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eBay unwraps the hottest toys this Christmas
Last Friday, ebay.com.au revealed its top toys and trends for Christmas 2019. Based on Australian shopper trends and research, eBay’s toy experts have handpicked the most-wanted toys.
eBay Australia’s Sophie Onikul said, “Every month Aussies visit ebay.com.au for the latest products at the best prices. We’ve made Christmas shopping easy by combining eBay’s unparalleled pool of data, with newly commissioned research and industry trends to uncover the hottest toys for 2019.”
This year’s hottest toy is expected to be the Owleez™, the first ever interactive pet that you can teach to fly. Other top toys include the ZURU Pets Alive™ Boppi The Booty Shakin’ Llama, Artie 3000™ The Coding Robot and LEGO ® sets inspired by Star Wars™ and Frozen.
“We’re seeing three key trends emerge – driven by kids moving away from screens. The classics we all remember from our childhood such as building toys, books and board games are enjoying a resurgence, while we’ve seen a huge shift towards soft skill development with smarter interactive toys that require nurturing and patience to unlock the fun. We’re also seeing a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) toys,” said Onikul.
eBay’s top toy trends for Christmas 2019
- Classics are here to stay:
○ Building toys: According to eBay-commissioned data, 39 per cent 2 of parents think it’s all about hands-on creative play with construction and brick toys topping the list. LEGO sales on eBay are up nearly 60 per cent on last year and with the new LEGO ® Star Wars™ BOOST Droid Commander set, LEGO ® is set to be a must-have under the tree this Christmas.
○ Books: Books are wiggling back into wish lists this Christmas with almost four in 10 (38 per cent) 3 parents considering books over cuddly toys. This year eBay has seen more than 2.3-million searches on the site for children’s and young adult books. Andy Griffiths’ latest, The 117-Storey Treehouse, is eBay’s top pick book for young readers.
○ Board games: eBay has seen a 27 per cent year-on-year growth in board game purchases, showing a shift away from the television and towards the table. Board games like Monopoly™ Voice Banking, Pictionary Air™ and Plumber Pants™ are likely to become new family favourites.
- Interactive nurturing: Toys that require nurturing and encourage patience are huge this Christmas. eBay’s hottest toy of 2019, the Owleez ™, is the first-ever baby owl you can teach to fly with love and care. There’s also Rizmo ™, the first-ever toy that evolves from a ball to a fluffy monster the more you nurture it. This year, three of our top 10 toys for little kids sit in this category.
- Coding’s not just for the classroom: Research shows STEM occupations will grow by 11 per cent (271,300) by May 2023 with non-STEM jobs only projected to grow 6 per cent over the same period 4 . This year, eBay expects Artie 3000™ the Coding Robot to be a big hit with little coders.
“We know Christmas is an expensive time of year. In fact, this year our research shows parents are expected to spend nearly $546 million 5 collectively and $200 per child on Christmas gifts. With just over a month to go, we’re helping ease the Christmas pressure. Whether it’s gifting, decorations or even Christmas lunch, eBay has Christmas covered via its 40,000 Australian retailers including Myer, Big W and Coles,” Onikul said.
You can find all the top toys at ebay.com.au/toys .