The 25 Best Christmas Toys for Kids of 2021

Unwrapping these gifts will make them believe in holiday magic

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Our Top Picks

Czech Games Codenames Board Game at Amazon

"Perfect for family game night or group parties, Codenames entails teammates working together to avoid the assassin."

WowWee PinkFong Baby Shark Doll at Amazon

"More than just a plush animal your little one can cuddle, when its tummy's squeezed, it plays the "Baby Shark" song."

Tenzi Buildzi Building Block Game at Amazon

"Race against the clock by flipping over your card, and be the first among your opponents to build a block tower."

Basic Fun Cutetitos Mini Animals at Amazon

"A two-in-one collectible set, the plush animals can be wrapped together or separately for cuddly fun."

Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers at Amazon

"This rechargeable pixie flyer will make your sweetie believe in magic as they watch it twirl its wings mid-air."

Educational Insights Spindoodle Game at Amazon

"Similar to Charades but involving doodling, Spindoodle involves making teams and guessing what's being drawn on a spinning board."

Shashibo Shape Shifting Box at Amazon

"A portable toy that can be played with on long road trips or during leisure time, it'll intrigue any fan of STEM or STEAM."

Cards That Make You LOL: A Hilarious Card Game of Party Tricks at Amazon

"The best part is watching the teams try to raise their eyebrow, roll their tongue, and pat their head while rubbing their belly."

Care Bears Stuffed Animal at Amazon

"Stuffed animal lovers can add another to their collection with this collectible Care Bear, complete with a Care Coin."

Educational Insights T-Rex Rumble Game at Amazon

"The T-Rex Rumble Game combines drawing, charades, and pretend play for a fast-paced night of prehistoric fun."

If you have any kids on your holiday list this December, check out our helpful gift guide for some pre-shopping tips. Whether you need presents for babies or teens, indoor or outdoor gifts, there’s something out there for every little one on your nice list.

We've researched the most trendy, fun, and entertaining Christmas toys for kids that will likely be on their wishlist this season.

Czech Games Codenames Board Game

Czech Games Codenames

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Rival spymasters, assassins, secret identities, and more are involved in this fast-moving, simple, yet challenging game. Teams compete to see who can make contact with their agents first, all while avoiding an assassin. Recommended for ages 14 and up, the game is best played with a group of four to eight players, so it is perfect for family game night.  

WowWee PinkFong Baby Shark Doll

Delight any little kiddo with their very own baby shark. The super-soft plush is super cuddly and safe for toddlers. Squeeze baby shark’s belly and you’ll hear four verses of the famously catchy "Baby Shark" song. 

Tenzi Buildzi Building Block Game

An award-winning building block game that rewards creativity and quick problem-solving skills, Buildzi is fun for kids ages 6 on up. The set includes seven different building games that can easily be adapted for two to four players and party games that work with up to eight players. Kids will develop and reinforce many STEM skills while having fun. 

Basic Fun Cutetitos Mini Animals

Welcome Cutetitos as the newest trend in stuffed animals. Packaged in a toy peanut butter jar, the gift contains two 5-inch stuffed animals (Peanut Butter and Jelly) wrapped in a soft, heart-shaped wrap, each with a pet collector card. There are eight Cutetitos in all, so they’re perfect for collectors from ages 3 and up. 

Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers

Magic will be in the palm of their hands with this glittery Crystal Flyer. They will stare in awe as they watch this rechargeable fairy take flight. Using just their hand, your kiddo can guide the pixie to fly high, low, or stop completely. Suitable for kids 6 years old and up, the autostop feature keeps your little one safe if they touch the wings while the pixie is flying.

Educational Insights Spindoodle Game

Spot on for family game night, teams are challenged to guess what you’re drawing, while writing on a spinning board. If your family is a fan of Pictionary, this game takes the idea to the next level and gets lots of positive reviews. The manufacturer says it is best for ages 8 and up, but younger kids who can read the game cards should be fine to play.

Shashibo Shape Shifting Box

A perfect gift for people of all ages, this is an award-winning magnetic puzzle that transforms into over 70 shapes. Fun with just one or with a few, these magnetic cubes are perfect for fidgeting, stress management, spatial thinking, or just having fun. 

Cards That Make You LOL: A Hilarious Card Game of Party Tricks

Get ready to laugh with your family like you never before with this cheeky family game. Created by a Black-owned business, the game is easy to follow for the entire family. After splitting into two groups, each team pulls a card and read the challenge. That team then has to guess how many players on the opposing team can actually complete that challenge. The better your guess, the more points you will receive. The best part is watching the teams try to raise their eyebrow, roll their tongue, pat their head while rubbing their belly, and other silly party tricks.

Care Bears Stuffed Animal

These sweet blasts from the past Care Bears are just as cute as ever. There are six Care Bear plushies to collect, and each one is soft and huggable. Each bear measures 14 inches big and comes with a collectible Care Coin. These super-sweet toys are best for kids ages 2 to 11 years old. 

Educational Insights T-Rex Rumble Game

Prepare to laugh as you are challenged with strapping on tiny dinosaur arms while trying to complete hilarious challenges like drawing, charades, and more. Perfect for family game night, this game is recommended for kids 7 and up. 

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix Super Surprise

LOL Surprise OMG Remix dolls

 Courtesy of Walmart

The holiday season isn't complete with the latest L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and this season's version won't disappoint. With over 70 different surprises to discover, your little one will be obsessed with the music-themed set. With eight dolls, four playable instruments, and much more, they'll be glad they're on the nice list this year. These new stars are designed for kids 4 years old and up.

LEGO Dots Desk Organizer

A fun gift, especially for those kids who may be attending school virtually and would love to personalize their desk space, LEGO Dots are just the thing. Made to be easily and quickly assembled, the DIY set lets kids create and decorate their very own mini picture holders. The open-ended creative toy comes as a set of three and is suitable for kids 6 years old and up. 

Bluey Mini Playset

If you aren't familiar with the hit Australian series Bluey, your tot probably is. Making a huge stateside debut, this mini playset version of the character's actual backyard swing set is perfect for imaginative play. The adorable four-piece set includes a swing, slide, tiny wheelbarrow, and a little Bluey. Kids ages 3 years old and up will adore this set.

Treasure X Sunken Gold Shark's Treasure

This action-packed toy is all about uncovering one surprise after another. As soon as it's taken out of the package, your kiddo has to dissect the grizzly shark to find the slime-covered treasure and the brave treasure hunter. With 16 intensely fun levels of adventure, your little one will be ready for endless fun. This adventure is designed for kids age 5 to 15 years old.

OgoSport Glove A Bubble Family Pack

OgoSport Glove A Bubble Family Pack

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Bubble fans will appreciate this awesome way to send bubbles out into the world. Simply put on the glove, dip the glove into the bubble solution, and wave around your hand to create tons of bubbles. The pack contains five Glove A Bubble characters, bubble solution, and a tray. A great gift for kids 3 and up. 

Winning Moves Double Trouble Game

A classic game with a new twist, Double Trouble doubles the challenges and the fun. Race to finish the game in this mad-cap dice popping game that now has two Pop-o-Matics! Double Trouble is recommended for kiddos ages 8 and up and is fun for two to four players.

Mr Potato Head Chips

Mr. Potato Head got a makeover and a new exciting play pattern for kids. Simply stack the plastic chip pieces and then insert the accessories into the slots to create a Mr. Potato Head Chips character. Perfect for kids 3 and up, the pieces are all interchangeable and come in their own resealable bags. 

Operation Game: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition

Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition

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The game for kids ages 6 and up would make a great addition for any Star Wars fan. This twist on the classic version is perfect for solo play or playing with the family. Players are challenged to use the tweezers to remove the objects from places in the game unit, but if they touch the side of an opening, it'll set off the buzzer and they'll lose their turn. 

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Baby Toy

A simple yet brilliant toy, this gift is perfect for babies from 10 months to 3 years old. Five vibrantly colored silicone bubbles of varying sizes are built into a plastic frame. Kids (and adults) will have tons of fun pushing them through and hearing a popping sound. This portable cause and effect toy is so satisfying. 

VTech Explore and Write Activity Desk

If little kids want to get in on the work from home action, this activity desk gives them the perfect space to work, play, and learn. The interactive desktop has a light-up writing pad to practice writing and tracing letters, numbers, and shapes. For even more fun, the desk transforms into an easel and chalkboard with lots of storage space for art supplies, so it’s ideal for kids 2 to 5 years old. 

Disney Mulan Warrior Bow

Kids get their chance to be a courageous hero with this fun and safe warrior bow. Pull back, take aim, and watch as the NERF darts fly up to 75 feet. A great gift for kids 8 and up, the set comes with eight darts and works with all NERF darts. 

Selieve Toys Walkie Talkies

Whether your kid's bestie is their sibling or their next door neighbor, they will love communicating with each other with these walkie talkies. Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, the walkie talkies feature a key lock function so that kids don't stumble into outside channels. The simple push to talk system makes these the ideal gift for kids between 3 and 12 years old.

LeapFrog 100 Animals Book

Mix some learning into playtime with this LeapFrog Animal Book. With six double-sided pages, this interactive book teaches toddlers about different animals from around the world. The three play modes offers your little one different ways to learn while the bilingual settings allows kids to sing along in Spanish. This toy is ideal for toddlers 18 months old and up.

Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set Marble Run

If you've ever watched a video of a marble run online, you know how mesmerizing it is. Bring the magic of marble runs to your home this season with the Gravitrax Starter Set. The 122-piece set is the perfect introduction to the STEM-based activity. Once your kiddo falls in love with creating their own marble runs, you can purchase expansion packs in the future. This set is ideal for kids 8 years old and up.

Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper

Give your kids an energy outlet that they won't get tired of with this foam pogo jumper. Made of durable foam, this pogo jumper is great for indoor and outdoor use and makes a satisfying squeaking sound with each jump. As their playing and jumping, your kiddos will learn how to perfect their balance, improve their hand eye coordination, and sharpen their gross motor skills. This toy is designed for kids 3 years old and up.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. A holiday wish list feels far away, but she knows it’s not. She’s loving the family game ideas and may give gifts that spruce up her kids’ school desks (at home), although all they will want are BeyBlades and toys, toys, and more toys.

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