Dan's Christmas Deals for kids
Published 7 December 2012 by Linzi Nuttall
Looking for some inspiration for kids' presents this Christmas? From Furbies and Harry Potter DVDs, to Star Wars LEGO and Barbies, we have it covered!
For kids, Christmas mostly means one thing: presents! But when your little ones have lists for Santa as long as their arm, shopping for the ideal children's gift can be a costly and time-consuming process.
I've searched for some of the best money-saving deals on kids' toys for Christmas 2012, so you can hopefully make sure your kids find something under the tree that they love - that you won't still be paying for this time next year!
All deals are subject to each store's own terms and conditions - and could be changed or removed at the retailer's discretion (particularly where an expiry date is not stated). All the deals featured were accurate on 07/12/2012 and based on online prices - so prices in-store could be different. You may be charged more for P&P.
The Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Boxset is sure to cast a spell over all kids who like witchcraft and wizardry - and Tesco.com has it for just £20 (saving you £5 on the original price). At Amazon.co.uk, you can get some great DVD stocking fillers, such as 'Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas' for £3 and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' for £3.04.
Going back to the future...
The Furby has come back into fashion as a 2012 Christmas 'must have' - so much so, in fact, that they've sold out virtually everywhere! However, Argos.co.uk has Furbies (in Hot Red) in stock for £59.99 - but you'll need to buy fast before they all go!
Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls have also made something of a comeback as one of the top toys this Christmas. Argos.co.uk has assorted Dolls for £24.99 - saving you £5 on the RRP (reserve to collect in store only).
For an old favourite that could keep your little ones occupied for hours after Christmas dinner, you can get a 350-piece value tub of K'nex for £16.66 from Argos.co.uk - a third off the original price (£24.99).
For little ones who like their gadgets, Amazon.co.uk has a Vtech Innotab - a tablet computer that comes with educational games, fun activities and e-books - for £59.79, down from an RRP of £84.99.
Kids who are hardly ever indoors might love a Razor Pro XX Black Label 2 Scooter from ToysRUs.co.uk for £79.99 - saving you £20 on the RRP (£99.99). For younger kids, you could treat them to an All Aboard Train and Track set for half price - was £159.99, now £79.99.
Halfords.com has some great reductions on kids' bikes, such as £100 off an Apollo Starfighter Boys' Bike - was £199.99, now £99.99. Or, for girls, you could get an Apollo LuLu Girls' Bike for £59.99, down from £159.99.
JohnLewis.com has a Spider-Man Flip and Attack Figure for £6.66.
Based on the hit app game, Angry Birds has become something of a children's phenomenon - at JohnLewis.com you can get an Angry Birds Soft Toy for the 'cheep' price of £5.95.
At SmythsToys.com they have some great offers on LEGO, such as £9 off a Star Wars Starfighter - was £39.99, now £30.99.
Gifts for girls
Rather than a traditional dolls' house, why not consider a Chad Valley Fantasy Palace, which has been reduced by 50% at Argos.co.uk - was £39.99, now £19.99. Or, visit SmythsToys.com for a LEGO Friends Emma's Design Studio for £9.99.
For an old - if ageless - kids' favourite, you can't go far wrong with a Barbie. ToysRUs.co.uk has a Barbie Video Girl Doll for half price: down from £49.99 to £24.99.
Letter from Santa...
A letter from Santa is almost guaranteed to make your child's Christmas extra special - and Royal Mail will send them one for just the cost of a stamp! Just make sure you send your card by no later than Friday 14th December to get a reply - and don't forget to include your name and address.