It is Time: The 25 Top Toys of the 2017 Christmas Season
No, you are not imagining things—the Christmas season really is looming nigh once again! And, with so many grandkids, sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, and cousins on your list, there is no reason to wait any longer—why not start shopping now, avoid the maddening crowds, and enjoy the stress-free holiday season you so deserve?
It is, after all, supposed to be the happiest time of year, not the most frantic.
And, just to help you get that perfect something for the little ones on your list, here is a compilation of the top 25 toys of this season for you.
So, embrace your gift-giving spirit and be the perfect Santa Clause, and come through with shining colors before the first string of mistletoe is hung.
Your peace of mind is worth it!
- 1 Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber
- 2 Adventure Force Light Command Light-Up Motorized Blaster
- 3 Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby
- 4 Yvlution Y Glider Deluxe Scooter
- 5 Diamondback Lustre 20” Bike
- 6 Magformers Magnetic Building Construction Set -- 62-piece Designer
- 7 LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building Kit - 847 pieces
- 8 Little Live Pets CleverKeet by Moose Toys
- 9 Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy
- 10 LEGO Scooby Doo Build Your Own Mystery Machine
- 11 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Star Wars by Hasbro
- 12 Power Wheels Dune Racer by Fischer Price
- 13 RECOIL Starter Set
- 14 The New Pokemon Z-Ring Interactive Set by Tomy
- 15 VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set
- 16 VTech Pop-a-Balls Drop and Pop Ball Pit
- 17 The Pie Face Game by Hasbro
- 18 Barbie Dream Camper, 2017 by Mattel
- 19 Barbie Dreamhouse by Mattel
- 20 Cool Maker – Sew N’ Style Sewing Machine with Pom Pom Maker Attachment by Sew Cool
- 21 Crayola Air Dry Clay
- 22 Crazy Aaron's SO003 Super Illusions 'Oil Slick' Thinking Putty Tin, 2-Inch
- 23 Playcraft Sport 40-Inch Tabletop Air Hockey
- 24 Squishy Stress Relief Balls 3-pack by Impresa Products
- 25 Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber
For the young Luke Skywalker on your list: Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber
Direct from the Star Wars Universe, this 8-piece set can be turned into over 100 different combinations, all of which are up to the task of helping young Resistance Fighters battle Kylo Ren and the dark forces of the First Order. Operating on 6-AAA batteries (included), this captivatingly-real Lightsaber is sure to bring joy to any young Star Wars fan, as fight scenes are re-enacted, evil is defeated, and young imaginations are stimulated.
While the Bladebuilder may not be compatible with older sabers (pre-September Star Wars toy push), it does work just fine with any of the current sabers under the Blade Builder brand.
That said, the realism is without a doubt top-notch, with impeccable attention to detail, and with so many creative options, there is no limit to how much fun can be had with this set. The main lightsaber has electronic lights and sounds, and two other light-daggers also light up, and all can be connected using the elbow-connectors, dual-connectors, and cross-connectors for a boundless array of possibilities.
After all, can there ever be enough options when it comes to defending against the forces of evil in our universe?
Adventure Force Light Command Light-Up Motorized Blaster
For the little Buzz Lightyear on your list: While it is not the only motorized blaster on the market, the Adventure Force Light Command brings fully-automatic function and a rapid-fire 20-dart capacity to the game and can launch its darts up to 80 feet at a high-velocity. The back panels of the gun light up on each side, although for those not willing to give up their position on the battlefield, this can be disabled. Since the lights run on 2 separate AAA batteries, while the motors run from a different 6-AA battery location, both the lights and the firing mechanism can be run independent of each other. This is controlled by a 2-mode switch on the side which must be activated before firing and can be turned to either a light only, automatic fire only, or both sets.
It should be noted that all 20 of the darts only take about 10 seconds to launch completely, and it is nearly impossible to merely shoot one dart at a time, meaning pajama-clad assassins will need to stop and reload often to keep zapping the competition. However, this only a minor downside to what is destined to be one of the top toys of the 2017 Christmas season, and letting all 20-darts rip with a pull of the trigger really is an absolute blast!
There is some assembly required, although it is easy for anyone. Batteries are required, and the 2-AAA’s which power the lights do come pre-installed, while users will have to purchase and install the 6-AA batteries needed to run the motors. The chain belt which holds the 20-rounds of ammo can be unhooked so that it falls out once the supply of darts is exhausted, making the gun reloadable for those who purchase multiple belts.
For sheer fun on Christmas morning, as well as for stealth battles throughout the year, it is hard to beat the Adventure Force Light Command—it really is one of this year’s must-have toys.
Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby
For the little princess (or prince) who was born to nurture:
Do you have a little one on your list with the instinct to nurture? Hasbro’s Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby may be the perfect gift for her or him. With over 35 different phrases programmed into her, Baby Alive will let your little doctor, nurse, mother or father (she has 2 gender settings, and will say either “mommy” or “daddy”) know just what it is she needs to feel better. And, with real tears and a lifelike, expressive face, there will never be a shortage of boo-boos to fix, hugs to give, or sniffles to cure.
When her juicy box is filled and given to her, the tear reservoir is filled so that later she cries her real tears, which are just that—incredibly real. Her nose lights up when she needs a tissue, and she will also let you know just which of her accessories (bandages, stethoscope, tissue, hairbrush, as well as clothes) she needs to feel better.
Baby Alive can be programmed to speak either English or Spanish, making her an ideal way to introduce and teach kids a second language, and she comes in blond, brunette, or African American versions.
Some smaller children may find Baby Alive a tad on the heavy side, although this is nearly unavoidable when you consider all the workings it takes for all her lifelike mannerisms.
The bottom line is, Baby Alive is about as close to giving your little a real baby to take care of as it gets!
Yvlution Y Glider Deluxe Scooter
For young adventure-seekers:
Vroom-vroom, zip-zip, and off they go! Although fear not Mom and Dad, as the stability and safety of a 3-wheeled platform with tilt steering will keep things upright for even the most rambunctious little rascal on your list.
Kid-powered, and with lean-to-steer design, the Glider Deluxe Scooter has an effective rear-wheel brake which is applied with a step of a foot. The Glider Deluxe helps tots quickly learn coordination and balance, and the 2-front wheel design keeps things stable and steady. Available in stylish blue, green or pink, and with a wide, grippy deck and solid construction, not only is the Y Glider Deluxe chic but safe and durable as well.
Weighing a mere 4.4lbs. (2kg.), the scooter is easy to carry, although do be aware that the weight limit is only 44lbs., making this a toy for the smaller ones on your list.
That said, assembly is easy enough that even the most mechanically inept will have no problem setting it up, and of course, no batteries are required, so the fun never ends.
The Y Glider comes with enhanced wheels and can be safely operated both indoors or outdoors, so no need to wait for the spring thaw for little riders to experience the fun and freedom which they are sure to love.
Diamondback Lustre 20” Bike
For the little princess who can keep up with the boys:
With 6-speeds and a comfy front suspension, the Diamondback 20” Lustre will make any little girl giggle with delight.
After all, is there anything cooler than a new bike under the tree on Christmas morn?
Built out of durable 6061 heat-treated aluminum, and available in her favorite purple color, the 20” Lustre will have her bouncing over curbs and winging down trails in no time, just like the big kids.
And, with easy-pull linear rim brakes, and wide (1.9”) knobby tires, your girl will have all the confidence she needs to show em’ that girls can ride just as well as the boys.
Do note that for inexperienced mechanics, assembly is best left to a qualified bike shop, and at 25.9lbs, smaller kids may find it a tad heavy to hoist upstairs or over obstacles. However, the bike is very durable, and the forgiving steering geometry will add stability and comfort to the ride for fun and safety.
Made for riders who are 5’1”-5’4” tall, the Lustre is also available in a 24” version for older or taller girls, and the sturdy construction and quality Shimano components mean it can be passed along to more than one generation of young riders.
Magformers Magnetic Building Construction Set -- 62-piece Designer
For the budding engineer on your list:
One of—if not the—most stimulating toys of the 2017 Christmas season! Durable, built to last—and no, NOT just for the boys either—this complete set of magnetically attaching geometric shapes will arouse young imaginations for hours on end. Taking over where building blocks leave off, the Magformers 62-piece set also brings a rainbow of color to playtime, along with an endless variety of shapes and structures, limited only by the creativity of fertile young minds.
Do note, however, that the set contains small pieces and magnets which younger children may be in danger of swallowing, making it a choking hazard to unsupervised kids under the age of 3.
That said, this 2012 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio winning set is all any future engineer, mathematician, or designer could want to find under the tree on the magic day, and is compatible with all other Magformers shapes and accessories, making it a toy which can be added to year after year.
The set comes complete with a full 20 triangles, 22 squares, 14 isosceles triangles, 4 diamonds, and 2 trapezoids, and rare-earth Neodymium magnets ensure things will always click together.
Plus, this gives you the opportunity to teach young scientific minds about things like rare-earth materials as they learn the art of creating, and you may just find that some of the adults in the room will be jumping in on the fun as well!
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building Kit - 847 pieces
For the future computer programmer and builder:
Some toys stand the test of time, and LEGO has delivered throughout the generations. The LEGO Boost combines a highly versatile building system with advanced technologies, bringing this classic construction set firmly into the 21st century.
By going beyond construction blocks, and creating a system which utilizes a LEGO Boost App which can be used from an I-Pad or Android Tablet, LEGO has created what is perhaps one of the most entertaining kid’s learning tools on the market today. By enabling young minds to learn coding, construction, and robotics, the LEGO Boost will help any youngster with a leg-up on entering what is sure to be their brightest future career prospect.
Setup is relatively simple and quick, with near-immediate startup once batteries (6-AAA, not included) are installed in the Move Hub app. Once this is done, the firmware updates and kids are taken through the easy build demonstration, which shows them that everything is working.
After becoming accustomed to a starter model, kids can then go on to choose from 5 different models, each of which has detailed instructions, which, though a bit complex, are interactive enough that children (both boys and girls, although the toy does have a tendency toward being male-centric) will become immediately engaged for hours of entertainment.
The set includes such technology as Bluetooth connectivity, color and distance sensors, internal tilt sensors, and two encoded motors. From this, young ones can build Vernie the Robot, Guitar 4000, an “M.T.R.4” (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), Frankie the Cat, and the Auto-Builder factory, which is an automated production line for building miniature LEGO models. All of this is combined with various interactive sights, sounds, lights, and other functions too numerous to go list here (Frankie the Cat purrs, plays, and expresses his mood, for instance).
While the LEGO Boost should be at the top of any young techy’s wish list, do be prepared for LOTS of parts (847), and a need for parents to have a basic understanding of the workings of such a complex toy.
However, as with many things tech these days, you just might find that the youngsters are the ones teaching you come Yuletide morning!
Little Live Pets CleverKeet by Moose Toys
For any young animal lover:
Okay, so who says a mechanical toy can’t be intelligent? CleverKeet comes with real birdlike mannerisms, as well as the ability to learn new words and phrases, making this little guy like having a real parrot—just without the feeding, the care, and the mess.
Place CleverKeet on his perch, and watch him swing away, as his head moves about with lifelike realism, and then place him in front of his mirror so that he can dance to your favorite songs. By placing him on his perch in front of his food bowl, he will eat his fill, and there is also a removable perch which kids can carry him around on as he talks and interacts with them.
Not only does CleverKeet arrive with fun phrases programmed into him, but he will also repeat words and phrases youngsters “teach” him in his shrill, parrot voice, making him one of the most adoptable little friends any kid could want.
CleverKeet also comes with his (or her—available in either pink or blue) very own push-cart, which is powered by the bird’s pumping action, which is similar to an old railroad cart. However, please note that CleverKeet needs a smooth surface to drive the cart on, meaning it likely won’t work as well on carpeting as it does a hard floor.
There are small parts involved with the set, so please be aware that there is choking danger, and younger children under 3 should be supervised while playing with CleverKeet.
CleverKeet also runs on 2-AAA batteries, which are included, along with all the perches, mirrors and cart, as well as his cage and feeding tray.
Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy
For any kid who wants a doggy for Christmas:
What kid doesn’t dream of getting a puppy for Christmas? However, with busy lives, responsibilities, and of course, all that puppy mess to clean up, most of us know that the gift of a real puppy is something which will have to remain a dream for now.
Enter the Little Live Pets Dream Puppy, which will melt the hearts of any youngster, not to mention the adults in the room.
Snuggles is soft and cuddly, just like the real thing, and comes complete with a feeding bottle and adoption papers. Your little one can peer into their new pet’s expressive blue eyes, and snuggle him (or her) to sleep in their arms as the toy is fed from its bottle.
4-AAA batteries run things, although as with any great toy these days, they are included with purchase. Once turned on, Snuggles will make happy purring noises, barks, and even burps when done feeding, and the fur is as soft and huggable as a real puppy.
One thing which should be noted is that while she is as cuddly as can be, there are mechanical workings inside of her, which takes away from the softness a stuffed toy would have. However, this is a minor price to pay for the interactive fun your child will have, as they learn to nurture and care for their new little angel.
LEGO Scooby Doo Build Your Own Mystery Machine
For any little mystery solver:
LEGO does it again! Not only do their wonderful sets consistently captivate young imaginations, but they do so while teaching problem solving and creative thinking skills, with the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine being no exception.
The set comes with 301 pieces, and as with most LEGO products containing their interlocking blocks, those with children under the age of 3 should be aware of the choking hazard of the small parts.
However, for the endless possibilities, the set brings to young imaginations, this set—and any of the many LEGO kits offered this Yule season—can not be beat. The set enables kids to build a mystery machine, zombies, Scooby, Fred, and Shaggy, as well as other features.
Do be aware, however, that with so many parts to deal with, a room without bare feet treading about may be a good idea, as anyone who has stepped on one of the sharp blocks can attest to. Plus, having all the parts contained to a single, otherwise uncluttered area makes for keeping track of small parts all the easier.
That said, children can assemble the mystery machine and use the solving tools to come up with answers to mysteries, and then move on to more building and mystery solving!
There are also no batteries required with the Scooby Doo Build set, so no need for the fun to end just because the AAA’s have gone bad.
There are also other sets available in the same Scooby Doo theme, including the Mummy Museum Mystery Set, the Mystery Plane Adventure Set, the Haunted Lighthouse Set, and the Mystery Mansion Set, so there is no shortage of fun sets to explore.
Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Star Wars by Hasbro
For anyone who just can’t get enough of Star Wars:
This is one of those toys which will have you wondering whether to actually give it to the kids to add to their other toy cars, airplanes and trucks, or just keep it for yourself (Hint: buy 2 of them—1 for the kids, and 1 to keep packaged as a collectible).
For this offering, Hasbro has done an outstanding job of recreating all the details and the sleek, low profile of Luke Skywalker’s hovercraft. All the graphics, weathering and a contoured windshield are reproduced with amazing accuracy, and even the cockpit and steering controls are detailed to perfection.
The toy comes complete with Luke Skywalker and his rifle and arrives in a diorama package, which is so displayable that, again, you will be conflicted as to whether even to open it up or simply display it on a shelf as a prized collector’s item.
As with many smaller toys, there are small parts, which could pose a choking hazard for younger children, so it is not a good idea for children under the age of 3 to play with the Landspeeder unsupervised.
But for maximum “vroom-vroom” fun on any day, the Landspeeder is hard to beat!
Power Wheels Dune Racer by Fischer Price
For the little guy (or girl) who can’t wait for their own monster truck:
Young boys—and young girls at heart–will tell you that there are few things as cool as an off-road vehicle, making this rechargeable dune buggy by Fischer Price the neatest toy any kid could get.
While there are other children’s dune buggies on the market—including electric, pedal-powered, and internal combustion—none are as perfect for younger kids as what Power Wheels bring to the table. With 2 forward gears and one reverse, along with big, mud-slinging knobby tires and full suspension, this is about as close as it gets to the real thing for tots. And, with a cockpit large enough for 2, and a weight capacity of 130lbs, the kids can drive around together so that nobody is left out of the fun.
The top speed of the Power Wheels is 5mph, although first gear tops out at 2.5mph. There is also a first gear lockout so that brand-new, inexperienced drivers can start out slowly and safely at a limited speed. Adding to the safety of the car is its solid stability, as well as a power-locking brake system which automatically stops the vehicle when the child takes their foot off the accelerator.
Beautiful, sleek chrome highlights the bumpers and gear shift, and the car is available in a choice of colors, including a princess-pink version.
The Power Wheels can be driven on nearly any surface, including grass, dirt, or even mud, and there is also a storage compartment under the hood for any additional toys which may need to go along on the adventure. The frame is made of sturdy steel tubing, and overall, it is durable and well-built enough that it will last for years to come.
One thing which should be noted is, the plastic tires tend to wear quickly on pavement, so be aware of this if most of the driving will be in paved areas.
Some assembly is required, but it is simple and straightforward, and all tools are included.
RECOIL Starter Set
For the stealth warriors on your list:
Just pop in a Smart Phone, and the world becomes a battlefield with this amazing, interactive set which takes laser-tag to a whole new level. With a Wi-Fi router, and solid guns that have real heft which the player can feel the recoil of, the Recoil set brings tech and reality to the “pew! pew!” world of make-believe gunfights. The system also relies on a GPS system which up to 16 players can be tracked on, so the whole clan and all the friends can join in on the fun.
Since everything is electronic, and all sounds can only be heard by the players in their headphones, the game can bring some much-appreciated quiet to battles, making the Recoil set great for those who want to keep an eye on the kids without being driven up the wall by all the noise.
Since it is primarily an outdoor toy, and real battles involve plenty of running around, jumping, hiding, and strategizing, kids will not only get the fresh air and exercise they need but will be developing the fast-action decision making and sharp-thinking skills which will help them throughout their lives.
The weight of the guns gives them a real feel, and voice chat is available for teams to strategize against opponents, all of whom can be tracked using the GPS. The system also tracks ammo, the health of players, and will let the player know when they have been eliminated, which means no more arguments about who got who.
One thing which should be noted is that due to the GPS, this may not be the best indoor toy since a signal needs to be received for the system to work.
However, with a system which is this much fun, you will probably want to get one yourself and join in!
The New Pokemon Z-Ring Interactive Set by Tomy
For the young gamer:
The Pokemon Z-Ring lights up, vibrates and makes sounds as it brings the real battle action to life when it is synchronized in Nintendo 3DS and 2DS mode, and different Z-Chrystals can be inserted into the ring to experience the variety of sounds, vibrations, and effects of each.
The Pokemon Z-Ring and Z-Chrystals are also compatible with all the latest game titles of Pokemon for the Nintendo 3DS family systems, including Pokemon Sun and moon, and it can also be used without the game being in Role-Play mode.
Included with the set are the Z-Ring, 3 of the Z-Chrystals, and a Pikachu figure which stands at 2” tall. Players can also purchase other Z-Chrystals separately, so the system can be continually added onto.
The system runs on 2-AAA batteries which are included, and the unit is large enough to fit an adult wrist (hint, hint).
While some users had trouble getting the Z-Chrystals in and out, most did not. Also, and as with many electronic toys, there is noise to contend with, although only a few found it to be genuinely distracting.
However, for the pure joy players will have with the Pokemon Z-Ring Interactive set, this toy cannot be beaten!
VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set
For the young rock-star on your list: Kids can develop their musical creativity with this mini drum-set, and they will love how the 3-pad set lights up as they learn how to follow along to rock, pop, dance, or their own melodies.
The KidiBeats set can be used in 4 different modes, including numbers, letters, free-play, and follow-along, making it not only great for helping to develop musical skills and rhythm, but teaching counting, letters, and numbers as well.
The set runs on 3-AAA batteries, which are included, and each drum pad has its own LED light for its unique individual display. Each of the 3 drum pads and 3 symbols makes a separate sound, which will enhance your young one’s musical development.
The volume is also adjustable, and overall, it is one of the quieter drum sets available on the market, so the adult headaches are mercifully reduced to nil.
At 3.9” x 12.1” x 11.5”, the set is on the small side, although it is also meant for younger children, so the size is actually perfect.
VTech Pop-a-Balls Drop and Pop Ball Pit
For any tot who loves to have fun while they learn: Youngsters will giggle with delight as their little minds, and athletic coordination are developed when they climb into the ball-pit, and the fun begins! At over 3 feet wide, there is plenty of room to romp around, and the 30 multi-colored balls which the pit comes with can be launched through a hoop, which counts them 1-10.
There are 6-colorful mesh and fabric panels which depict jungle themes, and a there are also 3-buttons which can be pushed in 2-modes so that numbers, counting, and animal identification can be learned.
For maximum fun while they learn, the VTech Pop-a-Balls is hard to beat!
The Pie Face Game by Hasbro
For the young slapstick comedian: Splat! There is no end to the fun kids will have when they take turns cranking the handle for a pie-in-the-face guessing game. Points are scored when the handle is turned without getting splatted, although how can getting a face-full of yummy whipped cream be considered “losing?”
The set comes complete with the pie thrower, chin rest, splash guard, spinner, and a sponge to use when the whipped cream runs out (save some for the pumpkin pie, kids!).
No batteries are required, making the Pie Face Game strictly giggle-powered, and giggles there will be—lots and lots of them.
Barbie Dream Camper, 2017 by Mattel
For the adventure-seeking Barbie lover on your list: Speaking of toys which stand the test of time, Barbie is at it again, this time with her pink RV, which is ready to take everyone on an imaginative and fun-filled camping adventure.
Drive the Dream Camper to a campsite, and at the push of a button, the side panel of the RV opens and transforms into a full site with everything little girls and boys need to camp out in comfort–including a swimming pool. The top of the vehicle pops up, and both the front and rear expand out to over 2-feet in length, so there is plenty of room to play.
Barbie (and Ken) can climb the stairs and slide down the water slide into the pool, which opens out on the side panel. Barbie and Ken can also sit next to their campfire, toasting make-believe S’mores, and the insides of the RV has all the comforts of home, including a pop-out table, a bathroom, a kitchen, and even bunk-beds.
There is room in the camper for 4-dolls, although dolls are sold separately. However, with no batteries required, the fun will not be limited to the length of time which they last.
For fun which is sure to spark any child’s imagination, the Barbie DreamCamper is hard to beat, and it is sure to be a favorite toy this holiday season!
Barbie Dreamhouse by Mattel
For the little homemaker on your list: For the ultimate in playhouses, the Barbie Dreamhouse is hard to beat. With a working elevator and 3-floors, the Dreamhouse will captivate young imaginations for hours at a time, and with “smart” accessories included, the realism of having lights, sounds and motion are simply too much fun for any little girl (or boy) to pass up.
The garage will hold any Barbie vehicle, including the Barbie Sisters Cruiser and the Barbie SUV, and as with other Barbie accessories, everything is interchangeable and designed to be added onto. The house comes fully furnished, and includes a living room, dining room, a walk-in closet, a pet-room, and an aquarium which makes bubble sounds as Barbie and Ken watch the fish swim.
Assembly time is about 1-hour on average, and the Dreamhouse does require 3-AAA batteries, which are not included.
Available in bright, princess-pink, and ready to play house year-round!
Cool Maker – Sew N’ Style Sewing Machine with Pom Pom Maker Attachment by Sew Cool
For the young seamstress who loves to design and create: Safe, easy to use, and so much fun that creative little minds will be captivated for hours on end. With enough fabric to make 5-projects, sewers can add style with the pom-pom maker, strings and ribbons, all of which stows away nicely in the storage drawer so as not to clutter-up the work-area.
The pom-pom maker attachment is located on the side of the Sew N’ Style machine, and designers can make brightly-colored pom-poms to add style and flair to their creations or use the hair clip to give themselves and their friends a chic look. Glitter fabric is included for double the stylish fun, and the protective needle guard which surrounds the top of the Sew N’ Style machine will keep young hands away from danger.
4-AA batteries are required, although they are not included in the set. Please also note that small parts can be a choking hazard, and children under the age of 3 should not play with the Sew N’ Style machine unsupervised.
However, for any young future-designer, the Sew N’ Style machine is certain to get the creative juices flowing!
Crayola Air Dry Clay
For the budding young artist: Sometimes the best toys are the simplest ones. Such is the case with Crayola’s Air Dry Clay, which can be used to create any number of pots, plates, sculptures, or whatever else a young imagination can dream up.
Non-toxic, and amazingly smooth and non-sticky, no kiln is necessary as kid’s impress everyone with their wonderful creations. While Air Dry Clay stays soft and pliable for hours, and even days, it can also be softened back up with water, should it ever be left out too long. Little hands can be easily cleaned, as can most surfaces the clay is used on, and cleanup is as simple as a quick wipe with a soft, damp cloth.
Once the clay does dry, it can be painted with tempera, watercolors or acrylic for bright and fun-to-make gifts, and the reusable plastic tub will keep whatever is left over soft and fresh for the next modeling session.
Plus, you may just find yourself coming up with a few creative designs, right along with the kids. After all, aren’t the best gifts the ones everybody can enjoy?
Crazy Aaron's SO003 Super Illusions 'Oil Slick' Thinking Putty Tin, 2-Inch
Also for the young artist: One of the best stocking-stuffers of the season! This 2” tin of Thinking Putty will delight and stimulate youngsters for hours on end.
Made in the USA, and available in over 40-colors, the small size fits nicely in pockets, purses, or art sets, and will not dry out, meaning it can be used over, and over again, for endless hours of fun.
Parents will also be happy to know that Thinking Putty does not contain any latex, gluten or phthalates, making it safe to use for anyone with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Also, while Thinking Putty does not leave any residue on hands, it should be noted that it may not be safe to use on all fabrics, since the product’s pigment may leach out and stain some fabrics it contacts for extended periods of time.
However, for sheer playful simplicity—and of course, no batteries required—this is a hard gift to beat!
Playcraft Sport 40-Inch Tabletop Air Hockey
For any young competitor: What could be more fun than air hockey on Christmas morning? With this high-quality 40” table, not only can everyone take turns seeing who has the quickest wrist and sharpest reflexes, but it also won’t take up so much room that it needs its own separate play area.
Another nice feature of this table is that despite its low cost, the quality and durability are there. Plus, being small enough to play nearly anywhere also means it is small enough to store anywhere so that it can be easily put away in the closet until the competitive juices start to flow again.
While the strikers are a bit on the small side, adults can play as well, although due to the small size of them, kids under the age of 10 are likely the best audience for this fun and exciting toy.
While the airflow is good enough for competitive play, the puck won’t “hover,” although this is not a big deal, since keeping the puck moving is the whole idea! The Playcraft Sport also plugs into any outlet, so there is no worry of expensive batteries wearing out and spoiling the fun.
Squishy Stress Relief Balls 3-pack by Impresa Products
For anyone with nervous energy to burn: Are you in need of an ideal stocking-stuffer for a fidgety little one on the list? These colorful stress-relief balls are just the answer! Made from high-quality thermoplastic rubber, Squishy Stress Relief Balls are hypoallergenic, BPA and phthalate free, and contain no latex or anything toxic, making them safe, and great for everybody—and no, not just kids!
They are also tear-resistant and pliable, and can be stretched, squished or bounced, and will always return to shape. In fact, there is no need to consider any other stress-relief ball, and these are the perfect way for anyone to channel away anxiety, including for kids with ADHD or autism.
Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
For any kid who loves cars: Sphero has come up with a genuine winner here, and any kid—whether a fan of the Pixar production or not—will love the Ultimate Lightning. One of the first things you will notice about it is the weight, although no, it is not just potted metal which makes gives it that solid feel. Rather, it is the multiple motors inside for driving, steering, and operating all the McQueen’s eye movements and expressions which add to the McQueen’s overall heft.
The McQueen also talks, and even sounds close enough to Owen Wilson to pass for the real movie character. From this, the car is seemingly alive and is engineered well enough to move just like in the film, which includes a unique body roll when cornering.
The car is fun-to-drive, and the working suspension, grippy rubber tires, and ample “zip” of the motor will hold young attention spans for endless hours of fun. The toy also features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so no having to replace expensive batteries every time they wear out since the Ultimate Lightning can be plugged in and recharged again and again.
Fun enough, in fact, that everybody is going to want a turn driving it!