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The early bird gets the worm—or in this case a head start on finding the most popular gifts! Starting now gives you better odds of catching what you want on sale and getting the hottest toys on the market.
To help get a jump on things, Amazon released a list of the top 100 toys for 2017. The list includes, of course, all the best-selling toys and gadgets you have heard of non-stop if you’re a parent. Or, maybe you have never heard of them if you’re buying for you niece or a friend’s kid.
We narrowed the list down even further to feature some of the toys you might be hearing more about as the holidays get closer. From costumes and a terrarium to good ‘ol fashioned Play Doh, here are 15 of the hottest holiday toys, according to Amazon.
The number one best selling toy on the list is Snap Circuits Jr. This kit offers a hands-on introduction to electronics with more than 30 color-coded, real circuit components. The pieces snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. It is recommended for children ages 8 and older and offers 101 do-it-yourself projects.
Cozmo – $179
Cozmo, a “supercomputer and loyal sidekick all at once” can express hundreds of emotions. From curious to clever, persistent to playful, he has a pretty massive personality. He even knows names and faces, and continues to evolve the more you hang out. Is this really just a toy? Because I kind of I want one.
Disney Moana Girls Adventure Outfit – $19.99
This two-piece outfit features unique prints and a matching skirt. The skirt also includes fringe details to complete Moana look. Recommended for ages 3+, it fits sizes 4-6X.
Unlike other stuffed animals, FurReal pets are designed to be played with—even if it’s a jungle cat! When kids roar or make sounds at him, the tiger roars back. He also responds to 100+ sound and motion combinations and is easy to hug with soft fur and movable back legs.
Play Doh 36-Can Mega Pack – $24.99
Ah, Play Doh. Clearly, it’s a toy that never goes out of style since it made Amazon’s hot toy list 80 or so years after its invention. There’s not much to say about this one that you don’t already know, other than this pack includes 36 different colors so your kids (or you!) can make just about anything you want.
Barbie Dreamhouse – $164
Good luck finding a Barbie lover that doesn’t absolutely need a house. I know a Barbie Dreamhouse was for sure on my Christmas list a few times. This one has three floors, seven rooms, 70+ accessories and a working elevator. As to not ruin the Christmas surprise, it even comes in simple brown packaging so kids can’t tell what it is.
Barbie DreamHorse & Blonde Doll – $89.99
There’s no sense in having a dream house without, obviously, a dream horse! Different modes enable different play and the Barbie DreamHorse reacts to touch and sounds. DreamHorse can walk forward, turn 360 degrees, neighs and nods yes or no when you have a question. You can even feed it with carrots that are included.
This one is going on my list, too. This 11.5 inch dancing Groot plays clips from the “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” soundtrack and dances to internal music or detects external music. When he hears the tunes, his eyes light up and he begins the dance party.
Preschoolers can take a closer look at animals and nature with this talking microscope featuring the voice of Bindi Irwin, daughter of the adventurous Steve Irwin. The microscope features 60 full-color slide images and more than 100 facts and quiz questions about plants, animals and everyday objects. It is even multilingual, speaking English, Spanish, French and German!
Recommened for ages six to 96, this kit allows kids and adults to craft, plant, water and grow their own terrarium! It comes with a plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister to keep your terrarium watered. You can even add stickers to help it light up at night.
To be used for display or role-play, this LEGO brick model is of the NASA Apollo Saturn V, the first rocket to put people on the moon! It includes three removable rocket stages, three stands to display the model, three astronaut micro figures and a booklet about the manned Apollo missions.
Who doesn’t want a unicorn for Christmas?! At 45-inches long and 32-inches high (that’s nearly three feet tall!), this unicorn for ages three and up is soft, cuddly and probably most important to parents, surface washable.
This 20-1 T-Rex kit will have your child traveling back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the world! It includes 403 pieces total and is compatible with all Laser Peg kits and all other major construction brands, like LEGO. It also includes a light-up sound module that comes loaded with dinosaur roars and growls!
The M.A.X. robotic kit combines artificial intelligence and customizable programming for budding engineers, builders and creators. The 12-inch robot creates a challenging build that utilizes and develops skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The robot also responds to emotions, becoming more intelligent the more he is played with! He can sing songs, tell jokes and remember activities he and your kids have done together.
If you can imagine it, you can probably create it with this budding builders kit. With 100 colorful pieces and 50 building ideas, your kids can create a robot puppy or even a fish helicopter (whatever that means)! This set is for ages 3+ and comes in a plastic tub for storage of built models and loose pieces.
Want to see all the top toys for this holiday season? Head over to full list of Amazon’s 100 hottest holiday toys and start crossing off people on your shopping list!