Each year, I scour the web, talk to manufacturers, and interview kids to find the hottest toys, games, electronics, and books for the holiday season. I have compiled my findings into this year’s guide to Hot Holiday Gifts for Kids. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your child, peruse the list below. BTW – It’s okay if you want to buy a few of the items for yourself.
Star Wars The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figure Desert Mission Finn (Jakku)
A trained warrior desperate to escape his past, Finn is plunged into adventure as his conscience drives him down a heroic, but dangerous, path. Combine Finn (Jakku)’s tank with the weapons from the First Order Flametrooper and Constable Zuvio packs (not included) to build an ultimate weapon of even greater galactic power. Discover a universe of heroes, villains, and aliens, and get immersed in exciting stories of good versus evil with Star Wars Desert Mission Packs (Ages 4 and up).
My Friend Cayla
This delightful 18-inch Internet-connected fashion doll, My Friend Cayla, can provide your child with hours of imaginative play. In fact, Cayla is more than just a doll to style and dress; she’s a real friend. Using voice recognition software, Cayla will understand and reply to your child in real time about baking, music, math, geography and millions of other things (Ages 4 and up).
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
Launch into action and adventure in the world of Star Wars with this TIE Fighter from Hasbro. Comes with a 3.75″ First Order TIE Fighter Pilot action figure and 2 missiles (Age: 4 years & up).
Magformers XL Cruisers Car Set
MAGFORMERS are easy to use and never frustrating. The patented intelligently designed MAGFORMERS magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Building with MAGFORMERS engages mathematical and scientific thought, deductive reasoning, and requires use of spatial awareness.
Goldie Blox Ruby Rails Skydive Action Figure
Goldie’s tech-savvy and stylish BFF Ruby Rails is ready to head out on a skydiving adventure. She has fully-articulated joints, hands that grip, and a kit to build her coder backpack and working fabric parachute. Builds spatial skills, engineering principles (aerodynamics), and confidence in problem-solving. Set includes a limited edition real fabric parachute and collectible building charm (Ages 4 and up).
Razor a4 Kick Scooter
The Razor A4 Kick Scooter is for riders needing a bit more performance. Originally designed and tested by Team Razor professional freestyle riders, this scooter features a double-stacked head clamp for added head tube strength and a lightweight yet rigid body frame constructed of 100 percent aircraft-grade aluminum. Riders will appreciate the A4’s full-deck grip tape, which is specially designed by Team Razor pro rider Ricky Wernicke, and provides maximum traction both on the ground and in the air (Ages 6 and older).
2015 Holiday Barbie
Continuing a beloved yearly tradition that’s endured for more than 25 years, the 2015 Holiday Barbie doll is festively dressed to ensure this will be the most glamorous season of all. Inspired by merry colors and jingling bells, Barbie wears a dramatic garnet-colored gown with cascading ruffles and an underskirt of silvery foil brocade (Ages 6 and up).
Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister
No matter what the season, Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister vehicle can tackle it. Featuring sleek pivoting pontoons with unique corkscrew treads, this vehicles is virtually unstoppable as it twists over almost any surface. The R/C controller puts kids in the driver’s seat with simple-to-use buttons that can direct the vehicles forward, backward, or even side-to-side.
Kid Trax Frozen 6V Toddler Quad Ride On
Your child will be a star riding on this Kid Trax Frozen quad with this easy to ride and operate 6 volt ride on. Kid Trax Power Trax rubber traction strip tires for sound traction and the easy push button drive system and 6 Volt charging system is a breeze to operate. Max speed is 1.5 MPH.
Pokémon Ash’s Arena Challenge
Step into competition with the new Pokemon Ash’s Arena Challenge. Turn Ash’s hat backwards to get him battle-ready and send the highly articulated Pikachu into action. Use the buttons on the arena to activate Pikachu’s Quick Attack, Thunderbolt and Iron Tail to take down its opponent. These three unique battle moves also activate authentic music, voice and attack sounds for realistic battle play. This set includes an articulated Pikachu, articulated Ash, Wobbuffet figure and arena. As a bonus, most small size Pokémon figures are compatible with the arena ( Ages 4 and up).
Sara Sleepover is so much more than a typical child’s toy. Sara has become this generation’s Sleepover BFFs. She offers a sense of safety and security to those who find it hard to sleep. Whether the sleepover is at a relative’s house, a sleep away camp, or even in the child’s own bed, Sara is there to comfort her new BFF.
Kylo Ren Mask and Lightsaber
Imagine serving the dark side with this Kohl’s exclusive Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens set that includes Kylo Ren’s mask and Lightsaber that extends for a duel with a flick of the wrist (Ages 4 and up).
Polar Express Train Set from Lionel
The Polar Express G-Gauge Train Set from Lionel Trains features a finely detailed style that evokes the magnificent steam engines of times gone by and authentic train sounds for a real-life experience. This large-scale, battery-operated train set is based on the Caldecott Award-winning book “The Polar Express,” and the movie that followed in 2004. Easy to assemble, it’s an exciting, interactive way for children ages four and up to relive their favorite scenes from the movie or create their own adventures.
Minions Sing’ N Dance Bob
Your child can interact with his or her favorite Minion Bob as he sings and dances (Ages 4 and up).
These adorable 2.5″ Palace Pets shimmer with majestic beauty from their sparkly tiaras to their soft fluffy tails. Your child can “crown” her royal pets with the removable tiaras and groom their tails with the included styling brushes.
Wink is a hilarious party game that will plunge you deep into an atmosphere full of crazy laughter, awkward stares, and a healthy dose of paranoia. Each turn, you will try to covertly wink at your new secret partner without being detected by the other players. Keep your eyes wide open, because if you catch an opponent in the act of winking you can use one of your Accuse Cards to steal their points (Ages 8+).
Star Wars Pictopia Trivia Game
The Star Wars Pictopia Trivia Game is a game of teamwork, but with a competitive edge. Sometimes you’ll work together and other times answer alone, but you’ll wager every time. How much you risk depends on how well you know your Star Wars trivia. Feel the Force questions add an exciting twist by revealing how much you sense about other players. Become a true Jedi Master with the Star Wars Pictopia trivia game.
The objective of King’s Gold is to earn the most coins by obtaining the best combinations of dice rolls. Each combination of dice results in a different type of action keeping the game exciting and competitive. On each turn, players steal from their fellow pirates and give their share to the king (Ages: 8+)
Push your brain to the max and test your code-cracking prowess with Mastermind, “the challenging game of logic and deduction.” The codemaker sets a code of four colored pegs–choosing from yellow, red, orange, blue, green, or white–and conceals it behind a flip-up shield. Your mission: replicate the code in 10 moves or fewer. With each of the codebreaker’s attempts, the code maker uses red and white key pegs to offer cryptic clues about color and position. With more than 2,000 possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brain-bender.
Skylanders SuperChargers is fun for the whole family and introduces some fun guest stars; Donkey Kong and Bowser. The 5th installment of the game is available on all platforms including iPad, and for the first time ever, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV. You can now play with the whole family with head to head and multiplayer racing modes and co-op adventure mode available locally and online.
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
The Kidizoom Action Cam by VTech lets little videographers capture their adventures with videos and photos. The Action Cam is a great first video camera for kids and is durable enough to handle drops and tumbles. It can go anywhere and do anything kids can do with two included mounts so they can attach it to their bike, skateboard and more. For even more fun, they can also play three exciting learning games (Ages 4 to 9 years).
Minecraft Story Mode
Minecraft Story Mode is an adventure game set in a Minecraft world. It is a five-part episodic series that will take you to the Nether, the Farlands, the End, and beyond. You must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion (Ages 10 and up).
Star Wars BB-8 Droid
BB-8 is the app-enabled Droid that’s as authentic as it is advanced. Based on your child’s interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when he/she gives voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch the Droid explore autonomously. Your child can make up his or her own adventures and create and view holographic recordings.
School Zone Little Scholar Educational Tablet
The School Zone Little Scholar educational tablet is the perfect and fun learning tool for kids ages 3-7. It comes ready for play with over 200 pre-downloaded apps and has a tracker for parents to see their kids’ progress. School Zone also has a line Jolly Holiday workbooks and game card sets.
Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit
Battle and race the Supercars of the future in Anki OVERDRIVE. Using your mobile device, take command of real robotic Supercars on epic battlefields you construct in seconds. Challenge friends in a variety of game modes, or, go head-to-head with AI controlled Commanders in a quest to become champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. On the road to victory kick your skills into overdrive by customizing your Supercars speed, weapons, and defenses through in-game upgrades. Anki OVERDRIVE brings futuristic battle racing roaring to life.
Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu
Princess Cupcake Jones loves creating a mess and ends up scattering her things everywhere in the castle. When her beloved tutu goes missing, Cupcake learns the importance of tidying up and putting things in their proper place. Join Princess Cupcake Jones as she searches her palace in hopes of finding her tutu and discovers hidden treasures along the way.
DC Super Heroes Origami
What happens when you combine Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League with the art of origami? You get DC Super Heroes Origami, the most incredible collection of paper-folding projects ever assembled. These 46 models, meticulously designed by internationally renowned origami master John Montroll, are guaranteed to amaze. With clear, step-by-step diagrams and instructions, simple squares of paper transform into Batarangs, S-Shields, Invisible Jets, Green Lanterns, and so much more.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School
Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking in Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.
New & Improved Finley Flowers
In New & Improved Finley Flowers, Finley cant wait to start the inventors project at school after all, thinking up new ideas is her thing. But when the prototype of her Supersonic Sibling Sublimator fails and her older brother plays a joke on her, Finley discovers that everyone could stand to lighten up a bit. Starting over, she creates a hilarious device guaranteed to make people laugh more and live longer. But will her entertaining invention work on the super-serious invention judges?
Join the conversation: What items are on your child’s Christmas list?