May the odds be forever in your favour… The holiday games have begun and it’s a competitive year. Not since the likes of Tickle Me Elmo have we seen such a run on gifts so early in the season. So load up on these fantastic faves now to avoid some tough explaining in December.
These toys might not be on the shelves much longer, so grab your runners (hide those heels under your desk) and hit the stores to make sure you’re sitting pretty—and have time for a pedicure—come holiday crunch time. This year is all about ramping up the toys they’ve been indulging in and playing with all year. Think Frozen, Star Wars and that old stand by, Lego.
Love2Learn Elmo is a cuddly plush toy that works with an easy-to-use app. With 350+ responses and 30+ minutes of unique content, little ones can play fun learning activities with Elmo and parents can use the Love2Learn Elmo app to deliver a personalized play experience customized for their child. When parents select their child’s name, desired subject, level, and favourites in the app, the Elmo toy will talk and play based on those selections. Choose from the app’s “Parent Helpers,” and the Elmo toy can even help with a child’s routines by encouraging little ones in real time to clean up, use the potty, and more!
Sesame Street Love2Learn Elmo, $60. Available at amazon.ca.
Our list could not be complete without a gift for all the fans of the movie Trolls. Your littles can see all of the wild hairstyles that come out of playing with the DreamWorks Trolls Wild Hair Pack. It’s okay, we know you secretly love their hair…so why not indulge?
Come over to the cutest kitchen in town and see what’s cooking at the Chef’s Club! This season each Shopkin is an ingredient in a deliciously fun recipe! The 12 pack comes with 2 Shopkins hidden inside 2 cute cook books! Tiny characters + food + kids = true love (Trust us. We had to buy two).
Shopkins Season 6 – 12 pack, $14. Available at toysrus.ca.
Not every gift we’re seeing this year for kidlets has them playing indoors…in fact this AWESOME scooter (tested and high-five-approved by none other than our editor’s 10 year old son) has them running outside to boot around the ‘hood early Christmas morning. It’s a scooter that pedals like an eliptical…so forget the electric scooter they’ve been begging for and get them something on which they can be active.
Yvolution Y Flyer, $200. Available at toysrus.ca.
The Force is strong with this one. Meet BB-8, the app-enabled droid from Sphero. Guide your droid with your smartphone or tablet and watch him perk up when you give voice commands. This droid comes with a Star Wars Force band so you can control BB-8’s movements with simple hand gestures to make you feel like a Jedi Master.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with Star Wars Force Band, $250. Available at bestbuy.ca.
Num Noms Lipgloss Truck includes everything you need to make your own flavoured lip gloss!;Pick your flavor, add sprinkles, mix it all up, and dispense it from the ice cream machine;1 lip gloss base, 2 lip gloss flavours, 1 glitter sprinkles, 1 cupcake making tool with spatula, and 3 lip gloss container Noms;Includes 1 Special Edition, Scented Num: Cherry Scoop and a collectors menu; Wheel or carry it with you on the go!
Num Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft Kit by Num Noms, $130. Available at amazon.ca.
The Rubik’s Cube has been puzzling the world since the 1970’s. More than just a toy, Rubik’s has inspired everything from art and culture to particle physics! The Spark is a new, high-tech evolutionary game platform, using lights, sounds, and ‘Bubble Control’ Technology to challenge the senses and unleash your inner competitive self.
Rubik’s Cube Tower, $34. Available at mastermindtoys.ca.
3Doodler Start – the world’s first kid-safe 3D printing pen for young creators. With the new 3Doodler Start your creative kids can finally bring all of their wonderful and imaginative ideas to life in 3D.
3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen Essentials Kit, $70. Available at indigo.ca.
Last year we wanted to resist the latest girly doll offering, but smartly, we succumbed to the ingenuity of Project Mc2. These girls have smarts (and are totally chic). Sigh. This year we’ve fallen for the ultimate lab kit for our own brainiac at home. Falling for brains is a good thing.
Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit Set, $70. Available at thebay.com.
Your child can imagine a whole new world to rescue with this Paw Patrol ‘Jungle Headquarters’ play set. With pup figure and a mischievous monkey to rescue, your little hero will be busy all day.
Paw Patrol® ‘Jungle Headquarters’ Play Set, $59.49. Available at sears.ca.
A home away from home for Livi when she’s on the road, with everything a pop star needs to relax and prep for performances. Stop the bus and reveal the rehearsal stage area for Livi to practice, while her friends watch from their sun loungers under the umbrella with some drinks and snacks. Pump some tunes from the DJ decks as Livi joins them after rehearsal to get in the party mood.
Lego Friends Pop Star Tour Bus, $70. Available at walmart.ca.
ZeroTech’s Dobby Quadcopter is a pocket sized selfie drone with 4K HD resolution camera ready to take on capturing big moments. This drone will literally fit in their back pocket and is perfect for capturing selfies, sports moments and even family photos indoors (it’s that small!).
ZeroTech Dobby Standard Pocket Size Selfie Drone, $540.00. Available at staples.ca.
Code-A-Pillar features 9 easy-to-connect segments that preschoolers can arrange and rearrange to “tell” the toy how to move forward, left, right, wiggle, dance or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again. When kids connect the segments—in tons of different ways—to make Code-A-Pillar move left, then right, then forward, or wherever– that’s sequencing!
Fisher-Price Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar, $70. Available at indigo.ca.
The Kidizoom Action Cam by VTech brings technology to a new generation of active kids who can now capture their outdoor and underwater adventures on-the-go with videos and photos! It features a robust, durable design, a waterproof case and mounts for attaching to a bike, skateboard or scooter.
Kidizoom Action Cam from VTech, $70. Available at thebay.com.
Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! You’ve seen it before, but you’ve never felt anything like it! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic – meaning it sticks to itself and not to you! It oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry.
Kinetic Sand Wacky-Tivities-Sandbox and Molds, $55. Available at amazon.ca.
Experience The Nether Fortress, with lighting portal and glow stone, fire-shooting Ghast, 2 torches, Zombie Pigman, Steve, Alex and more You’re running low on supplies that the Over world just can’t offer. light the obsidian portal and step through to reach The Nether Fortress.
Lego Minecraft, The Nether Fortress Building Kit, $100. Available at amazon.ca.
For the first time ever, Goldie comes to life as an action figure! More than just a doll, her articulated shoulders, hips, knees and joints along with specially designed hands and feet are designed for action. With the included construction kit, kids learn how to build Goldie a 13’ zipline and send her soaring!
Goldie Blox Girl Inventor Zipline Action Figure, $27. Available at chapters-indigo.ca.
Kids can be stars with this recordable microphone. They can record up to four minutes of a performance, add some beats and sound effects to create a real show, and then play it back with the built-in speakers.
Recordable Microphone, $40. Available at mastermindtoys.ca.
They’ve been popular for years and continue to be one of the best gifts ever. Put your feet up, steer and away you go. No Pedals, gears or batteries needed. Use it indoors or out, on any smooth flat surface.
PlasmaCars, $70. Available at indigo.ca.
Boucing Buddies have long ears for easy grasping and helps hone those balancing skills. Once pumped, your Boucing Buddy measures 22″ long, 18″. Bouncing Buddies are approx 10″ at their lowest standover height and 8″ at the widest point. Made of safe, strong, soft, latex and phthalate free vinyl. Boucing Buddies will help develop your child’s physical abilities and coordination.
Baby Works Bouncing Buddy, Blue Dog, $30. Available at amazon.ca.
Fujifilm’s new Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera has a cute and compact body design available in five colours. Bring instant fun and excitement to your everyday life – Instant photos, instant fun!
Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera with 8 Exposures, $100. Available at staples.ca.