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Budgeting at this time of the year is difficult. The added expense of buying Christmas presents for the whole family may cause your stress levels to rise. When you have decided on the gift choices, a trip to the mall follows.
The parking lot is packed and driving around seems to make it worse - Stress Level 2. Finally, you out-chicken another shopper and park.
As you get to the entrance of the mall you can hear the buzz of hundreds of people and the distinct smell of frustration. Stress Level 3. Finally you make it to the store, you find the item that your child has been coveting all year and… The person in front of you snatches it before you can lay hands on it: foiled! Levels are approaching critical, Stress Level 4.
Why not avoid the stress, the crowds and the tempers the mall causes this year and take your shopping online? You will be able to beat the queues and best of all; the gifts will be delivered to your door. With free delivery until 31st December, this has to be the better way to shop.
Here is a list of top gift choices for children across 3 price points available at TAKEALOT.com.
Less than R250
Alex Toys: Shaving in the Tub - Shaving set comes with a can of Foaming Body Soap, plastic play razor shaving brush, comb, and an unbreakable child-safe mirror. It's good clean fun!
Hello Kitty: Bakery Ice-Cream - connectable mini neighborhood play sets including Hello Kitty & one friend, plus accessories.
Skylanders Spyro Adventures - Bring Your Toys to Life in a boldly innovative adventure game where players collect real-world interaction figures and teleport them directly into the game using a mystical Portal of Power. The perfect gift for children aged 7 years & up.
LeapFrog: Leapster Explorer games - endless ways for children to play & improve on skills like reading, math, science, geography, creativity, music and more! Also includes adventures with popular film and TV characters such as Ben 10, Woody from Toy Story 3, Dora the Explorer and Disney Princess.
Lego: Assorted Lego products - Build up a young builder's collection - and imagination!
Less than R500
LEGO City: Mobile Police Unit - Move to the action with the Mobile Police Unit! The box includes 3 mini figures: 2 police officers and 1 robber and features 3 vehicles.
LeapFrog: Learn & Groove Learning Table - this interactive, musical activity table engages and entertains with songs, sparkling lights, melodies, real instrument sounds, and lots of things to spin, roll, slide, open and close!
Baby Born: 20th Anniversary Bundle- includes baby bouncer, travel cot, changing mat / bag, buggy and play gym
Cars 1 & 2 (Blu-ray Box Set) - Follow the complete adventures of Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater.
Phineas & Ferb across the 2nd dimension - available on PS3, Wii & NDS: fun-filled platforming and combat game where players can be one of eight characters including Phineas, Ferb or Master P as they use gadgets and combat maneuvers to defeat the evil Dr. D and his minions.
Less than R1,000
Nine Eagles: 210A Free Spirit Micro Helicopter - Includes everything needed to fly, there's nothing extra to purchase. Test- flown and ready to fly!
Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection (11 Disc Blu-ray): A must-have for any Harry Potter fan - all 8 movies in one beautiful box set
Golden Bright 99 Piece Royal Express Train Set - top class train set offering hours of fun and entertainment. Includes infrared remote, speed control, sounds, light, smoke and so much more.
Maisto Remote Control Street Trooper - this provides a twist on the remote controlled car that will thrill kids 8 years and up. It can transform into a robot at the push of a button and shoot missiles!
LeapFrog - Leapster Explorer Console - a safe, online world of learning games and activities especially designed for children.