Best Gifts for kids 2019: toys, gadgets, ideas and what not to buy
- With one weekend left till Christmas, time is running out for parents who need to tick off their kids' wish list.
- With so many new toys on the market, it can be overwhelming.
- Thanks to some helpful hints from Toys R Us and Hasbro we have rounded up a grand list of toys they say your kids would really, really like to see under the Christmas tree.
- To boot, you can cross reference them to a list Gumtree sent us on what not to buy.
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With one weekend left till Christmas time is running out for parents who need to tick off their kids' wish list. With so many new toys on the market, and toy reviewers on YouTube giving them grand ideas, it can be an overwhelming task.
Thanks to some helpful hints from Toys R Us and Hasbro, we have rounded up a grand list of toys they say your kids would really, really like to see under the Christmas tree. And to boot, we’ve cross referenced them with a list Gumtree sent of some of the most frequently abandoned toys in SA, so be wary.
According to the toy experts, kids are looking for more interactive toys to play with. You're also going to see a bucket load of toys inspired by Disney's Frozen II movie, as well as Hatching Dragons, Fortnite and the Nintendo Switch.
There is also a resurgence of franchises many parents would be familiar with from their own childhood: Play-Doh, Transformers, My Little Pony as well as Power Rangers and more.
Save yourselves the stress and look out for these items on the shelves:
Toy creator Hasbro’s recommendations for Christmas were:
FurReal Cubby, the Curious Bear Interactive Plush Toy.
Fortnite inspired Nerf blasters are all the rage.
Power Rangers are back with more Zords to choose from.
Anything Frozen II will be a hit.
But these singing Elsa and Anna fashion dolls will be an extra hit. Each doll includes a Frozen 2 inspired outfit and when you press the button on the bodice, the dress lights up and you get to hear a snippet of an original song from the Frozen 2 movie. Spoiler alert if you haven't been dragged to see the movie yet.
Baby Alive Happy Hungry Baby
You can mix Baby’s food with water to make doll food that looks like the real thing. When you give Baby her spoon, she opens wide and really eats her doll food.
Play-Doh continues to captivate kid’s imaginations, and this pooping unicorn takes the cake.
Picture a land of colourful dreams where unicorns poop Play-Doh ice cream, well now its reality. Meet Tootie, the unicorn ice cream maker who loves to create silly Play-Doh sundaes. As she dispenses Play-Doh colours this unicorn toy makes laugh-out-loud sounds and even changes her facial expression.
My Little Pony has also made a resurgence.
There's plenty of toys to cater for your kid's wish list. Some of the stand outs are the Tickle Oh My Giggles Pinkie Pie toy that giggles, wiggles and laughs the more she is tickled. You could also collect the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Fashion Squad dolls in this assortment to mix and match more styles. Each mini doll comes with two outfit pieces recognisable to her character, a pair of shoes, and an accessory to dress her up in her signature style.
There are also board games and Ms. Monopoly caught our eye.
Instead of buying properties, players invest in groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women throughout history. From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies to space station batteries. We highly approve.
There is also the Monopoly Cheaters Edition board game.
Toy R Us also weighed in with their expected toys to top the sales charts for Christmas 2019:
“We’re seeing a growing demand for toys which encourage kids to be more interactive, whether it’s stamp-and-style custom manicures with the Cool Maker GO GLAM Nail Stamper, or the Kumi Kreator breakthrough bracelet maker, or even the radio-controlled Platinum Drift King,” Catherine Jacoby, marketing manager of Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa.
Flying Batman / Superman figurines: R199.90
Go Glam Nail Stamper: R399.90
LOL Holiday Glitter: R399.90
Caylee Holiday Camper: R399.90
Aquadabra Aquarium: R399.90
Glitter Girls Doll: R499.90
Kumi Kreator 2 in 1: R499.90
LEGO City Fire Plane: R499.90
Xshot Ninja Turbo Strike: R499.90
Pikmi Pops Doughmi: R599.90
Petz Alive Boppi The Booti Shakin Llama: R599.90
Shox Foldable Drone: R699.90
Rainbocorns Big Bow: R899.90
FurReal Munchin’ Rex: R999.90
LEGO Technic Stunt Racer: R1,199.90
You & Me Complete Care Centre: R1,299.90
How To Train A Dragon - Hatching Dragon: R1,299.90
Nintendo Switch Console Joy-Con: R6,999.90
Gumtree has warned parents to be careful about buying these toys.
Online classified platform Gumtree compiled a list of toys that often end up on its site after Christmas. Parents start listing abandoned toys between 28 December and the end of the first week of January, Gumtree says.
Before you shell out big on Christmas toys, make sure that big ticket item your child’s been nagging you for goes the distance.
Make sure you kid wants these before purchasing:
These cute animals remain a surprise until they noisily hatch from their eggs - that is usually where the excitement begins and ends. Costing between R800 to R1,000 a toy, the hatched Hatchimals are often resold for R250 to R500.
The fun of this toy lies in putting it together and customising it. Build-a-bear ranges in price from R250 to R1,000 depending on accessories and type.
This was all the craze in 2018, but parents started listing their hoverboards on 25 December already. While it’s not certain why, reports of injuries and accidents might be behind the steep abandonment rates.
Lego is incredibly popular, but once assembled, pieces invariably go missing and the novelty wears off. The good news is that you can often buy secondhand Lego in bulk as incomplete sets - leaving your little ones free to use their imagination to assemble their own world and almost certainly elevating your parent status to Master Builder.
Car enthusiast parents will shell out thousands for mini Ferraris and BMWs for their little ones, but they often end up for sale soon after. “The batteries need to be replaced, kids lose interest or simply outgrow them.”
Compiled by Estrelita Moses and Jay Caboz.
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