Let's Do ‘Launch’ - Tech, Toys and Treats Roundup
This time of year - the heating is much more of a necessity, the woolly jumpers come out of hiding and boring things like winter car tyre changes happen. However, it's not all doom and gloom! In fact, this time of year brings plenty of exciting prospects - cosy nights in, Bonfire night and of course, exciting product launches…
With Christmas on its way very soon (Yeah, we know!), many brands are getting us prepped and prepared with some terrific tech, toys and treats. But who said they have to go in someone else's stocking? Whether you are treating yourself or getting organised for loved-ones gifts, these new gadgets are sure to put a smile on your face! So, what can you get your hands on now and what's coming very soon?
Tech & Games Launches
Many brands such as Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon and Xbox launch new products around this time of year, with the likes of new devices, games and other tech making their way to our baskets. Here are just a few.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Limited Edition (Nintendo Switch)
Link has washed ashore on a mysterious island bursting with strange inhabitants. How to escape? Collect the magical instruments and awaken the wind fish. Battle enemies and conquer the island’s secrets on this much-anticipated adventure. The original adventure with the original charm, but remastered for 2019….
One of the most beloved games in the Legend of Zelda series has now been remastered (finally!) for the Nintendo Switch. Link's Awakening is now available in a limited edition set - which includes the game card, a classic game boy themed steelbook and a 120-page artbook. Prices start around the £120 mark. Perfect gift for the avid gamer, or just simply a (well-deserved) present to yourself?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
The stakes are higher than ever. This reboot is developed by Infinity Ward and is more intense and thrilling than ever before. Gear up and get ready to become a skilled Tier One Operator in this hostile world full of uneven global power balance. Prepare for heart-pounding missions and your social life to disappear as you become fully immersed in the game of the year…
Available at the end of October (25th to be precise), however, you can preorder now for just under £55.00. There is also the exclusive ’Dark’ edition available for around £180, which comes with night vision goggles, a stand and a steelbook, alongside plenty of extra in-game items and bonus content. Have you preordered yet?
Last of Us: Part 2
Five years after their post-pandemic journey, Ellie and Joel have settled amongst a community of survivors. But the small amount of stability and peace doesn't last for long when a violent event disrupts all.
Whilst the game is also available to preorder now, it is available early next year. There are various editions available to purchase also, with each bundle consisting of unique and exciting replica, gifts and more. For the game alone, prices start around £50.
Volta takes football back to the streets, shining a light on culture, creativity and style of the small-sided game. Express your style and character in free-flowing environments like FIFA has never allowed before.
It's not been on shelves too long, with the release date seeing the biggest physical video game launch of 2019 so far. If your boyfriend, mum, dad or gran hasn't played it yet, you’ve ticked them off your Christmas gift list!
It's that time of year when parents, Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents are on the lookout for the best toy deals to make the kids of the family happy! Here are a few offers, gadgets and toys which will make the Christmas wish-list easier to fulfil.
Star Wars - Up to 75% Off!
All kids want to be Luke Skywalker! With so many Star Wars projects up and coming (The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, Jedi:Fallen Order, etc etc), is there any wonder why everyone is obsessed?
This story, film and game (and the rest!), will never go out of style for children everywhere, so why not head to thetoyshop.com where you will find a whopping 75% off all lightsabers, pops, figures, and even a Star Wars Monopoly?
Lego is always a winner for the kids, and it's even better now that you can get almost any character, story, brand or film intertwined with the building blocks. Whether its Star Wars, Harry Potter, superheros or cars they are into, we bet you there's a lego for it. Head to Asda to see some great discounts on Lego and Playmobil.
‘Little Outrageous, Little Surprise’. These small yet mighty toys have become the blockbuster hit in an era full of high-tech, movie-inspired toys. Instead of buying a bunch of high-tech gadgets and games, why not give the gift of LOL Surprise? It is one of this year’s hottest toys, and the brand know this. That's why they've recently released a LOL Surprise Chalet Dollhouse costing £200. Be sure to check out Asda online where they sell everything from a LOL Surprise towel to a cottage playhouse, games and more. They also have plenty of discounts!
Top 10 Toys 2019
Hamleys recently released the top 10 toys for Christmas of 2019 which presents a mixture of tech, games, and the above favourites. Make sure you are aware of all of these brands and toys because you are more than likely going to see one or two on the lists to Santa:
1. Scruff-a-Luv’s My Real Rescue - £40
2. Coding Critters - £40
3. Pictionary Air - £20
4. Smart Pixelator - £70
5. LOL Surprise Chalet Dollhouse - £250
6. Nerf Fortnite RL - £30
7. Poopsie Surprise Dolls - £50
8. Oblique Drifter - £60
9. Lego Hidden Side, Paranormal Bus 3000 - £55
10. Linkimals, Smooth Moves Sloth - £35
Be sure to check out Hamleys for 50% off Disney Princesses toys as well as Frozen and Despicable Me gizmos. They have an entire 50% off Toys section which is a parents’ Christmas dream. You will discover everything from clothes to tech to Playmobil, tech-toys and more, to suit every age.
We can't mention Christmas without discussing advent calendars! Every year they seem to get bigger and better, with brands gradually putting more effort into these small but mighty products. They are almost a present all on their own. There is an advent calendar for everyone, no matter the age or interest, so here are a few of our favourites this year and where to get your hands on them*…
*Please check with CS about beers, cosmetics and chocolate for the int shipping leg.
The record-breaking advent calendar is back, and it's better than ever! Not only have they focused on sustainability more for 2019 but this year will include 19 full-sized products, making it the most generous to date. Its available from 16 October and contains over £600 worth of products, for just £215.Click here to sign up.
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis has a whole load of exciting advent calendars out this year, ranging in price from £20 for a Lego advent calendar to a whopping £600 for the Wedgwood collection containing 24 exquisitely crafted tree decorations. Each tree is hung on a white satin ribbon and is a luxurious decorative touch to any Christmas tree.
Seconds - that's how long it takes for the Jo Malone calendar to sell out. Inside you will find fragrances, candles and body care. There are even some new additions this year when it comes to fragrances such as Bronze Wood and Leather Cologne Intense. Be sure to check out the Jo Loves advent calendar too; if you love candles, you’ll be very happy!
Perhaps a more traditional, and affordable option, this Ladurée box hasn't just got chocolate in it - the 24 windows are bursting with a selection of exquisite calissons, caramel, nougat and more. It is beautifully presented, with a great big bow to unravel before you begin opening doors. It is available from 1 November and is sure to be in high demand.
What's the run-up to Christmas without a little tipple? This Ginvent calendar is brand new for 2019 and combines the sumptuous flavours of elderflower, cucumber, ginger and more. You will receive daily mini bottles of gin from various respected names such as Hendricks, Caorunn, Slipsmith and Botanist. Christmas will seem much less stressful with this daily treat.
These are just a very small handful of what's available. This article by You gives a detailed rundown of every kind of calendar you can get this year. There’s tea, stationary, pork crackling, beers and almost everything else you could think of. Yes, we said pork crackling.
If you are looking for advent calendars for the kids, don't worry, there are plenty of ultra-cool options too. Everything from LOL Surprise to Lego Harry Potter, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and more can be found. Check out this article for more info and where to buy.
How prepared for Christmas are you? With so many offers and bargains everywhere at the moment, alongside new releases and promotional deals, you may be better off kickstarting the mission now! Whatever you are buying this year however, do check with customer services in regards to beers, cosmetics and chocolate for shipping conditions and costs etc.
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