The 50 Hottest Toys of 2021 for Kids of All Ages

Two kids playing with Lego Luigi starter kit, a best toy gift ideas of 2021

Toys become favourites for so many reasons—for the fun they bring, for the skills they foster and for the memories they make. But with so many options, it can be tricky to know which ones have the potential to become fixtures in a kiddo’s life. That’s why we’ve done the legwork to round up some of the best toys of 2021, for kids big and small, to help you select sure-fire hits this holiday season.

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1. Best toys for ages 2 and under
$ 29.97

CoComelon Musical Bedtime JJ Doll

He’s no ordinary stuffy! Your little ones will love this talking JJ doll from the popular YouTube series CoComelon. Squeeze his tummy for seven sounds and phrases.

$ 49.97

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn 3-in-1 On-the-Go Camper

With three modes to grow with your child, this sweet little camper is loaded with songs, sounds, lights and learning phrases for tons of fun.

$ 83.97

VTech Get Ready for School Learning Desk

Talk about bang for your buck! This five-in-one learning station can be an interactive desktop, projector, LED writing pad, chalkboard or art station.

$ 39.97

Little Tikes First Slide

Up the fun in your living room or playroom with this toddler-sized, fold-up slide. The toy is easy to store, requires minimal assembly and practically guarantees a delighted kid.

$ 62.97

LeapFrog Blue's Clues You! Play & Learn Thinking Chair

For fans of Blue and Magenta, this multi-feature chair is a no-brainer. Kids can explore colours, shapes and numbers with the push of a light-up button.

$ 59.97

Fisher-Price Sit-to-Stand Giant Activity Book

This awesome 360-degree learning toy transforms from a flat, interactive book to a sturdy, upright activity centre when your little one can pull themselves to standing.

$ 49.97

Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer for Kids

You might not find laundry fun, but little kiddos sure do. This realistic-looking and -sounding appliance has a tumbling drum, a detergent slot, a folding station and more.

$ 29.99

American Plastic Toys My Very Own Gourmet Kitchen

This bright and cheery kitchen playset has everything your little one needs for hours of make-believe culinary fun—a microwave, range, grill, oven and 19-piece accessory set.

$ 83.46

Cry Babies Dressy Coney

For a little one who loves babies (don’t they all go through that stage?), a doll that cries real tears and makes realistic baby sounds is magic. Your child might also go for these baby dolls. (Just be sure to check the recommended age!)

$ 29.88

Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker Playset

Baby’s best friend! This cute learning toy encourages first words and first steps, with songs, sounds and activities for sitting tots, plus walker mode for little ones on the move. These educational toys are also great for baby’s first year.

$ 39.97

Little Tikes Gas ’n Go Mower

One thing that never changes regardless of generation? Kids love to mimic adults and their everyday tasks. This mechanical, no-batteries-required interactive lawnmower fits the bill.

2. Best toys for ages 3 to 4
$ 34.97

Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home

Introduce your kids to the iconic Little People brand with this interactive doll house. Kids will love the push-button cause-and-effect discoveries in every room. You might also like these 20 awesome dollhouses.

$ 39.97

Thomas and Friends Trackmaster 6-in-1 Set

For Thomas & Friends fans, it doesn’t get much better than this train set with six tracks in one. A motorized Percy is included for hours of adventure on the rails.

$ 20

Kid Connection Workbench

A wheely workbench with side panels, a realistic-sounding circular saw and a 38-piece accessory set are the perfect present for your future carpenter.

$ 15

Kid Connection My Walking Pet Dragon

A singing dragon with a remote-controlled leash that walks and wags its tail—this interactive toy has “preschooler joy” written all over it.

$ 17.96

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Scrub Tub Playset

Forget paper! Animal figures are where the colouring game is at. Your little pet lover can use the washable markers to decorate their cats and dogs, then wash the figures in the scrub tub and do it all again.
$ 15

Kid Connection Kitchen Appliance Set

If you get kids interested in cooking early, maybe there’s breakfast in bed in your future. This cute set comes with a toaster, kettle and coffee maker.

$ 10

Barbie Doctor Doll

Barbie has had some awesome careers but frontline worker is one of the best. Dr. Barbie comes with everything she needs to take care of her patients, and is available in light and dark skin tones.

$ 59.97

Baby Alive Lulu Achoo Doll

For tiny aspiring docs, this sniffly doll has more than 50 reactions, including sounds and movements. Available as a blonde and as a brunette, she comes with everything your child needs to help her feel better.

$ 174.97

Paw Patrol Movie Ultimate City

Nothing will thrill Paw Patrol devotees more than the Adventure Bay HQ brought to life. The three-foot-tall tower comes with all six pups, a rescue vehicle, stickers, projectiles and much more.

$ 49.97

Fisher-Price BB Hoopster Motorized Electronic Basketball

Your little basketball fiend will love this light-up basketball hoop with four interactive play modes and a base that moves forwards and backwards on its own.

$ 19.96

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Rising Cake Oven Bakery Playset

Play-Doh is always a hit, but this set, with its cake rising function, decorating accessories and five colours of the classic modelling clay, will knock their socks off.

3. Best toys for ages 5 to 7
$ 39.97

Got2Glow Fairy Finder Jar

This magical jar collects more than 30 virtual fairies. Kids can take their fairy jar to different locations to find new winged friends.

$ 24.93

Operation Paw Patrol

It’s the classic “Operation” game, but make it Paw Patrol. Carefully extract each pup’s tools of the trade to help them save the day in Adventure Bay.

$ 83.97

VTech Kidizoom Printcam Digital Camera and Printer

There’s something to be said for printed pictures (just ask anyone who remembers film!). Introduce kids to that simple joy with this camera and printer in one.

$ 19.97

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set

With more than ten tools and moulds, this Kinetic Sand kit is perfect for creating the sensory sand videos your kids love. Future YouTuber in your house, perhaps?

$ 24.99

Mini Brands Mini Market Dash Food Game

Who knew tiny versions of household items could be so exciting?! This board game isn’t just for Mini Brands collectors either—it’s fun for the whole family. (Your child might also enjoy these 15 mini and surprise toys.)

$ 39.86

Lego Classic Bricks and Lights

It’s Lego, but with a twist: Once kids are finished building the kit’s models, they can turn them into shadow puppets with the included Light Brick Shadow Casters!

$ 54.97

Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem Track Set

Hot Wheels has been a toybox mainstay for more than 50 years. This set with its 28-inch track loop is ideal for epic at-home racing.

$ 39.97

Barbie Extra Doll Accessories Set

Who doesn’t love a little extra? This doll with more than 30 accessories and clothing items will help Barbie lovers to mix and match for tons of showstopping looks. Your fashion-doll lover might also enjoy these 20 top picks from Barbie, Disney and more.

$ 76.98

Imaginext DC Super Friends Bat-Tech Batbot

This two-in-one toy transforms from a robot to an action-packed playset. Little Batman fans will love all of the features that help their hero fight crime.

$ 24.97

L.O.L. Surprise! Tweens Fashion Doll Hoops Cutie

L.O.L. has a new tween doll, and they’re—you guessed it—sized between LOLs and OMGs. Collect them all—the basketball player, the music lover, the fashionista and more!

$ 54.97

Barbie Fast Cast Clinic Playset

This adorable clinic features four examination areas and comes with a Barbie doctor doll, but the real draw is the cast- and bandage-making moulds and colourful casting doughs.

4. Best toys for ages 8 to 11
$ 59.98

National Geographic Starter Tumbler

Every kid needs a rock tumbler, right? This polishing system turns everyday rocks into gorgeous gems for collecting and making jewellery.

$ 19.93

Crossed Signals Electronic Game

If your kids like the quick thinking of Bop-It and the movement of Just Dance, this showdown-style game might just be a hit in your house.

$ 24.97

Cool Maker Shimmer Me Body Art

Creative kids will love this temporary tattoo studio complete with metallic foil, glitter, gems and stickers. It also includes a magic roller to reveal the looks.

$ 11.97

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Game

This game is as entertaining as its name. The fast-paced, action-packed family activity (suitable for two to eight players) requires the quickest thinking you’ve never seen.

$ 49.98

Lego Super Mario Adventures with Luigi

It’s a mash-up between a beloved Nintendo character and possibly the most famous toy ever. Add the 21st-century twist of on-screen features for happy kids.

$ 18.97

Rainbow Loom

Yes, you’ll definitely find tiny elastics everywhere once you introduce this toy, but you’ll also get to witness first-hand the joy of making friendship bracelets.

$ 29.97

Throw Throw Burrito Game

Part card game, part dodgeball, all hilarious, this game requires kids to throw foam burritos at each other. What could be more fun than that?!

$ 77.98

Star Wars Grogu Remote-Control Toy

Don’t call him Baby Yoda—this is “Grogu” or “The Child.” The Mandalorian fans will love this multi-featured, green-skinned, big-eared creature from their favourite series.

$ 34.86

Lego Friends Forest House

This sweet treehouse is bursting with fun features, from the bathroom to the patio. It comes with an Ava micro-doll, two mini-dolls and a slew of accessories.

$ 29.97

Rainbow High Sunny Madison

Rainbow High has a doll for every colour of the rainbow—yellow, red, fuchsia, violet, light pink, neon green, blue, teal, indigo… Each doll comes with two outfits, a stand and matching accessories.

$ 49.97

L.O.L. Surprise! OMG Movie Magic Spirit Queen

The Spirit Queen is red-carpet ready with her script in hand, and her packaging becomes a movie theatre playset. Each doll in the Movie Magic series (including Ms. Direct, Gamma Babe and Starlette) has 25 surprises to unbox.

5. Best toys for ages 12 and up
$ 29.98

National Geographic Completely Gross Chemistry Set

This kit delivers on its name. It comes with all the materials required to make a jar filled with eyeballs, glow-in-the-dark worms, oozing goo and more.

$ 29.98

National Geographic Science Magic Activity Kit

This kit comes with everything your kid will need—from the ingredients to the equipment—to complete 25 experiments. Sorry-not-sorry for creating a new generation of mad scientists.

$ 19.97

Here to Slay Base Game

This strategic, fast-paced, role-playing card game is suitable to all skill levels, which means everyone can play. It’s a great addition to family game night!

$ 32.97

Hyper Rush 40 Blaster

A Nerf gun with more power than ever, and with the ability to carry 40 rounds without reloading, means the fun can last for ages. (Just keep in mind that the recommended age is 14 and up.)

$ 24.97

Sky Castle Let’s Glow Studio

Your future fashion designers will love the opportunity to make a statement with this reflective accessory kit. Make sunglasses, bracelets, necklaces and more.

$ 39.86

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Moment Transfiguration Class

For Potterheads, there’s nothing better than models of the Hogwarts classrooms. But if transfiguration isn’t their favourite wizardry class, you can also choose from herbology, charms and potions.

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Katie Dupuis is a writer and editor in Toronto, and mom to two little girls. She is the managing director of Chick & Owl Design Co. and editor-in-chief of ParentsCanada. When she's not working, she's baking, reading or binge-watching TV.

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