Dolls, plastic guns and remote-controlled motor cars are some of the toys popular with shoppers this Christmas. Some are still parting with large sums of cash to buy presents for their little ones despite the country’s persistent bad economic climate.

Some parents are opting for some of the popular items like action figures, bicycles and remote-controlled toy cars as well as giant, fluffy teddy bears.

“I am here to buy presents for granddaughter and my nieces. She wants a doll and I got it. This is what she wants.”

For boys and girls, the price for toys differs from one item to the next. But for the little ones this doesn’t matter, as long as they can get what they’ve been promised.

“I want a braai stand so that I can make food for my family.”

According to Thabiso Mahlangu, floor manager at Toys Are Us at the Wonderboom Shopping Mall in Pretoria North, it’s a hectic time, although it means good business.

“Business is doing well as compared to some periods of the year. We actually have these popular toys like your big hatchimos, commy creations and most kids love legos so much.”

Mahlangu says some people prefer ordering online to avoid long queues and they receive their goods in the comfort of their homes.

“At store level it’s a bit low because most customers like online shopping. That’s what they prefer. So I can strongly say online is making more money than in store.”