It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping, right? John Lewis has revealed its top 10 toy predictions for Christmas 2022, and it may give you a lovely burst of nostalgia.
The British retailer said more and more kids are reaching for 80s and 90s favourites, which are sure to keep parents entertained too.
Alan Wright, toy buyer at John Lewis, says: “It’s always such fun to see toys that brought so much joy decades ago come back around. They are toys that capture the imagination time and time again, and that usually means adults will have just as much fun playing with them as kids do.”
“We are also seeing that creative play is still super-important to kids and with toys like the exclusive wooden workbench through to the Le Mieux Pony, they are engaging in role playing which helps build confidence,” added Wright.
From a forest-friendly wooden pizzeria to expertly crafted ponies by the finest equestrian brand, these top toys are guaranteed to make little ones happy this Christmas.
But if you want to ensure one of these is under the tree, it’s best to start your Christmas shopping now.
After months of sourcing and testing by ‘tiny toy testers’, the results are in.
Here are the top 10 toys for Christmas 2022
Jiggly Pets pink pup, £11.99 (Available from Sept)
This adorable, electronic pup is the next best thing to a real dog. Soft to the touch, it walks, barks and dances to the rhythm of his music when you tap its head.
“I love this puppy, it’s so cute and jiggly,” says Hannah, age three, from the John Lewis Toy Testing panel.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. The Book and The Film – New Book Launch, £20 (Available from November)
This best-selling book-turned-short film, brings together four friends and some important life lessons. The story is a celebration of kindness, compassion and understanding, and is sure to bring comfort and laughter to everyone who reads (and watches) it.
John Lewis Wooden Pizzeria, £40 (Available from Sept)
Calling all pizza lovers...The John Lewis wooden pizzeria set is perfect for role-playing and imaginative fun –your children will love 'cooking' their own pizza before serving it to their friends.
I'm a Stylist Styling Head Ella, £40 (Available from Sept)
Styling Head Ella is the perfect gift for your beauty-obsessed child. Apart from providing hours of endless fun, experimenting with hairstyles and make-up is a great way for little ones to get creative through play.
Vtech JotBot (The Smart Drawing Robot), £49.99 (Available from Sept)
This cute little robot is perfect for creative kids. JotBot draws and promotes drawing through fun dialogue and storytelling and will even sing as he goes!
Pro-tip: You’ll need to pick up some batteries to go along with the interactive robot.
Le Mieux Pony, £49.99 (Available from Sept)
For anyone with a pony on their Christmas list, Le Mieux Pony is the perfect gift. Spoiler: she’s not alive, but the plush pony coat is incredibly soft, your little ones might just think it’s the real thing.
John Lewis Wooden Workbench, £60 (Available from Sept)
This wooden workbench is great for little hands and growing minds – perfect for children at that age where all they want to do is touch and play with everything around them.
Sebastian, four, from the John Lewis testing team says, "I would like this for Christmas and I would get my mummy perfume.”
LEGO Creator Expert 10293 Santa’s Visit, £79.99 (Available now)
Perfect for LEGO-lovers at Christmas time, this festive LEGO set includes 1445 bricks and comes packed with seasonal details, including stockings on the fireplace, a plate of cookies with milk for Santa, and even a place setting for him at the dining table.
Play-Doh Ice Cream Cart, £99 (Available from August)
Kids will love making pretend ice cream with this colourful Play-Doh Ice Cream Cart. This fun play set is the perfect way to encourage sensory play to support motor skills and independent thinking.
“This is the best present. I would make my mum a vanilla ice cream if I got this at Christmas,” says three-year-old Amani, from the John Lewis Toy Testing panel.
Hot Wheels Garage exclusive bundle with the Hot Wheels 20-car pack, £85 (Available now)
This set comes with 20 times the Hot Wheels fun with 20 vehicles in one incredible pack, plus a motorised launcher for plenty of fast-paced action. Kids will love joining the revved-up fun.
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