Walking down the toy aisle at your favorite retailer can be an overwhelming experience. With so many options it’s hard to know which toys are hot and which ones are not. Before you max out your credit card on Christmas gifts, check out this compilation of the best toys for under $50.
Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy
Has your little one been asking for a dog? Does the idea of taking care of your child and a dog sound like a nightmare? Satisfy their wishes with Snuggles, a cuddly puppy that feels and responds just like the real thing. In addition to opening and closing his eyes, Snuggles also moves his head and makes real-life sounds. If he’s hungry, your child can feed him with a bottle, and his tummy even moves when he breathes. Snuggles provides the love of a real pet without the need for a pooper scooper.
LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System
This toy is designed to teach educational and life skills to kids in preschool and Pre-K through interactive activities. The touch and talk games involve music, storytelling and jokes — making it the perfect gift to keep your child entertained for hours.
Meccano Micronoid Red Socket
This small robot will fit in your hand, and that’s not even the coolest part. In order to get him up and moving, kids have to build a body out of the pieces provided. Next, they can program him to walk, turn, and smash into things. Even better, the Micronoid dances when music is played. How cool is that?
VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace
Awarded the 2016 Gold Star Toy Award, the Enchanted Princess Palace is one of the most in-demand gifts this year. The palace comes with Princess Darla, who interacts with the playset when she’s placed on the five MagicPoint locations. Opening up to four feet wide, the palace comes with a bedroom, observation tower, music room, kitchen and a clock that plays music.
Razor Jetts Heel Wheels
Forget Razor scooters. Today kids are all about Razor Jetts Heel Wheels. The wheel attachments strap on your child’s shoes, allowing them to glide down the sidewalk like they would on a skateboard. The heel wheels also come with spark pads that light up as they cruise down the street. The attachments fit all shoes from a youth size 12 to an adult size 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Star Wars Carships Death Star Revolution Race Track Set
The world can’t get enough of “Star Wars,” and there is pretty much a toy for every character and movie. Still, few attract as much attention as this Death Star race track. Kids can launch their Hot Wheels into the set, sending their “carships” on a flight path around the Death Star. Time your launch right and the Death Star will explode.
Why buy a video game when you can build your own? The Bloxels video game builder starter set is an innovative toy that lets your child do just that. First, kids use the colored blocks to design their own obstacles on the gameboard. After taking a photo of the gameboard with the app on their tablet, they are free to play the game they created. The starter set comes with 320 blocks and a guidebook with fun activities. Compatible with Apple iOS, Android or Kindle phones and tablets.
Named the “Activity Toy of the Year” by the Toy Industry Association, Bunchems are guaranteed to keep tiny humans occupied for hours. These small colorful balls stick together, allowing kids to build anything their imagination can conjure up. Make buildings, cars or bring your goofy characters to life with 36 accessories including wings, hats and feet.
Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset
OK, so this toy won’t actually make ice cream, but it still has a lot to offer. The Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck lets your child make imaginary ice cream with the Pop and Drop Ice Cream Machine and serve it to their friends. Recommended for children 4 and older.
VEX Robotics robotic arm
Who doesn’t want to build their own robot? Make that dream a reality by giving the VEX Robotics robotic arm this holiday season. The construction set comes with more than 350 easy to snap pieces that come together to create a robotic arm that moves up, down and rotates 360 degrees. Kids can even use the extendable claw to pick up objects. Once you make the robotic arm, tear it apart and use the same pieces to make a helicopter and scorpion.