What Will Your Kids Want This Christmas?
What are the Christmas Must Have Toys for boys and girls in 2020? Parents – it’s never too early to start buying Christmas gifts especially if you want a bargain. Plus, you can get the hottest toys before they sell out.
Here’s the Christmas toy and games predictions from major retailers, suppliers, industry and parenting blogs, and trade organisations as soon as they are released. These are the toys that might be on your children’s Christmas letters to Santa this year.
Below are the Christmas predictions from 2019 but we’ll update the lists for Christmas 2020 as soon as they come out. If you can’t wait until then – check out our picks of the Must Have Toys 2020.
Coming soon! The Dream Toys 2020
Dream Toys are the annual Christmas toy predictions from the UK Toy Retailers Association.
Must Have Toys from Argos Christmas 2020
There are 12 top toys on the Argos list 2020 including: LEGO Technic Lamborghini, LOL Surprise OMG Fashion Dolls series 3, LEGO Mario Starter Course, Poopsie Dancing Unicorn, Child Animatronic Edition, Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller.
See all the Argos Top Toys For Christmas 2020.
John Lewis’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2020
On John Lewis’s list this year are ten items including favourites such as LEGO, Monopoly, VTech, Brio and Micro Scooters. Also included is the children’s book ‘Earth Heroes’.
See all the John Lewis Top Toys For Christmas 2020.
Christmas Toy Predictions from Toy Shop Smyths
Smyths have ten top toys on their Christmas list this year including Monopoly, LEGO, Barbie and Paw Patrol.
See all Smyths’ Toy Predictions 2020.
Hamleys Top Toys for Christmas
There were ten top Christmas Must Have Toys on iconic toy store Hamleys Christmas list. These included Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue, LOL Surprise Alpine Chalet and Poopsie Surprise Dolls. Also on the list was Pictionary Air.
See all Hamley’s Top Toys For Christmas 2020.
Look Back At Christmas 2019
How To Spend It Well At Christmas
Phil and Steph looked at toys in the second episode of How To Spend It Well at Christmas in 2019. Llamas featured heavily but they also looked at Remote Control Cars, Dressing Up, Animals, Games and Stocking Fillers with very interesting results.
This Morning Christmas Must Have Toys
With the help of consumer experts, Holly and Phil unveiled the This Morning picks for Christmas. There were 12 top toys on the list which they tested on the show. Quite a number of these toys and games also appeared on the Christmas Lists of other retailers like Amazon, Tesco, Smyths and Hamleys.
Christmas Must Have Toys from Amazon
There were ten top Christmas Must Have Toys on Amazon’s Christmas list. Amazon predicted that interactive toys would be popular. There were three brilliant games – Pictionary Air, Bank Attack and Harry Potter Dobble. The collectible trend was well represented with Treasure X Aliens, LOL Surprise and the new Blume Doll.
The Hero Toys
The Hero Toys are selected for the annual Toy Fair held at the beginning of the year by the British Toy & Hobby Association. They are chosen by an independent panel of judges together with the BTHA and represent some of the most innovative products launching later in the year.
What makes a Must Have Toy For Christmas?
Must have toys for Christmas are new or trending toys which are very desirable as gifts. However, children don’t find the presents they want in toy shops or catalogues these days – in fact even the famous Argos ‘Book of Dreams’ isn’t being produced in 2020. Neither do kids get their gift ideas from TV ads. Social media is the big driver for the best new toys.
Even kids who are too young for Instagram or Snapchat see new toys on YouTube. Christmas gifts are often found this way. Furthermore, with the rise of social media, the most-wanted toys can come and go quickly.
Many vloggers work exclusively to market toys. Indeed, some are very young children who are paid to promote products. The larger brands like LEGO have their own channels and there is cross-over with tradition TV shows too. Therefore, in the world of toys, it can be hard to distinguish what is entertainment and what is marketing.
It’s very hard to predict what will be the next big toy trend. However, there are plenty of toys and games that have stood the test of time. Others reinvent themselves to remain relevant in a fast-moving world. For example, Monopoly has multiple new tie-ups each year.
The appeal of new toys
New things are always highly prized. Children love a novelty especially when it comes to toys. They will look to other people to see if something is worth having. If a friend, or someone else they admire, has a present they think looks good then they may well want it too. This is how crazes take off.
Sometimes it’s hard to understand why one thing is popular but another isn’t. Toy marketeers are always looking for toy sensations among the Christmas Must Have Toys. All the big retailers and trade bodies produce lists of Christmas Must Have Toys to help parents find the presents that kids want the most.
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