In case you’re buying gifts for several children, this list is broken down by age to make your research easy to find the 60 best toys for Christmas.
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Maybe it’s Baby’s first Christmas and even though they won’t remember it, you will. Some of these recommendations are truly timeless as you might have enjoyed them as a small child yourself.
All recommendations are this section are toys you might buy for someone under the age of three.
1. Bright Starts Baby Light and Giggle Drum
This Bright Starts Baby Light and Giggle Drum is a fun toy that even the smallest of children can enjoy with its peppy tunes and dazzling lights. There are three different learning modes they can enjoy when they get older and can begin understanding sequences, but all you have to do is tap on the drum to start the music and see their face light up with joy.
2. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-A-Stack
This classic toy is a timeless gift that can help your toddler learn how to stack five differently colored rings on a post that can rock back and forth. Your child can hone their motor skills while learning the different colors and sizes of the rings. You probably had a Rock-A-Stack as a child yourself.
3. Melissa & Doug Alphabet Nesting Boxes
Melissa & Doug Nesting Boxes can be fun and educational at the same time. These boxes can teach your child the alphabet, although others can teach numbers, different Disney characters, or anything else. Because all 10 boxes can fit inside each other, this toy isn’t space-intensive and your child will enjoy making towers and walls that can be knocked down and quickly rebuilt.
4. LeapFrog Chat and Count Smart Phone
Now, your toddler can be just like Mommy and Daddy with their own toy phone from Leapfrog. All three girls in our family have their own LeapFrog phone and they take it with them just about everywhere. This phone counts to 10 and has 15 different activities that will help your child interact with the phone and create some entertaining conversations.
5. Lego Duplo All-in-One Set
Every child loves Legos, but they are too small for young children. The Duplo All-in-One Set is the perfect option for small children as they cannot swallow the oversized bricks. This set comes with 30 pieces and is recommended for children between the ages of 1 1/2 and 5 years old.
6. Toy Cash Register
This toy is recommended for children ages three and up. A toy cash register can be an instant hit as it includes a scanner, mini-conveyor belt, shopping basket, play money, and consumer goods. The register even has a basic calculator that adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides so your child can be a real cashier and add up your total for each shopping trip.
7. Play Circle Grocery Shopping Cart
Now your child can push their own shopping cart around the house and visit “the store” with the Play Circle Grocery Shopping Cart. This cart is designed for toddlers and comes with a cart full of 29 assorted grocery items they can push around as well. Our daughter has this and absolutely loves it.
8. Power Wheels Lil’ Quad
Designed for children ages 1 to 3, the Power Wheels Lil’ Quad is a motorized toddler-size ATV that will be loads of fun. With a maximum speed of 2 MPH, you don’t have to worry about them going too fast as they navigate the driveway or yard.
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9. Luvabella Responsive Baby Doll
The Luvabella Baby Doll is the must-have doll of Christmas 2017. It’s made by the makers of the Hatchimals toys and has many true-to-life facial and body movements. As your child interacts with the doll, it will learn more vocabulary words, initially beginning with a babbly and eventually learning up to 100 different words!
10. L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise
A #1 new release, the L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise that comes with a small doll and 50 pieces to use with the doll. You don’t know what you’ll get until it’s opened, which also adds to the excitement of this toy.
11. Corolle Calin Charming Pastel Baby Doll
The Corolle Calin Charming Pastel Baby Doll is one of the most popular dolls in the Corolle lineup. Corolle dolls are designed in France and are 12 inches in size. The Calin doll comes with a pink sleeper and matching sleeping cap, plus eyes that open and close when your little one lays it down to take a nap!
If you don’t want to buy one with a pink sleeper, there are several different outfits to choose from. Of course, you can always add-on a baby stroller, meal set, and almost anything else baby might need.
12. American Girl WellieWishers Dolls
American Girl is a household name in the doll world and their WellieWishers Dolls are another great option this Christmas. In all, there are five different dolls to choose from and each one is 14.5″ tall and a bundle of joy. Each doll comes with one outfit.
13. Teddy Ruxpin
Teddy Ruxpin is back and better than ever this Christmas! He has LCD eyes with more than 40 animations. He comes with three free stories and will even sing with your children. To unlock more stories, songs, and activities simply download the free Teddy Ruxpin app.
14. Minnie Mouse Doll
Every girl’s favorite mouse, Minnie Mouse (sorry Mickey), is available as a plush doll that also sings. This doll is available in two different sizes: 18″ and 12″. You can also get Minnie with a pink or red dress.
15. Barbie Fairytale Dress Up Doll
A perennial favorite, there are several different Barbie dolls to choose from. You might like the Barbie Fairytale Dress Up Doll as Barbie can be a princess, mermaid, or a winged fairy with the included costumes.
16. Barbie Dreamhouse
The ultimate dollhouse this Christmas is the Barbie Dreamhouse. This tri-level “smart” house has seven rooms, 70+ accessories, and a working elevator! To be a “smart” dollhouse, some of the accessories produce light, sound, or motion, like the aquarium with moving fish and bubbling noises.
17. Fingerlings Monkey
If your child wants a baby monkey, a Fingerlings Monkeys can be a great option. They fit on your finger and will interact with you with more than 40 different motions. For example, they can kiss you, go to sleep, swing their tails, and talk in monkey babble.Fingerlings – Interactive Baby Monkey – Zoe (Turquoise with Purple Hair)
Something for Everyone
Any child in the family can enjoy these toys. You will find a combination of every toy group in this section.
18. Play-Doh 36-Can Mega Pack
Did you know there are 36 different colors of Play-Doh? Now you do.
The Play-Doh 36-Can Mega Pack will be a delight to any child because it’s fun to mold the soft putty into any shape. Have you ever met a child that doesn’t like Play-Doh?
19. Barrel of Slime
The Barrel of Slime is a fresh take on Play-Doh and can make a fun stocking stuffer. In my day, we called this stuff “gak.” It isn’t sticky and it slides off of anything you put it on. Even though this slime comes in a small drum that looks like toxic waste, it’s actually more fun than a Barrel of Monkeys.
20. KidKraft Vintage Kitchen
Many young children like to play in the kitchen. The KidKraft Vintage Kitchen comes with two raised burners, a sink, fridge, freezer, microwave, oven, and doors that open and close. This kitchen is also large enough for multiple children to play at the same time.
21. Indoor Tee Pee Play Tent
Did you have an indoor play tent as a child? If so, your child might like the Indoor Tee Pee Tent that’s over six feet tall! It has five walls and can keep your children entertained for hours while they play with their other Christmas toys, watch movies, or even have sleepovers.
22. Swagtron T1 Electric Hoverboard
The Swagtron T1 hoverboard is a fun way to get around when a bike or skateboard won’t do. It has a maximum speed of 8 mph and can run up to 11 miles between charges. To start moving, all you need to do is hop on and lean forward. When you need to recharge the battery, it only takes an hour.
23. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit lets your child build their own interactive, R2D2 droid that can learn skills and complete more than 16 Star Wars missions. Your child can assemble the droid themselves (no adult assembly required!) and can begin teaching the droid new skills with the Inventor Kit app. With a wave of the hand, your child can also “use the force” to make the droid wherever they want it to go.
24. Star Wars Lego Sets
There are many different Star Wars Lego sets to choose from like the Millennium Falcon, the carbon-freezing chamber from Episode V, to the all-new BB-8 building kit from Star Wars Episode VIII. Whether you are starting a collection or adding to it, there are plenty of options to choose from.
25. Star Wars Black Series First Order Storm Trooper
This 6″ Star Wars First Order Storm Trooper has it all. Not only do you get the Storm Trooper action figure, you also get eight exclusive accessories that you won’t be able to find with another Storm Trooper set. The Trooper and all accessories are accurate to the original Star Wars movie props.
26. Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme
Superhero battles go to the next level with the Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme that is two feet tall! It has extendable wings and fists, shoulder-mounted rocket-launchers, and a voice changer that makes your child’s voice sound heroic when in battle mode.
27. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles
A continuation of the Hatchimal phenomenon, there are more than 70 different Hatchimals CollEGGtibles. Each CollEGGtible pack comes with five eggs that are ready to hatch. Of course, you won’t know which Hatchimals you will get until they, well, hatch.
28. Hatchimals Glittering Garden
Another, very popular toy for Christmas is the Hatchimals Glittering Garden set. These full-sized Hatchimals are separate from the CollEGGtible characters and are similar to the original Hatchimals. With the Glittering Garden series, your child will raise an Owling in three different stages: baby, toddler, and child. Each Hatchimal can also learn how to walk, dance, play games, and talk in its own voice!
29. Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage Playset
The Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage Playset has a place for all your Hot Wheels cars with four parking decks that hold more than 140 cars and a motorized elevator that moves 23 cars at once. The garage also comes with a variety of ramps, and don’t forget to look out for King Kong!
30. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
The Nerf N-Strike Blaster holds up to six darts that can travel up to 90 feet. Whether you’re looking for some backyard fun or something to break the monotony inside on a stormy day, kids of all ages can enjoy this toy.
31. Nerf N-Strike Mega Mega Mastodon
With rapid-fire capability, the Nerf Mega Mega Mastodon holds up to 24 darts at once that can be fired up to 100 feet. This is also Nerf’s first motorized Mega Blaster! With this toy, Nerf battles have gone to a whole new level. All it takes is six D batteries.
32. furReal Proto Dog
Robot dogs aren’t new, but the furReal Proto Dog is one of the best yet. Children assemble the dog (it’s eight pieces) and code it with the furReal app that helps them build a personal connection. The Proto Dog can make more than 400 sounds and 100 eye animations that are customized by your child.
This can be a fun toy if your child likes to build things and customize their toys with some personal flair. If you don’t own any household pets, this toy can finally be your first household pet.
33. furReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
“Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!” In addition to the Proto Dog, your child might also like the furReal Roarin’ Tyler Tiger. Tyler makers more than 100 tiger sounds and motions. It will also interact with its squeaky toy that’s included.
No assembly is required with Roarin’ Tyler.
34. 20th Anniversary Tamagotchi Digital Pet
Maybe you had a Tamagotchi or Giga Pet when you were a child. Well, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi Digital Pets. This toy is recommended for any child at least eight years or older and they can raise their own digital pet, exactly like you did at their age.
If you want a new game for your family game night, these suggestions might do the trick.
35. Googly Eyes
If you like to draw and have others guess what the image is, Googly Eyes is the perfect suggestion. The drawer puts wears a pair of vision-altering glasses that make it harder for them to draw straight. Your teammates must be able to guess what you are drawing before time runs out to earn points.
36. Watch Ya Mouth
Watch Ya Mouth is another award-winning game where you must guess what the person is trying to say, except it’s not as easy as it sounds. That’s because the person must wear a mouthpiece that slurs your speech like when you visit the dentist and they use a mouth retractor to keep your mouth open. There are more than 143 family-friendly phrases you can try speaking.
37. Uno Emoji
A fresh take on the classic card game, the goal of Uno Emoji is to still acquire as few points possible. The Emoji edition includes a new rule and four extra cards that make the game different. Uno!
38. Monopoly Deal
When you don’t have time to complete a full game of Monopoly, try out Monopoly Deal. This card game can be completed in 15 minutes, seriously! You still need to employ some strategy to win, but the fast-pace makes this game enjoyable even for those that don’t like Monopoly because it’s so time-consuming.
39. Greedy Granny
Children will enjoy Greedy Granny. They spin the treat wheel to decide which treat to steal while Granny naps in the recliner. If she wakes up and spits her teeth out, you lose the game.
40. Connect 4
This classic game hasn’t changed a bit. With Connect 4, you play against a partner and the first person to connect four of their tokens wins. If you want more of a challenge, try to connect five or six tokens instead!
41. Toilet Trouble
Who knew plumbing issues could be so enjoyable? With Toilet Trouble, you spin the toilet paper roll and flush the toilet hoping you don’t get sprayed with water. You don’t have to keep score with this game as it’s a complete game of chance, which makes it easy for children of all ages to play.
42. Soggy Doggy
With Soggy Doggy, you try to go around the board while giving the dog a bath. If he decides to wag his tail, you go back to the beginning and start over again.
43. Egged On
Egged On is the family-friendly version of Russian Roulette. Basically, you pick an egg and hope you don’t get wet. The game comes with 10 plastic eggs and you fill at least one of them with water, stay dry to win.
Catan, also called Settlers of Catan, can be a fun game to play with teenagers. Each player builds settlements on the island of Catan and the goal is to collect the most resources and settlements to collect points. Whoever earns a certain number of points first is the winner. Each game can be played in about 60 minutes and has received many positive reviews for it’s simple yet engaging gameplay.
45. Ticket to Ride
Another fun game to play with teenagers that requires some strategy is Ticket to Ride. You draw several cards that require you to build railroad routes across the 19th-century United States. The longer the route, the more points you earn which helps you win the game. Will you build the next transcontinental rail line? You gotta play to find out!
Electronics and Gadgets
How could we forget technology? If you want to give the latest gaming system or another gadget, we help you pick out these top choices as well.
46. Fisher-Price Think and Learn Smart Cycle
The Think and Learn Smart Cycle helps your child exercise while they learn. The cycle syncs with a tablet or TV and has three different learning activity modes (driving, gaming, and racing) where they learn more the faster the peddle. Any child between the ages of three and six years can benefit from this toy. Your child can learn how to spell, read, do math, and complete other STEM activities. How cool!
47. Drocon Scouter Drone
The Drocon Scouter Drone is kid-friendly and easy to use for beginners. It has altitude hold, one key takeoff and landing, and can even perform 3D flips. Battery life is between seven minutes and twenty minutes depending on how actively the flying session is. When it’s time to recharge the battery, you can charge it via USB or through the controller charging station.
48. Nintendo Switch
The best handheld gaming console is the Nintendo Switch. This three-piece console comes with two controllers and a tablet console. You can connect one controller to each side of the tablet to play on-the-go, or the controllers also double as wireless controller for single player or head-to-head competition.
49. Sega Genesis Classic Game Console
Let your child relive your childhood video game memories with the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console. It comes with 81 games including Sonic 2 and Sonic Pinball. To start playing, all you have to do is plug and play into your TV.
50. Super NES Classic
The surprise video game hit for 2017 is the Super NES Classic. It comes with 21 games that can help you take your child down memory lane as you play them together. They can enjoy games like Super Mario World, Street Fighter II, Super Mario Kart, and Donkey Kong Country.
51. PlayStation 4
One of the best new video game consoles is the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB console. Whether you want to play games or watch movies, the PlayStation 4 has awesome 4k graphics and premium sound quality. If you want to give a themed bundle, some of the possibilities include Star Wars Battlefront II and Destiny 2.
52. Xbox One X
The XBox One X is the most advanced Xbox One gaming system available. It comes with 1 TB memory and can play 4k Blu-Ray discs too. If your child enjoys recording video of their gameplay and instantly uploading it for others to watch, it can be done with the click of a button.
53. Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System
The Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System is an excellent system if you are looking for a 4D gift. The system comes with six free games and only requires a Windows PC with the Windows 7 operating system or newer. Some games can even be played with an Xbox controller.
Do you want toys that help your children learn while they have fun? Yes, most of these toys will spur your child’s imagination, but some are designed to develop their critical thinking skills more than others. Some of these toy selections are STEM-friendly.
54. Fischer Technik Electronics Set
If your child (nine years or older) enjoys building things with simple electric circuits, the Fischer Technick Electronics Set can be exciting. With 260 parts and 16 models, your child should remain busy until next Christmas as they learn the basic principles of electronics. To speak for the quality of this toy, all Fischertechnick toys are made in Germany.
55. LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
Most of the LEGO sets you see are themed sets to build a specific structure like a castle or vehicle. This Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Kit helps your child use their existing Lego collection to build ten different moving machines. The kit also comes with 33 essential pieces, ramps, strings, plastic balls, and pieces of paper to help make the machines complete.
56. Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
The Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium lets your child grow their own tabletop garden in a plastic Mason jar with organic chia and wheat grass seeds. You can also add glow-in-the-dark stickers to let your garden glow at night too.
57. Piper Computer Coding Kit
If you want your child to learn computer coding, the Piper Computer Kit is one of the highest-rated kits. It works with the Raspberry Pi Minecraft program. It’s Wi-Fi-enabled and comes with LED lights, motion sensors, buttons, and switches to let your child’s imagination come alive. The Piper Computer Kit also comes with an 8GB SD memory card to store all sequences and save game progress.
58. Sick Science Slick Tricks
The Sick Science science kit comes with supplies to perform nine different science experiments. Some of the examples include putting a genie in a root beer bottle, stepping through an index card, and making a soda bottle burp.
59. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
No batteries are required with the OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot. As its name implies, there are 14 different robot designs you can build with varying degrees of difficulty.
60. Marbleocity Dragon Coaster
The Marbleocity Dragon Coaster puts a whole new meaning on marble runs. Based on a real-life rollercoaster in Rye, NY, this toy is made completely out of wood and takes three to five hours to assemble with regular, white glue. As a reward for correctly piecing together the 3D puzzle, you can watch your marbles take even more twists and turns.
To add to the fun, the Dragon Coaster connects to the Marbleocity Mini Skate Park as well.
You shouldn’t have a problem finding the perfect toy to put under the tree for your child. Between the latest innovations and some of the timeless classics that maybe you were gifted as a child, this can be a memorable Christmas for you.
What is the “must have” toy for your child this year?