Chances are you still remember receiving a Beano Annual for Christmas as a child. Do you also remember the hours of pure contentment, huddled up with your prize, reading the new adventures of your favourite characters?
This is one pleasure that stretches across the generations – not just with our parents, but even some of our grandparents! Despite all the new techy toys surrounding our kids today, the appeal of the traditional red-and-black-striped mischief-maker is still going strong.
Best of all, you can get hold of the Beano Annual 2013 for only £4 this year from Asda Direct – a budget stocking filler for a perfect start to Christmas Day.
The humble Christmas annual really is a British institution, filling the stockings of millions of children and thriving in popularity even in today’s digital age.
And The Beano Book, published by DC Thomson back in 1939, was one of the world’s very first annuals – and is still going strong today. Last year, it topped the chart with 181,000 Christmas copies sold. Will you be buying one this year?
The imaginative and brilliantly hand-drawn comic book annuals have stood the test of time and although they may not quite beat the sales of the latest games console, they’ll still light up little faces this Christmas.
Much loved comic The Dandy, another DC Thomson publication, first grabbed our attention in 1937 and still has its place on the shelves this year as an annual – but sadly the weekly comic publishes its final paper issue today – and it’s expected to be a collector’s item, so a great stocking filler for nostalgic fans! (New editions of the comic will be exclusively digital, available to download online).
It’s a big one for Beano hero Dennis The Menace too, as he celebrates his 75th anniversary next year. Beano editor Mike Stirling describes the annual as “The ultimate portable entertainment hub.”
So no, annuals might not be the latest iPad, but they are an affordable stocking filler that become, as Mike says: “Something traditional that you can keep, and almost an antidote to the digital stuff.”
Annuals – best prices and bargains
Kids now have a pick of a whole range of annuals covering football teams, Dr Who, Hello Kitty and Moshi Monsters to One Direction and JLS, so you’re sure to find a budget book whatever their interest.
There are some fantastic offers out there at the moment, so you can nab a few of your favourites in-store and online for less.
For example, Asda Direct are currently offering three annuals for £10, so whether your little ones are into Angry Birds, Barbie, or the more traditional Beano you can get them for just over £3 each.
Or check out Smyths toy store, where you’ll find a buy-one-get-one-free offer on all annuals. So you can get two for £7.99.
So, will the Beano win out over Peppa Pig and Dr Who in the Christmas annual sales this year? We hope so.
Do you have a fond Christmas annual memory, or perhaps you found a bargain on the books this year we haven’t mentioned? Leave your comment below or tweet us @MyFamilyClub.