The signs were all there: leaves started to decorate our aisles, Late Late is back on our TVs and we were just wondering if it was time to turn the heat back on in the evening. That’s right, we are entering the latter part of the year, and naturally many minds are turning to Christmas.
As reliable as Ryan Tubridy pulling on a cheesy sweater for the Toy Show, one of the biggest toy retailers has released their annual catalog to help kids find inspiration for their letters to Santa.
The iconic Smyths Toys Winter Catalog is available now and includes 300 pages of toys, video games, outdoor and baby products.
They predict that toys from Our Generation, LEGO, Barbie, LOL Surprise !, Jurassic World, Magic Mixies, Purse Pets, and remote control cars will be at the top of children’s wish lists this year.
The Pinocchio’s cork toy store on Paul Street is also getting ready for Christmas. On social media, they revealed that their party toys have started arriving in stores, starting with a delivery of traditional toys and games from French brand Janod.
Ireland’s oldest toy store, Nimble Fingers in Dublin, has also taken steps to reassure shoppers worried about delivery delays and stock issues as Christmas approaches. They shared a photo on Facebook of a larger delivery outside their store with the caption: âShortagesâ¦ what shortages?
Meanwhile, Littlewoods has predicted the toys they think kids will want this Christmas, and they have LEGO at the top of the list. They think many kids will ask for the Ghostbusters Creator set or the Harry Potter Secrets Chamber set.
Other classics that parents might recognize in their own youth include Barbie and Hot Wheels. Barbie’s latest dream house is in high demand, as is the Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem track set.
But remember, while Santa has unlimited toy-making powers, he doesn’t look kindly on girls and boys asking too much on Christmas. Instead, keep your wishlist small and on Christmas morning he might just use his magic to reward you with an extra surprise gift under the tree.