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! And let’s face it, sometimes the (stressful) hunt for the “it toy” just doesn’t work out. Check out our favorite new releases and, time-honored classics below.
Harry Potter Wizard Training Wand – Check It Out Here
Cast 11 spells in 5 modes of play. The wand recognizes movement, and knows when kids have cast their spells – and if the spells have been cast correctly. Does it know if they’ve cleaned their room? There are 3 wands to collect and get magical with.
Fisher Price Medical Kit – Check It Out Here
A classic, 7 piece kit that allows them to be a doctor on call. Just be prepared to deal with a lot “sick” stuffed animals. You sound like you might be coming down with something as well.
Fingerlings: Interactive Baby Unicorn – Check It Out Here
Well for crying out loud, it’s a tiny unicorn 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 language. Who doesn’t need that?
The Incredibles 2 Family 5-Pack Junior Supers Action Figures – Check It Out Here
They’re back baby! Finally! If they’re looking for something to do, you can snag the Incredibles 2 Hydroliner playset, here.
Hatchimals Hatchibabies – Check It Out Here
These aren’t being released until October 5th, but like their predecessors these suspenseful babies will hatch from their eggs after a little TLC. If these are babies, one might wonder what hatched out of the other eggs in the past. Adults?
L.O.L. Surprise! House – Check It Out Here
Because it’s no “surprise” that these little dolls are probably everywhere in your house. May as well give them an official place to live. LOL.
Lego Technic Bugatti – Check It Out Here
If you’re not in the market for an actual Bugatti, maybe this 3,599 piece Lego kit will do the trick. Seriously, they couldn’t add one more piece and make it an even 3,600!?
Not Parent Approved: A Card Game – Check It Out Here
A kid-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity – and family friendly means you won’t have to recoil in horror this Christmas, when your 76 year old aunt picks the filthiest response available.
L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise – Check It Out Here
The newest edition to the L.O.L. world isn’t being released until September 25th, but rumor has it, this will feature limited edition dolls, pet and Lil Sister, along with surprise accessories.
Wilson NFL Super Grip Football – Check It Out Here
Available in official and junior sizes, this is the perfect football to have on hand for the school yard, back yard, or beach.
My Miniature Library – Check It Out Here
The perfect gift for the tiny obsessed. Create a mini library, with 30 tiny books, in a teeny little bookcase. Cutest ever!
Mini ATM Bank – Check It Out Here
Teach kids the joy of saving and withdrawing money. Especially since they seem to think you just “go the to ATM and get cash.” They’ll realize they actually have to have the money, in order to take the money.
Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad – Check It Out Here
This light up pad includes 1 graphite pencil, 12 short colored pencils, 10 tracing sheets, 10 blank sheets, and more.
L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps Doll – Check It Out Here
Surprise! It seems there’s no end in sight for the L.O.L. extravaganza. Under Wraps includes 15 surprises, like a spy glass, secret messages and codes, fashion accessories, an L.O.L. Under Wraps Doll, and more.
Hatchimals Surprise – Check It Out Here
Hatchimals twins! Each speckled egg contains a set of twin critters.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot – Check It Out Here
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.
Little Live Scruff-A-Luvs – Check It Out Here
Awww, these unloved and abandoned pets need a home and a bath! They come out of the package messy mass of matted fur, but once you clean them, brush them and love them, they’ll have a new pet to love. bet you never thought you’d buy dirty toys for Christmas!
Hatchimals – CollEGGtibles – 4-Pack – Check It Out Here
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.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit – Check It Out Here
With 878 pieces, this set includes house banners, a tower with movable spiral staircase, a potions room and treasure room. Also includes 10 inhabitants! Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and nearly headless Nick. Phew!
Don’t Step In It Game, Unicorn Edition – Check It Out Here
A unicorn spin on the original Don’t Step In It Game. Ages 4 and up are blindfolded, and side stepping unicorn poop to come out the winner. This one is selling out left and right, so if the unicorn edition becomes mission impossible, you can grab the original version, here.
Teddy Ruxpin – Check It Out Here
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.
Fingerlings Untamed T-Rex – Check It Out Here
Dinos grip onto their finger and reacts to sound, motion, and touch. Available in four different colors. Dinomite!
Pomsies – Check It Out Here
Interactive little critters that will tell you when they feel tired, cold or hungry with light up eyes, purring, and other Pomsie sounds. Finally! Kids will see what it’s like to be a parent – minus the sports schedule.
Lego City Town People: Fun At The Beach – Check It Out Here
What a crew! We aren’t sure why the life guard is wearing long pants, but we’re not questioning a man with a parrot. And let’s hear it for the dude with the old-school boom box! So fun.
The LuvaBella Interactive Baby Doll by Spin Master – Check It Out Here
That’s right folks, the people that brought you Hatchimals present, 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.” These were all the rage last year, but are much easier to get this year.
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set – Check It Out Here
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.
Crayola Story By Me (Hardcover) – Check It Out Here
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.
Grumblies Hydro – Check It Out Here
These go against everything you’ve ever known and interactive toy to be. Don’t cuddle them, don’t nurture them and don’t give them the respect they don’t deserve. Poke ’em, roll ’em, and aggravate the living life out of ’em. The goal here is to achieve meltdown status! Other Grumblies available.
Green Toys Tea Set – Check It Out Here
This tea set is made from environmental friendly materials, including 100% recycled plastic.
Little Live Pets: My Kissing Puppy – Check It Out Here
When you’re not quite ready to gift the real thing, this puppy kisses, licks, sleeps, wags his tail and more!
LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart – Check It Out Here
They’re never too young for a job…get scooping kids!
Ozobot Bit Coding Robot – Check It Out Here
A pocket-sized, bot for building early STEAM skills (ages 6+). , Kids can start coding (screen-free!) with the stroke of a marker. As they draw commands the bot responds. They can then advance online with the OzoBlockly programming editor to create code.
Crazy Aaron’s Black Light Putty – Check It Out Here
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).
Building Blocks – Check It Out Here
In a world of apps, technology and screens everywhere, you just can’t beat old-fashioned, use your imagination, building blocks. Anyone else always use the bridge-shaped block as a phone when you were a kid?
Makey Makey – Check It Out Here
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.
Zing Sky Ripperz, Double Pack – Check It Out Here
Good old-fashioned, no batteries, launching things in every direction so good luck fun! Hook your Sky Ripperz to the launcher, pull the tab and launch it 250 feet in the air. Yes!
Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set – Check It Out Here
This 24 piece play set inspires the cutest game of “let’s pretend” ever. Can we talk about the cone? Perfect for the little animal lover.
My Arcade – Retro Arcade Machine X Portable Gaming Mini Arcade – Check It Out Here
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!
Franklin NHL Indoor Sport 2 in 1 Set – Check It Out Here
Set includes street hockey and knee hockey. 2 adjustable hockey sticks, 2 mini hockey sticks, hockey ball and 2 mini foam hockey balls.
Crate Creatures – Check It Out Here
Use the crowbar (don’t mind if I do!) to pry the lock, and set your creature free. Pull his tongue and he’ll vibrate, and makes fun creature-like noises all while his eyes glow. Each collectible comes with his favorite food and will chomp away.
Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home Playset – Check It Out Here
Let’s hear it for imagination and pretend play! This home includes more than 50 sounds, songs, and phrases throughout the house, including the always funny toilet flush.
Razor A5 Lux Scooter – Check It Out Here
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.
PAW Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck with Extendable 2 ft. Tall Ladder – Check It Out Here
Who doesn’t love a fire engine? Lights, sounds, water cannon launchers, and a 2 foot extendable ladder make this the ultimate fire truck.
Wonder Woman Legos – Check It Out Here
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.
Happy Salmon Game – Check It Out Here
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.
Little Tikes Backyard Barbecue Get Out ‘N Grill and Grillin’ Goodies Bundle – Check It Out Here
Cute and realistic toy gas grill, complete with pretend food! Store everything in the grill cupboards when it’s time to clean up.
Hatchimals Mystery (one Hatchimal included) – Check It Out Here
Remember Hatchimals? These are still Hatchimals. Get to know and love these little egg-dwelling critters, just waiting to hatch. The Mystery Hatchimal could be one of four critters from Cloud Cove Teach your Hatchimal to walk, talk, dance and play games.
Playskool Mr. Potato Head – Check It Out Here
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).
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit – Check It Out Here
Create chain reactions – the cool kind! Kids can design and build 10 amazing moving machines.
LASER X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set – Check It Out Here
Interactive voice give tips throughout the game, reach your opponents receiver up to 200 feet away, and of course – lights!
Jellycat Medium Bashful Puppy Stuffed Animal – Check It Out Here
So soft and cuddly. And he doesn’t need to be house broken!
Kidcraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table – Check It Out Here
Includes 120 pieces – including figures, train set, trains, tracks, and storage bins.
Scratch Paper Notepad – Check It Out Here
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.
LEGO Creator Robo Explorer – Check It Out Here
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.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi – Check It Out Here
This little fellow plays preschool learning games, and the dude can move – 360 degrees of mobility!
Barbie Dreamhouse – Check It Out Here
…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.
Neon Flash Scooter – Check It Out Here
A little on the smaller side, this scooter works for kids ages 5 and up. Oh, and lights!
Operation Escape Room – Check It Out Here
A game for 2-6 players, kids will solve puzzles, get the keys and escape the room.
Hot Wheels Workshop Track Builder Starter Kit – Check It Out Here
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.
Tickle Me Elmo 2017 – Check It Out Here
He’s back from 1996 and is ready to take on the next generation! A little softer, but still finding everything laughable. Well, it is 2018, so…..
Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster – Check It Out Here
Holds 6 Elite darts and reaches up to 90 feet. Good luck siblings!
Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit – Check It Out Here
Kids can create and control their own Droid. Comes with everything they need to get cracking – including the battery. Hooray!
Pikmi Pop Surprise (small) – Check It Out Here
Available in different sizes, these little surprises contain a scented Mini Plushie, a surprise message, a dangler string, a collector’s guide, and stand.
The Original Spirograph – Check It Out Here
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!
L.O.L. Surprise! Pearl Surprise – Check It Out Here
Surprise, these are still around! The unboxing is half the fun. Includes a limited-edition doll and Lil Sister, along with 6 pearl surprise balls.
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop W/ Ball – Check It Out Here
Includes door mounts, all tools necessary for set up, a heavy-duty, 8-loop net, mini ball and shatter resistant backboard in case things get out of hand.
Nintendo Switch – Check It Out Here
Play it at home, or take it on the go (hence the “switch”) with the mobility of a handheld.
Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set – Check It Out Here
While we spend our days trying not to crash, kids can’t get enough. This figure-eight track has four intersecting crash zones.
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot – Check It Out Here
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.
Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy – Check It Out Here
Made from recycled plastic and dishwasher safe so you can get the “gross” out!
Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick – Check It Out Here
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!
Diamondback Bicycles 2018 Diamondback Tess 24 Complete Youth Bike – Check It Out Here
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.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe (30th Anniversary Edition) – Check It Out Here
Because riding in one of these, while a “helpful” sibling tips you over while pushing you – is pretty much a rite of passage. Give them some sponges in the summer, and carwash!
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