Top toys this Christmas - deals for kids
Published 2 December 2013 by Linzi Nuttall
We've put together a list of some of the top toys on Christmas lists this year and where you'll be able to find them for the best prices.
If you're giving Santa a helping hand filling stockings with presents this year, thinkmoney is here to help.
We've looked up some of the most popular toys that kids are hoping to find stacked under the tree this Christmas, and where you can find them at the best price.
The prices of these toys were correct as of 11am on December 2nd, but may have been changed or removed by the retailers since then. In the run-up to Christmas, the suppliers may also run out of products. Remember, these prices may or may not include VAT and postage and packaging.
Teksta Robotic Puppy
A dog's not just for Christmas. Well actually, in this case, it is. If your child is after a real puppy but you don’t fancy the early morning walks in the rain when the novelty wears off, it might be an idea to invest in this robotic pooch instead.
The pup responds to your child's voice (or yours if you want to have a cheeky play too!), gestures and sounds. And there's no rubbish tricks like 'shake a paw' - this little rascal can do backflips!
They come in two colours - blue and pink - and the cheapest we could find them for was at Smyths for £54.99. You might struggle to get your hands on one as they've sold out in most places, but keep an eye on the websites for updates.
This is one of the most sought-after Christmas presents for kids this year, but be warned - Christmas Day won't be a quiet one if you invest in one of these.
These fluffy little cuties interact using their own special language - Furbish - and if there's more than one Furby in the family, they'll talk to each other too.
They come in a range of bright colours and patterns, and Argos are coming in cheapest at £49.99 – although they’re selling fast.
Robo Fish and bowl set
With a tank you'll never have to clean out and zero trips to the vets, these Robo Fish cause half the hassle of living pets.
They’re just like real fish, and swim around the tank, before coming to the top to feed.
The best deal we could find on this was at Argos - where it is £19.99 for one, or two for £30.
The set comes with one fish, but you can buy more friends for it separately, and they come in different colours to brighten up any child's room.
Flutterbye Flying Fairy
Most little girls want to be a fairy or at least be friends with one, so you could make their dreams come true this year by giving them this pint-sized flying fairy.
When your child puts their hand out, the doll flies independently above it wherever they go.
Again, they’re selling fast, but we found it still available at Argos for £29.99.
Lego City Coast Guard Patrol
Let's face it - Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some Lego. Kids love it, adults love it and it's no surprise that it ranks quite highly on top toy lists for Christmas.
This Lego City Coast Guard Patrol will see your kids living out rescue missions at sea, as they deploy a submarine to save the people in trouble in shark-infested waters!
We found this for £49.99 at Smyths Toys and Toys R Us - and while Lego can be quite pricey, this set comes with lots of bits and pieces, including the patrol boat, submarine, helicopter, sharks and Lego people.
Doc McStuffins Doctors Bag
No one likes broken toys - least of all Doc McStuffins. She's a six-year-old girl who spends her time fixing cuddly toys and stuffed animals that are feeling a bit under the weather.
If your child wants to follow in the Doc's footsteps and care for their own teddies, this is the present for them.
This medical bag comes with a stash of equipment to help their patients make a speedy recovery, including a thermometer, syringe, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.
The best deal we found on this was £15 from the Disney Store, and the good news is that this is cheapest toy on the list too!
InnoTab 3S Pink
For parents who want their kids to learn as they play, this is the perfect toy.
This touchscreen tablet is specially designed for kids and allows them to connect wirelessly to the Learning Lodge - VTech's learning app where they can access educational games, e-books, videos and music.
It comes in a couple of different colours and has an RRP of £99.99, but we managed to find it for £63.99.
Having kids can mean having your hands full, so if you don’t have time to go and collect this gift, you can order it through Amazon and it comes with free delivery.
We've all been there on Christmas Day playing Monopoly for hours on end until someone finally gives up and declares the game over.
Well this year, there's a new addition to the Monopoly family, in the shape of Monopoly Empire.
Instead of splashing out on famous London landmarks, in this version you buy some of the biggest global brands - like Coca Cola and McDonalds.
This should be £19.99, but we found it for less at a few different retailers - the cheapest of which was Smyths Toys.
Coming in at £13.49, not only will you make a saving of over £6 but you'll also be ensuring fun for all the family - a game of Monopoly is ALWAYS on the cards during the holidays.
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra
For the multimedia mini-me in your life, it's time to get creative with the LeapPad Ultra.
With this touchscreen tablet they can take photos, make videos, download music and access hundreds of games.
It's not the cheapest toy they could ask for this year and is actually the most expensive on this list, but we did manage to find it with £47 off.
Head down to Smyths Toys where you can get this product for £89.99 - and with an RRP of £119.99, that's quite a saving.
Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18
If ducking for cover as your kids shoot foam darts at you at high speed sounds like a fun way to spend Christmas Day, then get a load of this!
This Nerf gun fires darts up to 20 metres, and you can load it up with ammunition of up to 18 darts at a time.
The best deal we found on this was at Toys R Us, where it's £24.79.
Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls
If your kids are a fan of the Monster High 13 Wishes film, they can take the characters out of the big screen and bring them into their bedrooms.
Kids can have fun playing with their favourite characters, dressing them up and letting them play together.
Whether you're buying gifts from this list or you're relying on Santa to do the business this year, let us know what's on your kids’ Christmas lists.