No, this isn't the world's strangest grocery list. It's what kids seem to want in toys these days! From AI and coding to unboxing and collectibles, toy trends have changed a lot from when we were kids. Oh, and have we mentioned they're obsessed with poop? Also, surprises. Poop surprises? Even better!
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If you have a kid on your gift list this Christmas and holiday season, it can be hard to know what to get them (or where to find this year's top picks). So we spoke to toy marketing experts and scoured trends lists to find the hottest toys every kid will want this holiday season, plus we threw in a few extra picks of our own.
You can't go wrong with any of these top 50 toys for the 2018 holiday season, and most of them are perfect for kids between ages five and 12. Time to get shopping!
Poopsie Surprise Unicorn
Glittery unicorn poop? It's all the rage. Poopsie Surprise Unicorn, which poops slime on a glittery potty, is Indigo's top toy pick for 2018. Kids can customize the poop, and there are over 25 surprises included with each unicorn. Ages 6+
Hatchimals HatchiBabies have been predicted to be the top toy of 2018. Like the OG Hatchimals, each one comes in its own egg, but the surprise is whether you get a boy or a girl. Then, the hatchibaby acts like a real baby and responds to being fed, burped, tickled and rocked. Ages 5+
Some experts are predicting this could be the hot toy of 2018. This brand new member of the Hatchimals family offers kids the element of surprise — who you'll hatch is a total mystery! Inside one egg are four possibilities: a super fluffy Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen or Elefly! Ages 5+
The popularity of 2017's L.O.L. Big Surprise continues with the L.O.L. Surprise! Under Wraps. Help the doll solve the mystery of her missing pet by finding clues, cracking codes, and unboxing surprises. Ages 6+
Anything "Avengers" is popular right now, and this littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit lets kids start their superhero training and unleash their creativity. They get to build, code, and customize their inventions ... and maybe even change the world. Ages 8+
Kids seem to love nothing more than unboxing experiences, and the Treasure X takes this to the next level with a treasure hunt for real gold-dipped treasure. There are 10 levels to this adventure. Ages 5+
If you know an older kid, chances are they're obsessed with Fortnite. This Monopoly Fortnite Edition Board Game is inspired by the hit video game, including Fortnite locations and loot chest cards. Ages 13+
These plush primates have all the same interactive bells and whistles as their smaller siblings, but Fingerling Hugs are supersized and perfect for hugs! They also burp, toot, laugh, and repeat what you say. Ages 4+
The L.O.L. Big Surprise was the "it" toy of 2017, and now the L.O.L. Surprise! House Collectible is coming in hot for 2018. The house includes more than 85 surprises for kids to find, interactive features such as a working elevator, and a doll, little sister, and pet. Ages 6+
This latest installment of the frantic fighting game series lets players choose from every character who's ever appeared in a Smash Bros game. For Nintendo Switch. Ages 10+
Where to get it: Launches Dec. 7, available for pre-order at Best Buy, $79.99
Toys R Us
This collection of wearable pom-pom pets each have a long tail you can wrap around your wrist or backpack, and are virtual: their eyes light up in different colours depending on their moods, and they have up to 50 reactions when you play with them. Ages 5+
Han Solo's loyal friend and co-pilot, Chewbacca, is brought to life by FurReal brand. This animatronic plush has over 100 sound and motion combinations, responds in the Wookiee language, and reacts in surprising ways. Ages 4+
DJ-BOT is a dancing robot, bluetooth speaker, and coding toy all in one! DJ-BOT dances to the beat, tells jokes, and kids can learn to code by programming its moves and emojis to tell its mood. Ages 6+
Kids love STEM toys, and they love collectibles, and the Learning Resources Beaker Creatures Super Lab Set combines them both! Young scientists can uncover collectible creatures from their bubbling reactions. Ages 5+
This interactive plush pet is so eager to do tricks, he'll shuffle his paws in excitement. He can flip his toy bone into his mouth, give handshakes and licks, and loves eating his treats (he even toots and poops). Ages 4+
Yet another toy about poop and potties (kids are obsessed with this stuff), Pooparoos Surpriseroos are all about silly, surprising potty play. Each toilet pack includes multiple surprises (another thing kids are obsessed with). Ages 3+
This toy features everything that kids are obsessed with these days: an egg, unboxing, surprises, and unicorns. Zuru Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise collectable plushes come with a surprise sequin heart that you can wear and share. Ages 3+
Every day is a party with Party Popteenies, the toy that starts with a surprise popper. In a cloud of confetti, discover whether your party theme is rainbow unicorn, cutie animal, or winter wonderland. Each toy includes a doll, hair accessory, party accessory, themed confetti, and a child's poster. Ages 4+
This realistic potty-enthusiast doll has been predicted to be one of the top toys of 2018. Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby does an actual potty dance when she needs to go, sings and says "peepee!" when she pees, and comes with reward stickers. Ages 3+
Fans of the hit YouTube channel "Ryan ToysReview" will go bananas for his line of toys, especially this giant mystery egg. They can be just like Ryan while they unbox their own egg, filled with surprises. Ages 3+
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