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Sharing the magic

Here at Letters from Santa Claus, we love our job! That magical feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at Christmas is like no other and bringing that magic alive for children (and grown ups!) is what inspires us.
It’s a privelege to write letters whether they are for a Baby’s First Christmas, children who are so excited about a visit from Santa or a somebody who is on the cusp of not believing anymore. Sometimes it’s about sharing the magic and sometimes it’s about extending that magic for a little bit longer.
We would love to hear from you too. Take a look at our website, request an example of our letters or share your stories with us on Facebook.
Lots of ho, ho, ho’s
The Letter from Santa Claus team x

 

02 October 2018

He's making a list...

 Hello, I'm Twinkle, the Head Letter Elf. I've just been to check on Santa as he is very busy, here in the North Pole, checking the Naughty and Nice Lists. It's great to see so many children have been trying hard this year. They definitely deserve a letter from Santa!

Oh I can't wait! I always love this time of year when we get the letterheads and envelopes in. The Santa certificates are due to arrive any day now too! Then Santa can get busy writing the personalised letters to children all over the world.

I wonder how many Baby's First Christmas letters we'll get this year? It's wonderful finding out what they have achieved throughout their first  teeny tiny year or months. First smile, first word, first crawl...all leading up to their First Christmas. Oh, it makes me go all gooey inside!

Anyway, I must dash: so much to do, so little elf-time. If you want to order a personalised letter from Santa whether it be for a child, grown up, baby's first Christmas or even a non-believer, here's a link to help you out... Order Santa Letters

25 September 2018

Santa's ready!

 Santa is ready! He's tidied his office, moved his desk to the best spot to view the snow while he writes and set up his hot chocolate machine. All he needs now are some children (angelic or otherwise) to write to! Take a look at our letters page to see what Santa will do for your child.

11 September 2018

Posting Dates

 Orders are now increasing in rate daily so thank you to those that have already put orders in. The majority of our letters will be sent out on the 1st of December or in the following days for any orders sent in after that date. However if you require a special post date to coincide with a birthday, a trip away, a visit to Santa and so on, just let us know on the order form and we will ensure your letter is delivered on time.

We hope you are all looking forward to Christmas as much as we are here in the North Pole!

01 November 2017

Letters for non-believers

Our first order is in! Hurrah! We've also been asked if we do 'non-believers' letters and the answer is yes! We want to help everyone feel the magic of Christmas whether they believe or not (or are on the cusp) so just mention on the order form if you have a non-believer or an almost non-believer and we will do our utmost to bring back some of the magic. 

27 September 2017

Getting Ready

Santa can't wait to hear from you this year (2017!) The first order usually comes in at the end of September so he is sharpening his pencils and thinking about all the funny stories he can share with children this year. Give him a 'hello' on our Facebook page to let him know you care. 

25 September 2017

Welcome to our new look website!

 Well, here it is...our new look lettersfrom-santaclaus website and we rather like it (ok so we are a bit biased) We hope you like it too and that you will be ordering your santa letter soon. Santa was extremely busy yesterday getting lots of letters written and ready to send (some of them will be sprinkled with Christmas magic and sent today) We hope you are all looking forward to Christmas as much as we are.

16 November 2016

Win £30 Amazon Voucher

With the snow falling, we are feeling very Christmassy and so with every letter ordered, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £30 Amazon voucher! Just think, you could buy a snow shovel, DVD's to watch while cosying up from the cold weather or treat a loved one! The draw will take place at 9pm on Friday 19th of December 2016. Good luck and we look forward to bringing a sparkle of magic to your child with a letter from Santa!

09 November 2016

Welcome to Santa letters 2016!

Good morning, the sun is gleaming on the snow, Santa is singing in the workshop and our first batch of letters have gone out this morning. We're all in a great mood here in the North Pole so time for a giveaway!

With every letter ordered this year, you have a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

Our last year's winner was delighted to find out he had won! Could it be you this year?

To be in with a chance of winning, just order your detailed or basic letter. Also head over to our Facebook page to be in with a chance to win two free letters and two adorable little Christmas mice!

Good luck!

17 October 2016

BBC Reveal 2015 expected top sellers

Taken from the BBC Website

Star Wars and shaving foam set to be Christmas toy hits

By Elizabeth Hotson Business reporter, BBC News
  • 6 November 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34734818

The Christmas tree's up, the base is piled high with a mountain of presents and fairy lights wind their way up through the branches. A children's choir sings carols in perfect harmony, while a pyramid of mince pies stands temptingly in the corner.

This isn't a picture-perfect scene from a festive greetings card however. The venue is St Mary's Church in central London, a magnificent backdrop to one of the most important events in the toy industry's calendar.

It is where the hallowed list of the top 12 "dream toys" is revealed by The Toy Retailers Association. Decided on by a panel of selectors, it includes the toys that the association believes will be this year's must-haves.

Despite the festive themed, child-friendly setting, it's a serious event and the attendees are suited, booted and keen to promote their products.

The UK's toy market is worth over £3bn with an average of £300 spent annually on toys for each child up to the age of 11, and globally in 2015 sales are expected to reach £58bn - so a lot is at stake.

Messy winner

This time around, one toy in particular is already looking like a sure-fire success.

Image caption Here's a pie in your eye - just don't forget to add whipped cream or shaving foam

Hasbro's Pie Face game is built round a simple concept: put whipped cream, shaving foam or a wet sponge on the end of the lever, poke your head through the hole and turn the handles. It could go off at any time, creating an explosive mixture of suspense and mess.

It's a cross between Russian roulette and clowning school and has been hugely popular.

"It's sold out in quite a few shops already," says Gary Grant, who chaired this year's panel of selectors. "I think a lot of that was down to a YouTube video. It was posted by one of the customers using the toy and it went viral."

The film, which features a grandfather and son playing the game, has had around one million hits.

Film action

In recent years, films have given a huge boost to the toy market. This year's December release of Star Wars VII, The Force Awakens, is expected to induce a fan-driven buying frenzy.

Image caption "Star Wars has always been one of our biggest sellers," says Lego's Rebecca Snell

Lego has two toys in the top 12 list, one of which is the Star Wars Kylo Ren Command Shuttle. Rebecca Snell, head of the company's UK marketing, says the movie is key for the firm.

"Star Wars has always been one of our biggest sellers and this year we have seven sets which go with the film."

The star product doesn't come cheap. The Kylo Ren set sells for £99.99 and is aimed at older children and adults. Rebecca says it's one of the more complex sets.

"There are 1,005 pieces and it comes with six mini figures, which is always a big draw; you get Kylo Ren, General Hucks, a stormtrooper and some of the first order officers."


Top 12 toys - Christmas 2015

  • City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel from Lego
  • Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa from JAKKS Pacific
  • IDO3D Deluxe 3D Design Studio from Flair Leisure Products
  • Little Live Pets Cleverkeet from Character Options
  • Paw Patrol Paw Patroller from Spin Master Toys UK
  • Pie Face Game from Hasbro
  • Shopkins Food Fair - Scoops Ice Cream Truck from Flair Leisure Products
  • Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber from Hasbro
  • Star Wars Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle from Lego
  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon from Hasbro
  • Thunderbirds - Interactive Tracy Island from Vivid Toy Group
  • Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home from VTech Electronics Europe

The Star Wars phenomenon is a big hit around the world according to Frederique Tutt, toys industry analyst at the NPD Group.

"Its appeal is global, we expect it to be the winning licence of the year. In 2014 Star Wars was the number one licensed product tie-in and that was even without a film release."

Image copyright Toy Retailers Association Image caption China is becoming increasingly important, it is now the world's second biggest toy market

Other movies have also proved lucrative merchandise generators.

p>"China is the second biggest toy market globally and the Transformers film achieved its best box office showing there. It's resulted in big sales for the toys because naturally kids will then want the toys that go with the film," says Mr Tutt.

And China's recent scrapping of its one child policy could give a huge fillip to toy retailers and manufacturers: "There are over 200 million children in China and we're expecting that to grow by more than 56 million in the next few years."

Expensive failure

Mind you, some sure-fire winners turn out to be expensive duds. Remember the Battlefield Earth action figures? If you don't, you didn't miss much.

They were a tie-in with the John Travolta film, Battlefield Earth, which spectacularly failed at the box office in 2000.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Critics slated Battlefield Earth as one of the worst films ever, and its associated toys also failed to sell

The hoped-for blockbuster was based on a book by the Church of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, but it recouped only a third of the money it cost to make.

The US toy firm Trendmasters had banked on it being a huge hit and had produced action figures based on the characters. Its investment in Battlefield Earth products reportedly hastened its own end - it closed down in 2002.

Trendmasters' fate is a reminder that producers need to estimate accurately just how much they will sell.

Make too few of a product and they lose out on potential sales; make too many, and they leave themselves with lots of stock that nobody may want in the new year.

Interactive toys

For his part, Gary Grant is confident that his committee's picks will represent this year's must-have gifts.

Image copyright Toy Retailers Association

"We're retailers, we ought to know our products. Out of our top 12, we've historically got nine or 10 right most years.

"We aim for a good selection to suit different age groups and there's also a big range in prices, although generally the items represent a child's main present."

And as well as movie tie-ins, interactive toys are also expected to do well this year. Flashing lights, distinctive sounds and the occasional tweet from a parakeet mark out the toys tipped for success.

Of the big players, Vivid's Thunderbirds Interactive Tracey Island Playset has been attracting a lot of attention while Little Live Pets Clever Keet from Character Options and Vtech's Toot Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery House also make the top 12 list.

It looks like being a noisy and rather messy Christmas this year.

08 November 2015

New Prize Draw – Win a £25 Amazon Gift Voucher

We are pleased to announce that this year we are offering a free prize draw where you can win a £25 Amazon gift voucher. Every letter order we receive will be added into the prize draw which will be drawn on December 19th at 12 noon.
The lucky winner will be sent their gift voucher via email or post, which ever you prefer.

Thank you to everyone who continues to use our website.

11 October 2015

Price Freeze

We would like to confirm that for the second consecutive year, we are freezing our prices for this year’s letters.
We are still offering the multiple letter order discounts to help cut down on your costs and we are pleased to say we will be still doing free postage on all letters.
Sibling letters will be sent in one envelope as in previous years, unless of course your letters need to be sent to a different address.
Sadly though this year we are unable to offer candy canes due to postal restrictions, however we will be doing a certificate for every letter and also a special gift will be included in with the letter.

07 October 2015

New Letterhead and envelopes

This year we have taken the decision to re design the letterheads and envelopes to offer a new style to our orders.
We felt that the old style was getting a little tired and we felt the need to brighten the letters up.
A sample of the new design will be available online shortly.

04 October 2015

 Good morning, the sun is gleaming on the snow, Santa is singing in the workshop and our first batch of letters have gone out. We're all in a great mood here in the North Pole so time for another giveaway!

With every letter ordered this year, you have a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

Our last year's winner was delighted to find out he had won! Could it be you this year?

To be in with a chance of winning, just order your detailed or basic letter.

Also check out our Facebook page to see how you could be in with a chance of winning two free letters and two adorable little Christmas mice (not real! Although we have our suspicions that they come to life at night when nobody is looking!)

Good luck!

01 October 2015