Top toys for Christmas 2013

July 25, 2013

Top Christmas toys 2013What are the top toys for Christmas 2013? And what’s the number one best-selling toy of the year going to be? Wait, I hear you say. Christmas, seriously? But it’s only just started being summer!

In true form to the topsy turvy weather we’ve been having this year, it seemed oddly fitting that I was hanging out in a room decked out in decorations, trees and a giant Lego Santa yesterday. I was at the Argos Top Toys Christmas in July event, where the annual list of predictions for the top toys of the year is launched.

I’ve said before that one of the best things about being a parent is getting to play with their toys; but what were my top three favourites?

Back to the Future Lego1) Back to the Future Lego: Like most children who grew up in a certain era, there’s a nostalgic place in my heart for the Back to the Future films (in best to worst order, 2, 1, 3 – discuss). And also, who doesn’t love Lego?

So how brilliant is this? It’s a Back to the Future Lego set, with a Lego DeLorean, and a minifig Marty and Doc Brown; it’s exclusive to Argos too.

Plutonium not included.


Playskool children's digital camera2) Playskool children’s digital camera. This is a fully working kid’s digital camera that also has a built-in projector, so photos can be projected on to a wall. You can also connect it to a PC to download the images. And there’s a variety of games you can play, such as making your image dance.

It’s in child-friendly plastic and comes in two different colours, so get your mini-David Bailey trained up early. Age 3+ and around £60 (I think)


Elmo Hugs3) Sesame Street Elmo Hugs
Oh, lovely Hug Me Elmo. This little guy has mechanical arms that reach around and hug you, and he’ll also speak and sing songs. He has fabric legs but is designed to be child-height too when pulled up to standing.

He will also sing you a lullaby before going into sleep mode (take hint, children!) He’s £49.99


So those are my top three; any more predictions? It was a really fun event, and Argos’s PR team were lovely, and the most enthusiastic group of people I’ve ever met. And hats off to them for getting the awesome pun ‘the world is your Toy-ster’ into a press release.


  • Kim Carberry

    July 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    They look fab!!
    My fella wants the Back to the Future Lego….lol The big kid! & I want a Hug Me Elmo…It looks so cute….hehehe

    1. gillian

      July 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Elmo was SO cute, I found it difficult to put him down (embarrassingly enough!) x

  • Christine

    July 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Emily adores Elmo! I think she would freak out if he tried to hug her though 🙂

    1. gillian

      August 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      I can imagine it would be a bit of a fright if you weren’t expecting it! He is very cute and furry though so I suspect they’d get used to it.

  • Shirley

    July 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Put me down for the camera but if I buy a swing, trampoline etc for new garden before then then it will be a book

    1. gillian

      August 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      OK! x

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