This Season's 10 Best Holiday Toys

It's holiday shopping season. That means toys. More specifically, it means finding out what the "hot toys" are this year, and scouring through curated lists of the best toys. Best developmental toys. Best boy toys. Best girl toys. Best interactive toys. Best toys by age. It's exhaustive. 

Here's a short and sweet list of 10 great toys for holiday gifting, including a few of the season's "It" toys. These toys are for kids in more than one group too. They're designed to be for play for a wide range of ages. Many are adult-friendly, too. Let's dive in. 

Top 10 Toys 

1. Magna-Tiles 

Magna-Tiles are colorful, magnetic tiles that come in a variety of geometric shapes. With powerful magnets in the tiles, they easily click together. Kids and educators love the open-ended, imaginative play. Plus they’re super easy to clean up. Shop Magna-Tiles at major supermarket retailers or on Fat Brain Toys

2. Barbie Dream Camper

Barbie is more popular than ever, and Barbie’s Dream Camper is the hot holiday Barbie toy this year. The bright pink, interactive camper has real working wheels and comes with over 60 fun camper accessories. There’s even an outdoor waterslide attachment. Shop the Barbie Dream Camper at Walmart or Amazon

3. Jeans for Teens 

Teens can be hard to shop for, but Aeropostale (“Aero”) is crushing it with the high school and college crowds. Aero has the season's most wanted gifts! Like jeans: buy 1, gift 1 free + free shipping!

Shop Aeropostale now!

4. Throw Throw Burrito 

Throw Throw Burrito is a fun board game that kids and grown ups will love. It’s been described as a dodgeball card game where you get to play cards and throw things at your friends. The game was created by the same makers of Exploding Kittens. 

5. Stella The Brave

Stella The Brave, a children's book by Emily Wilson Hussem, is a reminder for school-age kids that God will help them be brave when they feel anxious. 

As young readers follow Stella through her first day at school in a brand-new city, they will relate to her fears, struggles, and triumphs. You'll find this book and more great kids' gifts at DaySpring, an inspirational brand specializing in Christian cards, gifts, books, and Bibles. 

Now through 11/23, shop kids' gifts up to 50% off, plus use code FRIDAY for 35% off sitewide through 11/28. Shop now!

6. CoComelon Foot-to-Floor Fire Truck

A few parent news sources have said CoComelon-themed toys will be the defining toys this holiday season for parents of toddlers. And as a parent of a 2-year-old obsessed with the show, I agree. The CocCommelon fire truck is a ride-on toy for toddlers 18-36 months and comes with a working hose that can be filled with water (by an adult). Shop the Cocolmelon Foot-to-Floor Fire Truck


7. CoComelon Boo Boo JJ 

Santa might be bringing CoComelon Bo Boo JJ to our house. With this deluxe doll, JJ will light up to show you where he’s hurting: head, elbow, knee, or foot. Then your child can use the doctor kit to bandage JJ or offer him other care to make him feel better. Shop CoComelon Boo Boo JJ now.

8. Mama Surprise Interactive Guinea Pig

Meet one of this holiday season’s “It Toys”. Mama Surprise! Is a soft, interactive mama guinea pig that comes with a deluxe, interactive hutch. Care for the guinea pig by patting her, feeding her, and brushing her to make her heart light up. Shop Mama Surprise Guinea Pig

9. Squishmallow 8” Plush Mystery Box

Squishmallows are going strong. They are ultra-soft and squishy, my littles love them. My 2-year-old uses them as pillows at night and drags them around the house with him. A surprise box will give you 3 unique styles in the 8” size. Shop Squishmallow Mystery Box

10. LEGO Sets

LEGO sets are a fantastic gift choice for kids and adults. Many LEGO kits are designed for 16+ because of the intricate, small parts. If you’re buying for a LEGO fanatic, ask them what kits are on their wish list. Or take a page from’s top 20 LEGO sets of all time. The Disney castle is number 3 on their list. Shop LEGO sets now