Looking for inspiration when it comes to gift-buying this year? Especially when it comes to the ‘youth’? John Lewis Toys and Books buyer, Elaine Hooper and her team, have spent the last year scouring the world for toys. With this in mind, the team has compiled its very own Top Ten Toy guide, which includes all the toys and games that they predict will be on top of the pile under the tree this Christmas. From retro Lego figures and traditional wooden toys to the new gadgets and technology must haves, John Lewis will once again be a toy and game treasure trove with something special for all ages and pockets for the festive season.
Elaine Hooper, Toys and Books buyer for John Lewis explains “We know the impact technologically-based toys are having on children and they will be huge again this year, but, there is also a marked and growing demand for classic toys and our list reflects both these trends.”
1. KURIO 10”, £200, Age 4+
Predicted as one of our key gifts for the whole family, the Kurio is THE android tablet designed for children and comes pre-loaded with some of the web’s most popular apps. It can hold up to 8 individual profiles, each of which can be controlled by parents. Other features include time control, video, music, computer, front and back, camera and four separate internet settings.
2. INNOTAB 2, £84.95, Age 4+
VTech’s InnoTab 2 combines educational games, creative activities and e- books on a multi-functional, multi-media touch-screen tablet that’s just the right size for young hands.
3. APP FISHING, £24.95, Age 8+
Perfect for older children and adults alike, John Lewis is confident that AppToyz will be amongst this year’s best sellers. The App Fishing rod is one of our favourites and will make the perfect gift for any sports fan.
4. FURBY, £59.95, Age 5+
The cuddly classic is back and has been brought bang up to date to appeal to a new generation that has grown up with smart phones and tablets. Much cleverer than his predecessor, this interactive pet will be a welcomed addition to many families on Christmas day.
5. LEGO CAMPER VAN, £79.95, Age 16+
Exclusive to John Lewis, this authentic camper van is a replica of the classic Volkswagen Camper Van from 1962. Amazingly detailed both inside and out, the van includes everything from the iconic pop-up roof and spherical speedometer.
6. LEGO DUPLO GARAGE, £29.95, Age 2+
Also exclusive to John Lewis, this Lego Duplo garage is aimed at younger Lego fans. They can refuel their car and motorcycle and even go shopping. The set includes a shop, restroom, car, motorcycle and 2 Duplo figures.
7. 3-IN-1 MICRO SCOOTER, £79.95, Age 1+
Available in pink and blue, the Mini Micro sit and scoot T-Bar Scooter is the perfect option for children who are too young for a Micro Scooter but are desperate to have a go. This adaptable version has a sturdy clip on seat and is suitable for ages 1 – 5 so even very small children can enjoy a ride.
8. BABY BUTTERSCOTCH, £99.95, Age 4+
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the real thing this Christmas, then Baby Butterscotch pony is the perfect alternative. This soft, cuddly, miniature pony responds to touch by moving her head and ears while making pony sounds just like a real pony.
9. CHRISTMAS HEXBUG, £6.95, Age 3+
This bauble encased limited edition version of the Hexbug comes with its very own reindeer antlers and is the perfect festive gift for a secret santa or stocking.
10. JOHN LEWIS DOLL’S HOUSE, £100, Age 3+
Designed to encourage imaginative play, this exclusive and beautiful dolls house is part of the wooden toy collection at John Lewis. The house opens from either side, has two central staircases and the roof lifts up making it easy to share play with friends and siblings. Also available are delightfully detailed wooden furniture roomsets including bathroom, living room, bedroom and kitchen ensuring this classic toy will stimulate and amuse for hours.
For further Christmas gift inspiration visit your local John Lewis (John Lewis Norwich) or go online at www.johnlewis.com. For more information including stockist details, please visit www.johnlewis.com or call 08456 049 049.