Hot holiday toys for 2021

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Vacation shopping for toys may not be easy in 2021 due to manufacturing issues related to the pandemic, shipping delays and chip shortages. And Santa’s workshop can’t handle all the seasonal joy on its own. We recommend that you check your holiday list as soon as possible if you want to take advantage of the warm season. gifts for your family.

But what are the season is hot gifts? We’ve done some research and there are some fun additions to the toy landscape this year. It can be a perfect gift for your child which includes their favorite toys and characters. Magic-themed items like the Magic Mixies magic cauldron are big, and Harry Potter always going strong. Hit shows like Bluey have their inevitable toy connections. And Pop-Its and Squishmallows are the must-have trends for 2021 (as any parent probably already knows). Beyond these, we have the latest versions of vacation classics: Lego sets, dolls, Hot Wheels and more. Scroll down and check out our suggestions for the hottest toys of 2021.

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Cameras that print physical photos are all the rage this year, and VTech is making a great version of them especially for kids. KidiZoom PrintCam’s exciting features – including over 110 photo templates and video games – will give you hours of fun. Bonus: The included paper roll prints up to 80 images, which come out to pennies per print.

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Bluey the dog is the star of his eponymous hit TV series, and we have a feeling Bluey’s Ultimate Caravan Adventures playset will do the trick very well this holiday season. The set includes Bluey, Dad Bandit and friend Jean Luc minifigures, plus lots of accessories for a fun RV vacation.

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Picture this super cool trike under the Christmas tree – it’s a holiday winner. Razor’s RipRider 360 Lightshow features 60 LED lights that are motion-activated, making riding exciting. That’s not all, however; This sturdy trike features two angled casters for 360 spins and turns, as well as MX-style handlebars. A great gift for kids ages 5 and up.

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You already know that your child loves this year’s trendy toy: Pop Its. This XL size popping toy from Buffalo Games is a fantastic fidget toy. Pop endless bubbles on your own or take turns popping all 93 bubbles with a friend. Bonus: Popping the bubbles helps develop fine motor skills.

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Harry Potter fans will love creating magical adventures in this new Hogwarts mini set. The castle itself stands nearly 2 feet tall and includes a Hermione figure, 12 accessories, and a Moaning Myrtle bathroom set. The Amazon exclusive version includes three figures and 22 accessories. Move over activation points to light up parts of the castle and trigger sound effects. Sets and figures are also sold separately to build your wizarding world.

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Poppy the pug dances to three songs (each is just 15 seconds, don’t worry), encouraging kids to keep up. The Pets Alive robotic pet bobs its head, spins and – you guessed it – shakes its booty. Poppy is a fun addition to any Christmas party. We dare you not to laugh.

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Superhero fans can recreate the final battle from the Marvel Avengers: Endgame movie with this LEGO set. As usual with Lego, the details are top notch. The 527-piece set includes Iron Man’s lab, meeting area, jail cell, van with time machine and more. You also get action figures: Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch and Chitauri warrior figures, plus a Thanos figure and an Ant-Man microfigure.

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Baby Alive is a perennial favorite toy, and this year’s Lulu Achoo is sure to be a popular gift. The interactive doll raises her hands and exclaims, “Sniff, sniff… Achoo!” when she is “sick”. Her nose and forehead light up red and in fact the doll has over 50 reactions. The included doctor station will help the kids heal Lulu, and when she feels better, you’ll hear laughter.

Amazon

This gaming guitar is such a fun gift. Preschoolers (and even older kids) will enjoy jamming with four different play modes: play with the group, play free, play solo, and play any song (using Bluetooth). Play your little one’s favorite tunes by syncing with any Bluetooth-enabled device. Baby shark, anyone? We love the guitar’s realistic design and reusable packaging. Bonus: parents control the volume.

Playmobil

Playmobil’s City Zoo line is the coolest. The large City Zoo set includes everything needed to build the zoo of your children’s dreams. There are human and animal figures, as well as doors, stairs, a moat, a bicycle and all the detailed accessories that Playmobil is known for. You even get giraffe dung! Ideal for ages 4 and up.

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LOL Surprise! the brand has outdone itself this season; the new OMG House of Surprises features four floors of furnished bedrooms, as well as work lamps and an elevator. Over 85 surprises are included, although dolls are sold separately. But make sure you have the space; this dollhouse measures 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

Note that this may be out of stock in some locations.

Target

Kids’ creations actually rise in the oven (with the help of a handle), then the fun really begins with the Play-Doh Rising Cake Oven. Decorate with tools and accessories to create candles, sprinkles, garnishes and more. The set includes five bright Play-Doh colors and lots of bakery-themed accessories. The set is ideal for ages 3 and up.

Out of stock, may come back soon

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Kids love mixing potions, and this set lets them do just that and more. Follow the spell to create a real mist and watch a furry Magic Mixie appear from the cauldron. The fun doesn’t stop there; use the magic wand to interact with your Magic Mixie.

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Hot Wheels has come up with a winning track theme: Mario Kart. Players will recognize Rainbow Road from the popular video game. Along with the track, you also get Mario and exclusive King Boo die-cast karts. Two different track layouts are possible, and kids will love the electronic start and finish gate that indicates the winner.

Target

If your kid loves Batman, this big gift is a no-brainer. The Bat-Tech Transforming Batcave is an impressive 33-inch tall Batman that opens to an impressive Batcave playset. You get an exclusive Batman minifigure, lights, sounds, elevator, armor, and more. This toy is ideal for ages 4 and up.

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Squishmallows are all the rage right now, so you can’t go wrong with a fluffy Squishmallow corgi. The pet pillow combines two trends: Corgi dogs and Squashmallow toys. The adorable 12-inch puppy (named Regina!) is perfect for snuggling up or being displayed. But beware, you might start a Squishmallow collection.

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