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Choosing the most joy-inducing Christmas gifts for our kids isn’t always easy, so every shortcut is welcome. Retailers like Amazon, John Lewis and Macy's, and toy brands like Mattel and Hasbro thankfully make it easy with their annual Top Toys for Christmas lists, revealing the toys that boys and girls are most asking Santa for each year.
With challenges from shortages to social distancing these days, online shopping is definitely the way to go to get ahead of the Christmas rush.
And we're making toy shopping even more simple for you by giving you ALL the key trending toy lists from retailers and brands for 2021.
Top Toys 2021 lists have been unveiled by the likes of Hamleys, Selfridges, and more. We'll be updating our edit throughout the shopping season, so be sure to bookmark and keep checking back!
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We're covering the trending toys available in both the UK and the US - just click on the SHOP NOW button and whether you're in the US or the UK you can shop the toy where it is available in your region - so be sure to get shopping before these top toys sell out.
What are the top toys for Christmas 2021?
In this roundup of both new season toys AND the most popular toys from the past year, you'll find red hot buys for LOL Surprise, Paw Patrol, Playmobil, Star Wars, Barbie and LEGO.
Also included - everything from cutting edge STEM gifts for the science-loving kid in your life to family classic games like Monopoly and Uno.
You'll find teaching toys about everything from the environment to emotions, Friends and Harry Potter-themed toys, and interactive pets, too - all BIG trends for this year. There's even an animatronic Baby Yoda on the list.
So, let's get Christmas shopping!
Amazon top toys with fast delivery by Christmas
You may be looking for last-minute toy gifts! Here are some top toys with speedy delivery...
FAST DELIVERY: LEGO Luigi Starter Course, £44.99/$59.99, Amazon
FAST DELIVERY: Barbie Fashionista dolls, from £12.99/$20.99, Amazon
The Fashionista Barbie 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!
FAST DELIVERY: L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix 4-in-1 Plane was £89.99 now £50/$89, Amazon
This version of the red hot L.O.L. Surprise! range has 50 surprises and also transforms into a plane, car, recording studio and mixing booth.
Amazon's Top Toys for Christmas 2021
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L.O.L Surprise! OMG Movie Magic Studios, £129.99/$119, Amazon
LOL Surprise! dolls have been hot for a while, and the cool toys don't show any sign of slowing down! Just check out this incredible movie play set with a dozen dolls, multiple stages and even a green screen.
Batman Giant Transforming Playset, £120/$99.99, Amazon
Who wouldn't love their very own Batcave? This 33-inch tall playset brings Batman's hideway to life.
Squeakee The Balloon Dino, £80/$69.99, Amazon
Squeakee the Balloon Dog was one of 2020's most popular toys, and Balloon Dino, with over 70 sounds and movements, is set to be a major hit for 2021.
Little Live Pets Got to Go Turdle, £36.91/$29.99, Amazon
Also in the interactive pet category we have Shelbert the turtle, who is tops in the 'poop toy' trend. You can feed him and he even has a special song for when he has to go.
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Linkimals Dance n Groove Penguin, £25.99/Amazon,
An adorable electronic learning toy from Fisher-Price's popular Linkimals range.
Geomag Classic Magnetic Construction for children, £19.98, Amazon
Whether they're building colourful structures or testing new designs, kids will love getting creative with this 52-Piece magnetic construction kit.
boppi Wooden Bamboo Marble Run - Starter Pack, £26.99, Amazon
PAW Patrol Transforming PAW Patroller, £69.99/$64.99, Amazon
We love PAW Patrol and Amazon's sure that kids will love this cool PAW Patrol vehicle that has sound effects as well as dual vehicle launchers behind its doors. A Ryder PAW Patrol figure and ATV are included.
Spidey and His Amazing Friends Playset, £68.42/Amazon,
Fans of Spider-Man can't get enough of his "Webquarters" - the perfect backdrop for action packed play with a host of ramps and hidden escape hatches.
Polly Pocket Rainbow Funland Theme Park, £48.99/$39.97, Amazon
Polly Pocket is back with a 30-piece playset with everything from a roller coaster to multiple castle play areas.
Top Toys 2021: Selfridges
Selfridges also released its predictions for the hottest toys for Christmas 2021, ranging from playroom essentials to scooters and interactive toys.
Le Toy Van Shop & Café, was £120 now £107/$94
This mini Shop and Café set, made from sustainable rubber, wood and non-toxic paints, will provide hours of fun for kids who love to play shopkeeper or dream of running their own business one day.
Play Tent in Grey Star, £33/$40, Selfridges
Create an instant play space with this easy to assemble nylon tent that’s available in a host of colours. You can even get the optional play tunnel, too.
Micro Scooter Eco Mini Deluxe, £80/$158
This eco-friendly scooter is made from discarded fishing nets, and has quality replaceable parts so it can be constantly renovated for years to come, designed to never end up in a landfill. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years old.
Paw Patrol Movie Ultimate City Tower, £160/$188, Selfridges
Based on the Paw Patrol movie, the Paw Patrol’s headquarters has a rescue ramp, vehicle lift and sound effects, sparking your child’s imagination and bringing the film to life.
Barbie Transforming SUV, £55/$77, Selfridges
Barbie is on the move this Christmas, with this SUV that is also a pop-up stage for some seriously glam performances starring Barbie and her friends.
Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll, £40/$57.95
Inspired by the CocoMelon YouTube series, fun new interactive friend JJ sings and talks, and you can feed and dress him too. While not currently available online at Selfridges, you can shop the JJ Doll at Argos in the UK.
Top Toys 2021: John Lewis
John Lewis have released a top toys of 2021 list and there's something for every child, from 3D puzzles and STEM learning toys to the cutest soft dolls for babies. John Lewis doesn't ship to the US, but if you're Stateside, you can still click the Shop Now button! We've tracked down alternate retailers that will ship to the US.
Ravensburger Solar System 3D Puzzle Set, £39.99 / $59
Puzzle lovers will be over the moon with this 3D puzzle set. Assemble eight 3D puzzles - one representing every planet - ranging from 27 to 108 pieces each. It sold out FAST on John Lewis but you can still grab the puzzle on Amazon.
Lego Elf Clubhouse, £84.99/$99.95
This LEGO Elf Clubhouse will bring some Christmas magic to the holidays. We love the attention to detail, from the automated waffle machine and Christmas light to a triple-decker bed that shakes to wake the elves. It's currently sold out at John Lewis, but you can still shop it at Lego in the UK and Amazon in the US.
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Kaloo My First Doll, £19.99/$24.99, John Lewis
Soft and machine-washable, Kaloo's sweetly charming My First Doll is safe for babies and is designed to be a companion through the years.
Gravitrax Pro Starter Extreme, £89.99, John Lewis
STEM toys are a hot property this year, and John Lewis has selected this Gravitax Pro Starter Set as a science marvel. Kids can look forward to hours of entertainment as they learn how to design and build marble race tracks, getting a real life (and fun!) lesson in gravity and kinetics.
Mattel's Top Toys for Christmas 2021
Mattel, the brand behind such icons as Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, have come up with a dream Christmas top toys list filled with fun.
Harry Potter Pictionary Air, £24.99/$24.86
Use your magic wand to draw in the air! This high-tech version of Pictionary is fun for Harry Potter fans of all ages.
Barbie Extra 2021, from £23.99 /$17.99, Amazon
Barbie is more extra than ever for 2021, and honestly, we're here for it! This Barbie knows 'more is more' and comes with 15 extravagant accessories, from clothes to a pet. And yes, the pet is just as extra - it has its own colourful accessories, too
The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot, £55/$42.49, Amazon
For ages 6 months and up, this engaging education toy is made of three individual bots that combine into an interactive robot pal. There are three Smart Stages learning levels with fun activities - more than 120 songs, sounds and phrases - to explore.
Crossed Signals Game, £20 /$19.99
If you're looking for an exciting game for Christmas, this one's right up your street! Speed and accuracy are the name of the game as you're challenged to react fast, moving and shaking the light wand according to Crossed Signals' lightning-quick light and voice commands. One to four players can participate, and the game is for players aged 8 and up. In the UK, shop the game at Selfridges, while US shoppers can find it online at Toys R Us at Macy's.
Barbie Dreamhouse 2021, £250.12/$224.99
New for 2021, Barbie's fully-furnished dreamhouse, which comes with over 75 storytelling pieces, is more jaw-dropping than ever. The home comes to life with music, eight light colour options and four settings, from day mode to party mode. Features of the house include a DJ Booth, working lift and puppy play area with a pool and slide, just like the main house. When can we move in?
Hot Wheels City Ultimate Garage, £85.99/$98, 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.
Hasbro's Top Toys for Christmas 2021
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Rising Cake Oven Playset, £25/$19.96
Little ones can have their very own Bake-Off with Play-Doh. Pop the Play-Doh cake into the oven and it will 'bake', rising until the timer goes off to let you know it's done. Then all you have to do is decorate the confection with Play-Doh 'icing' and toppings. Ready to get baking? Shop the set at Argos in the UK and Walmart in the US.
Nerf Ultra Select, £61.99 / $59.99
Nerf is popular year after year, and in 2021 Hasbro predicts the fully-motorised Nerf Ultra Select blaster, will be on many a kid's wish list. Shop it at Robert Dyas in the UK, and Gamestop if you're Stateside.
Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castle Dollhouse, £139.99/$149.99
This fairytale castle is perfect for your little prince or princess who dreams of storybook adventures. The four-foot, six-room dollhouse has realistic miniature features like a bathtub, stove and chandelier, and comes with 29 accessories, from a blanket to dinnerware and tea set. There's even music and a window that lights up like a Disneyland fireworks show.
Hamley's Top Toys for Christmas 2021
Hamley's has come out with a fun Christmas top toys list, from a virtual learning globe to favourites from brands like Playmobil and L.O.L.
Playmobil City Action Police Special Operations Police Robot, £20/$19.99
For children who love action, a toy that enables them to play a special ops police officer - the robot has movable legs, a ‘gripping arm’, movable legs and an explosive device (!) to spark their action-packed imagination.
PlayShifu Orboot - Earth: The Educational AR Globe, £50/$44.96
Tech toys are both fun and educational, and your science-loving little one will love the AR Orboot Earth Globe, which has its own dedicated app. Kids will learn about cultures, inventions, animals and geography with 400 highlights and 1000 cool facts.
Magic Mixies Cauldron, £70/$69.99
The Hamleys team call the Magic Mixies Cauldron "one of the most innovative toys they’ve seen this year". You can whip up a furry friend my mixing up the potion. The Mixie will appear from the mist, then you just tap their gem to make a magic wish. The Cauldron, which has 50 interactive sounds, comes with a special magic wand, too - a must for wannabe witches and wizards!
L.O.L Surprise Movie Magic, £11/$10.99
The full L.O.L Surprise Movie Magic Studio is an Amazon favourite, but if you're just looking for a Hollywood-ready doll, here's just what you need! Each of these L.O.L dolls is ready for her close-up and comes with a cue card, her own unique movie scene and accessories including 3D glasses.
Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-8, £25/$20.99
Nerf is once again one of the most popular options this festive season - the Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-8 is at the top of many a wish list, and features eight barrels plus and additional four barrels that can rotate instantly into place for back to back launches. It's sold out at Hamleys but you can shop it at Argos in the UK and Amazon in the US.
Ralleyz Warrior 3 in 1 RC, was £90 now £82.99, Hamleys
Rev up for the festive season with this race car that has three interchangeable heads for a trio of shooting functions: water, bubbles or darts! It's available only in the UK but you can shop a similar bubble remote control car in the US at Walmart for $69.99.
Hamleys Huggabls range, £20, Hamleys
Hamleys' own plush toy range is cuter than ever with Sloth, Avocado, Unicorn, Watermelon and Koala stuffed figures for cuddly play and nap time. Available in UK only.
Macy's and Toys R Us Hot Toys List 2021
US department store Macy's have teamed up with toy retailer Toys R Us for the 2021 Hot Toys List. See the full list on Macy's or have a look at some of our favourites, which are available both in the US and the UK.
Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set, £15.99/$32.49, Macy's
Interactive pets are one of 2021's top toys across the board - and here's the perfect complement if they need to go to the vet! The Pet Vet Play Set includes everything to examine and treat your furry companion: a reusable examination checklist, neck cone, pretend treatments/ointments and more. Also included are a plush dog and cat to get your little veterinarian started as soon as they open their gift.
Jurassic World Stomp and Escape Tyrannosaurus Rex, £51.99/$44.99, Macy's
For children aged four and up, this oversized T-Rex measuring nearly 22" long has dinosaur sounds and movable limbs with stomping action for an action-packed playtime.
Disney Princess Style Collection Play Suitcase, £39.99/$39.99, Macy's
For the kid who travels or would love to see the world, this play suitcase with 17 play travel pieces is a dream come true. The pink luggage includes everything they'll need for their imagination to take them around the world, including airplane tickets, a passport, eye mask, earbuds & more!
National Geographic Light Up Air Rockets, £49.94/$24.99, Macy's
Among National Geographic's popular STEM toys you'll find this light-up air rocket kit with a foot pump launcher that sends LED missiles up as high as 100 feet.
Melissa and Doug Kids' 6-Piece Good Clean Fun Play Set, £32.99/$35.49, Macy's
Whether your little one likes to play house or you just want to keep them entertained while you tidy up, the Melissa and Doug cleaning playset will provide hours of fun. The set includes a broom, mop, duster, brush, dustpan and storage stand.
Top toys for Christmas 2021: What's trending
What are the biggest toy trends for Christmas 2021? Toys that poo (yes you read that correctly!), baby Yoda and digital video cameras for your future social media star are among the top favourites for Christmas 2021. Keep scrolling to find out what your kids are going to have on their Christmas lists this year...
UNO Extreme, £27.99 / $54.99, Amazon
A classic fan fave with a twist! A fun random-action card launcher comes into play, shooting cards into the air with light and sound effects. Have some serious family fun while kids learn skills such as problem-solving, strategy and pattern recognition.
Personalised Light Grey Bunny Soft Toy, £28/$43, My 1st Years
Personalised toys are a big trend, and My 1st Years has a full range you can customise with a name, from this cute bunny - a bestseller - to books and wooden play toys.
Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo, £25.99/$21.70, Amazon
Here's a MAJOR trend on kids' wish lists in 2021. This lively pink flamingo doesn't just sing – it also mimics what you say, eats, wiggles and poops!
ThinkFun Gravity Maze, £31.70/$29.99, 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.
Purrble interactive calming pet, £85/Amazon
With anxiety on the rise, calming toys are very much trending this year. And this adorable hi-tech pet is one that is proving popular not only with children, but Gen-Z and Millennials, too. When Purrble's heart starts racing, you cuddle and pet them until they are calmed and purring - and the cuddling, focus and care helps you calm down, too.
Toniebox Kids Audio System Starter Kit, from £69.95/$79.99, Amazon
The Toniebox is an interactive audio system that plays stories and songs - and is simple, soft and safe enough that children from the age of three can use it on their own. The collectible audio figurines, in fun characters from The Little Mermaid to Paw Patrol, magnetically attach to the shock-resistant and water-repellent speaker. Your little one will be thrilled to have their own sound system - they can pop the Tonies figurine on the speaker themselves for independent, fun and musical play!
LEGO DUPLO My First Alphabet Truck, £23.99/$24.99
Suitable for little ones from 12-24 months, this intro toy to the world of LEGO is a lovely gift for preschoolers to help them learn their letters from A to Z.
Labradoodle parent and puppy set, £38.99, Living Nature
Who can resist these cuddly toys? Living Nature has a whole range of animals to choose from, but we particularly love their parent and puppy sets which are suitable for kids from birth. They also come in an adorable cardboard gift box that say 'pet in training' on them. Perfect for families considering welcoming a pet into their life!
VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch, £48.30/$44.99,
If your child is jealous of your smart watch, you can now get them a realistic one of their own. This VTech kids' smart watch takes photos and videos, and also is equipped with a pedometer, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch and voice recorder.
Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack, £11.99/ $21.72
The slime trend is still going strong for Christmas 2021! Included is DIY slime power and everything your child will need to customise it (like Unicorn Sparkle) - 10 magical surprises in all.
SmartGames Squirrels Go Nuts!, £11.19/$14.99
It's a game that will drive you nuts - in a good way! Fun for the whole family, Squirrels Go Nuts! is a sliding puzzle game with a whopping 60 challenges.
Animatronic Baby Yoda, was £59.99 now £36.99/$50.99, Amazon
Fans of the forever-popular 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.
Magic Baby Blanket, £35, Argos
With over 80 sounds and interactions, it's a suprise as to which doll your little one will get - could it be a princess or unicorn? They have to unbundle the baby to find out! Then it's non-stop play with her as they rock, bounce, dance and even burp their plush doll.
Fleece quilt kit, £35.66/$29.97, Amazon
A no-sew DIY quilt kit to create a super soft fleece blanket.
Squeakee The Balloon Dog, £29.99/Amazon,
This interactive Balloon Dog will be your household's most unusual pet, with over 60 sounds and dog-like movements.
Little Zipps Dolls Pushchair, £29.99/$22.99, Amazon
This cute pink pushchair is just the thing for tots aged 18 months to three years. The pram is easy to set up, with no assembly needed and comes with a fun shopping basket under the seat so your toddler can store their other toys on the go.
Snapsies, Amazon/$8.99 each,
Pop culture collectibles brand Funko's first line of toys is just as fun as you would expect. Snapsies are a collectible toy that allows children to mix and match pieces, snapping them together to create their own super-cute custom animal figures. It's a fab (and adorable) way to inspire creativity for children aged 6 and up!
VTech KidiZoom, £62.99/$64.99, 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.
Paw Patrol Dino Rescue, was £64.99 now £49.99/$59, Amazon
For kids aged 3 and up who are fans of Paw Patrol, the Dino Patroller is a cool motorised team vehicle that comes with a Chase figure and a T-Rex.
Maxi Micro ECO Deluxe Sustainable Scooter, £129.95/$139.99, John Lewis
This eco-friendly scooter, with a deck made from recycled fishing nets, is designed for kids ages five to 12.
VTech Feathers & Feelings Peacock, £22/$20, John Lewis
A teaching toy with light-up shape buttons and emotion pegs that will help kids aged two and up learn about emotions as well as colours, shapes and numbers.
Throw Throw Burrito game, £27.74/$29.99, Amazon
One of the festive season's hottest card games involves throwing soft foam burritos at them – we think it's pretty clear that kids will love to play this fun take on dodgeball.
furReal Poopalots Big Wags Interactive Pet Toy, £30.74/$19.97, Amazon
The 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.
Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth, £27.99 /$29.40, Amazon
The Linkimals range of learning toys includes various toys – including the Smooth Moves Sloth that lights up, plays music and more – for babies and toddlers aged nine months and up. You can also check out more characters from the line, including Play Together Panda, Happy Shapes Hedgehog and Counting Koala.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-the Fun Garden to Kitchen, £89.99 /$71.51, Amazon
Toddlers can get the garden-to-table experience with this educational and fun toy, which includes 30 play pieces, as well as lights and music as kids learn how to prep and plate their own homegrown 'meals'.
Pictionary Air, £19.99 /$18.49 , Amazon
This isn't your mum and dad's Pictionary! The latest version of the classic game includes a hi-tech pen so you can draw in the air. How does Pictionary Air work? Just download the game app to your smartphone or tablet – if you point the in-app camera at the player drawing, you'll see them AND their drawing on your screen!
Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee Interactive Musical Toy, £44/$48.99, Amazon
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.
Cave Club Rockelle and Tyrasaurus, £34.99/$38.83, Amazon
Cave Club dolls are joining L.O.L. and Barbies on kids' Christmas wish lists.
Osmo Genius Starter Kit, £100/$130.35
This kit will help turn your tablet into the ultimate learning tool for your kids.
Monopoly for Sore Losers, £23/$20.99
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.
Mattel Disney Pixar Cars Radiator Springs Mountain Race Playset, £39.99/$29.97, Disney
Disney Pixar's Cars fans can travel back to the iconic sights and rugged terrain around Radiator Springs with Disney's latest playset! It's a thrilling 2-car race from the top of the Wheel Well Motel, spiraling in and out of a waterfall and through caves and buildings to the finish line: Flo's V8 Café!
Cluedo Liars Edition Board Game, £22/$11.68, Hamleys
A twist on the traditional Cluedo game - in this version, would-be sleuths need to bluff their way through, telling fibs in hopes of solving the case.
Monopoly: The Mega Edition, £25.99/$24.78, John Lewis
This sped-up version of Monopoly includes two new exciting game mechanics and comes with a limited-edition collectible token.
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