Top toys for Christmas 2017

Some people refuse to mention the ‘C’ word until the 1st of December. But it’s a whole different story for parents, who need to prepare in advance or risk scouring shop shelves for leftover pressies a week before Christmas Day.

If your little one is yet to write a letter to Santa, here’s our round-up of top toys we expect to be on their wish list this year. Make your own list, check it twice and start shopping! Oh, and don’t make the mistake of forgetting the batteries!

A doll with a difference, Luvabella can learn over 100 words and phrases; the more she’s played with, the more her vocabulary grows. Clever, eh? She moves and responds like a real baby too – tickle her feet and she’ll giggle, cover her eyes to play peek-a-boo, and soothe her when she starts to cry.

Step right up, step right up… the Pie Face Sky High Game sees players put their strength to the test as they attempt to splat their opponent’s face with cream. This game is fun for all the family and features a simple-to-adjust difficulty rating for the plastic hammer – just make sure it’s played on a wipe-clean surface!

VTech Kidizoom Flix

Say hello to Flix, a friendly alien who can recognise your child’s face and voice, and will sound out his own, quirky responses. Flix features a customisable, 1.8-inch colour screen and built-in camera that can take secret photos and videos when set to ‘Guard mode.’

Hatchimals were the must-have toy of 2016, and now they’ve made a comeback for Christmas. Like the first edition, the animals require kids to nurture their egg through the hatching stage. However, when that egg cracks, the big surprise is revealed *spoiler alert*: it’s twins!

If your little one is Lego mad, this is the toy for them. Lego Boost is a five-in-one model that helps kids to develop their coding skills via the free app. The set includes more than 840 Lego pieces, meaning Vernie the robot can be transformed into a cat, guitar, multi-tooled rover and autobuilder capable of building more Lego constructions.

Make music by moving – these motion-activated bands sync with an app and create sounds when the ankle or wrist is moved. Your little one can choose from 400 pre-set sounds, layer beats into songs and connect to a wireless speaker to hear their music louder. This is a great gadget that encourages kids to keep active (and great for parents wanting to work off some mince pies!).

Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter

Make sure your kid has a reason to head outside over the Christmas holidays with the Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter. The triple-wheeled design offers great stability, while the adjustable handlebar means that the scooter will grow with your child.

Put batteries on your shopping list!

Imagine: it’s Christmas Day, your little one has unwrapped their presents and they can’t wait to play with some them. But then you have to break the news that you forgot to buy batteries – and all of the shops are shut.

Some toys might not include batteries, so make sure you check out which type you’ll need when buying them. GP stocks a range of Ultra Alkaline single-use batteries, all of which have a superb operating time in all kinds of battery-powered devices.

Better still, if you buy rechargeable batteries, you won’t have to worry about running out of charge for a very long time! GP ReCyko batteries can be recharged hundreds – some, thousands – of times using a GP Charger.

With these toys ticked off your list and batteries well stocked, you can guarantee that it will be a very merry Christmas indeed!


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