The Alternative Dream Toys Gift Guide

Selected by an independent panel of retailers and toy experts, the annual DreamToys list is the ultimate go to for predicting the wishlist of children across the UK.

However, this year, many families will be cutting back or having to go without and sadly the DreamToys list will feel out of reach for many and whilst second hand can play a financially valuable role, many parents put themselves under undue pressure to buy new.

Our recent research showed that 55% of children didn’t mind whether their toys were new or used, in fact 18% of children that we surveyed thought receiving a second hand toy was cool! And not only can second hand save a few pennies for parents this Christmas but it will positively impact the planet, giving a well-loved toy a new lease of life and keeping it out of landfill.

So we’ve decided to challenge The Annual Dream Toy List, to champion a secondhand Christmas and to help take the pressure of parents this festive season. From Barbie to LEGO, Jiggle toys to squishmallows, we’ve rounded up just a few classic alternatives that will no doubt delight children as much as their new counterparts this Christmas-and all on Gumtree!