The holiday season is coming up fast, and shopping for the latest fashions, toys and gadgets will look a lot different this year. Instead of packed malls and last-minute trips to the store for stocking stuffers, people will be shopping early and online. Many retailers have moved up their holiday gift guides to accommodate for the increase in online shopping ahead of the 2020 holiday season. Amazon has already unveiled its Toys We Love list for 2020, which includes dozens of fan favorites as well as new products chosen by Amazon staff that will surely delight any child opening a brightly wrapped box.
All told, Amazon’s Toys We Love list contains more than 100 of the best toys of 2020, from Baby Yoda toys to princess dolls and Nerf guns. Helping to take the ‘guesswork out of gifting,’ Amazon’s list includes toys for every age group and price point. Fans of Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, aspiring artists and coders, future fashion designers and building designers, and those who love to spend the afternoon playing board games or completing puzzles with friends and family will all find something they love on Amazon’s in-depth holiday shopping list.
We picked 10 of the best items to help parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends get started on their holiday shopping list. There may even be an item or two that adults want to pick up for themselves as well. We’ve all been nice this year, right?
1. FISHER PRICE ROLLIN’ ROVEE
BEST BABY TO TODDLER TOY
If you are buying for a baby or toddler and aren’t quite sure of their ability level, or if you simply want a toy that can grow with the little one in your life, we recommend the new Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee. The brightly colored interactive friend grows with little ones, with four modes of play appropriate for babies and toddlers who are sitting, crawling or walking. Lights and music hold little one’s attention while they sing and dance with Rollin’ Rovee, learning up to 190 sounds, tunes and phrases, including the alphabet, their numbers, how to follow directions, and hearing their favorite nursery rhymes. As toddlers become more mobile, Rollin’ Rovee can move its arms and throw a ball, helping little ones learn how to play catch without the need for adult assistance. Designed for ages six months to five years, the Rollin’ Rovee can be used both independently or between friends and siblings.
2. TOYS BY BATTAT B. SYMPHONY MUSICAL TOY ORCHESTRA FOR KIDS
BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS
Babies, toddlers and kids love to hear music, so help them develop an appreciation for orchestra instruments at an early age. The B. Toys by Battat B. Symphony Musical Toy Orchestra for Kids includes 13 brightly colored toy instruments that can be inserted into the orchestra pit to create beautiful music. Kids can listen to 15 professionally recorded melodies, from nursery rhymes to Beethoven. Each instrument will light up when it is being played, teaching children how to identify sounds and match them to their instrument. Kids will also learn how to match by finding the correct color and shape in the orchestra pit for each instrument.
3. STAR WARS THE CHILD ANIMATRONIC EDITION
BEST FOR STAR WARS FANS
Just in time for the upcoming release of The Mandalorian’s second season, a new toy featuring The Child, a.k.a. the ridiculously cute Baby Yoda, has arrived. Designed for kids ages four and above (yes, adults will love it as well), users can touch the top of Baby Yoda’s head to hear 25 sweet sounds from the humanoid alien, from excited giggles to sleepy yawns. Tapping Baby Yoda’s head three times will elicit physical movements, including raised arms, eyes closing and a large sigh. Children can also place Baby Yoda in a horizontal position, which will encourage Baby Yoda to close their eyes and take a nap. Controlling The Force is tiring work. Baby Yoda also comes with a removable Mandalorian pendant necklace for when kids need some extra help fighting for what’s right.
4. PAW PATROL CHASE’S 5-IN-1 ULTIMATE CRUISER WITH LIGHTS AND SOUNDS
BEST FOR PAW PATROL FANS
Young fans of Paw Patrol can’t get enough of their favorite show, and that includes the many books, toys, pajama sets, backpacks and countless other items inspired by the crime-fighting dogs. Just when parents think they’ve run out of Paw Patrol items to buy their little one, a new toy set inspired by Chase has been announced for release in October. The 5-in-1 cruiser has room for all six Paw Patrol pups and also includes the Paw Patrol cruiser with flashing lights and sound effects, two motorcycles, a boat, and a helicopter. In other words, enough items so that if/when your child loses one piece of the set, they will hopefully be consoled by playing with another vehicle.
5. CRAYOLA INSPIRATION ART CASE COLORING SET
BEST FOR ARTISTS
For future Michelangelos, the Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set is a great gift to keep the little art lover in your life busy on a rainy afternoon, a car trip, or simply while they are waiting for dinner to be ready. With many kids switching to virtual learning this year and schools cutting down on the sharing of supplies, this set that includes 64 crayons, 20 short colored pencils, and 40 washable markers is a great kit for students to use throughout the academic year. The nontoxic art supplies are conveniently stored in a beautiful briefcase, which also comes with 15 large pieces of paper to let kids get started right away on their next masterpiece.
6. LEGO MINECRAFT THE ILLEGAL RAID
BEST LEGO AND MINECRAFT CROSSOVER
For decades, Lego has been helping kids develop their fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and encouraging design, creativity and role-playing. Whether you are buying for a Lego enthusiast or have a child that needs to take a break from screens, the Lego and Minecraft crossover set is a great option. Redesigned for 2020, the set is geared towards kids ages seven and up and includes three areas that focus on Kai, the biting Ravager beast and the hostile Villagers. The set can be used on its own or in addition to other Minecraft Lego sets that are already available.
7. MGA ENTERTAINMENT NA! NA! NA! SURPRISE
BEST FOR FASHIONISTAS
Kids that love the OMG and MGA dolls will love the new, taller Na! Na! Na! surprise doll, Piper Prim. Arriving in an oversized pom-pom style cat-shaped carrying case, kids will love unboxing their new gift to see the outfits and other surprises contained inside (exploding confetti included). Shoes, purses and other accessories are included to create up to 100 different outfits for Piper Prim. Her long blue hair can be brushed and styled and she’s fully poseable, helping kids create new runway looks.
8. OSMO CODING STARTER KIT FOR IPAD
BEST STEM FOR YOUNGER KIDS
To help get kids as young as five develop an interest in technology beyond the screen, there’s the Osmo Coding Starter Kit. Used in conjunction with an iPad, the Osmo teaches the basics of coding with physical tools. Using tangible puzzle pieces and the iPad, children can begin to understand how to physically put together the building blocks necessary to create the games they play and videos they watch on devices. Using the character Coding Awbie, children learn how to create music, sounds, and direct Coding Awbie to make his way through games and challenges. Strategy and problem-solving skills come into play through completing the puzzles in the game. We also like that Osmo does not require a Wi-Fi connection, which allows parents to let their kids learn to code on the iPad without worrying about them seeing inappropriate content online.
9. THINKFUN GRAVITY MAZE MARBLE RUN
BEST STEM FOR OLDER KIDS
When it’s time to take a break from screens, kids can have fun learning with the ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run. Designed for solo play, the STEM game helps develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving as players navigate their way through building and conquering the maze. The Gravity Maze comes with 60 challenges that range from beginner to expert, making this a game that can grow with kids and teens. Once players have completed all the challenges, they can build their own mazes.
10. MONOPOLY: FRIENDS THE TV SERIES EDITION
BEST FOR BIG KIDS
Enjoying toys and boardgames doesn’t end with adolescence. Friends aficionados will be more excited than a Joey sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner when they are gifted this special edition Monopoly board game. Perfect for game night with family or, yes, friends, the board game has all the rules and goals of a traditional Monopoly game with the added (Central) perks of the TV show. Special game pieces, including a handbag, a dinosaur, a sweater vest, a pizza, a chef’s hat, and an acoustic guitar are included and players can land on spaces that feature terms from the show, including the Holiday Armadillo and Ross’ Teeth. Use your ‘unagi’ to outsmart the other players. Just don’t get distracted by arguing about what constitutes a ‘break.’