Best toys for kids for every budget: 30 kid-approved toys for every budget from Amazon’s Top 100 Holiday Toys list


Amazon has dropped their Top 100 Holiday Toy List– with each toy on the list kid-approved by children from the Starlight Foundation. Meaning: you can’t go wrong with these suggestions. What’s even better is for every toy bought from this list, $1 goes directly towards helping sick kids and their families.

There is a lot to unpack from this list, so to save you much needed time and energy, we’ve curated a list down to the best per price bracket depending on what your present budget is.

So let’s unwrap these toys.

NOTE: Prices are accurate at time of publishing.

John Deere Big Scoop Dump Truck

Recommended age: 3-9 years

Starting with the old school toy trucks. This John Deere Big Scoop Dump Truck is durable for all types of adventures and play.

Funko POP! Star Wars: Mandalorian Luke Skywalker with Grogu Figurine

Recommended age: 3 years +

With nine films and several new TV shows streaming and in the works, it’s inevitable that the Star Wars franchise will infiltrate a child’s toy collection. This Funko POP! figurine of the one and only Luke Skywalker and the now iconic Baby Yoda will take centre stage with all the other memorabilia floating around. The force is with this toy!

Crayola Jumbo Crayons, 24-pack

Recommended age: 2-10 years

What’s better than crayons? Jumbo crayons! With 24 easy to grip crayons, little ones will be making masterpieces in no time.

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Card Game

Recommended age: 8 years +

What feels like a combination of Apples to Apples and Snap, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is an extremely addictive family card game. Listen carefully and get rid of all your cards and victory is yours.

Pop Up Pirate family game

Recommended age: 4 years +

You’ll feel like a big part of your childhood was lacking having never played this game. Push the pirate in the barrel, and stick swords in the side. Whoever makes Pirate Pete jump out is eliminated. It’s simple, silly, and most importantly fun!

Mega Bloks First Builder’s Big Building Bag

Recommended age: 1-5 years

There are blocks, and then there are blocks! With 80 big and bright blocks included, your little ones will be having fun while developing their fine motor skills.

Pokémon Alolan Exeggutor V card game

Recommended age: 6 years +

Gotta catch ’em all! Right?

If you or your child are into Pokémon then this is the perfect starter kit. The cards are bright and have extremely well-designed imagery – as if Pikachu was real! The kids can trade cards like many did back in the ’90s, so you can feel nostalgic and play along too.

Now can someone tell me what a Snorlax is?

Cool Maker Go Glam U-Nique nail salon

Recommended age: 8 years +

Have your own nail salon at home and get creative with nail polish, a dryer and five design pods to stamp up to 120 icons on your nails.

Learning Resources Recordable Answer Buzzers

Recommended age: 3 years +

These recordable buzzers are both fun and useful. Included is a set of four buzzers that each record up to seven seconds worth of sound. There are so many uses like recording each child’s name so they have their own buzzer during a game or turning them into achievement buzzers they can hit when they tidy their room.

Crayola Glow-in-the-Dark Art Studio

Recommended age: 6 years +

Sure drawing and painting is fun, but doing it in the dark? Included is a glow-in-the-dark canvas, a ‘light wand’, and six markers to draw and colour with. There are also stencils so the kids know what they are drawing before they put the magic pens to the magic glowing paper.

Hand to Hand Wombat board game

Recommened age: 7 years +

Are you a good wombat or a bad wombat? That’s probably a question you’ve never been asked, but it will be answered after playing this game. The problem: who else is good and who else is bad? In teams, you either have to build or destroy the wombat towers to win. It’s a lot of fun to play with the family and can get quite competitive.

Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Rainbow Glitter Flying Toy Doll

Recommended age: 6 years +

Inside the Hatchimal is a light up flying rainbow pixie with glitter wings.

Just Play Disney Doorable Villain Collection

Recommended age: 5-8 years

These Disney villain mini figurines are so devilishly cute and are a fun collectible. It includes all of the best villains like Ursula, Scar, Cruella de Vil and Jafar.

Some packs come with a surprise thirteenth collectible, so keep an eye out for that! 

Nerf Minecraft Pillager’s Crossbow

Recommended age: 8 years +

One way to get the kids away from their phones and computers but still playing is through the Minecraft Nerf Crossbow. Shaped exactly how the blocky world of Minecraft is, this Nerf gun is really fun to use and definitely is a flex for your child to show off to their friends.

Crazart Shimmer’N’Sparkle Bracelet Maker

Recommended age: 8 years +

This jewellery making kit is affordable and fun, and will keep the kids occupied while they let their imagination run wild.

Polly Pocket Pollyville Mega Mall Playset

Recommended age: 4 years +

Polly Pocket playset is styled as a six-storey mall and parking garage for Polly and her friends to do all their shopping. There is so much crammed into this toy, it’s hard to see where Polly will start!.

Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Colour Sorting Set, 30-pieces

Recommended age: 18 months-6 years

The pack comes with plastic fruit and baskets to help your child learn different colours as well as sorting skills.

Ravensburger Minecraft board game

Recommended age: 10 years +

We told you this wasn’t going away.

Face all the same challenges and quests of the Minecraft video game as a family in this exciting board game. Players get to build their structures, fight enemies, find their weapons and explore the Overworld. If those words don’t mean much to you, that’s OK – it’s fun for Minecraft novices as well.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Recommended age: 4 years +

If you have a little scientist on your hands this is the perfect toy to fill their educational needs and keep them entertained.

Your kids will get to learn so much about the natural world with the help of the voice of Aussie wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin. There’s so much to see and so much to learn.

Harry Potter Talking Sorting Hat

Recommended age: 5-7 years

Like many millennials and Gen Zs, I could not tell you how many online quizzes I have done to find out which Hogwarts House I would belong to if I lived in the Wizarding world. Now, kids can get a clear and definitive answer with an actual Hogwarts sorting hat.

The toy recreates what many dream would happen to them when they turn 11 – it moves, talks and essentially recreates the House Sorting Ceremony. 10 points to Gryffindor! 

Crayola Wooden Art Easel

Recommended age: 3-10 years

There are some toys that have all the bells and whistles, and some that are simple and traditional. It’s not uncommon for those simple ones to be the ones the kids love the most. The wooden art easel by Crayola is exactly what is looks like. It has no hidden secrets, no surprise lights or sounds – just a plain, perfect easel. Assembly is required.

Fisher-Price DJ Bouncin’ Beats

Recommended age: 9 months-3 years

Let your babies have a boogie with this musical toy designed for young growing minds. With up 75 sounds and songs to dance around to, the toy also teaches colours, numbers and the alphabet.

Transformers Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures Roll N’ Change Optimus Prime

Recommended age: 6 years +

Transformers are a classic childhood toy and one of the biggest and best of them all is Optimus Prime. Change Optimus from his car form to his robot form in one easy step.

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball

Recommended age: 5-12 years

With lights, sounds and even mist, the Magic Mixies Crystal Ball comes with a wand as well as a pink plush toy inside the ball that can be removed and also reacts to the magic wand. It also comes in blue.

VTech KidiZoom Digital Camera with Built-in Printer

Recommended age: 5 years +

Take photos, edit them, and print them out with amazing borders from the internal printer.

Little tikes 3ft Folding Trampoline

Recommended age: 3-6 years

The Little Tikes trampoline is fun and safe, with a foam safety bar at the top for your child to hang on to. It’s made for one child to use at a time, but it’s still plenty of fun.

Peppa Pig: All Around Peppa’s Town Set and Track

Recommended age: 3-7 years

Let your kids explore Peppatown with this fantastic track and toy set. The pack includes houses and characters from the hit cartoon series as well a car to help Mummy Pig drive Peppa around.

Lego Disney Princess Ultimate Adventure Castle Building Kit

Recommended age: 6 years +

The Disney Princess castle is now in the Lego universe, as well as some of the best Disney Princesses like Snow White, Rapunzel and Moana. It’s fairly simple to build and comes with easy to follow instructions so you can begin making your own princess stories come to life.

Paw Patrol Transforming Paw Patroller

Recommended age: 3-9 years

The Paw Patrol is on a roll! Ryder is taking the Paw Patroller on the road to save the day in Adventure Bay. Press the button on the side to open the doors, release the ramps and begin their journey.

While this pack comes with Ryder and his ATV, it does not include any pups from Paw Patrol. Buy them separately and load them into the truck.

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Ice Cream Truck Playset

Recommended age: 3-7 years

While they can’t eat it, they can create the ice-cream of their sweet dreams with a soft serve machine, scoops, sprinkles and other utensils to shape some delicious treats. Most importantly, it comes with 12 tubs of Play-Doh!

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