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My Best Sellers: The Santa Claus House

Christmas Items and Arctic Themes Beat Plain Ol’ Toys


For the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, the focus is simple: Christmas-related items, Alaskan-themed items, and custom toys. Here is a list of the store’s best-selling items when it comes to products for children:



MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 1998
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Personalized



This beanbag reindeer sports a custom ribbon that leaves no doubt about its origin. It says, “Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska.” It is 8” high and is stuffed with plastic pellets. Launch date: 1998.
— This plush is a best-selling item at Santa Claus House, according to Operations Manager Susan Miller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20358      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $14.95
SKU or Item #: 50097
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



This dapper penguin sports soft fur and vinyl feet.
— Aurora plush, such as huskies, polar bears and penguins, are top sellers at The Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, Operations Manager Susan Miller told TDmonthly in summer 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20388      (added 9/2/2008)
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MSRP: $17.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Christmas



This 59-piece nativity set includes Mary and Joseph, the three wise men, manger animals, and even a storybook that tells about the first Christmas. A cardstock stable is included for display.
— The nativity set and advent calendars by Playmobil are best sellers at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, according to Operations Manager Susan Miller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20359      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $9.00
Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: General Toys



These Eskimo dolls are created for a range of ages. Some are soft-bodied with rubber hands and faces (for younger children), and others are porcelain (for the collector).  All are wearing Eskimo parkas, and the porcelain dolls have rabbit fur trim on their parkas. MSRP: $9-$22.
— The Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, does well with both the children’s and collectible Kipmik dolls, Operations Manager Susan Miller told TDmonthly in summer 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20360      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $7.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2005
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: School Supplies
Collectibles
Personalized



This child-sized custom metal lunch box makes a great gift container. It includes a photo of Santa writing a letter on one side, and says “Santa Claus House” on the other. Launch date: 2005.
— It’s a best-selling item at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, according to Operations Manager Susan Miller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20353      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2005
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: School Supplies
Collectibles
Personalized



This child-sized water bottle has a connected twist-on top and a “North Pole, Alaska” snowy pole design. It makes a great stocking stuffer when filled with treats or special goodies. Launch date: 2005.
— The custom water bottle is a best-selling item at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, according to Operations Manager Susan Miller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20361      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $6.95
Age Range: 0 to 4
SKU or Item #: 1-931353-06-9
Launch Date: January 1997
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books



In this board book, Little Bear says goodnight to all of his friends on his way to hibernate in his den for wintertime. This is one in a collection of books specifically written to teach children about Alaska and its history, or to commemorate a visit to Alaska by a child or family member. Launch date: about 1997.
— The collection of Alaska-themed books for children offered by this company, written and illustrated by Bernd and Susan Richter, is popular at The Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, Operations Manager Susan Miller told TDmonthly in summer 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20362      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $15.95
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 9780933914018
Launch Date: January 1993
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books



“Z” stands for zero temperatures in this book that teaches children the ABCs using ice worms, glaciers, goats and more. It is written by Charlene Kreeger and illustrated by Shannon Cartwright. Launch date: 1993.
— Alaska-themed children's books published by Sasquatch Books are top sellers at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, Operations Manager Susan Miller told TDmonthly in summer 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20363      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 5 to 8
Launch Date: September 2005
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Christmas



This wonderfully illustrated book includes the words to the famous poem, “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Written by Clement C. Moore in 1822,  the poem remains a holiday classic. Parents will enjoy rediscovering it with their kids. Launch date: September 26, 2005.
— This book is popular with customers at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, according to Operations Manager Susan Miller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20364      (added 8/28/2008)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Aircraft



This play airport featuring Alaska Airlines includes everything needed for authentic play. There is a die-cast airplane and ground equipment, including signs.
— This playset is a best-selling item at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, Operations Manager Susan Miller told TDmonthly in summer 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20365      (added 8/28/2008)
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