Holiday & Seasonal

Hatchimals And Other Hot Toys For The 2016 Holiday Season

Time to start making those lists and checking them twice!

Retail giants Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us have come up with what they predict will be the biggest hits under the tree come Dec. 25.

As we head into the gift-giving season, are some of our favorites to help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart

This is the perfect gift for the aspiring med student in your family. Cart comes with all kinds of features like a patient scanner, talking EKG area, blood pressure pump and a patient bed! Get it here.

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FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon

My Blazin’ Dragon does precisely what dragons would do—if they were real, of course: press his charm and he breathes fire (flame-colored mist, in this case). This plush toy features 50+ sound and motion combinations. Get it here.

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Hatchimals

Inside a colorful egg is an interactive magical creature. Kiddos won’t know who is inside until eggs hatch, and that’s when they can start caring for their new little friend. Get it here. Update 11/18/16: Due to high demand, many stores are already sold out of Hatchimals, but a note on the company’s website says that more may be hitting shelves in November (and definitely in 2017). In the meantime, the toys are selling at a premium on sites like eBay.

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Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset

Transport little ones straight to a fairy princess dream world. This castle has colorful rainbows, butterflies and more. Dolls sold separately. Get it here.

Photographer: Rafael Ortega Stylist: Lin Carlson
Photographer: Rafael Ortega Stylist: Lin Carlson

Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway Playset

While a real driver’s license might be many years off, kids can live life in the fast lane with the Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway Playset. They can start off driving their Wheelies vehicles all over the horizontal town (filling up for gas when needed), and then go straight up a vertical mountain skyway that stands over 3 feet tall. Get it here.

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My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

This castle comes with a rotating light-up feature and includes 16 accessories like a dress, throne and crystal vanity. Get it here.

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Pie Face Showdown Game

If you can tolerate some messy fun, check out this game. You load up the arm with whipped cream or the sponge that comes with it. The idea is to get that pie in your opponent’s face (and not yours). Get it here.

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Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter

The scooter craze is alive and well with Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter. Its maintenance-free Power Core technology delivers up to an hour of continuous use. Get it here.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey

Your kids can steer the most extreme member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on his skateboard. Get it here.

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Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex

This guy has an impressive dinosaur repertoire—he stomps around, makes chomping noises and has flashing lights. Guaranteed to get kids’ attention. Get it here.

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Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

Take aim with this motorized Nerf dart blaster. It shoots five darts per second, and with its 25-dart drum, your kids’ opponents on Christmas morning (i.e., his/her parents and siblings) won’t have a chance. Get it here.

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24-Volt Disney Princess Carriage

A castle isn’t the only thing a princess needs. She’s got to have a cool mode of transport as well! This sweet ride is designed with Disney Princess graphics, plus gold accents, working doors and ornate interior details. It’s big enough for two small passengers, and features a detachable “wear-and-share” tiara and more. Get it here.

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Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall

Marshall can do it all. He walks and talks all on his own, and if you wave your hand, he will follow you. He’s vocal, too—spouting off about 150 real “Paw Patrol” phrases and sounds. Get it here.

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Sky Viper Streaming Drone

The resilient polypropylene body of this drone is tough enough to survive nearly any crash. The camera pivots a full 130 degrees for a wide look. You can take camera stills, record video and then post the content online. Wow! We can imagine a few adults adding this to their holiday wish lists. Works with Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android Devices. Get it here.

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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

Young kids can design this high-tech caterpillar to move in many different ways by using Code-a-Pillar’s easy-to-connect segments for endless combinations. Features lights and sounds, too. Get it here.

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Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Craft Kit

Creative kids can mix up their own lip gloss flavors and dispense them from a truck like soft-serve ice cream. Get it here.

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Pokemon Z-Ring Interactive Set

It seems everyone has had Pokemon on the brain lately. Delight the Pokemon fan in your house with this game that lights up, makes sounds and vibrates. Game can be synched with video game for a cool 4D experience. Get it here.

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Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy

If you’re not ready to commit to adding a four-legged member to the family, pacify puppy-loving kids with this cute toy. It acts like a real puppy and is fully interactive. Get it here.

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Shopkins Tall Mall Playset

Teenagers-in-training will love this mall playset. They can take their Shopkins on a shopping spree, with stops at the home and garden section, the food court for lunch and then to the top level for a pedicure and a trim. It comes with four exclusive Shopkins figures, and it all folds down to a manageable-size case. Get it here.

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All photos via retail sites.