Christmas 2018: Dolls, dolls, dolls

A new doll for Christmas has to be one of the best Christmas presents! We've scoured the shops and online to find you the newest, coolest dolls to give your child Christmas 2018.

FABULOUS FABRIC

We have all fallen in love with these new fabric dolls from Meri Meri! Soft and huggable and so stylish with sweet embroidered features. She can easily be redressed in any of their dress-up kits and comes with a cute fact card which tells you all about her plus a lovely cotton bag with her name in shiny gold letters listing your doll's best friend and favourite things. Too cute! Three gorgeous dolls to choose from Matilda, Ruby and Lila £53 merimeri.co.uk

Matilda doll from Meri MeriRuby doll from Meri Meri

IT'S ALL ABOUT MY GENERATION

New this year, Lili and April are dolls with attitude who will encourage hours of imaginary play no doubt. We love the fact that April wears glasses too. Proper clothes including vest, undies, socks and shoes to take on and put back on again. You can buy other outfits for your doll too. No batteries needed and just wipe clean. Suitable from age 3+ Our Generation dolls £30 debenhams.com 

April My Generation Doll

FAIRY TALES

Inspired by the classic fairy tale - the princess and the pea - we have the mouse! Princess Mouse is dressed in a delicate pink sparkly dress, wearing a wonderfully crocheted crown. She comes with six gorgeous pastel coloured mattresses with a huge bright green pea! The box turns into a two storey castle too for lots and lots of fairy tale adventures (and packs away in the box for travelling). Suitable from 3+ Princess Mouse and the Pea by Maileg £42 giftsforagirl.co.uk

Princess Mouse and the Pea

MY FIRST BABY

Younger children from 2+ years will love this new doll from Baby Annabell. She's soft and cuddly and does lots of realistic baby things - crying, drinking, sleeping and burping! She comes dressed in a cute romper suit and has a fabric nappy, wipe and bottle. (Needs 3 x AAA batteries). My First Baby Annabell Baby Fun £35

My First Baby Annabell

NEW GIRL ABOUT TOWN

Brand new in November comes 'I'M A GIRLY' dolls from Switzerland designed by a team of girls and boys between the ages of 9 to 13 years. These dolls are perfect for kids who love to style hair as you can chop away to your heart's content and then buy new hair! Choose from five dolls: Lucy, Lola, Zoe, Kayla and Jasmine each with their own distinctive look. Just perfect if your child is too cool for baby dolls but still a pre-teen from £109 imagirly.com/uk

I'm a girly doll LucyI'm a girly doll Jasmine

KNITTED DOLLS

This hand knitted doll with a rattle inside would be a lovely gift for a younger child this Christmas. Kitted out in bright red or purple this lovely 25cm high doll is made of soft merino wool. Hand Knitted Doll Toy by Anagibb £18.99 notonthehighstreet.com

Hand knitted doll