ith less than a month until Christmas it’s that time of year when sprightly children, with no concept of money, send their wishes to Father Christmas. The request is made, and excitement grows, as parents up and down the country are faced with the dilemma of whether to fork out the cash for an overpriced must-have toy that will be forgotten by January.
Here is a round-up of some of the top toys this Christmas.
Luvabella has already been a sell-out toy this year, with stock flying off the shelves since its release. Keep your eyes peeled if you are still on the hunt for Luvabella as it’s likely to continue to be in demand right up to the big day. Reviews for this toy have been excellent, but with the price tag just shy of £100, it is a big purchase. You can find out more about Luvabella in this blog from October.
Baby Born Rain Fun Shower
This year my three-year-old has asked for a Baby Born Rain Fun Shower, priced £34.99. Impressively packaged and with glossy TV adverts showing before every episode of Peppa Pig, this has become the must-have toy in my household. However, my boisterous pre-schooler is not going to sit and watch the shower; that water is going to be everywhere. And babies don’t even have showers…
Paw Patrol continues to be popular, and the amount of merchandise around this show has grown massively since last year when the Paw Patroller made the top toy lists from many retailers. With an RRP of £63 this set includes; a Sea Patroller which can hold 2 vehicles and a range of accessories, including Ryder and his ATV.
Along with a few other big-ticket items, there is a wide range of merchandise to suit all budgets. If last year’s Paw Patroller is anything to go by, the larger toys from this range seem to hold their value for resale. There is a range of discounts available on the Sea Patroller from toy retailers, so ensure you shop around to find the best deal.
A cute character which is sure to be attractive to children; it’s a monkey that sits on your finger and responds to touch and sound. However, there is normally limits to the long-term playability of this type of interactive toy.
Remember the Hatchimals, Street Pup, or Cleverkeet? I can see the Fingerling following the same pattern and ending up at the bottom of the toy box by the end of the Christmas holidays. However, the price tag of £14.99 is more reasonable than many of the top toys this year and reviews so far look good.
LOL Big Surprise Ball
The biggest offering from the LOL brand, this Big Surprise Ball has a big price tag of £60. Online opinion has been mixed for this toy, with many unimpressed by the contents of the product. The packaging boasts fifty items included, however many of these are small accessories.
Based on reviews, parents familiar with the brand find the content acceptable enough to warrant the price tag. There are other options available in the series for those with a smaller budget.
VTech Kidzoom Flex
Something for the older kids, the VTech Kidzoom Flex allows for photography on the go. This product has an RRP of just under £60, however, has been spotted on sale for a reduced price at several toy retailers.
Kids can have fun taking photos and videos from any location and then customize and edit images. Use the flexible tripod to set up the camera wherever you like. A great creative toy to introduce a love of photography, this is sure to be hit this Christmas.