Traditional toys still on the list
Nerf guns and Beyblades have joined traditional favourites at the top of Kiwi kids’ wish lists for Christmas.
New Zealand Post has offered insight into what children hope to find under the tree this year – courtesy of the thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus.
‘‘ Based on previous experience we’d expect to see upwards of 100,000 letters to Santa by the close off date in mid-december,’’ New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull said.
‘‘I have it on good authority, from a slightly looselipped elf who’d had too many wine-gums, that some clear patterns are emerging in terms of what Kiwi kids want.’’
Traditional favourites feature prominently – with many three to seven-yearolds wishing for Lego, scooters, books and dolls – and yes, Barbie still reigns supreme.
Books and scooters are also much sought after by older kids and tweens – with more advanced Lego sets also popular. Skateboards and bikes feature prominently on many wish lists among this older crowd.
Two wishes which pop up frequently across both age groups are paddling pools and video games – with younger children often generically wishing for ‘‘a video game’’ while older kids often get very specific about exactly which game Santa and his elves should magic up for them.
However, many Kiwi kids are wishing for items which weren’t around when their parents were in short pants.
Three recent innovations which appear again and again on Kiwi wish- lists are:
beyblades – brightlycoloured spinning tops based on a Japanese anime series.
Nerf guns – plastic guns which fire foam darts, discs or water. An American favourite for generations, they were rare in New Zealand until recent years.
Mighty Beanz – an Australian invention; plastic capsules in a myriad of designs which twist and tumble in unpredictable ways thanks to a metal weight inside.
‘‘Parents will be relieved to know that a lot of the things kids are wishing for this year in their personal correspondence with Santa aren’t expensive – and some of them don’t cost anything at all – like having a nice Christmas with their family and friends,’’ Mr Tull said.
Nerf my day: Hasbro’s bright plastic water and foam dart shooters are proving popular on kids’ Christmas list requests.