Owl wearing a Santa hat

From Furbies and Tickle-Me-Elmo to the Xbox 360 and Zhu Zhu Pets, “gotta-have-it” toys are a part of every holiday season. From brand-new concepts to modern updates of timeless favorites, the hottest toys of the 2017 Christmas season are ready to find their place under your tree.  If you’re still not sure which toys are leading the charge this year, we’ve got you covered.

Top 5 toys on 2017 Christmas wish lists:

  1. Fingerlings
    These tiny, robotic monkeys are undeniably cute. But other than their vibrant colors and pocket-sized portability, what makes the number one toy on our list so appealing? According to Selina Tedesco, a product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute Media and Tech Lab, “Not only does the low price tag make Fingerlings collectibles super accessible, but they also have a nurturing and interactive aspect that makes them great for extended play and will keep kids engaged.”
  1. Hatchimals Surprise
    Weren’t Hatchimals were one of the hottest toys LAST year? Seems like deja vu all over again, doesn’t it? Well, if it feels like you’re seeing double, there’s good reason. You are. This year, Hatchimal owners are having twins. When that speckled eggs finally cracks, it reveals twice the fun!
  1. Teddy Ruxpin
    While this iconic toy made his debut back in 1985, the 2017 version features upgrades that show off technological advances made over the last 30 years. Gone are the cassette player and robotic eyes. In their place, Teddy sports a Bluetooth connection and LCD eyes with more than 40 expressions. With all the upgrades, one thing remains the same: the story-telling bear stills knows how to capture the hearts and imaginations of kids everywhere.
  1. O.L. Surprise Big Surprise
    Does your child seem to enjoy opening a gift more than actually playing with whatever was hiding underneath the pretty paper and the bows? An L.O.L. doll may be just the gift you’re looking for this Christmas! In addition to playful doll waiting inside the packaging, these fun-filled toys also include more than 50 other surprises for your little one to discover!
  1. BB-9E App-Enabled Droid
    With the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars fans of all ages will be searching the galaxy for the latest toys and gadgets inspired by their favorite movie franchise. With it’s realistic movements, intricate detailing, and app-controlled commands, the BB-9E droid offers an enjoyable way to bring a little First Order fun to your holiday season. 

Shop early. Shop often.

The more popular the toy, the harder it can be to find. Waiting until the last minute only increases your chances of missing out, or at least paying more than you wanted to spend. Do a quick search of online stores like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Toys”R”Us to see if the item your looking for is readily available. If you don’t find it there, then you can begin scouring other websites and stores around town. With enough advanced planning, persistence can pay off.

Planning ahead can help you save money too.  

As you begin making your shopping plans, it’s important to start with your budget in mind. Getting caught up in a frantic search for gifts is an easy way to rack up expenses that will haunt you like the Ghost of Christmas Past. Keep these simple tips in mind, and you’ll stand a much better chance of keep a little more jingle and jangle in your wallet:

  1. Make a list.
    You can even check it twice to get in the spirit of things. Having specific items in mind will keep you from spending extra money on impulse items along the way.
  2. Research online before going to a store.
    When you take the time to decide exactly which product you’re looking for, it saves you from being upsold to something with bells and whistles you don’t need. The beauty of online research is that you may uncover outstanding sales in the process. And speaking of sales…
  3. Shop the sales.
    Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Last-minute specials. One thing’s for sure, retailers will pull out all the stops to make sure you buy from them. In fact, many stores will even match the price of other competitors. So, even if you have an item in hand, a quick search on your smart phone can uncover additional savings.
  4. Save on shipping.
    Should you decide to forgo the craziness of crowds and do all your shopping online, be sure to group your purchases as much as possible. Most online retailers offer free shipping promotions based on your total order price, so buying multiple items through one store can add up to some impressive savings.