Kids love toys! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or a birthday celebration, we’re always searching for ideas – especially for the kid who seems to have everything. It’s time to put on your Santa hat, and start checking items off your nice (naughty?) list. To get ready for the gift-giving season, we’ve picked toys that run the gamut. From toys that sync, to toys that don’t require batteries. As always, we’ll clue you in on some of the hottest items of the season, but we’ve also chosen toys that aren’t on all the “hot lists.” Because off the beaten path is nice, and we think old school toys – like pogo sticks, knee hockey, and bikes are cool too! Check out our favorite new releases and classics below.
1. Fingerlings: Interactive Baby Monkey – Buy It Here For $15
Well for crying out loud, it’s a tiny monkey that fits right on your finger. Available in several different colors, Fingerlings respond to sound, motion, and touch with blinking eyes, head turns, and silly monkey language. Who doesn’t need that?
2. New For 2017 Hatchimals Surprise – Buy It Here For $55
Hatchimals are also back this year, this time around it’s twins! Each speckled egg contains a set of twin critters. Get the low down and a detailed description, here.
3. Wonder Workshop Dash Robot – Buy It Here For $150
Using an Apple or Android phone or tablet, kids can program Dash to do all sorts of things. Dash will dance, react to voices, make sounds and more! He also works with LEGO Technic compatible bricks. No batteries required. Charge him up with the included USB charging cable. Download the free Wonder app and let the games begin.
4. Hatchimals – CollEGGtibles – 4-Pack – Buy It Here For $10
There are over 70 Hatchimals CollEGGtibles available to collect, along a rare and limited edition Hatchimal. Similar to the Hatchimal craze of 2016, kids rub the heart and when it changes from purple to pink, it’s ready to hatch.
5. The New Teddy Ruxpin for Christmas 2017 – Buy It Here For $75
He’s back! Teddy Ruxpin tells stories and sings songs, but this time around he’s Bluetooth ready and has his own app – all while sporting LCD eyes. Tap the logo on his vest, or touch his paws to fast forward, start and stop.
6. Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s “Landspeeder” Ride-On – Buy It Here For $250
One of the “Must-Have” Christmas gifts of 2017, your kids will love this battery operated ride-on that goes up to 5 mph, has an interactive dashboard, and plays the coolest sounds from the “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie. Read the full Landspeeder review and details here.
7. The LuvaBella Interactive Baby Doll by Spin Master – Buy It Here (Price Varies)
That’s right folks, the people that brought you Hatchimals last Christmas are back with their latest invention, LuvaBella, an interactive baby doll that laughs when you tickle her, learns how to say certain words when you feed and play with her and, well, just about has the most life-like reactions and features we’ve ever seen on a doll. Some say creepy, we say “futuristic.” Read the full LuvaBella doll review here.
8. Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set – Buy It Here For $120
Magna-Tiles easily connect, allowing kids of all ages to imagine and create. Rumor has it that Lego guys and super heroes like living here. Also available as a set of 32 for less, here.
9. Crayola Story By Me (Hardcover) – Buy It Here For $26
Perfect for the kid who loves to write and illustrate. Kids create their own book, complete with cover pages, illustrations, a dedication page and an about the author page. Once complete, kids mail their story and it comes back as a professionally bound book! Paperback version available for less, here.
10. FurReal Roarin’ Tyler The Playful Tiger – Buy It Here For $98
Because this type of exotic pet isn’t illegal…and when kids roar at him – he roars back.
11. LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart – Buy It Here For $40
They’re never too young for a job…get scooping kids!
12. Crazy Aaron’s Black Light Putty – Buy It Here For $15
Thinking putty is all the rage and you can take a break from cleaning homemade slime from every crevice of your kitchen. Kids can “draw” on their putty using included black light keychain. Glows in the dark and change colors in the sun (always cool).
13. Makey Makey – Buy It Here For $50
Got a future engineer on your hands? This circuit board set allows them to turn almost anything into a working computer keyboard. Also available on Amazon Prime, here.
14. Zing Sky Ripperz, Double Pack – Buy It Here For $9
Good old-fashioned, no batteries, launching things in every direction fun! Hook your Sky Ripperz, pull the tab and launch it 250 feet in the air. Yes!
15. My Arcade – Retro Arcade Machine X Portable Gaming Mini Arcade – Buy It Here For $29
Enjoy some old school vibes, along with 300 built-in 300 Hi-Res games. Requires 3 AA batteries, and is perfect for travel and on-the-go. No TV needed!
16. Franklin NHL Indoor Sport 2 in 1 Set – Buy It Here For $37
Set includes street hockey and knee hockey. 2 adjustable hockey sticks, 2 mini hockey sticks, hockey ball and 2 mini foam hockey balls.
17. Razor A5 Lux Scooter – Buy It Here For $68
Anodized finish with kick stand, this scooter is built for tall riders and features an aircraft grade aluminum deck and extra-large wheels. Easily folds to carry along.
18. Wonder Woman Legos – Buy It Here For $29
Wonder Woman is where it’s at! This Lego set features a Wonder Woman figure, a bed with space for a trophy (obviously), Wonder Woman’s ‘invisible’ motorbike (insert joke here), her Golden Lasso, a wrench, two spray paint cans, trophy and a tub of wax polish for the bike.
19. Happy Salmon Game – Buy It Here For $15
A cute, fast-paced card game where players call out the action shown on their top card. When two players have a match, they celebrate by performing said action together.
20. Little Tikes Backyard Barbecue Get Out ‘N Grill and Grillin’ Goodies Bundle – Buy It Here For $54
Cute and realistic toy gas grill, complete with pretend food! Store everything in the grill cupboards when it’s time to clean up.
21. Hatchimals Glittering Garden – Hatching Egg – Interactive Creature – Buy It Here For $60
Remember Hatchimals? These are still Hatchimals. Get to know and love these little egg-dwelling critters, just waiting to hatch. This generation, however, sparkles with glitter. Teach your Hatchimal to walk, talk, dance and play games.
22. Playskool Mr. Potato Head – Buy It Here For $8
Let’s hear it for the toys that don’t sync or require apps! Everyone knows this guy. Store the parts in the back, just like you remember. Mr. Potato head comes with eyes, nose, mouth with teeth, hat, mustache, tongue, pair of glasses, 2 hands, 2 ears and 1 pair of legs with shoes (of course).
23. Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit – Buy It Here For $15
Create chain reactions – the cool kind! Kids can design and build 10 amazing moving machines.
24. LASER X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set – Buy It Here For $50
Interactive voice give tips throughout the game, reach your opponents receiver up to 200 feet away, and of course – lights!
25. Jellycat Medium Bashful Puppy Stuffed Animal – Buy It Here For $23
So soft and cuddly. And he doesn’t need to be house broken!
26. Kidcraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table – Buy It Here For $179
Includes 120 pieces – including figures, train set, trains, tracks, and storage bins.
27. Scratch Paper Notepad – Buy It Here For $12
Perfect for the kid who loves to doodle, draw and create. This notepad has 20 sheets of rainbow drop scratch paper. Scratch away to reveal the rainbow colors underneath.
28. LEGO Creator Robo Explorer – Buy It Here For $20
This 3-in-1 model also rebuilds into a robot dog with a light-up jetpack or a robot bird with light-up eyes. Robots for the win! Styxx would be proud.
29. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi – Buy It Here For $48
This little fellow plays preschool learning games, and the dude can move – 360 degrees of mobility!
30. Barbie Dreamhouse – Buy It Here For $164
…because someone should be living in their dream house, right? Amazon also offers nondescript packaging in case you need to be all sly with your delivery.
31. Neon Flash Scooter – Buy It Here For $90
A little on the smaller side, this scooter works for kids ages 5 and up. Oh and lights!
32. Operation Escape Room – Buy It Here For $49
A game for 2-6 players, kids will solve puzzles, get the keys and escape the room.
33. Hot Wheels Workshop Track Builder Starter Kit – Buy It Here For $20
Keeps kids engaged and using their imagination – Just like we had to back in the day! Comes with orange track, launchers, connectors and more. Additional track can be added on for longer (and more epic) rides.
34. Tickle Me Elmo 2017 – Buy It Here For $29
He’s back from 1996 and is ready to take on 2017! A little softer, but still finding everything laughable. Well, it is 2017, so…..
35. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster – Buy It Here For $13
Holds 6 Elite darts and reaches up to 90 feet. Good luck siblings!
36. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit – Buy It Here For $90
Kids can create and control their own Droid. Comes with everything they need to get cracking – including the battery. Hooray!
37. Fingerlings Playset – Monkey Bar Playground + Liv the Baby Monkey – Buy It Here For $24
Because after a while, their little monkey is going to want to go out and play…
38. Pikmi Pop Surprise (small) – Buy It Here For $8
Available in different sizes, these little surprises contain a scented Mini Plushie, a surprise message, a dangler string, a collector’s guide, and stand.
39. Soggy Doggy Board Game – Buy It Here For $20
Race around the board, while players take turns giving the doggy a bath. If you get soaked when he shakes himself dry, you head back to the start. First player to make it around the bathtub, wins.
40. The Original Spirograph – Buy It Here For $21
What was better than Spirograph back in the day? The original is back. The 45-piece set includes 19 wheels, 2 rings, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 3 pens, a 14-page guide book, design paper and a carry-along storage case. You know what it doesn’t include? An app! Yes!
41. LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty – Buy It Here For $160
For the serious Lego builder and enthusiast, this set (geared toward ages 9-14) features 3 levels, double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training dummy and weapons, 7 minifigures (Wu, Kai, Lloyd, Zane, Nya, Jay and Cole), and actually – a lot more…
42. L.O.L. Surprise Doll (Large) – Buy It Here For $70
The unboxing is half the fun…They’ll discover 50 layers of surprises inside. Oh, and surprise! – This is another hard-to-find, selling-out-everywhere type of toy. You can also check Toys R Us here and Amazon here.
43. Nintendo Switch – Buy It Here For $299
Play it at home, or take it on the go (hence the “switch”) with the mobility of a handheld.
44. Soft’n Slo Squishies Cake Slice – Buy It Here For $12
Soft’n Slo Squishies are all the rage right now. They come in a variety of “food” options that you can use to slow-squish the stress away. Squish them down and they sloooowly return back to their original shape. Satisfying.
45. Transformers Deluxe Class Optimus Prime Autobot Legacy 2-Pack – Buy It Here For $30
More than meets the eye. Orion Pax converts in 18 steps and Optimus Prime converts in 27 steps. Good luck!
46. Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set – Buy It Here For $36
While we spend our days trying not to crash, kids can’t get enough. This figure-eight track has four intersecting crash zones.
47. Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot – Buy It Here For $28
Dances to his own internal music, or detects music from the outside. (We all have that one friend, right?) Also plays a clip from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
48. Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy – Buy It Here For $18
Made from recycled plastic and dishwasher safe so you can get the “gross” out!
49. Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick – Buy It Here For $50
Because they never really sit still anyway. You know it, and I know it. Covered in foam not only for a comfortable grip, recommended for ages 9 and up. They’ll be doing tricks in no time!
50. Diamondback Bicycles 2018 Diamondback Tess 24 Complete Youth Bike – Buy It Here For $220
This 24 inch bike has 21 speeds, allowing riders to try their hand at some off road dirt trails. Geared toward (see what I did there?) ages 8-12.
51. Toyish Flamenco Dancer Toy Kit – Buy It Here For $25
Color in a fancy little skirt, add her legs and of course the top half of her body…and give her a spin! No batteries required – only imagination.
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