The abundance of choice brought by the internet feels like a blessing and a curse, especially when trying to pick out a gift. A quick Google search of “best toys for preschoolers” comes back with over 14 million results. The same search on Amazon gives you 48 pages, with over 20,000 results. That’s a lot to sift through!
But luckily, The Toy Insider has done the hard work for you. The Toy Insider is the go-to resource for parents and caregivers looking for that perfect gift. The editorial team recently released its 17th annual Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide. The guide has dozens of toys for various age groups and also offers a STEM 10 list and 12 Under $20 list. Check out the top picks for the most popular toys for 2022 below.
For ages 0–2
Start your child’s career path as a DJ or gamer this holiday season. Technology and music are the focus of the hottest toys for little ones this year.
For ages 3–4
Creative play abounds for the preschool crowd. From toy houses to a karaoke machine to a Play-Doh kitchen, these gifts will bring hours of independent play and fun. First up, a delightful playhouse for Bluey and the family.
- Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse (Moose Toys)
- Barbie Dreamhouse (Mattel)
- Clean Sweep Learning Caddy (LeapFrog)
- CoComelon Boo Boo JJ Doll (Jazwares)
- Disney Encanto Karaoke Machine (eKids)
- Disney Junior Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Alice Doll & Magical Oven Set (Just Play)
- Monster Jam Monster Garage (Spin Master)
- Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Ice Cream Truck Playset (Hasbro)
For ages 5–7
Invite your friends over to play with these toys that encourage imagination and group play:
- Addison Rae – Deluxe Music Fashion Doll (Bonkers Toys)
- Akedo Triple Strike Tag Team Arena (Moose Toys)
- LOL Surprise! OMG Fashion Show (MGA Entertainment)
- Squishmallows 16-inch Buddy Squad (Jazwares)
- Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball (Moose Toys)
For ages 8+
Technology is the name of the game! From attacking dinosaurs to composing music with a flick of the wrist, these gifts will keep your tweens engaged and smiling this holiday season and beyond.
- AirTitans Jurassic World Massive Attack T. Rex R/C (Jakks Pacific)
- Lego Super Mario Adventures With Peach Starter Course (Lego)
- Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)
- Vital Hero Digimon (Bandai Namco Toys & Collectibles America)
- Rukusfx Motion-Controlled Music Mixer (Just Play)
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