Kids Want the Darnedest Things 

Seven East Bay kids offer a glimpse into the holiday mind.

Trying to figure out what kids want these days is almost as difficult as keeping up with Donald Trump's tweets. Tastes change constantly, and what was so desperately wanted last year may be completely forgotten about this year. If you don't have kids of your own, keeping up with these fluctuating desires can be nearly impossible. So, I rounded up some East Bay kids and asked them what they want. Some of their answers changed mid-sentence.


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Isobel Appelgren, 4, Oakland

What do you want for Christmas?

"I want a doll with reindeer ears. I want a cotton-candy maker. You get a popsicle stick and it turns on and you put it in there and it gets cotton candy."

Anything else?

"A ball!"

Any type of ball?

"I want pink and purple."

Okay. Anything else?

"New shoes! Roller-skates, I mean."

Any color?

"Purple."

Anything else?

"A guitar!"

What kind?

"A toy guitar."

Anything else?

"Uh-uh."

[Fifteen minutes later...]

[I want] a dog on TV. You think it's a dog but it's not. [Author's note: She's referring to Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy]. And a girl going up and down on a ladder.

Why do you want that?

"Because sometimes I go to gymnastics."


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Anna Rahm-Kollhoff, 5, Oakland

"I want Pippi Longstocking. It could be Pippi anything. And I want roller-skates and a remote-controlled car and shoes with laces."

Anything else?

"And Roominate."

What's that?

"It's like building things for kids."




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Desmond Applegren, 9, Oakland

"I want five Elfs on a Shelf, including a reindeer and the dog. I want a cotton-candy maker, a remote-control car. I want a drone. I want a ventriloquist dummy. I want lots and lots of clothes. I want a bunch of LEGOs. I want some clothes for my dog. Yeah, that's pretty much it."

That's a lot.

"No, it's not. What are those dummies with a wood stick at the top?"

A marionette?

"A marionette! Okay, make sure you put that on my list. Don't forget."

If you got a drone, what would you do with it?

"Probably stalk my dog. I would fly my drone on top of my dog so I know everything that she's doing so she doesn't chew up my toys. ... I also want a bunch of Stunt Robots."

What are those?

"They're little robots. They're like robot butlers for kids. And I want to get a better fish tank for my fish. That's it."

Are these things your friends want? Or are these just things you want?

"My friends want robots and stuff. But the marionette and the ventriloquist dummy — no, I don't want the ventriloquist dummy because those guys freak me out. No, I do want it, I do want it! They would just die if I had it. They wouldn't want to come to my house. I want those things so I can do a puppet show. And I want to watch TV and have a fire."

That sounds doable.

"And I want some new Nikes! And some new Currys."


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Nathan Jon Lomayesva, 14, Concord

"Items I currently want for Christmas would be: 1) a charging stand for my PlayStation controllers, 2) a screen protector for my phone because I fear it's always getting scratched up in my pocket, and — this is a little young for me but — Transformers because I've gotten them every year and they're cool."

What kind of Transformers?

"Specifically, [from] the movie Transformers because I've had them from every other movie and it would be a shame if I stopped one year. Plus, they're better this year. Gift cards always work from Best Buy, Target. What else might work might be phone accessories, other technological accessories. Those are always good. That's what I can think of right now."

Do other kids your age want similar things?

"Probably, they want more gift cards or technology."

Is what you want this year different from last year?

"Last year wasn't that different. Actually, I forgot to put on [my list] this year, another thing I want are specific PlayStation games, which is similar to last year. I'd have to say Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: World War II. Last year was different. Last year I wanted clay. I always want clay, that's always a main one. Last year I also wanted Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and I wanted a nice pea coat, which I got and it was really nice, along with a cologne and a nice VR headset. That was neat."

What kind of clay?

"Sculpey clay, those big packs. I always want those. I get them every year. They're great, I always make really cool things out of them. But by the end of the year, I always either get them dirty so they'll be not as good or I'll lose them."

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