I can hardly believe it but we are quickly heading into the holiday shopping season, which means the highly anticipated list of Amazon’s Top 100 Toys for 2017 has been released.
In many ways it feels like the year has just started, and yet here we are heading toward the end of 2017 and right into the craziest and most exciting time of the year. I love the holiday shopping season and not just because I’m a shopping blogger. I love seeing holiday decorations pop up in the stores and thinking about the perfect gift for my friends and family. This year is going to be especially fun at my house because my son will finally be old enough to enjoy Christmas. As such, this was the first year I really enjoyed looking through Amazon’s Top 100 Toys for 2017.
Whether you’re shopping for babies or older kids, Amazon’s toy list has items for everyone. While more traditional toys, like Barbie and LEGO, make many appearances on the list, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few different coding toys. (Yeah, STEM!) Robots for all ages are also popular, as are more traditional board games.
Want a rundown of everything the kids in your life are going to ask for this holiday season? Keep reading!
Amazon’s Top Toys for 2017
This toy is my daughter’s absolute favorite! It’s great for little ones practicing hand-eye coordination, grasping, and it’s an amazing teether.
Hape’s wooden toys are a must in our house. The quality is great, and they’re an antidote to the large number of electronic toys on the market these days.
The basket plays music and the food items will help teach kids motor skills as they sort, stack, and more. Plus, what’s better than a play picnic?!
We are just getting into Play Doh at our house, and I couldn’t be happier. it’s one of my favorite things from childhood. Something tells me I will eventually be purchasing this mega pack for
myself my son.
This gift will bring Play Doh creations to life virtually via a special app.
Kids who are interested in learning to write will love this electronic toy which will teach them how to write letters and numbers in a fun and engaging way.
Roar at this tiger and he’ll roar right back! The tiger has 100+ sound and motion combinations.
Considering I’ve already written about unicorn gift ideas, I loved seeing this giant stuffed unicorn on the list! I bought this for my daughter already, though it’ll be awhile before she’s anywhere near as tall as it is!
Prepare Lightning McQueen for the big race via an app that controls its movements.
This motorized track keeps cars moving along! It comes with one Lightning McQueen vehicle.
20 feet of track and 55 construction pieces means that kids can build the track of his and her dreams!
This magical set includes a Berkshire-style steam locomotive and tender, a passenger coach, an observation car; and 24 curved and eight straight plastic track pieces.
This is multiple toys in one! Build four animals and the elephant is a pull toy not only doubles as storage for the blocks but is also a base for building.
Mega Bloks are perfect for little hands and will provide little ones with hours of fun! With no little pieces, these blocks are great for one-year-olds.
LEGO Gifts for 2017
There are so many LEGO gift ideas on Amazon’s Top 100 Toys for 2017 that they deserved their own section. Just be warned: These LEGO gift sets are intense!
Using this K’NEX set, engineering little kids will be able to build a rollercoaster that stands more than 2.5 feet tall!
This is the perfect box to help get little kids interested in building. The budding builders tub is ideal for kids ages 3-5.
Continuing with the building theme, with this kit kids ages 3+ will be able to put together cool-looking cars that roll!
Tegu magnets are great for little kids – I keep a set in my purse to keep my son busy at restaurants. This whale set is on his wish list!
Bounce houses are everywhere and while there’s no doubt kids will love them, I want to know where the adult version is.
Vtech is one of my favorite baby toy brands, and this sit, stand and ride baby walker looks like a great toy that will grow with babies as they acquire new skills.
How fun is this car for little kids that aren’t yet ready for a bike or push car? They’ll be the most stylish kids on the sidewalk!
You know the riding games at places like Dave & Busters? This is a version of that for the littlest among us. There are 3 ways to play: driving, gaming, and racing! The more kids pedal, the more they can learn! Bluetooth technology enables play on a tablet or TV screen for an immersive play experience
These cars have mix-and-match components so kids can create their dream (wooden) cars.
One side of this awesome toy looks like seating at a diner, while the backside is a diner kitchen, featuring stove, oven, fridge, and milkshake maker.
Kids toys get more and more realistic. My husband and I once looked at an apartment with a kitchen that looked identical to this.
Now this is what I’m talking about. Faux ice cream. Where was this toy approximately 30 years ago?!
This interactive doll says 35 phrases in English or Spanish. She shows emotion and interacts with her accessories.
The WellieWishers are a sweet and silly group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend. Emerson loves the spotlight—and the spotlight loves her right back. She loves to make her friends smile with funny jokes, original dance routines, and show-stopping songs. This 14.5″ (36.8 cm) doll is sized just right for younger girls.
At over two and a half feet tall, this tower is the perfect size for a child’s imagination. Let your little one’s ideas run wild as they recreate their favorite scenes from Paw Patrol. This toy comes with a selection of Paw Patrol figures.
The Sea Patroller uses drop-down wheels to transform from ship to land vehicle, to take pups on new and exciting missions! Lift Ryder out of sticky situations with the moveable crane and attachable cage. Once on board, send him down the ramp on to land with his Rescue ATV.
This is another item from Amazon’s Top 100 Gifts for 2017 that ended up on my son’s wish list. He is all about rocket ships, so this seemed like a fun costume to have in the house.
Removable hair sparkle and 3D butterflies for the tweens who are ready to express themselves in vibrant ways.
This sewing machine is a great way to introduce kids to the art of sewing without paying a premium for a “real” sewing machine.
I cannot wait until my children are old enough to receive this toy. It’s considered one of the best for teaching kids how to code. (I actually included this in my 2015 holiday gift guide for kids!)
Using principles of sequencing, problem-solving, and logical thinking children can start exercising the muscles needed to write computer code. For children ages four and up.
Introduce children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with a maze! A great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math. For ages five and up.
Electrical parts provide students grades 2 and up (age 7+) with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits. No tools are needed!
Turn the whole world into a keyboard. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music. For ages eight and up.
Tackle any surface with Air Hogs Robo Trax. Built to handle outdoor ground, this all-terrain tank can tackle rocks, gravel, grass and sand! Air Hogs Robo Trax transforms at the push of a button. Stand up and go from all-terrain tank to self-balancing robot.
Advent calendars for kids are awesome, although you really can’t give these to the recipient on Christmas! They’d perhaps make a fun Thanksgiving gift, though. (Is that a thing?!)
Terrariums are so much fun and glow in the dark terrariums are that much better! Little gardeners will plant wheat and chia in this garden and need to tend to it so that it grows.
Movi can be a fun little buddy for preschoolers! Movi moves, plays games, makes faces, and so much more.
Cozmo is a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He’ll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised. More than a companion, Cozmo’s a collaborator. He’s your accomplice in a crazy amount of fun. Ideal for kids ages eight and up.
M.A.X. is a fantastic 2017 STEM gift idea for budding engineers and scientists! Before use, the robot must be built. Afterwards, M.A.X. can be programmed and thanks to artificial intelligence learns even more skills the more it is used. Ideal for kids ages 10 and up.
If you’re not interested in getting your child a “real” dog, this robot pup may be the next best thing as kids can create and code their new best friend.
Play out all kinds of enchanting stories with these enchanted friends, and collect them all to build out a world of Enchantimals.
This multi-level panda playhouse set, with an exclusive Prue Panda doll and panda friend Nari figure, inspired by the world of Enchantimals, is absolutely enchanting!
Hatchimals literally hatch out of their eggs, and the animal one gets is a surprise until it breaks free. Once hatched, these furry pets can walk, talk, dance, play games and more!
Hold each egg in your palm, rub the purple heart until it turns pink, then press down to crack the shell and hatch your new friend!
Fingerlings are adorable baby monkeys that are curious about the world around them—starting with you! These interactive pets love to hang onto your finger, blink their eyes, turn their heads, blow kisses, swing by their tails, and talk in monkey babble!
With a playset, your Fingerlings friends can grip on the side of the playset or hang upside down from their tails.
ALEX DIY Sweetlings Frost-A-Friend RAINBOW SPRINKling comes with everything you need to Frost Your World and bring an adorable Sweetlings character to life! Use whipped clay icing to frost a plastic cupcake and add some accessories to create a one-of-a-kind Sweetlings look.
If you have a budding drummer in your house, this is a fantastic first drum set. In addition to rhythm, the toy teaches letters, numbers, and music. Ideal for kids ages 2-5.
With this set, kids can create the Thomas track of his or her dreams! Comes with Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Thomas, and his friends Thomas & Friends Adventures Percy, Thomas & Friends MINIS James and Harold.
Maybe I’m that person, but I’d try to use this playset as a conduit for learning a bit about Egyptian history.
I love that this list of Amazon’s top 100 gifts for 2017 includes so many STEM gifts for boys and girls. Everyone wins when kids can play and learn at the same time.
Man, these Nerf toys have sure gotten advanced over the years!
Kids can create awesome stunts as they fire foam cars from blasters that feature the power and performance of the Nerf brand!
When I was in high school, I loved going to play laser tag. With this set, you can get the same thrill at home! This is a two-player system. Taggers register hits with lights, sounds, and vibrations.
I am so intrigued by 3D printing technology and can’t wait until one of my kids are old enough so I can
Budding fashion designers can build a virtual closet filled with unique designs that they can then share with their friends via an app.
Kids can create their own masterpieces with this kit that includes 1 – 4″ x 5″ coloring pad, 1 – 4″ x 5″ doodle pad, 2 – 8″ x 10″ paint with water pads, 1 – 4″ x 5″ sticker book, 8 crayons, 1 – thin paintbrush, and 1 – flat paintbrush.
Etch A Sketch that’s in color, has stampers AND a pen?! Toys are so much cooler these days!
Did anyone else love Spirographs as a kid? While Amazon’s top 100 toys of 2017 contains lots of electronic toys and/or toys that have been updated over the years, Spirograph is still the good old Spirograph!
Hero Droid BB-8 comes to life with an impressive height of over 16 inches (19 inches with antenna), voice and sound responses, and a motion sensor.
If the Hero Droid BB-8 isn’t the right droid, perhaps the R2-D2 droid would be a better fit?
Imagine epic adventures with Rey as she discovers her incredible destiny!
You can buy a droid, or enterprising kids can create their own Star Wars droid!
Who wouldn’t want to build their own light-up T-Rex? This looks so cool!
Is this the coolest looking Batmobile ever or what?
Over 2 ft-tall Batbot Xtreme comes with wings, punching fists, projectile launchers, a motorcycle, & a voice changer!
I used to love playing with Transformers when I was a kid, although these look a little more complex than the toys me and my brother used to share.
Amazon’s top 100 toys for 2017 doesn’t say that these toys have to be for kids. I know plenty of adults that would love putting together a 3D puzzle of the Disney Castle!
Future choreographers can use an app to create dance routines for Belle.
I know it’s only a matter of time before my daughter wants this and I kind of can’t wait. We don’t watch much Disney at our house, but I LOVE when I’m out and see little girls around town in their Disney dresses.
Hopefully this Moana costume makes it into the priness trunk sooner or later!
These mini sofas are great for movie nights, book time, or having on hand for sleepovers.
Wow, Barbie sure travels in style. Who else brings their own pool and slide?!
There was no way that Holiday Barbie 2017 wasn’t going to be on Amazon’s top 100 toys for 2017 list!
Barbie’s dreamhouse?! This is my dreamhouse!
Pony-loving kids will love Barbie’s Dream Horse! Do you think Dream Horse gets to travel along with the Dream Camper?
Zoomer Show Pony is a sweet interactive toy who sings, dances and moves just like a real pony
My Little Pony mermaids?! Something has changed in the years since I had a collection of ponie!
I need to add this to my list of best bath toys for toddlers ASAP. What could be better than making foam ice cream cones in the bath?!
This was already on the list of best bath toys! Obviously these toys are fun for kids, but I also like that they’re made of 100 percent recycled plastic!
Groot dances to internal music or whatever you have playing.
Gear up to race the Fast & Furious: Use your mobile device to battle the Toretto crew, race high-tech robotic Supercars like Dom’s Ice Charger and Hobbs’ MXT, and upgrade with weapons inspired by the movies.
DropMix lets you play music like never before! This fast-paced music mixing game gives you a new way to collect, discover and combine favorite tracks. Compete with your friends (up to 4 players) and create unexpected song mixes!
Best Board Games of 2017
Last, but not least, at least one board game is a must in our family during the holidays, generally because they’re a great way to have some family time while everyone has a few days off from school or work. Below are the board games that made Amazon’s top 100 toys for 2017. Obviously not all of these are new, but Amazon must agree that sometimes you can’t beat a classic!