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50 Best Christmas Toys For Everyone

Updated 16 November 2021

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Daniel is our primary content producer here at TheToyZone. He is a big kid at heart and a self-confessed geek. His mission is to find toys that kids will treasure.

We all know what Mariah Carey wants for Christmas (don’t sing it, don’t sing it, don’t sing it) but finding the perfect gift for kids to open on this magical morning can be a lot harder. 

Santa Claus has all his elves to help him, but the good news is that you’ve got TheToyZone. We’ve created the ultimate Christmas toys list for kids of all ages, from babies to tweens, so whatever they want, you’ll find it here.

From stacking rainbow toys and Paw Patrol video games to soccer balls that hover, NERF blasters to fire, rock tumblers, and cyborg hands, these are the toys that kids want to find under their Christmas tree in 2021. 

These 50 amazing toys are recommendations based on our careful research, ruling out any fake online reviews so that there won’t be any Christmas morning disappointments, just kids of all ages having the very best festive fun.

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VTech Baby Lil' Critters Musical Glow Gym (Frustration Free Packaging)
CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll - Includes JJ, Shirt, Shorts, Pair of Shoes, Bowl of Peas, Spoon- Toys for Preschoolers - Amazon Exclusive Outfit
Nintendo Switch – OLED Model w/ White Joy-Con
NERF Halo MA40 Motorized Dart Blaster -- Includes Removable 10-Dart Clip, 10 Official Elite Darts, and Attachable Rail Riser , White
Pros
It features adorable dangling critters that will help to improve a baby’s hand-eye coordination
The peas magically disappear off his spoon as you feed JJ
The Switch is equipped with 62GB of internal storage
Compatible with the NERF rail riser which adds a custom tactile feel
Cons
We wish there was an option to adjust the volume of the music
You can change his socks and shirt, but no alternate are provided
We wish the console came with a storage case for safekeeping
We wish it came with a carrying strap to make it easier to haul around
Price
$71.85
$29.99
Price not available
$52.99
Best for Babies
Preview
VTech Baby Lil' Critters Musical Glow Gym (Frustration Free Packaging)
Pros
It features adorable dangling critters that will help to improve a baby’s hand-eye coordination
Cons
We wish there was an option to adjust the volume of the music
Price
$71.85
More information
Best for Toddlers
Preview
CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll - Includes JJ, Shirt, Shorts, Pair of Shoes, Bowl of Peas, Spoon- Toys for Preschoolers - Amazon Exclusive Outfit
Pros
The peas magically disappear off his spoon as you feed JJ
Cons
You can change his socks and shirt, but no alternate are provided
Price
$29.99
More information
Best for Ages 4-8
Preview
Nintendo Switch – OLED Model w/ White Joy-Con
Pros
The Switch is equipped with 62GB of internal storage
Cons
We wish the console came with a storage case for safekeeping
Price
Price not available
More information
Best for Ages 9-12
Preview
NERF Halo MA40 Motorized Dart Blaster -- Includes Removable 10-Dart Clip, 10 Official Elite Darts, and Attachable Rail Riser , White
Pros
Compatible with the NERF rail riser which adds a custom tactile feel
Cons
We wish it came with a carrying strap to make it easier to haul around
Price
$52.99
More information

For Babies

1Kaloo Tendresse My First Fabric Doll Perle K 10” Soft Plush

Kaloo Tendresse My First Fabric Doll Perle K 10” Soft Plush

The plush Kaloo doll is the perfect first doll for a little one. Big enough for your toddler to snuggle with, yet small enough to pack in a diaper bag and travel with. Dressed in a white with pink frills, this doll will be best friends with your child in no time.

What we love

  • The Kaloo doll is adorably accessorized with a white bonnet and tights, both of which feature pretty pink bows
  • This doll provides children with a multi-sensory experience as each part of the doll features a new fabric

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the blue-eyed, brown-haired doll is precious, we wish she came in options representative of other ethnicities

2Silicone Stacking Rainbow

Silicone Stacking Rainbow

These adorable neutral-colored rainbow arches double as a teething toy. The silicone toy can be used to stack and sort and thereby improve hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. The silicone edges are round and smooth, making them safe for sensitive hands and gums. Furthermore, they are BPA-free and non-toxic.

What we love

  • In addition to stacking and chewing, babies will have fun creatively arranging the shapes into fun formations
  • The rainbow pieces are a useful toy to teach color recognition and counting

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although we love the soft, stackability of these toys, we wish they were a little less pliant

3VTech Baby Lil' Critters Musical Glow Gym

VTech Baby Lil' Critters Musical Glow Gym

This colorful play mat features visually stimulating lights and a piano key panel that children can activate with their feet or hands; once activated, the piano plays drum sounds, music, and vocabulary. Two pull tags also activate other music and sounds. Perfect for playing on their tummy or back, this is a fun Christmas gift intended for infants up to age two.

What we love

  • A colorful, soft arch is situated over the mat; it features adorable dangling critters that will help to improve a baby’s hand-eye coordination
  • The activity panel can be transformed into a sit-and-play panel when your child is strong enough to sit up on their own

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish there was an option to adjust the volume of the music, setting it louder if need be

4Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Game & Learn Controller

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Game & Learn Controller

This toy remote control is a wonderfully fun toy for on-the-go action. Small in size, it will keep your child busy in the car, in waiting rooms, etc. The controller has a friendly light-up face, colorful buttons, and a cool joystick. The buttons feature both numbers and letters.

What we love

  • When the buttons are pressed, they activate music, lights, and educational phrases
  • The top of the controller features an oversized and colorful clicker wheel and a toggle switch that exercise fine motor skills

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the remote had extra phrases and songs loaded into it, as after a while it can get a little repetitive

5Infantino Wee Wild One’s Pat & Play Water Mat

Infantino Wee Wild One’s Pat & Play Water Mat

This inflatable water mat is a fun tummy-time activity for little ones. The narwhal-shaped mat is colorfully outfitted in interesting shapes. The center of the mat fills with water; within that chamber are floating sea creatures such as a jellyfish, turtle, octopus, and more. Conveniently, the mat drains and deflates for compact storage.

What we love

  • The mat’s outer edge can be easily inflated using exhaled air or an air pump
  • Playing with this mat provides children with several useful sensory interactions with water and moving objects

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The placement of the water valve makes it a tad difficult to maneuver under the faucet of a small bathroom sink

For Toddlers

6Nutty Toys Popit Sensory Fidget

Nutty Toys Popit Sensory Fidget

Another great diaper bag toy, this pop-it fidget toy will keep your child occupied and amused nearly anywhere. The round fidget toy is bedecked in bright rainbow colors and features 28 reversible mouse bubbles. The toy is made of food-grade silicone so it’s soft to the touch and is safe for small children to chew on.

What we love

  • This toy is available in many other shapes and colors so you can choose a design that will most appeal to your child or collect them all
  • You and your child can have additional fun with this fidget toy by creating fun games such as a bubble-popping race

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Sometimes the bubble(s), once-popped, pop back out on their own which could be frustrating for a child trying to pop them all

7Classic Lit A to Z: A BabyLit® Alphabet Primer

Classic Lit A to Z: A BabyLit® Alphabet Primer

This awesome hardcover baby book introduces literary classics to your baby. The book has more than 30 colorfully illustrated pages that introduce a letter of the alphabet and a literary classic that begins with that letter. Not only does the book teach the alphabet, but it does so with book titles and corresponding illustrations.

What we love

  • Some of the literary works referenced include titles by authors such as Tolstoy, Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare
  • Besides a letter and illustration, each page includes a sample sentence using the letter as well as naming the illustration and literary title

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Some of the literature selections are repeated like “Alice in Wonderland” which is referenced four times as well as three examples from “The Wizard of Oz”

8LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train 10954

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train 10954

These chunky LEGO Duplo pieces, suitable for children aged two months and up, are perfect for small hands. This set comes with 23 pieces that come together to build a train. Best of all, the train assembles with large wheels so, upon completion, your child can happily push and pull the train all around the house.

What we love

  • The train car pieces are bedecked in white numerals from zero to nine making these a great tool for teaching number recognition
  • This set comes with a boy, girl, and puppy piece that can be used for roleplaying and riding upon the train

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish one of the two mini-figures was dressed as a conductor as there is room for one in the locomotive car

9Little Tikes Mighty Blasters

Little Tikes Mighty Blasters

This Boom Blaster is the perfect toy for your toddler to aim and fire with. Constructed with bright colors and a comfort-grip handle, your little one will delight in shooting this toy. The blaster comes with three power pods that can be easily front-loaded without a grown-up’s help.

What we love

  • The power pods are super soft making them totally safe for launching at each other as well as at stationary objects
  • The Boom Blaster has a 12-foot blasting range that is easily achieved by pulling and releasing a handle

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the blaster came with a few extra power pods to cut down the time spent fetching them

10Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Sand & Water Table

Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Sand & Water Table

This water and sand table is a great toy for outdoor play. Intended for children two to eight years old, this is a toy that will grow with your child for years to come. Notably, the table is divided into two distinct sections, one for water and one for sand.

What we love

  • Children will delight in raking, shoveling, or digging in the sand with the included shovel and rake
  • The table includes two floating characters who can swim in the water as well as a cup and table cover

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although easy enough to purchase at your local hardware store, we wish this set came with play sand

11Click N' Play Pack of 200 Ball Pit Balls

Click N' Play Pack of 200 Ball Pit Balls

This 200-pack of colorful ball pit balls will turn any enclosed space into epic fun for your little one. Add them to your child’s crib, pop-up tent, or a playpen, and turn a boring enclosure into a place for your child to frolic. These balls, safe for your child, are made of PVC plastic that’s phthalate, BPA, and lead-free.

What we love

  • The balls come in a lovely assortment of colors including red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and pink
  • Each of the balls can withstand up to 90 pounds of weight without crushing or caving in

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The best way to sanitize these balls before and after play is to wash by hand; with so many balls in the set, doing so is a tedious job

12Wooden Train Set for Toddlers

Wooden Train Set for Toddlers

This 39-piece wooden train set is as beautifully crafted as it is fun to play with. The set comes with a buildable train track that features flat and curved surfaces. It also includes a red bridge over which the tracks can run. The train set is made of polished and painted beech wood and comes with a passenger car, a hauler, and a caboose.

What we love

  • This wooden train set comes with lovely scenery pieces such as bright green trees and a post office
  • The set also comes with a traffic light and people pieces for a complete roleplaying experience

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The train cars attach via magnet pieces which means that if your child pulls too quickly the cars may detach

13PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay! (Nintendo Switch)

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay! (Nintendo Switch)

If your child loves Nintendo video games, he/she will adore this PAW Patrol game for the Switch console. Players can choose to play as their favorite show characters including Chase, Rubble, Marshall, Everest, Sky, Rocky, or Zuma. The game takes players on seven missions to rescue friends and save the day.

What we love

  • Within the game, the pups have mighty powers and super tools to help them along with their rescue missions
  • Players can team up in two-player mode to work together on missions just like the pups do on the PAW Patrol show

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although so many of the show’s characters are included in the game, only Ryder’s voice is used in the narration

14Radio Flyer Classic Push & Play Walker

Radio Flyer Classic Push & Play Walker

The Radio Flyer walker doubles as an activity board. Designed in the classic red Radio Flyer aesthetic, the walker is situated on four smooth-moving wheels and features a sturdy push bar. When not being pushed around the house by your toddler, the front panel of the walker has fun and colorful games that your child can play with.

What we love

  • The activity panel has five chunky gears that your child can spin to improve gross motor skills while also observing cause and effect
  • Behind the activity panel is a convenient storage bin wherein your child can store their favorite toys

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the metal push bar is smooth and safe, we wish it had rubber grips for an enhanced grip

15Tonies Bedtime Songs Audio Play Character

Tonies Bedtime Songs Audio Play Character

This adorable little fox character pairs with your Toniesbox audio player to sing all of your child’s favorite bedtime songs. The fox is preloaded with 27 songs such as Hush Little Baby, Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine among others. Simply sit the fox upon your speaker and hear him come to life.

What we love

  • The Tonies audio character will help lull your child to sleep with peaceful songs that help to relax him/her into a sweet slumber
  • This audio character is recommended for children three years old and up; it has a run time of 44 minutes

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The speaker box with which the cute fox audio character pairs is sold separately; you must have the speaker for this little guy to work

16Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table

Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table

This colorful water table is a wonderful toy for outdoor play. The table sits upon raised legs so children can comfortably stand at the table while playing. The centerpiece of the table is a spiral tunnel down which children can load the included balls. This will improve gross motor skills, all while children relish in the excitement of the ball plummeting into the water.

What we love

  • The table features an orange and green Ferris wheel; its cars can be filled with water using an included scoop
  • Children can use the red cup to fill a funnel that powers the Ferris wheel; children look on with pride as they see their hard work paying off

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the table should be drained after each use, we wish it came with a table cover to keep out unwanted bugs and tree leaves

17Karaoke Machine for Kids with 2 Microphones

Karaoke Machine for Kids with 2 Microphones

This adorable, toddler’s karaoke machine is loaded with a whopping 100 children’s sing-along tunes. The colorful light-up buttons are in the shape of a cheerful smiley face and flash brightly when pressed. The karaoke machine is also equipped with two microphones making this an excellent toy for sharing with a sibling or during a playdate.

What we love

  • This toy has a marvelous record and playback function that allows your child to become a real-life recording artist
  • The microphones have a voice-changing function that hysterically garbles and distorts your little one’s voice

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the karaoke machine was outfitted with a faux lyrics monitor for a more authentic aesthetic

18CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll

CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll

If you have, know, or even spoken to a toddler recently, it’s highly likely that you’ll know what CoComelon is. There’s no denying its popularity, so this JJ interactive doll is perfect for fans. Make supper time fun as you feed JJ his favourite snack, peas, and he’ll sing to you.

What we love

  • Teaches toddlers the importance of eating their vegetables
  • The peas magically disappear off his spoon as you feed JJ

What We Don't Like That Much

  • You can change his socks and shirt, but no alternate are provided

For Ages 4-8

19Paw Patrol On A Roll - Nintendo Switch

Paw Patrol On A Roll - Nintendo Switch

Another awesome Nintendo Switch game, the Paw Patrol On A Roll video game is loads of fun. Showcased in the game are Ryder and all eight of his puppy pals, including Everest and Tracker. The game takes players on 16 exciting adventures that pass through eight familiar Adventure Bay settings.

What we love

  • The game equips the pups with interesting and useful superpowers that help them conquer each course
  • Although the game can be played by two players, one player can also play as two different pups in a given game

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish different pups had unique powers, making switching between them necessary for progression

20LOL Surprise Movie Magic Dolls

LOL Surprise Movie Magic Dolls

Another trend that has taken the world by storm is LOL Surprise. These fashionable, adorable characters are not only dolls, they are YouTube sensations, rock stars, and movie heroes. Perfect for a stocking filler, these balls come full of props, accessories, and of course, a doll to dress up and play with.

What we love

  • Each doll comes with a cue card and its own surprise Movie Scene
  • Use the included eye lens to reveal each Movie Magic doll's secret message

What We Don't Like That Much

  • You can't choose which doll you're going to get

21Jurassic World Slash ‘N Battle Scorpios Rex

Jurassic World Slash ‘N Battle Scorpios Rex

I can’t tell you how happy I am that Jurassic Park lives on. This time in the new Slash ‘N Battle Scorpios Rex. This new breed of Rex has movable legs, slash and grab attack arms, and a whipping tail to battle its rival dinos. Press the button on the creature’s back to activate its giant roar and opens its mouth wide. 

What we love

  • You can download the Jurassic World app to gain more knowledge on the dinosaurs in battle
  • The Scorpios Rex is a huge 17 inches long

What We Don't Like That Much

  • With lots of moving parts to potentially break, be careful not to battle too hard

22Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Magic Mermaid

Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Magic Mermaid

It’s no secret in the toy world, Barbie can rarely do wrong. This fantastic new addition to the empire is the Dreamtopia Rainbow Magic Mermaid. With her long flowing hair and mermaid tail, she also wears a bodice with sea-inspired accents and a tiara. Here comes the magic. Once you take Mermaid Barbie into her natural habitat (underwater) she instantly changes color with rainbow hair and neon-bright tail.

What we love

  • She will change different colors depending on if the water is hot or cold
  • Her tail can move for swimming underwater

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish she came with some accessories

23Gassy Gus

Gassy Gus

Move over Hungry Hippos, there’s a new glutten in town. Players take it in turns to feed Gus with food cards then pump his head accordingly. Watch how Gus’ belly grows with food and drink as he gets fuller. Be careful though, if Gus has too much to eat, he will let off a massive fart knocking the player out, quite Literally. 

What we love

  • I mean, he farts when he’s full. This is both fun and hilarious
  • You can play with 2-4 players at once

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It can get repetitive after a while

24Tuptoel Rc Stunt 2 in 1 Car Boat

Tuptoel Rc Stunt 2 in 1 Car Boat

This remote control stunt car can perform awesome tricks both on land and in the water. With simple controls, the car can do 360° flips and turns as well as 180° tumbles on any terrain. The stunt car’s wheels are equipped with large fins that allow it to grip any surface.

What we love

  • By driving the stunt car head-on into a wall or coming to an abrupt stop, the car completes exciting flipping feats
  • The stunt car has a double-sided driving ability which means there’s no right side up; it can operate on either side

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the stunt car is amphibious, the remote control is not; care should be taken when using the remote control near water

25Super Deluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)

Super Deluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)

This paperback book is an all-encompassing Pokemon handbook. Featuring nearly 900 characters, the handbook shares facts and stats for each and every one. This comprehensive handbook has more than 500 pages of full-color illustrations and information. Pokemon collectors can use this as a guidebook to find details on the new characters they capture.

What we love

  • The book is well-organized and simple to use, making it a perfect reference material for your Pokemon fan
  • This updated version of the original Pokemon handbook includes characters from the Sword and Shield video games

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although this handbook does provide lots of useful stats, we wish it included the pokemons’ best moves and defense information

26Hover Soccer Ball

Hover Soccer Ball

This Hover Soccer Ball is a great toy for an active, sports-loving kid. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor play, this ball operates best on smooth surfaces. One of this soccer ball’s coolest features is that it’s equipped with colorful neon lights that glow in the dark.

What we love

  • The Hover Soccer Ball is outfitted with rubber bumpers that keep your walls and furniture from being scuffed
  • A built-in fan pushes air under the ball causing it to levitate on a cool cushion of air

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although this hover ball is ideal for indoor use, it won’t work as well on rugs or carpets unless they have a very low pile

27NERF Ultra Select Blaster

NERF Ultra Select Blaster

This motorized NERF Blaster will arm your child for epic battles with the safety of foam ammunition. Of note, the blaster holds two clips of darts, each of which holds 10 ultra-accuracy darts. The motorized blaster uses six C batteries and allows your child to empty his clips through rapid-fire.

What we love

  • The NERF ultra-distance darts enable them to travel distances of up to 120 feet with excellent target accuracy
  • The NERF Motorized Blaster is outfitted with a sturdy and convenient carrying handle at the top of the toy

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish there was an indicator on the blaster which tells you how many darts you have left in the clip

28Nintendo Switch – OLED Model

Nintendo Switch – OLED Model

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the hottest gaming console on the market. The Switch provides gamers with a crisp and colorful display, excellent audio, and a place to play all of their favorite video games. The Switch can be played as a handheld device or connected to the television using the dock’s LAN port.

What we love

  • The Switch is equipped with 62GB of internal storage which enables players to save game data
  • The system’s onboard speakers provide volume-controllable audio that is crisp and clear

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although accessories for the switch are easy to purchase after-market, we wish the console came with a storage case for safekeeping

29World of Disney Eye Found It Card Game

World of Disney Eye Found It Card Game

This eye-spy type card game will easily occupy your child for hours. Each of the cards in the deck reflects the image of a new Disney realm such as Alice’s Wonderland and Peter Pan’s Neverland. Within each realm, players are called upon to find hidden pictures.

What we love

  • This is a fun card game for families to play together at the dinner table, in a restaurant, or while in waiting rooms
  • The card’s images feature highly detailed and colorful illustrations that include many recognizable Disney characters

What We Don't Like That Much

  • After playing the cards a few times, it’s easy for kids to remember where to find given images, giving them an advantage over new players

30Matchbox Top Gun: Aircraft Carrier Play Set

Matchbox Top Gun: Aircraft Carrier Play Set

This Matchbox Aircraft Carrier is inspired by the classic Top Gun movie franchise. This large-scale carrier is equipped with nifty working missiles that hold up to 10 sky busters. It also unlatches in two spots to transform into a full ship; the ship has an elevator and plenty of surface space for landing aircraft and missiles.

What we love

  • The Matchbox Aircraft Carrier has a rear storage space that can conveniently hold all the set’s accessories
  • This set comes with a super cool Top Gun Boeing dye-cast jet that can be used for fun roleplaying scenes

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Care should be taken when playing with the die-cast jet as it can sustain nose damage if crashed into walls and floors

31Stomp Rocket: The Original Jr. Glow Rocket Launcher

Stomp Rocket: The Original Jr. Glow Rocket Launcher

Not only will this Stomp Rocket soar straight into the sky, but it also glows in the dark; just imagine the fun your child will have tracking their rocket through the sky at night. Children can easily stomp the large yellow air pedal with one or two feet to send the eight-inch rocket soaring.

What we love

  • The foam rocket comes fully assembled for convenience and longevity
  • The plastic yellow rocket stand is adjustable by 180° so that your child can launch the rocket in any direction

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see a built-in camera for capturing the rocket’s amazing flight

32The Secret Garden Hardcover

The Secret Garden Hardcover

This beautiful hardcover book tells the story of Misselthwaite Manor and its occupant Mary Lennox. The story is a lovely tale of exploration, discovery, and hard work. This inspirational story teaches readers that with dedication and elbow grease, anything can be accomplished. The book is 40 pages in length and is suitable for readers aged four to eight.

What we love

  • After your child has enjoyed this lovely book, he/she will delight in watching the movie adaptation that tells the same story
  • This story teaches a powerful message all while fostering a love for reading

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Because this is a book intended for young readers, we wish the book was illustrated

33LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Space Rocket 10774

LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Space Rocket 10774

This adorable Disney LEGO set comes with 88 pieces that come together to build a Mickey Mouse-themed space set. The set builds a blue rocket ship, a launching pad, as well as fun accessories for the astronauts to use within the rocket. Mickey and Minnie mini-figures dressed in space suits are also included, ready to jet off into the great unknown.

What we love

  • The set includes a nifty lunar rock piece that, when opened, reveals a hidden alien
  • This set further enhances role-playing opportunities with fun accessories like a camera and flagpole/flag

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the rocket ship featured moving parts like spinning wheels or a fan

34Stomp Rocket: Dueling Stomp Racers

Stomp Rocket: Dueling Stomp Racers

This set comes with two stomp racer cars that make this toy perfect for siblings or playdates. One car comes in a lovely red while the other comes in blue, making them easy to distinguish when racing. Each car comes with its own stomp pad that launches the car at top speeds.

What we love

  • The stomp car kit comes with racing decals that your child(ren) can use to decorate their cars
  • The kit also comes with a launching ramp for each car as well as a finish line for more accurate racing results

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish this set came with a decal kit that kids could use to customize their own car

35Force1 Scoot Hand Operated Drone

Force1 Scoot Hand Operated Drone

The first-ever hand-operated drone, the Scoot is simply tossed airborne to activate flashing LEDs while remaining aloft. The Scoot is designed with a webbed shell that encases battery-operated propellers. Of note, the battery charge lasts for approximately eight minutes of flying time. Furthermore, the webbed casing protects your child’s hands and your home from the propellers.

What we love

  • The drone is outfitted with motion sensors that keep it from crashing into obstacles
  • The Scoot is a great introductory drone for children as young as eight years old; it measures nearly five inches in diameter

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish there was a remote control with a return home feature, in case the drone flies out of reach

36Polly Pocket Pocket World Sweet Sails Cruise Ship

Polly Pocket Pocket World Sweet Sails Cruise Ship

This sweet (pun intended) Polly Pocket toy features a lovely blue and pink popsicle encasement that houses a micro-setting for Polly to play in. The interior setting is based on a cruise on one side and a rockstar stage setting on the other. Each setting is highly detailed and perfect for roleplaying.

What we love

  • This compact toy is perfect for on-the-go fun; it can be easily packed into a backpack, purse, or taken on long car rides
  • This set comes with two Polly Pocket dolls and a boat/parasailing accessory for added fun

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the dolls came with an outfit change such as swimming attire for the cruise/parasailing settings

37Little Experimenter Metal Detector

Little Experimenter Metal Detector

Your little explorer will love searching for treasure with this toy metal detector. Bedecked in bright colors, the metal detector actually works to seek hidden treasure. This toy can detect underground metals such as nickel, copper, iron, silver, gold, and more, up to six feet deep. 

What we love

  • This metal detector toy has an adjustable arm that allows your treasure hunter to explore hard-to-reach spots
  • The metal detector is equipped with an easy-to-read LCD screen that indicates the proximity of metal objects

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish this toy came with a mesh shovel or scoop to shake metal treasure loose from sand and dirt

For Ages 9-12

38Ravensburger 11668 3D Puzzle Solar System

Ravensburger 11668 3D Puzzle Solar System

This beautiful 3D puzzle comes together in lovely and colorful pieces displaying the solar system. This puzzle comprises 522 pieces and is suitable for children as young as seven years old. The easy-lock pieces are simple to assemble and the finished puzzles include the names and descriptions of each planet.

What we love

  • This puzzle comes with a gorgeous poster that can adorn your child’s wall and help them put the puzzle together
  • The finished 3D puzzle pieces can be hung from your child’s ceiling or arranged on a dresser or desk to create a replica of the solar system

What We Don't Like That Much

  • All of the countries of the world are identified on the Earth piece, however, for lack of space the fine print is difficult to read

39Spirograph Design Set

Spirograph Design Set

If you’re looking to up your child’s arts and crafts game, be sure to pick up this Spirograph kit. The set includes nine traceable shapes and two fine-point retractable pencils. The set also comes with two colored pens, a 10-page guidebook, and a 24-page design pad. Your child will adore creating and coloring new shapes and patterns with this set.

What we love

  • The kit comes with a storage case; it’s made of metal and has fitted spaces for each of the shapes, pencils, and pens
  • Conveniently, the set comes with spirograph putty that holds your plastic disc in place without damaging the paper

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish other pen colors were included as well, such as green, pink, and yellow

40NERF Halo MA40 Blaster

NERF Halo MA40 Blaster

This motorized dart blaster is the perfect weapon for your child’s next game of NERF wars or manhunt. This blaster is inspired by the HALO MA40; as such it will place your child right into their favorite HALO game scenes. The blaster includes a 10-dart clip and 10 foam darts that are designed to travel long distances.

What we love

  • This blaster is compatible with the NERF rail riser which adds a custom tactile feel to this toy weapon
  • This HALO-inspired blaster comes with a game card that unlocks a digital asset in the popular video game

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Because this blaster is large in comparison to other NERF blasters, we wish it came with a carrying strap to make it easier to haul around

41Minecraft - Nintendo Switch

Minecraft - Nintendo Switch

If your child has a Nintendo Switch, he/she needs this game. Minecraft enables children to creatively engineer worlds and buildings. Through adventures of discovery and obstacles, children can collect blocks to build bigger and better creations. Carve out a living in survival mode, or build peacefully in creative mode. The choice is yours!

What we love

  • This game also includes additional content such as Super Mario Mash-Up
  • Players can explore randomly generated worlds; this gives players new experiences each time they play

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Unlike the original version of Minecraft, the base game features no mini-games, however there is a store where you can separately purchase them

42Ravensburger GraviTrax PRO Vertical Starter Set

Ravensburger GraviTrax PRO Vertical Starter Set

This comprehensive engineering set comes with everything your child needs to create unique and action-packed marble runs. The set comes with 153 pieces including height tile tower pieces, balconies, walls, and more. Essentially, the set comes with all your child needs to engage their STEM brain to build and engineer to their heart’s content.

What we love

  • Enables children to experiment with concepts of gravity, kinetics, and magnetism
  • The set arrives with clear instructions that are easy enough for children to understand

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The tracks are a bit wobbly when put together however the marbles still make an unimpeded descent down the track

43Harry Potter Games Compendium

Harry Potter Games Compendium

This Harry Potter Games Compendium comes with games galore. Each of the four games is a Harry Potter twist on classic board and card games. Some of the included games are Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Draughts, and Nine Men’s Morris. The board games feature house colors and themes as well as some of the series’ popular characters.

What we love

  • Includes colorful game pegs, reversible game boards, a deck of cards, and checker pieces
  • This game compendium outfits your child with the ability to play a whopping 35 games

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish some of the Harry Potter animals and ghosts were featured; we’d love to see Dobby or Nearly Headless Nick

44Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, players hit the road and dodge shells on fast-paced, thrilling courses. Players can race and play with up to three other players or simply play alone. Best of all, all the fun courses from the popular Wii U game are included in this game.

What we love

  • This game features original Mario Kart characters such as King Boo and Dry Bones but also includes new ones like the Inklings
  • This game is loaded with smart steering technology which helps novice and younger players stay on course

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although up to four players can play this game together, they can only do so when connected to the television otherwise each player must own a copy of the game

45NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Starter Rock Tumbler Kit

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Starter Rock Tumbler Kit

If you have a child interested in geology or treasure, he/she will adore this rock tumbler kit. This kit comes with a motorized rock tumbler that will polish rough rocks into gorgeous gemstones. The kit comes with an instructional guide, four packages of grit, and half a pound of rough rocks.

What we love

  • The included rough rocks will reveal nine beautiful gems such as sodalite, rose quartz, and black jasper among others
  • The set also comes with jewelry fastenings so your child can turn their gemstones into beautiful accessories

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It’s important to take the time to thoroughly wash the tumbler after use in order to prevent build-up

463Doodler Start Essentials 3D Pen Set

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Pen Set

The 3Doodler allows children to use colorful filament and a smartpen to create three-dimensional objects. This set includes a chunky green pen that’s suitable and safe for children as young as six years old. This hands-on learning toy encourages children’s creativity and artistic prowess.

What we love

  • Both the pen and the filaments are made of non-toxic, child-friendly PVC plastic
  • The set includes a doodle mat, 48 strands of mixed-colored filaments, a USB charger, and a helpful activity guide

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although this is an awesome gift, we wish it arrived in giftable packaging

47NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Pottery Wheel

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Pottery Wheel

If your child loves to craft with their own two hands, they will adore this pottery wheel. The set comes complete with everything your child needs to design and create beautiful creations of their own. The set includes a pottery wheel, three useful arm attachments, sculpting tools, an apron, and much more.

What we love

  • This pottery kit comes with paint, a paint palette, and paintbrushes so your child can adorn their finished pottery
  • Features two-speed settings and rotates smoothly and consistently making pottery spinning seamless

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish this set also came with some stickers to adorn your creations

48Construct & Create Hydraulic Cyborg Hand Kit

Construct & Create Hydraulic Cyborg Hand Kit

This sci-fi Hydraulic Cyborg Hand is built with your child’s own two hands. This kit teaches your child important STEM concepts through a hands-on (pun intended) activity. The hand is built with 203 easy-to-assemble components that employ hydraulic power to move. What’s more, when finished, your child can learn to manipulate the Cyborg hand.

What we love

  • The finished hand features four fingers that can be manipulated by your child’s fingertips
  • Each of the finger joints can be precisely maneuvered at different angles and can even clench and unclench a fist

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although this toy is intended for children as young as 10 years old, the very technical parts of the build may require adult guidance

49Cinema Light Box with Letters – New VOL 2.0!

Cinema Light Box with Letters – New VOL 2.0!

This marquee-style light-up box will equip your child with the ability to customize signage for their bedroom or playroom. The letterbox comes with 167 bold black letters and numbers as well as 185 emoji pieces. The cinema box can be powered by plugging it into the wall or charging the battery with the included USB charger.

What we love

  • The light-up cinema box comes with a handy remote control so you or your child can power it on or off from anywhere in a room
  • The color-changing LED lights can be set to bright solid colors, rotating colors, or even a rainbow palette

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish this cinema box was equipped with a timer to power it on or off more conveniently

50HAWK'S WORK 2 CH RC Airplane

HAWK'S WORK 2 CH RC Airplane

Your child will have loads of fun flying this super sleek airplane toy. This remote control operated airplane has built-in stabilization technology that allows your child to easily maintain control as it flies. The airplane itself is lightweight and resistant to impact. Come rain or shine, this airplane is ready to soar through the skies!

What we love

  • The remote control enables the airplane to fly in four directions: up, down, left, and right
  • Multiple airplanes can be flown using the same remote control without the threat of mutual confusion

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Due to the plane being very lightweight, it’s important not to fly on particularly windy days

In Conclusion

Is there ever a better toy than the one you find under the Christmas tree that you were REALLY hoping you’d get? No, there definitely isn’t, which is why parents spend so long looking for just the right present and why we’ve picked out these toys you’ve just read about.

Whether it’s DUPLO trains, remote control cars, rocket launchers, metal detectors, or a pottery wheel, these are toys that kids and their parents have loved and recommended. Who wouldn’t love a waterproof car boat after all?

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for gifts for slightly older kids, check out our recommendations for teenage boys and teenage girls