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25 Popular Toys That'll Still Get To You In Time For The Holidays

The holiday rush is already here, but there's still hope for you last-minute shoppers.

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 transforming octopus, which is deceptively simple but will keep them mesmerized for days. They can even use the plushie to let you know what kind of day they're having without saying a word.

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Promising review: "I originally bought this because it was so cute and I wanted to let my b/f know if I was in a good mood or not without having to talk to him. WELL! It turned out to be a fantastic emotional tool for my 4-year-old daughter. She saw how I was using it to show what emotion I was feeling and now 'Jelly' is her favorite stuffed animal. She uses him to show when she needs her alone time and when she needs a break from talking or when she's just plain mad. He's soft, cute, and durable. Love it!" —Sarah

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in 30 colors).

2. Hope the Healing Husky, because playing veterinarian with their real pet is probably not a great idea. The included medical bag comes with everything they need to get Hope the Husky back to their energetic self if they're having a bit of a "no bones day."

a child playing with the healing husky holding a stethoscope to the husky's heart
Amazon

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

3. A Leapfrog learning pot — which is basically a toy version of the ever-popular Instant Pot. The "choppable" Velcro veggies will keep them occupied long enough for their parents to prepare a real meal, and for that they'll be forever grateful.

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Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $14.72.

4. An adorable hedgehog toy so the tiny tot on your list can build their fine motor skills while they stick the peg-shaped pieces into Spike's back. They'll be having way too much fun to even realize it's educational.

a child playing with the hedgehog
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Promising review: "Love this product. It says 18+ months but it was fun for both of my kids (11 months and 3-year-old). It’s meant to help with fine motor skills. The spikes are rubber with different colors and you can put them in and take them out of the holes in the hedgehog. The best part is that when they’re done playing the hedgehog opens and you can store all the spikes in there so they don’t get lost. Definitely recommend this product. #LearningResources" —Tony Wexler

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in two colors).

5. A Blue's Clues play kitchen set, which their millennial parents will secretly want to steal from them. It makes sounds and lights up as they pretend to whip up the perfect lunch with Blue — and it even comes with Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper!

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

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

Get it from Walmart for $59.99

6. A talking microscope featuring the voice of Bindi Irwin for the aspiring scientist who's curious about all things nature. It comes with 20 slides to peek through, each with their own interesting facts.

A child looking into the microscope
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Promising review: "The Talking Microscope is awesome! There are many reasons why I, as a parent, love this microscope. First, I love that it is educational. Not only does my 4-year-old get to see all kinds of things up close, but the microscope identifies what is on each slide and tells him all about it (honeybees, mosquitoes, cat fleas, tadpoles, human teeth, etc.) so that he knows what he is looking at. He even enjoys the quiz feature. I do, too, because I can tell he really is learning and retaining the information presented. He then likes to quiz me on what he’s learned! The microscope also talks in four languages so we can add language arts to our science learning. The second reason I love this microscope is because it is so easy to use. When it arrived, I showed my 4-year-old how to use it, and in minutes, he was able to use it independently. He can take it out himself anytime he wants to look at slides. A brilliant aspect of this microscope is that the slides are stored with the microscope. The slides are all contained in a drawer that fits into the base of the microscope so we always know where the slides are. The third reason I love this microscope is that my son enjoys it so much. He thinks it cool to see all of the things up close. I haven’t found a downside to this product other than I hope that GeoSafari Jr. comes out with more slides because we will soon have these memorized!" —ShellyShop

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (also available in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, and French).

7. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, which is about to become their new favorite card game. It takes only about a minute to learn, and each fast-paced game lasts around 10–15 minutes.

The deck with the cards face down
A bunch of the different cards face up, each one is a different pastel color with an illustrated character on it and their name (i.e.
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Here's how to play: You deal all the cards out to your two to four players, and everyone keeps their mini deck face down. Everyone takes a turn putting a card down in the middle of the table, saying one of the words "taco," "cat," "goat," "cheese," and "pizza," in that order. If the picture on your card matches the word that's said, everyone slaps their hand on the card in a pile as quickly as possible. The last person on the pile has to take the stack and add them to their cards, and whoever runs out of cards first wins!

Promising review: "Ridiculous in a good way! I was skeptical about how much I may enjoy this game being in my mid-thirties. But it's a lot of fun! Easy to learn, easy to play, my 8-year-old has lots of fun with it. Its a great family game with the potential to be a late-night more adult-oriented event if you’re picking up what I'm throwing down. Cheers!" —Amazon Customer

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

8. A 5 Second Rule board game with a fun Disney twist for the kid who watches Frozen, Moana, and Cars on a never-ending loop. So, basically every kid ever.

the board game
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Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon $32.99.

9. 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.

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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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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

10. A Monster Jam Megalodon Monster Wash with a tiny monster truck that changes colors as it makes its way through the play set. They're bound to be mesmerized by this for at least a few hours.

the megalodon car wash
Walmart

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

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here). Available at Walmart with free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 or from Walmart for $24.97.

11. 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.

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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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $42.50.

12. 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
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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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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

13. 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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in 18 patterns and in a pack of four. Some patterns ship faster than others).

14. 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
Walmart

Promising review: "My girls were enthralled by this doll the moment we took it out of the packaging. I loved the detail, especially in the hair. It was so awesome to see a Barbie, especially one dressed so beautifully, with her hair braided. Such a gorgeous doll!" —TheatreMom

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

Get it from Walmart for $34.99 (also available with blonde and brunette hair).

15. 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?!

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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.

16. 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
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Promising review: "This Tamagotchi is easily one of my favorite. The gameplay and animations are so beautiful." —PorcB

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in four colors).

17. Or a Digimon 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: "Man, I love the heck out of this thing. I'm an adult, and I grew up with the original '90s Digimon V-pet. Two Digimon at once, five-plus sets of eggs to raise, colosseum mode, and the sleep and mute buttons. For the price and all the features, this is everything that my nostalgic heart wanted. I got the glow-in-the-dark version, and I've never ever regretted it." —Franco

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in 19 colors).

18. 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!

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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 $34.99 and Walmart for $34.88.

19. 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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $40.49.

20. 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.

Child holding 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

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in three styles). 

21. 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: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Target for $23.99.

22. 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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

23. 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.

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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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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

24. 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
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Promising review: "My daughter loves to pop these silicone fidgets 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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

25. And 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: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

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