This morning Kipper and I travelled to London for the launch of DreamToys  Top 12 Toys of Christmas. All around the room there were TV screens up with counting down to the big day, kiddies running around playing with all the toys on offer specifically for journalist photos, a Santa, the Tele Tubbies and of course toys, toys and more toys.


The event which predicts the biggest selling toys this Christmas, starts with a list of  of 68 which is then whittled down to the top 12 by a panel of leading toy retailers in the UK. If you want to see the full list its now available as an app – just search DreamToys 2016 in your relevant app store . The list has been split down into different categories to make navigation easier.

So… onto the top 12, you will be pleased to know that price wise its not just the expensive things which have made the cut. RRPs vary from £19.99 to £99.99, which means there should be something for everyones pocket:


Its great to see the huge variety that this list represents, some brands which are well known to us such as Lego and Hasbro and some which are not. I know for a fact that Monkey has his eye on the Paw Patrol Air Patroller since he is such a big fan and had a Paw Patrol themed party this year. Saying that the only thing on his Christmas list is a Hatchimal! If your little ones are the same then you will know like I do that currently it is an impossibility to get your hands on one. So I used the event as an excuse to ask the question and you will be relieved to hear like me that more stock is planned and will be winging its way to the high street retailers by the big day. Saying that if I see one I’m buying it … although it has to be a green one apparently!


Many of the press releases today made specific reference to the fact that there is a large number of collectable toys featured in both the top 12 but also the full list of 68. The good news with this is some of the blind bags make excellent stocking fillers and so a present can be found for every budget. For me its interesting to see collectables driving demand as Monkey is yet to hit that phase, although I am sure he will at some point.

To celebrate the launch of this list and because I am feeling festive myself I have decided to run a giveaway to win one of these Top 12 toys – Worlds Apart SelfMic, which would make the perfect Christmas present for a phone obsessed tween!!

Sing like a star and create your own music videos with SelfieMic. Featuring as adjustable selfie stick with working microphone, earpiece snd free StarMaker app, you can sing, lip sync and perform to thousands of your favourite songs…. Once you have recorded your performances ti can share with friends. Batteries not required. Phone not included. Suitable for ages 8+


Terms & Conditions :

SelfieMic Giveaway

  • Please enter using the link above which will take you to the Gleam application
  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries, they will receive a SelfieMic
  • The competition will close on 10th December 2016 at 11.59pm, winners will be notified through Twitter
  • Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address with postcode for delivery purposes
  • Good Luck, I have other giveaways running this Christmas season please search giveaway to find them


If you are still stuck for ideas here is a list of some of the toys we have reviewed this year – there really are some crackers!! (excuse the pun!).

Whats on your Christmas List?


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  1. I don’t really ask for much, at the moment I really need to some kitchen supplies for my first flat. Anything else is just a bonus.

  2. Kirsty Fox

    A new handbag, the one I have now is giving up!

  3. alice lightning

    a new laptop ,washer /dryer or shopping vouchers would be lovely fabulous giveaway

  4. Melissa Palmer

    My son really wants the Hot Wheels ultimate garage set and i would love some perfume x

  5. Sylvia Paul

    I really need a new pair of slippers and some more trousers

  6. Kim Willing

    Massage aromatherapy oils for my bad muscles.

  7. Carly Belsey

    I would love a new pair of slippers for Christmas, that’ll do just fine for me 🙂

  8. Emily Slough

    Nothing on mine!!! Just focusing on the kids! <3

  9. Leanne Bell

    A photo mug with my Daughters pictures on and a new rug x

  10. A new face (mine’s worn out) a townhouse in France and a round-the-world cruise. But if Santa can’t manage that, I love coffee and bath gifts.

  11. Anthea Holloway

    I would love a steam cleaner so that I could get the kitchen sparkling clean!

  12. Lucie Aiston

    Just for my 2 kids to be happy and the rest of my pregnancy to go without a hitch!!

  13. Teresa sheldon

    A new husband as this one is driving me crazy today with putting up the tree,other than that Smellies and choccie love them both as I do the husband really

  14. sharon stanley

    I don’t have a christmas list. Out of my three girls two of them have birthdays in December which leaves us pretty much broke come Christmas so I always request that people concentrate on them rather than me.

  15. Hayley Todd

    I would love a Pandora charm and a bottle of perfume for Christmas this year.

  16. Malcolm Ewing

    Brilliant prize, good luck to everyone

  17. Carol Cliffe

    Pretty notebooks or planners are on my list.

  18. Natasha Mairs

    I want some candles and wax melts and maybe some books too

  19. A.E. ADKINS

    A couple of hours peace & quiet, preferably with a G & T!

  20. Ali Duke

    I am hoping I get a nice blogging planner, I’ve dropped enough hints to the hubby lol.

  21. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    Some really good snow boots for me and furby connect.

  22. Victoria Prince

    Realistically – some posh nuts and chocolate! In an ideal world a new phone 🙂

  23. Mummy of Two + 1

    An overlocker and a nice peaceful day!

  24. Rachael ashmore

    I would love pj’s and slippers for Xmas it’s not xmas without them xx

  25. donna richardson

    im really wishing for ghd’s/ ive been so good this year lol

  26. Dominique Clarke

    Mummy would like some new boots but my little girl would love this singing selfie mic she’s such a diva!

  27. gemma middleton

    A Fitbit Charge 2. My fitbit is old and slow now!

  28. Deborah Mackenzie

    I really want the new Ripleys Believe it or Not annual! Just strange I guess!

  29. Rebecca Smith

    I would love a new soft and fluffy dressing gown

  30. Kimberley Ryan

    some winter boots are at the top of my list this year

  31. Lynn Heath

    I’m hoping for a Tassimo coffee machine!


    On my christmas list is a new pair of ugg boots

  33. Steph at Mental Parentals

    I would love a new onesie! I’m tall so find it hard to find ones long enough haha x

  34. Jodie A Harvey

    A new laptop – or a hammer to ‘fix’ this annoyingly slow one 😉

  35. Rachel Butterworth

    Grossery Gang Mushy Slushy Playset.

  36. Debbie Gilbert

    Speak out game if I can ever find one

  37. Kim Styles

    I want a new computer, mine sounds like a helicopter taking off


    A new kitchen, but santa must not get my letters because I’ve asked for one for the past couple of years

  39. I’ve asked my brother for one of those mechanical propelling pencils.

  40. Shelley Jessup

    I would love a cashmere hot water bottle so I can be nice & snug in luxury

  41. Susan Smith

    Something which sparkles, but will settle for a camera

  42. irene gilmour

    a bottle of champagne for me to enjoy bring in the new year

  43. Claire Willmer

    I would love a nice pair of cosy slippers 🙂

  44. Amy Treasure

    I’ve heard so much about hatchamals! I would personally like a new charm for my pandora! Thank you for linking up to #TheList

  45. Pauline jaconelli

    I would love a nice chain from my sons

  46. Christina Palmer

    A shower radio as it would be safer than running an extension lead under the bathroom door so I can listen to the radio in the bath

  47. My normal favourite of books! I would love for my hubby to ask me to renew our wedding vows.

  48. A hatchimal so my wee boy isn’t devastated.

  49. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Some new perfume as mine is running out. 🙂

  50. carol gaul

    id be happy with a slow cooker cook book lol and a photo album so i can look at the photos more often.

  51. Wendy R.

    I haven’t even thought about a Christmas list yet. Maybe some new shoes.

  52. Nancy Bradford

    A new car is on mine (but I doubt I’ll get it). My daughter’s consists mainly of LPS and a dalmatian bunny?

  53. Leanne V McKenna

    I’d like one of those straightening hair brushes, but I’m a bit sceptical about whether they really work!

  54. Ruth Harwood

    A new bottle of perfume, preferably one I’ve decided on lol!!

  55. amy bondoc

    same thing i ask for every year, new pjs and bath bombs 🙂

  56. Angela Boucher

    I would love some new clothes for Christmas this year.

  57. Laura Pritchard

    Some new Pyjamas & some bath bombs!

  58. tracy sinclair

    I would love a new microwave, failing that, chocolates would be nice x

  59. bella smyth

    A birthday cake as its my big 4 o on xmas day

  60. Lisa Parker

    I would love a guitar as I really want to learn how to play x

  61. angela b

    on my wishlist is a big smile and a hug from my grandchildren

  62. Bernice Cockrell

    Toys for the children…..saving money is always good! Every little helps!

  63. Lauren Fox

    Perfume 😀
    Thanks for the chance
    <3 <3 <3 <3

  64. Jo Carroll

    My little boy has just caught the building bug so I think lots of Lego is the order of the day 😉

  65. helen tovell

    I would like a new charm for my bracelet

  66. Lol, I think I’d quite like the self mic myself. #thelistlinky

  67. Sarah Lambert

    I’m expecting my 3rd baby at beginning of December so that will be my Christmas present this year 🙂

  68. James Harris

    On my Christmas list, as every year, are tickets to the Cheltenham Festival.

  69. Phyllis Ellett

    I really want some more Pandora Charms.

  70. Michelle Ptak

    I desperately need a new hair dryer!!

  71. Lucy At Home

    My kids only watch CBeebies at the moment (no adverts) so we never know what the “on trend” toys are. I’d love to know how accurate the predictions are! I bet they’ve got it down to a fine art now #TheListLinky

  72. steven young

    New Adidas trainers would make me happy

  73. Elaine P

    A light in my craft room, now that the winter is closing in on us it gets dark very early which means I can’t craft much after 3pm

  74. Holly Edmundson

    i dont have much of a list this year, however my daughters have asked for hatchimals x

  75. Sharon Worsley

    I really like the idea of the Snuggles dog – but cannot warrant £50 lol

  76. I would love a soup maker 🙂 kids want lego, dolls, hatchimals and the list goes on

  77. Stacey Carnell

    I want a fingerprint charm from my 7 month old son, I have everything else I could possibly want <3

  78. Nothing rally, but I wouldn’t mind an ipod x

  79. Sharon Lou Johnson

    nothing on my list, but my twins want a hatchimal each and i carnt get any 🙁

  80. Rebecca Nisbet

    a windows pro surface 4, but my other half made it clear that there’s no chance, were saving for our wedding next year.

  81. Jo Hutchinson

    A Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter from Lego its not for me to play with – well maybe just a little.

  82. Top of my list is an expensive stand mixer for my baking obsession 😀

  83. Jenny Brady

    Lush Bath Bombs, Suede Boots and lots of books!

  84. I am due to have major surgery in December, so I hope to be home for Christmas! 🙂

  85. Cheryl Price

    For me a yankee candle
    for my daughter a Hatchling!

  86. Martina Pichova

    I dishwasher – I like practical gifts 😉 .

  87. Sarah Mackay

    A food processor is on my list this year

  88. Jennifer Haden

    I’m hoping for alot of new books and maybe some nice warm socks 🙂 x

  89. Jo McPherson

    I would love a new coat and some candles 🙂

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