There’s always one, isn’t there? That item that every child puts in their letter to Santa and gets parents up and down the country tearing their hair in a toy hunt-induced panic. Ever since the days of Buzz Lightyear, experts have been trying to predict what will be the must-haves well before Christmas Day. So here’s that all-important list for 2013, compiled by the Toy Retailers Association…
1) City Coast Guard – Lego Company
Ok, so Lego being pretty popular isn’t exactly news (when was it NOT popular?), but we think this one is an all-round safe bet for any child this year. Check out our latest Lego voucher codes to see if you can save a bit more on your crucial purchase.
2) Doc McStuffin’s Doctor’s Bag – Playset Fair
There can’t be too many kids who don’t like role play, whether it’s playing doctors, teachers or chefs. For all those wannabes, this kit from the popular Disney TV show is sure to fit the bill.
3) Flying Fairy by Flutterbye – Spin Master Toys UK
An actual fairy that flies (dislaimer: not an ACTUAL fairy). What more could your child want? And when they get fed up of it, you could always let it live ‘at the bottom of the garden’. Because everyone knows that it where fairies come from, yes?
4) Furby Boom – Hasbro
Ah, who remembers Furbies? Good old Furbies. Not annoying the slightest….We’re kidding of course, they are very cute AND they teach your children valuable lessons in responsibility before they commit to owning an real pet. These new improved Furbies are back with a bang and better than ever, with lots of new interactive features. Use our Argos discount code and get £10 off and free delivery on Furby Boom! So have a look and see if there are any other interactive toys that take your fancy.
5) InnoTab 3S – Vtech
With all the stories about internet safety recently, you might think your children aren’t quite at the age to use tablets on their own yet. Here’s where this nifty little item comes into play – the InnoTab 3S comes complete with educational games with kids and parents being able share messages and photos with each other.
6) LeapPad Ultra – Leapfrog
In the same vein is the LeapPad Ultra. Leapfrog have been providing kids with top class interactive toys for many years now, and this is no exception. With access to over 500 fun and educational games and eBooks, this is a tablet that both kids and parents can get on board with. You can currently get £33 off the LeapPad Ultra with our great Argos discount link.
7) Monopoly Empire – Hasbro
It’s had many incarnations over the years, both this one is as up to speed as it gets. Instead of buying famous streets or landmarks, family members can invest in their favourite brands. Perhaps not one for the traditionalists…
8) Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls – Mattel
Characters from the movie ‘Monster High 13 Wishes’ (you might have already guessed the title), are this year’s must-have doll collection, so make sure you pick out your kid’s favourite. Or else!
9) Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 – Hasbro
If you’re a parent (and the chances of that are quite high considering you’re reading this blog), then we’re guessing you’ve already heard of Nerf. So what’s different about this one? Well in short, speed. It has an in-built Acceleration Trigger (yes, that does need capital letters) for more rapid firing, and it’s even more lightweight than previous models. You can use our The Entertainer discount vouchers to access their £10 off deal on this toy.
10) Robo Fish – Zuru-Geemac
Is it a robot? Is it a fish? Well, a bit of both – put them in water and they behave like real fish, but without all the hassle of real fish. The perfect pet for the modern age.
If none of these predictions quite fit the bill in your house, you can take a look at our extensive selection of toy voucher codes for savings-a-plenty on everything from big buys to essential stocking fillers. Or for all your Christmas shopping requirements, download our money saving app and make sure no online savings slip through the net!
By Anna Scott, 13th November 2013