It is that time of year again Bigjiggers... where we announce our 'Top 10' toys for Christmas 2013.
Each year it gets harder and harder to choose from the hundreds of favourites we have available! This list has been compiled by you the general public, our retailers, toy industry experts and by us, the wooden toy experts. All of the toys that have made the top 10 have been selected on the following criteria:
- Fun Factor
- Play Value
- Developmental Properties
- Value for Money
So without further or do, in reverse order, here are our Bigjigs Top 10 Xmas Toys for 2013:
10. Marine Baby Walker
This highly decorative Marine Walker will help little young sailors get their sea legs quickly! This sturdy and tactile toy will help with mobility development, whilst aiding mental and physical stimulation with plenty of activities including a bead frame, shape sorter and matching blocks.
A recent addition to the Bigjigs Baby range - this marine themed activity walker was chosen because it has been tipped as a best seller for 2014.
Priced at £54.99, this activity walker will last for years to come: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/marine-baby-walker
9. Cord Rocking Horse
Saddled up and ready for action, this carefully crafted wooden rocking horse is softly upholstered in tough corduroy. With two handles that are ideally sized for little hands, no youngster will be able to resist hopping on for a ride! A great way for children to enjoy creative role play sessions, this toy was a recent winner in the Toy Shop UK Awards which meant it had to be in our top 10.
This beautifully crafted rocking horse is perfect for youngsters aged 1 years+, is £49.99 and can be found grazing here: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/cord-rocking-horse
8. Pirate Skittles
“Ahoy me hearties!”
This set of brightly coloured ‘friendly’ pirates will entertain youngsters for hours. Little ones will enjoy knocking down the six highly decorative pirates including the captain with the brightly coloured ball. Their size makes them perfect for indoor and outdoor play, whatever the weather! Just don’t miss them all otherwise you might have to walk the plank!
Available for only £7.99, this Bigjigs Best Seller is a great stocking filler: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/pirate-skittles
7. Candy Floss Patisserie Stand
A recent winner of the Loved By Parents 'Best Wooden Toy 3-6 Years+' - this delicious Patisserie Stand has made number 7 in top ten Xmas Toys.
Cute as can be, this cake stand comes complete with a birthday cake, cupcakes and biscuits, ensuring you are well stocked for a surprise visitor or to compliment a spot of afternoon tea! There's a sliding cover on the bottom shelf to keep the cakes fresh, whilst the birthday cake comes with candles, a cutting knife and a plate. All of the cakes and biscuits can be assembled and disassembled using velcro, allowing youngsters aged 3 years+ to be creative through roleplay.
Deliciously delectable and available for £49.99 here: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/candy-floss-patisserie-stand
6. Red Balance Bike
This timeless classic is well worthy of a place in our top ten!
Suitable for children 3 years+, this red balance bike with sturdy wheels and an adjustable padded seat is the perfect started bike when learning to ride one. This bike encourages youngsters to develop their balancing and co-ordination in a fun and stimulating way. Perfect for inside and outdoor play, this bike is a sure winner for this Christmas.
Ride away on this bike today for £54.99 from: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/my-first-balance-bike-red
(Also available in pink and blue).
5. My Tools Bench
What little handyman would not be delighted to wake up to this on Christmas morning?
Complete with wooden clamps, nuts and bolts, wrench and screwdriver are all made of high quality wood so are completely safe, allowing a youngsters to spend hours discovering how to make models (or even fix the kitchen sink!). Suitable for children aged 3 years+, this My Tool Bench will allow youngsters to solve problems whilst developing hand-eye coordination and dexterity skills.
The My Tool Bench is long lasting and will keep children entertained for hours! It has a RRP of £96.99 and is available: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/my-tool-bench
4. Blossom Cottage
A Christmas list would not be complete without a dolls house!
Blossom Cottage is our most decorated dolls house with over 4 awards including the Gold Seal/Best Toy from Oppenheim and a Practical Pre-School Award. This pretty wooden dolls house opens out to reveal four fully furnished rooms including a bathroom, lounge, bedroom and kitchen; this dolls house also comes with a pull out garden/patio area. Youngsters will love using their imagination to create the perfect family home for the four piece doll family, and is great for building those all important social interaction skills.
This dolls house also folds away and comes with a unique carry handle to make the perfect portable play set. With an RRP of £64.99 – this dolls house is a must have this Christmas: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/blossom-cottage
3. Village Shop
The Village Shop has been one of the most sought after Christmas presents ever since we can remember!
Vibrantly decorated and ready to be stocked with fresh produce and treats – this shop is the ultimate roleplay toy! This wooden shop comes complete with chalk board to display the opening times and special offers, a clock with moving hands, plus a handy canvas side basked for the store managers use. A terrific toy that allows youngsters to build confidence in a social environment, they will love role playing with friend and family!
A recent winner of the Practical Pre-School Awards this gorgeous village shop is suitable for children aged 3 years+ and has a RRP of £119.99:http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/village-shop
2. Fire Station Play Set
This ‘red hot’ Fire Station is being launched just in time for the festive season!
This gorgeous red-brick Fire Station and Engine is perfect for ‘igniting’ the imagination of youngsters. This beautifully crafted station opens out to reveal the firemen’s sleeping quarters, pole and somewhere to store the fire engine. Children will love using the fire tower for fire training, whilst using the fire engine with rotating ladder and removable hose to help save the day!
This playset is a real statement piece and would look fantastic under the tree! Suitable for youngsters aged 3 years+, this playset is £79.99: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/fire-station-play-set
1.Around the World Train Set
The Around the World Train Set is a number 1 toy for this Christmas!
A mini sized adventure with a big personality, this 78 piece train set will take you on a journey past some of the most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, The Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House and even the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Not only can youngsters take a journey past the landmarks, but they can also get involved in building them as they assemble and disassemble using velcro.
Suitable for train enthusiasts aged 3 years old and up, this wonderful wooden railway set will delight and enlighten curious minds as they explore and learn about the world around them. What’s more... this set is compatible with other leading wooden railway systems making it simple to expand your set for further adventures!
This fantastic train set is £49.99 and available: http://shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/around-the-world-train-set
So that's it!
What is your favourite? What has not made the top 10 but you think should have been included? What one are you hoping will be under your tree this Xmas?
You can find all of these gorgeous toys here: shop.bigjigstoys.co.uk
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