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Christmas Gifts 2016 | What's Going To Be Huge?

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

Well, not quite, but it's getting there! It may be too early for some, but Christmas is never too far from the mind of a savvy mom. Not wanting to miss out on the must-have toys, best deals and bargains, we know the importance of keeping an ear to the ground for Christmas best seller predictions!

Our buddies over at GameStop have revealed their predictions for the most popular gifts for Christmas 2016, which includes the anticipated sell-out games for 2016, as well as showcasing exclusive and one-of-a-kind gift bundles for him, her, kids and teens. We'd recommend you snap these up now while stocks last!

These gift bundles include every type of pop-culture merchandise imaginable, from kid classics like Pokémon and Nintendo toys to hard-core collectibles from DC Comics, Marvel, Star Wars and more.

Gifts for Kids

  • Pokémon Sun / Moon This brand new video game, available on Nintendo 3DS, will be a favourite for kids across Ireland this year, allowing them to explore the latest land in the Pokémon universe. These new games will allow Irish children to “Catch em all”! Price - €59.99

  • Skylanders Imaginators – Dark Edition The latest release from the popular Skylander franchise, Skylanders Imaginators, allows kids to create their very own Skylanders for the first time ever. This action packed game will keep kids of all ages entertained! Price - €89.99

  • Soft Toy Collection Available in GameStop stores across Ireland, so parents don’t have to travel to Dublin to make Christmas magical. Pick soft toys from the hugely popular Pokémon as well as Mario, Marvel, Star Wars franchises as well as Mickey Mouse. Prices vary.

Gifts for Teens

Parents often struggle with teens when it comes to choosing age-appropriate games and accessories. This gifts will ensure your teen is captivated, without being exposed to overtly adult content.

  • Just Dance 2017 The perfect game for teens this Christmas, Just Dance 2017 is more fun and easier to play than ever. Shake your hips and wave your hands with the Just Dance Controller App!
  • Final Fantasy XV The highly anticipated release of Final Fantasy XV takes place this November. The game is a ground-breaking fantasy based on reality - with revolutionary gameplay, awe-inspiring graphics, and cutting-edge technology. For a Final Fantasy fan, this is a must-have item this Christmas.
  • Star Wars T-shirts – Exclusive to GameStop With the anticipated release of the latest Star Wars movie “Rogue 1” this December, GameStop have a variety of Star Wars t-shirts that every teen will want this Christmas.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter From T-shirts and hats to heat changing mugs and Hogwarts crest lights, GameStop has a great range of Harry Potter merchandise to keep teens happy this Christmas.
  • POP figurines – Batman, Suicide Squad, Marvel, Harry Potter – Fantastic Beasts, 5 Nights at Freddy’s and more These cult collectibles have a worldwide following and a limited edition collection, so move fast! Prices vary. This Christmas, shoppers can also make great savings in GameStop by bringing in old games, consoles and accessories and trading them for cash or store credit!

Big Sellers For Christmas 2016

  • PlayStation VR The new Virtual Reality system for PlayStation 4 is the latest technology from Sony, allowing players to feel like they’re inside the game. Suitable for children 12 and over, this exciting technology is a game-changer, literally. Keep an eye out for the must-have PlayStation 4 bundles available this Christmas.
  • Gears of War 4 Xbox One S 2TB Console – Limited edition, GameStop Exclusive This branded Gears of War console comes with a controller and a copy of Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition. Additionally, the user will receive a free download of all Gears of War Xbox 360 games and 14 day Xbox Live Gold trial. Making this the perfect gift for any Gears of War fan! Price is €449.99 and is expected to sell out quickly, with limited units available.
  • Mafia III Deluxe Edition - GameStop Exclusive This Deluxe Edition comes with the latest game from the Mafia franchise and limited edition merchandise. As part of this gift set, you will receive exclusive in-game packs, an exclusive Mafia III collectible Steelbook case, and the Season Pass. Price - €89.99
  • Fallout 4 Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition – GameStop Exclusive With an integrated screen and its own onboard software and hardware, this ‘Pip-Boy’ pairs up with your Bluetooth phone or tablet to give you access to your phone's ability to take and place calls, as well as its contacts, SMS messages, and audio files. When not paired, the Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition can be used as an alarm clock or a cosplay prop. It also comes with a stand that doubles as a charging base and more powerful speaker option when the Pip-Boy is in place. The compartment on top opens to reveal a holotape that's a USB drive.

Gifts for Him

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare This latest release from the hugely successful COD series brings the player away from Earth for the first time. The game is also available as the Infinite Warfare Legacy and Legacy Pro Editions, which include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered for the ultimate fan package this Christmas. Price – from €74.99
  • Battlefield 1 (Collector’s Edition) This exclusive edition of one of the most anticipated games of 2016 includes Battlefield 1 Standard Edition Game, a Collector’s Edition Statue (14" tall), an Exclusive Steelbook, exclusive cloth poster, deck of playing cards, messenger pigeon tube with exclusive DLC content and exclusive patch, all in limited edition premium packaging. Price - €219.99
  • Exclusive Batman Mug – GameStop Exclusive All comic book fans and movie buffs will love this exclusive limited edition coffee mug, putting a bit of fun into the early morning commute! Price - €9.99

Gifts for Her

  • FIFA 17 and Ultimate Team Replica Jersey – GameStop Exclusive Building on the success of last year’s inclusion of female players, the latest edition of the game will include women’s club teams. Show support for female athletes and gamers alike, by gifting this anticipated sell-out game which comes with an exclusive limited edition FIFA 17 jersey. The jersey is only €14.99 when you buy any FIFA 17 game.
  • NES Classic - Limited Edition Nintendo has released its classic Nintendo Entertainment System as a mini replica that can be hooked up to your TV to enjoy some serious nostalgia. The console comes with a classic controller and an incredible 30 pre-installed games. The perfect gift to relive the classic days of Nintendo this Christmas. This is a limited edition, likely sell-out product. Price - €69.99
  • POP figurines – Game of Thrones, Conor McGregor, Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and more These cult collectibles have a worldwide following and a limited edition collection is available in GameStop stores. Price - €15.99

All exclusive game and merchandise bundles can be purchased at one of 51 GameStop stores across Ireland. They can also be bought online at gamestop.ie with a speedy 48 hour delivery time, or with the ‘click and collect’ service.

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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