Dad’s Choice Awards Winners 2014 – My Family Ties

 Dad’s Choice Awards 2014

If you are starting to think about what toys to get the kids for Christmas, here is a great line up of tried and tested toys for Christmas 2014 available in the UK. What better way to make your choices from toys that have been tested and agreed from a panel of Dad’s.  I know when my OH shop’s for Christmas gifts for our children he always finds the best gifts that I have perhaps overlooked. Prepare for some inspiration for your Christmas shopping, where all the hard decision making has been done for you.
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Winners announced for 2014
Dad’s Choice Awards – October 2014: With Christmas just a few weeks away the pressure is on parents to pick the best toys, apps and games for Christmas. The Dads Choice Awards 2014 make that decision easy. A team of super dad testers and their children have put the entries through their paces to ensure the best toys make it through. Dad’s Choice Awards are the only awards where Dads decide which toys cut the mustard and a celebration of Dads and their kids playing and spending time together. 
We’ve collated the results and here are the very best toys and apps which impressed our testers for 2014. A full list of all the winners can be found at
Dad’s Choice Winners

  1. Best Remote Control Toy: Air Hogs Rollercopter (Spinmaster)
  2. Best Electronic Toy: Boomer Dino (Spinmaster)
  3. Best Arts and Craft: Edible Sweet Art Popsicle (Tobar)
  4. Best App: Tree Fu Tom (Crane Media Ltd)
  5. Best Educational: Reading Eggs (Blake E Learning)
  6. Best Building & Making: Meccano Multimodel 20 (Spinmaster)
  7. Best Gadgets and Gizmos: Wowee MIP (Trends UK)
  8. Best Stocking Fillers: Rubik’s The Void (John Adams)
  9. Best Board Games:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kimble (Tactic Games)
  10. Best Vehicle: Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race (Mattel)
  11. Best Models: Makie Doll (Makie Lab)
  12. Best Models: Haynes Motorcycle (Trends UK)
  13. Best Fun Toys: Domino Express Crazy Factory (John Adams)
  14. Best Travel Games: Zip IT (Bananagrams)
  15. Best Outdoor Toys: BoomCo Rapid Madness (Mattel)
  16. Best Traditional: Construction Train Set (Big Jigs)
  17. Best Ride Ons and Bikes: VTriker Elite Scooter

Highly Commended

  1. Highly Commended Remote Control: Nano Quad Pro (Revell)
  2. Highly Commended Art and Craft: Loom Twister (H Grossman)
  3. Highly Commended Apps: The Essential Parent Company (The Essential Parent Company)
  4. Highly Commended Educational: Appletters (Bananagrams)
  5. Highly Commended Building and Making: Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 48 Piece Set (Valtech)
  6. Highly Commended Gadgets and Gizmos: Zuru Pirate Robo Fish (Tobar)
  7. Highly Commended Stocking Fillers: Fruitominoes (Bananagrams)
  8. Highly Commended Board Games: Moustache Smash (Spinmaster)
  9. Highly Commended Board Games: Bananagrams (Bananagrams)
  10. Highly Commended Vehicles: Transformers Optimus Prime Challenge Track Set (HTI)
  11. Highly Commended Outdoor: Jumbo Bananagrams
  12. Highly Commended Outdoor: Raskullz Red Mohawk Helmet (ReCreation)
  13. Highly Commended Fun Toys: Zip Stix Mega Pack (ReCreation)


  1. Commended Remote Control: Maisto Extreme Beast (Tobar)
  2. Commended Apps: Twelve A Dozen (Bossa Studios)
  3. Commended Educational: Pears in Pairs (Bananagrams)
  4. Commended Vehicles: Tonka Town Air Rescue Play Set (HTI)
  5. Commended Board Games: Liar Liar (Pants on Fire Ltd)
  6. Commended Outdoor: Smiler Space Hopper (Tobar)
  7. Commended Outdoor Toys: Scoppi (Quut)

About David Ross:
David Ross, founder of Dad’s Choice Awards, is a technology entrepreneur who has run his own business since the age of 16. He spent his childhood building things, taking household appliances apart to find out how they worked and sharing toys with his three siblings. He now runs online technology magazine and website which has thousands of active readers many of whom are now dad’s themselves. The magazine has an active parenting forum on the site where dads share hints, tips and ideas together. 

David Ross, founder of Dad’s Choice Awards commented, “We’ve been overwhelmed this year with the fantastic feedback from our Super Dad Testers. When you look through the list of winners, highly commended and commended its fantastic mix of timeless classics and new innovations that make it into the final awards. Every winner should feel proud to have made it through the rigorous testing and tough critics – the dads and of course their children!” We’ve had everything from tech toys, board games, superb action toys to classic cars and models. Apps and educational toys were very popular and reflect how many children have tablets and phones. We appreciate all the manufacturers who entered and hope those who’ve won will join us in celebrating their success. Hopefully it will inspire other Dads who are struggling for inspiration for Christmas day!” 
I think you will agree it’s a fantastic line up of varied gifts for your children this Christmas and I for one have printed this out and given it to my OH for some inspiration this year for our two girls!

What toys from this line up do you think may end up under the tree for your little ones? 
I know my girls would love the Makie doll and the V-Triker Elite Scooter under our tree this Christmas.
Thank you for reading I hope this has given you a little inspiration for your Christmas shopping for your children.  If you liked what you read, subscribe to my blog by adding your e-mail address to the box on the right.  You will be the first to hear of my updates.

Don’t forget it’s only 7 weeks until Christmas! 

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  1. November 3, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    This reminds me that I need to start thinking about Christmas! One year it won't be a surprise >_<

  2. November 3, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Oh my goodness only 7 weeks!!!! That's a frightening thought!

  3. November 3, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    I have no idea what my kids want for Christmas, they've usually done their list by now. I expect Minecraft and My Little Pony will feature heavily.

  4. November 3, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    Wow 7 weeks, I need to sort pretty much everything! 🙂 x

  5. November 3, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    And there was me feeling all smug that I'd nearly finished my christmas shopping. Now I want to add to the list!

  6. November 4, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Well I can proudly announce that I haven't even started it!

  7. November 4, 2014 / 10:30 am

    Some great ideas for my Xmas list there!

  8. November 4, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Great ideas for CHristmas. I think that sometimes dads have a different take on things

  9. November 4, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    Brilliant to get a Dad's perspective on this! A space hopper would be a big favourite in our house, I'm sure!

  10. November 4, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    Some really good ideas on this list for Christmas for my nephew!

  11. November 4, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    7 weeks till Crimbo? EEEEP! I generally don't even think about Christmas and shopping for presents till December, generally I find there's more bargains to be found closer to the time. Some fab toys you have shared here!

  12. November 4, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Lots of great ideas thanks

  13. November 5, 2014 / 6:19 am

    I think Reading Eggs is a great app too.

  14. November 5, 2014 / 6:58 am

    Isaac wants the V-Triker scooter too

  15. November 5, 2014 / 10:37 am

    There are many brilliant toys here. I am struggling to find something for my son so these lists are a great way to help. I still can't believe it is seven weeks though-I'd better start shopping!

  16. November 8, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Lots of fab toys to chose from! Thanks!