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The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio winners are here — shop the 9 top toys of 2022

From American Girl Doll to Monster Jam, here are the award-winning toy picks for 2022.

With so many people looking to avoid shipping delays and beat the usual gift-buying crowds, holiday shopping seems to have started earlier than ever this year. So it's no surprise that everyone wants to know what the trendy toys are this gifting season, so you can get them before they sell out.

Stephanie Oppenheim, co-founder of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, joined TODAY to share the winners of this year's Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards. The company's experts run all their toys by a panel of kid-testers and take into account educational and play value, safety, age, parental feedback and more. So you can trust everything on their list is something your child might love.

Add these award-winning toys to your shopping cart if you're looking to "wow" the little ones on your list.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Winners 2022

Best vehicle toys

Fischer Price Hot Wheels Racing Loops Tower by Little People

Kids will enjoy a friendly game of racing and stunts with this Hot Wheels racing tower by Little People. In addition to the two racing tracks, kids can launch their cars through a 360-degree loop track, or the daring "ring of fire," and drive through the pretend gas station to refuel for the next race.

Monster Jam Official Mega Megalodon All-Terrain Remote Control Monster Truck

At over two feet long, this monster truck really lives up to its name. According to the brand, this remote control car can be managed from up to 250 feet away and features oversized tires to rollover any obstacle with ease. The brand also mentions this mega truck is lightweight, making it suitable for indoor play too.

Best toys for pretend play

American Girl Claudie Wells Doll

Claudie Wells is the newest addition to the American Girl historic doll collection; her story is based on growing up during the 1920's Harlem Renaissance. According to the brand, Claudie comes dressed in a 1920's-inspired outfit and her own book, "Meet Claudie," where kids can read and learn all about her special story. If you'd like to dress up Claudie, you can purchase her accessories separately. And if you're in the market for more than one of the American Girl historic dolls, you can choose another prominent figures from their ten other options.

Best games

Fat Brain Toys Heap-O-Sheep

You're probably familiar with counting sheep, but have you ever launched sheep? To play this family-friendly game, the first one to launch all of your sheep into the field wins. Oppenheim loves recommending games to promote family time and says kids will want to play this one again and again.

Best puzzles

Peaceable Kingdom Shimmery Christmas Tree Floor Puzzle

Coming with 49-pieces, this floor puzzle builds a festive three-foot Christmas tree. According to the brand, this activity allows children to explore motor and problem-solving skills, and comes with pieces large enough to make placing and grabbing easy for those tiny hands.

eeBoo A Happy Holiday 1000 Piece Puzzle

If you're looking to make puzzles a family holiday tradition, Oppenheim loves this festive 1000-piece option by eeBoo. According to the brand, it's illustrated by Victoria Ball and features a "merry" scene of holiday shopping and carolers.

Best arts and crafts toys

Crayola Glow Fusion Glow-in-The-Dark Coloring Set

These aren't just your ordinary set of Crayola markers, they glow-in-the-dark to give your child an all new coloring experience. The kit comes with five markers, five deep sea themed coloring pages and two blank pages. Oppenheim even calls it the "coolest art supplies ever."

Creativity for Kids Big Gem Diamond Painting Light

Oppenheim says this gem painting light was a huge hit with their testers and she finds that school-age kids love projects that they can both work on and enjoy. With this craft set, kids can decorate their very own nightlight with sparkly gems to create planets and stars. After, they can see their work shine as it illuminates their bedroom walls.

Made By Me Paint Your Own Holiday Wooden Magnets

Oppenheim says this magnet paint set is a fun holiday project for kids to gift or keep for themselves once they finish. Coming with 10 holiday themed magnets and 12 acrylic paint pots, kids can mix-and-match and personalize each wooden magnet to their choosing.

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Best toys for babies and toddlers

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Learning Bot Fisher Price

Babies who are starting to sit up on their own and toddlers alike will love this new robot from Fisher-Price. It is composed of three separate sections that can be combined to form the full robot or taken apart and played with separately to encourage interactive play. From the googly eyes to the mini ball game, it's sure to be a hit.

Manhattan Toy Playmate Friends Collection

Gift them their first hugger this year, plus an adorable included little pet. These plush dolls have options for both boys and girls and are also machine washable. Plus, the outfits are removable and interchangeable.

Best toys for preschoolers

Spinmaster Paw Patrol Ultimate City Transforming Tower

Parents of Paw Patrol fans know how big of a hit this toy will be. This three-foot tower is a replica of the tower from Adventure City and includes a command center, pup elevator, lights, sounds and everything else they'll need to create adventures of their own. Since it is so big, they can let their imagination run wild while playing with friends or family this year.

Dig It Up! Dinosaur Eggs by MindWare

The future paleontologist of the family will love getting to excavate dinosaur eggs — and then discovering what's inside. After soaking the eggs in water, they can get to work with the chisel and hammer to unearth the dinosaur inside (each kit includes a T-Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus). Once they're done, the included mat makes for an easy cleanup.

Best toys for early school years

SkyRocket Moji the Lovable Labradoodle

Didn't adopt a pandemic puppy? Moji is just as lovable, but doesn't require any housebreaking or grooming. Once you say her name, you'll watch her come to life; she'll listen to voice commands such as "sit" and "shake." An included deck of cards can be used to activate additional tricks, such as eating a treat, taking a bath and more.

Best crafts for boys and girls

Hey Buddy Hey Pal The Gift Box Ornament Decorator

This gadget makes for a great holiday craft. With it, kids can decorate a number of different ornaments with the colors and patterns they choose. After placing an ornament in the decorator, it will spin, and it only takes the touch of a marker to watch the designs come to life. Each set includes the decorating machine, three ornaments and eight markers, so additional ornaments will need to be purchased for future holiday seasons.

Creativity for Kids Magic Swirl Kaleidoscope

For a fun STEM activity, kids will love using this "magic" kaleidoscope. They'll learn how to construct a kaleidoscope and about light refractions as they piece it together. Kids ages 6 and older can create tons of cool scenes with the included swirl gel, glow-in-the-dark stickers, confetti assortment and more tools.

Creativity for Kids Color By Number Puzzles Jungle Kit

Puzzles soared in popularity in 2020, but they're not going anywhere. This kit allows them to get crafty, as they'll transform a black and white canvas into a colorful jungle scene — once they put all the pieces together, of course. The kit includes 24 washable markers, 100 puzzle pieces and a complete guide to help them along the way.

Toybox Starter Bundle

Oppenheim called this toy the toy of the future. It's a real 3D printer that kids will have a lot of fun using, with a bit of parental supervision (it uses heat to construct designs). It's easy to assemble and is controlled through an app on their phone, as they'll need to scroll through the catalogue in order to select a design. It requires a bit of patience, but the cool designs it can produce — such as the Scooby Doo Mystery Van — are worth every minute.

Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2022 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including: