Parents, you know the drill: back-to-school shopping is over and now it’s time to get started on buying holiday gifts. If the child in your life hasn’t already dropped a million hints about what he or she wants this year, Amazon is making it easy on you.
Note: All prices were current as of Sept. 11, 2018.
L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise!
Amazon Price : $89.99 Suggested Age : 5 years and up Last year, the Big Surprise from L.O.L. Surprise! was one of the hottest toys of the holiday season, and this year, Amazon says the new Bigger Surprise! will be even, well, bigger. The whole package is a mystery grab bag that holds at least 60 surprise items inside, including dolls, stickers and accessories. Last year, the Big Surprise package sold out quickly, so you’d better jump on this one as soon as it goes on sale Sept. 25.
Little Live Scruff-A-Luvs
Amazon Price : $19.99 Suggested Age : 5 to 15 years For the little animal lovers out there, Scruff-A-Luvs are a perfect holiday gift. These cute toys allow kids to “adopt” an abandoned pet whose matted fur is in need of a good grooming in order to bring out its full cuteness. The box holds either a dog, cat or bunny, and it’s a total mystery which pet they’ll get until it’s opened.
Amazon Price : $14.89 Suggested Age : 3 years and up These fluffy little cuties are described on Amazon as “lovable, wearable pom-pom pets” that go with you everywhere. There are several different colors and varieties of Pomsies , but all of them react when touched, purring and displaying more than 50 different responses. Their tails can be latched onto virtually anything, from a backpack to your kid’s hair.
Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck
Amazon Price : $59.97 Suggested Age : 3 years and up Not every toy on Amazon’s list has a perfect, five-star rating or the “Amazon’s Choice” seal of approval, but this one has both . Even if your kids aren’t into “Paw Patrol,” this fire truck toy probably has something that will excite them. The truck has a 2-foot extendable ladder, a mini fire cart and a “water cannon” that actually shoots projectiles.
Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit
Amazon Price : $99.99 Suggested Age : 9 to 14 years Of all the toys on Amazon’s list, this is probably the one most adults will want for themselves. This elaborate Lego reconstruction of one of the most iconic locations from the wizarding world has 878 pieces and stands at 14 inches tall when completed. In addition to house banners, a potions room and a basilisk to build, this kit also comes with 10 mini figures that include Harry, Ron and Hermione.
L.O.L. Surprise! House
Amazon Price : $189 Suggested Age : 5 to 13 years Unboxing videos have become all the rage on YouTube, and grab-bag toys like this offer kids the chance to feel the excitement of being totally surprised by a gift. The L.O.L. Surprise! House has more than 85 surprises inside, including furniture. The whole package is housed inside a wooden, multi-story house that measures 3-feet tall by 3-feet wide.
Cozmo Robot By Anki
Amazon Price : $179.99 Suggested Age : 8 years and up Toy robots have become very popular over the past few years and — despite being expensive — can be very educational for kids. Cozmo is a cute little robot that teaches kids a basic version of coding that allows them to customize how the toy behaves. This toy requires access to the free Cozmo app, which works on iOS and Android devices.
Monopoly: Cheaters Edition
Amazon Price : $15.99 Suggested Age : 8 years and up Monopoly has unveiled countless special editions over the years, but the new Cheaters Edition might be its most interesting yet. The game encourages players to break the rules by including new cheat cards that suggest sneaky moves for players to pull off in order to get rewards.Best of all, the game comes with a plastic handcuff that will chain a player to the jail space if they get caught cheating. This game may not win any awards for the message it sends kids, but it sure does sound like a lot of fun.
Don’t Step In It: Unicorn Edition
Amazon Price : $19.04 Suggested Age : 4 years and up This special edition of the hilarious yet slightly disgusting game Don’t Step In It features colorful unicorn poop. The game sees blindfolded players taking careful steps across a playing mat as they try to avoid piles of unicorn poop, which is actually a colorful clay-like compound. This version of the game is exclusive to Amazon.
L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll
Amazon Price : $23.80 Suggested Age : 5 years and up The third L.O.L. Surprise! toy to make Amazon’s top 25, this is the most modestly priced of the trio but still includes plenty of surprises for a kid to unbox. Each package contains seven surprise items, including a doll, outfit, shoes, fashion accessory and stickers. The package can be used as a carrying case after it’s been opened.
Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle
Amazon Price : $52.88 Suggested Age : 3 to 7 years Kids who want to make their Barbie doll into a first responder will love this toy ambulance. The play set transforms from a vehicle into a three-room clinic where Barbie can treat patients. Warning to parents: This toy also has flashing lights and a siren — so those AA batteries may not be required if you want some peace and quiet.
Ozobot Bit Coding Robot
Amazon Price : $44.88 Suggested Age : 6 years and up If you’re looking for a more affordable robot to help teach your child coding, Ozobot is a great choice, according to Amazon. This pocket-sized robot is ready to go right out of the box and charges via an included USB cable. Kids can use an easy-to-grasp coding system to program the robot themselves.
Osmo Genius Kit
Amazon Price : $99.99 Suggested Age : 5 to 12 years This award-winning toy doesn’t come cheap but appears to be worth the price, based on stellar Amazon reviews. The Osmo system requires an iPad to use and turns the device into an educational tool meant to make core subjects fun for kids to learn. Osmo comes with five hands-on games that improve a child’s language, math, problem-solving and drawing skills.
You’ve Got Crabs Card Game
Amazon Price : $24.99 Suggested Age : 7 years and up The title may not sound totally kid-friendly, but this fun card game is suggested for players as young as 7 years old. You’ve Got Crabs comes from the makers of Exploding Kittens, and is a game that promotes teamwork and plenty of yelling. The game is designed for four to 10 players and comes in a cute package.
Kano Harry Potter Wand Coding Kit
Amazon Price : $99.99 Suggested Age : 6 years and up This coding toy is perfect for the Harry Potter fan in your life. Using an app that works with most tablets and computers, it allows the user to build a wand that will respond to their movements. The customizable wand will allow the witch or wizard to cast spells and play games on the Kano app.
Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set
Amazon Price : $26.99 Suggested Age : 3 to 6 years Like other toy sets from Melissa & Doug, this kit aims to help kids discover their passion in life. This one is aimed at future veterinarians and comes with a plush dog and cat, plus 24 pretend tools they’ll need to treat their furry patients. The whole kit comes in a tote bag that’s perfect for little vets who are on the go.
FurReal Munchin’ Rex
Amazon Price : $49.99 Suggested Age : 4 years and up The latest toy that allows kids to see what it’s like to take care of their own pet is the FurReal Munchin’ Rex . This little dinosaur has 35 different reactions when kids interact with it, ranging from excitement to disgust. The set comes with several options for kids to “feed” to Munchin’ Rex, including broccoli and a caveman cookie.
LittleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Amazon Price : $149.95 Suggested Age : 8 years and up This is one of the more expensive items on Amazon’s list of hot toys, but it also might be one of the coolest. This kit not only teaches kids how to code but it also lets them emulate the powers of their favorite member of the Avengers. This toy promotes creativity and STEM education and requires access to an iOS or Android device.
Lego Boost Creative Toolbox Building And Coding Kit
Amazon Price : $159.95 Suggested Age : 7 to 12 Years This Lego kit allows kids to make one of five wildly different creations, ranging from a dancing robot to a sweet guitar. The toy has near-perfect ratings on Amazon and promises to sneakily educate kids while they have fun. Access to a tablet or smartphone is required.
Radio Flyer My 1st Wagon
Amazon Price : $19.97 Suggested Age : 3 years and up It’s hard to beat a classic! This toy version of the iconic Radio Flyer red wagon is perfect for a child to haul toys or stuffed friends inside. It stretches from 19.25-inches long to 9.5-inches wide.
Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set
Amazon Price : $48.88 Suggested Age : 5 to 9 years Yet another classic toy to make Amazon’s list is this Hot Wheels track . The set comes with a Hot Wheels car and lets kids unleash mayhem with a track that will launch vehicles through a series of corkscrews. Hot Wheels says the set will promote problem-solving skills by teaching kids how to time a perfect launch that doesn’t result in a crash.
Moj Moj Claw Machine Playset
Amazon Price : $49.99 Suggested Age : 6 to 12 years This toy combines unboxing fun with classic arcade action. This tabletop claw machine features working joysticks and six egg-shaped prizes that each contain a mystery item. The toy also makes noises and has working lights.
Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby
Amazon Price : $48.82 Suggested Age : 3 years and up This sounds like a bizarre one, but it currently has a perfect five-star rating at Amazon. This doll drinks real water before “peeing” it into the potty it comes with. Oh, and this new Baby Alive also does a “potty dance” when she takes a seat on the toilet.
Nerf Rival Prometheus
Amazon Price : $199.99 Suggested Age : 14 years and up Not only is this impressive toy suggested for the oldest kids on the list, it’s also the most expensive. How could a Nerf gun possibly be worth $200? Well, this bad boy uses a rechargeable battery to fire 200 rounds at a velocity of 100 feet per second. Yeah, that’s pretty much guaranteed to shut down any Nerf war.
Star Wars FurReal Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie
Amazon Price : $129.99 Suggested Age : 4 years and up Who doesn’t want to be best friends with Chewbacca in real life? This sophisticated, 16-inch interactive plush will engage kids with more than 100 sound and motion combinations that respond to talking, touching and movement. This version of Chewie is also a big softie and will react with soothing sounds when he’s scratched on the head.
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