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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. It seems like just days ago we were clamoring to find the best products of summer, and now here we are searching for the best Christmas presents of the season. This year’s holiday season definitely came in hot, with mega-retailers like Amazon and Target offering early Black Friday deals to entice customers to start their Christmas shopping early. We’re here to ensure that you’re fully prepared for the holiday rush, especially with the expectation of this year’s supply chain delays.
Already in 2021 we’ve written about the introduction of some really amazing new products, many of which SPY included in shopping guides such as the 101 Best Christmas Gifts of 2021, the 75 Top Stocking Stuffers, and our favorite Advent calendars. For kids and parents, we’ve also put together guides to popular new toys such as the best STEM toys, marble run toys, and more.
Now, SPY is excited to announce our overall listing of the best toys of the year. Our top toys list features brain-challenging STEM robots, complex LEGO sets, and fun limited-edition dolls. We’ve also included lots of toys inspired by kids’ favorite franchises. We’ve got Bluey, Cocomelon, Roblox and Minecraft toys that are sure to be on countless holiday wish lists this year.
We present to you the Best Toys of 2021, part of SPY’s ongoing coverage of the best products of the year.
How We Chose The Top Toys of 2021
Putting together a guide to the best toys of 2021 isn’t easy. There are literally tens of thousands of toys and games for sale, and thousands of new toys are released each year. So how did we choose these toys?
SPY.com editors have written about tons of popular toys in 2021 and attended major toy events, so we started off with our editor’s favorite toys of the year in specific categories such as STEM toys, dolls and outdoor toys. We wanted to make sure we gathered toys and gift ideas for kids of all ages, and we wanted to find gifts at a variety of price points. Next, we made sure to check the newest toys from kid-approved brands like LEGO, LOL Surprise, NERF, Barbie and Little Tykes. Finally, we reviewed Target, Amazon and Walmart’s official guides to the most popular toys of the year to make sure we weren’t missing anything.
Most of the toys we picked were released in 2021, but we decided not to limit our list to newly released toys. Some of these toys were released two or three years ago, but we expect all of them to be popular in 2021.
Once our editors had put together an initial list of 75 toys, we consulted parents, kids and grandparents. After all, who knows better what kids want to find under the Christmas tree? After listening to feedback from our experts, we narrowed down our list. And in the end, we simply selected the toys that looked the most awesome. This year’s top toys include some truly epic products we wish were available in our childhood.
So whether you’re playing Santa or just trying to find the perfect gift to put a smile on your favorite child’s face, check out SPY’s official list of the best toys of 2021.
*This article was last updated on November 29, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. EST.