We all know it is never too early to begin your festive shopping, but just what will be the top Christmas toys for the little ones this year? And most importantly, how can we find the best value?
Well, according to Hamleys, the famous London toy shop, traditional favourites such as Mickey Mouse and Barbie will still be top of our kids' lists to Santa, alongside more modern hits such as Moshi Monsters.
Its top tips for the predicted top-selling Christmas toys also include the Razor Bella Pocket Mod - a classic Italian - style scooter for children over the age of 12.
Other desirables include the MC350 Razor Dirt Bike, a fast action game charmingly titled called Bum Face, and the Mini Micro 3-in-1 scooter.
With so much to choose from it can be a nightmare deciding upon exactly what to get, from where, and working out time restraints and expenses. But at least you'll have a head start this year!
Manage your time
Checking prices online before you shop can be a real time saver. It means you don't have to trek around all the shops and also allows you to search for coupons which can save you money.
Plan which stores you need and make a list, creating a shopping planner for the run up to Christmas. You can even phone ahead to reserve an item,or do so online.
Don't leave it all to the last minute! There is nothing more stressful than having to rush around gathering presents on Christmas Eve.
Always give yourself plenty of time to get things done. Starting early means you will have more chance to take advantage of all the offers in the build-up to the big day.
Watch the pennies
There are often plenty of great deals and discounts on toys to be had, such as BOGOF offers. Store saving cards are also a fantastic way of keeping the cost down.
When possible, try not to use credit cards. If you have to, use the one that is interest free and plan your monthly budget to pay off within the time scales.
If you're finding it hard to stick to spending caps, just ask yourself if all that Christmas spending will be worth it come next spring when your kids can't remember what they had, and you can't afford a summer holiday because you're still paying off your credit card bill?
After all, it's the thought that counts, not the price tag!