Ensure you’re not woken on Christmas morning to the sound of bloodcurdling screams by buying your beloved children one – or all – of this season’s must-have regional toys.
This fast-paced board game has long been a hit in its native Iran, and now it’s one of the Gulf’s most pre-ordered Christmas items. Can you build a uranium enrichment plant – and spin a plausible story as to why – before the inspectors find you? Perfect for ‘nuclear families’ everywhere!
NERF Horse Punisher (pictured)
Banned in the States and Europe after a spate of high-profile fatalities, this muscular fun gun shoots solid concrete bolts at speeds of up to 200mph. It’s proving a big hit with Saudi teens, and those looking to dispose of old camels.
Lego Deira City Centre
Give your little shoppers the chance to build their very own mall with this, the latest addition to the Lego Heritage range. From the 16 Massimo Dutto outlets, the deserted oud store and the dining court packed with thousands of Lego men and women tucking into mountains of plastic fast food while simultaneously checking their blood-sugar levels, Dubai’s historical consumer palace has been captured in incredible blocky detail.
Jumeirah Barbie House
The world’s most iconic doll has upped sticks, moved to Dubai, and bought a massive villa by the beach – and now she’s bored! Mattel’s new playset has been praised for its outstanding attention to detail, from the sulky, botoxed expression on Barbie’s face to the realistic weeping sounds emitted by her browbeaten maid (sold separately).
Most kids may be waking up on Christmas morning to find a PlayStation 4 at the foot of their four-poster, but your mini dictator was given one the very first day the console came out, wasn’t he? While the next model is unlikely to be available till around 2020, with the right connections and wallet you can give your little shit the assurance that he’ll be the first in the playground – or wherever he is then – to be playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 23.
There’s never been a kiddie car quite like this before! Faster and noisier than any other model on the market, it’s perfect for introducing your little road hog to a lifetime of driving behind people flashing his lights and weaving wildly between lanes.
Swarovski Tracey Island