Introduction: Top Gift Ideas for Kids
What does a management consultant know about top gift ideas for kids? You never know when your past experience will come in handy. Years ago, I worked as Head of the Toy Department at one of the HBC (formerly Hudson Bay Company) stores in Calgary, Alberta. This position helped to finance my Bachelor of Commerce degree. In my role as Head of the Toy Department at the store that I worked, I was responsible for ordering toys. I would meet with the various toy reps.
Though it was back in the early 1990s – a couple of decades ago – I remember ordering Lego, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures, Transformer toys, Barbie and friends, a variety of board games and much more.
Fast forward to today, there are many new toys that didn’t exist back in the early 90s. And some of the oldies have gotten a facelift. We’re living in an age where you’ll find cool gift ideas for kids, and you have come to the right place to find them. Today, I own my own business, The Invisible Mentor. And I cater to busy professionals. But busy professionals could use a helping hand with finding creative gift ideas for kids.
Although I no longer work in the toy business, I have 20 years of research experience, and part of that means that I find information for my clients, all the time. I thought that I would use my skills as a researcher, and my experience working in the toy department to make choosing toys for the holidays easier for you. I liked the lists of hot toys that ToysRUs and Walmart published, and I am using them as a starting point for helping you to find the best toys to give as gifts. Both of these companies are well known.
Below you’ll see the two lists. You can click on the links below to buy the toys from Amazon for your convenience. I have also included the links to buy batteries. One of the worse things is to have a toy and not be able to play with it because batteries are not included and the person who bought the gift forgot to buy batteries.
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Top Gift Ideas for Kids: 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List ToysRUs
PAW Patrol Sea Patroller (Over 3 years old)
Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme (36 months – 7 years)
Shimmer & Shine Magical Light-Up Genie Palace (36 months – 5 years)
Glimmie36 months – 5 years Glimtern (4 years and up)
Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery (36 months – 6 years)
Disney Pixar Coco Guitar – White (3 years and up)
Magic Fairy Wand Fairy Princess Fern – Pink
Hatchimals Surprise – Puppadee (5 years and up)
Oonies Mega Starter Pack (5 years and up)
WowWee Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey Toy Boris (5 years and up)
Pikmi Pops Surprise! Jumbo Dog Plush (5 – 15 years)
Power Wheels Boomerang 12 Volt Ride On
Nintendo Switch Console with Gray Joy-Con
Project Mc2 Smart Pixel Purse (6 – 15 years)
L.O.L Surprise! Big Surprise Doll (6 – 15 years)
NERF Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster – Red (14 years and up)
Minnie Mouse Garden Fun Activity Gym
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn First Words Smart Puppy (9 month – 3 years)
Fisher-Price Learn and Laugh Song and Story Learning Chair (12 month – 3 years)
Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab (36 months – 5 years)
Zoomer Enchanted Unicorn Interactive Toy (5 years and up)
Barbie Pink Passport Cruise Ship Playset
Disney Minnie’s Walk & Play Puppy (36 months – 6 years)
Soggy Doggy Game (4 – 6 years)
Walmart’s Top Rated by Kids Toy List
Hatchimals Surprise (5 years and up)
Fingerlings (5 years and up)
Little Bits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit (8 years and up)
Num Noms Nail Polish Maker (4 – 15 years)
FurReal Friends Roarin’ Tyler The Playful Tiger (4 years and up)
Barbie DreamHorse and Doll (36 months – 7 years)
Fisher-Price Zoom ’n Crawl Monster (9 month – 3 years)
L.O.L. Surprise Fizz Factory (6 – 15 years)
Soggy Doggy Board Game (4 – 6 years)
Mayka Toy Block Tape (3 years and up)
Huffy Electric Green Machine Trike (8 years and up)
Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K (14 years and up)
RECOIL Starter Set (12 years and up)
New Bright Radio Control Tumblebee
Dusty the Super Duper Garbage Truck (36 months – 7 years)
Imaginext DC Super Friends Batman Batbot Xtreme(3 years and up)
Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower (36 months – 5 years)
Disney/Pixar Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway (4 – 8 years)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Transforming Hot Rod Mickey (36 months – 6 years)
Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Baby All in One Nursery (36 months – 6 years)
Final Thoughts: Top Gift Ideas for Kids
I hope that I have made your life easier by providing a list of the top toys for kids, some of which were chosen by them.