You may not have a kid yet, but that doesn’t mean you’re not in the market for a kids’ toy this holiday season.
We checked dozens of retailers’ top toys lists, talked to a toy expert and did our own digging to select nine of the hottest toys.
Any item on this list is sure to help you knock the socks off your niece, nephew, godchild, or any other kid you may be want to spoil this year.
Kids are obsessed with making bracelets and more on the Cra-Z-Loom.
For ages: 6 and up
Price: From $14.99
The Cra-Z-Loom isn’t just for friendship bracelets. Kids have also made sandals, dolls and tons of other unexpected art projects out of rubber bands. It’ll keep the kid in your life creative without the mess of markers or paint.
The kit comes with a loom and 600 multicolored rubber bands. Its sale numbers have been on the rise since the summer, according to Adrienne O’Hara, the director of consumer public relations at Toys “R” Us.
“Talking Minion Dave” will impress any tyke who loved “Despicable Me 2.”
For ages: 4 – 12
Price: From $34.99
“Despicable Me 2″ was a huge summer blockbuster for kids. For Halloween, the famously adorable yellow minions from the film became a top costume, and now that the holidays have rolled around, a talking minion toy is sure to be a hit with the little ones.
In the movies, Dave loves ice cream and excels at playing video games. As a toy, Dave comes with 55 minion sayings and sound effects performed by the same guy who provides his voice in the movies. You can also press his tongue down to feed him, which eventually leads to his super fart.
Crazy Forts put a twist on the traditional blanket fort.
For ages: 5 – 9
Price: From $43
Forget those boring square forts you used to make by throwing a sheet over the back of some living room chairs. Crazy Forts let kids’ imaginations go wild. The kit comes with 25 balls to connect 44 plastic rods.
You may want to get two kits or more if you’re thinking of getting it as a group gift for siblings, and you have to provide your own sheets.
But kids can build everything from an igloo to a castle with Crazy Forts. There are easy-to-follow instruction guides on their website.