The holiday season is right around the corner. If you want to get a head start on your shopping this year, we have put together a list of some of the season’s hottest toys and gifts for children. Our holiday 2017 gift guide includes some favorites that might be hard to find as well as some inspiring gifts that will educate as well as entertain. Without further ado, here are our selections for our 2017 holiday gift guide!
Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo has returned better than ever. Children almost universally adore the iconic Sesame Street character, and this version of Tickle Me Elmo is sure to have your little one giggling along. When a child presses Elmo’s stomach or squeeze his feet, he begins to laugh, and if they keep tickling, he’ll begin to move and shake with laughter. Children love to laugh along with their favorite red friend, so if you are looking for something to get a small child, Tickle Me Elmo is a great choice.
Hatchimals have taken toy stores by storm and it’s easy to see why. These cute critters start off in interactive eggs. With some time and some TLC (tender loving care, not our school!), the egg eventually hatches and reveals a soft toy for kids to cherish and play with. Children love watching the egg hatch and the new friend that they receive after the egg hatches! After it hatches, children take care of their new pet and teach it various skills, like walking, singing, and even games.
You have probably seen by now this zany game, but Pie Face is still a hot item this holiday season. The game is simple enough for children of almost any age. Players take turns turning the handle and receive a point every time they turn it around. But be careful! Every time you turn the handle, there’s a chance the hand could pie you in the face! If you don’t feel like getting whipped cream in the face, you can also use a wet sponge.
Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey
These cute little toys cling to your finger, hang from their tails, and become a friendly companion. The monkeys come in different colors and interact with one another. Wherever they end up hanging or climbing, they love to sing, blow kisses, make noises, and blink their eyes. If you have more than one, when you clap your hands, they will sing together.
Probably the hottest toy this holiday season is the Nintendo Switch. The video game company’s latest console allows children to play games on the TV and on the go thanks to a smart design. Controllers are durable, although the console itself (since it also serves as a portable game console) should be cared for. Many Nintendo games are appropriate for children of all ages and feature bright, colorful characters like Mario, Kirby, and Yoshi. Even better, the console comes with the ability for two people to play a number of games together right out of the box. Just make sure you limit your child’s screen time!