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Wowcher reveals UK’s favourite Christmas toys 2018

Cuddly favourites, teddies, remain popular with Brits

Deals site, Wowcher, has analysed over 56,000 transactional data points to uncover the UK’s most sought-after toys this Christmas. In the number one spot are the on-trend LOL Surprise toys, which collectively, make up 10% of all toy purchases on Wowcher in November.

When looking at standalone products, however, a DIY Slime Making Kit was the biggest seller in November, flying off the shelves at 14 per minute, at its peak. All slime-related toys sold double as many as the Harry Potter toys (7% vs 3%, respectively).

Interestingly, much-loved cuddly favourites, teddies, remain popular with Brits. Sales are up a staggering 469% year-on-year vs 2017; even out-selling drones. Personalised toys are also on the rise this Christmas with sales up by a massive 288%. Our obsession with unicorns looks set to come to end, though, with the mythical must-have from 2017 down in sales by 80%.

The top products sold in 2018 vs their performance in 2017 were:

Top Toy Categories in 2018 % of orders Difference since 2017
LOL Surprise Toys 10% -
Personalised Toys 8% +288%
Slime Toys 7% -49%
Teddy 6% +469%
Dinosaur Toys 5% -
Drones 5% -
Board Games 3% -
Harry Potter Toys 3% +194%
Unicorns - -80%

Alexis Harrison, Head of Marketing at Wowcher says: “We all remember the trend toys of our day, be it a yo-yo or Tamagotchi. And, despite the rise of technology, there’s always a new must-have toy which doesn’t tend to be tech. This year it’s the LOL Surprise toys topping gift lists while slime remains a strong favourite.

“What is surprising, is the huge increase in teddies and personalised gifts, which suggests that there’s a come-back for people looking to gift children more traditional toys, which can be kept for longer.”

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