The winter holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to start making those lists, checking them twice – and lining up our toy-buying budgets with the wishes of our nicest boys and girls.
This year, we looked into toy trends, combed through catalogs, and unscientifically polled the little ones in our own homes to bring you our picks for the season’s hottest toys. Look for singing robots, brain-building games and play sets, and unusual twists on classic characters, as well as plenty of eco-smart picks. And, of course, you can also expect lots of simple, timeless playthings – because let’s face it: lights and sounds aren’t the only options in the toy aisle.
Our picks span the age-budget spectrum, from small wonders for baby to high-tech treasures for older children, so there’s literally something for every kid on your list. Happy holidays – and happy shopping!