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Okay, on to the toys!
I’ve spent a BUNCH of hours this last week researching what will be the hottest toys this Christmas.
Here are my 15 favorite toys that are sure to be popular this year:
Note that the prices I’ve listed are an approximation. Many of these toys haven’t been officially released so the price is fluctuating wildly. I also anticipate that the price will drop on these items throughout the Christmas season, so DO NOT buy anything right now (September).
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox ($150)
This looks really cool, especially for older boys. This set includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO move hub, interactive motor and a color & distance sensor. So it looks like you build a model and then the thing moves.
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles ($10 for 4 pk)
Hatchimals got smart and created a much more affordable option with these CollEGGibles. My five-year old daughter got a pack for her birthday and LOVED them. It follows the current trend of manufacturers creating a line of tiny things then selling them blindly in “seasons” so if your kid really gets into them, you get to buy more.
It looks like this thing is super interactive. The tiger responds with 100+ sound and motion combinations and when kids roar or make sounds at him, this playful tiger roars back. And it doesn’t poop, so it just might be a good alternative to a real pet.
The Sea Patroller uses drop-down wheels to transform from ship to land vehicle, to take pups on new and exciting missions! It requires batteries, so it probably does a bunch of cool stuff and it must move because there are wheels.
Every “hot toy list” I looked at on the internet included this set.
I predict that this will be a crazy popular toy for tween and teens because it’s so cute, it’s not expensive, and it’s small and portable.
Fingerlings respond to sound, motion, and touch with blinking eyes, head turns, and silly monkey babble. When you blow them kisses and they will kiss you back. When you hang them upside-down by the tail they move around and when you pet them to sleep or make a loud noise they get excited!
New Teddy Ruxpin ($90)
A redo of a favorite from millennials’ childhood with a price to IMPRESS. I honestly don’t understand what it does, but there’s music and motion and an app involved. I’m a Gen X. I don’t get this at all.
Pie Face Game ($15)
My kids talked their grandmother into buying this last month and they love it. Well, except when they get pie in the face. It’s a fun, silly game that I’m hoping will drop to between $5 and $10 by December.
Luvabella Doll (I can’t figure out where the price will land at this time)
This is a crazy smart doll. She has true-to-life facial expressions and movements. The more you play with Luvabella, the more she learns. As you interact with her she’ll expand her vocabulary from baby babble to over 100 words and complete phrases.
Nintendo Switch ($299)
I anticipate that the Switch will be THE hot gaming system this year and the price isn’t going to go below $299 unless you find a gift card deal (Buy the Switch for $299, get a gift card). It’s both a home and portable gaming system.
Shopkins Cutie Cars ($10)
Another Shopkins thing to collect! These cars will allow your child to actually PLAY with all those Shopkins figures collecting dust in your house. They are die-cast, so hopefully better-than-plastic quality.
SelfieMic Selfie Stick Microphone ($10 – $15)
This should be a hit with all the kids who have an iPod or iPhone. I think it’s like a portable karaoke machine because it says “songs are added daily.” So, they get to sing a song played through the device and record themselves.
Wonder Crew Buddies ($25)
These dolls combine the adventure of an action figure with the emotional connection of a stuffed animal. I don’t know if I’m buying it, but it may work for littler kids who like the idea of a super hero but also are still into dolls.
LEGO Wonder Woman Sets ($15+)
I think anything Wonder Woman is going to be popular this year. I’m excited to see what additional sets LEGO releases in this series.
Googly Eyes Drawing Game ($15)
We have this game and it’s a kick. It’s Pictionary with drunk glasses.
It’s a really fun family/group game. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas break fun!
I included this game because my son is SUPER into Harry Potter and is going to flip over this game.
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