In case you were wondering, there are less than 150 days until Christmas, and while it couldn’t be further away from the holiday season, we all know it will be December before we know it.
Selecting the perfect toys for kids is one of the hardest things to tick off your shopping list. But, thanks to John Lewis & Associates, a panel of experts and a group of under 12s have already tested hundreds of toys to predict which will be the bestsellers of 2021.
After hours of play, the retailer narrowed it down to the top 10, to give you the much-needed inspiration before December 25th.
It’s also a pretty versatile mix, ranging from classic wooden playsets and Christmas-themed Lego, to the more technical offerings of Scalextric and Gravi.
Each toy featured in this list will be available in stores and online from the end of September. With this list, we help you get organized before the big day, because it’s never too early to start planning your Christmas shopping. You can thank us later.
This racing set will provide hours of fun for toddlers and they can compete as their favorite superheroes around a Scalextric track. Designed for ages four and up, the cars are crash resistant, so no matter how many times they run on the twisty track, they will always stay in good condition.
A classic Christmas present is a Lego set and this festive elf clubhouse includes everything from trees, gifts, and workshops, plus four mini figures, a reindeer, and Santa’s sleigh. It’s an adorable way to keep the magic of Christmas alive for toddlers.
Wooden toys have long been a popular choice for children at Christmas. Partly that’s because they’re durable, don’t need batteries, and allow kids to really engage their imaginations without flashing lights or squeaky sound effects.
This puzzle railroad track, featuring a conductor, three carriages and a magnetic pulley for you to load the trains, is sure to send them to hours of playtime fun.
Educational and fun, this space puzzle is a two-in-one. Children will have as much fun putting it together as the end result. It is a detailed guide to the planets with a 3D effect that can be passed on to future generations.
If Waitrose is your local supermarket, recreate a mini version at home with this wooden set. This is a great opportunity to learn the names and uses of different fruits and vegetables, which will promote coordination. In addition, it will teach them to share with their siblings and friends, so that the children can take turns playing the cashier or the customer.
This marble set, for ages eight and up, will provide hours of entertainment. Once built, you can run on a twisty, twisty track with steep descents and tight turns, which can be an exercise in learning how gravity works. It can be played alone or with others, so you can make it as competitive as you want.
This soft, soft doll is more affordable and perfect for a smaller child who would do well with a companion for car rides and naps. With a cute star print dress and matching hat, it’s a gift kids can just unwrap and enjoy. And parents will be happy to learn that no setup or batteries are required.
For Harry potter fans, there is no end to the children’s toys you can find, but the panel of John Lewis and Partners voted better than the rest. It can be played by two or four people and is suitable for ages 10 and up, and is a great introduction to the classic board game, “Scrabble”, which is always a Christmas treat.
Sweet Tonis Cuddly Hoppie Friends Rabbit Audio Play: £ 29.99, Johnlewis.com
This sweet and cuddly bunny with kid-friendly audio player makes an adorable gift for toddlers, which has no difficult buttons or controls. Suitable for ages three and up, it doesn’t need batteries, just wifi and a Toniebox (£ 62.95, Johnlewis.com) which can be purchased separately. The bunny will sit upright thanks to a magnet and, when not in use, will always be a nice ornament.
This beautifully illustrated book tells the beloved story of the Secret Garden and was created exclusively in partnership with John Lewis & Partners. Since its first publication in 1911, it has become a classic children’s book and a mainstay of English children’s literature.
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