Countdown to Christmas
It's time to think about Christmas gift ideas. If you're wondering just what toys to consider, we've listed below some of the most popular toys for the Christmas 2021 holiday season.
Breyer Horses Mane Styling Head
For girls who love horses and like to style hair, comes the Breyer styling head for horses. A new way to enjoy both interests!
They have a choice of three horse types:
Blaze is a Bay with a thick but silky, extra-long, no-tangle, black mane.
Daybreak is an Andalusian with an extra-long, tangle-free, silky white mane.
Sunset is a Palomino whose blonde mane is also long, thick, silky, and without tangles.
Kids can style their horse's hair in so many ways.
In addition to the Horse Styling Head, kids will get a styling booklet with tips on new braiding styles, a mane comb, two mane clips, four mane coils, and fifty colorful elastic bands.
Beauty Mane stands ten inches tall on a wide, square, non-skid base.
Recommended for ages 5 years and up.
Rainbow High Fashion Studio
Kids can create over 300 different fashion looks from the stunning outfits that come with the Rainbow High Fashion Studio. Kids can mix and match the fashion garments to their heart's content.
An exclusive doll - Avery Styles - comes with the Fashion Studio. Avery has fully articulated arms and legs, so kids can pose her for the alluring looks she needs at fashion shoots.
The outfits come with a clothing rack, hangars, shoeboxes, hairpins, comb, and doll stand.
The manufacturer recommends washing the doll's hair when you first unbox the fashion studio and let it dry completely.
Fashion items include:
- 1 x Exclusive doll figure - Avery Styles
- 2 x Dresses
- 1 x Jacket
- 1 x Hoodie
- 1 x Pair of jeans
- 4 x Pairs of shoes
- 2 x Skirts
- 2 x Sparkly interchangeable wigs
- 5 x Tops
There is plenty of imaginative and creative play to be enjoyed here. The High Fashion Studio is compatible with other Rainbow Fashion House Dolls.
Age range: 4 to 15 years.
Thames & Kosmos Exit Games
Exit: The Game is a series of games centered around how to escape from a particular location — for example, The Haunted Roller Coaster, The Mysterious Museum, The Sinister Mansion. The game is an 'escape room in a box.'
No device is necessary. No app is needed, either. Everything you need is in the box. However, you will find it useful to have a pencil, eraser, paper, and scissors to hand. A watch or stopwatch to keep a check on the time would be helpful as well.
In all the games, you are locked in a room and have to work through puzzles and clues to get yourself out.
When you start to play, you only have a book and decoder available, and as the game progresses, you can add in the Riddle Cards, then the other aids.
Exit games take up to a couple of hours to complete and need up to four players to work as a team. Depending on the difficulty rating, they are suitable for kids aged 10 or 12 years and older.
These games are for single use only as the game materials may need to be marked, torn, cut, or folded as the riddles are solved so you can escape. Even though this will be a one-time-experience per game, older kids and adults will have loads of enjoyment here with a game that all the family can play together.
In the box:
- 24 x Riddle Cards
- 30 Answer Cards
- 31 Help Cards
- Decoder Disk
- 2 Strange Items
Recommended ages: 10 to 12 years and up, depending on game difficulty.
Hot Wheels City Robo T-Rex Ultimate Garage
There's a lot of action to be enjoyed with this, the tallest Ultimate Garage from Hot Wheels. The playset can park over 100 vehicles.
Kids crank two cars at a time up the elevator to the top of the garage, then race them down side-by-side. Thrills and spills. But watch out for the T-Rex. It wants to chomp every car that tries to pass.
- Over 3 feet tall
- Parks 100 cars
- 2 x Hot Wheels 1:64 scale vehicles
- Can be used with Hot Wheels id Portal (sold separately)
- Connectivity with other Hot Wheels playsets
Recommended Age Range: 3 years and up.
LEGO Panda Jungle Tree House Set
Kids can have plenty of jungle adventures with the LEGO Panda Tree House. Three rescued pandas need looking after before being let back into the wild. There are plenty of features to keep the pandas amused - slide, monkey bars, and a seesaw.
- Model no 41422
- 265 pieces
- 2 x mini-doll figures - Mia and Olivia
- 3 Panda toys
Age Ranges: 7 years and up.
PJ Masks Transforming 2 in 1 Mobile HQ
This PJ Masks 2 in 1 Mobile HQ transforms PJ Seeker into PJ Masks Headquarters and then back again. It’s three feet tall when in HQ mode.
There’s a working vehicle elevator, lights, and sounds, and it can hold three vehicles. Playset includes Cat-Car and a 3 inch articulated Catboy figure. You’ll need 2 x AAA batteries which are not included.
Age range: for 3 years and up.
Flower Garden Building Set
With the flower garden building set, children can create their very own garden layouts and bouquets. The parts are made from 100% recycled plastic and are kid-friendly.
The 148 pieces are in eleven different colors and include stems and leaves, stamens, pistils, petals, and the bases to create them.
Recommended ages: 3 years and up.
Go Flamingo from Little Live Pets
Go Flamingo from Little Live Pets is a singing, chatting, eating, pooping, wiggling, interactive fun flamingo called Sherbet. He's toilet trained, but when he sings "Uh Oh! Gotta Go," you need to sit him on the toilet quickly and watch as he poops. When you drain the toilet into the scoop, the poop magically dries back into flamingo food.
Sherbet will remember what you say and repeat it back to you. Great fun for kids aged four and over.
In the box:
- 1 x Flamingo
- 1 x Reusable Flamingo Food
- 1 x Scoop
- 1 x Toilet
- 3 x AA batteries
- Instruction manual
Age range: 4 years and up.
Sparkle Marble Run
If your kids fancy a plastic marble run but don't want one of those in the more standard primary colors, how about this pink and sparkly set.
Marble Genius's Pink Sparkles Marble Run has 130 translucent pieces that include six solid bases, nineteen action pieces, and marbles with which your kids can build hundreds of different structures. This starter set also includes a free Marble Genius App with instructions and challenges.
Marble runs can keep kids occupied for hours, with the building and then watching the marbles run their course through all the obstacles.
Age range: 4 years and up.
Star Belly Dream Lites
Star Belly Dream Lites is a huggable night light for kids that makes bedtime fun. Star Belly is a glowing plush friend who projects a starry sky onto the ceiling at the push of a button on their tummy. There are six colors - amber, blue, green, light blue, pink and purple - for the kids to scroll through.
A mobile motion mechanism rotates the star lights at two speeds. After twenty minutes, it automatically shuts off the ceiling projection, and just the tummy light illuminates.
You can sit them up or lay them down. Choose between:
- Cuddly Blue Puppy
- Dreamy Green Dino
- Pink & Purple Unicorn
- Shimmering Rainbow Unicorn
Great for helping kids settle at night if they are afraid of the dark.
Requires 3 x AAA batteries which are not included.
Disney Princess Ariel Necklace Activity Set
This charm necklace set from Tara Toys makes it easy for little hands to create five necklaces.
Kids can mix and match colorful beads and charms to make their exclusive jewelry. Then they can store their creations in a take-anywhere plastic carry case.
Build & Take Apart Construction Tractor
The Kidtastic Bulldozer is a STEM-based learning toy that kids can build, disassemble, put back together, and then play with it.
It is an engineer set for little ones who are inquisitive and who enjoy a challenge. 55 piece toy truck plus screwdriver tool attachments. There's plenty of play value here.
Age range: 3 years and up.
Mini Voice Changer
From Toysmith, this looks like a mini bullhorn/megaphone, but it’s an electronic voice synthesizer that enables kids to experiment with sound.
With ten different voice modifiers to choose from - at the push of a button - and frequency and amplitude settings you change with side levers, you can create hundreds of different sound combinations.
Features a voice amplifier and flashing LED lights. A 9-volt battery is included.
For ages 3 years and up.
L.O.L Surprise! Clubhouse Playset
The Clubhouse Playset is the ultimate hangout for L.O.L Surprise! Dolls and boys. Pop-up shipping containers are converted into a multi-activity play space that expands to over three feet wide.
The Clubhouse features seven cool Hangout Areas: Game Room, Hammock Patio, Movie Room, Skateboard Zone, Stargazing Space, Bedroom, and Kitchen. And there are 40+ Surprises (furniture, arcade games, a hammock, for example) and 2 Exclusive Dolls for the kids to unbox.
The Clubhouse folds up when play finishes to store or take on-the-move.
Age range: 4 to 15 years.
Artie 3000 Coding Robot
Artie 3000 is a STEM approved programmable coding and drawing robot. It will help stimulate kids imaginations and creativity and help them develop an interest in coding.
They put one of the colored markers into the robot, and it will draw line designs based on how they code it. Pre-programmed designs enable kids to start creating patterns straight out of the box. Artie will help kids develop logic and analytical skills while they are creative.
- Easy setup
- Control with Tablet, PC or Phone
- Safe & secure built-in WiFi
- Requires 4 x AA batteries (not supplied)
Age range 7 to 12 years.
The new Blume Dolls come in a colorful flowerpot. Kids add a little water, and a few seconds later, just like magic, a doll emerges from the pot. But which one? There are 22 different and distinctive Blume dolls to collect. Each with a signature style characterized by their fashion choice and friends.
The pot becomes a playset after the doll has emerged, and each contains ten surprises inside — a bag or fashion shoes perhaps, a mini friend, and a sticker sheet.
For kids aged 3 years and up.
Boomtrix Metal Ball Chain Reaction
Can you drop a metal ball on to a series of trampolines, so it clears obstacles and reaches its goal? That's what kids need to do with the Goliath Boomtrix Multiball Kinetic Chain Reaction Stunt kit.
Kids lay out a course of trampolines and obstacles. Then release a metal ball (or several at once) from a launcher, so it bounces from trampoline to trampoline until it reaches its target. The launcher can release up to fifteen balls in succession, each bouncing along the plotted course.
- 8 Metal Balls
- 5 Trampolines
- 3 Trampoline Curves
- 3 Stunt Walls
- 1 Stunt Ring
- 1 Flapping goal
This is a fun and entertaining toy that helps kids develop planning and motor skills as they plan out their stunt couse.
For ages 8 and up.
Kids can learn coding and programming with the Botzee augmented reality (AR) robotic building kit. They can assemble any of six pre-designed Botzees or design a Botzee of their own. The kit contains 130 easy-to-handle building blocks, and 30 interactive AR games and puzzles to get their imaginations going.
Botzee is compatible with iOS12+ and Android 8+ devices.
Suitable for children aged four and older.
Charlie Chip, Donna Nut, Kerry Berry, and Mint Chocolate Chip are the Candylocks Dolls, predicted to be one of the most in-demand toys for girls in 2019.
Candylocks dolls have hair just like cotton candy on a stick, and it smells just like Cotton Candy too. Kids can style candylocks hair any way they want to. They can choose between creating braids, or twists, buns, and other fun hairstyles.
Recommended age range: 4 to 6 years
Cities Skylines Board Game
Cities Skylines from Thames and Kosmos is the board game version of the successful video game. You plan, build, and manage a city from scratch.
Start with a vacant plot then create neighborhoods, roads, commercial parks, industrial areas, the whole infrastructure. You plan for everything that a vibrant city needs - education, crime prevention, financial resources, and so on. Kids play as a team working together to achieve what's best for their fast-growing city.
Cities Skylines is a neat Christmas gift for tweens and is one that adults will enjoy playing as well.
Recommended age range: 11 years and up
Code 'n Learn Kinderbot
The Code 'n Learn Kinderbot is one of the coolest toys for Christmas 2019 for preschoolers and toddlers. It helps young children get a headstart in learning before they start kindergarten.
Kids program the robot's movements by pressing directional control buttons in any sequence they choose. The large colorful control buttons on Kinderbot's head are easy to locate and use.
The robot lights up, is colorful, has cute sounds and fun phrases, and plenty of action.
It's a great little learning robot for younger kids.
Recommended age range: 3 to 6 years
Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set
Kids can conduct 50 winter science projects with the Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab Set. They can do eighteen of these straight out of the box with the enclosed supplies.
There are also instructions for another thirty-two experiments.
Crystal effects, magic water beads, and snow globes - these are just a few of the STEM learning activities to be enjoyed with this chem set.
Recommended age range: 7 years and up.
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Peculiar Pets
Crayola's Scribble Scrubbie Peculiar Pets are for kids who want to customize their pets, then do it all over again. They can scribble designs and colors on the plain white creatures that come out of the box. Then, when they want to try another design, they can scrub them clean in the sparkly scrub tub and start again.
Four peculiar pets come in each set: A dragon, unicorn, narwhal, and yeti. You can buy additional pets like a rabbit and hamster, dogs, and cats.
Kids can color, wash, recolor - as often as they like!
For ages: 3 to 6 years.
Fingerlings Light Up Narwhal
Fingerlings Light-Up Narwhals are the latest addition to WowWee's finger toy range. There are four of them.
These sea unicorns respond to touch and motion and have kiss tech to detect your cheek and kiss you. Their special mood horn will let you know just how they are feeling.
Fun sounds, a flapping tail, and blinking eyes make these fun toys, your special friend.
Narwhals are great stocking stuffer gifts and travel toys.
Recommended ages: 5 - 15 years
Gears! Gears! Gears!
Gears Gears Gears from Learning Resources is a colorful building set that brings early STEM learning to preschoolers. The set includes gears, bases, six-way axles, pillars, cranks, a storage tub, and an activity guide.
Start by building a base and then add pieces horizontally or vertically. All parts are interchangeable and provide scope for numerous designs and creative fun. You get 150 pieces, a storage tub, and an activity guide.
Recommended age: 4 and up
Gigantosaurus Action Figures
Gigantosaurus is joined by his four little dinosaur friends Bill, Mazu, Rocky, and Tiny in this action figure set based on the hit show Gigantosaurus. It follows the adventures of four young dino friends as they search for the biggest dinosaur of all - the Gigantosaurus.
Gigant is the largest and fiercist of all the prehistoric dinosaurs and the little dinos - Inquisitive Mazu, playful Tiny, Scared Bill and Brave Rocky all want to discover the secrets of Gigantosaurus, and find what they can learn from him.
The figures range in height from 2.5 to 5.5 inches. This is a nice set for fans of Gigantosarus or dinos in general.
Recommended ages: 3+
Go Glam Nail Stamper
Kids who are into manicures will love Go Glam Nail Stamper. It's a fun and easy-to-use toy that stamps patterns on to any size nail.
You paint a base coat on your nails, then press down with the stamper to customize your look.
Blue and purple Go Glam nail polishes are included, as well as five stamp designs such as unicorns, flamingoes, cupcakes. The polish is non-toxic and safe for kids.
You can buy refills for the polish and stamps, and the kids can keep everything in the Go Glam bag that comes with the stamper.
Recommended ages: 8 and up.
Gravitrax Marble Run Starter Set
Gravitrax by Ravensburger is synonymous with marble runs, and they have a cracking range this year. These toys are epic! They use an interactive track system that enables you to design and build marble run layouts straightaway.
There are two starter sets, one almost twice the size of the other - 240 elements vs 122 elements - and have a range of add-ons that can enhance the capabilities of your designs.
A great feature of these sets is that they provide screen-free play. No smart device is needed to have a lot of creative fun. However, you can download a free app to record all your track designs so you can rebuild them again later.
There are no electronics involved. It's a complete manual concept that gets kids learning about gravity, magnetism, and kinetics, and which exercises their planning skills, spatial reasoning and creative flair.
Gravitrax comes with full instructions, and you can start to play with it straight out the box. This is a STEM toy that can be played with by the family.
Recommended age range: 8 years and above.
Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game
Gravity Maze Marble Run is a combination of marble run, STEM toy, and a logic game by ThinkFun. It teaches children planning and reasoning skills while they're having fun. It's different from most marble run games in that it uses a modular cube system, not tubes or tracks, to create the layout.
Gravity Maze is a single-player game. Kids use challenge cards to set up the marble run on a grid, and then they have to get the falling marble from a high start point into a designated end position.
Challenge cards show where to place the cube towers to create a path leading to the target, and full easy-to-learn game instructions let kids start playing straightaway. Kids have multi-level challenges to work through, from beginner to expert.
In the box, there are a game grid, 9 building towers, target tower, 3 marbles (1 to play with plus 2 spares), 60 Challenges and full games instructions.
Gravity maze is a cool STEM toy for kids to play with on their own.
Recommended ages 8+
Hot Wheels Techmod Accelo GT
Kids who are interested in cars and technology will get a big buzz from the Hot Wheels Techmod Accelo GT.
They can build the car from the chassis up by fitting all the body panels to the base RC unit. Control is via a free app that is downloadable to their smart device. They can steer the car freestyle via the app, or play treasure hunt games or mini-game challenges in the app.
Kids can follow full gamified and visual tutorials that enable them to customize their racer and hone their driving skills. A lithium polymer battery is included.
Recommended Ages: 8 to 16 year olds.
LEGO Paranormal Intercept Bus
Lego continues to release exciting new concepts, and the LEGO Paranormal Intercept Bus from the Hidden Side series is a great example. It's a traditional building kit combined with augmented reality gameplay that gives kids a fully interactive experience.
The fun starts with building the bus. Then, after downloading the free LEGO Hidden Side app, they scan the bus with their smart device to look for paranormal activity. As they move their device around the bus, the environment changes on their screens. They can see ghosts hiding then set out to defeat them.
The 689 piece kit includes 6 figures, many accessory items, and full instructions.
There is plenty of play value here, from building the bus, role-playing, to chasing spooks with high tech. Great fun.
Recommended age range: 8 years and up.
Read more here about LEGO Ghost Hunting sets
LOL Surprise OMG Fashion Dolls
LOL Surprise Fashion Dolls come with 20 surprises, so kids can make these sassy sisters strut their style all day. They can use the packaging as her closet when the doll is unboxed. She has loads of accessories like shoes, fashions,hatbox, garment bags, hairbrush, and purse, and loads more.
These Outrageous Millenial Girls have great features and stunning hair.
For ages 6 to 10 years.
Makeblock Codey Rocky Programmable Robot
Codey Rocky uses an easy-to-use graphical programming language to teach young children about coding. The robot consists of Codey, the stand-alone remote controller, and Rockey the vehicle that moves Codey around.
Codey has the LED face and uses a processor and ten programmable electronic sensors, and clips into Rocky, the tracked motorized base unit.
Kids can learn how to program Codey Rocky by connecting to the mBlock app (iOS and Android) and can control Codey with a PC, tablet, or smartphone. They can also play with the robot as a remote-controlled toy using their smart device.
No assembly is required, and Codey Rocky is ready to play with straight out the box.
For kids 6 years and over.
The Snapstar Squad is a trendy group of BFFs with a shared love of style and fashion, travel, food, and music, and they are ready to take on the world!
Kids will love Aspen, Dawn, Echo, Izzy, Lola, and Yuki - the six Snapstar dolls. They each have a unique style reflected in their clothes and accessories. A free downloadable Snapstar Studio app - available for both iOS, from the App Store, and Android, from Google Play - adds versatility to styling these dolls.
The dolls are sold separately and include:
- Snapstar Doll
- Posing stand
- Green screen
- Free download of the Snapstar Studio App
Additional clothes and accessories are also available and sold separately.
There is a selection of official Snapstar tutorials to watch online covering how to use the posing stand, green screen, and backdrops as well as how to apply make-up and how to use Snapstars’ hair and accessories.
Snapstars could be one of the coolest doll collections of 2019 - super-easy to use and great fun.
Recommended age range: 3 years and up.
Treasure X King's Gold Treasure Tomb
Treasure X King's Gold Treasure Tomb gives kids a quest to find as much hidden treasure as they can. From cracking open the treasure vault, avoiding traps and releasing the King from his tomb, this playset provides a lot of problem-solving features to keep kids entertained.
The playset case closes to keep everything in place and for easy transport.
Recommended age range: 5 to 15 years.
Walking Buzz Lightyear
The Walking Buzz Lightyear is a seven inch figure based on the popular character in the Disney Toy Story 4 movie. Kids will love that he talks, walks and turns, can deploy his wings and his lasers light up. kids will enjoy playing with this - To Infinity and Beyond!
Recommended ages: 3 years and up.
Don't leave your Christmas toy buying till the last minute. Popular toys often run out of stock near to Christmas.