Holiday Gift Pick: Zhu Zhu Pets – Review and Giveaway

by Sherry Riter in Giveaway,Product

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Ends at 3pm PST on November 29, 2009.
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“Every year when the holidays roll around, there seems to be a hot toy that everybody wants, but isn’t always easy to come by. This year, Zhu Zhu Pets are one of these hot toys. Zhu Zhu Pets are realistic looking, interactive, plush hamsters. Why buy a Zhu Zhu pet when you could buy a real hamster? There are some benefits to this alternative – no mess, no smell, no feeding, and when your child is done playing with them you can simply put them away until next time.

The Zhu Zhu Pets collection includes includes interactive hamsters (Patches, Chunk, PipSqueak, Mr. Squiggles and Num Nums) and a variety of connectable playsets that can be used to create a customized habitat for these furry little friends. In “nurturing mode”, the hamsters respond to cuddles and gentle pats on the nose with coos, purrs and squeaks. In “adventure mode”, they will explore their habitat, responding to stimuli with both sounds and actions. The hamsters are powered by two batteries (included!) and all of their artificial intelligence is concealed in their little bellies – for something so high tech, they are remarkably simple to operate.

Our Experience:
As part of a Mom Select review group, we received our own hamster and a variety of accessories. Jake was quite smitten with his furry new friend. He quickly found that the hamster prefers a hard surface, such as a hardwood or tile floor, and doesn’t work so well on the carpet. Setting up the habitat took some help from mom and dad, but it wasn’t long before the pieces became a compound any hamster would envy. Once it was all put together, we all had fun watching the hamster to see what it would do next.

We found that the connections between some of the parts aren’t completely solid and come loose rather easily, requiring a lot of quick fixes during play. Every so often the hamster gets stuck and has to be moved along through a tunnel. The set-up does take up quite a bit of space, which is a bit of a concern for us. Taking it apart and setting back up every time Jake wants to play with it can be time consuming. If you had a dedicated space for the habitat, this wouldn’t be an issue. Luckily, the hamster itself is fun to play with on its own when we don’t have time to set up the whole works. This is a cute toy that has held Jake’s attention quite well.”

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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