What’s hot on kids’ Santa lists
Ferocious pets, miniature dolls wrapped in a ball, and baby monkeys which grip your finger are tipped to be at the top of Kiwi kids’ wish lists this Christmas.
Trade Me has combined popular searches on its site, with national and international trends, to come up with a list of toys New Zealand children want in their Santa sack for 2017.
Taking the top spot are Feisty Pets, cute and cuddly plush animals that turn into angry animals with sharp teeth and shifty eyes with a simple squeeze of the head.
Next are LOL Surprise Dolls, a seven-layer ball that is unwrapped layer-by-layer to reveal seven surprises. The jumbo surprise dolls, which have 50 layers and retail for $130, are also a big hit. The toys have already sold out in parts of the US.
Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester said there had been more than 3500 searches for the dolls in the last two weeks.
‘‘LOL Surprise Dolls have become hugely popular on Trade Me recently and it looks like Kiwi kids around the country will be spending ages unwrapping the little dolls on Christmas morning.’’
Some of the limited edition super-sized LOL Surprise Big Surprise dolls have already popped up on the auction site for almost twice the retail price, Silvester said.
‘‘With another four weeks until Christmas, we’re advising parents to get in quick and expect more of these limited edition dolls to pop up on-site.’’
Despite the dolls’ popularity, Feisty Pets were holding on to the top spot, she said.
‘‘Be warned though, these little critters have been used to frighten the life out of unsuspecting family members so make sure anyone with a nervous disposition is forewarned.’’
Some toys from the 2016 list are back.
Hatchimals, large plastic eggs with trainable baby birds inside of them, was the must-have toy in 2016 which caused a worldwide shortage prior to the big day. Last year, Trade Me reported people were buying Hatchimals for close to $300. The toys retailed for $88.
This year the toys are back, with the release of Twin Hatchimals.
‘‘Furreal Friends have brought out a series of pooping pets. These pets require walking and feeding, plus you need to tidy up after they’ve digested their dinner.’’
Lego had also retained its place in the hearts of Kiwi kids, she said.
‘‘Lego has reinvented itself time and time again, it’s popular all year round on Trade Me but especially at Christmas. Parents will be pleased that this year’s Lego craze is designed to keep the bricks off the floor.
‘‘Lego Tape sticks to most surfaces so kids can be even more imaginative.’’
Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester says these ‘‘two-faced soft toys turn from darling to demonic with a quick squeeze’’.