ego, board games and puzzles are among the gifts parents are likely to believe will stand the test of time, according to a study.
Bicycles, Barbies, soccer balls and the Rubik’s Cube were also popular choices, as the toys parents believe are the most timeless, Gumtree felt.
According to the findings, nearly nine in ten (87%) parents feel pressured to give gifts that will delight their children this year.
But more than half (55%) of the children aged six to 12 years surveyed said they wouldn’t mind if a gift was second-hand.
While presents topped the list of things kids were most excited about in the run up to Christmas (62%), this was closely followed by free time during the Christmas holidays (59%), eating Christmas dinner (50%) and playing games with friends and family (48%).
Hannah Rouch, chief marketing officer at Gumtree, which has a Toybox section on its website featuring second-hand gifts, said: “Toys and games hold such fond memories for children.”
Here are the top 10 gifts that will stand the test of time, according to parents polled for Gumtree, with the percentages of parents who voted for them:
1. Lego (56%)
2. Board Games (47%)
3. Puzzles and jigsaw puzzles (34%)
=4. Bicycle (33%)
=4. Football (33%)
6. Hug/Cuddle (30%)
7. Barbie doll (25%)
8. Dollhouse (24%)
9. Rubik’s Cube (21%)
10. Toy Kitchen (20%)