Each year my mega gift guides collection grows in popularity and each year, right around this time, I start seeing a lot of my favorite items from the gift guides go on sale. And each year I try to figure out the best way to quickly let you know about these sales before they are over.
One of my favorite things about this time of year, after all, is getting my kiddos the perfect engaging toy at a steal of a deal!
So last year I tried something new.
Because most social media simply won’t allow me to reach all of my followers when I want to, I decided to create this sales page to keep you all as updated as I can with affiliate links to all the sales… and it was a huge hit!
Today I’m happy to announce the sales page is back! My suggestion?
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I will put the newest deals I see, as well as the guide the pick is from at the top of the page. My hope is this will make it super simple for us all to get our kids some high-quality toys at some great prices!
Ready for today’s Deals? Here we go…
Big Deals Today at Walmart!
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Now that you’re all set. Here are the sales you need to see…
From the Top Toys for Elementary-Aged Kids Gift Guide
$29.99 Now $19.99 (ages 6 – adult)
These cuddly friends with a wicked surprise definitely aren’t for everyone but if you have an older kid (or a kid with a healthy sense of humor), this gift might just make you the most popular person at Christmas.
This one is the perfect present for anyone looking to go down in history as the “cool” aunt, uncle or grandparent… They start off as your standard soft stuffie but one squeeze and they morph into little evil buddies.
I’m still trying to decide whether to get one for my 9-year-old son, my husband, my dad or all 3!
$9.99 On Sale for $7.88
Seizing on that love of all things mini that I wrote about above, the Hatchimal people made a whole variety of mini eggs.
Open these guys by rubbing the hearts until they change color and they crack. Works a little differently but the excitement is the same and the lower price point sure is nice! These will make great stocking stuffers and kids will love this nursery playset once they collect several collEGGtibles.
FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger
$117.00 (3 – 8 years)
Now $94.00 at Amazon
Another hot item in the tech toys genre this year is the newest Fur Real Friend. If you’re not familiar, FurReal Friends are animatronic animals that have been best-sellers with kids the world over for the last few years. Previous hits include the less expensive Blazin’ Dragon (who actually breathes “fire”) and My Walking Pup Pet(always SUPER popular with girls in particular).
Watch the video on this Tyler the Tiger to see how amazingly life-like he truly is (and note that he’s pretty big too, always a plus with the kiddos).
He responds to over 100 sound and motion combinations – including roaring back when kids roar at him, purring and snuggling when pet, playing with his play toy and more. Plus, he has movable back legs as well as front. This may not seem like a big thing but it really adds to how he can be held and hugged and just makes him seem all the more real.
Seriously, check out the video, this guy looks more like he belongs in a fancy Disney ride then on your local toy shelf!
From the Top Toys for 2-Year-Olds Gift Guide
the Top Toys for Preschoolers Gift Guide
$89.99 On Sale for $79.00 (ages 2-6)
If you’ve got a train lover at home, and the space for this impressive new toy, this one will be a huge winner this year. There’s a lot to love here – for me the biggest thing is that the tracks are compatible with ALL the different kinds of trains out there – finally!! One awesome toy for your kids and their friends to play with all those different types of trains they’ve collected together.
When switched to the Dual Racetrack layout, two side-by-side tracks open up a world of excitement. Just choose your engines, place them at the top and let them go to see which gets to the bottom first… In our house my kids have been playing with the same basic Hotwheels race ramp for years so I can tell you for sure what a big hit this part of the toy will be.
From the manufacturer:
Now, for the first time ever you can Set Friendship in Motion and play with your Thomas & Friends Adventures, TrackMaster, MINIS and Wooden Railway engines all in the same set. The Thomas & Friends Super Station features tracks that work with all these systems.
Layouts can be changed to fit any space, and the set’s height and width makes it effortless for for children to come together and play with siblings and friends.
Along with the impressive size, all the ways you can set it up, and all the different types of trains it uses, this toy is also a really great storage piece. It features storage for 100+ engines, over 35 feet of track, and iconic locations including Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks, Knapford Station, the Sodor Steamworks, the Dieselworks, Blue Mountain Quarry and the SSRC with Harold’s helipad.
This is the toy that’s gonna have every kid in the neighborhood asking to come play at your house.
Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle with Lights and Sounds
$59.99 (Ages 2 – 6)
Now $44.44 at Amazon
When I saw this Sea Patrol boat/land vehicle in person the other day I was surprised by how big it is and my toddler immediately ran to it and proclaimed, “This is all I want for Christmas!”… So there’s that.
Aside from that enthusiastic endorsement, there’s also a lot more to love about this one. First, the Sea Patrol spin off show of Paw Patrol has been a HUGE HIT with the toddler set so many of them will be familiar with these characters and excited to see them.
Also, it’s super cool that the wheels drop down to change the ship into a land vehicle and there are lots of cool accessories like the moveable crane and attachable cage as well as the Rescue ATV.
There is so much potential for great imaginative play, and quite possibly unheard of amounts of quiet play, here!
Wonder Crew Dolls for Boys
$29.95 Now $19.99 at Amazon (18 mos – 6 years)
I’ve been talking about the social and emotional learning benefits of dolls for boys for years in our Best Gifts for Dramatic Play Gift Guide, so I was super pumped about the release of this line of dolls designed specifically to meet those needs while staying in-tuned with boy culture!
Created by a therapist and mom, after her son came home from preschool one day and announced that ‘boys aren’t supposed to cry’. Frustrated by many of the messages boys were (and weren’t) receiving and inspired by the way play influences child development, Wider created Wonder Crew to promote social and emotional learning, build confidence and imagination, and empower boys to see themselves as caring, creative and strong people.
(ages 2 – 6)
Several indoor play centers and community centers around our town have these Step2 rollercoasters and my kids always flipped when they saw them. Easy for younger kids to get on and off on their own, I have seen first hand how they will get on it over and over and over.
A friend of mine bought one for her kids a few years ago and said it was an excellent toy in the driveway on sunny days and in the playroom on rainy days. And, of course, there’s also a Thomas the Tank Engine version only makes it that much cooler!
One reviewer wrote, “The Thomas Roller Coaster Ride is absolutely amazing! I have two younger kids, a boy and girl who are two and three, and they can’t get enough of it. They have been playing with it for hours at a time. All they have to do is climb up the small steps and take turns going for a downhill ride. Not only does it keep them entertained, it also teaches them about sharing and taking turns.”
Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up
$24.99 (non-mouthing kids – 5 years)
Now $16.39 at Amazon
The first thing to say about this toy is, of course, not to leave a child alone with it if they still put things in their mouth. Once you’re out of that stage, though, this is a truly AWESOME way to keep young kids occupied for a really long time. (One of the few so well suited to the preschool set.)
Moms figured out long ago that letting kids sort things in a muffin tin is a great quiet time activity. This play set expands on that idea by adding in multicolored mini muffins, dice, and cards that can be placed inside the muffin tin for sorting and math purposes.
There are also some interestingly shaped tweezers for fine motor work. All in all this one has A LOT of play-ability.
$120.00 (12 mos – 6 years)
The play kitchen is a quintessential play toy that I would recommend for every child if you have the space and budget. Seriously – EVERY CHILD.
There are so many different ways kids can play with them – cooking at home, setting up a restaurant, having a tea party, going shopping and unloading the groceries, etc.
Just last night, in fact, I brought home some kid-friendly cooking utensils and before I had even gotten them unpacked my kids had set up a restaurant game with the kitchen; my 8-year-old wrote out the menus, my 6-year-old cooked the food, and my 2-year-old made the deliveries. It kept them busy all night!
In case you are wondering, we bought this for our oldest kids when they were 1 and 3 and couldn’t be happier with it six years later.
I really like the look of the thing and I think the vibrant red is nicely gender neutral. Despite a small footprint, this kitchen still has all the amenities a kid could want and both my kids enjoy regularly playing at it simultaneously.
(Side note: people sometimes ask if kids will get too big for this smaller kitchen – mine are 95% percentile in height and haven’t had an issue). If you’re looking for a big wow gift from Santa, this could very well be it!
Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set
$24.99 (2 – 4 years)
Whether you want to go high-tech, or keep it simple, there are couple of great backyard T-ball sets available. Just like the
The set includes an easy-to-use oversized bat, 2 oversize baseballs and an adjustable height “T” that adapts to a child’s developing skills. It also has a special “hang-on-the-wall” design for easy small-space storage and you really can’t beat the price.
For a little bit more, you can get the decidedly fancier, Fisher-Price Triple Hit Baseball set with three fun ways to play that progress with kids to help them learn to hit like a pro.
Beginners hit from the tee. When they’re ready for a little more challenge, a simple adjustment converts this battery-powered trainer to pop-up pitch play for rookies: balls automatically pop-up from the base, one after another.
And for pros, the trainer auto-pitches 3 balls from up to 10 feet away. Includes battery-powered trainer, bat and 3 balls and also gets a lot of great reviews.
From the Top Toys for Babies Gift Guide
$29.99 Now $19.99 (9 months – 2 years)
Similar to the Learn & Groove table, this also can be played with first on the floor and then grows with baby. The added advantage to this one is that it turns into a walker when your child is ready.
My son latched on to this thing when he was ready to start walking around the house but not ready to do it on his own and he’s LOVED it for months and months.
It’s a nice multi-use toy for a great price and a real must-have.
From the Top Toys for Building S.T.E.M. Skills in Kids Gift Guide
$24.99 Now $12.98 (ages 7 – 12)
I’ve wanted to add a stop-motion kit to the gift guides for a while now but just couldn’t find one I was totally sold on. I think it’s such a great way to get kids creating and using technology in a much deeper way than they typically do.
Plus, there’s a lot to love about this simple Stikbot kit! First, of course, is the price. This could easily become one of our go-to birthday party gifts and could also work as with a Christmas gift or a stocking stuffer (would also be a really fun White Elephant Christmas Party present).
Second, you can tell the creators of the kit have really thought hard about what will get kids excited about stop motion as well as what might frustrate them.
The figures come with suction cups on the hands and feet so that kids can more easily make the small position changes necessary to get a good stop-motion video. And the free stop-motion app that’s included has a couple of really cool features like multiple green screen backgrounds and sound effects. Finally, I like that it’s set up to be used with a smartphone and even comes with a tripod for doing so.
And, if your kid really gets into it, there are lots of add-on animals, accessories and other figures you can add in (at a price perfect for kids saving up their own allowance money to buy). This one is going on the Christmas list for my 9-year-old for sure!
Psst – if you have a Minecraft fan in the house, definitely also check out this Minecraft Stop Motion Animation Studio.
gears Now $20.43 (3- 9 years)
This is another great set for those kids who love to tinker and figure out how things work. This one has won numerous toy awards and it’s not hard to see why. Kids can put their mechanical engineering skills to the test to build a myriad of spinning 3D structures.
Note: Although the motorized version looks fancy, we found the motor to be kinda “meh” and actually prefer the highly-rated original set.
$23.99 Now $15.00 (4+ years w/ adult supervision)
Performing some basic science experiments at home is a great way to inject a little learning into your quality time with the kids. This set gets good reviews from parents and comes with step-by-step instructions for each experiment.
There’s also a detailed science guide that provides adults with “mind blowing science secrets” that help to answer questions about what’s happening in each experiment.
P.S. See all 15 of our 2016 Gift Guides here.
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