Christmas is a very exciting time for kids as they look forward to receiving heaps of presents from Santa under the Christmas tree.
So what are some of the toys high on Aussie kids’ lists? According to Toys”R”Us there is something for everyone this festive season ranging from plush toys and costumes to books and collectibles.
The popular toy brand, which re-entered the Australian market as an online retailer and plans to launch physical ‘experience stores’ from next year, has unveiled the top 15 gifts set to be most popular with kids this Christmas.
The list is meant to make shopping a little bit easier for parents and grandparents, says Hobby Warehouse chief executive, Louis Mittoni.
“We know the Christmas period is a busy time for families so we’ve done the hard work and come up with the most popular gifts,” he says.
“As a self-confessed toy geek, I’m really excited about this year’s list―we’ve done the research and we know these presents are going to be a hit with Aussie kids.”
15 Rainbocorns―what do girls want more than a unicorn? A Rainbocorn, of course. It’s an ideal Christmas stocking stuffer―opening these eggs reveals a colourful, cuddly, soft plush llamacorn, pandacorn or unicorn. Find the rare golden flamingocorn? There are 10 surprises and a baby boo-boocorn to hatch in each egg―the perfect recipe for a cracking good Christmas.
14 Vtech―learning toys and tech for tots. With smart-phones, tablets and a whole range of technology inspired learning tools, alongside the expansive collection of traditional educational toys, Vtech is the perfect pre-school partner for kids' early learning.
13 Toy Story 4―these days, Buzz and Woody figures are not just for children. This animated pair are icons of animation, making them another great gift for kids of all ages.
12 Barbie―you're never supposed to ask a woman her age, but you'd never believe Barbie was 60 any way. With a completely revitalised doll and accessory range, Barbie is reinvented, reworked and is looking totally rejuvenated on the 60th anniversary of her release.
11 Crayola―banish ‘I'm bored’ these summer holidays with a creative gift from Crayola. From the classic kid's easel to the light board, crayons, markers and more, get Crayola for your little creator this Christmas.
10 L.O.L Surprise O.M.G Dolls―not everyone loves surprises, so we took some of the chance out of the O.M.G Fashion Doll range from MGA. Get the doll your daughter desires and forget the lucky dip, ensuring that Christmas surprise is what it should be―nice.
9 Costumes―costumes have long been a part of Christmas and this year is no exception. Sweaty Santa suits aside, why not dress for dinner as a favourite character from Harry Potter, Toy Story, Marvel or Moana?
8 Bosch Tool Toys―this Bosch toy range ‘keeps it real’ with true-to-life garden and workshop tool styling, sounds and usage, immersing kids in the daily activities of their adult role models.
7 Bluey Books by Penguin―the most streamed show across Australia in 2019, this hit ABC Kids series is set to go global with Disney. Based on the hit show, there are two story books and one activity book for kids to complete.
6 Bruder Excavator―build it up, tear it down. Master all manner of construction projects with the Bruder vehicle range. Perfect for the sandpit or beach, no matter whether the kids pile it, flatten it, load or move it―they'll sure dig it.
5 Star Wars Episode IX ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ is sure to be the must-see movie of the summer, enthralling new and old fans alike. With action figures, costumes, building and play sets―even light sabres―Star Wars is covered like a Jedi's robe.
4 Frozen II―with the sequel to one of Disney's most popular animated films coming soon to cinemas across the country, ‘Frozen fever’ is set to grip the nation (again). From dolls, wigs and costumes, to books and boots, Frozen II has a great range to choose from.
3 All 3000 POP! Funko figures―a worldwide smash, the Funko POP! range is collecting at its coolest. Iconic figures from movies, television, advertising, sports and the music industry, comprise this ever-expanding range. Like a photograph evoking memories, POP! Vinyl collectibles remind us of our connections with culture. This year's hot themes are Stranger Things, Harry Potter and the British royal family.
2 LEGO Technic―truly ‘toys for all ages’, the LEGO Technic range bridges the gap between child and adulthood. Suitable for ages seven and up, Technic is a distillation of STEM-learning principles, promoting the development of skill sets, including problem-solving and analysis, while allowing uncapped expressions of creativity. Be sure to check out the latest collaborations with Porsche, Bugatti and Land Rover.
1 Blue 45cm plush toy―you can never have too much of a good thing, so Bluey makes it twice in this year’s list. Hotter than an Aussie summer, this Bluey plush toy is a kid’s best friend. Soft and cuddly, Bluey plush toys are the perfect companion this Christmas.