04th Dec 2019
You better watch out, you better not cry, these gifts might sell out and little dreams could die… the 10 most wanted toys of Christmas 2019 are coming to town
As things you mess up in your life go, this is the time of year where you really don’t want to get it wrong. For example, Our Generation doll Audra is no substitute for Our Generation doll Anya and the Nerf Gun Blaster 360 won’t suffice if your little soldier has asked the Big Man for an Alfa Strike Fang Nerf.
And that, dear friends, is part of the challenge of Christmas. Not only do you have to have your wits (and wallet) about you, but you also have to make sure you can read their (mostly) illegible scrawl, make sure it is in stock ideally locally and keep it hidden until circa 11 pm Christmas Eve.
Then, depending on what your little one has wished for, you also may have to spend two hours building some contraption while looking over your shoulder anxiously in case you hear curious slippered feet tip-toeing in.
But that look on their face when you get it spot on is more than worth it. To make things a little easier, we’ve put together the most popular toys of this Christmas, from popularity lists generated by Smyths, Amazon and more, guaranteed to keep even the sleepiest of heads amused come the 25th.
L.O.L Surprise Winter Chalet Dollhouse — €199.99 from Smyths
For the uninitiated, these so-called Lil Outrageous Littles are collectable mini baby dolls with attitude and lots of packages to unwrap. Working ski-lift, hot tub… need we say more? This fancy winter pad has three stories and six rooms, including a light-up ice-skating rink. And for those who are put off the L.O.L doll craze because of the plastic element, this is made from real wood.
Our Generation Vet Clinic — on sale for €99.99 at Smyths
Kids love to nurture and while getting a puppy is a long way off in this house, toys like this will have to scratch their pet-loving itch. This (unfortunately plastic) vet’s clinic is surprisingly detailed with animal x-ray machines and injection set for those doggy doctors. The set comes with a few of the little dogs but you can buy the rest separately.
Nerf Fortnite RL — approx. €28 on Amazon
For slightly older children, the hugely popular Nerf brand is back with a video game collaboration with Fortnite. Its four-wheeled machine plays music and rotates while firing the soft pellets.
LEGO Harry Potter The Knight Bus — €41.99 from Argos
LEGO is always my preferred gift at birthday parties and beyond. This year, the Harry Potter franchise is still as hot as ever. This mystical double-decker has become one of the most sought-after gifts of the year. Channel your little one’s inner Ernie Prang with this magical bus from the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Your little wizard will also find a wand, letter, chocolate bar and a potion bottle.
Boppi, The Booty Shakin’ Llama — €24.99 from Smyths
Nothing says Christmas like a twerkin’, spittin’ llama. These animals are giving unicorns a run for their money in recent months. Prepare to see them everywhere. We can thank the Late Late Toy Show for the popularity of these little booty-shakers after Ryan Tubridy showed off its moves. Music is pre-set. Laughter factor from 0-100 years.
Owleez — €46.99 from Smyths
This little guy has been described as the love child between a Furby and a helicopter. An interactive pet, you can charge it by putting it back into its USB nest. Owleez responds to touch and movement. His eyes change colour depending on Owleez’s mood and, best of all, he can really fly with a bit of love and patience. Pet their heads to cheer them up and tickle them to keep them happy.
Blume dolls — approx. €10 from Amazon
Still on the theme of ‘nurture it and it will grow’, these little dolls come hidden inside their own flowerpot house. Proud owners are given tiny watering cans to help their doll grow out of the pot. There are other surprises in store too — sticker sheets or fancy shoes. Each doll (you can collect the entire set) comes with a different hairstyle and colourful outfit.
Linkimals Smooth-moves Sloth — €34.99 from Smyths
Baby-testers loved this affable fellow with his clapping hands, soft music and teachable moments. This sloth dances and also plays phrases about numbers, colours and opposites. The colourful lights and happy smile will keep little ones amused for hours. As recommended by the gang at ITV’s This Morning too.
Pictionary Air — on sale for €18 at Argos
There are few classic games that actually get better when stuffed into the online world. But this family favourite is an exception. Download the app and watch the sketches your teammates draw in the air with the magic pen appear on the screen. Brush up on your artistic skills. This is one for right after dessert, while Granny Mags is still awake.
Oblique Drifter — €70 approx. from Hamleys
Is it even Christmas if you are not tripping over a remote control car while draining the sprouts in the kitchen? This monster is recommended for ages 6 and over. It drifts smoothly from side to side and has added suspension that moves the car up and down. It also plays music so you can bop while you drop the roast spuds. Vroom-vroom!
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