Do you have a kiddo on your list this year, yet no idea what to give for the holidays? We’ve rounded up the top toys of 2019 for all different types of kids so you can give a gift that will trigger a reaction of pure excitement and appreciation. This year, some of the most popular toys are completely interactive, which means kids spend hours at a time nurturing and bonding with the toy to experience new entertaining features. Beyond interactive toys, educational options like STEM toys make perfect gifting options, along with building sets, classic fun toys, and cute plush picks, too!
If you’re ready to be the *cool* aunt or uncle this year, read on and pick out one (or more!) of the trendy toys from our list of favorites.
1. Smart Snacks Alpha Pops
BEST FOR TOTS
The Smart Snacks Alpha Pops by Learning Resources reinforces upper and lowercase letter recognition as your little one matches together the colorful frozen pops. Plus, the pops strengthen hand muscles and increase coordination while promoting imaginative play!
2. Hungry Hungry Hippos Game
BEST CLASSIC TOY
People of a certain age range may remember the classic Hungry Hungry Hippos Game from its distinctly fun and weird TV commercials. Now it’s back in all its colorful, jaw-snapping glory and it’s the perfect toy to surprise your favorite kiddo with this holiday season. It’s not only fun for them, but even you can join in on the excitement and play immediately after opening.
3. Owleez Flying Baby Owl
BEST FLYING TOY
Owleez are all the rage and certainly a hot gift for the 2019 holidays. This interactive baby owl with giant, doe eyes actually flies. She features over 100 sounds and interactions. Here’s the secret: The more your giftee practices flying with the Owleez, the better the baby owl will fly. That nurturing aspect of the toy is super rewarding and addicting for kids.
4. Spider-Man Remote Control Helicopter
BEST SUPERHERO TOY
RC toys always provide endless hours of fun for kids, but you don’t have to shell out hundreds for this drone. This RC helicopter kills two gifting-birds with one stone thanks to a Spider-Man theme, allowing your giftee to literally make Spidey fly. If you have a Marvel fan in your midsts, this toy is sure to put a smile on their face.
5. Wildluvs Juno My Baby Elephant
BEST FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER
If you have an kiddo on your list who adores animals, she (or he) will go gaga for Juno My Baby Elephant. Juno has super large, inviting eyes and she interacts with kids by using her wacky trunk to pick up her mouse and peanut. Keep an eye out though, she might throw them right at you.
6. Radical Racers Wall-Climbing RC Car
BEST FOR THE ADRENALINE-JUNKIE KID
If you have a pint-sized adrenaline junkie on your gift list, this wall-climbing RC car will keep him or her well-entertained for hours on end. Use the included remote control to direct the race car on the ground, upside down, or yeah, up the wall. Vroom.
7. Hatchimals Wow Llalacorn
BEST FOR THE TRENDY KID
Hatchimals are hot for the holidays and this year’s brand new release is on every kid’s wish list. These whimsical-looking Hatchimals will hatch from their egg when nurtured in traditional form, yet they’ll start growing almost immediately, and they won’t stop getting taller until the Hatchimal reaches three feet.
8. Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet
BEST TABLET FOR KIDS
This full-featured tablet has a vibrant HD display, plenty of internal storage and long battery life. This device makes such a great gift as it will quickly become your best ally during periods of travel, grocery store trips, waiting room visits, and more. The tablet has an endless amount of kid-appropriate content including apps, games, videos, books and educational series. And on top of all the kid-friendly content, it comes with a case that is ready to stop any sudden drops.
9. Elanco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit
BEST STEM TOY
Designed for kids in second grade and above, this snap-together electronic kit includes easy-to-install pieces and tons of extra features. With more than 30 separate pieces and 100 different build options, it’s sure to keep kids entertained for weeks on end. Projects include a flashing light, photo sensors and an adjustable volume siren.
10. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Building Kit
BEST LEGO TOY
For fans of the Harry Potter series, this top toy of 2019 includes everything you could ask for, from a tower-clambering dragon to a tree-smashing womping willow. You’ll also find a number of dementors flying around and everyone’s favorite giant spider, Aragog. There’s plenty of fun to be had with this kit after it’s all built up. It’s not recommended for super young kiddos since this castle kit contains 6,020 pieces.
11. Wild Republic Jumbo Sloth Plush
BEST PLUSH TOY
When it comes to stuffed animals, the bigger the better. This snuggly sloth measures 30 inches tall (that’s tall) and is fully washable. Plus, what kid doesn’t obsess over sloths at some point?
12. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
BEST POP CULTURE TOY
The Droid Inventor Kit is an innovative “edutainment”-style Star Wars toy. It’s great for curious kids, offers programmable settings and a variety of different possible end products, letting you really “invent” your Droid.