With Black Friday and the Christmas season closing in, kids are being bombarded with toy and gadget advertisements left and right. And the constant chorus of “I want that!” from the kids in your life can make the hunt for the perfect toy pretty daunting.
We’ve got your back. Our goal is to save you money — and hopefully a little sanity — with the ultimate toy shopping list. Toy fads come and go, but we’re highlighting gifts that your children will play with and enjoy for many months. This huge list of the best toys for 2019 features the top-selling toys of the year, as well as perennially popular options.
Best Toys for Babies 0-2 Years
This age range can be confusing to buy for since a 6-month-old differs so greatly from an 18-month old. With that said, most babies and young toddlers love discovery toys. They want to know what will happen if they push this button or turn this gadget. Look for options that allow little hands to grab, move and manipulate objects of different sizes and textures.
Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks are usually priced for less than $10. And babies love exploring the colorful shapes and figuring out how to fit the blocks into the holes of the accompanying bucket. Other toy options that tend to be big hits for less than $25 include:
- Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set
- Playskool Poppin’ Pals Pop-up Activity Toy
- Baby doll and accessories
- Wooden Puzzles
$25 to $100
Little People sets regularly go on sale, especially if they are character-specific and tied to a current movie. This Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset is a classic option, though, and comes with everything needed for hours of play. Other fun choices in this budget range include:
If you are looking to invest in a toy that’ll you can use for several years, check out Step2 climbers. These durable jungle gyms are suitable for older babies with the help of parents. And many toddlers and preschoolers will continue to play with them as they grow.
Keep an eye out for periodical savings and coupons on Step2 equipment, like the Step2 Naturally Playful Woodland Climber II, which we’ve seen for as much as $90 off.
- Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home
- Skip Hop Explore and More Baby’s View 3-Stage Interactive Activity Center
- Radio Flyer 3-In-1 EZ Folding Wagon with Canopy
Best Toys for Toddlers 2-4 Years
The curiosity level is high at this age, which might be why your toddler asks you 500 questions from sunrise to sunset. Feed their curiosity with open-ended toys that can be enjoyed in a number of different ways.
Duplos are a great first LEGO experience. They allow little hands to build without the frustration that smaller pieces can bring. Most Duplos sets are less than $25 and, oftentimes, stores markdown select sets 40% to 50% off throughout the year. Here are some other toddler toy ideas for less than $25:
$25 to $100
Tonka trucks are a favorite at this age, especially models that represent trucks kids tend to see regularly. Plus, they can often be found for a discount. The Mighty Motorized Fire Truck, for example, has been spotted at more than 30% off. Preschoolers will also love these finds:
- TEMI Diecast Racing Cars Toy Set w/ Activity Play Mat
- Radio Flyer My First Scooter
- Radio Flyer Red Rider Trike
A play kitchen does take up space, but it will be enjoyed for many years as kids playhouse, restaurant and grocery store. Plus, you can often find KidKraft kitchens for $30 to $50 off retail price, especially as new styles come out. They are more expensive than plastic kitchen sets, but the quality is definitely worth the extra money. These other high-end toys also make great gifts:
- Little Tikes Inflatable Jump ‘n Slide Bounce House w/Heavy-Duty Blower
- Large Wooden Dollhouse
- Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster Ride On
Best Toys for Kids 5-9 Years
Kids are ready to take their imaginative play to the next level at this age, which makes buying toys for them even more fun. They often enjoy games, more complex LEGO sets and tech-enabled toys.
The LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Sets are a great introduction to the LEGO world. The guide books are easy for kids to follow independently, and we regularly see these sets for 20% off. Here are some more winners in this price range:
$25 to $100
Osmo’s Starter Kits turn screen-time into learning time with their clever setup. The Genius starter kit is priced just under $100, while the Creative Kit is less than $70. Both are Kindle Fire and iPad compatible.
- Ticket to Ride First Journey
- Nerf Guns and Accessories
- ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game
- K’nex Dragon’s Revenge Thrill Coaster
Electric scooters can be pricey, but Razor models are more likely to be discounted as they roll out updated options regularly. For example, the Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter has been spotted for more than 25% off. Check out these other ideas for your elementary-aged kid:
- Lifetime 1269 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System
- MORFBOARD Skate & Scoot Combo, 2-in-1 Kick Scooter for Kids
- THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE NINJAGO City Docks 70657 Building Kit
Best Toys and Gadgets for Tweens 10-13 Years
Shopping for tweens doesn’t have to be difficult. Many kids this age enjoy building complex sets or doing challenging DIYs and craft kits. It’s also a good age to introduce more advanced and complicated games and hobbies.
Light-Up Gloves might be the winner for tween gadgets less than $25. They make for the ultimate dance party and are usually between $15 to $20 per pair.
$25 to $100
Originally more than $100, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera can usually be found for 30% to 45% off. Plus, it comes in five fun color options. These three gifts will also delight even picky giftees:
One of the hottest toys of 2019 will likely be the newly released Nintendo Switch Lite. Right now, it’s priced at $199.96, but we think there will be bundle deals around the holidays. Here are some other gift finds for the tween in your life:
- Thames & Kosmos Robotics Workshop Kit
- LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids
- Jenga Giant JS7 Hardwood Game
Best Toys and Gadgets for Teens 14-17
In my experience, most of the time, teens just want gift cards. But gifting a piece of plastic can be boring. Instead, we’ve rounded up some awesome gifts that even adults would love.
You’ll find plenty of stocking stuffer-type gifts for teens in the $25 price range. One cute idea for teens who love pampering themselves is the Masque Bar – 9 Piece Pretty Animalz Printed Sheet Masks, which are more affordable on Amazon than on Masque Bar’s website. Check out more under $25 ideas:
$25 to $100
Your teen can bring the party with them wherever they go with a quality, waterproof speaker. The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is rated highly and less than $90. Plus, it often goes on sale throughout the year. Here are some other top-rated gifts:
- AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder
- VR Headset for iPhone & Android Phone
- Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera
- theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Face Palette
Buying teens tech can be a hit or miss. But the Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses were just released this year and we think they will be a winner. Not only do they look cool, but they can play your favorite music while you’re wearing them. Expect to pay just under $200 for these glasses. Or try one of these cool buys:
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