Boom time as the big day nears
WHILE Santa's helpers are going into overdrive at the North Pole, here in the Clarence Valley retailers are enjoying a last-minute boom too.
With seven sleeps to Christmas, toy experts Sharon and Boyd Moore from Toyworld Maclean shared their hot tips this season.
For timeless gift ideas, she says Lego, remote control cars and bicycles were still hot-ticket items for boys, and girls still loved Care Bears and Furbys.
But there's plenty of new toys on the market this year and Mrs Moore recommended doing a little homework.
"Some people bring the kids in for a look to see what they gravitate to," she said.
"There's lots of people clutching Santa letters."
She said grandparents often needed to post presents and look for something light, but dads liked something they could play with as well.
To ensure it's a stress-free Christmas, Mrs Moore says it's best to plan ahead.
"Swingsets and trampolines need to be assembled before use; find a good hiding place or let us store it for you," she said.
"And try not to double up with the other grandma."
After five years running the toy store, Mrs Moore said there were lots of interesting Santa letters, but one of her favourite requests came from this year's batch.
"A little boy of six who only wants three pairs of socks for Christmas; here's hoping he gets them."
POPULAR TOYS THIS CHRISTMAS
- Equestria Girls
- Furby Boom
- Friends lego
- Sylvanian Families
- Classic Care Bears
- Marvel Super Hero
- Lego Kombi Van
- EZ DJ Pro
- BMX Bikes
- Remote Control VehiclesMinecraft Toys
- John Deere Tractors & trucks
- Ninja Turtles