Fes­tive shop­ping

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gift Guide to Christmas -

Get­ting the right toys for the kids is some­times far from child’s play, so here are some ideas to help you choose well.

We all hope for smiles on Christ­mas morn­ing when chil­dren are open­ing their gifts.

But with the huge ar­ray of fun-packed toys avail­able, it can be hard find­ing the right ones to please those lit­tle ex­cited faces.

De­pend­ing on your child’s age, there’s ev­ery­thing from child-friendly tablets full of learn­ing apps and games - such as the VTECH In­no­Tab Max to the Ku­rio 7s and 10s - to train tracks for pre-school­ers, like the Thomas and Friends Avalanche Es­cape play­set.

Mean­while, girls will love My Mag­i­cal Mer­maid, Bar­bie Colour Chang­ing Bag and Flut­ter­bye Fly­ing Fairy.

Also popular this year is the LeapFrog TV - aimed at three to eight- year- olds - which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional, ac­tive video games.

Loom bands are still in fash­ion, so the Cra-Z-Loom Ul­ti­mate Bracelet Maker might be worth adding to your list, along with the Doh Vinci Style and Store Van­ity, which al­lows a child to be­come a 3D de­signer.

In­ter­ac­tive toys are fly­ing off the shelves this year. From dolls to di­nosaurs and dogs - they’re all talk­ing, walk­ing and ready to im­press.

Toys R Us mar­ket­ing and e-com­merce di­rec­tor Mike Coogan said: “Toys with a tech­nol­ogy base ap­pear to be tak­ing a lead and are all the rage this year.

“Cayla, Dino Boomer, MiP

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