It’s such a positive feeling to see a child’s eyes light up when they receive a new toy! I can still remember a few of the top toys from when I was a child. Remember the Lite-Brite circa the 1980s? Once I ran out of all the pictures they included, I would cut black construction paper to fit. The little lights also made great “popsicles” for my Barbie Dolls. There are so many gifts I wish I’d kept now: the Spirograph, my Cabbage Patch doll, and my horse-themed Trapper Keeper (so rad!).
So what’s hot for this year?
I did a survey of my friends to see what their kids were asking for and did some reconnaissance while out shopping. Lite-Brite wasn’t on anyone’s list, but I have rounded up some of the hottest toy trends for boys and girls right now. Maybe a few of these are on your child’s Christmas list … or maybe your kid is like mine and didn’t give you much direction. She even hid her Santa letter from me! I can never go wrong with items that are artistic though … like the Crayola Digital Light Designer. I would love that too actually.
So without further ado…
Top Toys 1 of 11
Check out some of the hottest toy trends in the gallery!
Doc McStuffin’s 2 of 11
Your little Doc can nurse her stuffed animals and toys back to health with the Doc McStuffin's Doctor's Bag available at Target. The magical stethoscope even lights up and makes sound. (Ages 3-years and up)
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 3 of 11
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Musical Pirate Ship Bucky by Fisher-Price is available at Toys R Us. This adorable play ship has a working cannon, says 25 phrases AND plays a pirate song! (Ages 3-years and up)
Despicable Me 2 4 of 11
This Despicable Me 2 Talking Minion Dave is available at Toys R Us. Minion Dave has over 30 sayings, has voice and facial expressions with head and eye movement, and even sings a Minion song. (Ages 4-years and up)
Furby 5 of 11
The Furby Boom is available at Target. This Furby has a mind of its own, and the way you treat it will shape it's personality. You can talk to it, tickle it and even feed it with your finger! (Ages 6-years and up)
Sofia the First 6 of 11
Sofia the First Talking Doll and Animal Friends Set is available at Walmart. When Sofia's animal friends are near her amulet will glow and they with interact with each other. (Ages 3-years and up)
Monster High 7 of 11
The Monster High 13 Wishes Party Lounge is available at Target. Connect your MP3 player and you can play DJ! The 13 Wishes Room folds up so you can carry it around and it includes the doll! (Ages 6-years and up)
Crayola 8 of 11
Crayola Digital Light Designer isavailable at Target. The plastic canvas spins and lights up when used with the included marker! Your child can create pictures, animations and play games. Wipes clean! (Ages 6-years and up)
Nerf 9 of 11
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster is available at Walmart. Have fun with this motorized rapid fire toy blaster with soft darts. (Ages 8-years and up)
Fairy Flutterbye 10 of 11
The Flying Fairy Flutterbye is available at Toys R Us. Simply press the button on her display stand and then guide the direction of her flight with your hand! (Ages 5-years and up)
Elmo 11 of 11
Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo is available at Toys R Us. Give and receive hugs from Elmo! He moves his arms, plays songs and dances! Includes activities, animated sounds and phrases, and sings a lullaby and plays soothing sounds when it's time to sleep. (Ages 18-months and up)