Some toys come and go in the blink of an eye, while others stand the test of time. Exceptional toys possess a timeless quality that defies trends and fads. Whether these toys made their debut years ago, they continue to captivate enthusiasts and remain in vogue. The previous year witnessed a surge in toy popularity, and certain dolls, playsets, DIY kits, and more continue to thrive and capture imaginations in 2023.
1. Little Live Pets Mama Surprise
If you’re not quite prepared for a real pet, Little Live Pets has a solution for you. Introducing the Mama Surprise guinea pig set, featuring a cuddly and interactive mother pig along with three adorable babies that magically appear in the hutch. It’s important to mention that an adult is required to set up the hutch to ensure kids can enjoy the delightful “birth” surprise aspect. Mama pig boasts an impressive repertoire of over 20 sounds and reactions, and the set also includes various accessories for your newfound furry companions.
2. Squishmallows Mystery Box
What’s more delightful than a single Squishmallow? The answer is three! These cuddly and plump stuffed animals continue to enjoy immense popularity among children. (And it’s not just kids who adore them; Squishmallows earned the prestigious Toy of the Year award from the Toy Association in 2022.) This gift cleverly blends the charm of these adorable toys with an element of surprise, making unwrapping the mystery box an exciting experience. Inside, you’ll find a trio of 8-inch plush toys, each chosen at random.
3. Star Wars LOLA Animatronic Droid
If your child has a passion for immersing themselves in the world of Star Wars, you can elevate their experience by introducing them to the interactive L0-LA59 (LOLA) droid. LOLA offers more than 45 combinations of lights, sounds, and movements, along with three distinct play modes. You can set LOLA on the provided stand in Hover Mode for a hovering effect, or attach her legs to activate Companion Mode. In On the Go Mode, you can assist her as she embarks on galactic adventures, zipping through the cosmos with your guidance.
4. Bluey Ultimate Lights and Sounds Playhouse
The endearing animated dog family from Australia has won over our affections, and their collection of enjoyable, well-crafted toys has also caught our attention financially. Delight your child with countless hours of playtime with this innovative playhouse set. The spacious structure, measuring 17 inches in height and 30 inches in width, conveniently folds up for storage, accommodating Bingo, Bluey, Chatterbox, Nana, and all their accompanying accessories. When children press the Octopus, it triggers a delightful display of lights and sounds, elevating the playtime experience.
5. Thames & Kosmos Candy Vending Machine STEM experiment kit
Children with a passion for constructing will find great joy in this do-it-yourself package. They have the opportunity to assemble a 2-foot-tall vending machine that also functions as a coin bank. Additionally, soda bottle-shaped gummy candies are provided, allowing kids to load their machine and initiate their own vending operation. As a bonus, this kit offers more than just entertainment; it cleverly conceals a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project. It imparts valuable lessons in various subjects, including mathematics, finances, mechanics, gravity, and forces, making it an engaging and educational gift. Recommended for youngsters aged 8 and above.
6. Calico Critters Pony’s Stylish Hair Salon
Children who adore adorable little animals will be delighted by this charming hair salon playset. If you happen to possess other Calico Critters playsets, Pony’s Stylish Hair Salon seamlessly integrates into your existing “town.” This salon comes complete with a flexible pony figure featuring silky hair, a stylish dress, and an assortment of over 40 accessories. Recommended for ages 3 and above, it promises hours of imaginative fun.
7. Snap Circuits: Junior
Snap Circuits make an ideal present for inquisitive youngsters. This STEM kit offers a plethora of electronic projects, with over 100 possibilities, making it particularly suitable for children aged 8 and older. From constructing a flashlight and a photo sensor to creating a siren and beyond, there’s no shortage of exciting endeavors. What makes it even more fantastic is that children gain valuable insights into the essentials of electricity while having fun.
8. Jurassic World Dominion Super Colossal Giganotosaurus
Behold the ultimate dinosaur toy of them all! The Super Colossal Giganotosaurus reigns supreme, measuring a remarkable length of over 3 feet. This formidable creature has the power to devour action figures (fortunately, they can be rescued from its belly), unleashing chaos and adventure. Recommended for ages 4 and older, this colossal toy promises hours of thrilling playtime.
9. Light Up Pop It Pro
Squishing Plastic Pop It bubbles is an absolute delight, and it’s no wonder these fidget toys gained immense popularity. However, there’s a fresh spin on this trend: the introduction of a light-up game. All you need to do is press the illuminated patterns to engage in play. The Light Up Pop It Pro is an excellent choice for entertainment during car rides, plane journeys, or as a handy tool to keep kids occupied.
10. Star Wars Villainous board game
Designed with durability in mind, this robust plastic microscope is perfectly sized for small hands to hold securely. Suitable for children aged 5 and older, it offers access to a vast library of over 220 videos and images curated by the BBC, all viewable on its screen. Additionally, the microscope comes with eight double-sided smart slides for exploration. While the Magic Adventures Microscope provides engaging games and enjoyable content, it also functions as a genuine microscope, capable of magnifying objects up to 200 times their size.