Christmas time is almost here and people are already getting started on their holiday shopping. While it may be best to wait until the official-unofficial first shopping day of the season, Black Friday, there are already some great deals out there and there is also the fact that some hot items will be hard to find if you wait too long, especially when it comes to toys.
Whether you are a parent, older brother, aunt or cousin to a little one, it can be hard to figure out which gifts are best and which will be thrown to the side of the room within a few days. Here are a few of the coolest toys available for the 2016 holiday season to help get you started.
(Recommended for 8 Years and Up)
This little guy may not seem like much at first glance, especially with the hefty price tag of around $179. But Cozmo is one of the biggest toys to hit the scene this season and he will probably be very hard to find. (Some are already being sold by other sellers on Amazon for $219).
So what’s so great about Cozmo? He’s a real-life robot with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves as you play with him. He can express real emotions in response to your actions and he comes with special blocks that allow you to play games with him. Cozmo works along with a free downloadable app that can be used on your smartphone or tablet. The app allows you to access high level robotics functions that help to bring Cozmo to life. He’s basically a real-life Wall-E. There are several videos up on Youtube that will show you more about his functions. If you have a kid that loves robots, this is the ideal toy for them.
FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon
(Recommended Age 4 Years and Up)
The FurReal Friends line has produced dozens of cute animal toys that come to life such as a Panda, Monkey, Tabby Cat and Cocker Spaniel Puppy. These toys can walk, move, and make animal noises. But none can compare to their latest addition, Torch. It’s a freaking Dragon. He moves and roars and roasts his own included marshmallow (It’s color-changing, no actual fire involved). You can fill his tank with water and he breathes flame-colored mist (and burps afterwards). Torch responds to touch and offers 50+ sound and motion combinations. This toy is adorable and costs $59 retail.
Hatchimals – Hatching Egg – Interactive Creature
(Recommended Age 5 to 7 Years)
If you have a kid on your list who loves the surprise toys that are out now, then this would make an excellent Christmas gift. The Hatchimals live inside their eggs and you don’t know which one you will get until they hatch. Hold them to hear their heartbeat and flip them over for fun. Tap and they’ll tap back. The Hatchimals can’t hatch without your interaction. Once you see the rainbow eyes inside the egg, your Hatchimal is ready to hatch. It’s like a Tamagotchi in real life. Once the Hatchimal is outside the egg you can teach it to walk, talk, dance and play games. The prices vary based on where you get them. At Walmart.com they are priced at $48.88, yet other sellers are pricing them at $168 and up, Which means they are probably already hard to find in stores.
The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar Toy
(Recommended Age 36 Months to 8 Years)
This is one of those toys that made me rewind my DVR when I saw the commercial and heard “Introduce your toddler to programming”. I know computers are our future and all but, programming? Really? Looking into it I saw that it wasn’t really that high-tech, but still introduces the basic concepts of programming which is great for those techie babies out there….
The colorful Code-a-Pillar has 9 segments that can be used to create endless combinations. Kids connect the segments to make the toy go in different directions, forward, left, right, whatever they choose. Each segment lights up as the action happens. The motorized head segment features lights, sounds and blinking eyes to bring the Code-a-Pillar to life.
And there are additional segments that you can buy that do different actions such as Silly Sounds and lights, Master Moves, and the 360 Right Turn add on. The Code-a-Pillar is listed for $38.01 on Amazon, but I have seen it priced higher so it could be another hard to get item.