Toys that parents believe are most likely to stand the test of time revealed


Lego, board games and puzzles are among the gifts parents are most likely to believe will stand the test of time, according to a survey.

Bicycles, Barbies, soccer balls and the Rubik’s Cube were also popular choices as the toys parents consider the most timeless, Gumtree found.

Nearly nine in 10 parents (87%) feel pressured to give gifts their children will be delighted with this year, according to the results.

But more than half (55%) of children aged 6 to 12 surveyed said they wouldn’t mind if a gift was second-hand.

While gifts topped the list of what kids said excited them the most as Christmas approached (62%), this was followed closely by school breaks during the Christmas holidays (59%) , eating Christmas dinner (50%) and playing games with friends and family (48%).

Hannah Rouch, director of marketing at Gumtree, which has a Toybox section on its website featuring second-hand gifts, said: “Toys and games hold such precious memories for children.”

Here are the top 10 gifts that will stand the test of time, according to parents surveyed for Gumtree, along with the percentages of parents who voted for them:

1. Lego (56%)

2. Board Games (47%)

3. Puzzles and puzzles (34%)

=4. Cycling (33%)

=4. Soccer (33%)

6. Comforter/plush (30%)

7. Barbie Doll (25%)

8. Dollhouse (24%)

9. Rubik’s Cube (21%)

10. Toy kitchen (20%)

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