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This year’s must-have Christmas toys 2018

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We round up our top holiday picks for kids — and the kid at heart.

Have a special little one in your life who’s eagerly awaiting the sound of sleigh bells and ripping through wrapped gifts? Give them a gift to remember with our top toy picks for the holiday season.

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Top pet toys

Pomsies

These “lovable, wearable Pom Pom pets” are one of the hottest toys on the market this Christmas. They’re cute, fluffy, interactive and perfect for kids on the go.

FurReal Ricky

Ideal for kids with a four-legged obsession! This FurReal pup is the most lifelike pet toy yet — he can play, give paw-fives and eat treats!

Fingerlings

Another good one for kids on the move, Fingerlings come in all shapes — dinosaurs, monkeys, even majestic unicorns — so you’re sure to find the perfect pal for your little one.

Top dolls

Luvabella

Luvabella is referred to as the most lifelike baby doll ever. She’s fully interactive, reacting to touch and play, including tickling and peekaboo. The ability to learn up to 100 words and phrases will amaze your new Mommy or Daddy.

American Girl Emerson Doll

Part of the WellieWishers line of dolls, Emerson was named one of the Best Toys of 2016 by Parents magazine. She’s slated to be a big hit this year too!

Color Surprise Barbie

Barbie is unparalleled in the toy world, and this particular doll comes with magic hair that changes color with water. Young stylists can use the provided hair stencils to change up Barbie’s look daily.

Top collectible toys

L.O.L. Surprise

Sparkly L.O.L. Surprise dolls are a magical gift because they’re a surprise for everyone! Collect Glam Glitter Balls to discover seven special surprises in each.

Hatchimals

Hatchimals are bound to be a popular treat this Christmas. Hatch a special robotic Penguala or Draggle for your little one to raise from baby to toddler to kid!

Bush Baby

These adorable little creatures come alive in your hands, their eyes wiggling and ears waggling at the press of a button. The head of the Shimmies, Princess Melina is a necessity for your Bush Baby collector.

Top action toys

Hoverboards

These Back to the Future–inspired toys are a predicted popular gift choice for kids of all ages. They’re self-balancing, rechargeable and come in such fancy colors and prints, you’re bound to find one for your fledgling boarder.

Hot Wheels Drone

Ideal for getting your kids outside to play, this epic all-terrain monster vehicle flies in three speeds with the ability to hit the ground running over any terrain.

Nerf guns

A favorite brand of many generations, Nerf blows the competition away with the help of its sleek twin Laser Ops AlphaPoint blasters! The high-tech weapons can be used indoors or outdoors and track hits, health and ammo on an LCD screen.

Top construction toys

LEGO Star Wars

The Star Wars franchise is bigger than ever with this LEGO Millennium Falcon. At 7,500 pieces, it’s a gift for your patient creative mind who’s curious about the galaxy far, far away!

LittleBits

LittleBits are electronic blocks for builders who love to learn and explore. Whether for music lovers, budding coders or space buffs, each kit does something a little different, offering hours of learning fun.

Crazy Forts

Build the ultimate play spot with this toy designed for imaginative construction. Get creative with connecting balls and sticks, then add sheets or blankets to snuggle in.

Top tech toys

Cozmo

Cozmo is this year’s No. 1 must-have tech toy offering fun for the whole family. Compatible with a free app, his one-of-a-kind personality evolves as you befriend him and play using his own interactive toys.

Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet

Give your kids the gift of learning and fun in one with the #1 best-selling Amazon Fire designed just for them! Choose from three vibrant colors of kid-proof cases, set parental controls, limit web content and enjoy a two-year worry-free guarantee.

Incredibles 2 walkie-talkies

With these fun Incredibles-themed walkie-talkies, your kids can stay in contact more than 300 feet away from each other. It’s an innovative twist on a classic toy.

Top toys for kids under 6

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Paw Patrol fire truck

The hugely successful Paw Patrol offers loyal fans of a host of Ryder, Marshall, Rubble and more a series of great gifts, including this fire truck playset. It’s equipped with flashing lights, sounds and many movable parts for busy play.

RC bumper cars

Bumper cars appeal to all ages, and now your youngest can get in on the fun! These RC cars come with easy-to-use controllers designed for little hands get your bumps and crashes going.

LeapStart 3D

Education-focused parents will love how this interactive system brings learning to life. The 3D display combines talk-and-touch games to reinforce learning concepts while adapting its four learning levels to meet your little person where they are.

Top board games

Pie Face Cannon

Viral on Facebook, the hilarious Pie Face Cannon is sure to be a best seller again this year. Designed for all ages, the whole family will look forward to taking aim to “pie” their opponents with whipped cream to the face.

Unicorn Ring Toss

Is there anything that’s free of unicorns? From clothing and accessories to bed sheets and pillow, the unicorn trend is everywhere — including board games. Catch as many rings as you can on your unicorn horn hat, no hands allowed.

Monopoly: Fortnite Edition

Inspire your kids this year with this modern twist on the classic board game, based on the hit video game Fortnite. Earn hit points instead of Monopoly money, claim locations and battle your opponents to be the last player standing.

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Gabrielle Pastorek writes about fashion, beauty and finance. Gabrielle loves helping people find a great deal, whether it's in their shopping cart or on a credit card. In her free time, she exercises her creative muscles by writing short stories.

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