Buying gifts for children can be both extremely easy and hard at the same time. That’s because there are so many excellent options. Are you still looking for the perfect gift to put under the tree for your children? If so, we will quickly help you spot the best toys for Christmas. And you can cross those remaining names off your shopping list.

If you’re buying presents for several children, this list gives gift ideas by age. So you can easily find the 61 best toys for Christmas.

You might still need to finish shopping for others on your Christmas list too. If so, check out our other guides. They are the Best Christmas Gifts for Men. And the Best Christmas Gifts for Women.

Also, you might want a unique gift that will keep giving for years to come. Consider gifting money to a kids college fund through CollegeBacker. You can open an account in less than 5 minutes. Then invite other friends and family to gift to your kids 529 College Savings Plan!

Baby Toys

Maybe it’s baby’s first Christmas. Even though they won’t remember it, you will. Some of these toys are truly timeless as you might have enjoyed them as a small child.

All options in 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. Even the smallest of children can enjoy its peppy tunes and dazzling lights. Also, there are three different learning modes they can enjoy when they get older. These are best when they can begin to understand sequences. But all you have to do is tap on the drum to start the music. And you’ll see their face light up with joy.

2. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-A-Stack

This classic toy is a timeless gift. It can help your toddler learn how to stack five differently colored rings on a post. And it 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 enriching at the same time. Some boxes teach your child the alphabet. Similarly, others teach numbers, different Disney characters or the days of Creation. Because all ten boxes fit inside each other, this toy isn’t space-intensive. And your child will enjoy making towers and walls they can knock down.

4. LeapFrog Chat and Count Smart Phone

Now your child 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. It has 15 different activities that will help your child interact with the phone. Also, they create some entertaining dialogues too.

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. They cannot swallow the oversized bricks. This set comes with 30 pieces. And it is safe for children between the ages of 18 months and five years old.

6. Toy Cash Register

This toy is for children ages three and up. A toy cash register can be an instant hit. 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 toddler can push their own shopping cart around the house. And they can visit the “store” with the Play Circle Grocery Shopping Cart. Also, it comes with a cart full of 29 assorted grocery items. Our daughter has this and absolutely loves it.

8. Power Wheels Lil’ Quad

The Power Wheels Lil’ Quad is designed for children ages one to three. It’s a motorized toddler-size ATV that will be loads of fun. But this toy only has a maximum speed of 2 MPH. So you don’t have to worry about them going too fast as they navigate the driveway or yard.

Dolls

What girl doesn’t enjoy a doll? There are many different options. But these are some of the most popular dolls this Christmas.

9. Glitter Girls Bluebell Fashion Doll

The Glitter Girls Bluebell Doll is a must-have doll of Christmas 2018. You can gift either the posable or non-posable doll. With the posable doll, the elbows and legs bend and move. Either model comes with one outfit. And it’s compatible with most 14-inch doll accessories.

The Bluebell doll is ideal for children ages six through ten. But children as young three will enjoy this doll too.

10. Luvabella Responsive Baby Doll

The Luvabella Baby Doll is another fun toy that was a big hit last Christmas. This year, it’s another popular doll to gift. It knows more than 100 words. And you can also make her giggle and eat. Just as your child learns new things each day, the doll does the same thing. Each day, Luvabella will say new words and perform different actions.

If your children are familiar with Hatchimals, then you know what to expect from Luvabella. The same people make both of these popular Christmas gifts.

11. L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise

A #1 new release, the L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise 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. This surprise adds to the excitement of this toy.

There are several L.O.L. products to gift. The Big Surprise is the largest offering. But you can choose a different series like Pets, Glam Glitter or Outfit of the Day.

12. 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 designs the dolls in France and they are 12 inches in size. The Calin doll comes with a pink sleeper and matching sleeping cap. Plus, her eyes open and close when it takes a nap.

Besides the pink sleeper, there are several different outfits to choose from. Of course, you can always add-on a baby stroller or a meal set. And almost anything else baby might need is available too.

13. American Girl WellieWishers Dolls

American Girl is a household name in the doll world. Their WellieWishers Dolls are another great option this Christmas. In all, there are five different dolls from which to choose. Plus, each one is 14.5″ tall and a bundle of joy. Each doll comes with one outfit.

14. 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, download the free Teddy Ruxpin app.

15. Minnie Mouse Doll

Every girl’s favorite mouse is Minnie Mouse (sorry Mickey). She’s 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.

16. Barbie Fairytale Dress Up Doll

A perennial favorite, there are several different Barbie dolls from which to choose. You might like the Barbie Fairytale Dress Up Doll. For instance, costumes include the princess, mermaid and the winged fairy.

17. 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. For example, the aquarium has moving fish and bubbling noises.

18. 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.

Would you like to expand a child’s current collection? Then there are also dinosaur and unicorn versions you can give too.

Something for Everyone

Any child in the family can enjoy these toys. You will find a combination of every toy group in this section.

19. 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. After all, it’s fun to mold the soft putty into any shape. Have you ever met a child who doesn’t like Play-Doh?

20. 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.

21. KidKraft Vintage Kitchen

Many young children like to play in the kitchen. The KidKraft Vintage Kitchen is a full kitchen. It comes with two raised burners, a sink, fridge, freezer, microwave, oven and doors that open and close. Plus, it’s is also large enough for multiple children to play with at the same time.

22. 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. In the teepee, they might even have sleepovers.

23. GoTrax Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard

The GoTrax Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard is a fun way to get around when a bike or skateboard won’t do. It’s a self-balancing hoverboard. Plus, it has a maximum speed of 7.4 mph. And it can run up to 12 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.

And the GoTrax Hoverfly comes with seven different LED headlight colors. The lights can change color when you go forward, reverse or turn.

24. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit lets your child build their own interactive R2D2 droid. This droid can learn skills and complete more than 16 Star Wars missions. Your child can assemble the droid themselves (no adult assembly required!). And they 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 go wherever they want it to go.

25. Star Wars Lego Sets

There are many different Star Wars Lego sets. You might like the Millennium Falcon. There’s the carbon-freezing chamber from Episode V Or 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 from which to choose.

26. Star Wars Black Series First Order Storm Trooper

This 6″ Star Wars First Order Storm Trooper has it all. You not only get the Storm Trooper action figure. But you also get eight exclusive accessories that don’t come with other Storm Trooper sets. The Trooper and all accessories are accurate to the original Star Wars movie props.

27. Halofun RC Cars

Another toy our children enjoy is remote control cars. One your child may like is the Halofun RC Car. It has all-terrain tires and a durable body. Plus, the car has 20-minute battery life. You can easily recharge it with the USB charger.

This car is best for children at least five years old. If you have smaller children like I do, you could choose the Minnie Mouse Happy Helpers Van. My girls love it!

28. Hatchimals HatchiBabies

The Hatchimals HatchiBabies is another popular idea from this iconic new toy brand. Choose from three different series: Cheetree, Chipadee and Ponette. Besides the interactive baby, each egg also comes with four accessories. Of course, you won’t know which Hatchimals you will get until they, well, hatch.

29. 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. They are more 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!

30. Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage Playset

The Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage Playset has a place for all your Hot Wheels cars. There are 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. Finally, don’t forget to look out for King Kong!

31. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

The Nerf N-Strike Blaster holds up to six darts that can travel up to 75 feet. This toy engages children of all ages on rainy days or backyard fun. To extend your battle time, you might also decide to include refill darts too.

32. Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVII-20K

To dominate Nerf battle, try the Nerf Rival Prometheus. It holds up to 200 rounds and fires up to eight rounds per second. The Prometheus comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery. And it has two flags so you can play Capture the Flag with a friend.

33. FurReal Friends Ricky

Robot dogs aren’t new, but the FurReal Friends Ricky Dog is one of the best yet. Ricky is for children ages four and up. It comes with over 100 sound-and-motion combinations. Depending on where you pet Ricky, he performs a different trick.

If you don’t own any household pets, this toy can finally be your first one.

34. furReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” In addition to Ricky, your child might also like the furReal Roarin’ Tyler Tiger. Tyler makes more than 100 tiger sounds and motions. It will also interact with its squeaky toy that’s included.

Roarin’ Tyler arrives pre-assembled.

35. Marvel Avengers Action Figures

Another way to spark the imagination is with Marvel Avengers Action Figures. This set comes with five notable action figures. Some of the figures include Spiderman, Ironman and The Hulk. For a larger set, you can also buy one with 12 different heroes.

Board Games

If you want a new game for your family game night, these suggestions might do the trick.

36. Googly Eyes

If you like to draw and have others guess what the image is, Googly Eyes is the perfect suggestion. The drawer wears a pair of vision-altering glasses. These glasses make it harder for them to draw even simple prompts correctly. Your teammates must be able to guess what you are drawing before time runs out to earn points.

37. Watch Ya Mouth

Watch Ya Mouth is an 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 their speech. So it’s 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.

38. Uno Emoji

A fresh take on the classic card game, the goal of Uno Emoji is to acquire as few points as possible. The Emoji edition includes a new rule and four extra cards that make the game different. Uno!

39. Monopoly Deal

When you don’t have time for a full game of Monopoly, try out Monopoly Deal. This card game only takes 15 minutes, seriously! You must still employ some strategy to win. But the fast-pace makes this game enjoyable. I don’t have the patience for Monopoly and like this version.

40. Candyland (Retro 1967 Edition)

Our daughter is finally old enough to play (maybe) the most enjoyable board game for kids. For fun, try the retro 1967 edition of Candyland. Use this game to teach colors and basic counting. And it’s fun since everything is candy-themed.

41. Connect 4

This classic game hasn’t changed a bit. With Connect 4, you play against a partner. Then 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!

42. Toilet Trouble

Who knew plumbing problems could be so enjoyable? With Toilet Trouble, you spin the toilet paper roll. Then you 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. This simplicity makes it easy for children of all ages to play.

43. 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.

44. 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 ten plastic eggs. To start, you fill at least one of them with water. Then you stay dry to win.

45. Catan

Catan, also called Settlers of Catan, can be a fun game to play with teenagers. Each player builds settlements on the island of Catan. 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 takes about 60 minutes to complete. Catan has many positive reviews for its simple, yet engaging gameplay.

46. Ticket to Ride

Another fun game to play with teens is Ticket to Ride. You draw 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. To win, complete the most and longest destinations. And try to make the longest route to score bonus points.

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.

47. 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 it has three different learning activity modes (driving, gaming and racing). 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!

48. 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. Even better, it can perform 3D flips. The battery life is between seven minutes and twenty minutes. More active flying sessions drain the battery sooner. When it’s time to recharge the battery, you can charge it via USB or through the controller charging station.

49. 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 each controller can also double as a wireless controller for single player or head-to-head competition.

50. Super NES Classic

The surprise video game hit for 2017 is the Super NES Classic. It comes with 21 games that help you take your child down memory lane. 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 options include Spider-Man and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

52. PlayStation VR

If you already own a PlayStation 4, the next step can be the PlayStation VR. At the moment, this is one of the best VR headsets on the market. You plug the PlayStation Camera into your PS4 and wear the headset. You also get a demo disc.

If you don’t have one already, you need a PlayStation Camera to use the PSVR.

To save money, you might get a PlayStation VR Game Bundle. This particular bundle comes with two games, Creed and SuperHot VR. Plus it comes with the PlayStation Camera and two Move Motion controllers.

53. 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. Your child can record video of their gameplay. Then instantly upload it for others to watch with a single button click.

Some of the most popular Xbox One games this Christmas are Fallout 76 or Minecraft Creator’s Bundle.

54. Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System

The Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System is another excellent VR system. The system comes with six free games and only requires a Windows PC with the Windows 7 operating system or newer. You can even play some games with an Xbox controller.

Educational Toys

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. A few of these toy selections are STEM-friendly.

55. Fischer Technik Electronics Set

Does your child (nine years or older) enjoy building things with simple electric circuits? If so, 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. All Fischertechnick toys are German-made (which speaks for the quality of this toy).

56. LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Most of the LEGO sets have themes like a castle or a vehicle. For most kids, the big bucket of generic LEGOs we grew up with are hard to find.

This Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Kit helps your child use their existing Lego collection. They can build ten different moving machines. The kit also comes with 33 essential pieces. Ramps, strings, plastic balls and pieces of paper help make the machines complete.

57. Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium

The Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium lets your child grow their own tabletop garden. They get 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.

58. Piper Computer Coding Kit

Do 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. These gadgets let your child’s imagination come alive. Also, the Piper Computer Kit comes with an 8GB SD memory card to store all sequences and save game progress.

59. Sick Science Slick Tricks

The Sick Science science kit comes with supplies to perform nine different science experiments. One example is putting a genie in a root beer bottle. Or you can step through an index card and make a soda bottle burp.

60. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Parents rejoice! You don’t need batteries 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.

61. 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 all wooden pieces. It 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.

Summary

You shouldn’t have a problem finding the perfect toy to put under the tree for your child. You can choose between the latest innovations and timeless classics that never get old. So now it’s time for you to make this a memorable Christmas. But remember, buying the best toys for Christmas is just one part of the season.

What is the “must have” toy for your child this year?

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