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If you're trying to get a headstart on holiday shopping, you'll probably want to start in the toy aisle.
The Shop TODAY team is here with a look at some of the season's hottest toys, recommended by both kids and experts! So whether you're looking for the best gifts for a girl or boy, you're sure to find something for your kids on our list of gift ideas for children.
When we release our 2019 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But prices change frequently, so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.
Best toys for kids 2019
These tiny fur balls continue to dominate the holiday toy rush. They transform into cute stuffed animals with the love and care from their new owner. It's meant for kids ages 2 and up and is currently the no. 1 release on Amazon for plush interactive toys.
This baby Toothless dragon from "How to Train Your Dragon" growls, flaps his wings when you help him fly and roars at you when you roar at him first.
Last Christmas, we got HatchiBabies. Now, the newest version of the toy egg is here. Introducing — Hatchimals WOW! Kids will find a pink or purple Llalacorn inside the speckled egg. Then, extend the egg play and watch them hatch over and over again — each time Llalacorn wakes up, she'll be in a different mood!
Who doesn't love sprinkles? This new portable art set allows budding artists to create pieces using the festive decorations, but without the hassle of sprinkles flying everywhere.
Kids can build battling robots with this motorized STEM construction kit. The kit comes with two bots and with more than 600 snap-together pieces. Once kids build and assemble their own robots, these smart-tech, self-stabilizing boxers are ready for a match.
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These hot new surprise dolls combine fun, fashion and lots and lots of gorgeous colorful hair. Noah and her girl squad have “Big hair don’t care” attitudes and love to share their passion with the world via the Hairdorables channel on YouTube.
Nintendo Labo kits offer interactive build-and-play experiences that combine the fun of DIY creations with the magic of the Nintendo Switch system (sold separately). Players can build six Toy-Cons, including a car, plane, submarine, two keys and a pedal.
Boxy Girls love shopping online for anything fashion — shoes, clothes, bags, makeup, jewelry and more! They can’t wait to receive their online orders in packages shipped right to the door. Unbox the packages with Boxy Girls to discover tons of fashion surprises. Each Boxy Girl comes with four packages to unbox.
Baby Shark Fingerlings are here! This itty bitty shark responds to sound and motion. Watch him dance!
Lego always rolls out new sets for the holidays. There are a bunch of options this year, including these "Stars Wars" sets that are sure to be popular.
Parents are going bonkers for this one. This Echo is designed just for kids — they can ask Alexa to play music, hear stories and call approved friends and family.
Watch out Fingerlings! These big-eyed lemurs promise to be a stocking stuffer success. Owleez can light up, make cool sounds and learn to fly.
Kids who love "Paw Patrol" on Nickelodeon will adore the rescue pups' new fire truck! The ladder extends and there are plenty of flashing lights and sounds.
So cute! Cabbage Patch Kids will be flying off the shelves this Christmas. Look for these adorable naptime babies. Each one comes ready for cuddles with a cozy blanket, a pacifier and contemporary fashion.
Doc McStuffins to the rescue! This all-in-one nursery is a must for Doc fans. Kids will spend hours taking care of newborns and diagnosing all those boo-boos.
It's off to the races! This new garage from Hot Wheels includes parking for over 140 cars.
If it comes from Arendelle, your "Frozen" fan will love it! This year, expect a lot of "Frozen 2" merchandise to flood the shelves. We anticipate that this castle will be a hit.
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Our friends at the Toy Insider put this lovable bear on their own "Hottest Toys" list — and why wouldn't they? This expressive plush will give hugs, dance and play games. When kids feed him a treat, he’ll respond with eating sounds.
Meet Blaire, the 2019 Girl of the Year from American Girl! She’s a party planner who loves to cook and spend time at her family's farm. She comes with the Blaire paperback book, plus a stylish outfit.
Use the remote to send Batman zooming around in this tricked out vehicle. Spin forward, backward, right, left or all around. Then, watch the Batmobile transform with lights and sounds and return to vehicle mode.
Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but Shop TODAY's up to the task. Try our interactive gift finder to sort gifts by price, person and interest. And no matter who you're looking for, we've got gift guides for everyone on your list, including:
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