This may sound absolutely absurd but…it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. More specifically, it’s time to start making a list (and checking it twice) of what you will be purchasing for the children in your life.
At this point, you’re probably wrinkling your nose and thinking something along the lines of “it’s only October!” I know, it sounds crazy but I stand by my assertion that the time has come to get in the Christmas shopping frame of mind. Here’s 3 reasons why:
1.) Knowing in advance what is on your child’s wish list will allow you to budget for the added expense and start saving now.
2.) Contrary to what many people believe, you do not always get the best deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Sometimes the best deals are before the holiday season even truly kicks off. Knowing what your child is dreaming of now will allow you to keep your eyes open and (hopefully) snag one heck of a deal.
4.) If your child wants one of the season’s “hot toys”, getting it may be tricky. Have you ever seen the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Jingle All The Way”? If you haven’t, it’s basically the story of a father desperately trying to get his kid a “hot toy” right before Christmas…chaos ensues. Don’t let that be you. Know what popular items your child wants now so you can start the search.
With all of this in mind, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 50 hottest toys for 2014…all at the best prices around, and to help fill the kids’ stockings I have comprised a list of 101 cheap stocking stuffers for kids of all ages. Happy shopping and saving!
The Ultimate 2014 Holiday Hot Toys List
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Toys R Us 2014 Hot Toys List
1. Doc McStuffins Mobile Cart: For the future doctor in your family consider this “mobile checkup cart” complete with a light and sound EKG and bandage sticker dispenser.
2. Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack: This must-have includes the video game, traptanium portal, 2 Skylanders figurines, a special poster, 2 sheets of stickers, and 2 trading cards.
3. Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover: Note: This is a big toy filled with lots of surprises! Click the link and check out the pictures – one shows a kid playing with it and the picture really gives you a great perspective on just how large this toy is.
4. LEGO Fusion Town Master: With this hot toy, your child can have fun with over 250 Lego pieces and/or play the virtual game that goes along with this set. Online and offline your child will have a blast!
5. LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System: Does your little one love video games? If so, thanks to this game system from LeapFrog, he or she can have fun all while learning.
6. Little Live Pets Bird Cage: My Love Birds 2 Pack Romeo & Juliet: If your child has been asking for a pet but you’re just not on board yet, this fun toy might stall him or her a little longer. The “live birds” respond to human interaction but don’t have to be fed or cleaned up after.
7. Hot Wheels R/C Street Hawk Flying Car, Red/Yellow or Orange/Blue – Also on Walmart’s hot toys list: The only problem with this hot toy is that your child will be begging to go outside and race or fly it Christmas morning…in the freezing cold (for most of us).
8. Zoomer Dino – Onyx: This toy is a real winner…no, for real, it won the 2014 Toy of the Year Award for Innovative Toy of the Year.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch N’ Shout Leonardo Figure: Get your child a sidekick in the fight against evil! This toy is perfect for any Ninja Turtles fan 3 years of age or older (small parts make it a choking hazard for younger kids).
11. My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll: If your child was a fan of Frozen this is the perfect Christmas gift. In addition to an Elsa signing doll you get a Frozen friend (snowman).
12. Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock Figure: Give your child the power of the mighty Dinobot warrior this holiday season with this Grimlock transformer.
13. Charmazing Color Me Up: With this hot toy your daughter can create the perfect accessory for any outfit.
14. Fur Real Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin Pup Pet Plush – Also on Walmart’s hot toys list: A furry friend for your child without all the shedding, mess, and money (vet bills, food, etc.).
Parenting.com’s Best Toys of 2014
The toys on the parenting.com hot toys list are great for getting your child to interact with something that doesn’t have a screen.
15. Bright Starts Get Cookin’ Kitchen Toy: This toy packs a real punch, so to speak. It includes over 50 melodies, sounds, and phases and 10 activities.
16. B. Parum Pum Pum Drum: Get your little one excited about music with this great gift. Note: You may want to get a pair of earplugs as a little gift to yourself.
17. Micro Mini 3-in-1 Kick Scooter, Blue or Pink: Depending on where you live, your child may not be able to put this gift to use right away. However, regardless, he or she is sure to love it when warmer days roll around.
18. B. Woofer Guitar: Do you have a future rock star on your hands? If so, this is the perfect present.
19. Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie: Don’t believe this is a hot toy? Just check out the reviews. 242 customer reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 5 stars!
20. Fisher-Price Imaginext Super Friends Batcave: This super toy is the perfect present for your super hero and includes a Batman figurine, Robin figurine, flight suit, batcycle, and projectiles for launcher.
21. Monster High Create-A-Monster Design Lab: “It’s alive!” Let your little monster create her very own monster doll with this kit.
22. Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock: This toy is great for helping your child improve his or her fine motor skills and learn numbers, colors, shapes, and time telling…all while having fun.
23. Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 32 Piece Set: Encourage your child’s math, science, and spatial skills with these colorful building tiles.
24. Spot It Junior Animals: Your child will have so much fun playing this game he or she won’t even realize that their learning. Bonus: There aren’t a bunch of complicated pieces to this game so it’s easy to take on the go.
25. GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine: Teach your daughter that “building” and “engineering” aren’t just for boys with this toy created by Debbi Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University.
26. Catan: Junior: Jump start your little one’s imagination with this game. It’s perfect for children as young as five!
27. Qwirkle: This is truly a gift for the whole family and sure to be a family game night favorite for years to come.
28. Lite Brix Lite Up Mansion Building Kit: With this 382 piece set your little princess can build the mansion of her dreams.
29. Perplexus Original Maze Game by PlaSmart, Inc.: This mind teaser will keep your child busy for hours. Consider taking it along on long car trips.
30. Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit, Green: If your child has limitless curiosity, consider this gift. It includes more than 125 projects themed around “alternative sources of energy” like a hand crank solar radio.
Walmart’s Chosen by Kids Hot Toys List
The toys on Walmart’s hot toys list were chosen by kids for kids.
31. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch in Blue, Green, Pink, and White: This is THE toy for the techie in your family. Kids can take photos and alter them with fun effects, record video, and play educational games.
32. Zoomer Interactive Dino, Boomer: This toy made multiple “hot toy” lists this year.
33. Moose Toys Beados Quick Dry Design Station: This toy is great for getting creative and staving off cabin fever during those long dreary winter days.
34. Sew Cool Machine: If you’ve got an avid DIY-er on your hands, this may be just the thing to put under the Christmas tree.
35. Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote-Control Flying Car, Orange/Blue – Also on Toys R Us hot toys list: This is another toy that’s made multiple “hot toy” lists for 2014.
36. Air Storm Firetek Bow: Give your child this gift and he or she will forget all about being a couch potato.
37. Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy, Rainbow: Christmas is a magical time of year and your child deserves a magical gift. This Flutterbye Fairy can really fly and even lights up in a shimmer of rainbow hues.
38. FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet – Also on Toys R Us hot toys list: This hot toy (on multiple lists for the 2014 holiday season) will make a great friend for your little one. Bonus: You don’t have to walk it in the cold and snow.
39. Make Your Case Case Maker: Do you have a pre-teen or teen who refuses to get off the phone? If so, this gift is the perfect solution. Your child will be so eager to make cell phone cases he or she won’t have time to answer the phone.
40. Barbie Sisters Camper: Let your little one take a road trip with Barbie and her sisters. Hmm, something tells me this will be a great trip with no choruses of “she’s touching me” or “are we there yet”.
41. Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster: While your child is sure to have a blast with this toy, be sure to set up some ground rules upfront…or else everything that moves (including yourself) may become a target.
42. Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set: This toy is fun all around. Your child will enjoy designing and build his or her own race track and of course love sending cars speeding down the track.
43. VTech Go! Go! Smart Ultimate Amazement Park Play Set: With over 70 sing along songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases and 3 obstacle course for your little one to navigate this toy is sure to be a hit.
44. Fisher-Price Little People Musical Preschool: If you have a child who recently started preschool or will soon be headed off to preschool this may be a great toy to alleviate any fears or nerves.
45. Razor Crazy Cart, Black: Put your child behind the wheel with this fun and fast (up to 12 mph) toy.
46. LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Gaming System – Also on the Toys R Us hot toys list: This educational toy has over 100 educator approved games and videos (may cost extra).
47. Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll – Also on the Toys R Us hot toys list: Your child will love singing along with Elsa to her signature song “Let it Go”.
48. Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin: Bippity Boppity Boo – now your child can make a little magic with this “magic wand” controlled toy.
49. Air Hogs RC Zero Gravity Laser Racer Blue: Your child will be amazed by this toy which defies gravity by zooming up walls and even going upside down.
50. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart – Also on the Toys R Us hot toys list: The doctor is in and he’s (she’s) making house calls! Encourage your child’s nurturing behavior with this toy.
There you have it – the 50 hottest toys of the 2014 holiday season. Go through this list with your child and see if anything catches his or her fancy. You can also peruse the Amazon’s Hot Toys List for additional holiday gift ideas.
Don’t be caught unaware, start preparing for the holiday season now. Your wallet (and your sanity) will thank you.