It’s almost time to start making that list and checking it twice. Here are the season’s hot toys for the holidays. We’ve got them wrapped up in an easy-to-understand roundup according to age and preferences. Whether you’re heading out of town, looking for a toy to bring along for the journey, or you’re staying home, searching for the perfect gift to put under the tree, these presents will add up to holiday cheer for your wee ones!
These toys are perfect for keeping little ones busy for the long haul, whether it’s on a road trip to grandma’s or flight across the country.
Minions Inkoos: Color ‘N Glow and Color ‘N Go
Got a Minions maniac? Let them go crazy designing the two-sided surface of their favorite Minion characters. This plush toy comes with three different colored markers and features glow-in-the-dark fabric – decorate them, then use them as a pillow at night when you turn off the lights to see their eyes glow. Ages 4+, $20.
Visit any elementary school during recess, and you’re likely to find a few girls weaving colorful rubber bands into bracelets. Let them practice their jewelry making skills with stretchy-soft Strand Bands. They’re simple and fun. Kids can braid, weave, bead or fringe stylish one-of-a-kind accessories. Strand Bands are made from a unique peel-apart material that make it easier not to drop them if you’re in the car on a road trip or on plane.For Ages 8+, bracelet kit, $12
What a Doll! These classics will comfort your kids whether you’re away from home over the holidays or waking up in your own home.
Doc McStuffins Talking Doll & Clinic
Pre-schoolers have been lining up to check in with Doc McStuffins. The wildly popular doll’s based on a Disney Junior cartoon about a girl who acts as a doctor to her stuffed animals, much like her mother, who’s a real doctor. She’s become a crossover toy, meaning kids of all races, boys and girls, are playing with her. She now stands as the best-selling toy line based on an African- American character. (ages 3 – 7) $40, available at a variety of stores, including Walmart and Amazon.com.
Bows a Glow Minnie Mouse
There’s a mouse in the house! Not to worry, it’s just cute little Minnie. Press her belly to make her talk, then her bows twinkle. Super cute for a pre-schooler! $25
Disney Princess Palace Pets
This toy is puurrrfect, for any kid who’s been begging for a cat. With just the touch of their hand, your child can interact with the feline Dreamy, making her purr and talk by stroking her chin. Her eyes also light up. She comes with slippers and a sleep mask. A puurrrfect companion if you’re overnighting away from home over the holidays. The downside? Batteries required. (ages 3 to 8) $35, available at Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us and many other stores.
Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy
The new Peanuts movie coming out Nov. 6th, means a whole new generation is bound to go nuts about the Peanuts gang. This dancing Snoopy will put anybody in a good mood!
Game On! These games will be a challenge for the whole family. A fun distraction while everyone’s waiting for Christmas dinner to be served!
It’s classic Simon, but set to a song. It’s a new electronic game that challenges kids to repeat the sights and sounds they just heard. Bring it along on a road trip, if you dare!! This one was awarded a silver by National Parenting Publications. Ages 6+, $30.
Sky Viper HD Video Drone
Holiday excitement is sure to be soaring when kids unwrap this technological marvel. How cool is this toy? Well, let’s just say it puts the remote control helicopters many of us had as kids to shame. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone! And it’s a surefire showstopper at the next birthday party or sleepover. A built in camera records up to 30 minutes of video or 25,000 pictures. Definitely not your grandpa’s remote control airplane! (ages 12 and up) $80, Toys “R” Us and amazon.com
HoverTech Battle FX
Practice your aim with the HoverTech BattleFX Flying Target. An electronic flying target brings home exciting arcade-style action. My kids loved competing against each other and seeing this contraption bob, spins and dart to create a challenge. This was one of Walmart’s 2015 Top Holiday Toys Chosen By Kids and one of The Toy Insider’s Top Holiday Toys for Grade Schoolers. Ages 8+, $40.