There are only five Fridays until Christmas and parents around the country are starting to think about which toys will make the 'it' list this year.
So we decided to take a look at the top searches on Trade Me along with some national and international trends to predict which top 10 toys will be making Kiwi kids smile on Christmas morning.
Check out the media release below for more information about the toys that have made this year’s ‘it’ list.
Ferocious friends for Kiwi kids this Christmas
Kiwi kids will be playing with ferocious pets, hatching furry robots and spending hours unwrapping miniature dolls on Christmas morning, according to Trade Me’s top 10 children’s Christmas gifts.
Trade Me’s Millie Silvester said popular searches onsite were combined with national and international trends to predict what will be making New Zealand children smile when they unwrap this Christmas.
“Hatchimals were last year’s runaway favourite, and became virtually impossible to get hold of as youngsters’ obsessed over the ‘colleggtibles’. Parents had to learn the hard way that if you wait too long, you risk missing out on that special toy or paying way over retail value,” she said.
Hatchimals are furry robot creatures which hatch from an egg and need to be cared for as they grow. “If Furby and Tamagotchi got together and had babies, they would have Hatchimals. It’s no surprise they’ve released the next generation in time for Christmas, and this year it's double trouble with Twin Hatchimals.”
Miss Silvester said Hatchimals weren’t the only toy to get a Christmas 2017 reboot. “FurReal Friends have brought out a series of ‘poopin’ pets. These “pets” require walking and feeding, plus you need to ‘tidy up’ after they’ve digested their dinner.
“Another furry friend has taken top spot on Trade Me’s top Christmas toy list, Feisty Pets. Parents will be scrambling to get their paws on this new interactive pet stuffed with attitude. These two-faced soft toys turn from darling to demonic with a quick squeeze, narrowing their eyes and revealing a scary set of fangs.
“Be warned though, these little critters have been used to frighten the life out of unsuspecting family members so make sure anyone with a nervous disposition is forewarned.
“L.O.L Surprise dolls are an unlikely contender this Christmas in an era of high tech toys, but these little dolls have already sold out in some parts of the U.S,” Miss Silvester said. “Each doll comes encased in multiple layers of wrapping with a built-in element of surprise as each layer reveals a new accessory before you reach the L.O.L doll.”
Miss Silvester said Lego retained its place in the hearts of Kiwi kids and the classic building blocks were a perennial feature on the top 10 children’s Christmas gifts. “Lego has reinvented itself time and time again, it’s popular all year round on Trade Me but especially at Christmas. Parents will be pleased that this year’s Lego craze is designed to keep the bricks off the floor. Lego Tape sticks to most surfaces so kids can be even more imaginative with their building blocks and find all sorts of new places to put their creations.”
Top kids’ gifts – 2017
For last year's predictions, check out this article.
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