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Not sure about you, but I like to do things in bulk: ice cream serving suggestions, watching SUITS / Harvey Specter on Netflix, and, allocated sleeping hours.

Being a parent, I take the same approach to grocery shopping (reduced number of visits are obviously correlated with reduced number of grocery shopping tantrums), and, toy-shopping; to stock up on surprise new toys for rainy days, and to ensure I’m always prepared for the constant cycle of children’s birthday parties, thus ensuring the most important thing of all – to be the favourite relative.

BIG W has its super popular Big Brand Toy Sale on right now. Therefore if I were you, I’d head there and invest to prevent stuck-inside-the-house-boredom fits / on-the-way birthday gifts from the servo (and to affirm your number 1 relative status). This is what I’m scoping out:

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures – $9 (styles may vary).

Like overalls, everything old seems to come back into fashion (although my ‘Blossom’ flower hat is still awaiting its revival), and this is very true for those heroes in a half-shell (“turtle power!”), thanks to the new movie. Figurines from said movie, the classics, and retro styles are available now, and are $9. I imagine all the Michelangelos will sell out really fast.

Oh, and remember Casey Jones? He was hot. (Might have been a bit of a TMNT fan in my younger years.)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures - $9 (styles may vary). Image: BIG W.

2. Fisher Price Scooter - $39 (save $39, pink colour exclusive to BIG W).

Ideal for little ones whose eyes light up with envy every time their older sibling scoots by, this scooter will have them feeling like they’re part of the gang from 12 months on. It has a horn, songs, sound effects, phrases, and even a little clicker to make them feel like they’re ‘unlocking’ their own vehicle. Seriously. Insert ‘back in my day scooters were made out of a plank of wood and a soft drink can’ story here. This is amazing. Also available in red, because they go faster.

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Fisher Price Scooter - $39 (save $39, pink colour exclusive to BIG W). Image: BIG W.

3. Finding Dory Robo Fish - $12 (save $3, four styles to collect, while stocks last).

 I’m calling it – ‘Finding Dory’ will be the new ‘Frozen’, so if you’ve got little ones they’ll be wanting all things Dory-franchise, and will love these bath and pool-time toys that can dive and swim in all directions. At $12 it’s a small price to pay for the joy they’ll bring to your little ones faces; the time they will keep them entertained in the bath to be able to properly wash out the shampoo, and, best of all they’re far less maintenance than a real fish. (No more frantic visits to the pet store trying to secretly replace the latest passing, nor fish funerals in the back yard).  Robo pets all the way.

Finding Dory Robo Fish - $12 (save $3, four styles to collect, while stocks last). Image: BIG W.

4. Shopkins Case - $29 (exclusive to BIG W, mystery box containing 24 exclusive Shopkins characters).

A birthday present you don’t have to wrap because it’s a mystery box. Yes please.

No time wrapping, more time for you. Kardashians, red wine, cheese. You know this makes sense.

Shopkins Case - $29 (exclusive to BIG W, mystery box containing 24 exclusive Shopkins characters). Image: BIG W

5. XBox One Console Bundle 500GB - $299 (best price in the market, for the ultimate gamer).

XBox One Console Bundle 500GB - $299 (best price in the market, for the ultimate gamer). Image: BIG W

I’m not a huge fan of Christmas shopping, therefore buying this baby now to avoid the chaos that is September (I’m pretty sure carols begin then) to December 24, will ensure I do not spend 8.5 hours in a shopping centre car park. This is an investment in Christmas future, and proof that I’ve learnt from Christmas pasts. Comes with three download tokens – no idea what this means (I still don’t know the difference between wireless or broadband – might be the same thing?), but I’m sure the youth of today do and will be thrilled.

What is the greatest toy you were given as a child?

The BIG W
Big Brand Toy Sale
Has just begun!
For 3 weeks only
Everyone’s favourite toys
From Lego to Fisher Price
Shop instore at Big W today!
Remember to Lay-by for Christmas..
Let’s play!
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