This is the very last gift guide for 2015 which means two things;
- Santa is very, very close
- It’s time to wrap gifts!
I know some of you are last minute shoppers, some totally thrive on it. A good friend of mine is notorious for doing her Christmas shopping for her 3 kids on Christmas Eve! I get stabby thinking about going anywhere near a mall at this point in December – I hate it!
If you’ve still got some little people to shop for, hopefully this round-up of six of the top toys this Christmas will help make your shopping easy and quick as they are all available at The Warehouse, Farmers or both!
Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Shipwreck Rails RRP $149.99
I’ve been waiting with baited breath for Thomas fever to hit our household after Ethan’s complete lack of interest when he was a toddler – I freaking LOVE that little blue train! This playset takes Thomas to a level I’ve never seen before, it’s a BIG motorised railway with epic features including a death drop where Thomas spins 360º. This is totally going to blow Nixon’s mind (and Ethan’s to be honest!) and I can see the Trackmaster series becoming a collection that we add to over the years.
Psssst, there’s some mega sales on this right now! Check the links!
Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance And Move BeatBo RRP $120
Gotta say I can’t wait for this guy to join us on Christmas Day! BeatBo is a 13″ interactive robot-esque toy that is bright, tactile and soo visually attractive you just can’t help but want to press all of his buttons. He has 3 modes; Dance & Move, Learning & Games and Record and Remix where you can record a word or phrase that’s played back and remixed into a song! SO rad, Nixon’s going to love yabbering away to BeatBo and making music. I found BeatBo super intuitive to use, Nix at almost 2.5 years should have no trouble navigating the voice prompts to make the most out of this super fun toy. This is a tech/toy mashup that works SO well!
Mega 123 Learning Train RRP $40 + Mega Blocks RRP $29.99
Ok, blocks. Crucial element in any kids free-play repertoire. I love Mega Blocks as they give Nix the freedom to just build whatever he wants – easily. That’s the major attraction for me. Usually he’s whipping up big towers to form ‘cranes’ or other building site equipment and the ease with which he can pull pieces apart and dismantle his creations leaves little room for frustrated tantrums – a pervasive storm cloud always on the horizon when you live with a toddler!
The 123 Learning Train does double duty as an educational aid and a super fun toy. Blocks are printed with numbers which I’m excited to use with Nix to firm-up his number recognition.
Hot Wheels Monster Jam Dragon Blast RRP $59.99
Nixon is a card carrying member of Hot Wheels Anonymous – child is addicted to little cars! We were at a friends house recently and her son (who is a little older than Nix) had a Hot Wheels playset which captivated my little guy for the duration of our playdate. This set ticks all the boxes for us; Dragon? Yes. Monster Truck? Yes. Hours of fun? Definitely.
Hot Wheels Stack A Track RRP $59.99
Stack A Track is next level Hot Wheels for sure. With this set you can design and build your own track (and then tear it down with reckless abandon which is what Nixon will do with it lol). I love the freedom sets like this give little engineers, it becomes a two-pronged toy encouraging creativity and imagination as well as the base fun of simply playing with little cars!
We were so fortunate to have been gifted these wonderful toys by Mattel for review purposes. The amazing thing is, they have donated an equal number of toys to my charity of choice, The Auckland City Mission! We are so grateful in both instances xx