Best toys for Christmas 2019: the ultimate in festive fun
These are the toys you are looking for this Christmas.
There are probably fewer shopping days until Christmas than you think. It's time to get some of those presents ordered, and ticked off the never-ending to-do list - and what better place to start than shopping for the best toys for Christmas?
Buying for kids can be some of the most fun shopping you'll do for Christmas 2019. But when a 6-year-old won't usually hide their disappointment as well as a mortgage-laden elder millennial, you want to make the right choices.
We've searched through the top toy shops online and the retailers' lists of "unmissable toys of 2019" to separate the hot presents from has-beens they are simply trying to shift off the shelves.
Below you'll find 10 of our top recommendations for this year. Upvote the one that gets a place in your basket.
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Best toys for Christmas 2019
1. Mr. Potato Head Movin' Lips
Meet the next generation of the classic Mr. Potato Head toy. It comes with all the classic parts of the original, but also has two sets of moving lips that chatter along to 40 phrases and four funny songs, including a parody of a Megan Trainor ditty. Mr. Movin' Lips uses three AA batteries, which are in the box.
2. Owleez Baby Owl
Owleez is a bit like a drone made for younger children, of ages 6+. But instead of controlling it with a pad, you teach Owleez how to fly better, like a pet. It has light-up eyes, reacts to touch and makes sounds. This is a techy toy with real character. It also recharges using a supplied dock, so you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries every other day.
3. Little People Frozen Elsa's Ice Palace
This Ice Palace is a great buy if your little one loves Frozen. It comes with two figurines, and plays the “Let it Go” signature song when the Elsa doll is placed on the mounting spot at the front. There are lights built into the palace, sound effects, and the top of it "grows" when a button is pressed.
4. Monopoly Voice Banking
Take Monopoly, splice it with an Amazon Alexa-a-like assistant and you get Monopoly Voice Banking. It’s the classic board game we’ve all argued over at Christmas with an AI banker. A speaker with a microphone sits at the centre of the board, and you tell him when you need to charge another player rent. It takes physical money out of the equation, meaning there’s less to go flying when someone flips the board.
5. Fortnite Nerf gun
This Nerf blaster is designed to look just like the SP-L gun from Fortnite, still the online game of course for many younger players. At heart it’s a classic Nerf gun, but does have a detachable barrel for an extra level of customisation. Six darts are included.
6. Fur Real Friends Cubby
Cubby is the latest incarnation of the smart cuddly toy. He’s a bear who reacts with sounds and movement in more than 100 combinations. A bottle/comb accessory comes in the box to offer a more solid sense of interaction too. Make sure to order some batteries too, though, as they don’t come in the box. You’ll need three C cells.
7. Zuru Pets Alive Boppi Llama
Perfect for younger children, Boppy is a furry Llama who moves along to three pre-programmed songs. Just press the button on its side to make it start moving. It uses four AA batteries, included in the box.
8. Paw Patrol Super PAWs 2-in-1 jet
Lights sound, and action all fire off in this Paw Patrol jet. It transforms between a jet and a command HQ — just lift up the top — and has a disc blaster. The pack includes one commander figure and a mini vehicle that slots in the back. It uses 3xAAA batteries, but they are included. Recommended for kids 3+.
9. Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Musical Doll
Much of the Frozen merchandise you’ll find online is based off the first film, but this doll is all about Frozen 2. This Elsa sings the “Into the Unknown” theme song and can say 14 phrases from the film. The dress also lights up, for an extra hit of visual excitement. It uses two AAA batteries, included.
10. Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 True Talkers Forky
Pixar has done it again, creating a truly iconic character what, while animated, seems as real as film characters come. Forky was a star of Toy Story 4, and this toy brings him to life in style. He’s posable, and can say 15 phrases taken from the film.