Dear Santa
  • Maggie Franklin
  • December 3, 2010

So this last weekend the BF and I were wandering around town watching people do their holiday shopping. (We like to wait till the last minute for ours.)

Naturally, the BF had to make a stop by Toys R Us to look for tanks. Yes. Tanks. Like miniature Army tanks — with turrets, tracks, and guns. If you ever find yourself in the Cash Cab and you have to answer a question about tanks, you need the BF as a mobile shout-out.

Never mind that the BF has two nieces who, naturally, don't want tanks for Christmas and no one in the family other than the nieces and myself understand that's there's no such thing as too much pretend kitchen stuff; the BF had to check out the toy tank offerings for this season.

Which, seeing as how his sister insisted that the girls already have more than enough toy pots and pans and plastic food, left me to wander the aisles of the toy store unchaperoned.

After marveling at the invention of roller skates with adjustable wheels and dealing with the disappointment of them not coming in my size, I happened down another aisle where I quite literally stumbled on possibly the most fabulous thing I have ever seen in a toy store!

Now this is what I’m talkin' about! It's a Barbie nail art printer. Yes. Printer. Like the fancy one that Trans Design sells. It's actually an inkjet printer that prints nail art directly to the fingernail — and it's a TOY. Well, it really works, so I guess maybe "toy" is a misleading term. I mean "toy" in that it is not a super-expensive, meant-for-professional-use, piece of equipment. It's a toy. In a toy store. For little girls to play nail salon with.

On one hand, HOW FREAKIN’ COOL IS THAT?

On the other hand ... uhhhhhhh ... what about us? What about going to the salon? What about getting "real" art on your nails? Done by a professional?

And on one more hand, how will this "toy" affect the nail industry overall? Girls are already getting their first set of acrylics in the 6th grade these days.

All I know is that I did NOT spend nearly $200 for the thing. And I am not GOING to spend $200 for it. Really, I'm not. That's why I'm hoping Santa brings me one. I'm desperate to see how it really works and what sort of quality it produces.

I suppose the nieces might like one though.

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