It’s that time of year again when youngsters are sitting down with pen, paper -and Amazon – to write their letters to Santa.
And this December Father Christmas says he’s seeing quite a range of toys – from classics through to cutting edge. Small boys mightn’t want to be train drivers anymore when they grown up, but they still appreciate whoopee cushions, gunge and gore, as this top 10 will attest.
So as the reindeer harness up for another Christmas, we’ve taken a look at amazon.co.uk to see what gifts are already making an appearance in the ‘most wished for’ lists from boys.
Below you will find, in no particular order, the presents we believe will find their way onto Santa’s sleigh this year. Please note, prices were correct at time of publishing.
1. Syma 2nd Edition S107 S107G New Version Indoor Helicopter
Here’s a classic that dads and grandads will be queuing up to have a go on! The spec says it’s suitable for indoor use but Id put away the good china before Junior takes to the controls. The metal frame, according to the manufacturers, has proven to withstand dozens of crashes, while the mini chopper charges directly from the controller which uses AA batteries. Price at time of publication - £13.15
2. Tomy Pop-up Pirate
From Captain Pugwash to Johnny Depp, everybody loves a pirate… arrrrr! Which is probably why this perennial is such an old favourite with kids – of all ages. And the good news is, no batteries are necessary. Price at time of publication - £13.99
3. Imaginext Batcave
He may have had his heyday in the age of Marvel comics, but the Caped Crusader and his faithful sidekick Robin are just as popular today as they were in the analogue age. Kids can join the dynamic duo at their secret headquarters where they watch over Gotham City from their Batcomputer. There’s even an app to download for kids suffering digital withdrawal. Price at time of publication - £39.99
4. Pop-up Soccer Goalposts
No stocking would be complete without a nod towards the beautiful game. This mini goal set comes with two nets, soccer ball and pump. It folds easily with a quick flick of the wrist into a flat packed carry bag for easy storage and manoeuvring. It even comes complete with pegs to keep the goals in place on blowy days. Price at time of publication - £13.73
5. Dr Who’s Sonic Screwdriver
Whether it was John Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison or Matt Smith, no Dr Who was ever properly dressed without his sonic screwdriver, and this one – Matt Smith’s – is claiming to be bigger and better and then rest. It comes complete with light and sound effects. Price at time of publication - £23.99
6. John Adams Hotwires Electronics Kit
This is for all the budding tekkies out there - the ultimate in snap together electronics. Build anything from a flying disc to a burglar alarm and check who's trying to sneak in your bedroom. There's a voice recorder, an FM radio with automatic station selection or even a lie detector and that's just for starters. Price at time of publication - £40.00
7. Weird Slime Laboratory
Frogs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails – that’s what little boys are made of – allegedly… which is why they’ll love this. Make drippy bouncing slimes and semisolids and experiment with goo. Discover fascinating slimy secrets - and all in the name of the science. Price at time of publication - £16.99
8. Whoopee Cushion
Here’s a classic that hasn’t changed since the 1950s – just look at the retro-style artwork! But then it doesn’t really need to. After all those sprouts on Christmas Day, it’s handy to have one of these to blame. Price at time of publication - £1.97
9. Binatone Latitude 100 Twin Walkie Talkie
From an age before mobile phones there’s a real retro appeal now about these walkie-talkies. Simple and fun to use, they offer free communication over distances of up to 3 kilometres (1.8 miles), making them ideal for a wide range of uses such as camping, skiing, keeping in contact with your children in theme parks, and various outdoor activities. Price at time of publication - £19.99
10. LEGO Creator 5764: Rescue Robot
There’s no stopping this futuristic rescue robot with his armoured chrome head protection, moveable arms and legs, rocket boosters and antenna to pick up distress calls. Customise his for every mission and then rebuild him as a laserbot and robocat. Three for the price of one. Price at time of publication -£19.95