See those scraps of paper being slid under your door? Yeah, those are holiday wish lists from the kids. It’s November, after all. On one hand they’re very cute and endearing. On the other, they add up, and they add up fast.
With that in mind, when sales on toys pop up, it’s always wise to jump on them, and the earlier the better. You definitely don’t want to be that last-minute shopper gritting your teeth and hoping your procrastinating isn’t going to cause some long faces on Christmas morning.
Whether you’re looking for old classics, toys for little ones, or preteens, Amazon is the place to go for the best toy deals. The days of bundling up and doing hand-to-hand combat at the big-box toy stores are officially extinct — stay home, point, and click. And here are some of the great deals you should be aiming your pointer at.
Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Full Auto Gel Blaster & 10,000 Gelfire Rounds
Nerf’s play guns have come a long, long way from the single-shot dart. The Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic fires up to 10 rounds of soft gel projectiles per second. Definitely an outdoor toy and definitely for the 14-and-up crowd, but so much fun.
Desuccus HD Digital Kids Camera
If you don’t want your phone disappearing for hours and returning filled with kid selfies, this actual HD digital camera designed for little hands is a perfect gift. It shoots stills and video, does on-screen playback, and there’s no need to focus. The 32GB SD card will hold all of their selfies and fun videos. Comes in pink or blue models.
Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat
There are few things little kids love more than to draw, but where to turn them loose without fear of their creativity turning into graffiti? This 31-by-31-inch doodling mat comes with magic pens which you refill with clean water. Within 10 minutes, it vanishes and they can draw all over again. No permanent ink, no mess, no toxins.
Funko Pop! Figures
Funko Pop! figures are seemingly everywhere — equally at home on kids’ shelves, in toy boxes, and adult office desks. If a character is part of pop culture, there’s a pretty great chance a Funko Pop! figure exists for it. Head to this current Amazon deal now and load up for the kids, and grab one like Kramer in his underwear for yourself.
The Epic Dino Monster Machines
Little kids are nuts for anything with dinosaurs, and these rugged and easy-to-use pullback cars are ideal for small hands. They’re self-propelled, with no batteries needed and few moving parts. Just grab the big cool dino head, pull the car back on the floor, and let it go ripping. Perfect self-play fun for toddlers.
Magic 8 Ball
Many retro-classic toys have gotten modern updates to bring them into the 21st century. Some have stayed exactly the same, like the Magic 8 Ball, and for that we are extremely thankful because there’s just no improving perfection. Ask, shake, read, laugh — the formula is every bit as effective and fun as it was back in the Seventies.
Toss Across Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Speaking of old classics that remain unchanged, Toss Across is back in a big way, surely inspired by the ubiquitous Cornhole craze. Many of today’s tailgate Cornhole champs probably started out as Toss Across wizards. Show the kids how they can combine Tic-Tac-Toe with Cornhole, hand them the beanbags, and the fun will go on for hours.
God of War Ragnarök Launch Edition — PlayStation 5
Gamers have been waiting for months for the release of the latest chapter of the God of War series, fervently hoping it would live up to the hype. It has done that and so much more: IGN has given God of War Ragnarök a 10/10 rating, and it’s an early favorite for Game of the Year.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
It’s hard to believe that Pokémon first arrived in the US from Japan nearly 25 years ago, but it’s every bit as popular now as it was when it debuted here in 1998. Between Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, all the rage for Nintendo Switch gamers for the 2022 holiday season is all about Pokémon. These two new chapters of the seemingly endless Pokémon saga have been selling like crazy and garnering rave reviews.