Plus Our Favorite Finds.
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The Toy Insider, the toy industry’s most influential organization and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, unveiled its expert picks for the best toys, games, and gifts in its 17th annual Holiday Gift Guide. We were so excited to be there to see all the amazing toys hitting the list this year of The Hottest Toys of 2022
The hottest and most coveted products for 2022 are broken out into three toy lists: the Hot 20, the toys topping every kid’s wish list; the STEM 10, playthings to hone kids’ STEM skills; and the 12 Under $20, high-value toys and games that don’t break the bank. This year’s complete holiday gift guide has more than 360 toys from 145 toymakers.
The Toy Insider Experts Reveal the Hottest Toys of 2022
Shopping for holiday gifts this year comes with continued challenges, including record-high inflation creating price hikes across all toy categories and the still-present effects of the supply chain issues of 2021.
What The Toy Insider Chief Toy Officer Said
“We’re already seeing inflation impacting the toy box. Getting your hands on hot toys this year means budgeting more dollars. Plus shopping early to avoid the disappointment of a sold-out toy,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. Data gathered by The Toy Insider shows consumers can expect to pay up to 15 percent more on toys and games this holiday season.
Schacht reassures parents and gift-givers: “Our gift guide is a handy and well-rounded resource for anyone shopping more mindfully for kids this holiday season. We hand-picked products so that no matter your budget and how you shop online, in store, at a mass retailer, or local toy shop—there’s something for everyone at every price point. ”
The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide
The Toy Insider’s Holiday Gift Guide features a wide mix of budget-friendly toys and games. More than 70% of the guide has options under $50, with more than 125 of them under $25. It also includes curated selections that guarantee something for kids of all ages and interests. The guide represents a trendy assortment of tech upgrades, multi-generational play, food-inspired fun, and toys that encourage wellness.
Some of Our Favorite finds At Holiday of Play
Cry Babies First Emotions
Introducing Cry Babies First Emotion, the most life‐ like Cry Babies dolls ever! Dreamy and Jassy each make 65+ expressions and baby sounds! Each doll comes in a trendy unicorn‐ themed outfit and comes with different accessories so kids can interact with the doll and discover different ways to care for and play with their baby! Give her her paci to calm her when she cries! Give her her rattle to surprise her! If she’s hungry, give her her bottle, feed her and she’ll burp! Watch as her eyes blink as she laughs, sleeps, eats, burps and cries real tears!
You already know that we love these 6 mischievous House Monsters: Bumpy, Munchy, Sudsy, Fluffy, Drowsy, and Dizzy but now get ready because there are two new monsters.
May I present to you, Blushy! One of the two new House Monsters that have entered the Johnson’s family home:
Blushy puts on a pretty face using the toiletries on the bathroom counter to get the perfect look. She doesn’t dare look in the mirror though for fear of being seen! Her fav food is soap which is why you’re always running out! Blushy comes with her very own habitat, where she loves to play.
Magic Adventures Microscope™
Explore tiny worlds full of huge discoveries with the Magic Adventures Microscope™. Young biologists can zoom in on flowers, animals, food, minerals, and more using eight double-sided smart slides that activate amazing BBC videos and images.
Discover answers to curious questions like: How do leave change colors? What do plant cells look like? What is sand made of anyway?
Make your own discoveries by finding things around the house and getting a closer look using the reusable slides or large sample tray. You’ll be amazed at what you can see with up to 200x magnification on this real microscope. See something incredible? Capture and save the on-screen images. Game time! Available now at Amazon, Walmart, and Target.
Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball
Become a master of real magic and a true “Mixieologist” with the newest addition to the world of Magic Mixies, the Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball featuring more than 80 lights, sounds, and reactions. Kids have the power to create a Magic Mixie and beckon it to the crystal ball. With a flick of the wrist, a wave of the interactive spellcasting wand, and some very magic words, the Crystal Ball awakens, and real mist is beckoned to fill the sphere. The wand’s lights interact with the Crystal Ball as kids continue the spell and create their Magic Mixie, to give it the color, a voice, fortune-telling powers, and more. With a final wave of the wand and the words“Magicus Mixes,” the mist disappears and the Magic Mixie plush appears right before kid’s eyes.
Disney Doorables Let’s Go! Ultimate Vacation Peek
Pack a bag and head to the Big Apple, where behind every door a surprise is in store with Disney Doorables Let’s Go Ultimate Vacation Pack. Unzip the suitcase to discover 6 exclusive characters and one exclusive vehicle inside. 10 additional characters hail from Disney Doorables’ Let’s Go Around the World Multi-Peek figures. Look for an exclusive New York Yellow Cab vehicle featuring wheels that really roll and 6 unique figures that honor New York City, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Pete, and an adorable Minnie Mouse as the Statue of Liberty. Each character stands approximately 1.5 inches tall and features stylized detailing with sparkly glitter eyes. This fantastic vacation pack is sure to make any fan of Disney toys smile. Available exclusively at Walmart.
Disney Doorables Let’s Go! Road Trip Vehicles
Honk and get ready to go, because a surprise is in store with Disney Doorables Let’s Go! Road Trip Vehicles. Peel to reveal one of 15 different vehicles that really roll–all on their way to fantastic destinations. Possibilities include a beach day with Stitch, a safari with Mickey Mouse, or even a race to the finish line withBuzz Lightyear. Each character stands approximately 1.5 inches tall and features stylized detailing with sparkly glitter eyes. The vehicles are a colorful collection of buggies, sports cars, jeeps, and even a striped Cheshire Cat motorcycle that’s sure to make any fan of Disney toys smile. Look for the limited-edition mystery vehicle. Imagine the fun of creative storytelling as kids’ toy figures & playsets are collected, displayed, and shared. Available at Target, Walmart, and Amazon(2-Pack)