We’ve come a long way from dividing up presents into pink ‘girl’ and blue ‘boy’ categories, and the latest festive trend is perfect proof of this.
A Scottish shopping centre has released a list of its top 10 gender-neutral gifts this Christmas, in a bid to combat gender stereotyping.
This year’s must-have toys, Hatchimals, steal the top spot in the list released by Union Square Shopping Centre.
Compiled using research carried out by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) along with feedback from an educational psychologist, the list includes toys aimed at kids aged three to seven years.
The top 10 reads as follows:
|2. Giant stuffed animals||3+|
|4. Paw Patrol - My First Camera||3+|
|5. Wooden toys||3+|
|7. Pie Face!||5+|
|8. Monopoly: Star Wars Edition||8+|
|9. Pokémon Z Ring||5+|
|10. Razor Powercore E100 Electric Scooter||14+|
Research released alongside the list shows that 89 percent of toys geared towards girls are pink, while boys are three times more likely than girls to receive a science- or tech-related gift.
Ryan Manson, General Manager at Union Square, is hoping that the gender-neutral list will put an end to this toy stereotyping.
“With this latest research, we hope that parents and anyone buying for children look beyond the pink and blue labels when shopping this Christmas, and make the most of the wide variety of toys on offer here,” he said.
Will Santa be bringing any of these toys to your house this Christmas?