Our little girls are finally of age where they are starting to be interested in gifts, presents, and the whole unwrapping thing.
I’m excited for them to see the tree on Christmas morning.
Of course, I’d like to keep things in perspective: teach them the real reason for the season and stay within our budget.
But Christmas for kids is about the toys, so with a little help from the folks at Time to Play, I present some of the hot new toys for Christmas this year.
Use this list to help you shop for kids this year, or use it to make some extra money through bulk purchases and eBay sales.
Hot Toys for Christmas 2012
Angry Birds Space Game – The Angry Birds franchise is back with another live action game. Last year’s knock on wood game was such a hit, they returned with this one, which comes with 2 birds and is meant for kids 5-12 years of age.
Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag Set – “The doctor will see you now.” That’s what your child could be saying if you buy this toy. I know my girls love this little series and it’s teaching them a bit about science.
LeapPad2 Explorer – LeapFrog is starting to look like the next Apple. The LeapPad2 is the next big thing in kid’s tablets. Aimed at those over 36 months to 9 years of age. The LeapPad2 has a faster processer that the LeapPad, more memory, and a better camera.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures – The heroes in a half shell are back in style. You can score all three figurines for your kid’s for Christmas.
LEGO Friends Adventure Camper – LEGO’s latest big set in the Friends line is this camper-themed set, complete with camper you can build, little bike, and several figurines. If you haven’t seen LEGO Friends it’s sort of a mix between LEGOs and a miniature Barbi, and aimed at little girls.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky – My oldest loves Jake. It’s fun talking pirate with her and looking for treasure. With this pirate ship play set, your child can play with Bucky (the ship), a Jake figurine, and Skully (the parrot). Meant for ages 3 to 6 years old.
Lalaloopsy Soft Dolls – I’m so glad to see they came out with the soft version of these dolls. If you’ve every held the hard plastic version of this doll you know how uncomfortable they can be in your hands. These look way more cuddlier and practical.
Disney Princess Puzzle Cubes – The hottest puzzle this year is the cube style puzzle from Disney, which gives you six puzzles in one – each side of the cube contains a puzzle piece for one of six famous Disney princesses. My daughter loves puzzles and princesses. So I might spring for this one.
Hot Toys for Christmas 2011
Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game – Can’t get enough of this popular app based game? Take the action offline and enjoy a game of Angry Birds around the kitchen table. This toy is aimed at kids 5 and up.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion – Design your own high-tech top and battle other tops in the Vortex Arena. Be prepared for add-on purchased if your kid gets hooked on this bad boy. Looks like fun though.
Cars 2 Die-Cast Vehicles – Disney and Pixar keep winning with the original Cars franchise. These vehicles are a bit bigger than a boxcar but not big enough to where they take over the room.
Fijit Friends – Does your kid need a little friend? Check out these robot, interactive, dancing toys. They come in three or four varieties but cost a pretty penny.
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks – Now we’re talking. I’d have a lot of fun with this, I think. Instead of a track on the ground, these tracks affix to the wall with safe adhesive and take about thirty minutes to setup.
Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Jewel Sparkles – Let’s face it, Barbie’s hair is tough to style. This little doll is just the opposite. Looks fun and includes a bunch of little accessories.
LeapPad Explorer – This toy wins all kinds of awards. Perfect for your four and up little geek. Expensive, but way more affordable than an iPad.
LEGO Ninjago – This LEGO set is all the rage. Ninjas = awesome. LEGO = awesome. That pretty much explains it. My oldest has been asking for a new LEGO set for Christmas. She’s still Duplo age, but I’m anxious for the day she wants to play with some of these.
Let’s Rock Elmo – Ah, Elmo. You keep giving us the popular Christmas toys. This version will sing songs, play drums and a tambourine to entertain your little one.
Perplexus – For kids six and up, this timed puzzle sphere game looks very cool. Should help your child develop some serious hand-eye coordination too.
Hot Toys for Christmas 2010
Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster – Nerf toys are the closest thing we have to the “army guns” of the past. Little guys love these things, and apparently this gun is no exception. It shoot something like 12 Nerf missiles at the same time.
Loopz™ Game by Mattel – I’m not exactly sure what this game does but it’s probably the most high-tech of the toys on this list. It’s based on motion-sensing technology and looks to be aimed at older kids.
Mattel’s “Monster High” Dolls – With all the vampire and werewolf craziness going on, you knew a doll maker would soon get in on the act. As a bonus to peak the parents interest, these dolls are the “children” of popular monsters from ages ago: Frankenstein, Dracula, etc.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game – LEGO recently entered the board game market. So you spend time building the board game out of LEGOs and then you play it. This particular game is based on the recent Harry Potter movie. Sure to be a winner with the little wizards.
Mattel Sing-A-Ma-Jigs – These are pretty impressive little dolls that can perform in three modes: chatter, sing their song, or harmonize with other Sing-A-Ma-Jigs. You have to see a video of them to get it, so go check them out on Youtube to see if they are a good fit for your kids.
Paper Jamz – This appears to be a distant relative of the Guitar Hero games. You pretend to be a rock star with a paper thin guitar, bass, drums, etc. and learn to play songs and chords. Even the amp is made out of paper (real speaker hidden inside).
Hot Wheels Radio Controlled Stealth Rides – These little RC cars are compact enough to fold away and put away in their cassette tape sized case (which also serves as the remote). Looks like a reasonably priced way to get your kids their annual RC car fix.
Squinkies – Apparently these are THE hottest toy of the year. They are miniature pets that live in gumball capsules. Get them before they are gone.