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 and can be shipped internationally, although you will have to call them to arrange.