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Editor's pick: Gifts for kids

 

From Paddington Bear to  Lego, here are some of the top toys for Christmas 2017. 

Lego Star Wars First Order Heavy Assault Walker

£130

Lego is still top of a lot of kids' wishlists - especially when it comes to Star Wars Lego. 

Add this armour-plated monster machine to their First Order army with the Heavy Assault Walker from Lego as it prepares for battle in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Featuring posable legs and head, rapid-fire top stud shooter and detachable canisters that can be released from the rear, this detailed model comes complete with five mini-figures including Captain Poe Dameron.

 

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Spinmaster Hatchimals Surprise Purple Egg

£75

Hatchimals need you to hatch them out and bring them to life, and now there’s an extra surprise in store…with twin Hatchimals to hatch out and look after!

Simply hold, rub and tap the shell of your egg until you see little eyes flashing rainbow colours. It’s time…and your first twin will push, push, push until the eggshell cracks. Gently lift out your first Hatchimal, and then reach into the egg to bring out the second. Each interactive character needs you to care for them as they grow from babyhood to toddler. They share a special bond, telling jokes to each other, playing games, telling each other “I Love You” and more. They each have their own personality too - watch as one moves and dances, while the other sings and repeats everything you say! But don’t separate them for too long – or one twin will start calling out for the other!

Age 5+

 

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Paw Patrol Lights & Sounds Air Patroller Plane

£45 

 

Batteries are included in this popular Paw Patrol Air Patroller so they can start playing as soon as it's unwrapped on Christmas Day! Fly to the aid of Adventure Bay in a helicopter or a plane, as the Air Patroller transforms into both. With real lights and sounds they can let those in need of rescue know that they are on their way to save the day! The Air Patroller comes with a Robopup figure to pilot their missions. Perfect for ages 3+.

 

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Rainbow Paddington Movie Dancing Paddington

£35

Thanks to the new Paddington 2 movie, our favourite bear is back on the Christmas wish list this year. Based on the movie this dancing Paddington swings his hips to the beat. Perfect for kids and big kids alike. 

 

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Hasbro Monopoly Junior

£14

It's one of our toy buyer's top games for Christmas, and Monopoly Junior is perfect for a family game over the Christmas period and throughout the year.  Pass Go, take a Chance card, and you might just build the property of your dreams…or you might end up in jail! 

 

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Bah! Humbug!

Michael Rosen 

£8.99

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of "A Christmas Carol", the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it's likely his father won't stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story's message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father's distracted heart? A great story for older children. 

 

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Playmobil Take Along Fairy Unicorn Garden

£30

The popularity of unicorns is still going strong so this toy from Playmobil will be adored by anyone who loves these magicial creatures. This playset features a unicorn and her foals and a fairy, which can all be packed away into a carry case so that they can take the magic with them wherever they go.

 

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Steiff Elmar Teddy Bear

£65

There is something personal about giving a traditional bear as a present and a Steiff bear is one that they will treasure forever. At 40cm high, this bear will be loved by kids and adults alike. 

 

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That's Not My Reindeer Book and Toy 

Fiona Watt

£14.99

A charming Christmas tale that they will want to hear again and again, That's Not My Reindeer is a book they can touch and feel as they meet five reindeer all with velvety ears, fuzzy necks and shiny red noses. The book comes with a soft toy reindeer for them to cuddle as they listen to the book. 

 

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Twas the Night Before Christmas Book & Jigsaw

Lesley Sims

£7.99

The popular Christmas book now comes with a puzzle, so you and they can have fun while reading the tale of how Santa's 'belly shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly'! This is a gift that is guaranteed to come out every Christmas. 

 

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Lego Friends Sunshine Catamaran

£65

Perfect for children 7+, it's all aboard the Sunshine Catamaran as it starts it's cruise across the sea. Splash in the swimming pool, use the personal scooter to pull the banana boat, or play with the friendly dolphins in the sea. The top of the boat can be lifted off to reveal the living quarters, such as the lounge with its see-through floor. The set includes three mini figures  Olivia, Stephanie and Liam – and Sheen and Sapphire the dolphins. 

 

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A Year of Stories and Things To Do

Shirley Hughes

£19.99

It's the book that will take them through the year with a monthly guide to things to do, crafts to make, games to play and ideas to explore, along with some of the best-loved stories and poems from Shirley Hughes.  A delightful, fun collection which will bring joy throughout the year, and for years to come. 

 

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