Remember when you were a kid and your aunty or uncle got you the ‘wrong’ present? Sometimes it was a t-shirt from a TV-show that was only cool two years ago, or maybe it was a figurine that looked a bit like a Power Ranger (but totally wasn’t a Power Ranger).
We all remember having to thank them with a fake smile, all the while regretting a precious Christmas present wasted.
You don’t want that to be you! Your heart breaking slightly as you realise they don’t like the present, and you’ve potentially lost your title as ‘the favourite’.
But now you’re a grown-up you realise how hard it is. What are kids even into these days? Do they still like fidget spinners? Who can keep up with this stuff? It all moves so fast! Christmas presents for kids is tough!
Well stress-less, we’ve got you sorted. We’ve done some digging and have listed out the top 9 Christmas presents that kids actually want in 2018. Follow this guide, and you’re sure to see those genuine pearly white smiles when they rip open the wrapping paper this festive season.
The Harry Potter range was released in July this year, so this is the first Christmas where the toy combination of two of the world’s biggest franchises will be sitting under Christmas trees, and our advice is to GET IN EARLY.
Already the LEGO website has a one set per customer limit on the Hogwarts Express set, you can also pick up a range of other Potter-verse LEGOs like the Whomping Willow, the Hogwarts Great Hall or even the whole Hogwarts castle ($649.99)!
You’ve got to give it to Monopoly. Their business model is to make the same game over and over again, with only small changes, and somehow it works! At over 3,000 different variants to date, Hasbro’s profits from Monopoly keep on growing!
Our prediction for the most popular new variant on kids’ wish lists this Christmas is the brand new Fornite version. It was the top selling board game on Amazon during the Black Friday sales and we don’t see any reason that this will change this December.
It is one of the rare Monopoly variants where the rules aren’t exactly the same as the original. You receive health bars instead of money, acquire properties automatically if you land on them and players roll one ‘action’ die that gives a player certain abilities. It is also a LOT shorter to play than regular Monopoly, which is great news for most of us.
Another shout out goes to the Monopoly Cheater’s edition, which is a version of the game that officially sanctions all the rule-bending, sneaky tricks and outright cheating that has gone on since the first Monopoly boards were sold in 1935.
In a year dominated by massive trends from Bitcoin to fidget-spinners, it might be a surprise to learn that four of the top-ten ‘how-to’ Google searches in Australia were about slime. Apparently, kids LOVE slime.
So don’t be surprised if this sassy unicorn that poops rainbow slime is one of the hottest items this festive season.
There are four different unicorn ‘characters’, and as with a few of the other toys on this list, you won’t know which one you’ve got until the little one unwraps it on Christmas Day. The packaging promises 20+ magic surprises which range from accessories for the unicorn, like brushes and clothing.
But the main selling point of this present is, of course, the making of the slime! Trust us, this one is going to be a sure-fire hit!
We know it is only just December, but this one is so popular a lot of retailers are already sold out online, so searching one out might need to be your Christmas mission.
Dinosaurs have always been popular with kids, and the FurReal Munchin’ Rex is no exception. It’s a robotic baby dinosaur that has over 35 different sound and motion combinations based on how your kids interact with them, a lot of them based on feeding him his different ‘snacks’.
Expect to see a whole lot of them around after December 25th and, as we mentioned, start looking now so your kid doesn’t miss out.
The surprise Christmas present smash hit of 2017 was the L.O.L. Big Surprise and with 10 extra surprises in the 2018 version it is sure to be just as B.I.G! If you’re unfamiliar with it, it plays on the online trend of ‘unboxing’ videos and brings it to the world of kid’s toys.
The key factor: you don’t know exactly what you’re buying. You get a big sparkly case that contains 60 smaller surprises that all need to be opened individually. It’s like 60 presents for your kids inside one!
Most of the surprises are clothes and accessories for the L.O.L dolls that come in the middle of the packaging, but there are a bunch of extras for your kids to work out (like text that can only be seen with a special magnifying glass) making the unwrapping experience even more exciting.
Another ‘mystery’ present, Hatchimals Hatchibabies is the toy that unwraps itself.
The Hatchimal’s brand was first launched in October 2016, and the demand was crazy, leading it to be designated the ‘hottest’ toy of that year, and the craze isn’t showing much sign of slowing down.
The toy comes as an egg and when it is activated the baby Hatchimal ‘hatches’ its way out.
You can get a whole bunch of different Hatchimals from a ‘Chipadee’ to a ‘Cheetree’ to a ‘Ponette’, or if you are adventurous, you could buy a Mystery Egg to really heighten the suspense.
A blast from the past, the original Tamagotchi is back!
Bandai America, The American arm of the company that first thought up the digital pet released a new updated version of Tamagotchi last year, but it did not go over that well. According to the company’s marketing director as soon as the new version was released, fans began clamouring for the original.
So they did (with a few extra features).
Granted there are probably going to be just as many nostalgic adults as there are young ones excited about unwrapping a Tamagotchi from under the tree this season, they are still expected to be a hot seller this Christmas across the board.
The new Disney Star Wars movies have introduced the characters from a galaxy far, far away to a whole new generation of kids, and as a result, there is a whole new generation of high-tech Star Wars toys out there.
The pick of this Christmas season is Hasbro’s Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie. Chewbacca has always been a franchise favourite, so this should probably not be too much of a surprise.
Like many of the ‘Fur-real’ toy range, Chewie has a variety of different actions and sounds that can be unlocked by different actions from scratching his head to playing him music.
Fingerlings were one of the breakthrough toy hits in 2017. They are little interactive monkeys that sit on your kid’s finger and respond to a range of different words, noises and actions.
Well, it’s hardly surprising that the folks responsible for Fingerlings over at WowWee didn’t stop at monkeys. Following Fingerling Unicorns, Australia now gets the Fingerling Untamed Dinosaurs.
As could be expected the Dinosaurs are a little more growly and chompy than their furry predecessors but they are just as cute in their own way and are expected to be just as popular.
Have we missed any hot Christmas toys for 2018? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget, if you’re looking to spread the cost of your Christmas gift expenses, Nimble can help with simple, stress free loans up to $5,000.
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