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    27 Toys To Buy Now Before They Sell Out During The Holidays

    The holiday rush has already started — don't get left behind.

    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.

    What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

    Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

    1. A singing JJ plush for the kid who is completely mesmerized by CoComelon — which seems to be every child on the planet at this point. He even sings "Yes, Yes, Bedtime Song," which is kind of a bop.

    Child holding Cocomelon plush toy
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My grandson loves CoComelon and JJ. Every time he presses JJ's tummy, a big smile comes across his face. He's 16 months old, and just loves his JJ companion." —Sag99

    Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members. 

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97

    2. A Hatchimals Crystal Flyer Pixie that actually flies around the room with a few waves of their hand. It's the closest you can get to gifting them magical powers.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my niece and she LOVED it! It has provided a lot of entertainment. Very durable." —Michelle

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three colors).

    3. A foldable Lego book-shaped play set featuring Ariel, Tiana, Cinderella, and Belle, so it's basically the ultimate Disney Princess gift. Oh, and did I mention it comes with Gus Gus and Lumiere?! So much Disney cuteness packed into one little book.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My 5-year-old loved putting this storybook Lego together. She has all the other ones and I’m glad I bought this for her. I would definitely give it as a gift." —wtc2

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    4. An interactive Galactic Snackin' Baby Yoda (sorry, I mean Grogu) who comes with his own snacks, so he'll be nice and full by the time The Mandalorian season 3 finally rolls around.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Cuteness overload! This is the absolute most adorable Grogu toy made so far ... Grogu comes with a cookie, bowl of soup, spoon, and his favorite toy ever, the little knob from the Razor Crest. He reacts differently to every one of his accessories and when he doesn't have an item in his hands, he will probably ask you to pick him up for a hug. Batteries are easy to put in and then this little guy is ready to go!" —Mariofan105

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.

    5. A surprisingly sturdy indoor slide that's made entirely of cardboard, so their parents can fold it up and store it under the bed when not in use. It's perfect for those restless rainy days when the playground is a no-go.

    Two kids on indoor folding slide
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My girls (3.5 and 1.5) got on this slide immediately after opening it up and I am not even kidding when I say they played on it for an hour straight. I was surprised at how nice and how sturdy the slide was considering it's made of cardboard. The girls had a blast playing on it and when it was time to go to bed it took about 15 seconds to fold it up to store until tomorrow. I love that it folds flat for easy storage so if you want it out of the way it can be. Very happy with our purchase!" —Amanda S.

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two designs). 

    6. A modern-day take on Polly Pocket with slightly bigger figures than the '90s versions — meaning they won't lose Polly five minutes after opening the play set.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the colors they used and just the overall look of the set. As a collector, I buy these sets for myself, but of course I let my kids play with them as much as they like. My girls have been playing with this set for a long time and I’ve just been sitting back and admiring all the little details and cuteness." —RJ

    Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. A deceptively simple and surprisingly mesmerizing fidget cube that can transform into over 70 shapes, so it's perfect for the child on your list who needs a little less screentime and little more creative time.

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    Promising review: "My 11- and 13-year-olds (and me and my 40+-year-old husband) are mesmerized by these. The best thing is to have two of them — you can do so much with them together. Even after days of playing with them for hours, we still discovered new things to do with them. Did I mention they are quiet, not screens, and entertained my children for hours? They seemed a bit pricey when I ordered them, but seeing how much they do, they’re worth it." —JH

    Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in 13 patterns and in packs of two and four).

    8. The 2021 Holiday Barbie with a shimmery silver gown that basically looks like a winter wonderland in dress form. Plus, you can start a tradition and just keep gifting them Holiday Barbies every year until they grow out of them, which will basically be never.

    Child holding 2021 Holiday Barbie
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been collecting Holiday Barbie Dolls for many years. This is one of the prettiest. I am very pleased with the purchase." —BT

    Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members. 

    Get it from Amazon for $35.44 (also available with blonde and brunette hair).

    9. A tiny desktop TV that actually works! It plays some of the best moments from Friends — and seriously, could that little remote be any cuter?!

    Walmart

    Promising review: "This product is a must have for any fan of the show Friends. My daughter and I love the show and quote it all the time. This is the cutest little TV that plays the funniest scenes so we can watch and laugh all over again." —Pugface

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days.

    Get it from Walmart for $26.48.

    10. An upgraded Tamagotchi with a full color screen and digital camera, which proves the '90s are back and truly better than ever. Let's hope today's generation is better at being virtual pet parents than we were.

    Reviewer holding Tamagotchi Pix
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This Tamagotchi is easily one of my favorite. The gameplay and animations are so beautiful." —PorcB

    Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members. 

    Get it from Amazon for $39.46+ (available in four colors).

    11. Or a Digimon X virtual pet monster if you want to gift them that true '90s pixel-perfect experience. Better yet, buy one for yourself so you can both battle your little digital creatures.

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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

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

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

    12. OR! A virtual Fairy Finder, which combines the cuteness of Tamagotchi with the "gotta catch 'em all" spirit of Pokémon Go. Just carry the jar around the house and close the lid when you find one of the magical fairies!

    Target

    Promising review: "I purchased one for my 9-year-old daughter, and the entire family is loving it. We're all in competition to catch the rare and ultra-rare fairies. I had to order one for my 6-year-old son and my husband and I. It's quite entertaining. There's not much to it, but the lights, colors, and sounds make it super adorable." —Josielehaven

    Shipping info: Two-day shipping available for select products at Target; Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days at Walmart.

    Get it from Target for $35.99 (originally $39.99) and Walmart for $34.88 (originally $39.97).

    13. A super-realistic Baby Alive doll they can feed and take care of when she gets sick — it even comes with pretend doctor accessories like a thermometer and stethoscope. Little Lulu Achoo will be feeling better in no time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This doll interacts as a regular baby doll for a while; babbling, blinking, and giggling. After being left for a bit without feeding, her nose and forehead will light up red. Her eyes will not be as open as before and she will start sneezing. There is not an urgency and her interactions while in this state are not scary; she just looks a bit relaxed and sneezes from time to time. Once the provided hanky is put to her nose, the red light turns off as she 'blows' her nose. She then makes a relaxed noise. You then put the thermometer up to her forehead and it makes a sound. Once you give her the pretend medicine (the provided spoon or bottle), the red on her forehead goes away and she interacts again like a healthy baby." —Amanda D

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $31.27.

    14. A LOL O.M.G. doll with 15 surprise accessories and packaging that doubles as a dance floor play set, so their parents won't have to worry about getting rid of a bulky box.

    Major Lady LOL Doll next to packaging
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter just turned 10 and I got her this doll for her birthday and she LOVES it! She loves the LOL Big Sister dolls in general and has more of them than any child needs lol. She had been showing me commercials/ads for the LOL Big Sister Dance dolls so I got her this one for her birthday. It came exactly as pictured and the quality is very nice. Totally worth the price." —K Nichole

    Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members. 

    Get it from Amazon for $17.29.

    15. A new Lego Minecraft set, which is that video game your little niece or nephew rambles on about while you pretend to understand what on earth a Minecraft is. Don't worry about it — all you have to understand is that they love any and everything related to it.

    Child playing with Minecraft Lego set
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My grandson bought this set with his lawn mowing money. He put it together the same night he got it and plays with it daily. It’s the perfect gift for the Minecraft-playing Lego lover on your list." —Kelly H

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    16. A Lego version of Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter with Minifigures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and General Dodonna so they can recreate their favorite Star Wars scenes when they're not rewatching them on Disney+.

    Child playing with Lego X-Wing Fighter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was for my son and he loved it. I liked how there were a lot of stickers so it makes the feeling of the X-Wing more real. It is also very sturdy and doesn't fall apart." —Ben S.

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    17. A Pokémon play set that folds up into a compact backpack so the Pokémon master in your life can catch 'em all while on the go.

    Target

    Promising review: "Just the right size for 7-year-old. Light and not bulky. Used to store other figures and for self-contained play area." —BobbysGram

    Shipping info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

    Get it from Target for $29.99 (originally $34.99).

    18. A transforming Paw Patrol fire truck with an extendable ladder and water canon so they can save the day with their favorite heroic pooches.

    Child playing with Paw Patrol Movie fire truck
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We got this for my 3-year-old daughter for her birthday, and it has been a huge hit! My 5-year-old also adores it. They play with it constantly, and it has so many extra things it does! The sound it makes is not too loud, and there is so much to do with this aside from making it make sounds." —ACJohnson0614

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.97.

    19. A light-up tracing pad for the budding Picasso in your life. They can place any picture below a sheet of tracing paper and follow the lines until they have their own work of art of their hands.

    Model drawing with Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I didn't really have any expectations but I have to say that hands down this is one of the best presents he received. I also homeschool and use this for art class, this really helps him to slow down and focus on what he is doing. The templates come in layers, so you trace each part separately. They start with the person and then you add clothes, accessories, etc." —Customer

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A Little Tikes electric guitar so the future rock star in the family can jam out in style. There's even a volume control function, so you don't have to worry about the parents secretly hating you for gifting a noisy toy.

    Target

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old son absolutely loves this electric guitar. He feels like a rock star. It’s super simple to set up and even comes with the ability to connect via Bluetooth. The case that it comes in doubles as a traveling guitar case. The strap is awesome as it adjusts to what ever size you need and seems just as good as one for a real guitar. My family just loves watching him rock out." —Dman1989

    Shipping info: Two-day shipping available for select products at Target; Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Target for $37.99 or from Amazon for $37.99.

    21. An interactive purse pet, which is exactly what it sounds like: a purse that doubles as a pet! It may not be designer, but it does have blinking eyes and plays fun games, so it's honestly way better.

    a child wearing the unicorn purse pet
    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "This is a very well-made purse. There is a battery pack 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

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

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

    22. A VTech KidiGo basketball hoop with an interactive scoreboard so the sports star (swish!) on your list can get their Michael Jordan on and practice scoring some hoops right in their bedroom. Actually, go ahead and add on a copy of Like Mike while you're at it.

    Target

    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

    Shipping info: Twi-day shipping available for select products.

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    23. Pixicade mobile game maker, which is this year's ultimate educational toy. This nifty set lets kids essentially draw their own video game, so they can channel their creativity and get their gaming fix at the same time.

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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 'screentime' 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 'screentime.'" —Lil

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    24. A Nintendo Switch console with an adorable Animal Crossing theme for the kids who have spent the majority of 2021 tending to their virtual island. Nintendo Switch consoles became almost impossible to find last year, so we recommend getting your hands on one while you can.

    Target

    Promising review: "It's so cute and fun to play. I got it back in April and its still holding up well, although now that its back in stock I'm thinking about buying another to have spare Joy-Cons since these are so much better than the regular ones!" —animalcrossing123

    Shipping info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

    Get it from Target for $299.99.

    25. A unicorn slime kit with over 23,000 5-star reviews — because this is one viral trend that isn't going away any time soon.

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    The kit comes with everything they'll need to make their own slime — and over 12,000 verified Amazon reviewers have raved about it.

    Promising review: "This is the best slime kit I’ve come across. I saw it last minute before my daughter’s birthday (11) and thought I’d get it as an add-on to her presents. It ended up being her favorite gift! Her brother (8) joined in and made slime with her and she still has enough to make more of all types." —Elizabeth & Rick

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    26. A LeapFrog animal book that's frequently on the Amazon bestsellers chart. The interactive book will teach kids fun facts about their favorite creatures and sing songs in both English and Spanish.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This talking book is hands down the best thing I bought my daughter. She was a bit delayed in speech and since buying this book she’s been spitting out new words left and right. It responds well to touch and the pages are very durable which is great in the hands of a toddler!" —ApL

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six colors).

    27. And of course, the unlikely surprise hit of the year: fidget popping toys. They're basically like a never-ending piece of Bubble Wrap, so it's no wonder these things have kids (and adults) in a total trance.

    Reviewer holding fidget popping toy
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My daughter loves to pop these silicone fidgits and this four-pack has become a great 'distraction' for hands while waiting for dinner or having a time-out from gaming or online schooling. We've had some great conversations while she fiddles with 'popping' the bubbles." —Will-Review4U

    Shipping info: Free two-day shipping and free returns available to Amazon Prime members.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in a four-pack).

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