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Parents ‘breaking down in tears’ over shortage of children’s toys for Christmas

Toy suppliers for Harrods and Selfridges may face a wait until next year for a shipment from the Far East. One seller has sold out of products despite ordering double the amount

Desperate mums and dads are said to have been calling toy shops to ask about festive gifts

Parents have been breaking down in tears after being told their children’s Christmas presents are sold out amid ongoing shortages.

Desperate mums and dads are said to have been calling toy shops to ask about festive gifts.

However, many of the toys have already sold out and no new stock is expected until the New Year, reports the i.

Other mums and dads clamoured to stock up on goods and presents ahead of Christmas.

Le Toy Van in Surrey sells toys made in the Far East and supplies to Harrods and Selfridges, but may struggle with stock this year.

Founder Steve Le Van has now sold out of dolls houses and wooden train sets despite ordering double the amount



Other toys are also expected to run out soon
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Mr Le Van told the i: “I’ve had people already on the phone in tears wanting to buy a dolls house.

“There is still stock coming…Some would have arrived for Christmas but it will be arriving after [because of delays].”

Retailers also told the i other toys are expected to run out soon.

Shipping companies, meanwhile, directed vessels away from the port of Felixstowe, Suffolk, after it ran out of space.

The shortage of lorry drivers, Covid restrictions at ports, and a surge in imports has restricted the transportation of goods.



Parents could face a shortage of toys this year according to retail experts
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Paul Schaffer, managing director of Plum Play in Lincolnshire it was expecting a shipping container of goods which won’t arrive until November.

He also said he couldn’t see all their products arriving before Christmas.

Mr Schaffer said: “There are certain varieties of trampolines that aren’t coming in, some swing sets aren’t with us yet.”

He added: “Everybody’s probably already written their Christmas lists. It’s going to be a very hard job [for parents] managing expectations or perhaps suggesting their children adjust those lists a little.”




The British Toy and Hobby Association, said it expected disruption to continue over the coming months
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The British Toy and Hobby Association said it expected disruption to continue over the coming months.

And a Road Haulage Association (RHA) survey estimated Britain faces a 100,000 driver shortfall.

There are also fears Christmas dinner could be “cancelled” because of a turkey shortage,

Iceland revealed sales of frozen turkeys had soared 409% compared to the same time last year,

It has prompted Brits to stock up early as Boris Johnson admitted the delivery crisis could last for months.


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