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The 25+ best toys to give in 2022 — for kids of all ages

Squishmallow, FunkoPop, Barbie, electric scooter
Your cheat sheet to the hottest toys of 2022! (Photos: Amazon, Walmart (3)).

Nothing beats watching the kid (or kid at heart) in your life unwrapping a toy that makes them burst with delight. Those huge eyes! The deafening squeal! The suffocating hug! It's the best. But with the dizzying array of goodies out there, finding the perfect one can be tricky business. It's got to be fun, engaging, age-appropriate, innovative, totally their style — basically the best thing they've ever gotten from anyone ever. We've got you.

We've scoured "hot toys" lists from Toy Insider and Walmart, the Toy of the Year (TOTY) 2022 winners and finalists, Amazon bestsellers and exclusives, Oprah's Favorite Things List and more, to bring you the best of what's hot right now. You're sure to find The One you're looking for here — or more likely The Ten.

While our carefully curated list of 25+ toys has been divided into age groups, many of them defy such categorization (yes, your preschooler, preteen, high-schooler and husband all want Squishmallows and Funko Pops), so be sure to scroll all the way down. And don't miss our stocking stuffer picks for each age group.

0 to 2 years


Squishmallows Official Kellytoy Plush 16" Maui the Pineapple

This giant squishy face is sure to brighten spirits — and any room! We adore the perky pineapple, which has an awesome 4.9-star rating. Squishmallows come in a slew of sizes and styles, and make a wonderful gift for babies, kids, teens and adults alike. Squishmallows ruled the 2022 Toy of the Year Awards, winning in two categories: Plush Toy of the Year and License of the Year. (Age 0+)
$25 at Amazon
The Crawligator

Crawligator Tummy-Time Toy

A Toy Insider fave, the Crawligator will be your babe's first bestie, helping them develop motor skills and coordination as they move. A pediatric physical therapist reviewer raved: "Great idea to encourage tummy time...the creators put a tremendous amount of research and thought into making it safe and functional. I especially love the sleek design, and the fact that safety specs are on point. This is a fun way to promote strength, development and get your little ones out of other ‘containers'." (Ages 6-12 months)
$69 at Walmart
Little Big Friends

Little Big Friends BabyToLove Musical Animal

Meet Vincent the Elephant. He's soft, adorable, easy to clean and delightfully musical (just pull the string). Vincent and his 10 animal friends each have a unique song. They're cute and special, just like your tot. That's why they're a 2022 Toy Insider pick for this age group. (Age 6+ months)
$30 at Amazon
Manhattan Toy

Manhattan Toy Double-Decker Celestial Star Explorer Wooden Activity Center

A playroom standout, this fun-time command center won't cramp your style. The TOTY 2022 Award finalist is loaded with motor skill boosters and wonders galore: wire bead runs, a springy moon, rover solar panel, plus gliders, spinners and doors galore. Manhattan Toy Co. is known and trusted for high-quality, learning toys. Like all of their wood toys, it has a non-toxic water-based finish. (Age 12+ months)
$210 at Amazon

Stocking Stuffer pick

Uncommon Goods

Wonder Wings Crinkle Wings Natural Teething Dragon

A worry-free teething toy for your little dragon lover: Ink is water based, material is 100% organic cotton percale, body is pure natural latex. Baby can play with the crinkle wings as he chomps away or use the dragon as a rattle. See the unicorn too. (Ages 0+)
$25 at Uncommon Goods

3 to 5 years

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand, Swirl N’ Surprise Playset

Kinetic sand is a sensory delight and always a great choice for this age group, and this kit adds a colorful twist — or swirl to be precise. The sand swirler and three other tools allow kids to manipulate and create with two pounds of squishy sand in four colors. This pick also graces Walmart’s 2022 Top Toy List. (Ages 3+)
$20 at Walmart
Play Day

Play Day 3-in-1 Junior Sports Set

This clever sportsball contraption (a Walmart Top Toy pick) lets young ones shoot, putt, kick and devise their own mashup games. The backboard adjusts to five heights, so it can grow with them. Fill the base with sand or water to prevent tippage. Ball play builds hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, balance, spacial awareness, communication and more, but most importantly, it's fun! Small plastic basketball, soccer ball and two golf balls included. (Ages 3+)
$49 at Walmart

PlayMonster Craft-Tastic Scavenger Hunt Potions

Encourage investigation, creation and wonder. This 2022 TOTY Award-winning kit gets your kid outside collecting bits of nature to make beautiful potions! Seven recipes (plus a blank page to make up their own own), tweezers, a magnifying glass, seve cork-top containers with a stand, and 21 stickers are included. (Ages 4+ with adult help)
$16 at Amazon

Barbie Dream House

$190$225Save $35
Give Barbie a room of her own and then some. The possibilities (and parties) are endless in this customizable 43-inch pad, with a slide, pool, hammock, roof deck and more. Set the mood with lights and sounds — there's even a DJ booth. Plus it's wheelchair accessible. This latest Dream House is a Toy Insider pick and a TOTY 2022 Award finalist. Click the on-page coupon for the full discount. (Ages 3+)
$190 at Amazon

Stocking Stuffer pick

Mini Brands

Mini Brands Foodie Mystery Capsule

$8$10Save $2
Five delicious-looking surprise Mini Brands. The unboxing moment will be epic. And seriously, this may be all they play with for awhile. There are 60 foodie brands in all to collect. (Ages 3+)
$8 at Toys R Us at Macy's

6-9 years

Abacus Brands

Abacus Brands Bill Nye's VR Science Kit

$60$70Save $10
If virtual reality excites your young scientist, check out this 2022 TOTY winner (STEAM category) from Bill Nye the Science Guy. It uses VR as a tool to explore physics, geology, chemistry and beyond. The 50-piece set includes beakers, measuring cups, baking soda, goggles, an 80-page book and more. (Ages 8-13)
$60 at Amazon

Hasbro Twister Splash Water Game for Kids

Okay, tis NOT the season for this one, but who cares. What a fun gift at a great price! A clever twist on classic Twister, this outdoor edition adds refreshing and slippery challenge to an already fun game. (And hey, you can always play it without water til spring.) A 2022 TOTY Award winner (Outdoor). (Ages 6+)
$20 at Amazon

National Geographic Herb Growing Kit for Kids

This awesome STEAM kit from National Geographic benefits everyone in the house (hello, fresh herbs). Children will learn to grow basil, oregano and chives in pots they've decorated themselves. A TOTY 2022 Nominee and an Insider Toys STEM 10 pick. (Ages 6+)
$25 at Amazon

Razor Pocket Mod Petite 12V Miniature Euro-Style Electric Scooter

Aaay! This retro electric scooter is for the cool kids (ages 7+) and reaches up to 8 mph. Plus it can ride for up to 40 minutes on a single charge. Definitely a standout on Walmart's 2022 Top Toy List. Maximum weight: 110 lbs. If this has you wanting something fun to ride yourself, wait'll you see the Adult pick at the end.
$249 at Walmart

3Doodler Start+ Essentials (2022) 3D Pen Set for Kids

An awesome cross between drawing and sculpting, this 3Doodler leaves users with a creation they can hold, play with or even wear. This child-safe 3D pen set includes everything they need to make toys from templates or from their own mind. A TOTY 2022 finalist. (Ages 6+)
$50 at Amazon

Stocking Stuffer pick

Buffalo Games

Pop It! Pro Game by Buffalo Games

Pop this into their stocking. It's a bubble-popping fidget and a game. Brilliant and super-satisfying! Just press the buttons as they light up. This travel-ready Pop-It Pro includes three game modes and adjustable volume. (Ages 5+)
$18 at Walmart

10 to 12 years

Blue Orange

Blue Orange Clydo Light-Up Football

Tweens don't care that it gets dark earlier in winter...they just want to play. Pop the light stick in the middle of this 9-inch football and they'll see it coming from 100 yards away, but if they get bonked, no worries — it's made of foam. The holes make it easy to catch. Another fab TOTY 2022 finalist in the Outdoor category. (Ages 8+)
$36 at Walmart
Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits Green Energy Electronics Exploration Kit

Snap this up for the playful conservationist in your life! They can build solar lights, a water clock, an electric mini car and over a hundred toys and devices with this green energy STEM kit, another TOTY 2022 nominee. It's top-rated on Amazon too, with an average 4.8 out of 5 star rating. (Ages 8+)
$59 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Sports

Get moving! This wildly popular interactive Nintendo Switch video game lets you play soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis and more with family and friends at home or online. It even comes with a leg strap to track those soccer kicks! Released this year, this new game is a Toy Insider Hot Pick and a top-seller on Amazon.
$50 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch, OLED Model w/ Neon Red & Neon Blue Joy-Con

Game on! The newest Nintendo Switch system lets you play all your favorite games on the TV or pretty much anywhere, thanks to the portable 7-inch OLED screen. It has 64GB of internal storage so you can save games for the road. This fave from Walmart's 2022 Top Toy List is fun for the whole fam.
$349 at Amazon

Stocking Stuffer pick


Shashibo Shape Shifting Box

We've tried this 3D fidget cube and it's strangely satisfying. If they already have one, having two is even better. Made with rare earth magnets, the popular Shashibo Shape Shifting Box is a No. 1 bestseller in three categories on Amazon. It's available in 19 patterns, so you can choose the one that best suits your tween's style. Also sold in sets of two or four. (Ages 8+)
$25 at Amazon



Zink Kodak Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera

$120$150Save $30
Your tech-savvy teen can best explain the full magic of this mega-cam to you. They'll get it. In short, it's a point-and-shoot, digital, instant cam and editing suite all rolled into one with bluetooth connectivity. Print nice-sized, sticky-back 3.5 x 4.25-inch photos or post to social media. They can even edit to add notes, filters, captions and emojis!
$120 at Amazon
Lite Brite

Lite-Brite Wall Art

The Lite-Brite as art? Indeed! They'll create their own Pop Art wall piece for their room with the largest Lite-Brite yet. It includes a 16x16 light-up "canvas," 6,000 mini pegs, and three design templates (though DIY designs are encouraged). A Tween pick from Toy Insider and a TOTY 2022 finalist. (Ages 14+)
$97 at Walmart

Warmies Microwavable French Lavender Scented Plush Sloth

$23$25Save $2
Warm up this sweet scented stuffy to soothe anxiety, chills, tummy troubles and cramps. Freeze it to ease swelling and pain. Or love it exactly as it is. This sloth is adorable, but so are the fox, golden pup, goose, marshmallow bear and pig. This special plushie made Oprah's Favorite Things 2022 List. (Ages 2+)
$23 at Amazon
Meta Quest

Meta Quest 2 Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset, 128 GB

Oprah is shining her light on Meta Quest once again! For the second time, a Meta Quest VR headset is one of Oprah's Favorite Things. This update not only lets you play, exercise and explore the virtual world, but now you can connect with a buddy who has one and do it all together.
$399 at Amazon

Stocking Stuffer pick

Funko Pop

Funko Pop, Marvel: Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda

Who's your teen's hero? Gift them this Queen Ramonda Funko Pop (or other fave Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, Star Wars...character), and you'll become their biggest hero of all. Though this toy's vibe is larger than life, the vinyl bobblehead stands just 7 inches tall and weighs in at two pounds. The perfect size for a stocking!
$12 at Target

Note: Funko Pops are so insanely popular that they have a dedicated day at Target called Funko Fridays! Every Friday at 8 a.m. CST there's a new Target-exclusive Funko reveal. Amazon and Walmart each have their own page of Funko exclusives too.

Kids at Heart


Flyer L885 Longtail Fat Tire Electric Cargo Bike

Zoom-zoom around town on this gorgeous electric bike with precious cargo aboard. You can even customize to your preferred size, color and more. Named 2022's "Best eBike for Families" by Bicycling magazine and it was a 2022 TOTY Award finalist in the Adult category. (Ages 16+)
$1,999 at Flyer

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.