Kids love toys! Whether it’s the official Christmas season, Hanukkah, or a birthday celebration, we’re always searching for ideas – especially for the kid who seems to have everything. Maybe it’s time to put on your Santa hat, and start checking items off your nice (naughty?) list.
To get ready for any gift-giving season, we’ve gathered up our 3 kids (ages 9, 11, and 13) and picked all sorts of popular toys that run the gamut. From options that sync, to ones 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 ones 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 classic toys in 2021!
Gotta Go Flamingo – Shop It Here
Little Live Pets is debuting a pooping flamingo. Sherbet actually comes with his own toilet and Magical Flamingo Food, but you’re responsible for feeding him, cleaning up the magical “poop” by scooping up the granules, and draining them to be reused. Once he starts singing, you’ll know he’s gotta go. Sherbet will be available at Amazon and Walmart.
Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition – Shop It Here
With a little pat on the head, Baby Yoda will raise its arm, close its eyes, and sigh, as if using the Force. He also features a head that moves up and down, ears that move back and forth, and eyes that open and close. You can Preorder Baby Yoda here.
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course – Shop It Here
Mario Time! In this Lego starter course, Mario runs and jumps from the Start Pipe, to the Goal Pole by way of Lego bricks, cloud platforms, the Question Mark Block, clashes with Goomba and Bowser Jr. Phew! He also has to collect virtual coins along the way. Mario has a color sensor, plus LCD eyes, mouth and belly to display over 100 different instant reactions to movement. Also includes a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game.
Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers – Shop It Here
Hatchimals are taking flight and this flying fairy is already being named one of the coolest new toys of the year! Launch the Pixie Crystal Flyer from the base, or simply lift her into the air and use your hands to guide her along. Includes a USB charging cable, so you can easily recharge your Crystal Flyers Pixie without any batteries required. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Fisher Price Bubble Mower – Shop It Here
Roll along to realistic sounds and bubbles!
Pretend Kitchen Sink – Shop It Here
Includes 1 water tank (recycling water system!), 1 kitchen sink, 1 dish rack, 1 faucet, 1 play detergent, 2 plastic plates, 2 plastic dishes, 4 plastic cups, 3 plastic knives, 2 plastic forks and 1 brush. Get cracking kids!
T-Rex Stuffed Animal – Shop It Here
How can dinosaurs be scary when they’re this cute?
Fisher-Price Little People Cuddle & Play Nursery – Shop It Here
Push the button to rock the babies in the cozy cradle (nap time!). They can also change the babies’ diapers, feed them with the bottle, and free play on the soft play mat. All done? The case fold up into a “diaper bag.”
Wilson NFL Super Grip Football – Shop It Here
Available in official and junior sizes, this is the perfect football to have on hand for the school yard, back yard, or beach.
Pretend Campfire with S’mores – Shop It Here
We love the land of make believe! This set has 18 pieces, including some bear paws for good measure. Logs, a fire and s’mores take pretend camp outs to the next level.
Zing Sky Ripperz, Double Pack – Shop It 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!
You had us at invisibility cloak! Are parents allowed to use this? (for good of course, not for evil). This set is a must-have for any Harry Potter fan – or really any kid who is into making funny videos. Plus, it makes a great tech gift too this year! Includes an invisibility cloak, tripod and instructions. (Requires the Wow! Stuff app – suitable for smartphones or tablets running iOS 11 and Android 5.0 and above)
Lego City Town People: Fun At The Beach – Shop It 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. Nana’s got money (like usual), and let’s hear it for the dude with the old-school boom box! So fun.
Fisher Price Medical Kit – Shop It 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.
Snuggle Bug Baby Doll – Shop It Here
The snuggliest little baby doll, that’s not the least bit “interactive.” All imagination and pretend here. Available in other cute-as-a-button dolls as well.
Treasure X King’s Gold Treasure Tomb – Shop It Here
The newest set from Treasure X sends them on a quest, which includes traps, dig experiences, figures, secret doors and a vault full of treasure. Not into solving 30 levels and just want to dig? Check out some of the smaller sets here.
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop W/ Ball – Shop It 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.
The Original Spirograph – Shop It 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!
Toy Story Forky & Duke Caboom Figures – Shop It Here
Because everyone needs a Forky of their very own.
LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School – Shop It Here
Now these are cool. The Hidden Side series allows them to build, but the app allows the set to come to life via virtual reality. Through the screen, they’ll see the ghosts flying about, while trying to defeat them as they haunt the school. Although the app is absolutely not required to build and enjoy, it definitely takes the set to the next level. Other themes and skill levels available.
Click N’ Play Magic Disappearing Milk and Juice Bottles – Shop It Here
These were everything in the 70s and 80s! Imaginative, and pretend play is still the best.
Beyblade Burst Evolution Star Storm Battle Set – Shop It Here
Let the battles begin!
Luvabella Newborn, Interactive Baby Doll – Shop It Here
Luvabella is back, with a lifelike newborn. She can express if she’s hungry, fussy, or happy, along with realistic breathing! Interactive accessories include her bottle and soother. Not included? Batteries.
Mr Potato Head Playskool Movin’ Lips – Shop It Here
Mr. Potato Head will be silent no longer! This updated spud talks, and sings (and includes 10 pieces).
Theo Klein Weber Kettle Mini Grill Toy – Shop It Here
Cute and realistic toy grill, complete with pretend food, light up charcoal, lighter, 2 grates and tongs!
Not Parent Approved: A Card Game – Shop It Here
A kid-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity – and family friendly means you won’t have to recoil in horror, when your 76 year old aunt picks the filthiest response available.
Air Hogs, Zero Gravity Laser, Laser-Guided Real Wall Climbing Race Car – Shop It Here
They already drive us up the wall anyway, so….why not? Never worry about looking for lost tracks again, as these cars can cruise along the floor, and right up your walls. What could go wrong?
My Miniature Library – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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 – Shop It Here
This light up pad includes 1 graphite pencil, 12 short colored pencils, 10 tracing sheets, 10 blank sheets, and more.
Sega Genesis Mini – Shop It Here
Bringing it back, old school. Plug it in, and play 40 pre-loaded, legendary games.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot – Shop It 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.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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.
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set – Shop It 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.
Illustory Book Making Kit – Shop It Here
Perfect for the kid who loves to write and illustrate. Kids create their own book, complete with illustrations, 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.
Green Toys Tea Set – Shop It Here
This tea set is made from environmental friendly materials, including 100% recycled plastic.
Little Live Pets: My Kissing Puppy – Shop It 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 – Shop It Here
They’re never too young for a job…get scooping kids!
Crazy Aaron’s Black Light Putty – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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 – Shop It Here
Got a future engineer on your hands? This circuit board set allows them to turn almost anything into a working computer keyboard.
Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set – Shop It 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.
Franklin NHL Indoor Sport 2 in 1 Set – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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.
Wonder Woman Legos – Shop It 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 – Shop It 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.
Playskool Mr. Potato Head – Shop It 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). Because maybe you don’t want your Potato to sing and speak. Because maybe that creeps you out.
LASER X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set – Shop It 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 – Shop It Here
So soft and cuddly. And he doesn’t need to be house broken!
Kidcraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table – Shop It Here
Includes 120 pieces – including figures, train set, trains, tracks, and storage bins.
Scratch Paper Notepad – Shop It 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.
Barbie Dreamhouse – Shop It 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.
Exit: The Game The Haunter Roller Coaster – Shop It Here
Ride the haunted roller coaster, and the gates will lock behind you. Up to 4 players (recommended ages 10+) work together to solve a series of riddles and puzzles, crack codes, and escape!
Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track – Shop It Here
Keeps kids engaged and using their imagination – Just like we had to back in the day! Comes with 3 loops, 3 crash zones, and 3 high-speed boosters! Additional track can be added on for longer (and more epic) rides.
Tickle Me Elmo – Shop It 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 2021, so…..
Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster – Shop It Here
Holds 6 Elite darts and reaches up to 90 feet. Good luck siblings!
Nintendo Switch Lite – Shop It Here
Available in other colors, the Switch Lite is optimized for personal, handheld play.
Harry Potter Wizard Training Wand – Shop It 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.
Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy – Shop It Here
Made from recycled plastic and dishwasher safe so you can get the “gross” out!
Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick – Shop It 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!
Nishiki Girls’ Pueblo 24” Mountain Bike – Shop It Here
This 24 inch bike has 7 speeds, allowing riders to try their hand at some off road dirt trails. Geared toward (see what I did there?) ages 10+. Available in other colors, as well as boys’.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe (30th Anniversary Edition) – Shop It 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!
Cozy Dozy Cubbles the Bear – Shop It Here
Pat his head and he responds to their touch – with over 25 sounds and reactions, while his little pacifier sends him off to sleep!
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