40 of the best toys and gifts for kids of all ages

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It can be overwhelming to find the best gifts for the kids in your life. They often have long wish lists around the holidays and they're always in the know about all of the new toys.

We rounded up 40 toys for kids, from affordable, popular offerings like new Lego sets and Mandalorian plushies to award-winning educational toys like building sets and coding kits. 

The top 5 gifts for kids:

1. A Mickey and Friends shape sorter ($19.99)

2. A musical race track ($19.88)

3. An airfort ($49.95)

4. A digital camera just for kids ($44.97)

5. A fossil and gemstones dig kit ($24.99)

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Crocs. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.

Check out the 40 best toys for kids in 2020:

A colorful sensory toy

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl, available at Amazon, Target, and Fat Brain Toys, from $9.64

Give curious babies something to poke and prod with five brightly colored bubbles that can be popped and grabbed. This sensory toy keeps little ones entertained as they develop fine motor skills.

Recommended ages: 10 months to 3 years

A teether for Taco Tuesdays

Loulou Lollipop Taco Silicone Teether, available at Crate & Barrel and Buy Buy Baby, from $13.99

This taco provides teething — and comic — relief. Loulou Lollipop makes some of our favorite whimsical teethers, swaddles, and pacifier clips. Its silicone teethers are free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and cadmium.

Recommended ages: 3 months and up

A Mickey and friends shape sorter

Green Toys Disney Baby Mickey Mouse and Friends Shape Sorter, available at Amazon, $19.99

This rendition of Green Toys' classic shape sorter features Mickey and his best friends Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy. The BPA-free set is made of 100% recycled milk jugs and is dishwasher safe.

Recommended ages: 6 months and up

A stuffed elephant that comes to life

Baby Gund Flappy the Elephant, available at Amazon, Nordstrom*, and Buy Buy Baby, from $28.90

This cuddly interactive elephant sings "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" and invites babies to play a game of peek-a-boo. Older babies and toddlers can make Flappy's ears moves and play songs by squeezing its feet. 

Recommended ages: newborn and up

*currently sold out

A play kit curated by developmental experts

Lovevery Play Kit Subscription, available at Lovevery, from $36/month

These eco-friendly kits are filled with Montessori-inspired toys designed to stimulate baby's development. We love that the accompanying expert-created guides illustrate how to introduce children to each toy and teach parents about developmental stages and milestones.

Recommended ages: newborn and up

An introduction to the World of Eric Carle

Mudpuppy My First Puzzle Pairs "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" available at Amazon and The Tot, from $12.67

Toddlers can match their favorite animals with their names with this two-piece puzzle. The box set includes 10 colorful puzzles featuring an animal on one piece and its name on the other. It's a great way to introduce reading during playtime.

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

Pixar Cars Crocs

Kids' Crocs Fun Lab Disney and Pixar Cars Clog, available at Crocs, $34.99

With these Lighting McQueen Crocs, kids can float like a Cadillac and sting like a Beemer. Toddlers will have no problem putting these shoes on themselves and their comfort and breathability means they'll keep them on, too. Parents will love how easy they are to clean after hours of play.

*Sponsored by Crocs

A subscription box of educational toys

KiwiCo Panda Crate, available at KiwiCo, from $19.95

KiwiCo's Panda Crate engages toddlers in STEM-based learning with activities for specific developmental stages. The crates are separated into five age ranges from newborn to 2 years old and include a wide range of toys to keep toddlers interested long after the box arrives.

Recommended ages: 0 to 2 years

A musical race track

Vtech Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower, available at Target, Walmart, and Amazon*, from $19.88

Go big with this 3-foot-high spiral race track that is sure to be a toddler favorite. It plays songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases when vehicles pass over special points on the track. Kids can also press a button on the included race car to play different songs and melodies. Connect other Smart Wheels sets for endless racing fun.

Recommended ages: 1 to 5 years

*currently only available through third party sellers

A Lego set for learning the alphabet

Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck, available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Lego Store, from $19.99

Learning the alphabet has never been more fun than with this Lego truck loaded with letter bricks and figures. Practice matching with the included alphabet poster, build words on the truck's bed, and incorporate the letter blocks in other Lego Duplo sets.

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A classic spinning toy

Playskool Sit 'n Spin Activity Toy, available at Amazon, $35.99

Toddlers will love spinning around and getting dizzy with this toy many adults recall from their own childhood. The Sit 'n Spin lets kids practice balance and coordination as they push and pull the center wheel to control their spinning speed. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

An endlessly stimulating activity cube

Battat Wooden Activity Cube, available at Amazon, $59.95

There are interactive elements on every surface of this farmyard-themed activity cube. With doors to open, gears to turn, and beads to spin, this toy promises enduring fun and stimulation for toddlers.

Recommended ages: 1 year and up

A truck that celebrates nature

Little Tikes Go Green Truck with Trailer and Garden Tools, available at Amazon and Target, $119.99

Little Tikes recently released this eco-friendly ride-on truck made of 100% recycled plastic. It includes a shovel, rake, and trailer to inspire kids to engage with nature. The floorboard is removable so kids can scoot themselves or be pushed along with the handle.

Recommended ages: 18 months to 5 years

A ball pit for indoor fun

Toddler Pop-Up Ball Pit, available at Crate & Barrel, $159

There's no place more popular at a play center than the ball pit, and kids can experience the same excitement at home with this set. At 38-inches wide and 16-inches tall, the pit is sturdy, portable, and cushioned for safe indoor play. 

Recommended ages: 1 year and up

A Lego set for a city under the sea

Lego City Ocean Mini-Submarine Playset, available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Lego Store, from $9.99

Introduce preschoolers to Lego with an ocean explorer set featuring special starter bricks and digital instructions. Kids will love to imagine underwater scenes with a minifigure and a hammerhead shark. Each piece has moveable features, like the submarine with an accessible cockpit and treasure chest with hidden gems inside.

Recommended ages: 4 years and up

A puzzle that celebrates diversity

Dinosaur Valley Puzzle, available at Puzzle Huddle, $16.95

Add diverse representation to a toy room with a puzzle that features Black children in beautiful themed illustrations. This 15-piece dinosaur puzzle is great for small hands and developing fine motor skills. Puzzle Huddle has sets in four sizes, featuring themes and professions that promote positivity and affirmation.

Recommended ages: 3 to 4 years

A cuddly Baby Yoda

Mattel Star Wars The Child Plush, available at Amazon, $12.99

Give a young Star Wars fan a Baby Yoda toy to snuggle up with. With a soft body and bean-filled base, this unbelievably adorable plushie can be cuddled or displayed. Yoda may loom large in our hearts, but at 11 inches, this doll is just the right size for little kids.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A Paw Patrol rescue vehicle

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Deluxe Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure, available at Amazon and Kohl's, $14.99

Pick their favorite Paw Patrol character and get them ready to rescue some dinosaurs. Toddlers will love imaginary play with their rescue pup, matching rev-up vehicle, a working tool, and a mystery dinosaur.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

An eco-friendly Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head Goes Green, available at Amazon, $14.99

Introduce them to Mr. Potato Head with this version made from plant-based plastics. This environmentally friendly take on a classic toy features 15 pieces to mix and match, including a worm, flowerpot, and sprout.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A set of Mario Kart Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Mario Kart Diecast 4-Car Pack, available at Amazon, Target and Walmart, from $19.95

Welcome to Mario Kart, Hot Wheels style. Bring Mario Kart racing to life with four cars featuring Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Yoshi. Kids can race and compete along any Hot Wheels track or really get into the game with the Hot Wheels Mario Kart Circuit Track.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A unicorn surprise

Rainbocorns Wild Heart Surprise Series, available at Amazon, $24.99

The joy of unwrapping presents never has to end with this surprise toy. Hatch the egg to reveal the mystery plush and matching collectibles, such as nail decals and a sequin heart. Choose from elephant, tiger, toucan, and zebra. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A Disney story time projector

Moonlite Special Edition Disney Storybook Projector, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $23.30

Take story time up a notch with a special edition Moonlite Storybook Projector featuring five Disney stories. Snap the projector onto a smartphone and bring the storybook to life on the ceiling or wall with sound effects and background music.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

An inflatable fort

Airfort, available at Amazon, from $49.95

Spare the couch cushions and put the box fan to work with the inflatable Airfort. Within 30 seconds, the fort inflates to 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall and can deflate just as quickly to pack into the compact carrying bag.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A melodic monster

My Singing Monsters Entbrat, available at Walmart and Amazon, from $12.99

Kids don't have to know the "My Singing Monsters" video game to love Entbrat, a musical monster with movable arms, legs, and horns. There are five other collectible monsters — pair two or more together and they will sing in harmony.

Recommended ages: 6 years and up

A Lego storage box to decorate

201-Piece Lego Set, available at IKEA, $14.99

Small Lego Boxes, set of 3, available at IKEA, $9.99

Medium Lego Box, available at IKEA, $12.99

Large Lego Box, available at IKEA, $14.99

Storage and play combine with these Lego boxes from Ikea. Kids can stash Lego inside the boxes and build scenes on the lids and sides. The 201-piece set comes with Lego bricks, figures, and accessories, plus one brick separator.

Recommended ages: 5 years and up

A collaborative family mystery game

Outfoxed! A Cooperative Whodunit Board Game, available at Amazon, $19.99

We love Outfoxed! for family game night because all players are on the same team, keeping the competition cool. Two to four players can join together to catch a pot pie thief. There are different suspects in each game, so there is high replay value.

Recommended ages: 5 years and up

A tangibly satisfying sand kit

Kinetic Sand Sandisfying Set, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $14.97

Build sandcastles and make magic like never before with two pounds of kinetic sand and 10 creative tools. Kids can even turn their sand creations into movie stars with the included play space, video backdrop, and smartphone holder to record video.  

Recommended ages: 4 years and up

A balloon dog that does tricks

Moose Toys Squeakee the Balloon Dog, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Target, from $44.99

A unique spin on a kids' interactive dog toy, Squeakee responds to voice commands, does tricks, and loves a good belly rub. He comes with a squeaker toy, a pin to "deflate" him, and a pump to "re-inflate" and feed him.

Recommended ages: 5 years and up

A real camera for kids

Vtech Kidizoom Duo Selfie Camera, available at Amazon, from $56.67

Kids can create their own memories with a real camera designed to withstand drops. The rear-facing camera makes it easy to take selfies, and the camera includes five games, giggle-inducing photo effects, and a micro-USB cable for uploading photos to a computer.

Recommended ages: 3 to 9 years

A Star Wars figure that moves with the Force

Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition, available at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and shopDisney, from $59

Bring the Force home with an animatronic The Child, which has a realistic movable head, ears, and ears. Among the more than 25 sound and movement combinations, the Force activation and Force nap actions are sure to be favorites.

Recommended ages: 4 years and up

A buildable Super Mario course

Lego Super Mario Adventures Starter Course, available at Amazon, Lego Store, and Target, from $59.95

This screen-free Super Mario game can be built with 231 Lego pieces. It includes Bowser Jr., Goomba, and Mario himself, who features instant reactions and sounds to lead gameplay. The course can be rearranged for more challenges or paired with a Super Mario expansion pack.

Recommended ages: 6 years and up

A starter kit for young coders

Osmo Coding Starter Kit for iPad, available at Amazon and Target, $99.99

Osmo Coding Starter Kit for Fire, available at Amazon, $99.99

Introduce coding and logic skills in a fun-filled environment with an Osmo starter kit. Kids build commands with the coding blocks to control the character Awbie through three games of increasing difficulty. The genius of this kit is how it combines physical pieces with a tablet for an immersive learning experience.

Recommended ages: 5 years and up

A set of building tiles

Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Clear Colors Set, available at Amazon and Target, from $109.97

The building and educational possibilities are endless when Magna-Tiles enter the picture. With this 100-piece set, the triangles and squares can click together into thousands of combinations, prompting creativity and innovation.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A buildable and displayable Star Wars set

Lego BrickHeadz The Mandalorian & Child, available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Lego Store, from $19.95

Kids can build the now-iconic Mandalorian and Child with this 295-piece Lego set. Both figures stand 3 inches high and can be displayed and admired.

Recommended ages: 10 years and up

An excavation kit

National Geographic Mega Fossil and Gemstone Dig Kits, available at Amazon, $24.99

Budding geologists can excavate 20 genuine gemstones and fossils from a dig brick. Along with three excavating tools, the educational kit contains a learning guide to classify each uncovered treasure.

Recommended ages: 8 years and up

Harry Potter's Forbidden Forest

Lego Harry Potter Forbidden Forest: Umbridge's Encounter, available at Amazon, Target, and Lego Store, from $23.99

A memorable Harry Potter scene can be recreated and expanded upon with the three minifigures, two centaurs, and giant in this Lego set. The magical tree opens to reveal surprises and enable even more imagination.

Recommended ages: 8 years and up

A battle of bursting spin tops

Beyblade Burst Hypersphere Vortex Battle Set, available at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, from $29.99

Bring a competitive arena home with a Beystadium battle set, including two right-spin battling tops and launchers. The top level of the stadium can be removed when the first level is mastered by top bursting champions. Use the included code to unlock the same Beystadium in the Beyblade app.

Recommended ages: 8 years and up

A funky version of Halloween Town

Funkoverse: The Nightmare Before Christmas Board Game, available at Amazon, $37.74

Take Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and Dr. Finkelstein around the Halloween Town board in this Funkoverse strategy game. There are two free-for-all game modes for four players, and the whole game can be combined with other Funkoverse sets for even more game play.

Recommended ages: 10 years old and up

A virtual reality baking set

Professor Maxwell's VR Junior Chef, available at Amazon and Target, from $49.99

Beginner chefs can practice their craft and learn the science behind it with the virtual and augmented reality experiences of Junior Chef. The set includes kitchen utensils to make perfect banana pancakes and avocado toast, plus a 64-page book of simple recipes.

Recommended ages: 8 to 12 years

A Kindle bundle for young readers

Kindle Kids Edition Essentials Bundle, available at Amazon, $127.97

A Kindle, and a library card, are passports to the entire world. With no games, ads, or videos, the Kindle Kids Edition is a distraction-free reading zone. This bundle includes a 10th generation Kindle, one year of Amazon Kids+, a Kindle cover, two-year warranty, screen protector, and power adapter. 

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