Have you gotten your child’s Christmas list yet? Kids all over the world are already writing down what hot Christmas toys they want and this year’s picks include robotic balls, interactive unicorns, still the famous Lego and not forgetting the Hatchimals, the list goes on!
If you haven’t started your Christmas toy shopping yet there’s still time but If any of these toys and gadgets are on your child’s wish list you better hurry. These toys will be flying off the shelves, and I don’t want you to be one of the crazies fighting over the last one.
I’ve done a lot of research and have put together this toy guide for Christmas 2018 based on what I think will be popular among kids this year. Here is a look at over 30 hot Christmas toys and games that children will be hoping to find under the tree from Santa.
Sphero Mini: The App-Controlled Robot Ball
Apparently, this is a wonderful toy; this programmable robotic little ball. With its bright colors, it appeals to both boys and girls. It is controlled by a connected app, and full of fun for a robot the size of a golf ball. It has many different functions and includes 3 mini traffic cones and 6 mini bowling pins to inspire some fun right out of the box.
Hatchimals are furry robot-like creatures that will hatch from an egg, costing around
$59.99 each and very difficult to get hold of. These are a real hot craze, still, and just continue to be a favorite with the kids of today.
A hatchimal will squawk and waddle and hatch and only once hatched, will be revealed what the creature is inside. And whoever gets to own a hatchimal will love listening to the snoring and sighing inside the egg. This toy pet is petted and fed and taught things to say. These are for the over 5’s.
Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Vet Set
This 24-piece set is a twist on the classic doctor kit. It includes two stuffed animal “patients” and everything budding veterinarians need to make house calls to their favorite furry friends. If you have animal lovers or aspiring vets in the family they will love this. The kit comes with a dog, cat, and a medical bag with all the tools a kid needs to play veterinarian. Recommended for 3-year olds and up.
Little Lives Scruff-A-Luv’s
This abandoned pet comes with matted fur that when bathed and dried, will be brushed out, discovering just what a real beauty it is, just like many real abandoned pets that are fortunate enough to find good homes. By pampering them, you reveal who they are, a doggy, kitty or bunny.
It encourages children to be responsible for caring for animals. By purchasing your Scruff-a-Luv, you are helping to donate to the ASPCA, towards the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the USA – a very worthy cause. Recommended for boys and girls from 5 upwards.
Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn
The Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn comes in pink or rainbow colour. This cutesy toy will actually poop out glittery slime when you feed it special unicorn food. And if you are worried about getting unicorn glitter poo all over your carpet on Christmas day, the toy comes with it’s own potty to keep the mess contained. Poopsie Unicorn Surprise comes in four colours.
FurReal Munchin’ Rex
You’ll forever be the “cool one” when you give them their very own pet dinosaur. This adorable baby dino responds with over 35 sound and motion combinations when kids feed him, wave at him, and play with him.
Munchin’ Rex comes with a bottle, some broccoli and even a caveman biscuit. He loves to be fed these snacks, and will beg for his caveman cookie, say “yuck” to his broccoli and spit it out, and he even hops!. Recommended for 4-year olds and upwards.
Star Wars FurReal Ultimate Copilot Chewie
This 16-inch-tall Chewbacca robot has 100+ sound and motion combinations. He can laugh and speak Wookie, and he’s even able to make different facial expressions. Any Star Wars fanatic will love hanging out with this plush Chewbacca. No matter where their imagination may take them, Chewie will be the best co-pilot on adventures to a galaxy far, far away.
Fun Toys For Boys
Jurassic World Lego Toys
Coming in from Lego, they have provided a full line up of Jurassic toys, aiming to enthrall those who have seen the movies. Dinosaurs are definitely taking a hot spot on the Christmas wish list of thousands of children across the globe. Lego knows this, of course, and has released action figures, off-roaders, helicopters, and all sorts of intriguing toys for children to relive the exciting story.
Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint
The kids will be able to open the box and start shooting lasers at each other immediately with this toy. Designed with unlimited ammo, the blasters mimic real guns with a reload button, and each shot registers with lights and sounds.
You can either face off in teams or compete as part of a free-for-all. This set is ready for battle. When you open the box you’ll find everything you need for a live-action laser battle for two. Plus, you can connect to the Nerf Laser Ops app to elevate the experience.
PAW Patrol-Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck
Most little boys at some time want to be the firefighter hero. The Paw Patrol fire truck has everything kids need to save the day. Kids can imagine what it’s like to be a real fire fighter when they launch working water cannons, extend the two foot tall ladder to reach tall places, and ride a mini fire cart. It will require 2 AAA batteries to operate it. It’s ideal for little boys from 3 years old and up.
Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Kit
Kids will have to test their problem-solving skills to keep their cars from crashing on this crazy course. This set comes with the track and one Hot Wheels car, but it can also be used with other Hot Wheels cars and even connected to other Hot Wheels tracks for an added challenge. It was named one of Amazon’s top toys of 2018.
K’nex Thrill Bionic Blast Roller Coaster Building Set
There aren’t many kids who could pass up on the thrills and sheer fun that come with roller coasters. And this one is for boys over the age of 9. He will spend hours at this toy, all 809 pieces of it, and it comes with a coaster track, a coaster car, a motor, and 2 Ferris wheels.
Once they’re done building the coaster, kids can connect to the K’NEX Ride It! app and use the included cardboard virtual reality viewer to actually “ride” the Bionic Blast. It requires 2 “AA” batteries which are not included.
Cool Toys For Girls
Barbie Careers Care Clinic Ambulance
Move over, Barbie Dream House. Barbie can now drive her own ambulance. This care clinic is the latest in Barbie accessories and takes Dr. Barbie on grand adventures to help sick patients. The van folds out into a fully functional exam room, equipped for pretend checkups and emergencies.
The vehicle comes with working lights and sirens that will make any imaginative play seem much more realistic. There’s also a waiting area with a TV and a gift shop, as well as an x-ray machine and a bed to examine “patients” on. Kids will stay engaged for hours.
Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby
This isn’t the Baby Alive of yesterday. This little doll can talk, blink, drink water, pee in the potty, and do her own potty dance. It’s a great gift for the kid who loves to play house. Little kids get to feel like grown-ups when they take care of their own dolls.
This doll can also say over 50 phrases — in both English and Spanish. Each doll comes with an outfit, water bottle, mini toilet, soap dispenser, and a rewards chart with stickers so kids can nurture their dolls.
L.O.L. Surprise House!
Wondering where to store all those L.O.L. Surprise dolls? This 3-foot-tall wooden dollhouse is the place, and it comes with 85 more special surprises. These surprises include plenty of dolls, pets, and accessories that help decorate and live in this 3 story house. The working elevator, lights, and sounds, hot tub, pet sandbox, and rooftop helipad are just a few of this home’s pint-sized features.
Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive Toys
These little creatures use light-up eyes and sounds to tell kids when they’re hungry, tired, or cold. It also has special touch sensors so it reacts with over 50 sounds when it’s being touched, loved, and hugged on.
Not only can you play with this adorable plush pet, but you can wear it, too. Pomsies’ twist and lock tail lets you wrap your stuffed animal around your wrist, backpack, and more so you can always have your pet by your side.
Zoomer, The Enchanted Unicorn
Zoomer promises to bring magic to any child, as she can dance and prance around in figure-eight rounds when you press the button on her heart and she also makes sounds like she is eating if your child wants to ‘feed’ her.
She can also be programmed so that she will play certain songs so children are even encouraged to sing along. She has LED eyes and kids will also love brushing her mane. She is for the over 5-year old group.
STEM Toys For Girls and Boys
Little Bits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Kids can become their favorite Marvel Avenger by building and designing their own superhero arm piece that works with the Avengers Hero Inventor App. On the app, kids can find instructional videos and fun challenges to take their hero powers to the next level!
This kit comes with nine bits, seven hero gear parts, two sticker sheets, and access to the littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor app to help kids create, customize, and code their very own superhero identity and gear to match.
Ozobot Bit Coding Robot
Bit is a pocket-sized robot that helps kids build early STEM skills starting at age 6. The toy comes assembled and follows commands written by kids with paper and markers, so the learning and play are screen-free. All the kids have to do is play with it, which will result in learning some basic programming skills.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
Lego Boost Creative Toolbox is one of the most entertaining and expandable beginner robotics kits available. The visual instructions (via a tablet app) guide kids through building a robot and programming it to perform tasks like singing, dancing and avoiding obstacles.
Once the robots are built, you use an app to code out instructions and tasks for them to follow, making it both a physical and digital toy. Includes instructions, tools and 850 pieces to build five separate robot toys. Recommended for kids 7-12.
Osmo Genius Kit
This kit transforms an iPad into an interactive learning tool for kids ages 5-12. Activities focus on spelling, math, visual thinking, problem-solving, and creative drawing skills. No matter the skill level, Osmo adjusts to meet the educational needs of children ages five to twelve.
Christmas Games For Girls and Boys
Bored of Pie Face? There’s a new food-based family board game about to steal its crown. Chow Crown asks players to wear a crown decorated with dangling forks that you load with your choice of food.
When all the forks are loaded you press a button on your headpiece to start the music. As the music begins, the forks rotate randomly around the crown, but the player has to eat all of the food before the music stops. This game is simple, but sure to be exciting.
Hasbro Don’t Step In It, Unicorn Edition
If the regular Don’t Step In It game is too plain for you, try Amazon’s exclusive Unicorn Edition. This game has all the same rules, but a more colorful, unicorn-inspired setup. This original version of this poo-themed board game had families giggling last year. Now it’s back and better than ever with rainbow unicorn poop!
Hasbro Don’t Lose Your Cool
This game tests your ability to keep cool under pressure. Players wear the Cool-O-Meter, which measures heart rate, on their head while opposing players roll the dice to determine how they will attempt to get the other player to lose their cool.
Some examples are “be an animal” and “sing”. Dice-rollers need to act out these tasks in the most absurd ways possible; if the player gets flustered their heart rate will go up sounding off the alarm on the Cool-O-Meter. The coolest player will win.
Interactive Toys For Toddlers
Radio Flyer Busy Buggy
Highly active kiddies will enjoy this ride-on ‘buggy’ that goes quite a way in helping them to develop their gross and fine motor skills. It comes with 17 interactive features, which includes sliding beads, a horn to blow, a moving windshield, and adjustable dashboard.
It has four wheels plus a spare wheel on the back and it makes a noise when it is pushed. They will love the extra storage under the seat and a favorite toy can always be stacked away there. This toy is ideal for those smaller tots from 1-3.
Fisher-Price Dance & Groove Rockit
This is a great toy to get babies moving, dancing, and even speaking. The Rockit sings songs about the alphabet, colors, numbers and is always dancing to keep any baby entertained. It’s a hands-on toy that babies will love exploring.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus
Rocktopus has three settings for kids to play with, which include a musical math mode, free play composition, and game-mode. With all of these settings, kids will have fun learning about, and with, music. You can also download the free Rocktopus app which lets kids create their very own music videos.
This Fisher-Price toddler toy comes with 15 different musical instrument sound pieces and can play five different music styles. Kids can mix and match the sound pieces in the octopus’s tentacles to make their own music!
Top Harry Potter Gifts This Christmas
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Toy
Transport yourself to Hogwarts with this LEGO Hogwarts Express train set. With 801 pieces, children can at least build their very own Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 3/4 out of Lego now. The set features a carriage with 4 seats plus a trolley witch with sweets trolley. It also comes with minifigures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and other characters.
Kano Harry Potter Build A Wand Coding Kit
Kids ages 6 and up can use this incredible kit to engineer a “magic” wand that actually responds to their movements! This wand kit teaches kids how to code with a free app that walks them through 70 creative, Harry Potter-themed challenges that help them learn and build their skills while having a ton of fun.
After building their own coding wand, kids get step-by-step coding instructions to complete magical tasks such as making feathers fly and pumpkins grow. It’s a creative way to further, or start, a child’s interest in coding or technology.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Lego Building Kit
Lego has outdone itself once again and kids will find the Hogwarts Great Hall building kit the biggest fun ever. There are moving spiral stairs and it’s assured that once the construction is completed, playing with it is just as much fun. There are even 10 figurines, including Harry Potter, Ron and a whole lot of other characters.
Kids will love recreating the science from the movie or creating their own memories. This Lego set is recommended for children from 9-14. Apparently, the details in this set are amazing.
What’s Hot With The Teenagers This Christmas?
Teens know exactly what they want; all of them have their particular and unique sense of what they believe in and dream of at the time – which can change as quickly as their moods. They know for sure what’s in and what’s not.
But there are some really cool gifts for trendy teenagers. Like a waterproof speaker, or the latest camera; or high action games that they can play with their friends? Take a look at some of these cool gifts:
Best Retro: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Even though the Polaroid photos are kind of retro, today, that is what is making them so cool and chic! Fujifilm has reinvented this old camera and packed it into the fun-sized Instax Mini camera.
It will spit out tiny little 2” x 3” instant photos, so cool, and you can find it in all the bubble gum type colors. It’s the perfect choice for hip teens who want to make cool memories with their friends.
A2S Paracord Bracelet K2-Peak
These hip paracord bracelets trended a few years ago already and just continue to grow in popularity. They consist of 12-feet of paracord which is capable of holding up 550 lbs. of weight. They come with an excellent compass, a flint fire starter, an emergency knife, a fire scrapper, and an emergency whistle. There is a pack of two of them and it makes fantastic survival gear as well.
Spikeball 3 Ball Game Set
For sheer outdoor entertainment, teens will love this fast-paced athletic game that is a mix of tennis, volleyball, and basketball. It’s lightweight and portable, ideal for when amongst all the friends.
The set will have 3 balls, a net that has collapsible legs; it’s got a drawstring bag and an instruction book. The teens can even download the app to play with other nearby players.
Cinemood Portable Cinema Projector
These are so cute, and it’s a gift that everyone will love. It’s a portable cinema projector which allows a teen, and everyone else, to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Youtube in a 3” size with a 1080p resolution, which projects images from about 12’.
The projector is fabulous for when you travel or camp or sleepover. There is content already downloaded but teens can add all their favorite stuff too. With up to 5 hours of rechargeable battery life, no connection to computer/phone or wall outlet is needed.
And Don’t Forget The Christmas Books
Kids usually love reading books about reindeers, Father Christmas and snowmen, and there are excellent ones that will appeal to many children under the age of 12. These are excellent titles that your kids will love:
The Polar Express
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas in the Manger
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever
Conclusion and Take Away…
Planning ahead for Christmas is vital, especially when buying trending toys. It’s even more essential than shopping for the holiday getaway. Remember the 4-gift rule and you might just get away with less spending, less stress, less overwhelmed children but way more fun and Christmas cheer. Happy Christmas!
Thanks for reading and have a safe holiday season.