This year’s Dream Toys have been announced and retailers across the land are promoting the top toys for Christmas 2012.
Shop windows are full of Pirates, Knights, Monster High dolls, Moshi accessories and Twister machines to whet the appetite of our children. But these toys can be costly…
…Which is why we have sourced the best prices available to help keep the pounds in your pocket – and you’ll see that two stores consistently come up trumps.
For 3 years and above
The Cabbage Patch Kids born in a secret and magical cabbage patch, were made famous in the eighties and catapulted into the top toys for Christmas this year with an updated style. They can be bought from Argos for as little as £23.49 and £23.87 with Smyths, though check with each store whether they have the one you want in stock.
Highest Price: £29.99
Best Deal: Smyths for £18.99
The Neverland Pirates Ship Bucky is Jake’s pride and joy. Shoot water ball projectiles out of the cannon or watch Tick Tock Croc explode out of the hidden trap door. I would feel swash-buckled if I paid £49.99, however Argos won the day with £39.79, with Smyths only pennies more at £39.87.
Model name: Jake and the Neverland Pirates – Pirate Ship Bucky
Highest Price: £49.99
Best Deal: Smyths for £37.99
Runner up: Argos for £41.99
The Mike the Knight Deluxe Glendragon Playset is where your children can let their imagination run riot. Lift the bed to reveal Mike’s secret slide leading straight to Galahad’s stables and speed off into action! Argos takes the reins at £19.79 whilst Smyths again are second best at £19.87.
Highest Price: £29.99
Best Deal: Argos for £11.99
For 4 years and above
With over 20 different accessories you can change everything in the My Moshi Home from the windows to the walls and doors – and you can even create an upper level. Best price is with Argos at £28.79 and joint runners up Smyths and Amazon at £28.87.
Highest Price: £39.99
Best Deal: Amazon for £18.99
Recommended for 8 years and above
Monster High is a high school for Ghouls and this year the Monster High Ghoul’s Rule Dolls made the Bakers Dozen of Dream toys (normally 12 but this year 13). Price for individual dolls can vary, however joint best at £17.99, are yet again, Argos and Smyths. Recommended ages may vary – see individual doll for details.
Highest Price: £22.99
Best Deal: Argos for £8.17
Parents need to duck for cover with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire blaster. With a range of 75 feet you can only hope that Christmas day brings fine weather so that the children can enjoy this toy in the back garden or park.
Highest Price: £44.99
Best Deal: Argos for £22.49
A few tricks to get great deals
Tesco were sometimes very close as best price for these top toys for Christmas. If you have Tesco Clubcard points you can turn vouchers into tokens and use these to fully purchase or part purchase your toys. If you have points adding up to a £5 voucher you can turn this into a £10 token, meaning you only need a further £10 to purchase.
Argos, who seem to consistently be best priced, are currently offering a £5 voucher if you spend £50 or more, and a £10 voucher if you spend £100 or more.
Don’t forget the batteries
Before you wrap the presents and leave them under the Christmas tree, remember to check if the toy needs batteries and whether they are included – otherwise it could be a long day!
Savvy shoppers be aware, as competition between retailers is tighter than Santa’s belt, prices are likely to change rapidly, so if you find different or better value, or want to sing the praises of more traditional toys, please add your comments below.
We’d love to hear from you if there’s a particular product you want some price checks on. Email [email protected] – we’ll pick the most popular requests.
Marc Lockley is a coach and money saving writer. He is the author of How To Pay Less For More, a book showing people how to negotiate in shops, showrooms and even with the boss over working part-time. As a dad of two, Marc values his work/life balance and is a dab hand at using money saving techniques to keep the bills down.