There is a famous epiphany at the end of Dr Seuss’ children’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when the Grinch, rather like Ebenezer Scrooge, feels compelled to see Christmas from an entirely new perspective. “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”
It’s heart-warming stuff. And yes, it is that wonderful time of the year.
Like it or not, though, for millions of children around the world Christmas does come from a store. And toymakers and toy retailers must be thanking their lucky stars that it does. The festive season fuels a huge chunk of their annual sales (as much as half in key Western markets). Put simply, it makes or breaks the year.
So, who and what do we think will steal the show this Christmas time? Here are some products and trends to watch.