Forget expensive toys - the Christmas present children most want this year is...

Yahoo Lifestyle
24 December 2012

The gift children most want for Christmas may surprise you.

It isn’t the latest electronic gadget or top rated toy. For children aged between three and 12, a baby brother or sister is top of their Christmas wish lists.

A sibling for Christmas is closely followed in second place by requests for a reindeer and in third, a pet horse - despite the fact that Santa might have trouble squeezing it into a stocking.

[Related: Christmas babies: Meet the mums who gave birth on Christmas day]

Many children want their parents to splash out on a car for them - even though they are too young to drive, while the fifth most in-demand gift is their very own pet pooch.

Some of the other most wanted gifts that will have you laughing into your mince pie are the moon, a time machine, a pond cover and beetroot, according to the survey by Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City.

[Related: Top 10 cute baby Christmas outfits]

The survey of 2,000 parents found many of the top 50 requests were for pets and goldfish, cats and hamsters all made the list, alongside more unusual pets including elephants and donkeys.

Top 10 Christmas presents, as requested by children:

1.    Baby brother or sister
2.    Reindeer
3.    Horse
4.    Car
5.    Dog
6.    Chocolates
7.    House
8.    Snow
9.    Rock
10.    Dad

Has your son or daughter requested any unusual Christmas presents this year? Let us know over on Twitter now.

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