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The kids' Christmas cheer could cost you dearly


David Sharaz

Christmas could prove expensive.

Christmas could prove expensive. Photo: Thinkstock

Furby's, minature ride on cars, a frankenstien monster and a flying helicopter have made the list of what Canberra kids want for Christmas.

But the wish list will make gift giving an expensive exercise for mums and dads with the top ten items totalling more than $2000.

Children's toy retailer Toys R Us released their pre-christmas Top 10 toy list today. Taking the prize for most expensive, the bouncing backyard favourite - the trampoline will cost Santa's little elves $984.99.

While only three toys on the list would leave parents change from $100.

Gone are the days of simple sets of building blocks or moulding clay. These hi-tech toys use sophisticated technology ranging from voice recognition to a three-channel radio controlled, gyro stabilisation helicopter. The trampoline boasts a safety enclosure and new springs that promise an extra 60cm of bounce.

Spokeswoman from consumer advocate group Choice Ingrid Just said parents should be retail savvy.

"Some of these top ten toy lists that are being put out by toy retailers are essentially a catalogue so it's probably not surprising that you might see some high value items on that list," she said.

The average gift would set parents back $250 and Ms Just said parents should remember that there are cheaper alternatives to popular items.

"If your child does want a trampoline it doesn't mean you have to go out and buy one that's being advertised on a top ten list," she said.

"This time of the year if there's no science behind it then you can see that it's likely to be part of their advertising program or marketing for the year."

Although there is nothing wrong with releasing lists for inspirational ideas on what to buy for Christmas, Ms Just says children are usually comfortable with the basics.

"Depending on their age and stage kids can find fun and games in all sorts of ways," she said.

"What I do know for myself is that it's the homemade gifts... and time that is the greatest gift."


  • Why are parents gullible enough that they bow to the saturation advertising that floods the media for many, many weeks before December the 25th, that we just have to do the Christmas shopping and to hell with the expenses. And don't start on me about "the real meaning of Christmas" because I have no interest whatsoever in the religious mumbo-jumbo which is about as real as Santa Claus Himself.

    Every year it's the same story, despite repeated protests about the over-commercialisation of Christmas, it still goes on. Shops still put up Christmas decorations in early October, it's like they don't give a rat's arse what the public thinks. They just continue on regardless.

    Enough is enough. It is time to put your foot down. NO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING this year, or for any year in the future for that matter. Save your money for what's more important! Don't let Christmas take over your life, take holidays when you feel it is right, when YOU feel good, not what the "traditionalists" say is right.

    Fed up with Xmas overhype year after year after year. Same story different year
    Date and time
    November 27, 2012, 4:08PM
    • An expensive exercise for mum's and dad's?
      Who wrote this? Little kid's or real grown-up journalist's being vetted by sub-editor's. Canberra Time's!

      Tyrion Targaryen
      Date and time
      November 27, 2012, 9:49PM
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