santa wish lists and to observe their behavior in the field. We once again met up with headquarters to grab our scanner and the kids went to town, scanning all potential objects of likeness. This made it easy for me to gather info on what they seemed the most excited to see and the toys they were most drawn to.
After our field survey I then took the two lists and compared our data to find any similarities. Luckily it seemed I had done my research of the targets pretty well! Creating a wish registry also made sharing their wish lists with Santa and family members easy, not to mention it allows them to buy items straight from Target and see what’s already been purchased. No more returning repeat gifts and Santa can sleep well knowing he has an easy list!
Thanks to Jonna Mendez from Target Kids’ Gift Detective and Target’s Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts List, my holiday shopping was easy, fun and no one even suspects it happened! What’s your favorite detective tip? Find out at Target Kids’ Gift Detective Online! Share photos of your family using the tips with the #MyKindOfHoliday tag and show off your spy-ness this holiday!
See the entire list of Target’s Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts and find the ones that best suit your family!
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