Must-have top toys for Christmas from the biggest sellers

LOL Surprise Glamper, Cubby Bear, Walking Buzz Lightyear, Kindi Kids Toddler dolls, Owleez and the LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus have all been tipped as some of the must-haves for Christmas by retailers such as Argos, John Lewis, Amazon, Hamleys, Disney, DreamToys and Smyths Toys. Our toy testers pick the best of the bunch...

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It’s the new Christmas toy tradition: all the major stores release their own list of the toys they believe will be bestsellers in the run up to 25 December. But are any of these ‘top toys’ any good? We take a good long look at the most recommended buys as the lists come out and single out the toys we think are definitely worth their place on your child’s wishlist. The lists from Argos, John Lewis, Amazon, Hamleys, Disney, Smyths Toys, Tesco, DreamToys, ITV This Morning and Toy Fair Heroes are already in – and, as more appear, we’ll add the best of those in, too.

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To make our top choices, we’ve been reviewing the toys for play potential and value for money, getting kids to play with them and give us feedback, and finding out the cheapest places to buy the toys – updated in realtime whenever we can.

Top toys for Christmas from Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, Hamleys, Disney, Smyths Toys, Tesco, Independent Toy Awards, DreamToys, ITV This Morning and Toy Fair Heroes…

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1 . Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama, £25
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Recommended by: Amazon, Argos, Smyths Toys, ITV This Morning and Tesco

Age: 2+

We reckon there’s no parental middle ground on this one: you’ll either love the idea of a twerking llama or resolve never, ever to allow it anywhere near your child’s toybox. Boppi, the latest addition to the interactive Pet Alive range, tosses her head, shakes her booty and spins round in a circle to 3 different songs. Requires 4 x AA batteries (included).

 Available from: The Entertainer and Amazon

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2. Juno, My Baby Elephant, £79.99

Recommended by: Amazon and ITV This Morning

Age: 4+

A cute interactive elephant who’s so shy at first, she hides behind her ears. Once you start stroking and playing with her, she’ll start to giggle and wave her trunk around. Eventually, she’ll play games, make trumpet sounds with her trunk, dance, eat peanuts and blow you kisses. Comes with her pet mouse, a peanut accessory and an instruction booklet. Requires 4AA batteries (not included).

Available from: Amazon, Very and Argos

3. Blume dolls, £10 each

Recommended by: Amazon, Argos, Tesco and DreamToys

Age: 5+

These little dolls come hidden inside a flowerpot: you water the pot with a teeny-tiny watering can and your doll ‘grows’ out of the pot. You can then open to pot to reveal your doll and the 10 ‘surprises’ such as sticker sheet or fashion shoes. Each Blume doll (there are several to collect) comes with a different outfit and glorious multicoloured hairstyle.

Available from: AmazonSmyths Toys and The Entertainer

4. Owleez, £50

Recommended by: Amazon, ITV This Morning, Argos and DreamToys

Age: 6+

Oh yes, it’s an interactive owl, with his own nest, that you can teach to fly! You can feed it toy berries (great eating noises), pet it, rock it to sleep, and, if you hold it and move your arm back and forth, eventually (it takes a while for him to ‘learn’), he’ll take off into the air. And that really is quite something to see. Won Gold in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019. Comes in white or pink (and maybe other colours later).

Available from: Amazon and Argos

5. FurReal Cubby the Curious Bear, £80

Recommended by: Argos and Smyths Toys

Age: 4+

This large (43cm high) interactive plush bear pricks up his ears when you talk to him, babbles back to you, does a little dance and makes the cutest eating sounds when you feed him. He also have a ‘sleepy’ mode, where he’ll yawn and stretch his arms and then close his eyes as he plays 1 of 4 5-minute sequences of mellow music. Won a special Editor’s Choice award in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019. Comes with bottle and comb and requires 4 C batteries (not included).

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

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6. Wow! Stuff Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak, £60

Recommended by: Independent Toy Awards

Age: 6+

Put on this cool wizard’s cloak (139.7cm in length), and using the free Wow! Stuff app, you can film or take pictures of yourself disappearing! It works really well and is great fun. Comes with a tripod to keep your phone steady while you shoot your invisibility adventures. Won a special Editor’s Choice award in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Smyth Toys and Argos

7. L.O.L Surprise 2 in 1 Glamper Playset, £99.99

Recommended by: Argos, Smyths Toys and DreamToys

Age: 3+

A big 91cm x 61cm toy camper van that converts to a playhouse which has 10 different play areas, including bunk beds, a bathroom with a pink and gold toilet, a water slide and light-up pool, and a DJ booth. Comes with over 50 surprise bundles and an exclusive L.O.L doll. The campervan has lights and sounds – and pulls apart to make a cute little cab-car. Won Gold in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Smyths Toys and Amazon

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8. L.O.L Surprise Chalet Dollhouse, £250

Recommended by: Hamleys

Age: 3+

This huge 22.9cm x 1014.1cm x 76.2cm winter-themed dollhouse definitely has a wow factor with 3 floors, 6 different rooms and over 95 surprises to unbox. The wooden chalet comes with lots of interactive elements including a ski lift, a chimney that snows, ice skating rink and hot tub. Also comes with 4.5 metres of fairy lights to decorate the house. Requires 15 x AG13 and 3 x AG3 batteries (both included).

Available from: Smyths Toys, The Entertainer and Very

9. Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth, £35

Recommended by: Amazon, Hamleys, ITV This Morning and Tesco

Age: 9 months+

This cute fellow nods his head, claps his hands and dances when you press the button on his feet to make the music play. The other button plays phrases about numbers, colours and opposites. We really like his soft arms – and our baby testers responded very enthusiastically to the clapping. You can buy other Linkimals (there’s a rather dashing Musical Moose) and, if you ‘link’ them up, they’ll all sing together. Requires 4AA batteries (demo ones included).

Available from: Amazon, Hamleys and Tesco

10. LEGO City 60229 Rocket Assembly & Transport Space Port, £119.99

Recommended by: John Lewis

Age: 7+

This NASA-design inspired 1,055-piece space set features a large multi-stage rocket, a rover payload module, a launch control room with rotating satellite dish and assembly crane, a rover lab with rotating arm tool, opening doors and raising platform, plus a large crawler with track wheels and a tilting launch pad. It’s quite a build – but that’s the joy! Comes with astronaut, ground crew, scientist, lab mechanic, and robot mini figures.

Available from: John Lewis

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11. Scruff-a-Luv’s My Real Rescue, £40

Recommended by: Hamleys and ITV This Morning

Age: 4+

This Scruff-a-Luv rescue pet may not seem impressive on first sight, starting off as a quivering, matted ball of fur. But after washing it in warm water and brushing its hair, your Scruff-a-Luv will come to life with over 35 different sounds and interactions. Comes with a bottle to feed them, a brush to comb their fur and collar with a tag. Won a special Editor’s Choice award in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019. Requires 2 x AA batteries (included).

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

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12. Disney Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle, £159.99

Recommended by: Smyths Toys

Age: 3+

This magical castle (22cm x 76cm x 76cm) is bound to impress little Frozen fans with its 4 floors and 7 rooms including a lookout tower. Comes with 14 accessories to fill the different rooms including a piano, banquet table and throne chair. Requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included) to set off the colourful lights included with the castle.

Available from: Smyths Toys and Very

13. Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear, £29.99

Recommended by: Argos

Age: 3+

One of the best Toy Story 4-themed toys we’ve seen this year. Press the button under Buzz’s arm to switch him on, then press the red button his left side to spread out his wings, hear him say phrases from the movie and make him walk and swivel his hips. Great sound effects. Comes with a surprise to unlock to make Buzz do the moonwalk. Won Bronze in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019. Requires 3 AAA batteries (included).

Available from: Smyths Toys and Argos

14. Peppa Pig Stage Playset, £39.99

Recommended by: DreamToys

Age: 3+

Little Peppa Pig fans can create their own stories with this adorable stage playset. The extendable stage (35cm x 37.5cm x 17.5cm) comes with a sound box (requires 2 x AA batteries included) and a compartment to store all the accessories including the theatre chairs and cardboard cutouts. Switch out the double sided backdrops to change the scene or even slide in a tablet to turn the stage into a cinema!

Available from: Argos, Amazon and Smyths Toys 

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15. Kindi Kids dolls, £25 each

Recommended by: Argos

Age: 3+

From the makers of Shopkins and Pikmi Pops come this collection of 4 bigger dolls (Jessicake, Peppa-Mint, Donatina, pictured, and Marsha Mello) with glittery eyes, wobbly heads, colourful hair and accessories, including a snack that they can ‘eat’. They also have a YouTube channel where they all play together in their Rainbow Kindergarten. Their huge eyes unsettled us a bit, to be honest, but our preschooler testers thought they were awesome. Won a special Editor’s Choice award in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

16. BABYborn Surprise, £12

Recommended by: Independent Toy Awards

Age: 3+

Another collectible doll: these ones are teeny-tiny and come in an egg-shaped package, wrapped in 1 of 12 really sweet baby swaddles, including a mermaid, a bee and a butterfly design. There’s are 12 surprises too, and a water fun element where you drop water on your baby’s closed eyes to open them up. There’s also a feeding bottle that you can fill with water and, when you feed your baby, his or her nappy will get wet and reveal a pattern. Won Bronze in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

17. Disney Frozen 2 Features Elsa Singing Doll, £39.99

Recommended by: DreamToys

Age: 3+

Press a button on Elsa’s chest to hear her say one of 14 different phrases or sing “Into the Unknown”, a song featured in the new Frozen 2 movie, and watch as her dress lights up (requires 3 x AAA batteries included).

Available from: Argos, Smyths Toys and Amazon

18. LEGO 75948 Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Tower, £85

Recommended by: Tesco

Age: 9+

Your little Harry Potter fans can build the iconic Hogwarts clock tower (37.8cm x 9.4cm x 35.4cm) with well known locations inside like Dumbledore’s Office and the Yule Ball. Comes with 8 minifigures including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Available from: Lego, Amazon and Argos 

19. Pictionary Air, £20

Recommended by: Amazon, ITV This Morning and Hamleys

Age: 8+

We love this twist on the classic drawing game. Simply download the app, then you can see everything you draw in the air appear on screen.

The ‘drawer’ draws clues for their own team, and the more answers they get right, the more points hey’ll get. so – brush up you’re artistic skills first if you want to be in with a shot at winning.

Available from: Amazon, Sainsbury’s and Hamleys

20. LEGO Frozen 2 Elsa’s Jewellery Box Creation Set, £39.99

Recommended by: Disney

Age: 6+

Little Frozen fans can create their own jewellery box (23cm x 15cm x 12cm) with this LEGO set inspired by the new Frozen 2 movie. Comes with a LEGO Elsa and Nokk the horse figure, turntables to spin them, a mirror and a lockable drawer to store all your mini treasures.

Available from: Disney

21. Poopsie Surprise Dolls, £50 each

Recommended by: Hamleys

Age: 3+

The Rainbow Surprise dolls come wrapped up, so you don’t find out which doll you have until you unbox it along with over 20 surprises included. Our toy testers loved that you can mix the rainbow slime with the glitter and and shimmer powders to add to your doll’s transparent accessories, like their skirts and shoes.

Available from: Smyths Toys and Hamleys

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22. Lego Hidden Side Paranormal Bus 3000, £55

Recommended by: Hamleys and ITV This Morning

Age: 8+

The Hidden Side sets are Lego’s first augmented reality toys – download the Lego Hidden Side app and move your device over your set to bring it to life. There’s 689 pieces in this set to build the school bus and accessories, along with 6 Lego figures. We also like the look of the Haunted High School which is a bit pricier at £109.99.

Available from: Lego, Smyths Toys and Hamleys 

23. Oblique Drifter, £60

Recommended by: Hamleys

Age: 6+

This 36cm x 23.5cm x 14.5 cm remote-controlled car drifts smoothly from side to side and has added suspension that moves the car up and down. Available in blue or green and plays music as you move it around.

Available from: Hamleys

24. Woody Interactive Drop-Down Action Figure, £79.99

Recommended by: Disney

Age: 4+

This interactive Woody figure (37cm x 31cm x 13cm) responds to a range of voice commands – say “Someone’s coming!” or “Quiet. Go to sleep” to watch Woody freeze and drop down onto the floor just like he does in the movie. We loved the extra touches including his floppy arms, removable cowboy hat and sound-activating string. Requires 4 x AAA batteries (included).

Available from: Disney, Smyths Toys and Amazon

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25. LOL Surprise OMG doll, £29.99

Recommended by: Amazon

Age: 3+

The LOL Surprise genre expands ever more, this time with the arrival of 24cm-high fashion dolls with great hair. Choose from Lady Diva (pictured), Neonlicious, Royal Bee (our fave, with a killer Afro) and Swag. Each comes with 20 surprises, including accessories, shoes and a hairbrush, and the packaging becomes a reusable playset.

Available from: Amazon

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26. Marvel Legends Series Avengers: Endgame Power Gauntlet, £100

Recommended by: Disney

Age: 16+

Hasbro has brought the Avengers Power Gauntlet to life with this wearable electronic version (49.6cm). Place your hand inside the gauntlet, move your fingers and watch the fingers on the gauntlet move and the infinity stones light up. We like that it doesn’t feel too heavy when wearing it on your hand and that the individual finger movements are really responsive. Requires 3 x AA batteries (not included).

Available from: Disney and Smyths Toys 

27. GraviTrax Starter set, £49.99

Recommended by: John Lewis

Age: 8+

GraviTrax is like a modern-day marble run and it really is super-cool – so cool, in fact, our child judges awarded it Gold in the Best STEM toy category in our 2018 Toy Awards. Use your imagination to build superb tracks and set the gravity spheres rolling. You can make your own track design or use the tasks and blueprints included to help you to get started. There’s also a free GraviTrax app that allows you to design action-packed tracks with the building editor and race using different balls and camera perspectives.

Available from: John Lewis, Smyths Toys and Amazon

28. Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Super Sonic Jet, £60

Recommended by: Argos, Smyths Toys and DreamToys

Age: 2+

A generously sized jet that open ups to transform into a ‘mobile command centre’ with a launch door for vehicles stowed inside. Come with a mini-jet that fires ‘missiles’. Won a special Editor’s Choice award in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

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29. Rizmo, £59.99

Recommended by: DreamToys

Age: 6+

Rizmo starts a bundle of fur which transforms into the fuzzy character as you cuddle, sing and play with it (requires 4 x AA batteries included). Choose between three colours (Berry, Aqua and Snow) which all have their own musical style and are revealed when Rizmo opens up.

Available from: Smyths Toys, John Lewis and Very

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30. Barbie Travel DreamPlane, £63.99

Recommended by: Smyths Toys and DreamToys

Age: 3+

There is lots of imaginative play to be had with this plane, and lots of thoughtful touches included such as rolling wheels, reclining seats, overhead compartments and a snack cart with removable trays. It also comes with more than 15 accessories including an eye mask, blankets and a travel bag but keep in mind that the set doesn’t come with the Barbie dolls to use these with.

Available from: Smyths Toys and The Entertainer 

31. SmART Pixelator, £70

Recommended by: Hamleys

Age: 7+

Create colourful 2D and 3D designs with 1,300 beads and over 50 different templates to choose from. Place down the beads using the lights as a guide and then use the ironing paper included to lift the design off the board. And you don’t just have to follow the templates – you can also customise your designs by downloading your own images onto the SmART Pixelator. Requires 4 x C batteries (not included).

Available from: Hamleys, Smyths Toys and John Lewis

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32. Fisher-Price Imaginext Transforming Batmobile, £100

Recommended by: Argos

Age: 3+

A large 56cm x 46cm x 19cm remote-controlled Batmobile that you can transform into a raised ‘battle-mode’ super-vehicle that can launch 4 projectile discs. It zooms forwards and backwards and spins right round, and boasts ‘awesome’ lights and sounds.

Available from: Argos

33. L.O.L. Surprise! Glitter Globe, £11

Recommended by: Tesco

Age: 3+

Another offering on the LOL Surprise unwrapping-toys front. Reveal each doll’s shimmering glitter hair by feeding them water with the bottle included. There’s 12 glitter globe dolls to collect with 8 surprises to unbox with each one.

Available from: Argos, Smyths Toys and The Entertainer

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34. Playmobil City Life Tiny Paws Pet Hotel, £59.99

Recommended by: Toy Fair Heroes

Age: 4+

A 76cm x 24cm x19cm playset that builds into a pet hotel with kitchen and an animal flap leading into the garden – which has a see saw, kennels and outdoor lights. Comes with 3 figures, 8 dogs, 2 parrots, bananas, carrots, dog food, chew toys and umpteen accessories including a wheelbarrow and a string of sausages. Won a special Editor’s Choice award in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Playmobil, Uber Kids and Smyth Toys

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35. Slap Ninja Game, £23

Recommended by: Tesco

Age: 4+

A fast paced 2 player game where you use the karate chop slap to stop your opponent from getting their hands on the coin. The first player to defeat their 3 times is the winner! (Requires 3 x AAA batteries included).

Available from: Tesco, Amazon and Smyths Toys 

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36. Coding Critters, £40

Recommended by: Hamleys and ITV This Morning

Age: 4+

A screen-free coding toy where you help Ranger and his little friend Zip to complete challenges, from hide and seek to fetch, using the storybook included. Ranger and Zip are also interactive, for example you can press Ranger’s nose to make him dance and sing. Playset includes house, slide and tennis ball launcher. Won Bronze in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019. Requires 4 x AA batteries.

Available from: Hamleys, John Lewis and Amazon

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37. Fortnite Battle Bus, £40

Recommended by: Argos

Age: 8+

A 30cm playset bus with opening rear door based on the computer game that’s been obsessing pre-teens for the past year or so. Plenty of space to store other Battle Royale figures. Comes with 2 exclusive figures and victory umbrella.

Available from: Argos, Smyths Toys and Amazon

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38. Pet_Bits Interactive Collectible Robots, £19.99 each

Recommended by: Toy Fair Heroes

Age: 4+

These quirky-but-cute 14cm-high robot pets move and dance in response to hand claps. They’ll also record your voice and play it back to you robo-style and, if you get 2 of more robots together, they’ll talk and dance with each other. There’s also an accompanying (free) app, which allows you to win food and other treats for your pet. There’s a dog, panda, rabbit and cat to collect. Won Silver in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Amazon