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Black Friday kickstarts the Christmas shopping season with plenty of great deals and offers on toys and games. With heavy reductions on the latest and greatest toys on the market, you can get your shopping done a month before Christmas. For ideas on what to buy, check out our in-depth guide on the Top Kids Toys of 2018, including all the hot toys on the market. 

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Toys & Games Guide: Top Kids Toys of 2018

Top Toys 2018We've compiled a list of what we think will be the top selling toys this Christmas 2018 based on data from major toy selling retailers. For whatever reason, the unicorn is back with a bang and kids cannot get enough of it, so we've even included a section dedicated to all things unicorn, showcasing the top unicorn toys on the market, including one that… errr… poos rainbow slime! There are also loads of dinosaurs, robots, and weird looking creatures.

So far we're not seeing any obvious sell-outs like 2017's ever-coveted Luvabella Doll, which was already low in stock in the months leading up to Christmas, but as Santa hasn't received many letters yet, it might just be too early to tell.

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Top 2018 Action Toys

Whether it’s a dream of taking on the bad guys or simply a desire to get involved in the fun-filled world of action heroes, these toys offer the opportunity to let your imagination run wild. There are options for every age, so as long as you know how old the person is you’re buying for then you’ll be able to find something on the list that’s suitable.

This section is for the boys and girls (and grown-ups!) that want their toys to be a little bit more involved, to offer them something a tad more exciting than run-of-the-mill offerings you might find elsewhere. Whether it’s playing cops and robbers or jumping to the rescue of a stranded soul, these toys are bound to entertain.

Nerf Laser Ops Pro (Pack of 2)

For ages 8+ | £39.99 from Amazon (Normally £44.99)
Nerf Laser Ops Pro

Nerf continue to develop toys that thrill and excite, with the Nerf Laser Ops Pro being no exception. This gives two users a chance to face each other in an infrared gun battle, even offering the ability to view real-time information within an accompanying mobile phone application. The pack includes two weapons, but they can be linked to others to let you play team battles. If you ever played laser-tag then you’ll know what these are about.

Paw Patrol Rescue Ultimate Fire Truck Play Set

For ages 3+ | £68.50 from Amazon (Normally £69.99)
Paw Patrol Rescue Ultimate Fire Truck Play Set

Paw Patrol is probably one of the most popular cartoons around at the moment, so what better gift for a lover of the show than Marshall and his Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck? It has a ladder than can extend out to two feet, has lights that flash and sounds that let the stranded know you’re on your way. There's even room on board for all six members of the Paw Patrol (Sold Separately). You can even use an extendable claw to save those in trouble!

PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

For ages 3+ | £39.99 from Argos (Normally £50)
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

Rivaling the Paw Patrol gang in terms of popularity is the PJ Masks crew, so if the kids that you’re buying for prefer the idea of putting on their pajamas and becoming a superhero then the PJ Masks Headquarters might be for them. You can activate the goggle and get red owl vision, much like Owlette from the TV series. From trapping baddies within the tree snarls through to using the Spyscope to shoot fur-balls, this offers hours of fun. It even comes with a Cat Boy figure and the car that he drives around in.

Top 2018 Dolls

In terms of classic toys that have survived countless generations, you don’t get much better than dolls. The key thing nowadays is that they’re significantly improved on the weird Victorian-era dolls that sat with dead eyes, staring at you and inhabiting your nightmares. Instead, they’re exciting, vibrant, fun-filled offerings that do a host of different things.

It’s not just the advancements in the materials used to build the dolls that have altered what they can do, either. New technology means that they have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves, making them more like interactive toys than anything else. There are also different types of what you might refer to as ‘dolls’ available now, broadening the range of who might want them and play with them like never before.

Nella the Princess Knight

For ages 2+ | £9.99 from Argos
Nella the Princess Knight

Living in a world of dragons, unicorns and adventures, Nella is, as the name suggests, a princess and a knight. She doesn’t need anyone to rescue her, being perfectly capable of saving herself and keeping her parents’ kingdom safe. Dressed in both beautiful clothing and armor with a sword in hand, there are even different versions of Nella out there depending on what you want your doll to do. Perhaps the most popular is a soft doll (available from £17.99) that can sing the song’s theme song and say popular phrases.

Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Doll

For ages 3+ | From £39.99 at Argos
Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Doll

If you’re looking for a more ‘traditional’ doll that looks like a baby then the Chad Valley Tiny Treasure Doll is the one for you. It not only looks like a real baby but even has a built-in scent that makes it smell like one. Weighted to give it a life-like feel, the doll even comes with a birth certificate and hospital tag. There are also tons of outfits, carriers and changing bags to go along with it.

Playmobil 9227 City Life Wedding Limo

For ages 4+ | £27.73 from Amazon (Normally £29.99)
Playmobil 9227 City Life Wedding Limo

Playmobil offer something a little bit different with their City Life Wedding Limo. As well as a limousine that’s been setup for a wedding, complete with decorative flowers on the front and a tin can attached to the back, it’s also got both a bride and groom and a driver. You can take the roof off the limo, too, meaning that you can see the luxury interior of the car; it’s decorated with flowers and has drinks for the happy couple.

Top 2018 Furry Friends

They say that a dog is man’s best friend, but there are many furry creatures that kids and adults alike feel a connection to. Not everyone is a doll lover, so those that aren’t keen on toys that are designed to look like humans may fall in love with a scruffy pet or even an untamed dinosaur.

Perhaps your little one has been begging you for a dog and you’re not sure they’re ready for the responsibility yet, well, getting them a fake doggy will both delight them and give them the opportunity to prove you wrong. Alternatively, you might know of a little one that has a loving attitude, meaning that a toy that they can watch hatch and grow will be ideal for them.

Scruff-a-Luvs Rescue Pets

Scruff-a-Luvs Rescue Pets

When it comes to teaching younger ones about the responsibility involved in owning a pet, nothing spells that out more than dealing with rescue animals. Scruff-a-Luvs arrive looking scruffy and in need of love and care, but once they’ve been given the attention they deserve they’ll develop into a Furry Friend Forever. Wash it and groom it and find out whether you’ve got a rabbit, a cat or a dog. What better toy is there than one you’ve rescued and fallen in love with?

FurReal Friends - Ricky, The Trick Lovin Pup

FurReal Friends - Ricky, The Trick Lovin Pup

Last year it was all about the FurReal Roarin' Tyler the Playful Tiger, but this year, it's all about Ricky. Ricky isn’t just your run-of-the-mill fluffy dog toy, instead, he has the ability to perform tricks for your amusement and entertainment. He has more than a hundred motion and sound combinations to respond to you with, allowing you to reward him with a pat or a treat. Most dogs know how to offer a paw for your to shake, but Ricky can do so much more, up to and including balancing a bone on his nose and then flipping it and catching it in his mouth.

My Little Pony Mega Collection

For ages 3+ | £25.99 from Argos
My Little Pony Mega Collection

Is there a generation nowadays that doesn’t know of My Little Pony? Regardless, today you can get the Mega Collection, which is based on the recent My Little Pony movie and contains six Ponies for your delectation. If you’re wondering, the My Little Ponies that you’ll get in the Mega Collection are Rarity, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Applejack. Standing at around six inches in height and boasting a mane and tail, the Ponies give you a chance to create your own adventures.

Fuggler

Fuggler

What the Fuggler is this all about, then? The name is a portmanteau of ‘Funny’, ’Ugly’ and ‘Monster’, which tells you most of what you need to know. These plush toys are weird looking creatures that boast a mouth full of teeth. You get an adoption certificate, just in case you’re worried that someone else is going to come along and claim them as their own, but they’re mostly worth getting for their… interesting looks. The whole idea behind them is that they’re unique, with forty different creatures from which to choose.

FurReal ‘Munchin’ Rex the Interactive Toy Dinosaur

For ages 4+ | £49.99 from Amazon
FurReal ‘Munchin’ Rex the Interactive Toy Dinosaur

Is Rex a cousin of Ricky the puppy? Or, is it he’s just his pre-historic pal? Rex offers more than thirty sound and movement combinations to keep you entertained, including the ability to either eat or spit out the treats that you try to feed him. There’s definitely something realistic about that, given that he’ll hop around and beg you to feed him only to be fussy about what he eats. In this case, Rex hates broccoli. Maybe not the best way to teach your kids to eat vegetables, but who likes broccoli?

Fingerlings Untamed Dino

Fingerlings Untamed Dino

Dinosaurs have become more popular than since the Jurassic Park era in recent times, with the Fingerlings Untamed Dino range promising an opportunity to have a mini-beast of your own. They have gripping claws, jaws that can snap and the ability to roar their disapproval courtesy of more than forty different animations and sounds. You can choose whether you want to tame them or leave them in their untamed manner (perhaps if there’s an annoying sister knocking about). There is also a cute unicorn version for the non-dino fans.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles (Season 3)

For ages 5+ | From £7 at Amazon (4-pack)
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles (Season 3)

This toy is about more than just a really enjoyable pun. There are over one hundred new characters available in series three of the Hatchimals collection, which need love and affection to be showered on them before they’ll come out to play. Once they’ve been heated up enough for the egg to change colour you can press down on it and crack the shell to reveal your new buddy. There’s even the possibility that you might hatch twins! Hatchimals was the hit sell-out toy in 2016 and it's clutching on each year with new releases. Will this be another eggplosive Christmas or will Hatchimals get poached?

Top 2018 Unicorn Toys

If dinosaurs are the most popular creatures around at the moment that have actually existed then unicorns are surely their made-up rivals for the top spot. The unicorn is a creature of legend, having a horn spiraling out of its forehead, which is supposed to be able to cure sickness and make poisoned water drinkable. That’s all in mythology, of course, with today’s unicorns tending to be colourful and garish creatures that being fun and entertainment to any situation.

There’s virtually no toy or thing that can’t be made into a unicorn, from a toothbrush to a pillow, via clothing and swimming pool floats. If you’ve been to virtually any shop anywhere over recent months then you’ll almost certainly have seen a unicorn somewhere on the shelves. It’s little wonder, then, that toy manufacturers have decided to jump on board the unicorn bandwagon with a selection of different colourful offerings.

Fingerlings Unicorn

For ages 5+ | £16.99 from Argos
Fingerlings Unicorn

If you like the idea of the Fingerlings Untamed Dino but the person you’re buying for isn’t too keen on dinosaurs, then it might be worth considering the unicorn alternative. The Fingerlings Unicorn also likes to grab onto things but does so in a cute manner, rather than a menacing one. It will respond to noises, motion and even touch, having the ability to return any kisses you send their way. With different reactions available depending on whether you hold it upside down or not, this a super cute gift for unicorn lovers.

VTech Fantasy Unicorn

For ages 5+ | £49.99 from Argos
VTech Fantasy Unicorn

Unicorns are meant to be magical creatures, so it’s only right that there’s a toy that seems to demonstrate such magic. That was presumably the thinking behind VTech’s Fantasy Unicorn, which is named Myla and allows users to select a colour from her make-up palate with the magic brush and then apply it to various parts of her. When the brush applies the make-up you’ll see Myla’s wing, eyes or horn light up. There’s also a microphone so you can sing songs with her!

Out There Sew Your Own Sock Unicorn

For ages 8+ | £5 from Amazon (Normally £10)
Out There Sew Your Own Sock Unicorn

Nothing says the magic of unicorns quite like… socks? The idea behind the Out There gift is that you get a sock and everything you could possibly need to turn said sock into a fluffy pink unicorn. You’ll need to sew those things, such as eyes, tail and horn, onto the sock and there’s plenty of extra stuff in the box to try again if it doesn’t go right the first time (you'd need to supply your own extra sock, however).

Poopsie Unicorn Surprise Slime

For ages 3+ | £49.99 from Argos
Poopsie Unicorn Surprise Slime

From the title, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was just a bowl of fake unicorn poo. That would be to grossly undersell this toy, however, as it actually includes the unicorn that does the pooping. The idea here is that you feed the unicorn a selection of different unicorn foods and then watch as it poops that food out as rainbow slime. You can store it in the collectible Poopsie keychain and there’s even a scent drop so that it smells as magical as it looks.

Feisty Pets Glenda Glitterpoop Unicorn Plush

For ages 3+ | £14.99 from Argos
Feisty Pets Glenda Glitterpoop Unicorn Plush

This is a unicorn-based option for those that like their toys to be a little bit naughty. On first inspection you’d think that Glenda was a delightful, friendly unicorn made of plush materials that would be nice to stroke and cuddle. A quick squeeze behind her ears, however, and her delightful, smiling face turns into a scary, toothy snarl. This might be a great gift from a brother to a sister, say, looking lovely on the outside but with a trick side hidden away.

My Lovely Unicorn Electric Ride-On

For ages 3+ | £229.99 from Argos
My Lovely Unicorn Electric Ride-On

We mentioned before that dolls are a traditional gift and one of the things they’re matched by is rocking horses. Well, Feber have designed the next level of rocking horse in the shape of a unicorn that you can ride around on! Using the reins, riders can make it go forwards, backwards and left and right up to speeds of just shy of two-miles an hour. There’s also a medical rainbow horn filled with light and sound. The 12v battery can last for up to fifty minutes.

Top 2018 LEGO Sets

The remarkable thing about LEGO is just how timeless its proving itself to be. The Danish company was founded in 1932 and for a time it was seen as a fun but rudimentary toy that involved building random things by clicking the various blocks together. Over the years, however, it’s taken on a new lease of life, particularly thanks to deals with major film companies that allow users to create LEGO versions of their favourite characters.

Perhaps the most clever thing that LEGO have done is create designs for all ages, including adults. You’re just as likely to find a thirty-year-old being protective about the Millennium Falcon that they’ve built as a five-year-old showing off their winter village. That’s why LEGO has proven itself to be so long-lasting, because you can keep it as a keepsake as much as build it for fun.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

For ages 9+ | £84.99 from Amazon
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

Speaking of deals that Lego have made with film companies, few have been as successful as the one they made with Warner Bros over the Harry Potter franchise. If you or someone you know is a big fan of the wizarding world then the Great Hall from Hogwarts might catch your eye. It’s set over four levels and includes a fireplace, the Grand Staircase tower and a heap of magical artifacts like the Sorting Hat. You’ll also get ten mini-figures, such as Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger and Harry Potter himself.

LEGO City Arctic Mobile Exploration Base

For ages 7+ | £67.99 from Argos (Normally £84.99)
LEGO City Arctic Mobile Exploration Base

This set is designed to allow you to go on the explore around the ‘arctic’ to see what you can find. As well as six lego mini-figures, which include explorers, a driver and a mammoth, you’ll also get a crane with a hook and a platform. You can hook the vehicles together in a chain in order to ensure that you don’t lose any of them and then analyse anything you find in the mobile lab.

LEGO Duplo Cargo Train

For ages 2+ | £99.93 from Amazon
Lego Duplo Cargo Train

Aimed at a younger audience in order to get them into the world of Lego, the Duplo Cargo Train lets toddlers interact with it in a number of different manners. Perhaps the Push & Go motor of the train will engage them, or maybe they’ll be more intrigued by the crane and boat located in the harbour. Whatever it is that takes their fancy, they’ll find this set to be an interesting and engaging one, building the track that the train has to go around and then controlling its forward and backwards motion.

LEGO Ninjago Samurai X Cave Chaos

For ages 9+ | £139.95 from Amazon
LEGO Ninjago Samurai X Cave Chaos

If the Harry Potter franchise’s explosion into the world of Lego was entirely predictable then the Ninjago one is somewhat more surprising. Here you can head to the hi-tech inventor launchpad to build your own jet plane, but you’ll need to be aware of the likes of General Kozu hanging around to steal the samurai vehicles that you create. This is a full-on creative cave filled with the Ninjago characters that you love and others that you love to hate.

Top 2018 Tech Toys

The generic title of ‘tech’ might sound a bit underwhelming, but in reality, it’s a way of covering any number of exciting new toys that engage the mind of the more technology-minded youngsters out there. How much you engage with tech will likely reveal your age, but certainly those of a more youthful persuasion use technology like older ones will have visited libraries or drank gold top milk.

More often than not the toys in this section are educational, designed to teach people how to code or interact with artificial intelligence. This might be the section that you’ll want to look through if you’re buying a present for someone with an inquisitive mind or who likes to be creative in a more modern way than the traditional methods of painting or building something.

GraviTrax Starter Set

For ages 8+ | £39.99 from Amazon
GraviTrax Starter Set

Don’t be fooled by the title of this one, this isn’t a ‘starter set’ in the usual meaning of it being for a younger audience. Instead, it’s aimed at those who are interested in the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, with the STEM track system showing off the power of gravity. Can you build a set that allows the Gravity Spheres to travel around it without disappearing off before the reach the end? You can extend the track indefinitely with additional kits, so imagination doesn’t have to be limited.

Botley the Coding Robot

For ages 5+ | £64.99 from Amazon (Normally £79)
Botley the Coding Robot

Botley is a cleverly designed robot that can be taught to do any number of actions via the world of coding. Unlike the GraviTrax set, this very much is a starter kit into the world of STEM coding, with the kit giving children a chance to learn how to make it move around, detect and avoid an object and even repeat a pre-programmed sequence; all without the use of a screen like a mobile phone or tablet.

Tech Will Save Us Coder Kit

Tech Will Save Us Coder Kit

If the idea of coding sounds fun but Botley appears to be aimed at a younger audience than you’re looking to buy for then you might prefer the Coder Kit from Tech Will Save Us. Aimed at those aged eight and over, this is a wearable kit that responds to movement once you’ve created a code and programmed it in. It’s splash proof, has motion sensors built in and has lights that flash depending on what it’s been told to do and the actions that the wearer carriers out.

Boxer AI Robot

For ages 6+ | £69.99 from Amazon (Normally £79.99)
Boxer AI Robot

Don’t worry, this isn’t training kids to fight like Tyson Fury. Instead, Boxer is a box-shaped robot that can play games and keep your little one entertained for hours. It comes with ten activity cards that you chose one of, place in front of him and he’ll then roll over it to see what activity you’re going to be playing. After that, he’ll engage in the likes of bowling, go karting or even football thanks to the ball you get with the kit. You can interact with Boxer in other ways, thanks to his remote and infrared sensor.

Top 2018 Board Games

When it comes to Christmas gifts, you really can’t go too far wrong with a game. Time has moved on since the days of Uno, snap or pick-up sticks being entertaining enough for youngsters, so game makers have moved on too. Now we have far more interesting things to capture the imagination and keep people amused when it comes to games.

This is the category that you’ll probably want to explore if you’re a bit unsure what to buy or who you’re buying for. Perhaps a nephew that you don’t see very often or the kids of a friend who who you don’t visit as much as you should. Alternatively, you might just want something a bit more suitable for the whole family than some of the things elsewhere on the list, with the following fitting nicely into that bracket.

Chow Crown Game

Chow Crown Game

You’ll almost certainly have heard the expression ‘chow down’ at some point, which means to eat something. Well, this takes that idea and turns it into a fun game for everyone to play. In the box you’ll find a crown that has forks dangling off it. The idea is that you put some food onto those forks and then start the crown spinning. As long as it’s your go and the music’s playing, you need to try to eat as much food as you can. Whoever eats the most wins!

Pie Face Cannon

For ages 5+ | £19.99 from Amazon
Pie Face Cannon

Perhaps the biggest surprise hit of a few years ago was Pie Face, a deceptively simple game that sees something a bit disgusting like cream put onto a hand that flicks up and splats an unsuspecting victim. This year’s twist on that theme is the Pie Face Cannon, which involves one player trying to splat their opponent with whipped cream and the other attempting to block the incoming cream pie. You get a point if you either pie or block, with the first to five points winning.

Don’t Step In It

For ages 4+ | £14.99 from Amazon (Normally £19.99)
Don’t Step In It

The box for this game shows a child in a blindfold about to step into a pile of poo, with a dog and some other children laughing in the background. That probably gives you a great idea about what to expect with this one, with a spinning board telling you how many steps you’ll need to take along the game mat with your blindfold on. Meanwhile the non-blindfolded players will be told to re-arrange the poo, which is made up of a compound included in the box, by a pre-determined amount.

Pimple Pete

For ages 5+ | £20.40 from Amazon
Pimple Pete game

Next in the category of ‘disgusting and messy games’ is Pimple Pete, which requires players to pop Pete’s pimples and hope that you don’t inadvertently set off his mega-zit. That is pre-loaded with water or some other liquid before the game begins, meaning that you might set it off depending on how many pimples you’re told to pop after you’ve spun the spinner. Every pimple you pop gets added to your collection and the person with the most when the mega-zit goes off becomes the Pimple Popping Champ.

Egged On

For ages 5+ | £7.40 from Amazon (Normally £18.99)
Egged On

The tagline for this game is ‘The Game of Egg Roulette’, so that should give you an indication of what to expect. There are a series of plastic eggs in the game’s egg carton, so players take it in turn to pick one and press it onto their own heads. The problem is that some of them are filled with water, so you won’t know whether you’re going to get soaked until it’s too late. As with other games, there’s a spinner involved to tell you how many eggs to pick.

Googly Eyes

For ages 7+ | £14.99 from Amazon (Normally £19.99)
Googly Eyes

If you’re not much of a fan of a messy game then you might prefer the hilarity involved in playing Googly Eyes. This is a little bit like Pictionary, only the person doing the drawing has to wear a pair of wacky-vision glasses that stop them from being able to see properly. With three different coloured lenses depending on how difficult you want it to be, the game offers more than one hundred and fifty challenges for you to draw.

Greedy Granny

For ages 5+ | £15.97 from Amazon (Normally £19.99)
Greedy Granny

Many families will likely have a granny who eats all of the Christmas pudding or the chocolates from the tree, so it makes sense that some enterprising company would make a game out of it. Here you’ll find granny in her rocking chair, having fallen asleep with her tray of biscuits in front of her. There are four different biscuit types and you’ll need to collect one of each to win, but if you get your timing wrong then you might wake granny up and that will send her false teeth flying.

Top 2018 Stocking Stuffers

Stockings seem like a great idea when Christmas rolls around, if for no other reason than the idealised Hollywood version of the festive period when you see films that feature them sitting above a roaring fireplace as the snow falls down outside. The problem, of course, is that you also need to actually fill them with presents.

Gone are the days when a lump of coal and a tangerine would be good enough and now kids expect proper gifts inside their stockings when they open them up on Christmas morning. When the idea becomes a reality and you’ve got a stocking to fill, these gifts might help you out massively. They can also be used for a Secret Santa or the like, should you prefer.

LOL Surprise Under Wraps

LOL Surprise Under Wraps

Based around the LOL Surprise Doll series, these gifts are quite literally a surprise. You’ll find each doll comes in a disguise that will need to be unwrapped before you’re able to discover what exactly the present is. In order to do that you’ll need to feed or bathe the doll, as well as use the spyglass to decode a secret message. Afterwards, the case they came in can be used as a purse or a carrying case.

Pikmi Pops

For ages 5+ | From £5.99 at Amazon
Pikmi Pops

The Pikmi brand have done well to further their cause in recent years, with the latest collectible coming in the form of an oversized lollipop that is crammed full of goodies. As well as the eponymous plush Pikmi toy are branded goods, such as notebooks and stickers. There are more than forty-five of the plushies to collect included limited edition ones. You can either display your plushies inside the lollipop or dangle them from a bag, phone or purse courtesy of the included dangler.

Squishies

For ages 5+ | From about £5 at Amazon (Available as Multi-Packs)
Squishies

Squishies are the hit craze and kids all over the world can't get enough of them. They are, in essence, small squishy things that compress when you squeeze them. Think stress ball and they can be anything from unicorns to penguins to food items like ice cream cones or cat burgers – you name it, there is likely a Squishie for it. Originating in Japan, the Squishie craze has taken the world by storm with no sign of them dying out anytime soon. Squish 'em til they start to get a bit gross, throw 'em out and start again. The best thing is, there's no one brand that's popular, so they're easy to come by! Kids love them and you'll definitely get some bonus parent points if you pop a couple of these into the ol' stocking this year.

Pomsies

For ages 4+ | £17.99 from Amazon
Pomsies

It’s easy to see why Pomsies are proving so popular, given the loveable nature of the furry creatures. The idea is that they can wrap around your wrist and therefore be taken anywhere, with each one of the uniquely designed pets having up to fifty sounds to react to how you cuddle, tickle or otherwise love them. They’ll let you know if they’re happy or sleepy as their eyes light up to express their mood. A big head with a long tail, they’re a sure-fire hit.

Grumblies

For ages 5+ | Around £30 at Amazon
Grumblies

If you’ve got someone in your life that you think will enjoy a hairy pet but don’t think that either the Squishies or the Pomsies sound right then you might want to check out Grumblies. They are a moody, short-tempered creature that his lived away from mankind because they tend to erupt when they’re played with too much. They offer forty different reactions and will almost certainly lose their temper with you, displaying their own amusingly angry personality in the process.

Toys & Games Guide: Top Kids Toys of 2017

The top retailers have disclosed their predictions for the hit toys of the 2017 Christmas season, so we've combined them here for you in one easy guide and have also included where to find them for the best price. We'll keep you updated on any price reductions come Black Friday, however, some of the top-selling toys may very well sell out before then and we're already seeing toys like the Luvabella Doll selling out and low stock for toys, such as the Furreal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger.

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Top Toys for Boys for Christmas 2017

You know your child better than anyone, so you might have a son who will want a doll or a daughter that would love a Zoomer Chimp. We’ve separated them out into stereotypical sections, but don’t let that stop you from ordering what you want. These could just as easily be called the ‘All Action Toys’, after all!

From computer consoles to Nerf guns, laser tag experiences to your favourite Star Wars characters brought to life, there’s everything a lover of the rough and tumble could possibly want in their lives. There are also toys ranging across all age ranges, so it’s always worth thinking about how old the person you’re buying for will be when it’s time to play with the gift, rather than how old they are right now.

Transformers: The Last Knight RC Sqweeks

For ages 6+ | £35 from Amazon (Normally £69.99)
Transformers: The Last Knight RC Sqweeks

Having taken more than $605 million dollars worldwide, it’s fair to say that Transformers: The Last Knight was a box office smash. Now kids can get their hands on a toy version of one of the film’s most beloved characters – the Autobot Sqweeks. With both motion and sound effects, this radio controlled Transformer will let kids feel like their part of the action. It can dance one minute and then turn on its blasters the next with plenty of detail to be admired.

Disney Pixar Cars 3 Movie Moves Lightening McQueen

For ages 36 Months+ | £17.69 from Amazon (Normally £41.07)
Disney Pixar Cars 3 Movie Moves Lightening McQueen

The fact that the Cars franchise released its third movie this summer should tell you everything you need to know about its enduring likability. Few characters have the charm, humour and excitement of Lightening McQueen, so it’s little wonder that so many youngsters love spending time in his company. Now they can do so without needing to put the DVD on, thanks to the interactive version of the Disney Pixar character. Complete with working headlights and the ability to say over 65 phrases from the movies, kids will be saying “Ka-chow!" in no time.

Nintendo Switch Console

For ages 3+ | £279.99 from Argos (Console + Game Bundle Offers Available)
Nintendo Switch Console

On the one hand, we all want kids to be able to play on their computers and enjoy themselves. On the other, sometimes it’s nice if they do that in the other room and let us watch EastEnders in peace. That’s where the Nintendo Switch comes in, having the ability to connect to your TV one minute and be used on-the-go the next. That’s thanks to the 6.2-inch screen built into the device, meaning that youngsters can have the full console experience wherever they are; providing they can get you to give up the controls, of course.

Laser X

For ages 6+ | £44.77 from Amazon
Laser X

People of a certain age will remember spending at least some of their youth playing LaserQuest, running around a run-down warehouse type venue with laser guns and shooting their friends. Now you can introduce your kids to the experience, taking the opportunity to relive your youth, making sure you win every time, of course. Laser X sees players wear a patch on their chest and play ‘tag’ from up to 60-metres away. There are two guns included in the pack, but you can expand it to unlimited players.

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

For ages 10+ | £85.39 from Amazon
Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

We’ve already mentioned the popularity of both Transformers and Cars, but nothing compares to the worldwide appeal of Star Wars. BB-8 stole the show when The Force Awakens came out in 2015 and will likely do the same with the release of The Last Jedi this year. Now you can have your very own droid at home, with Sphero’s BB-8 able to respond to voice commands, project a holographic recording and be controlled by a mobile device. Thanks to John Lewis it comes with a two year guarantee, too.

Nerf Modulus Tri Strike

For ages 8+ | £29.99 from Amazon (Normally £49.99)
Nerf Modulus Tri Strike

Nerf guns are about as much fun as you can have with foam bullets, but the Tri Strike takes things to a whole new level. Now users can fire normal Nerf bullets in combination with mega darts and even a missile. The real joy of this latest piece of Nerf machinery is that you can use them all separately or combine them together, meaning that you’re essentially buying three guns in one. The clip allows ten darts to be fired in quick succession, meaning that this will be the ideal weapon for multi-player combat.

Fisher Price Codeapillar

For ages 3+ | £43.99 from Amazon (Normally £54.99)
Fisher Price Codeapillar

We weren’t kidding when we said there were toys here for kids of all ages, as proven by the Code-a-pillar from Fisher Price. Designed to help kids aged three and up begin to think critically, solve problems and develop skills such as sequencing, this toy allows children to ‘program’ where the Code-a-pillar goes by changing the order of the segments that make up its body. There are target disks included in the pack too, so they can decide where it should start its journey and where it will end it.

Zoomer Chimp

For ages 5+ | £59.99 from Amazon (Normally £119.99)
Zoomer Chimp

If you like the idea of being able to give verbal instructions to a device but the BB-8 seems to be a little bit too old for your youngster, consider the Zoomer Chimp. Aimed at kids aged five and up, he will listen to the commands given to him and knows over one hundred of them. You can tell him to ‘go bananas’ or ‘do a flip’ and then watch him carry out your instruction. This cheeky chappy can change the colour of his eyes and even move his face in a lifelike fashion!

Paw Patrol Air Patroller

For ages 36 Months+ | £32 from Amazon (Normally £39.99)
Paw Patrol Air Patroller

In Cartoon terms, Paw Patrol is the Star Wars of the TV world. Anyone that’s even spoken to a kid of around three-years-old will know all about the happenings in Adventure Bay and now they can feel as if they’re joining in, thanks to the Paw Patrol Air Patroller. It has rotating propellers, allowing it to switch between being a helicopter and a plane in an instant. It comes with a Robopup pilot and can even fit the PAW Patrol team into its cargo bay, if you’ve got them.

Teach and Tag Movi

For ages 36 Months+ | £33.99 from Amazon (Normally £44.99)
 Teach and Tag Movi

This is more of a learning device than a toy, such is the educational value that kids will get from interacting with it. There are three different modes in which it can be used – from think and move shapes, such as make a triangle!, through to animal actions, where Movi will ask participants to crawl around like a tiger – this is a great learning device. With 360-degrees of mobility and light-up buttons on its head, this is a robot that knows how to engage youngsters to follow instructions and engage in critical thinking during play.

Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone

For ages 12+ | £89.99 from Argos (Normally £99.99)
Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone

The Airhogs Race Drone is a thrilling new toy that allows users to feel as though they’re genuinely part of the action. The camera on the front of the drone beams live video back to a mobile device that is fitted into a headset, allowing for a first-person viewpoint of where the drone is going. The sort of thing that is used in competitive drone racing, it features both beginner and advanced modes that allow the user to feel as though their progressing to becoming a genuine drone pilot.

Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Activity Centre

For ages 9 Months+ | £38.99 from Argos (Normally £51.79)
Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Activity Centre

Introducing little ones to sports at an early age is a great way of getting them to learn co-ordination and to help develop their confidence. The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Activity Centre has basketball, for hand-eye co-ordination, football for walking and movement and bowling to allow them to knockdown and then re-build the pins. Perfect for toddlers and with an adjustable-height basketball hoop that grows with them, you’ll be helping to create the next Lionel Messi in no time. This game teaches movement, learning techniques and how to follow direction.

Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo

For ages | £24.99 from Amazon (Normally £39.99)
Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo

Offering similar learning techniques but for an even younger audience, the Fisher Price Dance and Move BeatBo encourages your baby to start moving around thanks to its animatronic dancing. There are colours on its belly that flash, music that will engage kids and various textures to stimulate the senses. Perhaps the best feature is the ability to custom-record a song or message that BeatBo will remix in its own inimitable style. This is an excellent way to encourage a baby to engage its motor skills, with the idea of actions having consequences mixed in. Also available as 'Belle BeatBo' in pink.

Playmobil 6919 City Action Police Headquarters with Prison

For ages 4+ | £57.49 from Amazon (Normally £64.99)
Playmobil 6919 City Action Police Headquarters with Prison

Cops and robbers must be one of the most enduring kids games ever, but now they can take it to a whole new level. Playmobil’s City Action Police Headquarters with Prison comes fully equipped with lockable cells and a control room, as well as a weapons store. There’s even an escape route for the prisoners thanks to a breakaway wall section. You get a prisoner and two police officers included with the pack, though whether the both police are reliable at their job depend’s upon the user’s imagination. There’s even a fingerprint scanner included!

Sky Viper Streaming Drone

For ages 12+ | £119.99 from Argos
Sky Viper Streaming Drone

It doesn’t look like the popularity of drones is going to die down any time soon and nor should it. They are fascinating devices that older kids and teenagers love to play with. The Sky Viper Streaming Drone will let budding young film makers get themselves right into the heart of the action, thanks to the ability to stream video directly to a mobile phone or record directly onto a micro SD card. The video is HD, so the drone pilot will be able to get a bird’s eye point-of-view in real-time with crystal clear images.

Star Wars BladeBuilders Path of the Force Lightsaber

For ages 4+ | £29.79 from Amazon (Normally £43.99)
Star Wars BladeBuilders Path of the Force Lightsaber

Ever since the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, viewers have asked themselves whether they’re on the dark side or the light. Now they can have a go at being both, thanks to this latest Star Wars accessory. As well as the ‘blade’ of the lightsaber, you also get blue lights if you want to be a Jedi and red lights if you choose to be a Sith. It’s customisable with other toys from the BladeBuilders series and you can enhance the experience further by downloading the Hasbro Star Wars Studio FX app.

Anki Cozmo Robot

For ages 8+ | £199.99 from John Lewis (Includes a 1-Year Guarantee)
Anki Cozmo Robot

Cozmo is described as a ‘real-life game playing robot’, so that should give you some idea of what it is that you’re letting yourself in for with this toy. The idea is that its personality grows the more it is played with, ensuring that kids don’t get bored and forgot about it. The more it’s played with, the more games are unlocked. Additionally, because it needs to be connected to a mobile device with the Cozmo app, you know it will always be up-to-date.

LEGO

Of all the toys on this page, none are more enduing than LEGO. First created in 1949, its popularity has never waned and it’s arguably in more demand now than ever before. In one sense it’s just a matter of clicking together plastic boxes, but in reality it’s a way of making worlds out of nothing. Here are some examples of the best LEGO toys around:

LEGO City Volcano Supply Helicopter

For ages 7+ | £35.98 from Amazon (Normally £44.98)
LEGO City Volcano Supply Helicopter

Designed to be part of the wider world of LEGO City, the LEGO Volcano Supply Helicopter does exactly what it says on the tin. It features spinning rotors and a rear ramp that can be lowered, allowing for a volcano exploration. You get a pilot and a volcano explorer with this kit, as well as several different accessories. LEGO has always been the perfect toy for kids of all ages with an active imagination, but the addition here of a lowering winch and hook means that rescue missions can go up a notch.

LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train

For ages 12+ | £72.90 from Amazon
LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train

The real beauty of LEGO is the numerous different worlds that the various designs fit into. A great example of this the LEGO Creator range, allowing users to make to make fantastical scenes that can standalone if needs be. The Winter Holiday Train is perfect for Christmas, featuring a locomotive complete with driver and ticket collector, as well as a grandmother with her two grandchildren. It’s designed to be a push along toy, but you can add a motor and controller separately if you’d like to take things to the next level.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Green Ninja Mech Dragon

For ages 8+ | £44.97 from Amazon
LEGO Ninjago Movie Green Ninja Mech Dragon

From the LEGO Batman Movie through to the LEGO Movie itself, LEGO’s recent move into cinematic experiences has proven extremely popular. That’s also the case with their latest venture, Ninjago. The Green Ninja Mech Dragon kit comes with everything you need to build your own dragon, plus four different mini-figures. These are the green Ninja, Wu, Garmadon and Charlie, meaning that kids can re-enact their favourite scenes from the movie and even make-up their own. Measuring over five-inches in height and twenty-three inches in length, this is a decent-sized kit.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Toy

For ages 7+ | £136.58 from Amazon (Normally £149.99)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Toy

The LEGO Boost kit is a way of bringing LEGO creations to life, thanks to the Code and Play aspect of the system. The Creative Toolkit allows kids to build any one of five different characters, from Vernie the Robot through to Frankie the Cat. The completed designs can be connected to a tablet in order to code behaviours into them, teaching your youngsters how to get into the world of science, technology, engineering and maths. The box includes over 840 different LEGO pieces, complete with the ability to fire darts from a shoulder-mounter shooter.

Top Toys for Girls for Christmas 2017

As mentioned in the Toys for Boys section, you don’t need to think of that as a prescriptive description. Different kids enjoy playing with different things, so make sure you buy the toy that’s appropriate to your young one. The boys toys are mostly all-action, giving youngsters a sense of being in amongst it whilst they’re playing.

This list of toys, meanwhile, lends itself to the more sensitive and soulful types. From age-old favourites, such as My Little Pony dolls, through to newer toys like the Furreal Roarin’ Tyler, there’s a decent variety of options on offer here. Perhaps most surprising for people of a certain age are the number of toys that are coming back into fashion with the Tamagotchi being the most obvious example of that!

Luvabella Doll

For ages 4+ | £99.99 from Argos - Back in stock!
Luvabella Doll

Every year there’s a toy that grabs the attention above all others and this year it's the Luvabella Doll. Luvabella is about as close to a real baby as you’re going to get, complete with the ability to play peek-a-boo and with a heartbeat you can listen to. The doll grows and learns to speak the more that you play with it and it also comes in several different designs.

The toy was out of stock in most shops across the UK over the Christmas 2017 period, however, the doll is now back in stock. You can also find the blonde, dark brown hair, and brunette varieties available on Amazon.

Furreal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger

For ages 4+ | £79.99 from Amazon (Normally £134.99)
Furreal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger

Another toy that is likely to capture the imagination this Christmas is Roarin' Tyler, the Playful Tiger. Essentially an animatronic pet, Tyler is a tiger cub that can respond to instruction and has more than one-hundred motion and sound combinations. He responds when he’s talked to and reacts when you pet him, so this is the perfect way to introduce a child to the idea of getting a real-life pet. He even comes with his own play toy that he interacts with, ensuring that he’ll be one of the most sought after toys around.

Snuggles My Dream Puppy

For ages 4+ | £54.99 from Argos
Snuggles My Dream Puppy

It seems as though interactive toys will be all the rage this Christmas and Snuggles My Dream Puppy is another way to get kids used to the notion of a real pet in the house. Snuggles can be petted and cuddled and the more love you give him the more he’ll give you back. It is, as the saying goes, a dog’s life, so you’ll be jealous when you see his chest rise and fall when he’s asleep. As well as Snuggles himself, you also get a feeding bottle and an adoption certificate.

Hatchimals Surprise

For ages 5+ | £71.45 from Amazon (Normally £74.99)
Hatchimals Surprise

Hatchimals were the top-selling toy for Christmas 2016, having sold out across the UK and much of the US, and they are back in 2017 with a new design. If you don’t know what a Hatchanimal is then you’re probably not alone! They’re magical little creatures that come hidden inside a speckled egg, hatching out to reveal their true nature. Once the egg is hatched, you’ll get two of the baby animals, paired together at random and designed to mimic the real thing. The animals grow and learn the more you play with them.

Tamagotchi

For ages | £15 from Amazon
Tamagotchi

Is this toy for a kid or for the kid in you? Children of the ‘90s will remember which one they had (Giga Pet, anyone?) and the temptation will be there to buy one this year for the sake of nostalgia if nothing else. If you’re not sure what a Tamagotchi is then think of a small, computerised pet that you had to feed, look after and clean up in order to keep alive. The company behind the device, Bandai, has released a new range of colours for a whole new generation of kids (or maybe for the Millenials who want to reminisce about the good old days).

SelfieMic Selfie Stick Microphone

For ages 8+ | £15.99 from Amazon (Normally £19.99)
SelfieMic Selfie Stick Microphone

Available in both gold and pink, the SelfieMic Selfie Stick Microphone might sound like a combination of the worst things imaginable, but let’s remember you’re not buying this for yourself. Aimed at teenage girls who like to have a singalong and take selfies, this combines a microphone and a stick for your phone so that you can record your own music videos. As well as the device itself, you also get a code for the StarMaker app, giving access to songs by the likes of Justin Bieber and Little Mix.

LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran

For ages 7+ | £49.99 from Amazon (Normally £64.99)
LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran

We had a look at some LEGO in the Boys Toys section and here’s some more that you might want to consider picking up. The Friends Sunshine Catamaran is designed to work with your Friends Minifigures, complete with a sun deck and two loungers. As well as the catamaran itself, you also get a whole host of accessories including Olivia, Stephanie and Liam, a banana boat and an inflatable ring. This is very much a chance to build a whole ‘at sea’ scene, with two dolphins willing to come and say hello too.

Shimmer & Shine Teenie Genies Floating Palace Playset

For ages 3+ | £22.49 from Amazon (Normally £32.99)
Shimmer & Shine Teenie Genies Floating Palace Playset

Aimed at kids aged three and over, Shimmer and Shine are two genies and this is their floating palace. Open it up to reveal the inside of the palace, complete with a magic carpet ride around the top of it. Think old school Polly Pocket but slightly bigger. There’s a kitchen where the genies can have afternoon tea, a bedroom where they can go to sleep and even a Mirror Room that reveals itself when the gem is turned. The set comes with both Shimmer and Shine, though other Teenie Genies will work with it if you have them.

Chad Valley Designafriend Tiffany Doll

Chad Valley Designafriend Tiffany Doll

This a range of toys rather than one specific one, offering a host of different options in terms of style and even haircuts. Ava, for example, has brown eyes and curly brown hair, whilst Jessica is a red-head with pale blue eyes. They come beautifully packaged and also include a charm bracelet that can be worn. Intended for kids aged three and up, the idea is that you buy several Chad Valley Designafriend dolls in order to complete the collection. You can even get a suitcase with extendable handles and a light-up walkway to parade down.

Little Tykes Princess Horse & Carriage

For ages 18 Months+ | £79.99 from Amazon (Normally £109.99)
Little Tykes Princess Horse & Carriage

It’s all well and good dressing up toys to make them into princesses, but what happens when your child wants to be a princess themselves? Doesn't every girl? They’ll need a horse and carriage to get them to the ball, which is where Little Tykes latest twist on their classic car design comes in. With a pink body and a purple roof, this regal mode of transportation includes a removable floor and a reign for parents to act as footmen with. The horse even makes clip-clopping sounds as its walking along!

My Little Pony Style & Groom Rainbow Dash Pony

For ages 3+ | £18.90 from Amazon
My Little Pony Style & Groom Rainbow Dash Pony

You might well ask yourself, ‘what’s the only thing cuter than a My Little Pony?’ The answer, of course, is a My Little Pony with rainbow hair. The idea behind this take on the classic children’s toy is that the Pony’s hair is groomed, so you’ll find that the toy comes complete with numerous hair-styling accessories. From hair beads to bobbles, mane grips to gems, your child can brush and groom their My Little Pony’s hair into any number of exciting and modern styles. There are also some stickers to brighten things up even more.

Tiny Treasures Twin Set

For ages 3+ | £69.99 from Argos (Normally £79.99)
Tiny Treasures Twin Set

Designafriend Tiffany Dolls aren’t the only exciting thing coming out of the Chad Valley stable this year. The Tiny Treasures Twin Set presents owners with two realistic looking new born babies. As the name suggests, they’re twins; though they’re non-identical given that one has brown hair and the other one blonde. They’re designed to smell like new born babies, with a birth certificate and hospital tag thrown in for good measure. You’ll be pleased to know they’re safe for travel, coming in a car seat complete with safety straps. 

Project Mc2 Smart Pixel Purse

For ages 3+ | £39.93 from Amazon (Normally £59.99)
Project Mc2 Smart Pixel Purse

The problem with bags and purses is that if they’re popular, you’re likely to see someone else with the same one. The best way around that is to design your own, but what if you get bored of the design? That’s where Project Mc2’s Smart Pixel Purse comes in, offering users a purse with a multicolour LED display on the side of it. There are ten pre-programmed designs, but you can also download the iOS or Android app and come up with your own. Finished designing? Pop your phone in the bag’s storage compartment!

Pikmi Pops Surprise

For ages 3+ | £5.99 from Amazon
Pikmi Pops Surprise

One of the problems with Christmas is that it’s not just about the main present. You also need to find a few stocking fillers or toys to go inside Santa’s sack. The Pikmi Pops Surprise might just come in handy here, shaped like a lollipop but filled with numerous different random surprises. We’re talking about the likes of a Pikmi plushie, a collector’s guide to let you know how many there are still to find and a surprise message. To add to the sense of surprise, you’ll find that the plushie is scented! Think Kinder eggs but with lolly pops and cute little animals inside.

Disney Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Objects Tea Set

For ages 36 Months+ | £18.97 from Amazon (Normally £24.99)
Disney Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Objects Tea Set

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was revealed to a whole new audience this year when the live action version of the old classic was released, featuring Emma Watson in the role of Belle. If you’re thinking of buying the film on Blu-Ray or DVD then you might want to pick this up as a suitable accompaniment. Featuring Mrs. Potts, who winks when you pour your tea, and a Chip that wobbles on his saucer as he gets filled, this set will serve you up a cuppa that’s delicious. Don’t believe us? Ask the dishes.

VTech Kidi Super Star

For ages 6+ | £44.99 from Argos (Normally £49.99)
VTech Kidi Super Star

VTech has long been the go-to company for electronic learning items for kids, so it’s no surprise to see them on the list of best toys this year. The Kidi Super Star is basically a karaoke machine, complete with the ability to change your voice as you sing along! You can show off to all of your favourite songs courtesy of a headphone jack that will plug into an iPhone or mp3 player, plus it comes in two different colours. As well as being a singalong device, this also allows for different disco lights.

Feisty Pets

Feisty Pets

Feisty Pets are the latest craze to have taken off in the United States and are slowly making their way over here. Aimed at kids aged three and over, you’ll want to play this one by ear considering that they can actually be a little bit scary for the wrong child. The idea is that the pet is cute and adorable looking, but a squeeze behind the ears will see them turn into something a little more feisty and fierce. Think of the difference between the mogwai and a Gremlin and you’ll have some idea of what we’re talking about.

Num Noms Nail Polish Maker

For ages 4+ | £28.99 from Amazon (Normally £49.99)
Num Noms Nail Polish Maker

There are 120 different Num Nom nail polishes to collect, so a good place to start might well be with this Nail Polish Maker kit. It’s based on a café theme and the idea is that you create your own nail polish. The twist on the theme is that it’s not just a colour you’ll be selecting, with each variation also having its own scent. How about strawberry and banana? Add in some glitter and throw on some stickers and you’ll be the envy of all your friends.

Top 2017 Board Games

Christmas is about giving others presents, but it’s also about a family. It’s a time to come together, spend time with each and then remember why you don’t do it more often. Even so, one of the best ways to come together as a family is to play a board game, perhaps making sure that dad’s not in charge of the bank because he’s definitely cheating when no one’s watching.

Some games are fast and furious, filled with action and giving everyone a chance to have a good laugh. Others are more about the gameplay and working together, though if your on granny’s team you’re going to have to make sure she doesn’t fall asleep when it’s her turn. Here’s a look at some of the best on the market this year:

Get a Grip

For ages 8+ | £14.53 from Amazon (Normally £22.99)
Get a Grip Board Game

Get a Grip is likely to be the hit game this year, combining motor skills with dexterity but also removing the key component to it all - the thumb! The idea behind this game is that participants wrap a bandage around their hand, removing their thumb from the action. They then turn over a challenge card that they have to complete, collecting the card if they do so successfully. Collect three cards and you’re the winner! You’ll have to do variations on one of three challenges, requiring you to either sculpt, draw or do something.

Pie Face Sky High

For ages 5+ | £10.62 from Amazon (Normally £26.99)
Pie Face Sky High Board Game

Pie Face was the hit game of 2015, so it’s no surprise that the company behind it has found away to take things to the next level. Pie Face involved putting something like cream on the end of a plastic hand and taking it in turns to turn a knob, seeing who the cream would end up on. This puts a carnival-style twist on that, with one person standing with their head in the ring and others seeing if they can hit the plate hard enough to release the ‘pie’ and splat their friends and family.

Speak Out: Kids vs Parents

For ages 8+ | £10.99 from Amazon (Normally £27.98)
Speak Out: Kids vs Parents Board Game

Speak Out pits kids against their parents, with the idea being that you split into teams. A ‘contestant’ then has to put a device in their mouth that won’t let them close it properly. You then pick a card from the relevant pile and try to say it to your team mates, with the team that understands the most phrases correctly winning! It’s easier than it sounds, with kids having cards filled with phrases they’re most likely to say and adults having (family appropriate) ones more suited to them.

John Adams Soggy Doggy Game

For ages 4+ | £19.99 from Argos (Normally £22.99)
John Adams Soggy Doggy Board Game

This might sound like a game that was created purely because of words that rhyme, but it’s surprisingly addictive. Players have to race around a bathtub in which sits a doggy that’s getting a wash. You wash and shower the dog as you travel but, like all dogs when they’re wet, he likes to shake himself dry every now and then! The idea is that you make it right the way around the bathtub without making him shake because if he does you have to go right back to the start!

Toilet Trouble

For ages 4+ | £14.45 from Amazon
Toilet Trouble Board Game

Games with punishments that occur at ‘random’ times have been all the rage for years, though they particularly caught the imagination when Pie Face was one of the best selling games of 2015. Toilet Trouble takes this idea and moves it up a notch, with the notion behind the game being that players press a toilet’s flush and see when it sprays water at you. The water is put in before the game begins, so you might want to give it a disgusting twist by adding some brown or yellow food colouring to it.

King Pong

For ages 5+ | £11.05 from Amazon (Normally £24.99)
King Pong Board Game

The way King Pong works is remarkably simply, but simplicity can be addictive when done right. Designed for 2-4 players, each contestant has a tray in front of them with ping pong balls in it. To win you need to empty all of the ping pongs out of your tray and into an opponents, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds! For starters, you need to decide whether to throw the balls through a window or down a funnel at the top. Then, when you’ve chosen your method, there’s a pyramid blocking your way.

Pop Up Pirate Children's Preschool Action Game

For ages 3+ | £9.99 from Amazon (Normally £15.99)
Pop Up Pirate Children's Preschool Action Game

Most of the games on the list have been for teenagers and above, but this is one that kids aged three and up can get involved with. There’s a pirate in a barrel and a number of slots around the place. Players need to take it in turns to insert a plastic sword into the barrel, with one of them causing the pirate to jump up. Whoever makes him do that is the loser! Think Buckaroo or Jenga, with the game getting more and more tense as it goes on.

5 Second Rule

For ages 8+ | £14.95 from Amazon (Normally £19.99)
5 Second Rule Board Game

Any self-respecting household should employ a 5 second rule; the time within which you’re still allowed to eat something after dropping it on the floor. There’s no food in sight when it comes to this game, however, you'll need to complete a task within the allotted time. Can you name three makes of car within five seconds? How about types of fruit? This is a game of fast thinking and quick talking, where you take on other members of your household to see who’s got the smartest mouth.

Rapidough

For ages 8+ | £21.99 from Amazon (Normally £27.99)
Rapidough

This one has been around for a while but is still just as fun as ever. It’s essentially charades with balls of dough, rewarding the team that is able to correctly identify what it is that the sculptor is trying to recreate. Suitable for four or more players, the victorious team not only wins the round but also gets to steal a piece of dough from the losers. Lose too many times and you might end up having to sculpt with the tiniest piece out dough imaginable! Unless your clue is ‘a pea’, you could be in trouble.