Five tricks to save cash on children's toys this Christmas

TIME is running out to order Christmas toys . . . but don’t panic. Getting a good deal is child’s play.

Some shops have discounted stock and there’s still time to plan, compare and save.

Follow our tips to save on toy gifts this festive season.

DISCOUNT DELIGHT: Argos is selling loads of toys at a discount, including some at half-price.

That includes a Hot Wheels Ultimate City Track set at £45, reduced from £90.

Early Learning Centre has also cut 20 per cent off the cost of selected toys.

SAVE: £45 on the Argos deal

PRICE SPY: Popular toys will be sold by multiple outlets but not always at the same price.

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At the time of comparing, a Vtech Kidizoom Duo Camera 5.0 was £44.99 at Currys but £39.99 from Smyths Toys.

When you know what you want, search online for each shop’s prices first.

SAVE: £5 at Smyths

I WOOD: Children who like using their imaginations still find value in classic wooden toys, even in the gadget era.

Consider supermarkets like Aldi when hunting for wooden gifts, as there are big savings to be found.

A wooden toy shop and café from JoJo Maman Bebe, for example, is selling for £119.95. But a similar role-play shop and theatre is 29.99 online from Aldi.

Lidl launched its wooden toy range this month, with prices starting from £1.99, dolls’ houses from £29.99, workbenches and a play kitchen costing £49.99. Well worth a look.

SAVE: £89.96 on the shop and theatre

FREE DELIVERY: Buy multiple gifts from the same shop to save on delivery.

Mulberry Bush offers free delivery when spending £75-plus. Early Learning Centre drops standard delivery charges when you spend £39.99 or more.

The Works offers free delivery on orders over £30.

SAVE: From £2.99

GIFT SAVERS: Need some inspiration?

The Works has loads of ideas in its two-for-£10 and two-for-£20 gift ranges.

SAVE: £4

  • Prices correct at time of press. Deals/offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

TAKE your temperature and detect illness early.

This infrared thermometer is £12.99 at B&M, reduced from £19.99.

SAVE: £7

Cheap treat

TAKE your pick from this Green & Black’s tasting collection box. It’s half-price for Clubcard holders at Tesco, down to £5.50.

SAVE: £5.50

What’s new?

ARGOS and Sainsbury’s are delivering 12 days of Wizarding World prizes, including Harry Potter books, games and Lego.

There are also two tickets to a pre-release screening of Fantastic Beasts:

The Secrets Of Dumbledore up for grabs.

Visit argos.co.uk/events/competitions to find out more. Entries close on Sunday.

Top swap


LUXURIATE in the tub with this fun, turtle-design bath pillow £14.99 at Wayfair.

Or get one with a similar design at Dunelm for just £8.

SAVE: £6.99

Leah’s little helper

FANCY a body butter or fresh fragrance? Save £10 when you spend £45 at The Body Shop, which has a raft of Christmas gift ideas.

You can get £5 off when spending £30 or more.

Use code 14670 when spending in-store and code 21798 when shopping online.

The offer excludes delivery and is not valid on gift cards.

Shop & save

GET creative with this Craft-a-Cookie Christmas kit from Iceland. Was £4, now £2.50.

SAVE: £1.50

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