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28 Toys And Games To Buy Now Before The Holiday Rush

Some of which might already be sold out by the time you click this link.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. Pixicade mobile game maker in case the child your gifting is not only into video games but also interested in making their own. They can draw a photo, take a picture of it, play, and share their game. They can build 1,600 video games! 🤯

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Promising review: "Man I love this thing, but my 8-= and 6-year-old sons love it even more. We’re those parents who are a little fanatic about 'screen time' with our kids. Let me tell you something, MOST of the time is spent with the kids building their game. The markers, paper, and most importantly their imaginations of drawing new games are 90% of the fun because they know that their drawing will eventually ~come to life~ on the iPad. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. The different colors are used to create different things that the game automatically recognizes on paper — e.g., use 'red' to draw hazards; use 'green' to make your character that can move, etc. My boys draw anything and, like magic, the screen brings it to life and the remaining 10% blows their little minds (and the parents minds, too). Not really sure how it works, but we have a giant notebook full of different drawings and games, two boys who can’t stop using it, and two parents who are totally OK with this kind of 'screen time.'" —Lil

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

2. A Leapfrog learning pot for a pretend meal complete with five step-by-step recipes that introduce vocabulary, colors, and numbers. And, when they're done playing, you can put all the pieces inside the pot for easy storing.

the learning crock pot with toy vegetables and dishes
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Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

3. A VTech KidiGo basketball hoop so your all-star can take it to the hole. The hoop comes with five game modes: free play, score challenge, time challenge, color challenge, and hot potato. The interactive headboard makes the games even more fun, ideal for hours of solo or group indoor activity.

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Promising review: "I bought this for my grandson's 3rd birthday. He loves playing basketball so this is a nice hoop for him. I really like the sound effects, and the hoop is durable." —Chocolate

Get it from Target for $29.99.

4. Herd Mentality, a party game the whole family can enjoy where thinking like the ~herd~ wins you points. But, being the odd one out wins you...a pink cow?!

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How to play: Someone reads a question. For example: “What's the largest fruit you could get in your mouth without chopping it up?” Then everyone writes down an answer. If the majority of the people playing wrote down the same answer as you, then you win cows. But, if you're the odd one out, you win a pink cow, which means your herd is worthless. The goal? Earn as many cows and try not to get the pink cow. ~Think like the rest of the herd.~

Promising review: "Easy to play straight out of the box! Love the social aspect, mind games, and the squishy pink cow!" —Sam

Get it from Walmart for $19.82 or Target for $19.89.

5. A Digimon X virtual pet monster that'll let you raise and train your own pet monster and battle them against friends. It's the same nostalgic toy of the '90s with a few upgrades, ready to entertain a new generation.

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Promising review: "I used to have one of the original Digimon when I was a child and loved it. So when I saw they had come out with these I was ecstatic. Once I explained what they were and that you could battle them, of course my son and daughter both wanted one of their own. Since then, they have added a lot more Digimon to them. Just figuring out the evolution paths is a rabbit hole in itself. I can't say much about the battery life since I'm still using the stock batteries, but we've already got a couple days of fun out. I don't expect them to last forever, but replacements are really easy to find nowadays. If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, I can highly recommend this." —jnich87

Get it from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in 15 colors).

6. A Squeakee balloon dino that's part dinosaur, part balloon with more than 70 sounds and interactions. He stomps, chomps, and plays tug-of-war. You can tickle him, train him, and so much more.

the balloon dino toy that is green
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Last year, I got the super-popular Squeakee balloon dog. It was a HUGE hit with my nephews. I'm even more excited for this new Squeakee because every kid wishes they could have a pet dinosaur, and now they can!

Get it from Amazon for $69.

7. A Beyblade strike battle set with a motorized Beystadium, two battling tops, and two launchers that'll brings an entirely new intensity to this spinning tops game.

Two kids battling their beyblades in the beyblade stadium
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Get it from Amazon for $49.67

8. Pokemon 25th Anniversary Celebrations Elite Trainer Box — this trainer box has gone in and out of stock since its drop. It's filled with a variety of Pokemon cards and booster packs that'll make any fan (child or adult) smile.

the elite trainer box that has pikachu logo on the font and the number 25
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The box includes: 10 Pokémon TCG: Celebrations 4-card booster packs, five additional Pokémon TCG booster packs, one special foil card featuring Greninja, 65 card sleeves featuring the Pokémon 25 logo and lightning tail design, 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards, a player’s guide to the Celebrations expansion, and a Pokémon TCG rulebook.

Promising review: "The Package came slightly bent, probably because of shipping, but didn’t affect the quality of the cards. Everything came in and is legit. AMAZING pulls." —Raymond

Get it from Amazon for $63.31 or Walmart for $50.88.

9. A Got2Glow Fairy Finder in case the child you're shopping for is enamored by the magic of fairies. Carry the jar around and find fairies to collect. Once they catch the fairy, they can feed, play, and care for it. Each jar can collect more than 30 fairies, with 100+ fairies to collect in total. Friends can trade fairies they collect, too.

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Promising reviews: "I got this as a birthday present for granddaughter. She absolutely loves it. It is super interactive and who doesn't like to catch fairies. I see this toy being the hot Christmas item this year." —Angela

"Hours of entertainment! My nieces played with it for four hours straight. It's so magical, I even loved the lights!" —sydthekid17

Get it from Target for $34.99 or from Walmart for $39.97.

10. Crayola mini marker sprayers that'll take their coloring to the next level with airbrush. Remember when airbrush t-shirts were all the rage? Well now, the kids can start their own airbrush phenomenon, starting with this kit. Don't be jealous, I'm sure they'll let you join in on the fun.

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Promising review: "Very well made and durable! What a fantastic idea!!" —Jaclyn M Benasutti

"Got this for a birthday party and the kids went bananas. Even the adults enjoyed it! I would definitely buy again." —Nas

Get it from Amazon for $15.49

11. A Rainbow High color-change car with eight different color options for your doll's new ride. It has wheels that move, working seatbelts, a steering wheel, and room for your doll to bring a bestie along on their next adventure.

two rainbow high dolls in a car and color options the car can turn into including red orange yellow green blue and purple
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Promising review: "This car is amazing! For those wondering, this car has flickering lights, too! Just press the gold button on the bumper after the purple lights. The car also needs three AA batteries to operate. To place the doll in the driver's seat, move the steering wheel up a bit and slide them in." —Dana Heerman

Get it from Amazon for $44.98.

12. A 4-in-1 Fisher Price learning bot packed with 120+ songs, sounds, and phrases that can grow with baby from age 6 months to 5 years old. Each robot has its own unique activities apart, and then combine for even more fun.

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Promising reviews: "Very popular toy, I was glad I got it with all of the supply chain shortages. Pickup was simple fast and well done." —Christmas Toy

"This robot is a big hit with my 2 year old but it would be great for babies and older kids. It has a lot of different features to play with and teaches a lot of things. He loves the freeze dance game, and he loves that it rolls back and forth. He can take it apart and build it over and over again. It is a nice, big, sturdy toy that he will play with for a long time." —Bigeyewitness

Get it from Target for $44.99.

13. A Blue's Clues play kitchen set for an imaginative play station inspired by one of their favorite shows. It has lights, realistic cooking sounds, and other interactive features that'll make cooking with Blue so much fun. Order up!

the kitchen play set and the accessories it comes with
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The kitchen features a soap dispenser, sink, stove, oven, and refrigerator. The play set includes a kitchen, a handy-dandy recipe notebook, pan, spatula and spoon, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Tickety Tock, plate, cup, pizza tray, and 12 play food accessories. 

Promising review: "Bought this for my nephew because he wouldn't stop messing with all of the cabinets in the kitchen. So now he has his own little kitchen! It's nice, sturdy, and comes with a lot of pieces. Also a good height for a 1-year-old. Super adorable!!" —Clarissa

Get it from Walmart for $59.99

14. An Air Hogs Super Soft Jump Fury, a super-fun remote car that can jump up to 22 inches high but land super soft, just in case it happens to land on you.

the jumping vehicle thats umping up stairs
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Promising review: "My boys love this toy! The Air Hogs Super Soft Jump Fury remote control is easy to drive and full of surprises! The first time it jumped I screamed! The kids love it! While we couldn't get it to jump on slopes, it worked great on gravel and concrete, plus it's safe for indoors. We had ages 3–10 try it and everyone had an easy time with it. Lots of fun!" —Becca8g1

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 or Walmart for $39.99

15. A mosasaurus from the Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous to add to their growing collection of prehistoric creatures. If they love dinos, they'll be over the moon when they unwrap this massive ocean protector.

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Promising review: "The Jurassic World Ocean Protector Mosasaurus is an awesome toy. The toy itself is around 2-feet-long once it's all assembled (once taken out of the box you have to attach the tail and the flippers). It's a different color from the regular-edition Mosasaurus toy and it was made from a pound of recycled plastic that they removed from the ocean. So you get a cool toy and help the environment at the same time! Highly recommended." —Zad Nostrom

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

16. Anime Heroes action figures with more than 16 points of articulation, switchable hands, and character-specific accessories, which makes it perfect for play or just for display.

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Promising reviews: "As one of my favorite Naruto characters, this figure is the best! Great articulation and paint job. Wish his head band could be removed to show his Sharingan but it's still awesome!" —Christopher

"My son wanted this for his birthday, he absolutely loved it said it was very nice, very detailed, and it’s just like the character in the anime series he likes." —Al M. R.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 20 different characters from Naruto, One Piece, and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac).

17. A purse pet, a purse that's actually...alive? Yes! They get a 2-in-1 combo with this animal bag. Not only can they keep their tiny treasures safe inside, but their bag is also a pet with more than 25 sounds and reactions including eyes that really blink.

a child wearing the unicorn purse pet
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Promising reviews: "This is a very well-made purse. There is a battery back inside of the purse that takes up a good amount of space. The design is cute, and the talking and blinking is fun!" —Kim

"I love everything about this purse. My 9-year-old granddaughter loves this purse. It's not big and doesn't hold a lot, but it holds enough for a 9-year-old. I'm happy with this purchase." —Sugarmaple120

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three styles). 

18. A Monster Jam megalodon monster wash, a monstrous color-changing car wash fit for their favorite monster trucks.

the megalodon car wash
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Promising review: "We bought this set for my 4-year-old son who is a HUGE Monster Jam fan! He loves playing with his color-change dirty-to-clean trucks, so this is the perfect set! He has had a blast playing with this set. He loves the washer section where he spins his trucks rapidly, and just can't get enough of it. One of his favorite things to do with dad is go to the car wash and this Monster Jam truck was just like the real thing! The price value is also great! A MUST-buy for a Monster Jam fans!!!" —Veronica

Get it from Amazon for $29.97 or from Walmart for $29.97.

19. An Ada Twist scientist on-the-go lab set for future scientists. If they love experiments, they'll really dig this. It comes with six experiment cards and a variety of science gear — goggles, a beaker, a flask, test tubes, and more. Plus, it comes in a really neat carrying case making it easy to take on play dates.

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Season 1 of Ada Twist, Scientist is available to watch on Netflix now.

Get it from Walmart for $44.44.

20. A Lucky and Spirit figure, complete with a flowy mane, from the Dreamworks Animation film Spirit Untamed. They'll be able to reenact their favorite parts from the movie with included accessories.

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Promising review: "My daughter has played and played with this set! She interchanges it with her Barbies too! I highly recommend it." —KipKip

"Our granddaughter was so excited for this movie to come out. She was so excited when she opened this set. She loves the way the horses head moves and the doll stays on horse back, too." —M

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

21. A VTech KidiZoom DX3 smartwatch featuring dual cameras for pictures, selfies, and videos, one- and two-player games, daily reminders, and more. It's just like a real smartwatch, minus the hundreds of dollars' pricing.

the smartwatch in packaging
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Get it from Walmart for $49.99.

22. A Jumanji deluxe board game — a game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. You roll the dice to move your token, doubles get another turn. The first player to reach the end wins. Adventurers beware: Do not begin unless you intend to finish; the exciting consequences of the game will vanish only when a player has reached Jumanji and called out its name.

the jumanji board game
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Promising review: "Bought this for my kids birthday, haven’t seen or heard from any of the kids in a few weeks now. Best purchase EVER!" —William D. Dewitt

Get it from Amazon for $49.97

23. Rocky's Reuse It truck inspired by an episode of Paw Patrol that comes with a collectible figure and accessories. They can help Rocky reuse materials and transform them into tools to save the day!

Rocys reuse it truck with the rocky collectible figure
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Promising review: "One of my favorite Paw Patrol vehicles. It's not too big or small. Rocky’s trash truck does multiple fun things and my grandsons love it. Designed after a fun Paw Patrol episode where they pick up trash all over town and turn it into other objects. Parts are just the right size for 3-year-olds. Grandma gives it the stamp of approval." —Tempered Clavier

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

24. A Hot Wheels Mario Kart Rainbow Road raceway track set so they can put down the video game controllers for a second and play Mario Kart in real life. It's a pretty large display that's sure to be a hit with any kids who are fans of Hot Wheels or Mario Kart.

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Promising review: "I did not realize this was going to be HUGE, but that's on me. It's so perfect - our kids love playing Mario kart on the switch so this was a perfect 'offline' game they can enjoy anytime." —ehochy

"By far the best track my 5-year-old has owned yet. So fun! I do think for the price it should come with at least five racer cars to fill the lanes, but excellent product! We’re super happy with it." —the_blonde_says

Get it from Target for $199.99.

You can buy an 8pk of racers here.

25. A Lalaloopsy Scoops Wafflecone Silly Hair doll with fun hair that bends every which way and styling accessories to change their hair in a variety of mix and match styles. They also come with a reusable salon play set for the full beauty shop experience.

the doll and their matching cat
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Get it from Amazon for $34.82.

26. A Tamagotchi Pix that comes with all the things we love about Tamagotchis with an added bonus — a camera. Now you can take pictures with the character you've nurtured and raised. You can also connect to other Tamagotchi devices, exchange gifts with characters, and explore.

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Promising review: "First off, this is the cutest and coolest thing ever! Remember, it’s for 6+, if you’re over 20 and find flaws I think we know how fun of a person you are. It’s adorable! I’ve taken sooo many pictures and taken such good care of it she's soo happy! I’m excited to have this by my side till the end of time! 🌈✨ There’re other tamagotchis out there, but none have a camera, which makes the pix the coolest. 😇💖" —Gabii Webber

Get the Tamagotchi Pix from Amazon for $59.99 (available in four colors).

27. Flybar bumper cars — I know what you're thinking, "Bumper cars? In the house?" But these bumper cars are made for indoor bumping with super padding that make them safe around your antique coffee table and freshly repaired walls.

a child sitting inside of the bumper car in blue
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Promising review: "This is a great price! The kids have so much fun. Comes with a battery and charging cord. It arrived quick and in perfect condition. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to watch their kids smile and laugh for hours." —Harper

Get it from Walmart for $99

28. A Little Tikes electric guitar for the family rock star ready for the ultimate jam session. The guitar comes with four modes: play with the band, free play, solo play, or play any song (using Bluetooth). The best part is that parents can control the volume. 😌

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Get it from Target for $39.99.

When you've finished your holiday shopping before the swarm:

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