Now that the first Christmas TV advert has aired, the countdown to the big day is officially on. 

And with just 84 sleeps to go, there's no better time to make a start on those Santa lists.

Especially when Tesco just launched its staggering half price sale which featured some of this year's must have toys and games.

This came after the supermarket saw a whopping 400 per cent increase in demand for board games and ‘kidult’ toys during Lockdown.

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With so much choice, the expert elves at Tesco have tried to make the wish list writing for you and your family a little easier this year.

Tesco Category Manager for Toys, Nursery and Sport, Anne Borrett said: “Lockdown created a unique scenario with many parents and children able to spend more time than ever together and this has brought about a huge ongoing demand for kidult toys – trusted brands that still bring joy to grown-ups as much as their kids. 

“Choosing presents for your little ones at Christmas is never an easy task but we hope that this list gives parents a little bit of insight into what’s been popular in the world of toys this year.” 

Tesco predict that the release of two major films: Jurassic World Dominion and next year's Paw Patrol means these toys will be popular this festive season.

Today, they have put together a list of their top 10 picks for children's and 'kidult' toys for Christmas 2021.

Tesco's top 10 toys for Christmas


LEGO Darth Vader Helmet

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From a galaxy far far away, this LEGO Darh Vader Helmet is guaranteed to delight both child and parent this year.

The model comes with a display stand and nameplate.

You can add it to your wish list for £60. 

Paw Patrol Marshall Transforming City Fire Truck

The Northern Echo: Paw Patrol Fire truck. Credit: TescoPaw Patrol Fire truck. Credit: Tesco The Paw Patrol Fire Truck will be on many kids's Santa lists this year ahead of the next year's film.

It has a ladder that extends 360 degrees as well as a water cannon launcher that can be activated by pushing a button inside the truck.

It is available for £60. 


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Squishmallows are collectable cuddly little creatures that make the perfect bedtime friend.

They come in a variety of sizes, colours and animal types and are super soft.

The fun just keeps coming with over 1000 Squishmallows to collect and it can yours for just £8 each.

Kindi Kids Baby Pearl

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What giggles and sings while it blows hundreds of ice-cream bubbles?

It could only be a Kindi Kids Baby Pearl doll.

You can add her to your Christmas list for £30. 

Rainbow High Fashion Closet 

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Tesco's Rainbow High Fashion Closet has a rainbow of clothes and accessories to brighten up play time.

They can be mixed and matched to make up more than 400 different looks.

The closet can be yours for just £66. 

Pictionary Air 

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Put down your pencils, Pictionary has got a new techy twist.

This family classic promises great family fun over the Christmas period.

Pick it up for just £21. 

Jiggly PetsThe Northern Echo: Tan Tan The Orangutan. Credit: TescoTan Tan The Orangutan. Credit: Tesco

Bring home a cuddly Tan Tan the Orangutan this Christmas.

This loveable 10" electronic cuddly toy will delight your kids as it jiggles to a catchy song.

Tan Tan is available for £25. 

LEGO Heartlake City Shopping Mall

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The Heartlake City Shopping Mall is the perfect addition to the LEGO Friends range.

Your next building project is aimed at the 8+ age group and comes with 1032 pieces, six characters and five shops.

Add it to your wish list for £90. 

Jurassic World Stomp N’ Escape Tyrannosaurus Rex 

The Northern Echo: Jurassic World t-rex. Credit: TescoJurassic World t-rex. Credit: Tesco

With Jurassic World Dominion coming out soon, this T-Rex will be on every kid's wish list this year.

The dinosaur stomps and roars with thrilling sounds as you can make it search for its prey.

Get yours for just £50. 

Instaglam On-The-Go Trolley

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This 100-piece beauty set will keep your kid and their Instaglam doll, shimmering and sparkling over the festive period.

With trendy make up colours, nail polishes, applicators and hair accessories, they can saty glam on the go with this moveable beauty bar.

The Instaglam trolley is available for £80. 

Browse Tesco's full range of toys and games on their website.