16 of the hottest toys for kids that parents should buy now before they sell out

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We've compiled a list of 16 popular toys this holiday season with the help of some experts and surveys.
We've compiled a list of 16 popular toys this holiday season with the help of some experts and surveys.

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Holiday shopping can be stressful — which is why it's a good idea to get your hands on gifts, especially trending kids toys', as soon as possible. 

This year, supply chain issues are also a major reason why parents should start shopping early. It's a good idea to get the things on little one's Christmas list as soon as possible (ahead of Black Friday if possible) because it's unclear if retailers will be able to replenish stock ahead of the holidays.

According to RetailMeNot.ca's latest survey, 75 per cent of shoppers planning to shop online for the holidays. Retail Me Not has also released a list of the top toys for 2021, including Baby Yoda, Blume Petal Pets, Nintendo Switch and more.

Gordon Chow, President at VTech Technologies Canada Ltd., told Yahoo Canada that toys that allow children to be creative will continue to be popular this holiday season.

With the worry of things being sold out quickly, we've compiled a list of 16 popular toys this holiday season that you'll want to snap up ASAP.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite - Amazon, $260
Nintendo Switch Lite - Amazon, $260

A must-have for the gamers in your family, the Switch Lite is the smaller, cheaper alternative to the larger Switch, perfect for on-the-go gaming. RetailMeNot.ca's survey rates this as one of the top gifts this holiday season.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $260

My Squishy Little Dumplings

My Squishy Little Dumplings - Toys R Us Canada, $20
My Squishy Little Dumplings - Toys R Us Canada, $20

Toys R Us Chief Play Officer, 12-year-old Aiden Hepburn, told Yahoo Canada that he thinks My Squishy Little Dumplings is a great option for the holiday season because they are so cute and "have such funny personalities."

SHOP IT: Walmart, $20

LEGO Avengers: Endgame Final Battle

LEGO Avengers: Endgame Final Battle, $100
LEGO Avengers: Endgame Final Battle, $100

LEGO has some really fun themes available for kids this holiday season. Bring classic Marvel movie action to life with this Marvel Avengers: Endgame Final Battle playset that includes Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Thanos and a Chitauri warrior.

This set features Iron Man’s lab, a prison cell and a truck that opens to reveal a time-travelling machine.

SHOP IT: LEGO, $100

Baby Yoda Animatronic

Baby Yoda Animatronic - Amazon, $50
Baby Yoda Animatronic - Amazon, $50

Whether you watched "The Mandalorian" or not, there's no doubt that Baby Yoda has stolen the hearts of both adults and kids. RetailMeNot.ca's latest survey rates this toy as one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. This animatronic toy has over 25 sounds and motion combinations including claps, giggles and babbles. 

SHOP IT: Amazon, $50 (originally $80)

VTech Ivy the Bloom Bright Unicorn

VTech Ivy the Bloom Bright Unicorn - Toys R Us Canada, $60 (originally $70)
VTech Ivy the Bloom Bright Unicorn - Toys R Us Canada, $60 (originally $70)

Choose a colour using Ivy's magic wand and change the colour of her eyes, wings, hair, horn and flower. You can change all her colours at once by waving her wand. If you play music for Ivy get ready to watch her dance. You can also ask her to play a song, then sing along to eight different tunes. 

SHOP IT: Toys R Us Canada, $60 (originally $70)

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam - Best Buy Canada, $74 (originally $80)
VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam - Best Buy Canada, $74 (originally $80)

Create your own videos on this HD video camera with a built-in microphone and special effects like time-lapse video. Swap in more than 20 animated backgrounds to get chased by a T-Rex, go to outer space or become invisible with the included green screen fabric.

This toy comes with easy on-camera editing, creativity tools and a tabletop tripod/selfie stick. The videos can only be uploaded to a computer via the included USB cable at the parent's discretion

SHOP IT: Best Buy, $74 (originally $80)

Kid Made Modern Jewelry Jam Kit

Kid Made Modern Jewelry Jam Kit - Staples Canada, $35
Kid Made Modern Jewelry Jam Kit - Staples Canada, $35

Let your child release their creativity with jewelry. This craft kit is full of beads and supplies to make necklaces and bracelets. It also features compartmentalized trays for keeping your beads sorted and organized.

SHOP IT: Staples Canada, $35

Nerf Hyper Rush-40 Pump-Action Blaster

Nerf Hyper Rush-40 Pump-Action Blaster - Toys R Us Canada, $30 (originally $40)
Nerf Hyper Rush-40 Pump-Action Blaster - Toys R Us Canada, $30 (originally $40)

Toys R Us Chief Play Officer Hepburn also picks the Nerf Hyper Rush 40 as one of the hottest toys this holiday season. "This blaster is HyperFast Firing, HyperFast Reload Time and HyperFast Capacity which is great for ultimate Nerf battles," he said.

SHOP IT: Toys R Us Canada, $30 (originally $40)

Squishmallows

Squishmallows - Indigo - various prices
Squishmallows - Indigo - various prices

According to Poshmark, the No. 1 popular brand for kids from Sept. 19 - Oct. 23 is Squishmallows, based on order volume. These extremely cute plush toys come in a variety of different animals so there is one for everyone in your life. 

SHOP IT: Indigo, various prices

Blume Petal Pets

Blume Petal Pets - Indigo, $10
Blume Petal Pets - Indigo, $10

The best-selling Blume Dolls now come with pets that can be unboxed over and over again. Just add water and watch as each flower blooms to reveal a petal pet and charm bracelet. RetailMeNot.ca has rated this as one of the top toys this holiday season.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $10

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LeapFrog On-The-Go Story Pal

LeapFrog On-The-Go Story Pal - Walmart, $32 (originally $37)
LeapFrog On-The-Go Story Pal - Walmart, $32 (originally $37)

The On-the-Go Story Pal™ player lets kids take storytime wherever they want. This toy will help spark imagination through more than 70 stories, poems, songs and lullabies. Record your own voice reading your child’s favourite story or create your own.

SHOP IT: Walmart, $32 (originally $37)

Mall Madness Game

Mall Madness Game - Amazon, $35
Mall Madness Game - Amazon, $35

According to RetailMeNot.ca's survey, the game from the '80s is making a comeback! This 3D board game features 22 stores and lots of fun sound effects, perfect for young kids to enjoy or older kids to rediscover. 

SHOP IT: Amazon, $35

LEGO City Stuntz Stunt Show Arena

LEGO City Stuntz Stunt Show Arena - Walmart, $100
LEGO City Stuntz Stunt Show Arena - Walmart, $100

Toys R Us Chief Play Officer Hepburn thinks that the LEGO City Stuntz Stunt Show Arena will be at the top of a lot of people's lists this holiday season.

"I chose the LEGO City Stuntz because it is a merge of LEGO and Stunt Tracks! You get to build the set, and then launch your pull-back technology motorcycles and monster trucks off lots of different ramps," Hepburn said.

SHOP IT: Walmart, $100

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart - Amazon, $40 (originally $50)
LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart - Amazon, $40 (originally $50)

Chow said that children love to imitate their parents and siblings, through imagination and roleplaying. "Our LeapFrog toys allow children to explore and learn from the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart, Choppin' Fun Learning Pot, and the Count Along Basket & Scanner."

This Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart allows children to build memory and sequencing skills by choosing from six animal order cards and following the instructions.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $40 (originally $50)

BE-ME Crowns

Be-Me Crowns, $15
Be-Me Crowns, $15

This new lifestyle company promotes self-expression and creativity in kids. BE-ME provides products for all kids to enjoy and a place where everything is for everyone. BE-ME supports and celebrates kids’ interests without the limitations of gender norms, and believes kids can play, wear, and enjoy anything they want to.  

SHOP IT: BE-ME, $15

The Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit, by Kano

The Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit, by Kano - Staples Canada, $40
The Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit, by Kano - Staples Canada, $40

Help your child discover coding while they embark on a journey with Disney Frozen adventures. Build sensors and LEDs while learning how they work. This coding kit provides simple steps to help learn about loops, logic, variables and more all while making snowflakes, creating blizzards and more.

SHOP IT: Staples, $40

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