Highly Commended, 2015
To be a Highly Commended Winner, entries had to be impressive in nearly every criteria.
Board Games - BANANAGRAMS WildTiles
BANANAGRAMS WildTiles puts an all-new spin on the original anagram game that drives players bananas! Now, with BANANAGRAMS WildTiles, players can pick up one of six unique monkey WildTiles and play it as any letter, as they race to complete their grids. If they change their mind as the game progresses, just like every other tile in play, they can move their WildTile around as they rework their grid and it can become any letter they wish!
Original BANANAGRAMS celebrates its tenth bananaversary next year and has sold more than six-and-a-half-million games in 30+ countries worldwide! Popular with stars of the stage and screen, the game requires no pencil, paper or board and comes in a small portable banana-shaped pouch. BANANAGRAMS WildTiles is a great gift for BANANAGRAMS fans looking for a new spin on their favourite fame, as well as new players who are yet to discover the addictive word game!
Available from John Lewis, Amazon, WinningMoves.co.uk — SRP 16.99
Ride Ons and Bikes - HappyHopperz White Police Bike
HappyHopperz® is a collection of bright, inflatable animal toys that not only rival the Space Hoppers of the 1970's but take BOUNCING to a whole new level. Created with ears & horns for children to grip on to and feet to steady the bounce, these wonderful kids' toys come in a variety of different animal styles and colours that give 'Old Macdonald' a run for his money!
Not only are these loveable toys fun to play with but they also help children strengthen core muscles, increase balance control and develop co-ordination skills. They encourage imaginative play, promote physical exercise and develop self-confidence.
Available from www.hippychick.com, Kiddicare, Hamleys — SRP 27.99
Gadgets and Gizmos - Hovertech Battle FX
Take aim and fire in the multiple player game of skill and accuracy! This flying drone hovers in the air at around 3 feet above desk surface. With a friend, load up your blasters with darts and fire them at the drone. Aim for the 2 targets located between the centres of the drone as these are the weak points. Shoot either in under 1 minute and the drone will fall to the ground. Although it looks simple, the challenge is great as precision accuracy is required to hit the targets.
Available from Argos, Amazon.co.uk, Smyths.com — SRP 34.99
Educational - HUE Animation Studio
HUE Animation Studio contains everything that a budding animator needs to create stop motion animation videos. For use at home or for school projects, this is a creative and educational pastime that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
This perfect gift for kids encourages creativity and imagination. Whether you are making a LEGO® brick film; animating in claymation or capturing a flower bloom using time-lapse photography, you can bring anything to life in minutes with the easy-to-use software.
The kit includes: The HUE HD camera, fully-featured HUE Animation software designed for children by teachers, and The HUE Book of Animation.
Available from www.huehd.com, Amazon, Ebay — SRP 49.95
Building and Making - I-Do-3D Design Studio
Take art to the next level I-Do-3D. This extra-special kit transforms your 2D drawings into amazing 3D creations using a revolutionary patent protected compound. Simply draw your design onto one of the templates then wait briefly for the magic compound to dry and transform into a unique 3D design right before your eyes.
Make up to 20 unique 3D projects with the Cool Create I-Do-3D Design Studio kit. Included in the set are 4x I-Do-3D stylus pens in varying colours, a UV spotlight to dry out the magic compound and a guidebook to help you make amazing 3D images.
Available from Tesco.com, Argos, Amazon — SRP 24.99
Traditional - The Irish Fairy Door Company
Created by life-long friends, The Irish Fairy Door Company helps fairies relocate into human homes, classrooms, gardens and woods with its range of beautiful handmade wooden Irish fairy doors, which can be installed just about anywhere. Once in place, leave out the bottle containing the magic key and in the morning, if the key has disappeared, that means your fairy has moved in!
Once your fairy has made its home with you, the creative team at Fairy HQ ensures direct access to Fairy Valley, so the magic continues long after the fairy has moved in – with ongoing magical messages, play ideas and stories delivered to children and parents who register their fairy’s name on the website, via email and an app.
Available from Smyths, www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com — SRP 19.99
Outdoor Toys - Jumbo Bananagrams
Jumbo BANANAGRAMS is terrific for indoor, outdoor and classroom play. Each of the 144 three-inch square tiles is waterproof, washable and flexible. The set comes in a giant, banana-like tote bag. Play BANANAGRAMS as usual or put the bunch further away for a run-around version that exercises minds and bodies! Super-sized version of the 6.5million-selling classic BANANAGRAMS game - the anagram game that drives you bananas! No scores, boards, or turn-taking - just fast word race fun for the whole family
Available from WinningMoves.co.uk — SRP 49.99
Board Games - Minions Hit Them OUT!
Create the chaos indoors or outdoors while knocking over Minions skittles and try to score 20 points in this fun throwing game, Minions Hit Them OUT! The Minions are trapped in a high–energy force field. Hit them just right with the anti-matter ball and stop Vector’s evil plans. Points will be scored for all the minions you knock over. If you’re aiming high, the two–eyed minions will score you higher points so become a hero and complete your mission.
Available from www.amazon.co.uk, www.tactic.net — SRP 24.99
Fun Toys - Mixubbles Candy Flavour Drinks Maker
Spin, mix and make 30 candy-flavoured drinks! Simply fill the mixing cup with sugar-free lemonade, then add the special Mixubble character, loaded with powdered flavouring. Turn the dial, then watch as it spins to release and mix the flavours! Make lots of wacky flavour combinations! ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS. Includes electronic base unit, mixing beaker, Mixubble character, glasses, tongs, bag clip and 3 x flavour powders.
Available from Argos, Smyths Toys, Tesco — SRP 18.99
Arts & Craft - My Own Morph
Everything you need to make your own Morph out of Plasticine. Follow the step by step instructions DVD containing original footage from Aardman starring Peter Lord, the man who created Morph. Then sit back and laugh your socks off with 15 Morph episodes.My Own Morph comes with fun pieces to accessorise your character and create different poses. Plasticine never dries out so you can re-pose your model time after time.
Available from Amazon.co.uk — SRP 12.99
Remote Control Toys - RC Flying Dragon
Constructed from virtually indestructible super strong plastic, the RC Flying Dragon is uber tough so will easily survive a few crashes when you’re getting to grips with your new wings! With scarlet red colouring and a wing span measuring approx. 40cm, just like a ‘real’ dragon its wings really flap when in flight! It can also take off and land from its moveable legs! The remote control comes in an awesome dragon claw design and features throttle stick and direction/rotation stick, as well as the all-important button to make the dragon’s wings flap during flight.
Available from Toys R Us, Smyths Toys, Tesco — SRP 59.99
Gadgets and Gizmos - Spy Gear Video Walkie Talkies
Keep teamwork and surveillance in check as you complete missions with Spy Gear Video Walkie Talkies! Only Spy Gear has the spy technology to let you stay in constant 2-way, visual and audio communication. No data or Wi-Fi required! With a range of up to 160 feet you’ll be in constant communication with your fellow agent. The Video Walkie Talkies act as a hidden camera, too. Place one Walkie Talkie in a secret location and press the activation button on the other and you’ll instantly have a hidden live-feed surveillance cam. Gear up with the Spy Gear Video Walkie Talkies.
Available from Smyths, The Entertainer, Toys R Us — SRP 59.99
Ride Ons and Bikes - Street Blaze Scooter
This great new design works without having to place your feet on the floor. Simply move your body from side to side like a skiing movement and the scooter will move forward. The Street Blaze is designed for ages 9+ and can take weights of 80Kg. It comes with a built-in breaking system and folds in half for easy storage.
Available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004DDEXXK — SRP 89
Apps - Wishbone Smart Thermometer
The Wishbone Smart Thermometer is the smallest and most simple non-contact thermometer that works with smartphones; it will change and improve the way families measure and track temperature. The Wishbone Smart Thermometer is easy to use and the multiple uses of this simple, discrete device are boundless – it can measure you and your family’s temperature, the room temperature, your baby’s bottle, their bathwater or their food – and in just two seconds you have a reliable reading. A completely non-contact, no fuss solution to an everyday problem
Online www.wishbonebaby.co.uk — SRP 34.99
The maker of the smash hit anagram game that drives you bananas, BANANAGRAMS, has just unveiled an exciting new look for its travel word game, ZIP IT. Compact enough to enjoy on an airplane tray-table, ZIP IT is the ultimate small space word race! Featuring 24 high-quality letter cubes, each player takes 12 and then races against their opponent to create an intersecting word grid. Each round lasts just a few seconds: win the round and win a point. Players track their points with clever scoring zippers on the unique travel pouch – the first to ZIP to 10 wins! No need for pens, paper or a board – the entire game fits neatly into the compact travel pouch, making it the perfect companion for plane and train journeys. It’s also ideal for camping, caravanning, coach trips or even to play in cafes, bars and restaurants.
Available from WinningMoves.co.uk, Amazon — SRP 14.99