The best holiday toys for kids under $40

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It’s never too early to think about Christmas and that includes figuring out what your kids have on their wish lists.

Retailers like Target and Walmart have already begun putting out their holiday toy guides. Amazon also recently released their list of the top 100 toys for the holiday season.

We went through these hot toy lists to find the best toys you can get for under $40.

WowWee Pinkfong “Baby Shark” Official Song Puppet, $14.88

If your little one loves all things “Baby Shark,” this is a must! When kids move the mouth of this “Baby Shark” puppet, it sings the entire “Baby Shark” song.

Ages 2+

Amazon

Cutetitos – Mystery Stuffed Animals – Collectible Plush Series 3, $9.99

A mystery stuffed animal is hidden inside a tortilla shell and will be revealed when your child unrolls it. Cutetitos currently have a 4.8-star rating on Amazon with more than 400 reviews.

Ages 3+

Amazon

Lego Duplo Creative Play All-In-One-Box-Of-Fun, $19.89

This Lego Duplo product has 65 large pieces that can be built into endless combinations including a house, a car, trains, trees and more.

Ages 18 Months-5 Years

Amazon

National Geographic Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab, $29.99

This National Geographic kit comes with eight varieties of slime and putty including premade magnetic putty, fluffy slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, liquid slime and more.

Ages 8+

Amazon

Crayola Super Art Coloring Kit, Over 100 Piece, $22.01

You can never go wrong with a coloring kit! This Amazon-exclusive Crayola kit has more than 100 pieces including different types of crayons, colored pencils, coloring pages, a storage tub and more.

Ages 5+

Amazon

Disney ‘Villainous: Wicked to the Core’ Strategy Board Game, $24.99

Disney’s “Villainous: Wicked to the Core” game is an entry-level strategy game. Each story has its own goals and objectives. There are three different Disney Villains to choose from — Hades, Dr. Facilier and the Evil Queen.

Ages 10+

Amazon

Journey Girls 18″ Doll – Kyla (Amazon Exclusive), $34.99

This cute doll is an Amazon exclusive. She comes dressed in her own travel-inspired fashion. An artist, Kyla loves to express herself through photography.

Ages 6+

Amazon

Fisher-Price Wonder Makers Design System Build Around Town Starter Kit, $39.99

This Fisher-Price Build Around Town Starter Kit comes with more than 75 pieces, including wooden track pieces, links, characters, vehicles and accessories.

Ages 3+

Amazon

Monopoly Speed Die Edition Board Game (Amazon Exclusive), $17.85

Adding to your collection for family game night is always a good idea! This version of a classic is an Amazon exclusive. It features tips for playing a faster game in case the speed of regular Monopoly is a bit too slow for you.

Ages 8+

Amazon

GUND Baby Animated Flappy The Elephant Stuffed Animal Plush, $28.80

If you have a new baby to shop for this holiday season, this 12″ GUND stuffed elephant toy plays peek-a-boo and sings “Do Your Ears Hang Low.” Its ears also flap during play.

Ages 0-2 years

Amazon

WowWee Lucky Fortune Collector’s Case with 5 Exclusive Bracelets, $29.99

This WowWee Lucky Fortune Collector’s Case includes storage for your child’s bracelet collection and five exclusive surprise bracelets inside, including two color-changing ones!

Ages 5-15 years

Amazon

Disney “Frozen” Adventure Collection, 5 Small Dolls from “Frozen 2”, $24.99

This Disney “Frozen” Adventure Collection of five small dolls includes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, Olaf and a gale wind accessory. The dolls are wearing outfits inspired by the ones featured in the “Frozen 2” movie and Anna and Elsa also have removable capes.

Ages 3+

Amazon

Star Wars Scream Saber Lightsaber Toy, $27.99

Your child can record their own lightsaber sounds and pretend to battle with this “Star Wars” Scream Saber Lightsaber. It also features electronic sound effects inspired by the “Star Wars” movies.

Ages 4+

Amazon

Melissa & Doug Slice-and-Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set, $16.99

This Melissa & Doug wooden playset comes with 28 toy food pieces, including 12 sliceable cookies, 12 toppings, a knife, spatula, cookie sheet and kitchen mitt. Cookies store in a dough tube.

Ages 3-5 years

Amazon

Cool Maker, GO Glam Nail Stamper, $18.82

This toy nail studio includes five patterns to decorate 125 nails. The water-based polish is non-toxic and safe for kids.

Ages 8-10 years

Amazon

Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, $24.99

Everyone loves Play-Doh! It makes a great gift for kids aged 2 and up. This 36-pack of Play-Doh is filled with 3-ounce containers of assorted colors and it’s exclusive to Amazon.

Ages 2+

Amazon

Klutz Lego Make Your Own Movie Activity Kit, $15.19

Simply download some free apps on your tablet or phone and your kids can make mini-movies in about an hour with this Klutz Lego Make Your Own Movie Activity Kit. It’s an easy introduction to stop-motion animation.

Ages 8+

Amazon

Mattel Games Pictionary Air – Navy Pen Version, $16.88

This version of Mattel’s Pictionary game is an Amazon exclusive and includes 30 unique cards. To play, just download the free Pictionary Air app, point the in-app camera at the person sketching and their sketch will appear on the screen of your smart device.

Ages 8+

Amazon

Crayola Artic Color Chemistry Set for Kids, $19.97

This Crayola Artic Color Chemistry Set for Kids includes 50 winter science experiments designed by real Crayola scientists. Kids will get 18 out-of-the-box experiments with supplies included and instructions for 32 additional science activities.

Ages 7+

Amazon

Treasure X Aliens – Dissection Kit, $12.93

This alien dissection kit toy includes slime, an action figure and treasure. Kids can use the included tool to dissect the alien and save the hunter. When finished with the dissection process, kids can store the slime in the included storage container or squish the slime into the alien head and watch it ooze out.

Ages 5-15 years

Amazon

Skyrocket Blume Doll – Add Water & See Who Grows, $9.88

Your little one just has to add water to this Skyrocket Blume Doll and she will grow. Each doll features outfits that can mix and match.

Ages 3+

Amazon

Have these given you some ideas for kids’ gifts this holiday? Happy shopping!

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