Top toys for Christmas 2013

Caroline Cassidy

Christmas is a magical time for kids, and for parents, there's nothing quite like the joy of watching your little ones open their presents. This year's 'Dream Toys' list has already been released, so why not surprise your kids with one or two of the season's must-have toys and games?

Top toys for Christmas 2013
Top toys for Christmas 2013

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Lego City Coastguard - RRP £59.99
Still a firm favourite with children up and down the country (not to mention a few parents), Lego's latest offering is the coastguard rescue set, where the helicopter pilot, dinghy and submarine rescuers are on hand to help the 'stricken people' surrounded by sharks. It's a marine adventure for little heroes.

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Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag Set - RRP £19.99
Recommended for three-year-olds and upwards, this cute toy doctor's set comes complete with a thermometer, syringe, stethoscope (complete with lights), a blood pressure cuff and bandage cuff. Perfect for caring kids.

Flutterbye Flying Flower Fairy - RRP £34.99
Much more than just a doll, this flower fairy really is magical. Once charged up, she flies through the air guided only by your hand, and is surprisingly easy to manoeuvre, even for little hands. Remember to stock up on AA batteries to keep the kids entertained.

Furby Boom - RRP £59.99
Still a bestseller fifteen years after it first appeared on British shores, this year's updated Furby even learns the name you give it, as well as learning other new words, changing personality depending on how you treat it, dancing to music... and if you keep him happy and healthy, he'll even lay eggs that will hatch into Furblings. Hours of entertainment

VTech InnoTab 3S - RRP £89
This touchscreen tablet for kids barely needs an introduction, having been in the top Christmas toys list for the past two years. But the new and improved 3S now boasts a rotating still/video camera, a secure internet browser, art studio and magic beanstalk game. Great for introducing kids to technology, with more apps and games available to download.

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra - RRP £120
Another child-friendly tablet, the LeapPad allows kids to write, draw, read eBooks and play games, as well as take photos and videos. Plus the internet is powered by secure browser Zui for parents' peace of mind, and there's an impressive 8GB of storage.

Monopoly Empire - RRP £19.99
The classic board game gets a whole new twist, as players buy their favourite brands and fill their very own skyscraper with billboards.

Monster High 13 Wishes Doll
Another 'top toys' regular, the latest from the Monster High series are the 13 Wishes dolls, each of which boasts their own style and accessories. The characters vary in price, starting from around £16.99, with Howleen likely to be one of the biggest sellers.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike - RRP £39.99
For brave parents everywhere, Nerf's new N-Strike Elite boasts the fastest firing blaster ever, and with foam darts that fly over 20 metres, no one will be safe!

Finally, if your kids are crying out for a pet but mum and dad aren't so keen, treat them to a Robo Fish bowl (£26.99). The fish are activated the moment they're dropped into the bowl. Note that it only comes with one fish, but there are plenty more to collect. Or splash a little more cash on a Teksta Robotic Puppy (from £59.99), which performs tricks, wags his tail and comes when called... but doesn't have any 'little accidents'.

Will you be buying any of the above for your child this Christmas? Leave your comments below...