All I want for Christmas is… a Slade-singing toy dog?

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Don’t pretend you aren’t in agreement. Okay, so singing Christmas gadgets don’t have an illustrious history, consisting mostly of dreadful cards, scary leg-wobbling Santa robots, and Bigmouth Billy Bass.

But this dog’s different. My Nan bought him for a fiver from a random passing charity salesbloke, and he sings Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ while shuffling about a bit. Genius. No, really. And destined for a longer career in showbiz than Ray Out Of X-Factor. He does keep time properly in real life too – the audio is out of synch on YouTube.

Stuart Dredge