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Tis the season for joy, merriment, and toys. All the toys. There’s nothing better than watching a little kid’s face light up as they open up a coveted item, and if we’re being totally honest, nothing brings out our own inner kids more than shopping for them.

From the educational and tech-inspired to classic and non-traditional, here are 15 of the hottest toys this holiday season.

A TOY TO ‘CHASE’

Watch this cute little monkey skate and whiz around the floor, singing songs and playfully interacting with your baby as he goes. Best of all, he’ll encourage your little one to crawl and walk, and you’ll be oh-so-proud.

Recommended for ages 9 to 35 months

V-tech Chase Me Casey, $40 at Amazon.

AN AVOCADO GUITAR

Get ready to guac-on with your babe because they now make avocado guitars and all of the cool babies have one. This adorable instrument comes loaded with six songs, while the “pit” at the centre spins to add four fun new riffs. The best part? Aside from ample photo ops, that little one will be tuning their fine-motor skills in no time.

Recommended for ages 6 months and up

Skip Hop Baby Guitar Developmental Musical Toy, $13 at Amazon.

PEEK-A-BOO-TOYS

What babe doesn’t love being surprised, especially by a good, old-fashioned game of peek-a-boo? These pop-up centres make an excellent gift for the under-two set because they develop fine motor skills while also teaching them animals, colours, and counting. Because sometimes, you just have to switch up your game of peek-a-boo and have a coffee.

Recommended for kids 18 months and older

Battat Pop-Up Pals, $15 at Amazon.

SOMETHING TO ‘FIX IT’

It’s no secret toddlers love imitating their parents. That’s why we love this toddler-appropriate toolkit that boasts a variety of components including a drill, hammer, wrench, and all the nuts and bolts a creative tot could want. The toolbox itself doubles as a learning tool, making this gift great for creativity, learning and fine-motor skill development all at once.

Recommended for ages 2-5

Vtech Drill & Learn Toolbox, $27 at Amazon.

THE GIFT OF CREATIVITY

Nostalgia isn’t the only reason to invest in a Play-Doh set this season; modelling clay helps young ones to develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands, which in turn helps them learn to write and draw. Plus it just lets kids be super creative while squishing fun stuff through their fingers. We love this firetruck set because it’s like getting two gifts in one: a truck and a whack of Play-Doh.

Recommended for ages 3 and up

Hasbro Play-Doh Firetruck, $21 at Amazon.

HEALTHY SCREEN TIME

Let’s face it — all of our kids wind up in front of the screen sometimes. Give your kids the gift of learning (and yourself less parental guilt) by making it educational time with Osmo. The company offers a range of toys that help kids to think and play in the real-world while seeing their creations come to life on-screen. Plus the starter kit comes with four games to help kids learn critical skills like the alphabet, problem-solving and creativity, all while allowing them to use their imaginations.

Recommended for ages 3-5 years old

Osmo’s Little Genius Starter Kit, $84 at Indigo.

A SINGING UNICORN

Not only does this interactive unicorn move, sing and talk, you can change her eye, horn and wing colours all with the touch of a wand. Be prepared for hours of duets too. Your child can either sing with Myla, or when they want to fly solo, all they have to do is take the microphone and listen to Myla switch from singing with her voice to providing the backup music.

Recommended for ages 4 and above

VTECH Myla The Magic Unicorn, $60 at Walmart.

A TOY THAT TEACHES KIDS HOW TO CODE

Coding is the wave of the future, or so we hear. So give that youngster on your list a leg up with a toy that’s designed to be fun while also teaching them (and maybe even you) the basic principles of coding. You can feed and take care of the pet in play mode, follow along with a screen-free storybook coding adventure, or design your own coding challenges to amp up the fun. We wish they had stuff like this when we were kids!

Recommended for ages 4 and up

Learning Resources Coding Critters, $60 at Amazon.

THE LATEST HANDHELD GAMES

Move over Nintendo Switch because there’s a new console in town. The Nintendo Switch Lite features all of the things you know and love about the regular version, but it’s designed for more comfortable hand-held play. Plus, there are a whole suite of nostalgia-inducing (yet completely contemporary) games available, like Pokémon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Add in the option of parental controls and this gift keeps the kiddies occupied for hours. Heck, you might want to get one for yourself while you’re at it.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Nintendo Switch Lite, $260 at Amazon.

SOMETHING THAT KEEPS THEM UNWRAPPING

The L.O.L. Doll craze hasn’t even begun to die down—not with a new TV special and tons of new products popping up everywhere. One of the most coveted seems to be this glamper camper, which comes with more than 55 surprises to unwrap. Plus, with more than 10 “hangout areas,” bunk beds, light-up pools and a fashion runway, there are plenty of ways to spark creativity in play here.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper, $150 at Indigo.

SLIME, SLIME, AND MORE SLIME

What kid doesn’t love to get their hands dirty… especially when it’s actually allowed? Give the gift of bright and colourful slime, which kids can put together with this Nickelodeon-verified kit. Plus it doubles as a secret learning exercise, which is always a win in our books… a big old gross win.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Nickelodeon Slime Kit, $29 at Amazon.

CUSTOMIZABLE DOLLS

No two kids look the same, so why should their dolls? We love the inclusive line of dolls from Creatable World. Their deluxe character kits include a doll, wig, clothing and accessories that can all be mixed and matched to create more than 100 looks. With those kinds of options, little ones should be busy for hours and hours.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Creatable World Deluxe Character Kit Customizable Doll, Black Braided Hair, $25 at Amazon.

AN ARTISTIC SCIENCE PROJECT

When it comes to the makers of crayons, markers, and all of our favourite kid-friendly accessory packs, Crayola reigns supreme. So we’re quite happy to experiment with their latest innovation, an Arctic Lab that comes with enough materials for 18 colour chemistry experiments to try out at home. It’s the perfect gift for introducing STEM concepts while still letting wee ones play, which is really the best way to learn, is it not?

Recommended for ages 7-10

Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab Set, $21 at Amazon.

A YEAR ROUND ROLLER COASTER

There are over 500 parts (and a battery-powered motor) in this roller coaster building kit, which makes it a great project for a single kid or siblings to power through together. What we love most though is that the kit encourages STEM skills from beginning to end with the accompanying experiment guides, which are designed to give kids a better sense of the relationship between time, distance and speed.

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Knex Education Stem Explorations Roller Coaster Building Set, $64 at Amazon.

A STAR WARS ICON

With the final chapter in the Star Wars Skywalker series coming out in December, we have a feeling plenty of us will be coveting anything and everything Star Wars. If you’re avoiding all things Baby Yoda, why not turn to this classic (and official) LEGO Millennium Falcon kit? This thing comes with more than 1300 pieces and looks totally cool when it’s finally complete.

Recommended for ages 9 and up

LEGO: The Rise of Skywalker Millennium Falcon 75257 Building Kit, $143 at Toys R Us.

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