We may still be having lazy Sunday afternoon barbeques in the garden and liberally applying SPF 50 to every nook and cranny of our toddler, but that doesn't mean it's too early to suss out the best Christmas present for your little one. Especially as the toys on this list are predicted to sell out quick!
Check out this list of the 10 MUST HAVE toys for Christmas 2018. From souped-up fidget spinners to more complex LEGO creations and sneaky ways to get your kids to learn while playing, we have it alll...
Best Christmas Toys 2018:
These take the fidget spinner game to a whole new level. A pocket-sized electronic spinning top which counts your spins and keeps track of your score so you can challenge yourself and your friends. It has three play modes - Top Score, 99 Spin Challenge and Compass mode.
The Nerf Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint blaster 2-pack will keep your kids busy all Christmas morning! It allows players to go head-to-head in live-action laser battles - fire shots and they register hits with lights and sounds and display health and ammo capacity on the back. The Nerf Laser Alpha series also features other great products such as Alpha Hawk Blaster and Alpha Trooper.
3) My First Scooter, £49.99, John Lewis
If your little one is active or you want something to encourage them to spend less time looking at a screen and more time outdoors then these are the perfect present. Watch your kids scoot to school or around the garden with these updated John Lewis scooters. They will be zipping their way into stores and online at John Lewis in Autum 2018.
It wouldn't be Christmas if their wasn't something LEGO on your child's letter to Father Christmas. Move their toys into the fast lane this Christmas, with this model replica of the Bugatti Chiron in the classic duo-tone blue colour scheme. It features an active rear wing, 8-speed gearbox with paddle gearshift, W16 engine and spoked rims plus a set of stickers for additional detailing.
Your kids would love a pet but you know you'll end up looking after it? Fear not! This talented dog performs cool tricks: flipping his bone, shaking his paws and barking a tune! Ricky has 100+ sound-and-motion combinations: happy sounds, tilting his heading, shuffling with excitement and more. Reward him with treats and when you pet him he poops them back out.
6) Waitrose Supermarket, £45, and John Lewis Kitchen, £59, John Lewis
Miniature home products are always on trend and the Waitrose mini supermarket and John Lewis kitchen do not disappoint. They are the perfect role-play toys to let your little one feel like a grown-up and encourage their creativity. Watch them sell groceries and stack the shelves at the supermarket before they cook up a storm in the super sweet and realistic kitchen, complete with hobs, sink, oven and a cupboard. These products will both be available in-store and online at John Lewis from Autumn 2018.
With this cargo train, your toddler can be in the driving seat! The set contains five coloured action bricks which make the train sound its horn, turn on the lights, refuel, change direction and stop. They can load and unload cargo using the crane, collect fish from the boat at the harbour and stop for lunch at the cafe. Download the accompanying app for remote-control function and extra activities for the kids to complete.
Toys that are educational as well as fun? Experience the power of Gravity! GraviTrax is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) track system. Kids can use their imagination to build tracks to teach them about gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and problem-solving. They can freestyle with their own designs or use the blueprints included.
The Mover kit is the ideal way to introduce coding to kids - play is the best way to learn! This toy has infinite possibilities for fun with open-ended creating and inventing as well as dozens of projects online. Get moving, building and coding with this toy that teaches creative problem-solving skills.
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