This is the first year my boys have an actual idea of what they really, really, really, really want for Christmas and I have to say it’s making it 10x more fun for me! They sat with me on the couch the other day while we trolled the ToysRus, Target, and Amazon sites picking and choosing things they liked, things they loved, and the things that HAD to be under the Christmas Tree this year! Check out the list below of this year’s Top Toys of 2017 according to the Richardson Boys!
Kid’s Gift Guide: Top Toys of 2017
With Fingerlings, fun is always close at hand. Literally! These miniature baby monkeys cling to your fingers and go where you go. They’re full of hugs, love and mischief—all they need is your care and attention. They react to sound, motion and touch, make fun little monkey noises, and move in ways that will make you squeal with delight. Friendship really is at your fingertips!
These are basically the “toy of the year” and sold out almost everywhere, so get to hunting if your kiddos want this one!
Toilet Trouble Game
Which flush will cause the gush? Share some hilarious and suspense-filled moments as players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don’t get sprayed with water! The number that turns up on the paper roll spinner dictates how many times each player must flush. Players are safe if they hear the flushing sound, but no water is sprayed. Who knows which flush will be the one that sprays water, eliminating that player? Continue taking turns spinning the roll and flushing until one player has not been sprayed.
What child doesn’t want to play a game that involves a toilet, am I right?
FurReal Roarin’ Tyler – The Playful Tiger
The Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger pet is ready to play. And his favorite way to play is to ROAR! Make noise and he roars back. Talk to him and he responds! This tiger cub responds to sounds and touch with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations! Pet his head and his eyes might close. Pet him on his muzzle and he moves! The Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger pet even has a little chicken toy that he reacts to when it squeaks. And with poseable back legs, he can be hugged and cuddled. He’s an exotic, fun-lovin’ pet!
The price point of this one seems a little step, no? But both boys were basically jumping up and down about this and the ratings are high so… worth it?
Laser X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set
Laser X is a Real Life Laser Gaming Experience. Set includes everything you need for 2 Laser X players.
• Blast your opponent’s Receiver Vest from up to 200’ away.
• Full Color Lighting Effects let you keep track of shots and hits.
• Interactive voice coach gives tips feedback during the game.
• Plug in headphones and hear the Laser X Soundtrack and Sound Effects.
How fun does this look? I’m tempted to get an extra set so the hubby and I can play with the boys, too!
Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside of eggs. Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Hold them to hear their heartbeats, flip them for fun, tap and they’ll tap back! Hatchimals can’t hatch without you! Love and care for your Hatchimal inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it’s feeling! Once you’ve played with it enough, you’ll see rainbow eyes—that means it’s time to hatch! Hatchimals can’t hatch on their own. They need your help — encourage it with your touch as it really pecks out of its egg!
So this was the “toy of the year” last year and it looks like it’s going for it’s second run in 2017!
Oonies: Inflate, Stick & Create
Oonies are the coolest way to create! Take an Oonies pallet, place it in the inflator and watch it magically grow into an Oonie! They stick to each other so you can make amazing creatures and designs! No glue. No water, no mess. Just air filled balls of amazing fun! They’re Oonies! Inflate, create and make ’em great!
I don’t know who comes up with this stuff, but I’m glad they do! How fun does this look!
Sky Viper Drone
The V2450 GPS Streaming Video Drone with FPV Headset enhances your flying experience with your drone’s point of view. The included FPV headset puts live streaming video from your flight right in front of your eyes, as if you were on board (smart device required for use). Enjoy other features as well. Flight Assist makes flying simple so you can focus on getting the perfect picture. Advanced enough to satisfy discerning enthusiasts, the V2450FPV is also lightweight, durable and safe enough for beginner pilots.
So, if the kids get this… Does that mean mommy can use it too? 😉
Catch the Fox Board Game
Uh oh – the Fox is in the hen house! This greedy fox is snapping up the chickens and stuffing them into his pockets. But when there are too many chickens, his pants will fall down and the chickens will escape! Roll the die to see how many chickens to add into the fox’s pockets, and push his head one time. Before you know it, the fox will lose his pants and the chickens will roll everywhere! Rescue the chickens and return them to your chicken coop. Be the first player to fill up your coop to win! Can you catch the fox?
Anything that has a fox in it, I’m game for! How cute does this game look?
Safe Breaker Board Game
A safe loaded with stolen treasures, can you break open the safe? Crack the code with your spy gear. Use the fingerprint scanner to open the safe, no match try again. Safe Breaker is a super secret Spy Code mission with challenging action skills. Safe Breaker is a new electronic table-top game that combines spy skill, memory and a little bit of luck, challenging players to crack the number code and break into the safe. Collect the most treasures to win!
Scan Fingerprints, Listen to Hints, Solve the Code? I like where this game is headed!
Etch A Sketch Freestyle
The next generation has a new classic to play with! Introducing Etch A Sketch Freestyle: a toy from the past transformed for the future. Designed exclusively for young artists, the Freestyle comes with a handy stylus that’s easy to grip and move. Kids can express their creativity without any messy clean up. Simply draw, shake to erase, and draw again – just like you did! Only now, your child has a whole new world of etching possibilities to discover. Alternate between thick and thin lines or use the double-sided stampers to add hearts, circles, stars and clouds to doodles
I loved my Etch A Sketch when I was kid! Love that they reinvented a classic and made it even better!
Little Tikes® Waffle Blocks
With Little Tikes Waffle Blocks, it’s easy to get small hands building for real. Build a world of fun with the only easy-to-use construction system designed to connect in different ways allowing even more imaginative play. Just stack… lock… build… and create! Play, build, and store away with Little Tike Waffle Blocks! Explore endless possibilities with Waffle Blocks and their friendly figures, creating towering playsets, moving vehicles, or anything your little one can imagine!
My kids are obsessed with building. All of it. Every type of building toy they see, they want. Not a bad thing though right?
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
The perfect tech for kids, Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 by VTech lets them take pictures, videos, play games, tell time and more! Featuring a new sleek and stylish design, this durable smartwatch includes 55 digital and analog customizable watch faces to help kids learn to tell time. This smartwatch features two cameras that allow your child to capture everything from action video to selfies that can be customized in the Silly Yourself app and made into new watch faces. Includes an assortment of new games including Monster Catcher, which uses the camera and augmented reality to help kids find and capture monsters in the real world. Kids can also use the watch’s motion sensor for active play challenges or to track steps.
The kids’ version of the Apple Watch! How great is this? It even tracks their steps!
Play Hedbanz, the quick question game of What am I? Ask yes or no questions to figure out if the cartoon on your head is an animal, food or man-made object. Be the first player to guess what you are and win! Hedbanz the game where everybody knows but you!
Because why wouldn’t you want to wear a super cool headband with a picture of a hamburger attached, right?
Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register
The Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register lets your child improve his or her math skills and learn about money, while having fun with pretend play. It has 4 built-in games that are designed to help your little one recognize coins, learn coin values and perform simple addition and subtraction. The cash register toy rewards transactions with interactive lights, sounds and voice messages. It comes with a built-in scanner, LED display, scale and coin slot. This kids’ cash register can hold real money and also comes with pretend coins, bills, coupons and a credit card.
We had to sneak in some educational toys in the mix, right? Although all my boys saw here was a chance to play with money and credit cards! Parenting + kid win with this one!
Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
Zoom in on amazing images and learn fun facts about animals, plants, and interesting household items with the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope! Twenty slides feature 60 incredible images. Wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin voices facts and quiz questions.
Any aspiring scientists out there? Last year my boys were wanting a telescope and this year a microscope. I love how this one talks to the kids, too!
So I hope this helped to give y’all some ideas on what to get your kiddos for Christmas! If you have any other ideas to share please link in the comments, would love to see them!
Gift guides for the ladies and gentlemen coming up next…