5 Hot Christmas Toys From Amazon (And 3 That Are Not-So-Hot)
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Wonder what the hot Amazon Christmas toys are for 2018? We tried out some of the best- and worst-rated toys on the Amazon hot list!
I’m sure many of you are thinking about your Christmas shopping, especially when it comes to what toys are worth buying for the kiddos. I love the ease of hopping on Amazon and being able to check off my entire Christmas list in just a couple of clicks. Even better, they have a huge list of recommended toys for the upcoming holiday season!
We tried out some of the best-rated toys on the Amazon hot list this year. Here’s the scoop on whether they’re on our “good list” or “bad list”, along with our honest thoughts.
Let’s start with 5 Christmas toys that made our “good list”:
Did you even have a childhood if you didn’t play with Play-Doh? We absolutely love this Dentist set! It’s not only fun to put together, but it’s a great learning experience for kids. There’s something so much more fun about playing dentist than actually going to the dentist. Ha!
Kids can drill ‘n fill cavities, put on Play-Doh braces, brush teeth, and pull them out. This set also features the electric drill with fun buzzing action along with drill heads, tweezers, roller, toothbrush, tooth mold, accessories, instructions, and five cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound.
Here are some other great Play-Doh gift options:
And because you can never have too much Play-Doh, check out this Play-Doh pack of 36 colors.
This fluffy Grumblie makes all the noises kiddos love; it farts, burps, and grumbles! Poke, shake, tilt and roll them. The more you mess with him, the angrier he gets, and the kids LOVED it! Within an hour of this guy being unboxed, our kids were referring to him as though he was a part of the family.
For less than $25 and all the silly smiles that he brought to our boys’ faces, I would definitely recommend this fun and furry creature! That said, if you prefer not to “listen” to all the toys, I would probably pass on this one.
If you’d like to expand your Grumblies family, there are other ones to choose from:
Other similar creatures:
I love the timeless look and functionality of all the Melissa and Doug toys. They really hit a home run with this toy, because what kid doesn’t love ice cream? I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!🍦
This 28-piece ice cream set is one the whole family can have fun with! It comes with a cute menu and money that mom and dad can order with.
I also really like that the menu is made of hard plastic, so you don’t have to worry about little toddler hands ripping it to pieces in about five seconds. The kids love pretending to serve up ice cream in your choice of a cup or cone with all the toppings your heart desires. They honestly have not stopped playing with this toy since we got it. We think this set is perfect for any ice cream lover!
If you’re familiar with Melissa and Doug, you already know they have some amazing toys.
Here are some of our other top favorites food sets:
Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set | Melissa & Doug 11-Piece Brew and Serve Wooden Coffee Maker Set | Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House Dust! Sweep! Mop! 6-Piece Pretend Play Set | Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray
All parents know the struggle of that LEGO life. Normally, it’s Mom or Dad who ends up doing all the work (and we end up stepping on them when they’re left out. LOL)! But they’re always so fun to put together and are perfect for rainy/snowy days in!
I would rank this 962-piece LEGO set as pretty difficult for younger ones, so stay true to the 12+ age recommendation on this box, unless you don’t mind being the one to put it together. The reward of seeing these completed is always so magical for kids!
Here are some other LEGO building set options:
The boys were so excited to unbox this superhero kit. Creative kids bring their imagination to life by personalizing their interactive superhero gear, and the robotic pieces really made them feel like they’re putting together some seriously high-tech, cool stuff. You’re going to need your smartphone to play with this toy (so get ready, mom and dad)!
The toy comes with a free app, which is perfect so you don’t have to worry about losing the directions. Overall the app is very user-friendly, and it was easy for the kids to follow along with the directions.
While the boys loved it, I wasn’t impressed with the almost $150 price tag. The small robotic pieces felt too delicate for small hands, and I’m sure it won’t be long until one of them breaks. And while littleBits kit is protected by a 30-day warranty and customer support, I don’t see this toy standing the test of time when it comes to rough-house and play. While we still love this product as a gift, I’d probably only buy it again if it was on sale.
Now for the 3 not-so-hot toys that we put on the “bad list”:
“I want to give my child a toy that’s going to make them as loud as humanly possible!” (said no parent ever)!
These voice-activated toys encourage your kids to shout at the top of their lungs to drive you insane! The louder your kids are, the more the creature interacts and speeds up. I’m going to keep my sanity for the “good list”, so these Yellies will not be making their way into any gift boxes this year.
So, to be super honest, this toy is just terrible in our opinion. For $80+ you’re getting a plastic purse and a bunch of cheap, plastic unicorn poop. 💩 No thanks! On the surface, it’s certainly cute, but in reality, it’s just a whole bunch of “plastic-ness” and totally not worth your money!
If you missed our Facebook Live on this purse, you might want to check it out so you know what you’re getting for your money. And most of you agreed – you will NOT be purchasing this as a gift this year. Make this fun, easy puffy slime instead!
Last year we unboxed this toy when it would have cost you about $70, and we didn’t even recommend it then. But now, the L.O.L. Surprise Ball is currently trending at $140! 😱 With 50 surprises, you basically end up with a bunch of tiny, cheap plastic toys. The teeny-tiny doll clothes even started ripping as soon as we tried putting them on!
Make your own DIY LOL surprise ball instead and fill it with WAY better stuff for a fraction of the cost!
And don’t think the smaller versions are any better. They’re just mini-sized versions of overpriced tiny toys that’ll likely be forgotten (or lost) in a matter of minutes. You get way more trash than you do toys with these kinds of gifts, so for that reason, we’re definitely passing on this one.
Will you be shopping any of these hot toys from Amazon? What do you think about the not-so-hot products?
Let us know in the comments!