Finding the coolest gifts and best toys of 2016 for kids can be quite a task. This list will make that task a bit easier this year as you will find many unique gift ideas for all the kids in your life! From electronics to stuffed toys, the perfect gift is just a scroll away!
Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex
The Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex, at its core, it’s really just a dinosaur toy, but when you look a little deeper, you can see that it’s much more than that. From the intricate design to the electronic capabilities, this is a toy that kids will get a lot of fun out of.
Dinosaurs are the kind of creature that have been loved by both boys and girls for years! The mysterious giant lizards that roamed the land millions of years before us are a source of fasciation and imagination for many, so it’s no surprise that dinosaur toys are so popular, and are just getting more and more so.
Features of Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex:
- Three great Power Pads to bring your Imaginext Ultra T-Rex to life, just like a real dinosaur
- The power pad behind his tail makes him take four steps forward, with great dinosaur sound effects
- The power pad above his left hip raises him to his full height – an impressive two and a half feet – and causes his spikes and eyes to light up
- The third Power Pad opens and closes his mouth, firing projectiles
- Pushing the power button will launch boulders from his chest
- Fun, colorful design with plenty of accessories that kids will love
Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit
Who hasn’t dreamed of being an awesome race car driver at some point in their lives? Whether for the speed, the adrenaline, the feeling of freedom – it’s something most people are at least interested in at some point!
Now, we’re not suggesting that the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit is going to turn you or your children into a real life racing driver, but it’ll be close enough, and you can do it all in the comfort of your own home!
This set truly blends the classic “race track” toys with modern technology through the use of your Android or iOS device and is a brilliant activity for all the family to take part in together.
Features of Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit:
- Compatibility with the app on an Android or iOS device
- Six included curved track pieces, with 4 straight pieces and 2 riser pieces, giving you the freedom to create your own style of track
- 2 robotic supercars, to race around your created track
- A Four-car charging system, giving you space to increase your car collection
- 1 tire cleaner
- The opportunity for expansion, with both the track and your cars
Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster
The Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster is a great addition to the existing line, and one we’re sure that kids would love as a gift or a treat.
Getting children up and active can seem like a challenge when they’d prefer to play video games instead, but engaging them in something that’s super fun to play with others as well as on their own outside and in is definitely the key to success.
The surge in popularity of the Nerf ranges of late is well deserved; they’re fun to play with, make light work of creating fun games with friends (or even alone), and are highly collectable.
Features of Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster:
- Striking colorful design that’s sure to capture the attention
- Highly collectable set; once you’ve got one, you’ll want them all!
- The Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster fires up to 24 darts without reloading
- 3 position handle for ease of use
- 4 dart drums which hold 6 darts a piece; as you empty one, flick round to the next for continuous action
- The set contains the Doominator blaster, four drums which each hold six darts, and 24 darts, plus instructions.
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack
For those of us who like to get a little more involved with our games, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack could be well worth looking into.
Gone are the days when video games consisted of nothing more than a TV screen, a console and a single controller that did all the work for you. Gaming is more immersive than ever before now, with games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity increasing the experience that children and adults alike absolutely love.
Features of the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack:
- The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Video Game (this unlocks the “Play Set” and “Toy Box” modes). The console that the game works with depends on the option you choose
- One Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Base
- Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker figures from Star Wars
- The set includes a Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set Piece
- A web code card
Dolls are great for developing a child’s imagination, but they lack interactive features and some kids tend to grow out of them at a young age. Of course, video games are highly interactive but take all the creativity out of play time. The Zoomer Kitty is a balance of both – it’s an engaging, interactive toy your kids will love and it’s beneficial to their overall development. This toy is much more then meets the eye, to say the least. It’ll keep any kid excited with countless surprising features and teach them a few important lessons along the way.
Essentially this is an improved version of the year’s best selling toy, Zoomer Dyno. Not only is the cat version more responsive, realistic and packed with a wider variety of features, but also much less threatening and violent. It’s a high-tech robot toy that aims to imitate life. That’s why such a simple-looking kitten doll is equipped with a highly sensitive touch system, two sight cameras and complex software.
Features of the Zoomer Kitty:
- 100% safe, with all external parts made out of plastic;
- Responds to the touch by purring, pouncing and playing;
- Cuddle Mode, Hiss Mode and Pounce Mode imitate mood;
- Zoomer kitty preform tricks, if you train her right;
- Includes USB charger, kitty toy and User Manual;
- Two sight cameras responsible for realistic interaction;
- The kitty toy unlocks special features – Zoomer Kitty can dance, bark and sing;
- Eyes indicate mood and/or charge.
New Nintendo 3DS XL
Portable handheld gaming systems have been a hit since the 80’s, when the first Nintendo Gameboy replaced Tetris. It’s no secret that Nintendo has become one of the video game industry’s giants, yet not many people realize just how advanced the new systems are. The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the latest in handheld gaming technology.
As you can guess, it has 3D capability but, unlike all other portable systems, it has facial recognition sensors ensuring the experience is truly realistic. Plus, it’s not just a gaming device. Among many others are an improved camera, internet browser, powerful quad-core processor and many popular Apps, including YouTube and Netflix.
Features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL:
- Next generation 3D technology – no glasses and no blur;
- New ‘C-stick’ control and 4 more new buttons;
- Supports Amibos and NFC connectivity;
- Sturdy structure with a sleek feel;
- Fastest loading speed of any handheld system;
- Supports almost all Nintendo DS games;
- Two large screens (3.3 and 3.9 inches);
- Stereo speakers;
- HD front-facing camera.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
Every kid is unique. Yet, all children tend to imitate their parents – they all want to be grown-ups. So, as wearable tech gains more and more popularity, the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX becomes one of the most wanted gifts of the season. It’s as close as a toy gets to a full-fledged smartwatch. At the same time, it is one of the most educational toys on the market, making it a win-win.
Parents like the Kidizoom DX’s many educational features and physical challenges, while kids love the countless interactive features, including eight games, a voice changer, a digital camera with video capability and, of course, the fact that they get their own portable gadget.
Features of the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX:
- Large display case with a charger compartment;
- 256MB memory card stores up to 1600 photos;
- Records 320×240-pixel videos up to 60 seconds long (each);
- Build-in photo editor features layers, frames and effects;
- Four educational games, including Tic-Tac-Toe and Fingerdance;
- Four entertaining games, such as Racing Run and Sound Shaker;
- Connects to the VTech portal, allowing you to download other games;
- Basic functions include Calendar, Timer, Alarm and millisecond stop-watch;
- Over 50 clock face variations & 5 timer themes;
- Rechargeable battery & USB charger;
- Durable and splash-proof material;
- Responsive touch screen, pedometer and motion sensor.
Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle
The best part of being kids is their infinitely vivid imagination. Well, the Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle opens up an unbelievable array of adventures for any little girl, whether she likes adventure or glamming it up. The most popular brand of girls’ toys clearly made another winner!
The Pop-Up Camper is perfect for sharing and learning together, in addition to having loads of fun. It transforms into a 3-story campsite, complete with a pool, which allows up to four adventurers (and their dolls) to play with it at the same time. There are countless movable, removable and changeable parts – a feature proven to increase learning capacity and improve memory. Most importantly, the mobile camper can become a makeover studio, so playing with it barely ever gets boring.
Features of Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle:
- Included in the Set: pull-out pool, spiraling water slide, furniture (couch, “king-sized” bed, two chairs and a dining table), two functional seat-belts, removable pillows, blanket and towel, sticks for roasting s’mores, frying pan with separate spatula, various food items and even a toothbrush;
- Great for children ages 3 & up;
- Transforms easily – just lift the handle to unveil the 3-story camp-site;
- The swimming pool pulls out from the bottom and easily connects to the slide;
- Rear cabin turns into a kitchen;
- The main cabin transforms into a full bathroom;
- A spare tire can be flipped to reveal a fire pit;
- Featured in a Barbie Adventure movie.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker for the Nintendo WiiU is the latest effort from Nintendo in this genre. For the first time, players can make their own Mario levels and challenge other players to beat them.
Nintendo’s Super Mario franchise marked its 30th anniversary in 2015. As a platforming video game, it is hard to ignore the success or longevity of this series.
Starting with Mario Paint for Super Nintendo in 1992, Nintendo has worked to ignite the creativity of video game players and Super Mario fans.
For those who do not want to build their own levels or play levels designed by other players, there are 68 levels in game to play. These levels are meant to introduce a new generation to the classic Mario levels, and for older gamers to re-live some of the best in platform gaming.
Features of Super Mario Maker:
- Create, play, and share Super Mario levels of your own design
- Play and rate Super Mario levels created by other players around the world
- Build levels on one of four background themes
- Booklet of ideas for courses included in box
- Rated E for Everyone
LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack
With LEGO’s expansion into video games and movies to go along with their toys in recent years, the challenge is to come up with new and innovative ways to integrate. Their latest is the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack for the WiiU. This game is also available for the PS3, PS4, XBox 360, and XBox One.
The game is integrated with the LEGO Dimensions toys. Three playable characters and the LEGO Dimensions portal are included with the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack; Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings collection, and Wyldstyle from the LEGO Movie collection, Batman from the DC Universe collection, and the Batmobile.
Users play the game by combining their efforts on the console and interacting with the minifigures on an included LEGO Dimensions Toy Pad. This is not the first time video games have integrated toys into play, but this is probably the most impressive in terms of size and scope.
Features of the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack:
- LEGO Dimensions toys can be brought into the game through the Toy Pad
- LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes 3 playable characters
- Set comes with 269 pieces; Game, Portal Pad, and 267 piece LEGO set
- Other characters (sold separately) required to access certain parts of the game and use certain abilities.
- Recommended for ages 7+
- Game rated E for Everyone
View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
The original View-Master, the stereoscopic toy with cardboard reels to view far off places and 3D, is more than 75 years old. It remains a beloved childhood toy for millions around the world. How does Mattel update this toy and make it interesting for today’s kids with their smartphones and video games?
The answer was to partner up with Google and make a virtual reality headset. The result of their work is the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. The cardboard image wheels have been replaced with a smartphone app. The phone itself locks into the headset and users can explore the virtual world. The iconic image wheels are still a part of the set, but now they are used as augmented reality platforms for 3D images to coexist in a real world setting.
Features of the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack:
- Enjoy an immersive 3D experience with the headset and View-Master apps.
- Works with most Smartphones.
- View-Master wheels serve as augmented reality platforms and access keys for new apps.
- Most Google Cardboard apps are compatible with the View-Master headset.
- Comes with View-Master goggles, one VR reel, and size adapters for iPhone 5.
- Recommended for ages 7 and up
Ripstik Caster Board
When skateboards first became popular in the 1960s, it was a recreational revolution. Now Razor, manufacturer of the scooters, say they are leading a new revolution with the Ripstik Caster Board.
This is a deceptively simple skateboard-like instrument. There are two small decks connected by a torsion bar. Under each foot pad is a caster that turns 360 degrees. The rider twists the back pad with the foot in order to create momentum and maintain balance.
The fact that this is essentially a skateboard on two wheels means that it needs a fair amount of practice, but it can be a huge amount of fun.
Features of the Ripstik Caster Board:
- Rubberized decks to prevent slipping
- 360 degree casters
- Rubber covered steel torsion bar
- Comes in four colors
- Recommended for ages 8+
- Weight capacity of 220 pounds
Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa’s Musical Bicycle Playset
The Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa’s Musical Bicycle Playset comes with the bicycle, Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, and Olaf the Snowman to ride in the front basket of the bicycle.
Tandem bicycles are one of those things no one sees anymore. It is relegated to TV and movies to depict the salad days of a friendship, now as lost to time as the era it once existed in.
If there is one setting where that setting still exists, it is in Disney movies. So it seems fitting that Disney and Mattel have put Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen atop one in Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa’s Musical Bicycle Playset.
Features of Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa’s Musical Bicycle Playset:
- Includes tandem bicycle, Anna doll, Elsa doll, and Olaf figurine
- Anna and Elsa’s legs are very flexible
- Feet attach to pedals
- Button on bicycle plays song from the movie Frozen
- Recommended for ages 3-10
Candy Craft Chocolate Pen
Candy Craft Chocolate Pen is an electric handheld chocolate dispenser pen. It comes with pen tips, clamps, caps, bags, candy molds, and 2 ounce packets of chocolate in four colors; brown, pink, blue, and white.
Children are curious by nature and love to help out around the kitchen. They absolutely love to help out with desserts. A toy they can have fun with which helps them get involved in decorating and decorating desserts would be great, especially ones that let them be creative but not too messy.
That is where the Candy Craft Chocolate Pen comes in handy. The chocolate is melted by placing the chocolate packs in hot water for a few minutes. The pen tip is attached with the clamp and inserted into the pen. An actuator inside the pen pushes down on the pack to dispense the chocolate.
Features of Candy Craft Chocolate Pen:
- Comes with 4 packs of chocolate in 4 colors.
- Chocolate melts readily in hot water.
- Candy hardens quickly with only a few minutes in the freezer.
- Includes 50 candy molds on 3 plastic sheets.
- Recommended for ages 6 and up.
- Requires 2-AA batteries, which are not included.
- Refill chocolate packs sold separately.
Avengers: XPV Marvel-RC Hulk Smash Toy Vehicle
There are a lot of RC toys on the market, but some demand to be noticed. They have a really unique and creative approach to the radio-controlled toy platform. The Avengers: XPV Marvel RC Hulk Smash Toy Vehicle is one of those innovative RC toys.
The toy is Hulk straddling a Hydra Humvee, with swinging Hulk arms. It comes with an easy to use controller with a two-directional joystick and a spin button.
The Hulk’s arms can be set into one of eight positions for more smashing. The Hulk moves forward and smashes as he goes, he spins, and the car can tip over and right itself thanks to the swinging Hulk arms.
This toy is fairly battery intensive. It takes 8 AA batteries to power the whole thing; two for the controller, two for the RC car, and four for The Hulk.
Features of Avengers: XPV Marvel RC Hulk Smash Toy Vehicle:
- The Hulk has 10 phrases and sounds
- Eight arm positions to smash foes with
- A dedicated spin button
- 8 AA batteries included
- Recommended for ages 4 and up
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batcave
There’s something timeless about Batman. He fights crime with his endless myriad of gadgets and an indefatigable commitment to justice, it’s not hard to see why he has remained among the most popular superheroes for more than 75 years.
The newest edition to that story is the Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batcave.
Don’t let the name “Batcave” fool you, this thing is a big tower. It is three levels tall and the whole play set stands just a few inches shorter than a typical three year old.
It comes with Batman and The Joker, but is compatible with other Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends figurines.
Features of the Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batcave:
- Transforms using a Power Pad to reveal Batcomputer, spread out Batwings, and eyes light up.
- Accessories include Batarang, Bat-cuffs, Bat-armor, and Bat-glider.
- Includes Batman and Joker.
- Comes with projectile launcher and three projectiles.
- Includes 2 AAA batteries.
- Stands 2 ½ feet tall.
- Recommended for ages 3-8.
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Building Kit
It will come as a surprise to no one that the LEGO Star Wars 75097 Advent Calendar Building Kit is already the top selling new building toy on Amazon.com, and promises to stay there right through to December.
When thinking about presents for children for the holiday, LEGO is usually high up on everyone’s list. When thinking about presents for children, boys are going to be especially excited for Star Wars. So why not combine the two? And why not combine the two, so they count the days to both Christmas and the new Star Wars movie? For that matter, why limit it to children? Adults love both LEGO and Star Wars too.
Like with any Advent Calendar, there are 24 doors on the box. Behind each of the doors is a small LEGO toy. One door is to be opened each day of December before Christmas.
Star Wars Advent Calendar is not your typical LEGO set. There is no main building activity, but there are 24 LEGO Star Wars gifts to enjoy. These gifts range from small ships of about half a dozen small pieces to assemble, to holiday themed droid minifigures.
Features of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Building Kit:
- 24 LEGO Star Wars gifts, one behind each window in the box
- Minifigures include Santa C3PO, Reindeer R2-D2, Ewok, and Stormtrooper
- Mini-vehicles include Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, and Star Destroyer
- Comes with fold out Star Wars playmat
- 292 pieces total
- Recommended for ages 6-14
LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle
If you have a young girl, you are all too familiar with the unstoppable juggernaut that is Frozen. Add LEGO to that mix and you get a can’t-miss recipe for a best selling Christmas gift.
That is exactly what LEGO and Disney have this year with the LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle set.
Even parents who have survived the two-year Frozen onslaught will probably enjoy this as much as their kids. If there is one thing LEGO has been extremely good at for the last 66 years, it’s awakening the inner-child in people of all ages.
Features of the LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle:
- Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Olaf are included in the kit
- Castle accessories include: ice cream bar, secret staircase, bed, icicle tree, sleigh, and an ice hill (for the sleigh)
- Comes included with LEGO sized closet full of accessories – stickers, skis, skates, capes, tiara, hair bow, and a c
- arrot nose for Olaf
- When complete, Queen Elsa’s castle stands 9” tall, 7” wide, and 4” deep
- 292 pieces
- Recommended for ages six to twelve
LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet
The name LeapFrog has become synonymous with great learning toys. The company is widely recognized as one of the best educational electronic toy manufacturers in the world. The LeapPad Platinum is this year’s learning tablet from LeapFrog and was created with children in mind. A child’s first tablet should be fun and exciting but always safe and internet experiences should be closely supervised. That is why LeapPad Platinum is equipped with state-of-the-art parental controls and a kid-safe browser.
However, allowing some space with the LeapFrog Platinum is a great way to ignite kids’ imagination and create a great deal of excitement about learning. That is why it needs to be so safe so that parents can feel comfortable leaving their child alone on it. Out-of-the-box, it has many controls but parents can always expand protections and controls.
Features of LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum:
- 7″ hi-res tablet
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Powerful processor
- Sleek design
- Recommended for ages 3-9
- Access to LeapFrog’s learning library
- Shatter-safe screen and wrap-around bumper
- 8GB memory
- Front and back cameras & video recorders
- Music player
- Parent controls
- Includes 6 bonus LeapFrog Imagicards
- Includes 10 apps
LeapFrog Epic Kids Tablet
LeapFrog is widely recognized as a world-class educational electronic toy manufacturer. And this year, they have unveiled their most amazing tablet experience yet. The LeadFrog Epic is an Android-based kids’ tablet that was created with children in mind. It is not a tablet which you have simply allowed your child to use but their very own tablet geared toward them and their abilities and interests.
Allowing the child to create his or her own tablet experience will ignite their imagination and create a great deal of excitement about learning. Out-of-the-box, LeapFrog Epic is kid safe and parents can always expand protections and controls. Recommended for ages 3 – 9, it is shatterproof and designed to be as durable as possible.
Features of LeapFrog Epic:
- Grows with your child
- Designed for children 3-9 years old
- Shatterproof and durable
- 7″ display
- Powerful quad-core processor
- OS is based on Android 4.4
- 16GB memory
- 2MP cameras
- Interactive home screen specially designed with kids in mind
- LeapFrog learning games
- Kid apps can be purchased and uploaded
- Comes with over 20 apps and games
- Kid-safe browser
- Kid-friendly and user-friendly tools