Christmas is fast approaching and trying to figure out what pressies to put under the tree for your kids can be time consuming and confusing, especially when there's so much to choose from.
Last year we looked at the hottest toys for 2016 and discovered that retro toys were making old new again. So what are the trends for this year and what one's should you pick?
Keep it simple
David Hendy from the Australian Toy Association says that when buying for children, the trick is to keep it simple.
“So many parents drive themselves crazy scouring the internet for advice and trends when all they really need to do is subtly ask their children what they want,” he says.
The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organisations, recently revealed the hottest categories in toys this year, along with some hand-picked favourites that they predict will be best-sellers this holiday season.
Again vintage toys with a modern twist are super popular. “This year, retro toys from the '80s and '90s are making a comeback, as classic favourites return in updated versions for a new generation,” says Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer. “Emerging tech continues to bring toys to life like never before, and cute and affordable collectibles, squishy toys and toys in blind packaging will also continue to sell out this year."
Here are five of the most popular toys for Christmas this year.
1. Star Wars
Shawn Dooley, regional manager of David Jones, says that, “Star Wars is massive this year with the new film out in December".
"Lego sets and interactive, tech based toys will be in particular demand. The, Lego First Order Star Destroyer set, the fully interactive R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid and the Hero Droid BB-8 are the toys to watch this year," he says.
2. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is a portable gaming console, so your kids can play on the go during a long January holiday road trip, as well as at home. It can be used for solo play or local multiplayer games. The Toy Insider has named it as a hot toy this year, particularly among older children.
Amazon.com.au has Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and FIFA 18 listed as their most popular games.
3. Thomas and Friends
Thomas and friends, always a favourite, has a new offering this year; the Thomas and Friends Super Station.This set works with most sizes and styles of Thomas & Friends engines, should your kids already have some, and comes with three engines if this toy is going to be the start of their collection.
Toys ‘R’ Us have the Super Station listed as one of the best-selling Thomas & Friends toys this year.
4. Teddy Ruxpin
One of the most popular toys of the 1980’s, Teddy Ruxpin has returned, revamped for a new generation and more advanced than ever. You’ll definitely recognise all the features you remember about Teddy Ruxpin, with soft fur, a bright outfit and a little mop of hair.
New features include LCD eyes that are synced to the stories he tells and app connectivity. Teddy Ruxpin is not only highly recommended by The Toy Insider, it’s also listed on Amazon’s Holiday Toy list.
Fingerlings are a wearable baby animal companions designed to be worn on kids’ fingers. They are both interactive and seriously adorable. They come in a variety of colours, and can produce more than 40 realistic sounds, as well as being one of Amazon’s best selling toys.
Be warned, Fingerlings can be a little harder to come by in Australia than other toys, because of their popularity and their collectibility.Get in early to avoid Christmas morning disappointment!