Christmas Must Have Toys

What Will Your Kids Want This Christmas?

What are the Christmas Must Have Toys for boys and girls in 2020? Here’s the Christmas toy and games list from major retailers, suppliers, industry and parenting blogs, and trade organisations. They are the presents they think will be our your kids’ letters to Santa this year. Remember to shop early for Black Friday deals!

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How To Spend It Well At Christmas 2020

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This Morning Christmas Toys 2020

Holly and Phil from the ITV1 show This Morning have 12 Top Christmas Toys on their list this year including Gotta Go Flamingo and Laser Battle Hunters.

See all the This Morning Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2020.

Christmas Must Have Toys from Amazon

Amazon’s Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2020 includes LOL Surprise, Squeakee The Interactive Balloon Dog and Kidizoom Studio.

See all Amazon’s Top 12 Toys For Christmas.

The Dream Toys 2020

Dream Toys  are the annual Christmas toy predictions from the UK Toy Retailers Association. The Dream Toys were announced a bit earlier for 2020. The list includes LOL Surprise OMG Remix Fashion Doll, Laser Battle Hunters, Monopoly for Sore Losers and Star Wars The Mandalorian.

See all the Dream Toys 2020.

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.

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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