Zhu Zhu pets are fun little fake hamsters. The kids love them and they are cheap as well! Wal-Mart sells them for about $9 each so you can get them for a good price. They even have some that are skunks, rabbits, and other animals. These are a great alternative to purchasing your kid a new pet that you have to take care of all the time.
In 2009, these were the gift to buy and they were really hard to find. If you have not purchased these yet for your children, they will love it this year. Consider this present for any age group. My two year old daughter plays with them just as much as the seven year old.
These pets make noises and have little wheels on their feet so that they can run around free. You do need to make sure that they do not get hair in the wheels. This will stop them from moving until you can get all of the hair out of it. If they are not careful, it can also get stuck in a Barbie dolls hair or even their own hair so beware of this part of the toy. Sometimes these toys will randomly make noises on their own for no reason, but this does not happen very often. You will also want to make sure they do not fall over. If they do, they will try to run places over and over but not be able to move at all. The toy has to be put back on its wheels so it can go again.
There are a lot of accessories that you can buy for these toys. They have hamster balls, cars, boats, and even hamster house sets. You can get several of the sets and put them together. The cute little hamsters run around inside these sets and even say a few different things that are triggered by them.
Your kids will love this gift for Christmas! They even make perfect stocking stuffers because they are small enough to fit inside!
Source: Personal Experience