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34 Hottest Christmas Toys That Will Be Flying Off the Shelves

Buy the hottest toys of the holiday season before they sell out!

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Every holiday season, there are those “it” Christmas toys—you know, the gift ideas that sell out long before Black Friday is over, leaving parents scrambling to buy them via third-party vendors at double the retail price. Toy companies are warning that this year could be even more competitive as supply chain issues combine with expected shipping delays from FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service.

“For hot and trending products, or if you’re looking for a specific make, model, or color of an item, my recommendation to parents is to buy now. Current supply chain and inventory issues will make it much more difficult—or unavailable—to buy later,” says retail expert Kristen Gall, president of Rakuten Rewards. She predicts kids will be asking Santa for interactive toys, popping fidget toys, TikTok-famous stuffies, and toys from big names like Disney and Barbie—all of which are sure to be in major demand and harder to get the closer you get to the holiday.

Luckily for you, we have put together a list of the 34 most wanted Christmas toys of 2021, from big-ticket items to stocking stuffers for kids. These gifts for kids include the classics—think Barbie, L.O.L. Surprise!, and Hot Wheels—as well as brand-new releases that have made it onto every list of best toys. And if you are shopping for gifts for teens, gifts for tween girls, gifts for tween boys, gifts for toddlers, and gifts for boys, we’ve got plenty of gift guides for you. But one piece of advice: Click “buy now,” or you might miss out!

American Girl Maritza Dollvia americangirl.com

American Girl Maritza Doll

Best for: Ages 8+

One of the dolls in the new American Girl World By Us collection, Maritza is a motivated soccer player who also advocates in support of keeping families who have immigrated to the United States together. She’ll teach your child that it’s best to lead with your heart (the title of her book, included) on and off the field.

Pros:

  • Teaches empathy and social responsibility
  • Diversify your child’s dolls

Cons:

  • Pricey

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Our Generation Awesome Academy School Roomvia target.com

Our Generation Awesome Academy School Room

Best for: Ages 3+

Playing school just got a serious upgrade thanks to Target’s Our Generation. The school room comes with two desks and chairs for students, plus another set for the teacher along with adorable miniature school supplies including a pencil sharpener, tape dispenser, and coffee mug for the teacher. The classroom features a real chalkboard and chalk, a glow-in-the-dark whiteboard, and working lights, clock, fire alarm, and school bell.

Pros:

  • Encourages pretend play
  • Fosters an interest in education

Cons:

  • Lots of small parts that can get lost

Force1 Scoot Cosmo Led Dronevia amazon.com

Force1 Scoot Cosmo LED Drone

Best for: Ages 7+

They can fly their very own UFO spaceship toy with this new addition to the Scoot drone family: the Scoot Cosmo. Just toss to launch it and then fly with bare hands while enjoying the ultra-bright LED lights and kaleidoscope projections on the ceiling.

Pros:

  • Safe and easy to control
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Not very sturdy

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Aerobie Sonic Fin Footballvia amazon.com

Aerobie Sonic Fin Football

Best for: Ages 6+

The innovative hollow design creates the ultimate lift and maximum possible distance in the air so every player can go long with throws up to 100 yards. Then they’ll let it land on the ground to see who threw it the farthest. It’s also great for family games of two-hand-touch.

Pros:

  • Great for kids learning to throw
  • Encourages fitness

Cons:

  • Can be hard to get the hang of at first

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Rubik's Connected Cubevia amazon.com

Rubik’s Connected Cube

Best for: Ages 10+

This reinvented version of the classic Rubik’s Cube fits into the 21st century with style. It’s an innovative app-enabled cube puzzle game that connects to their phone or tablet through Bluetooth and allows them to actually learn how to solve the Rubik’s, play additional mini-games, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Plus, if they learn how to solve a regular Rubik’s cube they’ll impress all their friends for the rest of time—and that’s priceless.

Pros:

  • Tests their brain skills
  • Will keep them occupied for hours

Cons:

  • Expensive

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Monster Jam Grave Digger Rc Carvia amazon.com

Monster Jam Grave Digger RC Car

Best for: Ages 6+

If big wheels, monster trucks, and remote control cars are all the most coveted features in his world, he’ll love this Monster Jam Grave Digger RC car. With dual optical sensors, this is the only remote control toy that allows you to drive while doing both nose and tail wheelies (yeehaw)!

Pros:

  • Does a lot
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Short battery life

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Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Setvia amazon.com

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set

Best for: Ages 3+

Tell them to play with all four-and-a-half pounds of colored and white kinetic sands that won’t make a mess or leave your floors in peril. The set comes with ten tools and molds and is ideal for preschool age and beyond.

Pros:

  • Just like sand, but without the mess
  • Excellent sensory toy

Cons:

  • Tends to pick up any dirt or pet hair on playing surfaces

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Atomic X Force1 Crawler 6 Wheel Remote Control Carvia amazon.com

Force1 Crawler 6-Wheel Remote Control Car

Best for: Ages 6+

This futuristic-feeling six-wheeler offers countless RC car tricks thanks to its unique design, sturdy rubber tires, and all-terrain capabilities. It’s cool enough that adults and teens will want to get in on the action, too.

Pros:

  • Can be used indoors or out
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Short battery life

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Usa Toyz Laser Tag Setvia usatoyz.com

USA Toyz Laser Tag Set

Best for: Ages 8+

Give them a realistic arcade play experience with this laser tag set for kids. The two included rechargeable laser toy guns feature light and vibration feedback while the matching wearable vests have a spray function that activates once you lose all game lives. It’s a safe, fun, and active way to stay happy even when the weather outside is frightful.

Pros:

  • Encourages active play
  • Rechargeable battery

Cons:

  • Expensive

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Lol Surprise Omg Movie Magic Studiosvia target.com

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Movie Magic Studios

Best for: Ages 4+

For the past five holiday seasons since their launch, L.O.L. Surprise! toys have been best sellers. Kids go wild for the big-headed dolls, and this year is no different. O.M.G. Movie Magic Studios is selling like hotcakes. It features 12 of the popular dolls, 70 unboxing experiences, and even a box that doubles as a movie studio. For older sibs, check out the best stocking stuffers for teens.

Pros:

  • A one-and-done gift
  • L.O.L. fans will go wild for it

Cons:

  • Higher price

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Little Tikes Pelican Explore And Fit Cyclevia bestbuy.com

Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle

Best for: Ages 3+

Whether a Peloton, Echelon, or other fitness cycle, your exercise bike of choice is appealing to little ones who want to be just like Mom or Dad. This new release from Little Tikes will make their hearts pound with excitement and exertion. The Pelican Bike is a fun introduction to fitness, allowing kids to exercise while also providing entertainment—it’s equipped with a smart device mount so they can watch accompanying YouTube training adventure videos. Speaking of fitness, we hear an exercise bike makes a good gift for dads and moms who have vowed to get in shape.

Pros:

  • Connects to YouTube training videos
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Encourages exercise

Cons:

  • Expensive

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Rainbow High Color Change Carvia amazon.com

Rainbow High Color Change Car

Best for: Ages 5+

Fans of the Rainbow High television series will love taking their dolls for a ride in this color-changing convertible. Big enough for two dolls to take a cruise, it starts out white and with the press of a button changes into any color of the rainbow. Last-minute shoppers can rejoice: This is an Amazon Prime gift, so shipping is speedy.

Pros:

  • Great alternative to L.O.L. or Barbie
  • Will be a hit with kids who love the Rainbow High show

Cons:

  • Batteries not included
  • Dolls sold separately

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Moose Toys Magic Mixties Magic Cauldronvia amazon.com

Moose Toys Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron

Best for: Ages 5+

If there is a single toy expected to win Christmas, it’s Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron, which nabbed a spot on pretty much everyone’s toy list, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and TTPM. Moose Toys’ Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron gives children all the magic they need to create their own Mixie, who is unveiled after a little hocus pocus and mix. Don’t make this a last-minute Christmas gift; if you find one, buy it immediately. They are already sold out at most major retailers but still available for purchase on Amazon.

Pros:

  • Interactive toy
  • Kids will love the magic activity
  • Comes with an adorable creature

Cons:

  • Limited availability

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My Squishy Little Dumplings Golden Dumplingvia target.com

My Squishy Little Dumplings Golden Dumpling

Best for: Ages 5+

My Squishy Little Dumplings are perfect for under the tree or even as stocking stuffers. Each palm-sized interactive character has its own larger-than-life personality and will provide endless fun with its adorable reactions, giggles, and even little burps. While this little guy sits firmly in the kids aisle, it’d be a funny gag gift for adults too.

Pros:

  • Reasonably priced
  • Great stocking stuffer

Cons:

  • Kids will want more than one!

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Barbie Dreamhousevia target.com

Barbie DreamHouse

Best for: Ages 3+

Christmas toys come and go, but the Barbie DreamHouse is here to stay. This year, Barbie’s fully furnished tri-level mansion underwent renovations and is now outfitted with colorful lights and even music. As for the adult homeowners in your life, these hostess gifts will do nicely.

Pros:

  • Will last them their entire childhood
  • Comes with music and lights

Cons:

  • Some assembly required
  • Batteries not included

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Paw Patrol The Movie Ultimate City Towervia walmart.com

PAW Patrol: The Movie Ultimate City Tower

Best for: Ages 3+

If PAW Patrol: The Movie was a hit with your child, this three-foot-tall play set will be too. It features so many fun and interactive elements, including a light-up rescue ramp, command center, vehicle lift, and pup elevator, along with all six pups to play with. It’s the perfect gift for young dog lovers.

Pros:

  • Great one-and-done gift
  • Includes pups

Cons:

  • Some assembly required
  • Batteries not included

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Cocomelon Deluxe Interactive Jj Dollvia walmart.com

CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll

Best for: Ages 2+

This interactive plush doll from the hit kids’ show CoComelon is ready to giggle and say his trademark phrases (including “yes, yes, vegetables!”) while your child dresses him up and feeds him peas.

Pros:

  • Perfect for little CoComelon fans
  • Interactive toy

Cons:

  • Limited availability

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Wowwee Got2glow Fairy Findervia target.com

WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder

Best for: Ages 5+

WowWee’s Got2Glow Fairy Finder is one of the most buzz-worthy Christmas toys of the year, appearing on nearly every hot toy list. The magical fairy jar is ready to go on a virtual quest with your young one, who can search for 30 fairies à la Pokémon. Once caught, the fairies need to be cared for and even have their own personalities. You’ll also want to check out the cutest stocking stuffers for toddlers.

Pros:

  • Unique and interactive
  • Batteries included

Cons:

  • Limited availability

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Barbie Color Reveal Surprise Party Setvia barnesandnoble.com

Barbie Color Reveal Surprise Party Set

Best for: Ages 3+

What do you get when you take Barbie and mix in two of the hottest toy trends, the unboxing experience, and color-changing abilities? The ultimate set of 50 surprises, including a Barbie Color Reveal doll and Color Reveal Chelsea doll, both coated in silver metallic with colorful confetti stars. It also includes two Color Reveal pets in metallic pink and purple. For more perfectly girly gifts, check out these gifts for girlfriends.

Pros:

  • Color-changing fun
  • Exciting unboxing experience

Cons:

  • You can’t choose a specific doll
  • You might need to help your child, as water is involved

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Squeakee The Balloon Dinovia walmart.com

Squeakee the Balloon Dino

Best for: Ages 5+

A robotic dinosaur is always a good idea. Not only is Squeakee the Balloon Dino adorable, stomping, chomping, dancing, and roaring with your child, but the prehistoric pal even plays chicken and tug-of-war.

Pros:

  • Batteries included
  • Interactive toy

Cons:

  • Light assembly required

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Lego Super Mario Bowsers Castle Boss Battle Building Kit And Expansion Setvia amazon.com

LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Building Kit and Expansion Set

Best for: Ages 8+

LEGO sets are always a no-brainer for Christmas toys, and one of the hottest of the season is undoubtedly this one from Nintendo’s Super Mario franchise. Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle kit nabbed the 2021 Best Play Set win from the Toy of the Year Awards because it offers hours of building fun followed by even more interactive play. LEGO might primarily be a kids’ Christmas toy, but don’t rule this out as a gift for husbands who still love Super Mario.

Pros:

  • Combines problem-solving and interactive play
  • LEGO is always a crowd-pleaser

Cons:

  • Batteries not included

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Chuckle And Roar Pop Itvia target.com

Chuckle & Roar Pop It!

Best for: Ages 3 to 10

Unless you have been hibernating in a cave over the past year, you are well aware of the viral sensation Pop It! These fun popping toys (think of them like silicone sheets of bubble wrap) are great stocking stuffers and will bring hours of screen-free entertainment to your child.

Pros:

  • A great sensory toy
  • Non-electronic

Cons:

  • Kids may already have one

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Star Wars Galactic Snackin Groguvia gamestop.com

Star Wars Galactic Snackin’ Grogu

Best for: Ages 4+

Little Star Wars and Mandalorian fans will enjoy playing with this interactive Baby Yoda gift, which reacts with animation and adorable sound effects when it comes into contact with included accessories, like a bowl with tentacles, cookie, shifter knob, and spoon. It’s the perfect Star Wars gift for anyone who thinks Grogu is the cutest character to come along since Baby Groot. So, everyone.

Pros:

  • Fun and interactive
  • A no-brainer for Star Wars fans

Cons:

  • Batteries not included

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Vtech Kidizoom Printcamvia walmart.com

VTech KidiZoom PrintCam

Best for: Ages 4+

Another one of the top Christmas toys of the season, this fun first camera encourages kids to snap away and even allows them to preview and print 80 photos, with extra printer paper sold separately. Stumped on what to get Dad? Here are the best gifts for men who have everything.

Pros:

  • Fun way for kids to explore photography
  • Takes photos and videos

Cons:

  • Memory card not included
  • You will likely need to purchase additional paper

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Squishmallows Leonard The Rainbow Mane Lionvia amazon.com

Squishmallows Leonard the Rainbow Mane Lion

Best for: All ages

Kids are wild about Squishmallows, the super-squishy, super-soft, cuddly stuffed friends. They are available in tons of different characters, foods, and animals—and are rapidly selling out this holiday season.

Pros:

  • No noise or lights
  • No batteries required

Cons:

  • Limited availability

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Glo Up Girls Kenzie Fashion Dollvia target.com

Glo-Up Girls Kenzie Fashion Doll

Best for: Ages 5+

If they love a good makeover montage, kids will go wild for Glo-Up Girls. These little dolls are ready for pampering and come equipped with over 25 surprises. Buy one if you can—they are selling out fast. Know some grown-ups who’d appreciate a little pampering? These self-care gifts might make the perfect presents.

Pros:

  • Toy and cosmetics in one
  • Great alternative to L.O.L. or Barbie

Cons:

  • Limited availability

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Thinkfun Gravity Mazevia amazon.com

ThinkFun Gravity Maze

Best for: Ages 8+

Another award-winning toy that promotes mind-challenging fun, the Gravity Maze is a great gender-neutral marble run that even parents will enjoy playing. It offers beginner to expert challenges, so it will grow with your kid as well.

Pros:

  • A grow-with-you toy
  • Brain-stimulating

Cons:

  • Not quite as big as some other marble tracks

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Pinxies Vet Care Centervia lukilab.com

Pinxies Vet Care Center

Best for: Ages 6+

The STEM-authenticated Pinxies Vet Care set will appeal to kids who tend to shy away from “learning” toys. First, they can build a vet structure out of 110 pieces. Then comes the endless fun as they treat their five mythical creatures to the best veterinary care around. Give it as a gift for the cat lover in your clan.

Pros:

  • Building game plus play set
  • Brain-stimulating
  • STEM-approved

Cons:

  • Younger children may need help

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Make It Real Color Fusion Nail Polish Makervia target.com

Make It Real Color Fusion Nail Polish Maker

Best for: Ages 8+

Cosmetics-loving kids will be thrilled to unwrap this set on Christmas morning. It includes everything needed to create up to 200 shades of water-based, nontoxic nail polish using a recipe book or via a downloadable color-matching app.

Pros:

  • Combines creation and play
  • No batteries required

Cons:

  • May get messy

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Beyblade Burst Surge Speedstorm Motor Strike Battle Setvia target.com

Beyblade Burst Surge Speed Storm Motor Strike Battle Set

Best for: Ages 8+

Beyblades have been a hot-ticket item for the past few years. This set, just released in August, includes a motorized Beystadium, two spin launchers, and two spinning tops. Keep shopping with Harry Potter gifts your little bookworms will love.

Pros:

  • Gender-neutral
  • Can be used with other Beyblade toys

Cons:

  • Batteries not included

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Hot Wheels City Ultimate Garagevia target.com

Hot Wheels City Ultimate Garage

Best for: Ages 5+

Guaranteed to be just as popular this year as last, this enormous vertical tower parking garage is built to house over 100 cars. As the vehicles make their way around the twists and turns, they will have to avoid Robo T-Rex. With multiple points at which to connect other Hot Wheels sets, kids can create a huge Hot Wheels City.

Pros:

  • No batteries required
  • Connects with other Hot Wheels sets

Cons:

  • Adult assembly required

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Osmo Math Wizard And The Magical Workshopvia target.com

Osmo Math Wizard and the Magical Workshop

Best for: Ages 6 to 9

Looking for more Christmas toys that make learning fun? Turn to Osmo’s Math Wizard and the Magical Workshop, which works with an iPad or Fire tablet. This interactive, clever tool smartens up screen time by teaching mathematical skills, such as addition and subtraction, with hands-on play. One note: The game isn’t a tech gift exactly. If you don’t have them already, you’ll need to buy the tablet and tablet base separately.

Pros:

  • A fun learning tool
  • Guilt-free screen time

Cons:

  • iPad or Fire tablet not included

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Skyrocket Moji The Lovable Labradoodlevia target.com

SkyRocket Moji the Lovable Labradoodle

Best for: Ages 4+

The next best thing to a puppy with a bow around its neck on Christmas morning is SkyRocket Moji, the Lovable Labradoodle. The robotic dog has an adorable, animated face that makes sounds, communicates needs, and even follows voice and touch commands.

Pros:

  • A maintenance-free alternative to a puppy
  • Animated and interactive toy

Cons:

  • Batteries not included

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Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castlevia target.com

Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castle

Best for: Ages 3+

A regal gift for any Disney princess fan, the four-foot-tall Ultimate Celebration Castle is built to house all the princesses in the Disney lineup, with three stories, six rooms, and music that plays to a light show. Check out these other Disney gifts for the fan in your life.

Pros:

  • Includes 29 accessories
  • Great big-ticket gift for Disney fans

Cons:

  • Dolls sold separately
  • Batteries not included
  • Assembly required
  • Expensive

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Leah Groth
Leah is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor, mother and product junkie. Her obsessions include old houses, home design, fashion, beauty, books and anything that makes her life — which includes working full-time and taking care of two "spirited" children and a Vizsla puppy — a little bit easier. Her work has appeared on a variety of publications and websites, including Glamour, Prevention, Business Insider, Livestrong, Mindbodygreen, Fatherly, Scary Mommy, Wonderwall and Cosmopolitan.

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