In one of the earliest signs of holiday cheer, Target has (already!) released its list of top holiday toys of 2021, which includes 50 of the best toys that’ll make spirits bright this year. The list isn’t ranked; instead, it predicts which toys will top kids’ Christmas/Hanukkah lists based on popularity. Notably, 22 of these toys are exclusive to the retailer.
In addition, Target will also be expanding its Disney store at Target locations to more than 160 stores, as well as online. So, we guess this is now the happiest place on earth?
“Target continues to be a top toy destination for all families, and we’re pleased to offer unique experiences and a curated toy assortment that brings joy to parents and children of all ages,” said Nik Nayar, SVP of Hardlines, Target, in a press release. “We’re seeing more guests shop for toys at Target than ever before, and whether it’s Bullseye’s Top Toys or finding joy with one of the 1,300+ exclusive toys and games, guests are choosing Target for our inspiring, easy and affordable gift-giving experience.”
Target’s increased emphasis on toys doesn’t stop in stores. The big box retailer will also highlight same-day delivery and pick-up options to make the holiday season easier. Shipt, Target’s answer to services like Prime Now, can deliver almost anything that is in-stock at local Target stores for a monthly fee.
There are so many fun things to shop now and hide away for the holidays, so make sure to check out the full lineup here and our favorites below!
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Hungry The Child
The Child is still reigning on top of this year’s holiday toy list. This 2.0 version features the same cute little Yoda but with four interactive accessories, including a tasty macaron. He’ll react to eating this treat with adorable sounds and movement. It’s available for pre-order now, so get it before it’s gone.
Feel the need for (safe) speed with this next-level hoverboard of your tween’s dreams. It’s 100 percent electric and is all-terrain for a smooth ride. It even syncs to to the beat with the built-in Bluetooth speaker.
They can pretend to be a big-time Hollywood movie maker or actor with this Movie Magic Studios set, which includes 12 exclusive dolls and 70+ surprises. The 3D packaging transforms into four glam movie studios, and the dolls have tons of movie star-worthy accessories and outfits. At a $200 value, you can’t beat the price.
These popping sensory toys took over TikTok, and therefore are now a top seller everywhere. This jumbo version offers even more satisfaction, stress relief, and fun than the mini ones!
Little Dare Devil
Monster trucks are always a crowd favorite gift for kids, so this toy is sure to delight. This remote-control vehicle lets you toggle between beginner and advanced modes, is USB rechargeable so no batteries needed, and it features 12 out-of-this world stunts. It’s sure to keep your kiddo entertained for hours.
Target is now dedicated to carrying a variety of Black-owned businesses, including these cute Positively Perfect dolls. They feature a diverse range of skin colors, authentic facial expressions, and real bodies to show kids that everyone is beautiful.
What holiday is complete without the latest and greatest Barbie dreamhouse? The latest mansion features all the bells and whistles to keep Barbie living the life: a pool, slide, elevator, and tons of lights and sounds. Can we move in?
Gaming On the Go
We can bet just about every parent will do anything these days to get a few uninterrupted moments of silence, so if you haven’t yet entered gaming territory, it might just be time to pull the plug and get a Nintendo Switch for your kid (and honestly, you too!).
Educational & Fun
If you’re looking for a learning-focused toy for your kid ages 3-5, look no further than Osmo’s Little Genius Starter Kit. It helps them with preschool-level phonics, pre-reading learning letter formation, and more than 200 words.
Target x FAO Schwarz basically broke the internet last holiday, and you can still shop it this year if you didn’t last time around. Your aspiring musician will get a kick out of this electric guitar and amp, which is perfect for beginners.
If they’re obsessed with fidget sensory toys, they’ll get a kick out of this sensory pedi spa. The soothing Orbeez are relaxing and fun for adults too!
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