The Toy Insider Experts Reveal the Hottest Toys of 2022

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The Press Release:
The Toy Insider, the toy industry’s most influential organization and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, unveiled its expert picks for the best toys, games and gifts in its 17th annual Holiday Gift Guide. The hottest and most coveted products for 2022 are broken out into three toy lists: the Hot 20, the toys topping every kid’s wish list; the STEM 10, playthings to hone kids’ STEM skills; and the 12 Under $20, high-value toys and games that don’t break the bank. This year’s complete holiday gift guide has more than 360 toys from 145 toymakers.

Shopping for holiday gifts this year comes with continued challenges, including record-high inflation creating price hikes across all toy categories and the still-present effects from the supply chain issues of 2021.

“We’re already seeing inflation impacting the toy box. Getting your hands on hot toys this year means budgeting more dollars, plus shopping early to avoid the disappointment of a sold-out toy,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. Data gathered by The Toy Insider shows consumers can expect to pay up to 15 percent more on toys and games this holiday season.

Schacht reassures parents and gift-givers: “Our gift guide is a handy and well-rounded resource for anyone shopping more mindfully for kids this holiday season. We hand-picked products so that no matter your budget and how you shop—online, in store, at a mass retailer or local toy shop—there’s something for everyone at every price point. ”

The Toy Insider’s Holiday Gift Guide features a wide mix of budget-friendly toys and games: More than 70% of the guide has options under $50, with more than 125 of them under $25. It also includes curated selections that guarantee something for kids across all ages and interests. The guide represents a trendy assortment of tech upgrades, multi-generational play, food-inspired fun, and toys that encourage wellness.

For product fact sheets and high-res product photography of The Toy Insider’s Hot 20, STEM 10 and 12 Under $20, click here.

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The Toy Insider’s Hot 20:

0-2 years
Fisher-Price DJ Bouncin’ Beats (Mattel)
Level Up Gaming Chair (LeapFrog)

3-4 years
Barbie Dreamhouse (Mattel)
Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse (Moose Toys)
Clean Sweep Learning Caddy (LeapFrog)
CoComelon Boo Boo JJ Doll (Jazwares)
Disney Encanto EZ Link 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)

5-7 years
Addison Rae – Deluxe Music Fashion Doll (Bonkers Toys)
Akedo Triple Strike Tag Team Arena (Moose Toys)
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Fashion Show (MGA Entertainment)
Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball (Moose Toys)
RukusFX Motion-Controlled Music Mixer (Just Play)
Squishmallows 16-inch Buddy Squad (Jazwares)

8+ years
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 (Bandai Namco Toys & Collectibles America)

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The Toy Insider’s STEM 10:
Critter Creator Fossil Kit (Crayola)
LEGO City Mars Spacecraft Exploration Missions (LEGO)
Magic Adventures Microscope (LeapFrog)
National Geographic Herb Garden Growing Kit (Blue Marble)
Osmo Coding Starter Kit (Osmo)
Pinxies Butterfly Hot Air Balloon (Luki Lab)
Smart Chart Medical Kit (VTech)
Switcheroo Coding Crew (Learning Resources)
Trestle Tracks Deluxe (Fat Brain Toys)
Ultra Bionic Blaster (Thames & Kosmos)

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The Toy Insider’s 12 Under $20:
5 Surprise Foodie Mini Brands (ZURU)
Captivz Dominion Dino Surprise Egg (ToyMonster)
CoComelon Pattern Party Game (Funko Games)
Express My Feelings Journal (hand2mind)
Fashion Fidgets (WowWee)
Glow Fusion Marker Coloring Sets (Crayola)
Kittens vs Gherkins (Cepia)
Pixicade Pets (BitOGenius)
Playfoam Naturals (Educational Insights)
Pop It! Pro (Buffalo Games)
Star Wars Micro Galaxy Starfighter Class (Jazwares)
Tugl Cube (Fat Brain Toys)

Parents and gift-givers can easily search for toys and games at by a child’s age group (broken out into 0-2, 3-4, 5-7 and 8+). They can also compare prices from a variety of popular retailers.

The Toy Insider is an independent organization. Its team of experts attends major toy industry trade shows and events; conducts briefings with manufacturers, retailers and analysts throughout the year; and delivers the latest toy news, product roundups and hands-on toy reviews that consumers trust.

The Toy Insider gift guide submission process is open to all toy companies of all sizes. Toys must be new for 2022 and available to consumers for purchase during the holiday season, either on the company’s website or through any retail partner. When evaluating toys, the team considers play value, originality, skill building, product integrity and, of course, the fun factor.

To join in the holiday toy fun on social media this season, use #weknowplay and find @TheToyInsider on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About The Toy Insider:
The Toy Insider is the go-to source for product information about children’s toys, tech and entertainment. Its team of toy experts publishes two annual gift guides—one for summer and one for holiday—and reviews toys 365 days a year on, a trusted resource for parents. The Toy Insider’s content is produced by an editorial team with 125 years of combined experience covering the toy industry. The Toy Insider is published by Adventure Media & Events, publisher of The Pop Insider, a daily pop culture news and review site that will #fuelyourfandom, as well as leading trade publication The Toy Book, which helps its readers stay on the #pulseofplay. For more information, visit and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Listen. This list is quite a bit to digest so I won’t add to much to it and since I’ve just returned home from their awesome “Holiday Of Play” event, I’m rather tired and need to get some content from the affair online. You folks at home are going to want to be following “The Chronicles” on the Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for all that stuff because I saw a lot and had a really awesome time. This list should help you overall because there is some really amazing stuff available for the younger ones in the family and hey, even some cool stuff for us older types. That’s all I have to say about this so I wonder what you are all thinking as I wrap this up and you are most welcome to chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time and as I’ve said in the past please stay safe out there.


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