Dolls and LEGO, as well as the latest tech driven toys, look set to dominate Christmas wish lists this year, according to leading UK toy retailer, Argos. Predictions for the toys that will feature in letters to Santa across the country this year are:
|Luvabella||LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran|
|Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone||PJ Masks Headquarter Playset|
|Disney Cars 3 Lightning McQueen||Transformers: The Last Knight RC Sqweeks|
|Hatchimals & new ColleGGtibles||Fisher Price ‘Teach n Tag Movi’|
|LEGO BOOST||Paw Patrol Sea Patroller|
|Tiny Treasures Twin Set||SoundMoovz|
Linzi Walker, chief toy buyer for Argos, who has been curating the list with her team since the beginning of the year, said: “This year’s top toys list is a fantastic blend, as toymakers evolve childhood favourites alongside the introduction of newer and more technology-led gifts. Dolls will have made Christmas memories for many children and this year is no different. Luvabella is an incredibly lifelike doll, with advanced animated features enabling it to drink milk from a bottle and fall asleep just as a real little one would. And Chad Valley has produced gorgeous twins if you want to see more of its authentic Tiny Treasures Baby Doll range.
“There are many opportunities for children and parents alike to embrace user-friendly technology this Christmas. LEGO Boost provides everything needed for children to make five different LEGO models that can then be coded using a free app. The Fisher- Price ‘Teach n Tag Movi’ is an interactive play buddy that helps kids learn on the go. And music lovers will love SoundMoovz, an exciting wearable tech toy for all ages where players can create their own beats and rhythms as they move by using Bluetooth-connected bands on their ankles or wrists.”
She added: “Popular on-screen toys are also set to feature, with appearances from Disney’s Cars 3 Lightning McQueen, PJ Masks Headquarter Playset, the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller alongside RC Sqweeks from Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Argos polled more than 1,000 parents of children aged 16 and under about their plans for Christmas 2017. One in seven parents (13 per cent) have already started buying presents for their children and almost a third (29 per cent) are planning to buy gifts for their kids over the summer.
The poll also found that the big kids in the family still enjoy Christmas toys too – 22 per cent of parents say they wish they had received the toys their children get at Christmas. This may explain why they are feeling extra generous this year; the average parent is happy to spend £114 on average on the main present, with parents in the North-East budgeting over £150 for the ultimate Christmas gift.