Santa is checking his list and the reindeer are getting ready for the long flight on Christmas eve. Which means you need to be seriously thinking about Christmas presents unless you are one of those super organised people who have finished already (who are you people!!)
To give you a little helping hand I have picked out a few toys that I think are worth a mention.
For the girls
Flutterbye Deluxe Flying Fairy
The Flutterbye Deluxe Light Up Fairy is sure to be a big hit this Christmas. You can launch the Flutterbye Fairy from her charging station or from your hand. She will whirl above your hand showing off her glittering [rainbow] lights and skirt. If you raise your hand gently she will fly even higher. Such amazing technology! Watch her float over the palm of your hand just like a real fairy. The Flutterbye Deluxe Light Up Fairy is $59.99 and available from all major retailers and independent toys stores Australia wide.
Shopkins are the new collectible craze. You may recall Trash Packs (how could you forget!), well these are kind of the same – shopping style. There are over 140 Shopkins characters to collect along with activity sets to build your own little supermarket. The packs of Shopkins characters make great stocking stuffers. My kids loved these, you can check out me review here.
For the boys
This stuff feels weird. Wackytivities Kinetic Sand is squeezable sand that sticks to itself and not to you. It oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. [Shape] anything you want and use it over and over again. This stuff is absolutely crazy, it flows through your fingers like liquid but leaves your hands completely dry. You can get Kinetic Sand Packs in a variety of colours for $19.99 each or a Kinetic Box Set $29.99, that includes sand and themed sand moulds. You can find Kinetic Sand at Kmart stores.
Razor PowerRider 360
The Razor PowerRider 360 is an awesome ride. Race up to speeds of 13km/h and do full 360 degree spins or drift side to side. The PowerRider features a chain-driven motor with push button throttle and dual inclined casters for all that drifting and spinning action. It also has a 24V sealed lead acid rechargeable battery system with charger that gives up to 12 hours of charge time. The PowerRider comes in yellow or red and is suitable for ages 9 and older (up to 55kg). The Razor PowerRider is $249 and the yellow one is available from Toys R Us and the red is exclusively available from Target.
Puzzles & Games
As far as puzzles go the Rubiks Cube is a classic. The Rubiks Void is a modern twist on this classic game of skill. The Rubiks Void has a funky new ‘curved’ style and as the name suggests there is a void in the middle of the cube. If you’ve ever tried to solve a Rubiks Cube you will know how addictive it can be and the Rubiks Void is just as addictive. The Rubiks Void is suitable for ages 8 and above and is $29.99.
Shuffle is a new range of interactive card games based on Hasbro classics. They work with an app you download to your phone or tablet. Shuffle can bring the Chance cards to life in Monopoly Deal or animate a shopping mall in Littlest Pet Shop. This is the new generation of cards games. There is an official website where you can find downloads and video demos – www.shufflecardgames.com. Depending on which set these Shuffle card games are suitable for kids ages 5 and up. There are currently nine games available: Monopoly, Clued0, Guess Who, Transformers, Littlest Pet Shop, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Boggle Slam and My Littlest Pony.
For the little ones
If you have a pre-schooler in the house like me then you will know all about Paw Patrol. It’s a great little show featuring a 10 year boy called Ryder and six heroic puppies: Chase, Rocky, Marshall, Skye, Zuma and Rubble. There is a range of Paw Patrol toys available for your little fan. From the Paw Patrol Action Pack Pup and Badge $9.99 (pictured left) to the Paw Patrol Deluxe Talking Plush $30. The talking plush toy is available in both Chase and Marshall characters, squeeze their belly and listen to them talk. The Paw Patrol range is available from Target, Big W, Toys R Us, Toyworld and Myer.
Olaf Pillow Pet
Do you want to build a snowman?……Christmas isn’t complete this year without something from Frozen. Olaf is now part of the Pillow Pets family so your kids will be able to hug him to their hearts content. Pillow Pets are great [comfort] for kids at bedtime and also lots of fun during the day. Pillow Pets are machine washable and durable. I love Pillow Pets and have done many reviews of the various styles and characters, check out my latest one for the TMNT Dream Lite Pillow Pets. The Olaf Pillow Pets is a great size (16 inch) and is $34.99. You can find Olaf in Target, Big W, Spotlight, TRU and independent toy stores across Australia.
For the whole family
Chill Factor Jelly Maker
From the people that bought you the Slushy Maker come the Chill Factor Jelly Maker. Make jelly in seconds! It works in the same way as the Chill Factor Slushy Maker and Icecream Maker. Just place the Jelly Maker in the freezer for a few hours or overnight, then mix up your jelly and pour it into the Chill Factor Jelly Maker. Then SQUEEZE, squeeze, [squeeze]. Jelly will appear right before your eyes in under 2 minutes! This is the perfect gift for anyone. It’s only $14.99 and available at Big W and online at www.chillfactor.com.au
Dinosaur cross with remote control = awesome. This would have to be one of the coolest tech toys available this Christmas. Meet Zoomer Dino who stands on his own two feet just like the real T-Rex. He can be autonomous or used via remote control. He has sound effects, light up eyes, swinging tail and moving head. Dino reacts to both on-board sensors and directions from his dinosaur egg-shaped remote. Put him in guard mode and have him chase off intruders or just race him round the living room. Zoomer Dino is $149.99 and is available from Big W, Kmart, Target, Toys R Us, Myer and independent toy stores.
You have probably seen the ads for this on TV. LeapTV is made specifically for ‘little people’ and gets kids into the action while teaching them a range of skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Kids can use body motion to become the star of their own game. The motion-sensing camera captures a child’s moves and instantly puts them into the game. They can use pointer play which transforms the controller into a pointer with a simple twist and lets kids snap jungle vines and slice through coconuts! LeapTV provides access to LeapFrog’s Learning Library of more than 100 game cartridges, game downloads and videos. LeapTV is suitable for kids aged 3 – 8 and is $229. Available from all major retailers.