Did you know there are fewer than 100 days left until Christmas? And with the clock ticking on the countdown to the festive season, it’s never too early to get shopping! Choosing the most joy-inducing Christmas gifts for our kids isn’t always easy, so every shortcut is welcome. Toy brands and retailers like Amazon and brands like Mattel are thankfully making it easy by unveiling their Top Toys for 2020 lists, revealing the toys that boys and girls are asking Santa for this year. We're making toy shopping even more simple for you by providing ALL the key trending toy lists from Amazon, Amazon UK, Hamleys, Mattel and more.
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And what are the top toys for Christmas 2020? Experts have studied the latest toy trends in order to serve up helpful lists predicting the most popular toys and games.
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On Amazon's list, you’ll find red hot buys for LOL Surprise, Paw Patrol and LEGO, as well as everything from cutting edge STEM gifts for the science-loving kid in your life to family classic games like Monopoly. Interactive pets, too, are a BIG trend for this year.
With social distancing measures likely to be in place, online shopping is definitely the way to go to get ahead of Christmas shopping – and don’t forget Black Friday is coming up on 27 November! So shop now or bookmark this story for easy shopping and discounts on the day. We're covering the trending toys available in both the UK and the US, so be sure to get shopping before these red hot toys sell out!
Amazon UK's Top Toys for 2020
On 1 October, Amazon UK released its Top Toys for 2020 list with expert predictions about what children will have on their wish lists this year. LOL dolls and Paw Patrol are among the toys dominating this year, alongside classics like UNO and some new trends, like digital video cameras for your future social media star.
Fans of the Mandalorian will love this animatronic version of The Child a.k.a. Baby Yoda – with over 25 sound and motion combinations, it's just like having the adorable Star Wars star at home!
Animatronic Baby Yoda, £59.99/$78.99, Amazon
This version of the popular L.O.L. Surprise! range has 50 surprises and also transforms into a plane, car, recording studio and mixing booth.
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix 4-in-1 Plane £89.99/$89, Amazon
For kids aged 3 and up, the Dino Patroller is a cool motorised team vehicle that comes with a Chase figure and a T-Rex
Paw Patrol Dino Rescue, £64.99/$53.99, Amazon
Have a future media star in your life? They'll love this creator cam, which includes an HD video recorder (and 20 virtual backgrounds) a mini tripod/handle and a wrist strap and is for kids aged 5 and up
VTech KidiZoom, £59.99/$79.95, Amazon
Interactive pets are one of the hottest toys of the year, and this one is so realistic it actually will enthusiastically unbox itself!
Present Pets Fancy Puppy Interactive Toy, £54.99/$49.99, Amazon
Classic Uno gets a fun and fast-paced twist thanks to the 'UNO Showdown unit' that sends cards flying!
Mattel Games Uno Showdown, £16/$22.84, Amazon
This interactive Balloon Dog will be your household's most unusual pet, with over 60 sounds and dog-like movements
Squeakee The Balloon Dog, £59.99/$79.99, Amazon
Amazon US unveils its 2020 Toys We Love list
Amazon experts in America have also studied up on what kids will be asking Santa for in 2020, compiling the Amazon Toys We Love 2020 list. It seems kids everywhere are on the same page this year with L.O.L., interactive pets and Baby Yoda-themed toys all making appearances.
Amazon’s top toys: Boys & girls aged 0-2 years
Your little one can give you some 'help' around the house with this realistic toy vacuum
Dyson Toy vacuum, Was £25/$39.99 NOW £17.99/$26.99, Amazon
LEGO is always a bit hit for the holiday season – and we love this model of Princess Ariel's home under the sea
LEGO Disney Princess Ariel’s Undersea Castle, £24.99/$38.95 Amazon
Amazon’s top toys: Boys & girls aged 3-5 years
This lively pink flamingo doesn't just sing – it also mimics what you say, eats, wiggles and poops!
Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo, £25.98/$19.34, Amazon
Encourage your child's inner musician with this 10-piece musical instrument set
Melissa & Doug Band in a Box, Was £19.67, NOW £17.60, Amazon
Realistic toy pets are definitely a Christmas 2020 trend, and Amazon predicts the special child in your life will love this dog that they will need to feed, walk and clean up after, preparing them for a real-life furry companion
furReal Poopalots Big Wags Interactive Pet Toy, £19.99/$19.97, Amazon
Every bow-bedecked box contains a party-themed L.O.L. doll plus 8 surprises including shoes, fashion, accessories and more – collect all 12 dolls!
L.O.L. Surprise! Doll plus 8 accessories, £11.99/$10.88, Amazon
Your child can take their Bluey figures for a ride in the Heeler 4WD Family Vehicle, which comes with one Bandit figure plus 2 Surfboards that fit in the roof rack
Bluey 4WD family vehicle, £34.99/$32.88, Amazon
Amazon’s top toys: Boys & girls aged 6-8 years
If a lifelike, fully-moving animatronic Baby Yoda is a bit too much, this 11-inch cuddly version of the Mandalorian breakout star is also set to be a huge hit with kids this Christmas
Baby Yoda plush toy, £24.99/$18.49, Amazon
The newest incarnation of Barbie – the Fashionista – comes in 35 skin tones, multiple body types, including differently-abled dolls, and 94 different hairstyles so there's one for every child to see themselves reflected at playtime. Every doll, of course is super stylish, wearing the latest trends and don't worry, there are lots of Kens to choose from too!
Barbie Fashionista doll, from £9.95/$7.88, Amazon
Described as a combination logic game, marble run, and STEM toy, the Gravity Maze, which consists of a game grid, nine towers, a target piece and three marbles, is fun for the whole family. The brain game has 60 challenges, ranging from beginner to expert, and is great for anyone aged eight and up
ThinkFun Gravity Maze, £39.20/$29.99, Amazon
This cool gift combines two of today's kids' favourite things – LEGO and Minecraft – in a 562-piece set that will ignite their imaginations. Suitable for kids 8+.
LEGO Minecraft The Illager Raid, £64.97/$68, Amazon
Amazon’s top toys: Boys & girls aged 9-11 years
A collection of over 15 no-fuss science and STEM experiments to do at home, from creating water tornadoes or an erupting volcano, to growing a crystal
National Geographic Earth Science Kit, £34.99/$29.99, Amazon
A no-sew DIY quilt kit to create a super soft fleece blanket
Fleece quilt kit, £25.54/$19.99, Amazon
Relive the adventures of Star Wars at home with this five-strong collection featuring R2-D2, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Luke Skywalker
Star Wars Celebrate The Saga Toys Rebel Alliance Figure Set, £29.99/$29.99, Amazon
Amazon’s top toys for boys & girls aged 12+
Could this game BE any more fun? This Monopoly board with a Friends twist features properties like Central Perk and tokens like Monica's chef's hat and Phoebe's guitar.
'Friends' the TV Series Monopoly, £20/$22.75, Amazon
The festive season's hottest card game involves throwing soft foam burritos at them – we think it's pretty clear that kids will love to play this new take on dodgeball
Throw Throw Burrito game, £19.99/$24.99, Amazon
Mattel's Top Toys for 2020
Like Amazon, the famed toy brand has both UNO Showdown and Barbie Fashionista dolls on their hot list – plus some more covetable toys like these...
An interactive pal designed with four modes of learning play so it will be one of your child's favourites from aged 6 months to five years
Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee Interactive Musical Toy, £58.99/$38.88, Amazon
Cave Club dolls are joining L.O.L. and Barbies on kids' Christmas wish lists
Cave Club Rockelle and Tyrasaurus, £34.99/$38.83, Amazon
The tallest Hot Wheels garage to date, with parking for 100+ cars and a working two-car lift, will definitely leave an impression on Christmas morning
Hot Wheels City Ultimate Garage, £87.99/$99.99, Amazon
Hamleys Top Toys for 2020
Experts at Hamleys also have released their top toys for 2020 list. Head of Buying at Hamleys Victoria Kay said: “Creating some simple Christmas magic feels more important this year than ever and we think there’s lots of memorable and affordable fun to be had with our 2020 hot picks. From clever tech to lovable animatronic pets and classic family games to be played around the table, we can see carefree, shared play and togetherness featuring heavily this year.”
This kit will help turn your tablet into the ultimate learning tool
Osmo Genius Starter Kit, £100, Hamleys
Rev up the fun with this super cool Ferrari scooter for kids aged four and up
Ferrari Foldable Led Twist Scooter, was £70 NOW £56, Hamleys
Barbie and her friends will be hitting the road in style in this multi-tasking vehicle with a pool, truck, boat and 60 accessories
Barbie 3-in1 Dream Camper, £90, Hamleys
Monopoly is a perennially popular game and Hamleys is predicting that kids will love this version which turns the rules upside down. Players actually earn cash via those usual Monopoly pitfalls like going to jail or paying rent!
Monopoly for Sore Losers, £23, Hamleys
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