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What's on your list? Top gifts for children this Christmas revealed

Maybe it’s the abandoned pet who just needs the human touch. Or perhaps it’ll be the giant Fortnite-inspired cannon. Or perhaps the game that lets you draw just by waving your fingers in the air.

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For older children, the latest Nerf Fortnite RL gun

Whatever the tastes of your child, the likelihood is that they’ll be wanting one of these items in their stocking this Christmas.

They are among the 10 toys predicted by toy shop Hamleys to be the biggest sellers this festive season.

The retailer predicted “an emerging trend of human connection” among the tech-based favourites.

Perfect for the budding artist The Smart Pixelator

Scruff-a-Luv’s My Real Rescue, a £40 abandoned toy pet that needs a human connection to turn it from “scruffy to fluffy”, had made the list, alongside the pre-school educational game Coding Critters, also £40.

The Smart Pixelator device allows children to pixelate and build their own 2D or 3D design using

Bluetooth connectivity, while the Slow Moves Sloth is the latest in the Linkimals collectibles range.

The Pictionary Air is a technological version of the classic game, and works via an app which allows players to draw in the air and see the image on a screen.

The Lego Hidden Side, Paranormal Bus 3000 also works with an app, which brings the built model alive in virtual reality.

Pre-school educational game Coding Critters

Collectibles remain on the list, including the Poopsie Surprise Dolls and the L.O.L Surprise Chalet Dollhouse.

For older children, the list includes the latest Nerf Fortnite RL gun and the new Oblique Drifter four-wheeler toy.

Victoria Kay, head buyer at Hamleys, said: “It’s no surprise that tech-based toys are popular with the kids this Christmas but it’s interesting and exciting that we are seeing an emerging trend of human connection within toys like Scruff-a-Luv’s My Real Rescue, whereas other toys such as Pictionary Air are starting to embrace the online world through physical play.

“Importantly, these toys are being delivered to bring people together this Christmas and provide an extra dimension of fun and familiarity to all family members.”

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