CHRISTMAS is upon us and you’re probably wondering how to make your kids happy without breaking the bank.
DreamToys has just released its top toys list and many of this season must haves are pricey.
Prices for the hotly tipped toys range between a bargain £9.99 to and eye-watering £135.
One of this year’s most sought after Christmas toys is Tyler the tiger – a cute little cub which responds to petting and talking in over hundred different ways.
Other products in the top 12 includes an update on last year’s Hatchimals and classics like Lego.
Parents will also recognise their kids’ favourite film and TV characters represented by PJ Masks Headquarters Playset, Lego’s Star Wars BB-8 and Paw Patrol Sea Patroller.
The annual DreamToys list was compiled on behalf of the Toy Retailers Association.
“This year’s DreamToys top 12 is an exciting range of innovative toys that demonstrate the creativity of the toy industry and the magic of Christmas,” Gary Grant, chair of the DreamToys committee, said.
“From the biggest collectible trends and licenses of 2017 to exciting action products and board game sensations, this year’s list is incredibly diverse and with price points to suit all budgets,” he added.
To find the cheapest toys it is worth keeping an eye for discounts and compare prices to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
If you’re worried independent price tracking website Pricehistory.co.uk will help you work what’s a bargain and what’s not. The website tracks data for all of the items on the Argos website.
Meanwhile, Hamleys released its top stocking fillings and they all cost under £5.
We also did our own research on where to find the cheapest toys.
It is worth noting, prices may changed in the run-up to Christmas and might be lower with Black Friday on Friday November 24. Prices on eBay and Amazon prices may also jump or drop.
Here the full top 12 toys list from DreamToys – in no particular order – and where to find the best deals (as of November 8).
Top of the list is Tyler the playful tiger.
Pet his head and his eyes might close, pet him on his muzzle and he moves.
The toy is pretty much the robotic alternative to a cat but comes with a hefty price tag of £135.
It is suitable for any child aged four or more.
Toy R Us is currently selling the roaring tiger for £94.98 or £40 less than its original retail price.
You can also find him at Smyths Toys for £99.99 – a 20 per cent discount.
Movie-themed robotics also storm into this year’s Christmas lists with the Lego BB-8, inspired by the Star Wars movie.
The robot costs a hefty £85.
But we found it for £64.99 (with free delivery on Amazon).
The Hatchimal craze swept the nation last year and is once again one of the most sought after gifts this Christmas.
The toy is essentially an egg which will hatch revealing a neon coloured furry creature which will interact with you.
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Unlike regular Hatchimals, the surprise edition births twin fuzzy animals.
The recommended retail price of a Hatchimal Surprise is £74.99.
But we found it for £68.75 on GameSeek.
Paw Patrol has been very popular among kids in the last few years,
The Sea Patroller vehicle includes: one sea patroller (which can hold two vehicles), one ryder’s rescue vehicle, one ryder figure, one exploration platform, one octopus, two life rings, one anchor.
Shoppers can currently save 10 per cent on the toy at Toys R Us where it is selling for £61.98 instead of £69.99.
Laser X is the ultimate high tech which essentially allow you to shoot your mates with a flashing laser gun.
The two-player pack comprises a pair of long-barrelled white laser guns with flashing lights, each connected by a wire to a light-up target that straps to your chest.
You can currently get it for £44.99 instead of £49.99 at Smyths Toys.
Inspired by the hit TV show PJ Masks, this double-sided playset is over 2 feet tall and has three action packed levels.
Your kids can choose their mission, activate phrases from your favourite heroes and sing along to the theme song.
It is suitable for children aged two or more.
Although its recommended price is £49.99, you can currently get it for £36.99 at Smyths Toys.
This multi-level panda playhouse set with an exclusive Prue Panda doll will inspire your kids to create enchanting adventures.
The playhouse includes a kitchen with a table and seating, plus food as well as a bathroom with two toilets and two sinks.
It costs £32.99 but it is currently selling for just £21.49 at Argos.
A good option for bargain price hunters, the very popular Nerf Gun is back with a £22 Nitro Long version.
The toy allows children to design long-distance jumping challenges with the long-jump ramp and obstacles.
The cheapest price we found for the toy is £19.99 on Amazon.
The Original Stretch Armstrong can be twisted and tied in knots but he will always come back to his original shape and size.
The toy usually costs £21.99 but you can currently save more than £10 at Toys R Us.
Twist the spinning toilet paper roll and the number that turns up dictates how many times each player must flush the toilet
If you hear the flushing sound, you’re safe. But who knows which flush will be the one that sprays water, eliminating the player.
You can currently find the game for a discount price at Toys R Us.
The Fingerlings Baby Monkeys comes to life with over 50 animations to let you know how they feel.
The sweet and silly critters make realistic monkey sounds, blink their eyes and turn their heads. Their hands can grip on to your finger, spoons and the edge of your notebook.
These cost £14.99 each and you can buy them from Smyths Toys and Argos.
Since the Lol Surprise ball was launched in March this year, over half a million of the toys have been sold in the UK alone.
Each ball usually contain five layers of surprise and becomes a key or bath playset.
We couldn’t find for cheaper than its retail price of £9.99.
But it’s worth noting that it already much cheaper than its limited edition super-size version – the Lol Surprise Big Surprise ball – which costs a whopping £59.99 and boast 50 gifts in each ball.
Despite, its hefty price and popularity a mum this week issued a scathing review of of the much-hyped toy on Facebook after being left unimpressed by the contents.
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