Yes, I know summer has barely arrived but, as is tradition, Hamleys has now revealed its predictions for the must-have toys for this Christmas. While animals are dominating the list (the robotic kind not the real kind) we took a look to see whether the list meets the standards of today's frugal parents or if Britons will be facing the impossible this year.
5 months ago
As my sub-title is 'a diary of vintage, thrifty adventures' I realised that my posts have been sadly lacking in this department recently, so thought I'd share with you what I've been up to lately.
Some time ago, I saw a cooker made from a bedside table on a load of old tat blog so
decided to borrow the idea as my sister was buying a log cabin for her
grandchildren for Christmas and it needed furnishing inside. Steve did
all the work and I bossed him around instructed
him, but the cooker was well received ... I only wish I'd known of this
idea when my own children were little, instead of spending large amounts
of money on plastic rubbish kitchens and the like...
Clearly, I am going to answer this with a big resounding 'no'. I cannot stress enough how much I love everything to do with Christmas, and the joy of giving is part and parcel of the holiday season.
I feel the same way about gift-giving as that little boy on last year's John Lewis advert: spending time picking out the perfect gift, experiencing the build-up in the weeks leading up to the big exchange, the recipient's reaction making it all worth it... who wouldn't want that?
Yes, it's a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things but Christmas provides the chance to give something back to the people you love and, although spending time together is the most important thing for the majority of the population (68% in fact, according to a poll by National Employment Savings Trust), I think presents really do add to the overall experience – no matter how small. It's always nice to have something to give and something to open.
However, money-saving expert Martin Lewis compiled an article ('It's time to ban Christmas presents') which has some interesting points and makes for a decent read. I've summarised it here; see what you think:
By Dale.LovellGuest Blogger
12 months ago
Christmas and New Year
Have your children written their Christmas wish lists yet?
If they have, there's a good chance that they'll have asked for a Furby seeing as that's looking to be one of the top toys for Christmas 2012.
The all new and improved Furby is much more advanced that the Furbys that I remember from when I was younger. They speak both Furbish and English and there's a free app
available that lets you feed your Furby virtually as well as
translating Furbish into English (this is an amazing feature according
to Master Frugal). The new generation Furby's are much cuter looking
than their predecessors...
Review by The Beesley Buzz. This Transformers Prime set is described
as 'easy', so was well suited for Daddy to understand how it works! It
comes with two Transformers - Star Hammer, and Wheeljack. Although
Star Hammer doesn't do much in the way of 'transforming', it is a sturdy
troop carrier and has some neat features. It takes two AAA batteries
(included - well done Hasbro) to make the Energon Booster light up when
you press a button.
It can also carry three figures, so is great
if you already have a few at home. It also includes two missles that
can be launched (imagine the fun the boys had with that once they
discovered it!) Wheeljack converts between a car and a robot with just a
couple of moves - even I managed it without help from the boys - and
has two sabres to carry as a robot.
Whilst a robot, he can fit
in different places on Star Hammer, making the set complete. This set
proved a hit with the boys as no complicated moves are needed to get it
to 'work' and it is ready to play with straight away...