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The 15 Hottest Christmas Toys to Buy Before They Sell Out

Start asking your kids what they want from Santa now, because if you wait until December to find out, these must-have toys will be long gone.

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The Christmas toys every child wants this year

We shopped the aisles and websites and rounded up the top toys as predicted by The Toy Insider’s Hot 20 list, the Amazon Top 100 Toys list, Target’s kid gifting catalog, and more to come up with our list of must-have Christmas toys for 2019. Have a slightly older child? These are the Christmas gifts for teen girls that will impress even the pickiest recipient.

Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.

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Ryan’s World Surprise Safe


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We’ve gotta hand it to the YouTube star: He knows exactly what kids these days want in a Christmas toy—and that includes surprises galore. Your kid will have a blast revealing toy figures, mix-and-match characters, tiny treasures, and more. This Walmart exclusive is on The Toy Insider’s Hot 20 list. Discover 28 more gifts for boys that they’ll brag about to their friends.

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Light-Up Singing Elsa Doll


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The upcoming release of Frozen 2 has reignited children’s love affair with everyone’s favorite ice queen. This Elsa doll sings “Into the Unknown” as she lights up and shimmers. These are more of the best gift for Disney lovers.

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Play-Doh Compound Corner Variety 6 Pack


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The maker of the original colorful moldable clay has gotten into the compound game in a big way. This six-pack, which made it onto Amazon’s Top 100 Christmas Toys list, comes with slime, foam, cloud, crackle, and stretch varieties that are a sensory delight for toddlers and preschoolers. Find out 11 non-toy gifts your kids will love.

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Pomsies Lumies Dazzle Gogo


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Give her the magical pet of her dreams! This Amazon Top 100 Christmas toy turns any color it touches and even turns music into colors—there are 1,000 possible mixes. This little critter also features fun games and has rainbow hair that can be styled. Making your own wish list? Be sure to check out these 31 gifts for mom.

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LEGO Star Wars Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres days before Christmas, so you better believe this LEGO Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter is on many a kid’s must-have list. It happens to be one of Target Bullseye’s Top Toys, too. The 578-piece set, brand new in 2019, includes mini-figures of Poe Dameron, Zorii Bliss, and a First Order Snowtrooper, plus D-O and an astromech droid. For something the whole family will enjoy, check out these 15 experience gifts.

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Baby Shark Bath Art Creations


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You can’t escape the earworm that is “Baby Shark,” so you might as well embrace it. Kids will love getting clean in the tub with these washable paints, crayons, and dissolvable stickers of everyone’s favorite baby sharks. Find out the most popular toy the year you were born.

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Vendees Surprise DIY Dispensers Holo Unicorn


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There’s a lot to love about this winner of the Gold Seal Best Toy Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio: Each box includes six surprises (think key chains and erasers), and then once your little one is done, she can paint the unicorn figurine and add sparkly glitter. Don’t miss these 101 Christmas gift ideas for people who are impossible to shop for.


Vtech Myla the Magical Unicorn


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With this Christmas toy from The Toy Insider’s Hot 20 list, kids can change the color of Myla’s wings, eyes, horn, and mane with the “magical” brush toy. Then, once’s she’s a rainbow of colors, the two can sing a duet together. It’s eligible for free shipping via Amazon Prime, as are these 60 other top Amazon Prime gifts.


Barbie Fashionista Doll Assortment Wheelchair


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The second Mattel introduced this wheelchair Barbie in February, she made a big splash in the special-needs community and beyond. The doll-sized wheelchair was created in collaboration with the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and is modeled after a real wheelchair. Find out what Barbie looked like the decade you were born.

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Hot Wheels Colossal Crash Speedway


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Another entry from the Amazon Top Toy 100 and Bullseye’s Top Toy lists, this double figure-8 track is more than five feet wide (but don’t worry, Mom and Dad, it folds up for easy storage). Kids will be entertained for hours as they zoom or jump the cars around the track. Don’t miss these $10 and under stocking-stuffers.

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American Girl Bowling Alley


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A winner of the National Parent Product Award, this pretend bowling alley is just like the real thing—complete with flashing lights, automatic scorekeeping, and pins that reset themselves. And because half the fun of going bowling is eating snacks, it also comes with a snack bar stocked with pretend popcorn, pretzels, and more. Shopping for your partner? Check out these top 53 gifts for Dad on Amazon.

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K’nex Dragon Revenge Dragon’s Revenge Thrill Coaster


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Budding engineers can build this working roller coaster that comes with a light-up car and movable dragon with flapping wings. There’s even a motorized drawbridge! It was named a Top 10 STEM Toy by Toy Insider and is recommended for kids 7 or older. Checking out the scariest roller coaster in every state should inspire them to start building.

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L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper


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This camper is so hot, it landed on the cover of Target’s toy catalog and is also on the Amazon Top 100 Toy list. It comes with 55 surprises, including 10 hangout areas (including a light-up pool, café, and bunk beds), various vanity items, and an exclusive L.O.L. Doll. Here’s what to buy for the woman who is impossible to shop for on your list.


PJ Masks PJ Seeker


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Go on a nighttime mission with Owlette, Catboy, and Gekko in this seeker command center with a light-up searchlight and room for four vehicles (mini Cat Car included). This made it onto Toy Insider’s Hot 20 list. If your significant other is a little harder to shop for, check out these 25 holiday gifts husbands really want.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet


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Tired of sharing your iPad with your kid? An Amazon Fire Tablet is an affordable solution (and one of those Christmas toys that ends up really being for everyone). It comes with a kid-safe case plus a year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, which includes access to more than 20,000 apps and games, videos, and more from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney, to name a few. Note: It almost always goes on sale on Black Friday. These are other Amazon Black Friday deals that are sure to sell out.

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Anne L. Fritz
Anne L. Fritz is a freelance writer, editor and mom of two based in Stamford, CT. Prior to launching her freelance career, Anne worked for Woman's Day, Life & Style, Seventeen, and more. You can find more of her musings on motherhood and more at

Fritz is on a lifelong hunt for the fountain of youth. She's convinced her two young kids, who won't let her sit down for longer than five mintues at a time, are it. Or maybe it's karma paying her back.