It might seem far away, but Christmas has a habit of creeping up on you – a bit like a drunk grandparent on Boxing Day! So to avoid last minute shopping dashes for sold-out toys, we’ve spoken to some of the top retailers for their insight and here’s what toys they predict will be big this year…
Toys ‘R’ Us recommend…
Toy experts at Britain’s biggest toy store – Toys R Us, say it’s between tech toys and popular collectibles and characters this year.
‘They allow kids to bring physical play from the digital dimension and offer interaction”.
Meanwhile, littler one’s might snap at your heels for the ‘Hug time poppy’ doll from the movie Trolls (launching October), as pictured right. Yep, that!
Way back in June, when we were soaking up the sun and downing Pimms. Those hard-working folk at Argos were squirreling away to compile their gift list for Christmas.
And among the list, it includes Nerf Modulus Tri-strike (£59) for children over the age of eight. Also, there’s a creepy looking doll called ‘Tiny Treasures Baby doll’ (£39) for three years plus. However, we prefer the Fisher Price codeapillar by Mattel – a rather clever toy to encourage coding, with musical lights and all things whizzy (£49). It’s designed for kids aged three to six.
The caterpillar, the Furby, the Chip dog all feature on Amazon’s list to Santa too. But, we were drawn to more traditional toys, including ‘Finding Dory, My Friend Dory’ (pictured right) from the blockbuster hit and is suitable for 4+ (£37). But our personal favourite – vetch 178503 Kidi Super Star toy – a compact karaoke machine, which hooks up to any MP3 device, sure to be a hit at (£49).
The Great Little Trading Company
For something different you won’t find on the high street. We turned to The Great Little Trading Company, to ask them for their top prediction this Christmas.
Toy Buyer, Toni Giles, said: “I think the show stopper this Christmas is going to be our very own Sea Salt Kitchen; it’s beautifully made and has lots of extra features you won’t find anywhere else!
“I think parents will love its calm colours and the fact that there’s room for more than one child to play at a time; we’ve also made sure that the hardware doesn’t show, the wood won’t break, and the paint won’t chip – all they’ll see is a beautiful, solid, activity-packed wooden toy!” (£190 from gltc.co.uk)
So there you have it – our top picks for Christmas toys 2016!