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. Jennifer Haden Reply

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

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

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

  4. Jo Hutchinson Reply

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

  5. Rebecca Nisbet Reply

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

  6. Sharon Lou Johnson Reply

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

  7. Stacey Carnell Reply

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

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

  9. Sharon Worsley Reply

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

  10. Holly Edmundson Reply

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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. James Harris Reply

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

  14. Sarah Lambert Reply

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

  15. Jo Carroll Reply

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

  16. Bernice Cockrell Reply

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

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

  18. Lisa Parker Reply

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

  19. tracy sinclair Reply

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

  20. amy bondoc Reply

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

  21. Ruth Harwood Reply

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

  22. Leanne V McKenna Reply

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

  23. Nancy Bradford Reply

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

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

  25. carol gaul Reply

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

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

  27. Christina Palmer Reply

    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

  28. Amy Treasure Reply

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

  29. irene gilmour Reply

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

  30. Shelley Jessup Reply

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

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

  32. JULIE WARD Reply

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

  33. Kim Styles Reply

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

  34. Jodie A Harvey Reply

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

  35. Deborah Mackenzie Reply

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

  36. Dominique Clarke Reply

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

  37. donna richardson Reply

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

  38. Rachael ashmore Reply

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

  39. Victoria Prince Reply

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

  40. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir Reply

    Some really good snow boots for me and furby connect.

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

  42. Hayley Todd Reply

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

  43. 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.

  44. Teresa sheldon Reply

    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

  45. Lucie Aiston Reply

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

  46. Anthea Holloway Reply

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

  47. 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.

  48. Carly Belsey Reply

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

  49. Sylvia Paul Reply

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

  50. alice lightning Reply

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

  51. 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.

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