Ah, I’ve said it, haven’t I?
The C word. The word we’re all trying to avoid as long as possible.
However, it would seem the other C word (children) don’t seem to be adhering to this same we-shall-not-speak-of-this policy.
Therefore, this has left me with no choice but to start doing my research into what toys are must-haves this year.
So here’s what I’ve found in the tech-related genre:
Ricky the Trick Lovin’ Pup
Many of us get the “I want a puppy” speech at least three times a year. Thankfully, this Christmas, you can fulfil your child’s wish without any mess or walkies.
He’s a robotic puppy but one that, I have to admit, looks pretty darn cute. And he has 100 different sound and motion combinations, so he’s capable of a fair few tricks and surprises. Plus, he even comes with a selection of treats.
Ricky is priced at around £110.
Nerf Laser Alpha
Nerf guns have been all the rage for a while, but this one goes one step further, allowing you (I mean, the kids) to embark on live-action laser quests. This nifty device registers each hit through sounds and lights and can even be connected to its own app which tracks performance, earns power-ups, locates opponents and allows you to customise each blaster.
Priced at £29.99 to £49.99
Lego Technics Bugatti Chiron
Now, if I’m honest, I think this is one of the toys many dads will encourage their kids to ask Santa for this year. This 1:8 scale model of the Bugatti Chiron is brought to us by Lego and promises hours upon hours of fun.
However, while in real life this car will set you back £2.5 million, the Lego equivalent’s not too cheap, either. It costs approximately £329.99.
When you see one of these flying past you in the street, they do make you stop and stare.
Also known as balance boards, these clever gadgets allow you to change their direction and speed using just your feet. This means they do take some mastering but that’s all part of the fun. A hoverboard is also great for getting your kids out into the great outdoors.
Prices vary depending on the brand and how high-tech the hoverboard is but you can expect to pay around £200 to £500.
While this may be the cheapest item on this list, that doesn’t make it any less fun.
In fact, this stocking filler will have you reliving your childhood while you’re watching the kids play with it.
This spinning top has been brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century because it not only spins round and round but also counts the number of revolutions. It even allows kids to go head to head to see who can get the most spins.
As you can see, there’s a wide variety of tech gadgets out there this year – many of which will keep you as entertained as the kids!