There's nothing that says 'I love Christmas' more than a $5,400 animated, talking, robot reindeer

Yep, it's that time of year again where we all feel obliged to buy tat for each other, regardless of faith and or IQ, and we're always faced with the inevitable question: what do you buy for the person who has everything?

This year there's an easy answer: an animated, talking, robot reindeer that retails for around $5,400 (£3,300). Simple.

Sure, it's creepy and a little saccharin sweet, but at 5ft high it will definitely be the talk of the party - even if that talk could mainly focus on the location of an off switch.

The Animated Talking Reindeer, to use its real name, has a steel frame underneath its furry exterior and was originally created for European collectors. Of what, we have no idea, but suspect they all live in large houses and have a plentiful supply of earplugs. Children and even adults can sit on its back though, so that's an advantage over the real thing as actual reindeer cannot support the weight of a human being and cannot be used like a horse.

It is available from US retailer Frontgate.com and can be shipped internationally, although you will have to call them to arrange.