Toy-sellers, including Amazon, Hamley’s and The Toy Retailers Association have announced their top ten toy list predictions for this Christmas. And we’ve searched for the ones that made it into all of the lists.
So here’s our prediction for what your kids will be wishing for this year:
Snow Glow Elsa
The Disney film may have been out for a few months, but the merchandise that surrounds it is still pretty hot. Take this Snow Glow Elsa doll, it appears on all 3 prediction lists and at £34.99 is a steal for your very own little princess. Suitable for children from 3 years old, Elsa has secret powers like a shiny dress and plays the hit song “Let it Go”. Other dolls in this range are available.
My Friend Cayla
Talking of dolls, the digital doll My Friend Cayla, retailing at £59.99 also features on all of the three lists, making it a pretty good bet for your kids. Suitable for children aged 4-10 years, the doll syncs to a smart device via Bluetooth and thanks to some cool technology it will recognise your child’s question, search the internet to find the answer and then ‘speak’ the answer back.
Bop-It! Beats from Hasbro
This addictive game just keeps getting better and better, and now the team behind it have added a new dimension. They’ve popped in 4 new popular songs, including Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj and Levels by Avicii, and all you have to do is follow the beats and keep going. Best price we found online was £14.99 at Smyths.
VTech Kiddizoom Watch
You can always trust VTech to get it right, and they have with the Kiddizoom watch, which follows on from the hugely successful Kiddizoom digital camera of last year. The watch costs £39.99 and features an intuitive touch screen features with loads of digital watch faces to choose from. There’s a camera for photos and videos and an alarm, stop watch, timer and 3 fun games. Suitable from 5-12 years.
Teksta T-Rex Dinosaur
This year’s robotic animal is the Teksta T-Rex Dinosaur, priced at £75, it’s definitely a main present item. But it will keep your child amused for hours on end. The T-Rex is sound and light activated and responds with expressive eye patterns to tell you how he is feeling. Use your hands to tell him what to do and command him to walk, move his hands, tail and stop. Cheapest we could find was Asda Direct at £48.
Little Live Pets Bird Cage
Interactive toys really are top of children’s lists this year, with the Little Live Pets Bird Cage a big favourite amongst pre-schoolers. Like the T-Rex, this bird responds to your touch, and will sing and chirp just for you, in fact, the more you interact with it, the happier it becomes. Best price Toys’R’Us at £14.49
Leapfrog Leap TV
Targeted at 3-8 year-olds, the Leapfrog TV has been called the Wii for the younger generation. Priced at £135, children learn through motion as they play educational games which will then adapt to your child’s abilities.
Xeno Toy £100
More interactive goodies here with the monster like Xeno toy, which comes in a variety of garish colours. Xeno uses animatronics which bring him to life, including 40 different eye expressions. Look after Xeno and play with him via the dedicated app.
Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1
What is it about boys and guns, but if you are going to buy your son one you may as well get the best. The Nerf Demolisher fires darts, missiles or both up to 90 feet and has a motorized dart blasting and pump-action missile blaster. Expect to pay around £44.99.
Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park
Finally, if you’d like a few guaranteed hours of quiet fun, check out this last item. The farm includes 7 locations with many different features that allow varying setups that all help to develop your child’s imaginations. And there are further add-ons for future gifts. Prices vary but we found £38 was about standard.