26/09/2018 11:30 BST | Updated 26/09/2018 14:05 BST

The Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2018 In The UK, According To Hamleys

Yes, it's that time 🎁

It’s getting colder and darker which can only mean one thing: it’s nearly Christmas. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but shops have already started focusing their efforts on what we’re going to buy this festive season.

So if you’re wondering what’s going to be on your kids’ lists this year, this could put you ahead of the game. Hamleys has released its top 12 toys for Christmas, featuring some classics (LEGO) and new arrivals we predict will be big (Crate Creatures).

The shortlist comes after months of researching and planning by the Hamleys toy buyers and features prices from as little as £8, to as much as £80. 

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“We have cute, we have cuddly, we have fun, we have education, but this year in some of our toy categories we are also seeing an antidote to the highly polished perfectionism portrayed in many social media channels,” said Victoria Kay, head buyer at Hamleys.

Find the 12 toys (in no particular order) in the slideshow below. 

  • 12TY Flippables
    TY Flippables
    Hamleys
    Remember beanie babies? They're back, but this time with sequins. Stroke the plush toy one way to reveal one sequin colour, then to other way to reveal another.
    Price: £8
    Ages: 3+
    Click here to buy.
  • 11Gravitrax
    Gravitrax
    Hamleys
    Think modern day marble run. It's aimed to be educational as it focuses on STEM subjects, playing with gravity and kinetic energy. Kids build their own run and see if their marble can make it to the finish line.
    Price: £50
    Ages: 8+
    Click here to buy
  • 10L.O.L Surprise Dolls
    L.O.L Surprise Dolls
    Hamleys
    These dolls come hidden in a shell split into separate compartments. You can only unlock the shell surrounding the doll using code cards you find tucked in to each compartment. Once you've unlocked the accessories, you can unlock the doll, take off her cover, and dress her up.
    Price: £15
    Ages: 6+
    Click here to buy.
  • 9Elasti Plasti
    Elasti Plasti
    Hamleys
    It's slime... without the stickiness. It comes in different colours, you can stretch it as far as you want, and it makes a rude noise when you put in back in the pot. Lovely. 
    Price: £13
    Ages: 5+
    Click here to buy.
  • 8Crate Creatures
    Crate Creatures
    Hamleys
    As the name suggests, it's a creature trapped in a crate that makes fun noises and has glowing eyes. You can unlock the crate to play with the creature - if you record your voice, they'll play it back in a monster voice. Creepy.
    Price: £40
    Ages: 4+
    Click here to buy.
  • 7LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express
    LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express
    Hamleys
    Get your kids (but also secretly you) to build and step aboard the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express from King's Cross. The set comes with mini figures of Harry, Hermione and Ron - it's basically every wizard fan's dream.
    Price: £75
    Ages: 8+
    Click here to buy.
  • 6Hairdorables
    Hairdorables
    Hamleys
    These collectible dolls have a "big hair, don't care" attitude and come in this scene-setting box. Unlock the surprises on the left to get her accessories, then reveal which doll you have on the right.
    Price: £15
    Ages: 3+
    Click here to buy.
  • 5Paddington Bear
    Paddington Bear
    Hamleys
    Who doesn't want a cuddly, plush Paddington Bear teddy?! He's 28cm tall, has his signature blue duffel coat and of course, his swing tag. What a cutie.
    Price: £30
    Ages: 0+
    Click here to buy
  • 4Monopoly Cheaters Edition
    Monopoly Cheaters Edition
    Hamleys
    Everyone cheats in Monopoly, right? In this edition, rules are bent, money is stolen and funny business is welcomed. You can also get an exclusive Hamleys edition of Monopoly this year, which takes you on a trip around their seven floors.
    Price: £22
    Ages: 8+
    Click here to buy
  • 3Nerf Laser Ops
    Nerf Laser Ops
    Hamleys
    This one will please parents: instead of having a Nerf toy that fires out foam arrows, these new ones rely totally on lasers, so there's no picking them up off the floor. Even better there's a single player option if your little one doesn't have siblings to play with.
    Price: £45
    Ages: 8+
    Click here to buy.
  • 2Peppa Pig Castle And Royal Guard Plush
    Peppa Pig Castle And Royal Guard Plush
    Hamleys
    Your child's favourite TV character is now available dressed up as a castle guard or the Queen's guard because, well, why not?
    Price: £25
    Ages: 18 months +
    Click here to buy.
  • 1Boxer Robot
    Boxer Robot
    Hamleys
    This mini robot reacts to senses around him, so he'll follow your hands if you want him to move. You can also play loads of games with the robot - he just needs to roll over an activity card to scan it to know what to do.
    Price: £80
    Ages: 6+
    Click here to buy.
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