Best of the Best in Gifting: Top Toys and Games for Kids

Christmas is just around the corner and you might still have kids on your list to shop for. So, you make the trip and you find yourself standing in the toy aisles, and feel that sense of dread. The overwhelming panic about getting your shopping done is intense, and all you want to do is cuddle up on the couch and enjoy the holidays. Avoid this confusion with my short-list of the best of the best when it comes to the top toys for kids this season.

Here are the Top Toys and Games for Kids



Gifting a game is a great option when buying a group gift for multiple kids – and for those kids who seem to have all the toys. Some like to gift non-tech, and get back to ‘playing roots’ and for those, a game is your go-to. Which are hot this year?

1. Fantastics Gymnastics Game – For ages 8 years & up, ARV $24.99

This is a game for multiple players or an individual! Get into the swing of things with this compelling and unique Fantastic Gymnastics game. Players time their speed and rhythm to gain momentum to flip the gymnast figure around the high bar. At the right moment, hit the release button to let him fly, and try to stick the perfect landing. Get him to land on the mat on his feet for the win! Play solo, head-to-head, or challenge friends to a tournament. Step-by-step instruction sheet also features tips for getting the perfect 100-point score.

2. Hearing Things Game – For ages 12 years & up/, ARV $24.99

My girls have this one and it’s a huge HIT. Can you repeat that!? Inspired by the online viral whisper challenge sensation, the HEARING THINGS game is all about the challenge of
reading lips while laughing hysterically! To begin, players are divided into two teams. One player places the speech-cancelling headphones over their ears and does their best to guess the phrase on the cards by reading their teammate’s lips! Once the player guesses the phrase correctly, the teammate draws another card and keeps going until the timer runs out. The active team tries to earn as many cards as possible, but if a player passes on a card, the opposing team automatically earns that card – the team with the most cards at the
end of the game wins! The HEARING THINGS Game includes one set of game headphones with built-in sounds and timer, 150 cards, and instructions. Available exclusively at Walmart.

3. Pie Face – For ages 5 years & up, ARV $24.99

This one is hot for the second year in a row! The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face! You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious Pie Face game! Available at most major retailers nationwide.



A little of the most popular brands out there, here are just a small sampling of the top toys for gifting this holiday season.

1. Nerf Doomlands the judge Blaster – For ages 8 years & up, ARV $89.99

Bring justice to a doomed land with the DOOMLANDS THE JUDGE blaster. With an impressive 30 dart capacity, THE JUDGE blaster can fire three darts at once! This massive blaster is ready for anything the post-apocalyptic wasteland can send its way. Includes 30 DOOMLANDS Elite darts. Available exclusively at Toys R Us

2. Play-Doh Magic Oven Set – For Ages 3 years & up, ARV $34.99

Cook up fun with the PLAY-DOH MAGIC OVEN SET! Whether it’s PLAY-DOH pizza or a crazy blueberry pie, kids can press out their culinary creations with pretend toppings and side dishes using the half molds. This electronic oven has real red and white lights that pretend to ‘cook’ little ones’ favorite dishes before the oven dings when it’s done! Includes electronic oven playset, five play food attachments, accessories, and six cans of PLAY-DOH compound. Batteries not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide.

3. Littlest Pet Shop Cruise Ship Playset – For ages 4 years & up, ARV $59.99

It’s time to set sail and embark on sea worthy adventures with the LITTLEST PET SHOP CRUISE SHIP playset! Kids will love to imagine the Sea Turtle at the helm, directing the cruise ship and its passengers to a destination of fun! This vessel is equipped to take up to 30 fun-loving pets (sold separately) on the vacation of a lifetime! Bring your pet pals along and imagine a trip filled with rockclimbing, surfing, zip lining and more! Whether kids pretend the pets are enjoying the view, taking selfies on the disco floor, or zooming down the water slide – there is lots to imagine for their pets! When you’ve reached your destination, close the playset for easy storage and carry and go play. LITTLEST PET SHOP CRUISE SHIP playset includes three classic scale pets and themed accessories. Available at most major retailers.

4. Marvel Spider-Man Mega City Playset – For ages 4 years & up, ARV $139.99

Imagine swinging into action and saving the city with SPIDER-MAN! At a towering 46 inches tall – nearly 4 feet! – this playset includes more than 20 features and 5 levels of play, from the subway to the bank vault and PETER PARKER’s secret lab. Hook SPIDER-MAN up to the web zipline and watch as he swings into action to stop villains from using the exploding door to steal money bags from the bank. Kids can launch projectiles and send bad guys to their doom with multiple trap doors and secret passageways, and lock up to 6 villains in web jail! Available at most major retailers.

5. Descendants 2 Dolls – For ages 6 years & up, ARV $29.99

Your favorite villains’ and heroes’ kids are back and taking on new adventures with the DESCENDANTS 2 Movie Signature Assortment. Inspired by the Disney Channel’s original movie, Descendants 2, each doll comes in their signature outfit that they wear on their journey to the Isle of the Lost, including Ben, who makes his debut in Isle style fashion. Choose from Mal of the Isle of the Lost (daughter of Maleficent), Evie of the Isle of the Lost (daughter of the Evil Queen), Uma of the Isle of the Lost (daughter of Ursula) or Ben of Auradon Prep (son of Belle and Beast). Each doll sold separately. Available at most major retailers.

6. Dreamworks Trolls Pod’ular Trolls Tree Playset – For ages 4 years & up, ARV $59.99

Gather all of your favorite TROLLS pals for a fun day in the DREAMWORKS TROLLS POD’ULAR TROLLS TREE playset. Change up your tree by rearranging any of the four moveable pods so that your TROLLS can hang out. Kids will have fun making POPP slide down the chute’s slide or take the zip line from floor to floor! The DREAMWORKS TROLLS POD’ULAR TROLLS TREE playset is compatible with other HASBRO DREAMWORKS TROLLS playsets allowing for a crazy build-out of TROLL VILLAGE! Playset includes POPPY figure and themed accessories. Available at most major retailers.


Disclosure: Product was supplied to facilitate this post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.


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