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Top Christmas Toys of 2021

2021-11-15 by Melissa & Doug
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What are the top Christmas toys for 2021? What’s trending when it comes to holiday gifts for kids this year? We’re here to help! With kids having spent more time at home and on screens these past few years, families are more than ever recognizing the value of open-ended, screen-free play. Some of our favorite top holiday toys this year are wholesome, hands-on toys that actively engage kids to imagine, create, explore, and think.

Melissa & Doug Slice & Bake Cookie Set

The Top Toys for Christmas and Holidays

Buying gifts for multiple children in your life should be a fun experience. After all, toys have the power to bring joy into anyone’s life! Below we’ve compiled a list of the most popular top Christmas toys, Hanukkah toys, and holiday gifts for all age ranges.

What are the top toys for babies?

Melissa & Doug First Play Jungle Activity Table

Babies are exploring the world for the very first time. When it comes to picking the perfect gift, you’ll want to gift them colorful toys of different textures, shapes, and sizes. A popular toy and fan-favorite is our Flip Fish baby toy — perfect for encouraging tummy time and fueling storytelling. Another popular choice is our My First Poke-A-Dot: Christmas book. Reading this book to children as they press and pop each page encourages their language and sensory development. Looking for a gift for a child 12-months and up? This Jungle Activity Table is another great way to keep baby entertained while encouraging important developmental skills. The jungle-themed table features 8 different activities: gears to turn, a tube to roll, beads to slide, flaps to open, a wheel to spin, and easy-to-grasp pieces to flip, push, and pull!

For more ideas, see 10 Best Toys for Babies and 1-Year-Olds.

What are the top toys for 2-year-olds?

Melissa & Doug Jenna Baby Doll

The toddler years are all about imitative play. Our Mine-to-Love Jenna Baby Doll is a popular choice for two-year-olds as they develop their social and emotional skills. Jenna’s blue eyes open and close, and she can suck her thumb or her pacifier—realistic details your child is sure to love. The twos are also a time where language rapidly increases, and a great way to learn vocabulary is through song. Our Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle features the lyrics to the song right on the puzzle board. Toddlers can sing along as they lift each of the six puzzle pieces to see what’s happening underneath! Finally, our last recommendation is our classic 100 Piece Wood Blocks Set. With 100 wooden blocks in four colors and nine shapes, this set gives kids endless options for getting creative. They can stack, build, and count the blocks, and of course…knock ’em all down!

For more recommendations, see 10 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds

What are the top toys for 3-year-olds?

Kids playing with Melissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Three-year-olds love pretend-play and expressing themselves. The Fresh Mart Grocery Store is a gift that will have jaws dropping. Deck it out with the store’s companion collection of related accessories and assorted realistically detailed play food items to give kids an amazing experience. Our Deluxe Double-Sided Tabletop Easel is a popular gift for encouraging creativity. From the magnetic dry-erase board to the chalkboard, to the paper-roll holder, this easy-to-fold-flat tabletop easel leaves everything to the imagination! Another top toy is our Fill and Roll Grocery Basket Play Set. Children will love practicing list-making with the double-sided reusable shopping list and loading the cart with five play grocery boxes and three pretend food cans. Lastly, kids will love our Take-Along Tool Kit. Young builders will love getting creative with this colorful 24-piece set of wooden tools, nails, screws, nuts, and bolts that will let them turn anywhere in the house into their very own construction zone.

What are the top toys for 4-year-olds?

Melissa & Doug Chef's Kitchen - CharcoalThis energetic age group loves to sing, dance, and play dress-up. Our top toy for this age group is our timeless Chef’s Kitchen kids kitchen play set. This modern play kitchen has everything kids need for make-believe meal-making and is roomy enough for multiple kids to play at once. The Slice & Bake Cookie Set and its realistic cooking-baking experience, is a perennial favorite for this age-group. Keep the pretend playing going with another popular play set — the Get Well Doctor Activity Center. This multi-sided wooden play space has everything kids need to role-play visits to the doctor’s office! It’s a great way to ease kids’ fears about doctor visits and encourage nurturing and empathetic play. Lastly, we know kids love imitating grown-ups as they clean! Sized just for kids, this Dust! Sweep! Mop! Kid’s Cleaning Set includes popular household cleaning supplies: a broom, mop, duster, dustpan, and hand brush.

For more ideas for 4-year-olds, see 10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds.

If you’re looking to explore more gift lists from Melissa & Doug, check out our full Melissa & Doug 2021 Holiday Gift Guide as well as these blog posts:

10 Best Toys for Babies and 1-Year-Olds
10 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds
10 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds
10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds
5 Holiday Gifts that Wow


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