Choosing Christmas presents for the little ones in your life should be a magical experience. But battling the crowds in busy high-street toy shops in November can be enough to sap the festive spirit out of even the most seasoned Christmas shopper.
So to prevent you getting jaded before the festivities have even begun, we’ve done the (little) donkeywork for you.
From techie treats for tots and this year’s hottest playground crazes to traditional toys with a twist and handcrafted design classics – here is our pick of the best toys for 2013.
And they’re all just a click away so you can spend more time trimming the tree and scoffing mince pies and less time in the high-street Christmas crush…
Furby Boom Pink And Black Stripes
A whole new generation of <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Furby-Boom-Pink-and-Black-Stripes-/370923091108" target="_blank">Furbies</a> is hatching - and they're the talk of the playground this Christmas. Like gremlins for the digital generation, these cute little critters have a mind of their own - and their behaviour and personalities are shaped by the way they are treated, just like a real pet.
Bigjigs Around The World Train Set
Watch your little ones take the train on a journey of discovery around the world's most iconic landmarks, learning as they go. This beautifully crafted <a href="http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/around-the-world-train-set" target="_blank">wooden train set</a> is a great keepsake treasure and makes a refreshing change from all those battery-gobbling plastic toys with flashing lights and loud, electronic tunes.
Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo
<a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9154081.htm" target="_blank">Big Hugs Elmo</a> is possibly the cutest thing on the market this Christmas. The latest incarnation of Sesame Street's cuddliest character gives real hugs and will even sing your little one a bedtime lullaby to help them drift off into the land of nod.
The next best thing to giving your kids a real puppy for Christmas, <a href="http://www.smythstoys.com/robots-27sc/teksta-puppy-blue-130052itm.aspx" target="_blank">Teksta Puppy</a> is this year's must-have 'it' gift for kids. Using your voice, physical gestures, lights and sounds, the life-like robot puppy can be trained to stop and sit as well as do back-flips.
John Lewis Colour My World Globe
Help budding explorers discover more about our great planet as they play with this <a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-11-inch-colour-my-world-globe/p569896" target="_blank">interactive globe</a> that comes with six erasable markers and stickers of animals from around the world.
Flutterbye Flying Fairy Doll
Make the magic of fairies come to life with this <a href="http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Toys/Dolls-and-Accessories/Fashion-Dolls-and-Accessories/Flutterbye-Flying-Fairy-Doll-Pink%280107784%29?cm_mmc=Google-_-ProductListingAds-_-NA-_-Flutterbye%20Flying%20Fairy%20Doll%20-%20Pink&gclid=COGBru3H3LoCFU7KtAodwX4Aog" target="_blank">flying fairy doll</a> that flutters through the air, guided along by their hand movements.
Jammytoys Colin's Camper Van
The perfect gift for beach-loving surf kids, this beautiful <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/jammtoys/product/colin-s-camper-van" target="_blank">retro camper van</a> comes complete with wooden peg family and dog. Remove the roof to place the characters in their colour-coordinated seats and take them on an ocean-bound adventure.
Lou Brown Designs Personalised Jigsaw
Personalised gifts are guaranteed way to make little ones feel extra special. These super-cute illustrated <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/loubrowndesigns/product/personalised-children-s-jigsaw" target="_blank">personalised puzzles</a> are the perfect gift for your friends' children or nephews and nieces.
John Lewis My First Remote Control Car
Put your budding Formula 1 champion in the driving seat with this small, stylish and easy-to-operate <a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-my-first-remote-control-car/p623742" target="_blank">remote-controlled car.</a>
Tipped to be one of this year's best-selling toys, <a href="http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Toys/Animals-and-Playsets/Robo-Fish-Fish%280106290%29?searchPosition=0" target="_blank">Robofish</a> magically switches on when submerged in water and emulates the movements of a real fish. And they're better than a goldfish in a bag from the funfair because they can join in with bath-time fun.