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For a parent, there's a lot of expectation that comes with Christmas. You might need a Nativity outfit for their big debut or enough Christmas cards for their whole class. But most importantly, you'll need to make sure they get what they asked Father Christmas for.

To help, we've put together a list of the top toys for Christmas 2016 and found some of the cheapest places to pick them up – so you don't have to go searching. All toys featured are under £80.*

Fisher-Price Code a-pillar

Start them off coding from an early age with this Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar from Amazon. The Code-a-pillar comes with eight separate segments that your child can put into endless combinations. Each one sends the Code-a-pillar on a new path.  

The toy encourages the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills. At £42.49, it is ideal for children over three years old. 

FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin Dragon


If you know a little girl or boy who loves interactive toys, you could pick up the FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin Dragon. The dragon looks like a cuddly toy from the outside but can respond with up to 50 different sound and motion responses. It also breathes flame-coloured mist when filled up with water!

The dragon is getting great reviews online and is available from Tesco for just £56.99.

V-Tech Kidizoom Smart Watch

Each year, V-Tech comes out with new and innovative ways to get children into tech. After the release of the Apple iWatch, the company launched the Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch.

The watch is easy to use and comes with a touch screen with over 50 different watch faces to choose from. There's a 0.3 megapixel camera for photos and videos, an alarm, timer and a selection of games.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch is available for just £42.99 from John Lewis.

LEGO 70321 Nexo Knights

You can't go wrong with LEGO at Christmas and the Nexo Knights range combines traditional LEGO with the popular TV series. The 70321 Nexo Knights General Magmar Siege Machine Of Doom Construction Set comes with more than 500 pieces to construct the Machine of Doom and includes three minifigures.

You can pick up the set from Amazon for just £26.59.

Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike

Shopping for an older child this Christmas? You could pick up the Nerf Modulus Tri Strike Blaster Gun.

Starting with the Elite Dart Blaster, the set comes with three extra parts that you can use separately or combine to customise the Nerf Blaster Gun. The extension pieces include a Missile Launcher and Mega Dart Barrel Extension.

This toy is appropriate for children between 8 and 14 years. You can find it at Tesco for £37.95.

Pie Face Showdown


Take the popular game Pie Face to the next level with this Pie Face Showdown Game. This new twist on the original game sees you race against your opponent to avoid a splatter of whipped cream – you have to buy this separately.

A great game for parties or even post-Christmas dinners! The game is available from Tesco for £19.98.

Paw Patrol Air Patroller

Fans of the Paw Patrol animated TV series will be excited to find the Paw Patrol Air Patroller under the tree this Christmas.

The Air Patroller can transform from a helicopter to a plane by rotating the propellers and at the push of a button can activate real lights and sound effects. Robopup is included in the Air Patroller set. 

The toy comes in at £39.99 at Argos.

BB-8 Remote Control

There's one character that stole the show in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and that was BB-8. You can now give the gift of the friendly droid in a more lifelike form in this deluxe remote control BB-8.

The droid comes with authentic rolling movement controllable from a remote control. It's just £44.99 from the Disney Store.

Fisher Price Dance and Move BeatBo

Fisher Price Beatbo

Get your little one moving this Christmas with Fisher Price Dance and Move BeatBo. The colourful dancing buddy will have your little one bobbing to a variety of songs that teach them the alphabet and about colours.

This interactive toy is currently available from Tesco for £36.99.

Furby Connect

Furbies have made a comeback for a new generation with the Furby Connect. The new Furby has a lot of the same features of the original furry friend – it still speaks in Furbish, expresses itself with more than 150 colourful eye animations and interacts to petting, ticking or shaking.

Download the Furby Connect World app to watch videos, get updates through the app and learn new phrases. A lot of retailers have sold out of Furby Connect but it’s still available from Toys R Us for £79.99.

Now that the kids are sorted, make sure you are too with our gift guide for men and our gift guide for women

*Prices correct at time of writing – 07/12/16

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