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Hot holiday toys for 2021

These are the toys that kids are obsessed with this holiday season.

This story is part of Gift Guide, our year-round collection of the best gift ideas.

Holiday toy shopping may not be easy in 2021 due to pandemic-related manufacturing issues, shipping delays and chip shortages. And Santa's workshop can't handle all the seasonal cheer alone. We recommend checking off your holiday list as soon as possible if you want to snag the season's hot gifts for your family

But what are the season's hot gifts? We've done the research, and there are some fun additions to the toy landscape this year. This can be a perfect gift for your kid that includes their favorite toys and characters. Magic-themed items like the Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron are big, and Harry Potter is still going strong. Hit shows like Bluey have their inevitable toy tie-ins. And Pop-Its and Squishmallows are the must-have trends of 2021 (as any parent probably already knows). Beyond those, we've got the latest versions of holiday classics: Lego sets, baby dolls, Hot Wheels and more. Scroll down and check out our suggestions for 2021's hottest toys.

VTech

Cameras that print physical photos are hot this year, and VTech makes a great version especially for kids. The KidiZoom PrintCam's cool features -- including over 110 photo templates and video games -- will provide hours of fun. Bonus: The included paper roll prints up to 80 images, which come out to mere pennies per print.

Amazon

Bluey the dog is the star of her eponymous hit TV series, and we have a feeling that Bluey's Ultimate Caravan Adventures playset is going to do very well this holiday season. The set includes figures of Bluey, dad Bandit and friend Jean Luc, as well as plenty of accessories for a fun-filled camper vacation.

Target

Just imagine this super-cool trike under the Christmas tree -- it's a holiday winner. Razor's RipRider 360 Lightshow features 60 LED lights that are motion-activated, making for an exciting ride. It's not all looks, though; this sturdy trike has dual inclined caster wheels for 360 turns and spins, plus an MX-Style handlebar. A great gift for kids aged 5 and up.

Target

You already know your kid loves this year's trendy toy: Pop Its. This XL-sized popping toy from Buffalo Games is a fantastic fidget toy. Pop never-ending bubbles on your own, or take turns poking the 93 bubbles with a friend. Bonus: Bubble popping helps develop fine motor skills.

Amazon

Harry Potter fans will love creating magical adventures in this new mini Hogwarts set. The castle itself is almost 2-feet tall and includes a Hermione figurine, 12 accessories, and one Moaning Myrtle bathroom set. The Amazon exclusive version includes three figures and 22 accessories. Move over activation spots to light up portions of the castle and set off sound effects. Sets and figurines are also sold separately to build out your wizarding world.

Amazon

Poppy the pug dances to three songs (each is only 15 seconds, don't worry), encouraging kids to move along to the beat. The Pets Alive robotic pet moves her head, spins around and -- you guessed it -- shakes her booty. Poppy makes a fun addition to any holiday party. We dare you not to laugh.

Walmart

Superhero fans can recreate the final battle of the Marvel Avengers: Endgame movie with this Lego set. As usual with Lego, the details are top-notch. The 527-piece set includes Iron Man's lab, a meeting area, a prison cell, a van with a time-travel machine and more. You also get action figures: Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch and Chitauri warrior minifigures, plus a Thanos figure and an Ant-Man microfigure.

Walmart

Baby Alive is a perennial toy favorite, and this year's Lulu Achoo is sure to be a popular gift. The interactive doll actually lifts her hands and exclaims, "Sniff, sniff ... Achoo!" when she's "sick." Her nose and forehead light up red and in fact, the doll has over 50 reactions. The included doctor's station will help kids heal Lulu, and when she's feeling better you'll hear giggles.

Amazon

This play guitar is such a fun gift. Preschoolers (and even older kids) will enjoy jamming with four different play modes: Play with the Band, Free Play, Solo Jam and Play Any Song (using Bluetooth). Play your little one's favorite tunes by syncing with any Bluetooth-enabled device. Baby Shark, anyone? We love the guitar's realistic design and reusable packaging. Bonus: Parents control the volume.

Playmobil

Playmobil's City Zoo line is the coolest. The large City Zoo set includes everything needed to construct the zoo of your kids' dreams. There are human and animal figures, as well as gates, stairways, a moat, a bike and all the detailed accessories that Playmobil is known for. You even get giraffe dung! Best for ages 4 and up.

Walmart

The L.O.L. Surprise! brand has outdone itself this season; the new O.M.G. House of Surprises features four stories of furnished rooms, plus working lights and an elevator. Over 85 surprises are included, although dolls are sold separately. But make sure you have the space; this dollhouse measures a whopping 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

Note this may be out of stock in some places.

Target

Kid creations actually rise in the oven (with help from a handle) and then the fun really begins with Play-Doh's Rising Cake Oven. Decorate with tools and accessories to create candles, sprinkles, toppings and more. The set includes five bright Play-Doh colors and plenty of baking-themed accessories. The set is best for ages 3 and up.

Out of stock, may return soon

Amazon

Kids love mixing potions, and this set lets them do just that and more. Follow the spell to create real mist, and watch a furry Magic Mixie appear from the cauldron. The fun doesn't stop there; use the magic wand to interact with your Magic Mixie.

Target

Hot Wheels has come up with a winning track set theme: Mario Kart. Gamers will recognize the popular video game's Rainbow Road. Along with the track, you also get Mario and exclusive King Boo die-cast karts. Two different track layouts are possible, and kids will love the electronic start and finish gate that shows the winner.

Target

If your child loves Batman, this big gift is a no-brainer. The Bat-Tech Transforming Batcave is an impressive 33-inch-tall Batman that opens up into an impressive Batcave playset. You get an exclusive Batman figurine, lights, sounds, an elevator, armor and much more. This toy is best for ages 4 and up. 

Amazon

Squishmallows are all the rage right now, so you can't go wrong gifting a smushy Squishmallow corgi. The pillow pet combines two trends: Corgi dogs and Squashmallow toys. The adorable 12-inch pup (named Regina!) is perfect for snuggling or putting on display. But be careful, you could be starting a Squishmallow collection.

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