Toy Shop UK unveils Independent Toy Award winners

Indies cast their vote on the top toys for Christmas in the new awards.
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Indies cast their vote on the top toys for Christmas in the new awards.

The online toy directory asked over 300 independent toy shops to submit recommendations for the top toys in ten different categories.

A wide range of products were nominated, but there were some toys such as the Baby Stella Doll from Manhattan Toys, which stood out as being popular across the board.

Tim Hawkins of Toy Shop UK said: "We are delighted to be able to publish a top ten list that isn't skewed towards major brands purely on the basis of demand or profit margins.

"Our list represents what small, independent retailers genuinely think are the toys that parents should be buying for their children this year. It is only because of our access to the opinions of such a large proportion of independent retailers that we are able to compile the most comprehensive list of its kind anywhere."

The Christmas 2009 top ten toys is as follows

1. Baby: 7 in 1 Activity Centre (I'm Toy)

2. Creative Play: Tellatale Puppets (Fiesta Crafts)

3. Construction: Quadrila Marble Run - Basic Set (Quadrilla)

4. Dolls: Baby Stella (Manhattan Toy)

5. Eco: Dragon A-Z Jigsaw Puzzle (Lanka Kade)

6. Educational: Chemistry Set (John Adams)

7. Electronic: Kidilook (Vtech)

8. Games & Puzzles: Farm Animals Chunky Puzzle (Melissa & Doug)

9. Models: Lewis Hamilton McLaren Kit (Airfix)

10.Wooden: Sophie's House (Le Toy Van)