Plenty of retailers have been working hard behind the scenes to be ready to deck the halls and fill their shelves with the hottest holiday toys.
Target and Walmart, Amazon all put together top toy lists for the holiday season, and we cross-referenced all three lists to help you finish up your holiday gift shopping.
Here’s a collection of toys for children of all ages that we are sure any kid would love to open this holiday season!
For kids in elementary school and beyond, this balancing game helps kids practice hand-eye coordination with having a ton of fun.
From the makers of Uno, this game lets kids hone their reflexes as they try to match any two objects on their cards.
Add water and see who grows out of the pot! There are 22 dolls to collect.
It’s about time “nude” crayons and colored pencils meant more than just one skin tone. Let the little ones in your life color in skin tones that reflect the world around them.
Disney princess-loving kids will love this trunk, which comes with 21 pieces, including four different outfits.
We’ve found this toy on a few “top toy” lists from other retailers and we’re not surprised. This impressive playset, based on “Paw Patrol,” gives kids the chance to bring Nickelodeon’s hit series to life. The 3-foot tall tower allows all Mighty Pups, which are sold separately, to get the perfect view of Adventure Bay.
It has a button that provides mission instructions, working lights, an elevator and a zipline.
We’re not sure what it is about slime that makes it so popular year after year. Regardless, this National Geographic Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab gives kids the chance to create four different kinds of goopy stuff and four types of putty, including magnetic, color-changing, bouncing and glow-in-the-dark varieties!
These interactive games combine storytelling and drawing lessons in an innovative and totally fun way. The Osmo Super Studio Learn to Draw game set comes with a super sketch pad, super studio marker, eraser and game app.
It’s important to note that you do need to purchase the separate Osmo Creative Kit with the digital base to make the game apps work on an iPad or Amazon Fire tablet. These games take the world of Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse & Friends and The Incredibles and teaches kids to draw their favorite characters and even bring stories to life!
Here’s another game we found on a few lists for the top toys of this holiday season. The LeapFrog RockIt Twist Handheld Learning Game System includes 12 games kids can rotate to play. Raise virtual pets, learn matching skills, literacy skills and even math problem-solving skills. More games can be purchased separately to add on to the device if your kids manage to get bored with the dozen included.
Kids can also listen to music through the built-in mp3 device. The LeapFrog Rockit Twist comes in either green or purple.
Unicorns are all the rage right now and Play-Doh has its own magical, mythical creature. The Play-Doh Tootie The Unicorn Ice Cream Set comes with three colors of the classic Play-Doh, along with Tootie who — ahem — “dispenses” colorful “ice cream” with silly sounds and facial expressions.
We’ll leave the mechanics to your and your child’s imagination, but kids are sure to get a giggle from it!
With the last movie of the current Star Wars trilogy slated to come out this holiday season, fans of all ages will be buzzing about “The Rise of Skywalker.” The Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander Learn to Code Set brings the classic builds of Lego and ups the ante with three programmable droids, including R2-D2!
Transformers continue to dominate as a perennial top-toy choice every holiday season. This Amazon-exclusive Bumblebee action figure goes from a slick car to a powerful robot in just six steps. It stands 11 inches tall and is perfect for hours of imaginative play.
The “Fortnite” frenzy isn’t letting up, and now it goes from your kid’s screen into the real world. The Fortnite Battle Royale Collection Battle Bus comes with two exclusive action figures: Funk Ops and Burnout. Your “Fortnite” fan can set up their own battle or have a really cool display with this set.
Don’t let the name freak you out! The Poopsie Rainbow Surprise Dolls are fun fashionistas who come with their own colorful DIY slime (yes, you read that correctly) that go into their trendy transparent outfits for out-of-this-world looks that shimmer and sparkle. You can choose between Amethyst Rae or Blue Skye.
The “Paw Patrol” 2-in-1 Transforming Mighty Pups Jet Command Center has so many features, we don’t know where to start. This toy has a jet that changes into a command center, a mini-figure that fits into a mini jet that launches from the command center with the push of a button. Kids can also launch discs and activate lights and sound.
Ever think you could have a ball pit in your own home? The Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit is a giant stuffed animal you can fill with the included 60 soft, plastic balls and then sit your little ones in for a ton of fun! The turtle has a zipper and self-stick tabs to keep everything neat and tidy, too.
Ages 9 Months+
This adorable little cuddly bear needs lots of love and care! Little Live Pets Cozy Dozy Pinki The Bear can be soothed to sleep by being wrapped in a blanket or given a pacifier. Or, Pinki may need pets on her head or just want to be tickled.
Go on an intergalactic adventure with the “PJ Masks” team with the Super Moon Mega Rover. The Moon Mega Rover helps the PJ Masks capture the bad guys at night and has cool lights and sounds to bring more excitement to the chase. A 3-inch Catboy figure is included with the Mega Moon rover.
A classic game gets a technology update! The “Monopoly” Voice Banking Electronic Family Board Game has all the elements of the game we all grew up with (buying properties, going to jail, paying rent), but Mr. Monopoly’s hat manages all the money with simple voice commands. This should shut down the bank-controlling cheater in your family for good!
Little kids can be big heroes thanks to the “Super Hero Adventures” Playskool Heroes Marvel Spider-Man Jetquarters. Spiderman is included with the toy has his own jet, which is the perfect size for little hands! The jet can even hold separate racer vehicles, which are sold separately, for exciting escapes and heroics.
When play and learning come together it’s an incredible thing. Learning Resources Coding Critters give kids as young as age 4 the chance to learn basic coding skills by programing their play pets for games such as fetch, hide and seek and more.
This one is more for the big kids and it’s an incredible build! The Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle has 6,020 pieces to help builders recreate the iconic, magical castle for from the Harry Potter series. The set comes with 27 micro figures, five dementors, Aragog, basilisk and a Hungarian horntail figure, plus many other little extras to complete your Harry Potter universe!
Strategy games are a growing trend in family gaming and Disney is getting on board! Disney’s “Villainous: Wicked to the Core” is a good entry-level strategy game to immerse players into the world of Disney villains and heroes. Each story has its own goals and objectives and can change with multiple playthroughs!
Some gifts don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to be fantastic. Artistic kids will love this Amazon-exclusive Crayola Super Art Coloring Kit because it has so many things to create amazing projects. With more than 100 pieces, including crayons, glitter crayons, markers, paper, chalk and much more. The best part for parents is the convenient storage tub to keep all the stuff in!
If you have younger, aspiring builders than Lego has kits that are the perfect size for little hands. The Lego Duplo Creative Play All-In-One-Box-Of-Fun has 65 large pieces that can be built into endless combinations including a house (with windows that open), a car, trains, trees and much more. The set also comes with two figures: a boy and a dog.
Ages 18 Months-5 Years