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USA/Check out what kids want for Christmas.

Okay, if you are reading this item on Dec. 24 and seriously looking for an idea of what to buy a kid for Christmas, your choices are likely somewhere between “The Perry Como Holiday CD Box Set” and a “Really, Stop-Tickling-Me-It-Isn’t-Funny-Anymore-Elmo.”

But no worries.  Kids between ages 6 and 18 are liking cash and gift cards even more this year, according to a new survey.

The percentage of boys who said they prefer to receive a gift card or cash for the holidays rose to 12.3 percent this year from 7.9 percent in 2008, according to a survey by the YouthBeat division of Chicago based C&R Research.

Girls are even more accepting of cash or plastic, with 22.5 percent saying they want money or gift cards this year, up from 19 percent a year earlier.