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Shopping for kids can be a challenge, especially if you’re out of the loop on all of the latest trends and gadgets that they’re loving at the moment.
This year, you can expect to find key features like unboxing or DIY aspects to many toys, along with classic board games and characters that they’ll love among the top toys of the season.
Every year there seems to be a few standouts, so we’ve put together a list of the hottest toys and trends to look out for that are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids in your life.
Unboxing and surprise
As millions of Youtube views can attest, kids love unboxing, and the more tiny pieces the better. Look for gifts that feature built-in surprise elements and multiple hidden compartments that recreate that same experience at home for hours of fun.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $40
SHOP IT: Amazon, $29
DIY and creativity
Kids and creativity go hand in hand, and toys let them unleash their imaginations are always a great idea. Whether they’re into the arts, science, or coding, there’s no better way to get them away from the screens than with a fun and interactive project.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $80 (originally $90)
SHOP IT: Lego, $60
They’re classics for a reason, but this season kids’ favourite cuddly characters are getting a modern update. With interactive features and technological upgrades, these aren’t just your average stuffed animals and figurines.
SHOP IT: Toys R Us, $18 (originally $20)
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $60
Let kids dream big with toys that inspire them to discover the world around them through imaginative play. Aspiring doctors, astronauts, veterinarians and more can explore and play with these interactive and educational picks.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $85
SHOP IT: Amazon, $39
Games have always been a great way to gather the family and spend quality time, so why not update the collection of board games with some new classics that will keep everyone entertained.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $20 (originally $25)
SHOP IT: Amazon, $60