Most Australian children have such a glut of toys that parents are opting to give them gift cards so they can choose for themselves.
Many children receive gift cards or even ask for them so they can choose their own presents. But are youngsters ready to handle the wiles of advertisers and the complexities of 'credit' on a card?
Christmas lists usually suggest the latest and greatest technology, but blocks are still the best toy you can buy your child.
Blocks probably won't top Christmas wish lists, but they have many benefits including developing fine motor skills, social, cognitive and language skills, and spatial reasoning and language.
A flick, a spin and a…fad?
Adults are dumbfounded – and according to an expert on fads, that's probably the point.
All dolled up.
Welcome to no-gender December, where parents (and Santa) are being encouraged to give children gender-neutral Christmas presents.
Barbies now come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but the history of the doll shows it’s business as usual for Mattel.
Barbie has a forgotten history of changing in response to market pressures. Are her multiple new bodies ushering in an era of ethical body inclusiveness, or is Mattel just shifting deckchairs on the Titanic?
These cute little critters have used natural selection to thrive in a global habitat.