Every holiday season we hear about all of the hottest toys on the market, and every year it seems like those same toys sell out before we can get our hands on them. So this year we’re starting our holiday shopping early, and we’ve got a special secret weapon to help.
Thanks to the power of Google, we now know what the top-trending brand and toy searches in Canada are, which means we know which gifts are more likely to sell out faster than others. And while some things never change (here’s looking at you, Barbie and Mr. Potato Head), there are a few updates to this year’s must-haves.
Google released the top trending toy searches this week, so get yourself to the mall (or online) stat
Paw PatrolChase is on the case… as your kiddies will be with this wood puzzle set that features seven different puzzles for them to piece together over and over again.
$28 at Walmart Canada nickelodeon
Pokemon Trading CardsThe fad of people running around on their cell phones catching pocket monsters is over, but Pokemon remains one of the season’s hottest gifts. If you’re looking to start a collection, the Pikachu Yellow Trading Card Game is a pretty great start.
$30 at Walmart Canada Nintendo
Nerf ProductsNerf seems to be timeless, especially under the tree. But did you know the product is more than just guns? Switch things up this year with a sporty basketball pack that will be equally great for the old hand-eye coordination.
$25 at Toys R Us Nerf
Spider-Man Potato HeadWhy give the gift of a regular old Mr. Potato Head when you can gift a superhero Potato Head instead? Or is that a spuderhero? Either way this Spider-Man version comes with 11 fun pieces, including Marvel-approved accessories.
$52 at Walmart Canada Playskool
A Kid’s Karaoke MachineYou’ll all be singing sweet, sweet tunes with this croon-worthy gift that’s aimed at kids but really perfect for the whole family. We’re particular fans of the Vtech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine, which connects to your phone for extra singalong fun.
$60 at Walmart Canada Walmart
Lego SetsTwo of our favourite things, Lego and dinosaurs, come together in these timely pop culture sets that celebrate the movies with hours of building fun. One of our faves? The T. Rex Transport, which features the gnarly dino in all its glory.
$90 at Toys R Us Lego
Hot WheelsOnce again another timeless product has topped this year’s lists: Hot Wheels. These classic cars remain as cool as ever, but don’t you kind of wish they had an ultimate garage like this to play with when we were kids?
$120 at Walmart Canada Hot Wheels
FortniteThis popular game has inspired loads of merch and other products; if you’ve yet to invest in the paid version, why not go for the Deep Freeze Bundle? It includes the Battle Royale game and premium content like the Frostbite Outfit, Cold Front Glider, Chill-Axe Pickaxe and extra points to use for in-game purchases.
$30 at Amazon.ca SONY
Barbie PlaysetsThe iconic doll remains as popular as ever, in part because not only has she evolved to include more ethnicities, she also comes in different shapes and sizes and has way more career options. One Barbie playset that strikes our fancy is the Beekeeper set—why not teach kids the importance of honeybees while they’re playing with their dolls?
$35 at Toys R Us Mattel
Avengers GearThis super-pack of superheroes is still a hit with kids (and shawarma lovers) everywhere, which makes anything Avengers-themed a win. Personally, we’d love to play with the Playskool Heroes Iron Man Headquarters, which comes with lots of little bells and whistles.
$80 at Toys R Us Playskool