And the Hottest Christmas Toy of the Season is…
Okay parents, listen up! There are probably some of you who are still Christmas shopping, buying a few last-minute presents. There are also some of you who are only just now starting. In any case, you’ve got a short amount of time before Christmas and you need to make the most of it! Fire up your Amazon Prime account, designate a day to hit your must-see stores, and don’t forget to hydrate!
For those of you who are at a loss for what to get and need some insight into what’s popular this year, here’s a quick rundown of some of the hottest Christmas toys by age:
- 9-12 months: Parents of toddlers know how popular Fisher-Price Linkimals are! They’re cuddly, engaging and educational—a favorite for adventurous little ones. This year, the Smooth Moves Sloth is the number one must-have Linkimal! It dances and sings, and it’s just about the most adorable sloth we’ve ever seen.
- 1-2 years: LeapFrog has always made some really great toys for young kids—ones that encourage learning and fun at the same time. This year, the LeapFrog Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill is the hot-ticket toy for kids aged 1-2. It helps kids learn to count, expand their vocabulary and even develop a passion for cooking!
- 2-3 years (girl): I’ve been seeing Blume Dolls at just about every store I go to and it’s no surprise why—these dolls are big news in a little package! They don’t look like much, but with a little water they “bloom” into a doll that can be accessorized, dressed and played with. There are 22 different ones with big mix-and-match potential, too!
- 2-3 years (boy): With Toy Story 4 in theaters this year, Buzz Lightyear is back! Boys aged 2-3 will love the posable, interactive Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear, 7″. Pair him with Woody for hours of endless fun! Don’t forget to nab Toy Story 4 on Bluray!
- 3 and up: I was a little puzzled when I saw Cutetitos in the store one day, but I quickly realized why these things are such a hit! They’re stuffed animals, wrapped in a tortilla blanket, and it seems kids can’t get enough of them! Spoiler alert: Two of these are coming to our house this Christmas.
- 4 and up: Paw Patrol is big news for kids aged 4-7, which makes the Super Paws, 2-in-1 Transforming Mighty Pups Jet a hot ticket item this Christmas! It’s a big gift for not a big price, and it makes a great companion toy for kids who absolutely can’t miss the show.
- 5 and up: If your child shows a knack for math or a love of science, Coding Critters may make a great gift at a young age. These fun toys teach kids how to organize story and solve puzzles in a screen-free way that prepares them for things like coding in the future!
- 6 and up: Remember Hatchimals from 2018? The concept lives on with the Hatching Toothless Interactive Baby Dragon! If your kids love How to Train Your Dragon, this is a can’t-miss winner for Christmas.
- 7 and up: Legos have been and always will be a top Christmas gift item. This year, it’s the Lego Hidden Side building kits. They combine the fun of Legos and interactive AR technology for a brand-new building experience.
This list could go on endlessly—there are hundreds of hot new toys to consider every year! Hopefully this is enough to point you in the right direction, so you can surround your tree with presents your kids will fawn over. Happy shopping!