ARTICLE by Natalie Brown

Our top toy predictions for Christmas

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It's hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! 

If you're already thinking about what to get your little ones for Christmas 2022 so you can bag the festive faves and spread the cost this winter, we've got you covered.  

From toys that ensure lots of to loveable ride-ons for rocking around the tree, here are our top predictions for the hottest toys of the season…

Gifts that get them moving

With colder days comes more indoor play, so it’s important to find Christmas presents, toys and games which still release some of their energy even when stuck inside. 

That’s why for Christmas gifts 2022, we predict that there will be an even greater focus on getting the little ones active with their toys. Gifts that encourage physical activity like Little Dutch walkers, Little Bird Told Me rockers and Plan Toys pull alongs, are all great for explorative play. 

Our top choice

We absolutely love this gorgeous rocker from Little Bird Told Me. Its icy, fluffy coat and soft plush body makes it the perfect toy for some white Christmas joy. 

You may have even spotted this beautiful rocker in the playroom of YouTuber Imogen Horton (@imogennation) recently as the team at Natural Baby Shower created a ‘mint green dream’ for her daughter Renaelia’s first birthday! 

Toys that promote learning through play

As parents continue to look for ways to help their little ones in school, we believe educational toys will continue to grow in popularity. 

In 2022, we predict that there will be an emphasis on toys that promote learning through play. Better yet, toys that do this without the need for screen time will likely be a hit with those conscious of too much screen use over the Christmas period and beyond. 

Products like audio players and puzzles are likely to be at the top of many wish lists as these types of toys are not only fun for the little ones but also help them to develop important skills like concentration, memory, imagination and creativity.

Our top choice

One of our favourite audio players, the Tonies Toniebox has become a sought after prezzie with millions of parents opting to buy it for their little ones. 

With a soft casing and a range of magnetic characters, it’s great for independent play and encourages little imaginations to run wild with a mix of stories, music, and create-your-own options.

Collectibles too cute to miss

There are some truly gorgeous toys that have landed from much-loved brands such as Olli Ella, LiewoodLittle Dutch and Fabelab who always release the sweetest Christmas characters each year. 

It’s hard not to fall in love with all of the new collectibles, yet if you’ve got a little one who is fond of a certain plush pal, investing in a similar friend is sure to go down well this Christmas.

Our top choice

We gasped at the cuteness of these pretty pooches which have been added to Olli Ella’s charming range of soft toys and dolls. 

The all-new Dinkum Dogs are made from a range of ultra-soft fabrics such as velvety ears and plush paws that make them the next best thing to a hug from a canine companion. 

For an added fun feature, these little pups come equipped with a small magnetic bone that attaches to their mouth. These would make amazing stocking fillers!

Classic toys with a modern twist

Even in a rapidly changing world, some things never go out of style. In 2022, we predict that classic toys with a modern twist will continue to be popular. 

Think board games at the flip of a table, wooden coffee machines without the clean-up, and stacking toys that offer endless possibilities. 

These classic toys have been updated for the 21st century and are sure to be hits with children of all ages. 

Our top choice

While the Stokke MuTable is new to Natural Baby Shower this year, it’s already picked up some impressive awards globally such as the American Parents' Choice Gold Award 2019 in the toy category. 

With four double sided playboards, this clever piece of furniture can transform into various games and puzzles for the little ones to enjoy. 

Designed with families in mind, the central hole in the table smartly houses all the game pieces to keep everything tidy – a plus for Christmas day when the house is taken over by toys!

Toys for packable fun

Every parent will understand the struggle of carting mounds of toys over the Christmas period. 

We predict that Christmas 2022 will see more families travelling to spend time together as we make up for the past few years spent apart. 

So, for the ultimate convenience for Christmas on the road we expect portable, smaller toys to become favourites for you and your little one. After all, they do say good things come in small packages.

Our top choice

Look no further than the Yoto Mini Player to keep little ones entertained this Christmas. This portable audio player is the ideal size to sneak into Santa’s stocking and encourage a more peaceful car journey on that Boxing Day trip home. With an all-day battery and added display features such as sleep sound functions; this little device is sure to be your best friend this Christmas as well as theirs. 

Happy shopping!

So, there you have it—our predictions for the top toys of Christmas 2022! With so many options to choose from, there's sure to be something that will make their holiday season extra special. 

As well as our Toy Event offer this week, we always want to help you find the right products, at the right time and at the right price. So, where we can, we offer our price match promise to bring you the very best prices that we can.


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