Category Archives: Christmas


Present and gift ideas for the whole family this Christmas.


Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. As is the custom, presents are gifted to family members and friends during the festival.

We help parents and other gift-givers by listing the most popular toys, games and toy trends of the year. They are selected and promoted by the retailers, newspapers and magazines and online publishers, as well as the leading toy trade associations.

Bloggers and vloggers are very influential too. Children see the toys and games they want on YouTube first. The whole ‘unwrapping’ toy trend started on YouTube. Toy trends establish very quickly in the playground and via social media. Surprise toy trends of recent times include fidget spinners and slime.

STEAM toys, such as robots and interactive toys, are now increasingly popular. Film and TV franchises sell well in to the toy market.

Christmas Books For Children

We Pick Our Favourite Christmas Books For Children Even though my children are teenagers, I can’t bear to throw away any of their Christmas books. They are stored in the trunk with the decorations and all the little Christmassy things they have made over the years. Many are very fragile now but they make us… Read More »

What Is A Christmas Eve Box?

A Christmas Eve Box For The Night Before Christmas I was perusing Pinterest the other day and discovered a ‘thing’ that I’d never heard of before: The Christmas Eve Box. This is a decorated box (you can make it or buy it) that is filled with little presents and activities. It is given to younger… Read More »

Black Friday – All You Need To Know

Amazon Is Starting Black Friday Early This Year! Amazon is starting its Black Friday deals a week early this year. You’ll know that Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the US. Thanksgiving Day is always the fourth Thursday in November and it’s a big celebration. Traditionally, retailers open early and slash prices. For the… Read More »

Christmas Jumpers For Children

The Latest Christmas Jumpers Christmas Jumpers are now very much part of the run-up to Christmas. Lots of schools celebrate Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. In my experience, you need to get these early. I’ve been to the shops with my children to buy a Christmas Jumper and found nothing in their size. Of… Read More »

Christmas Presents Teenagers

Christmas Presents For Teenagers 2017 What are the best Christmas Presents For Teenagers 2017? Here’s our predictions of the Hottest Christmas Gifts For Teens 2017. We’ve got teens so this is our specialist subject area. Also see  Toy Crazes – all teens love a craze! Everything Everything – Best-selling book, now a film. Lumie Alarm Clock – The body-clock alarm that… Read More »

Stocking Fillers Christmas 2017

What Are The Best Stocking Fillers 2017? What are the best Christmas Stocking Fillers 2017? Here’s some toys, games and novelties that may be suitable for stocking fillers or smaller gifts this Christmas. Also see our page on Toy Crazes because these often make good stocking fillers too. Best Stocking Fillers 2017 Here’s some ideas for stocking fillers for… Read More »