Though we’ve just got Halloween outfits out of the way – the must-have toys for Christmas around the corner have yet to be sorted…

Finding the perfect presents for my nephews and nieces can be a right pain – so when I did my research I spotted a few common themes.

My sister’s kids, like most children, enjoy playing with LEGO. Mostly they like building large towers and then knocking them down. We have a big bin filled with the larger LEGO variety…

I’m not sure they are ready for the smaller one yet, but time will tell. That’s why it’s great to have a large LEGO storage head – one of the world’s most recognisable toy icons in your home to fill with whatever you like.

Beyond LEGO, Barbie is always there in one form or another. With fashions, fabulous shoes and accessories, this Barbie Fashionista closet is a great gift. This modern looking wardrobe includes hangers and compartments for easy storage and endless fashion play moments. I always wished my mum spoiled me with more Barbie toys when I was younger.

Nevertheless, the ladybird from Pillow Pets is also red-y and raring to go. So simple yet so adorable - it’s a must-have for my baby niece.

Finally, an all-time favourite for my little nephew. All aboard pirate ship Bucky - Jake’s trusty Pirate ship from the show. Bucky comes with Jake and Skully figures – the perfect gift for your young man this Christmas.

The trick is finding the right mix between things they like and will play with and things that won’t drive the adults crazy.

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