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46 toys that toddlers will be thrilled to unwrap

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While celebrations are not all about the gifts, we've compiled a list of some of the coolest toys for toddlers that will keep your child’s attention long after the big day is over.

If you're the sort of person who likes to keep their fingers on the pulse when it comes to new launches, we're kicking it off with Toy Insider's annual list of the toys that best represent a diverse range of interests and learning opportunities.

From a JoJo Siwa karaoke machine to a dancing llama and a rescue Pomeranian who needs a fur-ever home, we're here to help find the perfect gift for every little boy and girl on your list.

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Bestselling gifts for toddlers

Toy Insider's hot gifts for toddlers

LeapFrog Choppin’ Fun Learning Pot

With this adorable chef-themed toy, your little one can pretend to cut and prepare food while the pot explains the vegetable toys with words and songs. The best part is that the pieces can be stored inside of the pot, making for an easy post-play clean-up.

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot

For those in the transitional age between baby and toddler, this 4-in-1 learning robot makes the best gift. Each section of the robot is a different toy, equipped with over 120 different songs, sounds and phrases.

Flybar 6-Volt Battery-Powered Bumper Car

You'll definitely be the talk of your mommy & me play group with this gift. This tiny bumper car is battery powered and has several safety features, including an adjustable seatbelt and only a 1 mph maximum speed. P.S. It's designed for kids ages 18 months to 4 years, so don't be tempted to try it out yourself.

Little Tikes Learn & Play 2-in-1 Activity Tunnel

This gift is great for keeping your active toddler amused. It has enough bells and whistles for two children to play at the same time — one can explore the soft tunnel, while the other can enjoy rolling colorful balls down the side of the tunnel.

Blue's Clues & You! Cook-Along Pretend Play Kitchen Set

The imaginative play possibilities are endless with this toddler-size play kitchen set. The child in your life will love whipping up some food with their pal Blue with the 20+ accessories the set comes with, in addition to a sink, stove, oven and refrigerator.

CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll Plush

CoComelon has been all the rage, and if your child is a fan, this may be the perfect gift. JJ is interactive, he sings and can be fed a tasty dish of peas.

Unique toddler toys

BusyPuzzle Name Puzzle with Pegs

This is a keepsake they'll surely hold on to. This Etsy's Pick puzzle can be personalized with the toddler's name and a mix of numbers and shapes.

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish

Parents everywhere love this textured flip fish plush toy from Melissa & Doug: It has nearly 4,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. One reviewer mentioned how much her toddler loved this toy, saying, "She loves to stare at all the colors and will spend 15-20 minutes at a time happily kicking away at the crinkly scales."

Manhattan Toy Musical Lili Llama

Let your child make some noise with this adorable musical llama named Lili. Lili comes with guiro-inspired notches, a xylophone, two side saddles that act like drums and wooden mallets for banging.

Bombas Toddler Sesame Street Fuzzy Calf Sock

Keep their tiny toes warm all winter long with this Sesame Street-inspired sock set from Bombas. Bombas promises to donate a pair of socks for every sock purchased, and for this particular set, they're sending out this collection to organizations that support those facing family homelessness.

Color the Ocean Color Magic Bath Book

Watch sea creatures come to life in full color in the tub with this waterproof book.

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker

This set of 25 stackable wooden pieces is a great tool for kids ages 2 to 4 to help them count and learn colors and shapes.

Fisher-Price Little People Launch and Loop Raceway

Toddlers can speed and drift with this multitrack vehicle play set that lights up and makes sounds.

Simplay3 Carry-and-Go Track Table

This portable two-sided racetrack is an Amazon shopper fave and a 2019 National Parenting Award winner.

Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set

These 12 interactive eggs will help toddlers learn to count, sort and match.

Fisher-Price Build Around Town Starter Kit

Your toddler will spend hours creating endless combinations to design their very own towns with buildings and vehicles.

JoJo Siwa Bluetooth Karaoke Machine

Hot pink and ready to rock, the JoJo Siwa Bluetooth Karaoke Machine has a real working microphone your toddler will love. This machine is portable, lightweight and has rechargeable batteries with a built-in light show.

Paw Patrol Mighty Lookout Tower

Help the "Paw Patrol" crew save the day with this action-packed tower that stands more than 2 ft. tall. It has a working elevator, zip line, vehicle launcher and a bay for six vehicles.

Learning Resources Hoot the Fine Motor Owl

Watch Hoot the Owl flap, squeak, twist and help your little one build their strength, coordination and fine motor skills.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Kids can get right into the splash zone with this fun maze-like waterfall play set.

Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen

This realistic kids kitchen is one that junior chefs can't wait to play with! The real-life design includes a subway tile backsplash, faux granite countertops, “stainless steel” appliances and white cabinets. It even has a framed window, molded-in sink with swivel faucet, microwave and oven with working keypads, play phone and clickable knobs.

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad

This starter kit is designed to help kids ages 3-5 build core learning skills in math and reading and foster creativity. This kit features six different games that help kids develop their whole brain, stimulate their appetite for learning and connect learning with fun through hands-on play.

Smartmax My First Safari Animals Magnetic Discovery

This is a safe and fun introduction to magnets for your little toddler. This 18-piece set enables kids to create six different animals. Creative kids will mix and match for some wild results!

Hape My First Blocks 80-Piece Set

Let your toddler’s imagination go wild with this brilliant 80-piece wooden block set. The blocks come in a storage box with a lid that works as a shape sorter and are made from solid wood coated with wear-resistant paint.

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo

Feed the Gotta Go Flamingo his special food and watch his neck wiggle and jiggle as he swallows. When he sings his signature “Uh-oh, gotta go!” song, quickly grab the included toilet to catch his squishy, neon poop.

Sinclair Personalized Wooden Stool

Engrave that special little one’s name in this solid pine stool. They can step up on the stool to help make cookies or brush their teeth!

Brio World Smart Tech Sound Action Tunnel Circle Set

This battery-operated record and play toy train actually communicates with its surroundings, enhancing creative play for little engineers. Comes with eight tracks and two tunnels, and your toddler can program a different journey each time, changing up the colorful lights and sounds.

Brio Disney Mickey and Friends Wooden Toy Train Set

This adorable Disney train set has retro-designs that bring Mickey and his friends into the world of your toddler. Your child can simply press the chimney on the front of the engine and start Mickey’s railway adventures. The set is also completely compatible with all other Brio railway products.

Fisher-Price Little People 1-2-3 Babies Playdate Musical Playdate

From blending up tasty snacks to playing on the rocking horse and rocking the babies to sleep in the cradle, there’s so much for kids to do with this folding take-along play set.

Mega Bloks Pull-Along Puppy

Using blocks made perfectly for little hands, this building set is a fun way for toddlers to play with their puppy companion.

Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Help your toddler work on their fine motor skills with this silly hedgehog designed with multicolored quills to help with color recognition and sorting.

Active toddler toys

Sakar Self-Balancing Toddler Scooter

If your toddler is itching to try big kid activities, start them off with this self-balancing scooter. You'll be able to relax knowing its three-wheel design and safe-role wheels will keep them upright. Plus, it comes in so many fun designs, from unicorns to a fire truck.

Discovery Kids Tunnel

Your children will love crawling and relaxing in their very own play tent. All three tunnel tubes are removable for easy storage.

Schwinn Roadster Tricycle

This retro-style bright red roadster has chrome handlebars and tassels and has a low center of gravity, making climbing on and off easy and safe.

Snoopy 6-Volt Ride-On Toy

Made of super-soft plush material, this famous beagle reaches a maximum speed of 2.5 mph. The foot pedal is easy to operate and control, and it comes with its own doghouse play crate.

Razor Junior Three-Wheel Lil’ Kick Scooter

With this scooter, your toddler doesn’t need to envy their older siblings' ride anymore. This scooter has a stand-alone, three-wheel design, which makes for a more stable ride, and its slip-resistant deck keeps children on their feet.

Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster Rapid Ride & Hide Edition

Cruise along the track of this kids’ roller coaster toy, designed for fun rides and big thrills. This roller coaster easily comes apart for convenient and compact storage. There's even a version where kids ride a unicorn.

Stuffed animals & dolls for toddlers

Gund Sesame Street Elmo the Doctor

Let's salute our hometown heroes and encourage imaginative play and storytelling with this plush Dr. Elmo.

Triaction Toys Les Deglingos Soft Toys in Tubes

Kids can collect a variety of soft huggable animals in tubes, from a blue hippo to a pink flamingo and white llama. They're about 12 inches in length and are made of silky corded plush.

WowWee Baby Shark Puppet

Your toddler can now sing along with this interactive Baby Shark. Move the mouth of your puppet faster or slower to change the speed of the song.

Fisher-Price Smooth Moves Sloth

Press the buttons, sing along to the alphabet song and practice counting with this adorable sloth.

Gund Line Friends Plush Bear

Standing tall at 14 inches is the cuddly "Brown" from the popular Line Friends Collection.

Rescue Runts 2 Plush Pet

Every furry pet deserves a home! These little pups need you to dry their tears, brush their fur and remove their bandages — then give them a new place to call home. There's a variety of pets, from this Pomeranian to a husky and tabby cat.

"Star Wars" The Child Plush Toy

Start your toddler early with his love for "Star Wars" with this 8-inch plush toy of The Child from "The Mandalorian."

Madame Alexander My Little Girl Polka Dot Pinafore

This toddler doll is offered in three skin tones. The face has delicate features with sleep eyes, and her hair comes styled in curly pigtails. Each doll wears a polka-dot jersey knit jumper, striped tee, leggings and a headband, plus a comb and brush for hairstyling fun.

Gund Baby Animated Puddles the Puppy

This is a plush animated dog with movement and sound. A soft pat makes Puddles come alive in your arms with head and tail movements and soft yips. A "nose tap" provides an extra cute surprise!

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 4, 2017.