Hot Holiday Toys Your Kids Will Be Begging For

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Hot Holiday Toys Your Kids Will Be Begging For

All year I attend trade shows and previews to see what toy makers are up to. This year, I found personalization, tech toys, STEM and empowering girls were the most dominant trends, and they were used to great success across numerous toys. If you’re still wondering what to give your kids this season, we’ve got you covered.

1. Edwin the Duck

Edwin is soft and squishy, and pairs with your smart device to deliver sweet songs, interactive stories and fun games. But he’s more than a toy, he’s also a water thermometer — yes, he can go in the bath! — white noise machine, night light and Bluetooth speaker. Score Edwin the Duck for $99 online at Marbles the Brain Store.

2. Budsies

Turn your child’s original artwork into a soft, cuddly plush! Simply send a photo of their artwork with any preferences, and the artists at Budsies will work their magic. They also make Selfie Budsies, creating a plush from your very own selfie. (Note: Since Budsies are handmade, you may need to pay for Express Shipping to get it in time for the holidays.) Start customizing your stuffed animal for $89 on the Budsies website.

3. My Kingdom Books

Blending reading with tech, these personalized books feature an augmented reality that is experienced through the My Kingdom Books app. Characters come alive in a way that kids have only dreamed about! Get started on your literary masterpiece for $25 on My Kingdom Books’ website.

4. VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe Interactive Learning System

This three-in-one desk is educational and fun. The interactive desktop offers tons of engaging content for kids, including lessons on the alphabet, counting, music and more. The desk also transforms into an easel and chalkboard — with room for supplies — for even more fun! You can get the VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk for $54.99 at Toys R Us.

5. Props in a Bag

Encourage your child’s imagination with this clever kit! Choose from The Camper, The Builder, The Superhero and more. Each drawstring backpack comes with character props and a 36” x 28” backdrop. Kids can also download the Props in a Box Movie Maker app to take their play to the next level. You can find Props in a Bag for $30 on the Props in a Box website.

6. Barbie Fashionista

This Barbie collection features a ton of new looks and styles, making it the perfect gift for any new or die-hard fan. Mix and match to create a colorful storyline. You can find the collection for $45 at Toys R Us.

7. Green Toys Tool Set 

This environmentally friendly tool kit comes in blue and pink versions for every aspiring carpenter on your list. The 15-piece set includes tough-as-nails tools made from 100% recycled plastic in the USA. You can find the tool set for $28 on

8. My Fairy Garden — Freya’s Magical Cottage

Here’s something new — a real garden that’s also a toy! With My Fairy Garden, kids plant the quick-growing seeds and water as usual. In the meantime, they can play with Freya the Fairy and her magical cottage. You can find Freya’s Magical Cottage for $27.95 on

9. Zing Toys Stikbot Studio Pro

This cool kit, made famous on YouTube, comes complete with a green screen, blue screen and two pose-able Stikbot characters, so budding filmmakers can make their own movies. You can find Stikbot for $16 at Kmart.

10. Wonderhood Corner Shops

Wonderhood was founded by two mothers to address the lack of quality STEM toys for girls. And with this toy, girls can design and build their own 3D, two-level mini mall. The figurine can run her own business, go shopping, dress her windows and more! You can find Corner Shops for $30 on

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2 Responses

  1. Jon

    I didn’t really see any STEM toys on the list. Any recommendations there?

    • Trae

      Hello! Wonderhood Toys is a stem toy and if you click through the link at the bottom, you’ll find Lionel Megatracks and I DO 3D, which are are also stem toys. I hope this helps!