We’ve had a word in the right elves ears, and can now reveal which toys will be flying off the shelves this Christmas. Delight your kids at the most wonderful time of the year, and raise some festive donations for your good cause too…
1. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, £75 (Age 8-14)
Lumos! We must shine a spotlight on this magical set, which comes with 5 mini-figures, Ron’s pet rat Scabbers and a bonus Dementor. If your child loves Harry Potter, LEGO and trains, you need look no further – you’ve found their perfect present.
2. Hatchimals Surprise Playset, £74.99 (Age 3+)
Hatchimals have evolved for 2018, introducing a brand-new species, egg design and improved hatching process. This new playset is twice as nice, as your children will quickly discover when the egg hatches to reveal… twin Hatchimals!
- LEGO DUPLO Cargo Train, £99.99 (Age 4+)
This charming interactive play set is fantastic value for money, and will keep smaller train enthusiasts occupied for hours. It includes 3 DUPLO figures (plus a seagull!), harbour, cranes, boat, café, and loading station, and there’s also an option to download an interactive app which opens up even more opportunities for imaginative play and activities.
- VTech Myla the Magical Make-Up Unicorn, £49.99 (Age 3+)
Myla is no ordinary unicorn. She is the proud owner of an animatronic wand, which can be used to digitally light up her horn, wings and eyes in a range of rainbow colours. She is also an accomplished singer and comes complete with a microphone, so your little ones can warble along with her. A truly enchanting gift for smaller children.
- Luvabella Blonde Doll, £99 (Age 4+)
You have been warned – judging by recent years, this new Luvabella doll is likely to sell like hot cakes, so snap her up quickly to avoid disappointment. Designed to offer kids a ‘natural, nurturing experience’, Luvabella will respond to being fed, played with – even tickled!
- Elasti Plasti™ £13 (Age: 5+)
This new twist on the slime craze will blow your kids socks off! Elasti Plasti™ expands to up 100 times its original size, and it can even be used to create enormous parachute-sized bubbles using nothing more than a drinking straw! And the best bit (from a parent’s perspective at any rate) – it’s totally non-sticky.
- FurReal Buzz Pet ‘Ricky The Trick Lovin’ Pup’ £89.99 (Age 4+)
Your kids will love to teach lovable hound Ricky The Trick-Lovin’ Pup new tricks. This playful pooch is full of surprises – he is programmed to respond with more than 100 sound and motion combinations, so you never know what he’ll do next. An ideal present for pet-lovers.
8. Shopkins Hairdorables, £15 (Age 5+)
The popularity of collectables is set to go stratospheric this Christmas. These sassy Shopkins showcase BIG brushable hair, cute clothes and accessories, plus no less than 11 fun surprises to unwrap. They even have their very own YouTube channel. We’re sold!
- Sylvanian Families Grand Department Store Gift Set, £119.99 (Age 3+)
This traditional, beautifully designed department store features a revolving front door, ornate balcony, working lift and excellent range of accessories including a Stella Chocolate Rabbit figure. It goes without saying that all the other animals from your child’s Sylvanian collection will love to swing by and shop ‘til they drop!
- Paw Patrol Rescue Ultimate Fire Truck Play set, £69.99 (Age 3+)
Marshall to the rescue! Complete with flashing lights and sirens, this emergency vehicle is packed with everything necessary to save the day – including 3 water cannons, stickers to customise and, of course, the one and only Marshall himself. Take note: this fabulous fire truck is tipped to fly off the shelves as fast as 2017’s bestseller ‘Paw Patrol Sea Patroller’.