Games and toys that are fun are great holiday gifts. We know that holiday shopping can be stressful, so we've taken the time to curate a list of hot games and toys for holiday gifts and unique new game gifts. Everything here we've personally tested, owned, or tried. We've got games and toys to keep your family entertained for hours with our Games and Toys Holiday Gift Guide.
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Games and Toys Holiday Gift Guide
Chickapig game creator Brian Calhoun joined forces with his farming buddy Dave Matthews to take his game from farm (to tour bus) to table. Chickapig is a highly social strategic board game where Chicken-Pig hybrids attempt to reach their goals while dodging opponents, hay bales, and an ever-menacing pooping cow. Think chess meets checkers meets hilarious fun.
Chickapig is the perfect game for kids, parents, smart people, silly people, crazy people, rock legends, and the whole family! Because let’s face it, Farm-to-Table games are the new Farm-to-Table restaurants. $34.99
Poppycock Dice Game
Poppycock is a dice game jam-packed with all the things you look for in a fun game that you can enjoy with family and friends. New to the scene, this fun and challenging game relies on quick thinking, reading your opponents’ expressions, lots of strategy, and (most importantly) a lot of shouting and laughter. The game is a perfect combination of challenging, strategic planning and good ol’ fashion fun. You’ll want to be yelling “Poppycock!” every family game night. $12.99
Modarri Street Track Pack
Modarri cars fuel creativity and learning, as they encourage fine motor skills, logic, and imagination through countless hours of physical explorative play. Modarri cars are durable, finger-powered toy cars with interchangeable high-quality parts, real steering, suspension, rubber tires and no batteries needed. Your kids design and build their own models using their imagination and creativity. 3 cars together can be designed hundreds of different ways! A Modarri car can be built in less than a couple of minutes using the quick assembly system, which features built-in screws that don’t fall out. $19.99+
These LEGO® BrickHeadz™ versions of Disney Anna & Olaf are fun to build using colorful LEGO bricks that recreate all their iconic details from the Disney Frozen movie, including Anna’s magenta cape and Olaf’s carrot nose. The lovable Disney duo also stand on their own buildable collector's baseplate for easy display in your home, office or anywhere you like.
This LEGO® BrickHeadz™ version of Elsa from Disney Frozen is fun to build using colorful LEGO bricks that recreate all her iconic details, including flowing blond hair and blue dress, plus a buildable collector’s baseplate for easy display in your home, office or anywhere you like. $9.99+
The collectible Squishmallows plush toy line is an award-winning, international phenomenon popping with personality. Over 10 million have sold in North America since fall 2017 launch. “The softest plush toy you’ve ever felt,” according to one mom blogger. $5+
Moosh-Moosh Soft Plush Buddies
What do you call a marshmallow-soft, squishy animal pillow? Snuggle, squish or stack ‘em, they are addictive in a happy childhood kind of way! Moosh-Moosh makes the perfect December present for stocking stuffers, dreidel game prizes, or an under-the-tree surprise. $5.99+
We can no longer call boardgames a “resurgence,” as they are here to stay! Whether it's family game night or kid games, for strategy enthusiasts or music lovers, a fun stocking stuffer or for adults only, award-winning game publisher and manufacturer – Breaking Games – has something for everyone and at different price points: Mixtape, Fake News, Sparkle, Kitty, and Game of Phones are just a few. $20.00
ThinkFun games! has some fun new award-winning games sure to delight children 8+
Cat Crimes: “Who’s to Blame Logic Game” is a single player puzzle with a loveable cast of characters! Each of the 40 challenges presents a crime and a series of clues to help solve it. Stashes easily in backpacks or the car for road trips.
Laser Chess: “Beam Directing Strategy Game” is a license of the game Khet for two-players that combines the spatial thinking skills of chess with the high-tech fun of laser beams. Promotes STEM learning, light and reflection physics.
Shadows in the Forest: “Play in the Dark Strategy Game” is a thrilling, immersive play experience that brings a distinctive twist to game night – you play in the dark! Promotes cooperative play, strategic thinking, light and shadow physics. $12.99+
Hydro Strike was a watery blast in the 80s and is here to make a splash in 2018! In this head-to-head pinball game, players need fast flipping fingers to shoot the ball into their opponent’s goal. When players score, their opponent gets a surprising spray of water to the face. Children will love competing to be the first to spray Mom and Dad in the face. The first family member to score five times wins. Designed for 2 players, ages 7 and up. $18.00
kittd travel playsets are designed to fit inside the hinged tin—they won't fall out in a backpack, pocket, or purse. Their product line includes travel art playsets, games, and building sets. $10.00
My Little Pony
The Cutie Mark Crew combines the worlds of My Little Pony and Equestria Girls to imagine a universe of play and friendships beyond the mirror's portal. The My Little Pony Cutie Mark Crew Series 1 has a School Days theme so kids can pretend the Sparkly Sweets figures are indulging in tasty treats after a long day at the School of Friendship! $19.99
Perfect Craft Herb Garden Kit
The Perfect Craft Keepsake Herb Pot Casting Kit by Skullduggery combines creativity, discovery, and learning in one exciting artistic journey. This fun kit includes everything needed to create two beautiful, herb-filled pots to give as a gift or to enjoy in your own home. $18.19
Leave A Little Sparkle Wherever You Go
Every little girl deserves to feel beautiful inside and out. That's why we've created a monthly subscription shipped straight to your door with 4-5 dazzling accessories & small gifts (plus lots of glitter!). $12.99+
Cinema Light Box
The Color Cinema Light box is a unique decorative piece with vintage vibes. The light box is designed to look like those retro cinema and theater signs that would advertise a movie and share a fun message. You can write sweet valentines messages, inspirational or motivational message on the mini lightbox and create a black-and-white film feel to the room! $21.99
The sequel to the widely popular and critically acclaimed Overcooked!, this over-the-top couch co-op game is the perfect recipe for mayhem and entertainment for the whole family (up to four players). Overcooked! 2 delivers chaotic co-op cooking action that’s fun for all ages, bringing families together as they work to chop, fry and bake through a series of crazy kitchens on a mission to save The Onion Kingdom from a doughy but dangerous army of undead bread called The Unbread. Either working solo or as a team, players must prep orders while overcoming obstacles such as fire, collapsing floors, overbearing waiters and of course, the classic kitchen problem of floating work surfaces. Overcooked! 2 is rated E for Everyone and available digitally. $24.99+
Gear Club Unlimited 2
Gear Club Unlimited 2 for Nintendo Switch: With the pedal to the metal, race along more than 1800 miles of races!
On the mountainside, through a nature park, in the middle of the desert or along the coast, defend your position over the course of more than 250 races, including championships, missions and challenges! Play alone or with friends: the game features a local multiplayer mode with a four-way split screen. $49.99
NEW Transformers BumbleBee Blankie Tails! Give the ultimate gift to your Transformers fan and celebrate the release of the New BumbleBee movie in our BumbleBee Shaped Blankie Tails!
The unique design lets you climb inside (like a sleeping bag without the bulk) and put your feet all the way into BumbleBee’s feet. $34.95
Baby Beluga Cooperative Game
Can players help Baby Beluga and his Friends complete the journey to swim Wild and Free? There could be trouble along the way. But players can win if they work together. This fun cooperative board game teaches children all about Baby Beluga and his Arctic friends as well as the ocean environment and the joys of playing together. Developed by game designer/science teacher Suzanne Lyons in collaboration with Raffi! The Baby Beluga Game has three levels of play. Children age 3 – 5 can play the easy beginner version. Children who read will want to level up for more strategy, challenge, and science learning. $34.95
New from the Disney·Pixar Artist Showcase series comes Henri’s Hats by Mike Wu (Disney Press), an imaginative story about going on adventures through family artifacts, featuring a sweet grandson and grandpa relationship, and heartfelt message that will encourage families share their own stories.
On the train ride to visit his grandpa, or Papa, Henri is only interested in his game. But then George the dog steals Henri’s hat upon arrival, so Henri makes chase and finds himself in front of a trunk full of hats.
Henri tries on each hat . . . and imagines himself a race car driver, a sea captain, a flying ace, and more! But when Papa finally catches up to Henri and George, and Henri hears Papa’s stories, real stories, that when the real adventure begins! $10.99+
Bandai Namco Flashback Blast!
Bandai Namco Flashback Blast! comes with a USB-powered HDMI dongle that plugs directly into your TV, and an ergonomic six-button wireless gamepad. Every Blast! includes high definition video output, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, and the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep. An optional second wireless gamepad can be purchased for games that support two-player. $26.00
MERGE Goggles and MERGE Cube and MERGE Miniverse: It's tech for kids that won't break the bank.
Both are available at major retailers (Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, among others), are affordable and easy to use for kids ages 10 and up and make learning fun. With a smartphone, the colorful Goggles transport you to virtual worlds and the Cube becomes a hologram in your hand! Meanwhile, the Miniverse is a library and launchpad all in one. $14.99+
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” (James Corden) brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. $15.99+
It’s a pillow, it’s a pet… it’s a pillow pet! Pillow Pets and Disney teamed up to bring Jack Skellington out of the screen and into your home in a soft, cozy plush form that everyone can snuggle up with and enjoy. This Pillow Pet starts out as a fun pal to play with, and then its belly unfastens to magically turn into a pillow! $29.99
The Ophelia Top & Ella Skirt for 18″ Dolls | Black & White Houndstooth Embroidery: What's even more awesome than a doll dress? A top and skirt set! This black and white houndstooth skirt and coordinating top matches the Ophelia Top and the Ella Skirt – only for the coolest girls and their dolls! $36.00
Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4
CALL OF DUTY: ® Black Ops 4 (M, 17+) delivers the deepest and most tactical multiplayer experience ever in Black Ops, the biggest day one Zombies offering ever in the series with triple the number of adventures, and an all-new Battle Royale-inspired mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the storied series in all-out survival combat, all uniquely Black Ops. $59.99+
What Do You Meme?
Think you've got what it takes to out-meme your friends IRL? Compete to create the funniest meme by pairing Caption Cards with the Photo Card in play. A rotating judge picks the best combination each round. Play until you're hungry, at which point stop playing and order a pizza. $29.97
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