Every year at this time, there are a huge amount of new toys introduced to the market, that every kid ‘desperately needs’. As parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc, we often feel under great pressure to fulfil these ‘needs’. I, for one, am going to find it a real struggle to provide the thousands of toys on my son’s list! And, he’s an only child!
Which toys will be most popular for Christmas 2018?
So, with the above in mind, I want to try to help reduce that burden on you to buy EVERYTHING. Recently I’ve paid a lot of attention to articles created by the main toy shops and online retailers listing what they consider to be the top toys for Christmas 2018. Below, I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be the top eight desired toys/categories of toys this Christmas, as a result of that research. For each toy on the list, I’ve provided as many links as I can find to competitions where you can win them.
Make sure to check back regularly for more opportunities to win the toys that your kids are asking for, because I’ll keep updating this post between now and Christmas.
At my top spot this year is LEGO. It’s surprising to me that a toy that has been around for so long remains as popular as Lego does. I do, however, really love that, at the number one spot, is a toy that encourages dexterity, design and concentration skills. This year, with lots of new sets available just in time for Christmas, including the sought after Harry Potter range, I’ve seen LEGO pop up on every single toy shop list I’ve read. In addition to a wide range of Harry Potter sets, new sets from the LEGO Friends range, Duplo range, Creator range and Ninjago range, all appeared in top 2018 Christmas toy lists.
Here are some links to LEGO competitions that are running throughout November and December. Please note the end dates at the beginning of each link. I will try to keep the list as current as possible, but some of them may close before I get the chance to update it.
- E: 04/12 £150 to sped on LEGO
- E: 05/12 Harry Potter LEGO bundle
- E: 07/12 Fantastic Beasts LEGO set
- E: ??? Harry Potter LEGO bundle
- E: 03/01 LEGO Winter Train Set
Another toy that seems to have been around forever and manages to keep its popularity is the Barbie doll. A number of items from the Barbie range appeared on the many top 10, top 50, top (#random number) lists that I’ve read. Sought after dolls and sets this year include; Barbie Baby Doctor, Baby Care Clinic Ambulance and Barbie Dolphin adventure range.
Here are the links to the Barbie related competitions that I’ve found:
Currently all closed: Will update in new ones found…
I appreciate that this is a wide category of toys, but as STEM seems to be a real buzz word for parents and teachers at the moment, I felt it deserved its place on my list. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, in case you were wondering. They are toys designed to make learning fun for kids and as someone who is currently arranging a science themed birthday party for a 5-year-old, I can confirm that they succeed. On the top toys lists, I came across many different types of toys, catering to a wide age range, that fell under the banner of STEM. Some of the most sought after ranges this year are Learning Resources including Botley the coding robot, the Nickelodeon Experimake range, such as Experimake Sludge and Slime and Gravitax sets from Ravensburger.
Here is a list of the awesome STEM toys that are available to win online right now:
- E: 4/12 Detective DOT Megapack (Coding Toy)
- E: 9/12 Beaker Creatures Super Lab and Magnifying Chamber in £450 bundle!!
- E: 18/12 Geomag Gravity Up and Down Circuit
- E: 23/12 2 Single Ready2Robot Packs
4. The Grinch Movie and associated merchandise
As a huge Dr Seuss fan, we are very excited, in our house, that they have decided to revive this absolute classic. We were lucky enough to see the live performance of The Grinch last Christmas at Universal Studios in Florida. It was amazing! And yes, I did shed a tear lol. My son, who is almost 5, has the gorgeous young Grinch toy from Build a Bear factory on his Christmas wish list (aka hidden in my bedroom). I’ve also seen a plethora of related merchandise and clothing available for the Grinch movie. Unfortunately, the actual Blu-ray release is not until February 2019, which is a shame.
Here are some links to competitions where you can win Grinch related prizes:
5. LOL Surprise Toys
LOL Surprise Eggs were huge last year, with parents being forced to pay way over the odds for items that had been bought up in bulk and sold on eBay at ridiculous mark ups. Well, they haven’t really lost much popularity in the mean time and this Christmas will see the launch of their LOL Biggie Pet Figure, LOL Bigger Surprise and LOL Surprise House ranges. These 3 items appear on a lot of the top toy lists, as well as the original range still having notable popularity, given the collectible nature of the toy.
Here are the links for LOL Surprise related competitions that I have found
- E: 15/12 LOL Bigger Surprise (2 winners)
- E: 1/12 LOL Surprise Doll House
- E: 18/12 LOL Bigger Surprise
- E: 20/12 LOL Surprise! Doll House
6. NERF Guns and associated toys
Anyone with a child that watches YouTube will appreciate (or not) the popularity of NERF guns. In the US they’ve been popular for decades, but they’ve also become increasingly popular here in recent years. They also seem to interest kids from a very wide age range! Although intended for ages 8 and up, my son has been interested since his 4th birthday and I also know teens that still love NERF. This year, the new and sought after additions to their range are NERF Laser Alpha, NERF Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K Blaster and of course, the Hauck NERF Battle Racer is still popular, particularly with younger kids.
Here are some links to where you can win NERF toys in time for this Christmas:
7. My Little Pony
My Little Pony have been around since I was a little girl (I’m showing my age now!) and it was really nice to see that they have brought out a retro range this year that look just like the originals. These toys have had a real resurgence in popularity in recent years and this year is no different. Both the Ultimate Equestria Collection and Mega Collections appear in the top anticipated toy lists for 2018.
Here are some links that I have found to win My Little Pony toys:
- E: 7/12 Set of 3 My Little Pony plush toy zip purses (this is my giveaway)
- E: Ongoing? My Little Pony Bundle of Figures
8. Board Games
Another very broad category here, I know. It makes me very happy though, that in these days of technology overload, the number of board games on kids’ Christmas lists continue to increase. Ironically, I’m pretty sure that YouTube is the culprit for the rise in popularity, due to the millions of unboxing videos, however as long as they’re still being appreciated, where’s the harm! There are a lot of board games from different manufacturers appearing on this years top toys lists. Here are a handful of the most frequently mentioned titles that I came across during my research; Pie Face Canon, Don’t Step in it, Fortnite Monopoly, What’s in Ned’s Head and Soggy Doggy.
Here are some links where you can win a whole host of different board games. They are actually one of the most abundant giveaway items this year, so if there are any on you kids’ lists then I would recommend starting here:
- E: 04/12 Wally The Washer
- E: 05/12 Super Ski Jump
- E: 6/12 Jumanji Orginal Board Game
- E: 06/12 Wally The Washer
- E: 10/12 £110 worth of Drummond Park Games
- E: 10/12 Wally the Washer
- E: 10/12 Rapidough
- E: 12/12 Word Bandit
Where else can I find toy competitions?
And of course, in addition to those links I have mentioned above, I must recommend the following pages’ toy categories. These sites have been very good to me in the past when sourcing presents, so I wish you the best of luck with winning some for yourselves. I would love to read your comments about what you are/were trying to win this year and whether or not you succeeded.
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