Traditional toys continue to prove popular Christmas gifts

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Toyworld Bunbury co-owner Harvey Baker shows off the ever-popular Scalextric and LOL Dolls sets.Picture: Stuart McGuckin
Camera IconToyworld Bunbury co-owner Harvey Baker shows off the ever-popular Scalextric and LOL Dolls sets.Picture: Stuart McGuckin

Traditional toys have been in high demand in the lead up to Christmas with no hot new items flying off the shelves this season, according to South West toy shop owners.

Toyworld Bunbury co-owner Harvey Baker said Lego, remote-control cars, cricket sets and Scalextric sets were in high demand for boys.

For girls a wide variety of dolls and doll sets have remained popular while he had also sold plenty of non-traditional gifts such as slime kits and karaoke microphones.

“The LOL dolls were big last year for the girls but they’ve expanded their range to include more things this year so they’ve been popular again,” he said.

“This is probably the first year in some time that we haven’t had a huge best seller.

“Normally we’d run out of something that is the hot item, but it hasn’t been that way this year.”

Lego has also been in high demand at Crank’n Cycles ‘n Toys in Collie along with toy trucks, while plenty of craft activities have been flying off the shelves for the girls.

Store owner Erik Mellegers said board games and family games had also been selling exceptionally well.

“The board games in particular have gone nuts, especially some of the card-based games,” he said.

“The last week before Christmas is always busy and people just grab whatever you’ve got.

“A couple of weeks out people can be a bit offended if you don’t have what they want but at this point they understand you can’t have everything in stock all the time.”

Mr Baker agreed that things got busier as Christmas drew near.

“Normally we see things start to pick up from early November after the Melbourne Cup, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be huge for us,” he said.

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