Regardless of age, a trending, sought-after toy is something anyone is excited to unpack from its box — especially if it’s an Amazon toy.
We’ve already given you the rundown. Amazon’s best-selling toys and games, this edit is for the budget-minded folks — all of these options are under $25 to help combat inflation.
“Inflation is impacting all categories of shopping, including kids toys,”Kristin McGrath is a shopping expert and editor at The Real Deal by RetailMeNot. “This year, shoppers can expect to see a rise in toy costs. A lot of this is due to inflation — even the cost of supplies needed to make the toys are seeing an increase in price.”
Below is a list of 25 top toys under $25. We also discussed new toys and the best toys you should grab as soon as possible. Who doesn’t love snatching a fun activity on a budget?
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What are the current top shopping trends on the toys market?
Popular toys tend to focus on movies and shows that were released in the last year. “Think ‘Stranger Things’And ‘Jurassic World,’”McGrath agrees. “You can also count on Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ toys to be hot items.”
McGrath predicts children will want a mix of classic and high-tech toys for the holiday season.
What toys are most popular with children right now?
This is the golden answer, right? McGrath gives all the details about consumer shopping trends.
- Beyblades & accessories: This line of toysThey are still very popular and highly giftable because of their collectible nature. Parents should be alert for bargains on battle arenas and other accessories, which can be quite costly.
- Magic Mixies This was last year’s “it”Due to demand and supply chain issues, it was a very popular toy that sold out worldwide. Parents who missed last year might be able to order this for their children once the market stabilizes and prices stabilize.
- VR: The VR trend isn’t limited to high-end headsets. These immersive, fun VR products are available at a price of less than $25
- Sensory and fidget toys To the bubble popping toys, putties and slimes, fidget spinners, fidget cubes, this whole trend remains to help kids stay focused. Fidget toys make great stocking stuffers and are affordable.
What makes a great toy deal?
Like anything else, price trackers are the way to go — especially as some toy prices are on the rise right now.
“By adding an Amazon price-tracking browser extension like camelcamelcamel or keepa, you’ll be able to easily monitor the prices of your most-wanted products, see the price history of the item you’re looking to buy, as well as get price-drop alerts so that you never miss a deal,”McGrath offers advice.
Best Kids Toys under $25
1. Nintendo eShop Gift Card, $20
Not a toy per se, but Nintendo’s eShop Gift Card is perfect to make anyone (and any age, too) smile. The eShop has this $20 gift card. E-gift cards is redeemable in the Nintendo Store to purchase new games for everyone’s favorite toy, the Nintendo Switch ($300).
2. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, $10
With more than 37,000 reviews on Amazon, the $10 game Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is one that everyone’s talking about. It’s a take-anywhere game that revolves around speed: as soon as there’s a match between a card and a spoken word, players will race to slap their hand on the center pile of cards. There will be many laughs.
3. Brain Flakes 500-Piece Interlocking Disk SetOriginal Price: $20
Brain Flakes 500-Piece Interlocking Plastic Disk Set, is the perfect item to help your child’s imagination explode into toy building mode. For as low $20, you can create just about anything (in vivid colors, too)
4. LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs$15 Original Price: $12
The LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs Set has over 32,000 positive Amazon reviews and is the toy that you need. It’s beginner-friendly and can be taken anywhere. It’s also a fan of the dinosaur, which is a favorite animal of children.
5. Beyblade Hypersphere 3-Pack ToysOriginal Price: $23, $23
According to McGrath, the Beyblade toys are so popular, they’re almost the new Pokemon. As one of the buzziest kids’ collectibles yet, it pairs well with a Beyblade Storage CaseThese rare battle items can be safely stored for many years at a price of $23
Magic Mixies were all the rage last year and, according to McGrath, the prices have gone down tremendously this year (with the brand’s collection of toys just as popular). This 4-pack of miniature figures can be purchased from Amazon starting at $20
7. Funkpop Pop! Funkpop Pop!Original price: $11
Another on-trend toy: anything VR (that’s virtual reality, for short). Funkpop Pop! It is one of the most affordable VR toys on the market. Funkpop Pop! The Funkpop Pop! VR Action Figure is only $11 and will entertain your child for hours. We love the vivid purple color.
8. Scientoy 35-Piece Fidget Toy SetOriginal price: $24
If your little one is all about the sensory toys, then this 35-Piece Fidget Toy Set is for you — for less than $20 right now! In it, you’ll find a magic ball, liquid timer, slime putty and more. Not to mention, it’s just as adult-friendly as it is kid-friendly; stash some of these as stress toys for your office desk.
9. Official CoCoMelon Musical Bedtime JJ DollOriginal Price: $18, $20
If we had a dollar, we could spend it on every child with a problem. CoCoMelon doll — well, we’d be rich. JJ, based upon my personal experience with 2 nieces, is basically Rihanna for this baby-generation. $18 will make any child happy.
As one of Amazon’s best-selling toys, the Paw Patrol Rubble’s Bulldozer Vehicle is one of the most budget-friendly options you can snag (representing a show that’s extremely popular). With the play vehicle and cute pup to match, it’ll be a hit.
Enter the *cool* way to play Connect 4: Marvel & Spider-Man-style! Just shy of $20, this themed game (with on-theme pieces to match) is a great one to buy and stash in your game closet whenever there’s a rainy day (or, when you’re watching a new Marvel movie).
This article would be incomplete without a mention of Barbie — specifically, her Tiki Hut Playset that makes us want to take a vacation ASAP. We want this doll in real-life, with its Chelsea doll, a palm tree-adorned sandbox and even tropical smoothie drinks.
If you’re on the hunt for a dollhouse but don’t want to spend the big bucks, you’ll want to add the Imaginarium Country Mansion Dollhouse to your Amazon cart. It’s only $18, has a pretty-in-pink look and pairs well with Amazon’s dollhouse accessories.
For the little one who loves cars Only This 24-pack of racecars will keep them entertained for hours. The color selection is well-varied, the wheels are super speedy and the bundle is just $17 — perfect for playdates with numerous little ones.
15. Airlab Wooden Play Food$17, Original Price: $19
One of our favorite toys growing up was play food (we’re convinced anything miniature is super cute). Now, the Airlab Wooden Play Food bundle is just $19 and comes with all the produce you’ll need, likely for a cheaper price than your local grocery store.
16. Melissa & Doug Wooden Pizza Play Food Set, $17 Original price: $28
Melissa & Doug is a top-rated toy brand for children. The Wooden Pizza Play Food Set includes plates, plates, velcro-attached pizza slices and mini pepperoni.
17. KaKaTimes STEM Block Toy, $17
For the mini future engineer you know, the KaKaTimes STEM Building Block Toy is interactive, helps improve motor skills and is the rainbow-besotted set that’ll add much color to your playroom. Although we want to get started right away, the possibilities for creativity are endless.
18. LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 words Book, $14, Original Price: $20
With more than 107,000 ratings on Amazon, we’re convinced the LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book is one of the most sought-after learning toys for the baby-to-toddler transition stage. From learning the alphabet to colors, it’s one you’ll want on hand.
19. Hasbro Gaming Bop It! Electronic Game, $14. Original price: $17
Bop It! We sure do, and it’s still widely popular. For just $14 right now, you’ll want to twist it! Take it! Bop it! all day long. Plus, it’s a great game for ages 8 and up (and we mean up — we know people 50+ who love this decades-old favorite).
20. Kiddie Play Floral Tea Set, $22
The Kiddie Play Floral Tea Set makes an excellent gift for your prim-and-proper little princesses. The tea set’s red and botanical-inspired design, as well as the carrying case, is adorable. We love the fact that it comes with everything you need to host the perfect tea party.
For those who love “Frozen,” this is Amazon’s best-selling toy from the movie. The Introducing “Frozen 2”With nearly 23,000 reviews, this Necklace Activity Set allows anyone to make a fun, movie-inspired jewelry piece. Who doesn’t want Queen Elsa on a necklace?
22. Green Toys Car Carrier$25 Original Price: $17
This cool Green Toys Car Carrier transforms your truck toys. For less than $20, it’s the monster vehicle of all vehicles and the perfect addition to your miniature cars and play sets.
23. Melissa & Doug Emma Deluxe Magnetic wooden Dress-Up Dolls play set, $14. Original price: $25
Do you know anyone who loves dressing up as much? Well, Melissa & Doug has a unique, mix-and-match styling toy that’s perfect for any young fashion lover. For less than $15, it’s a steal.
24. ReyGo Kids BBQ Grill Play Kitchen, $25
ReyGo Kids BBQ Cooking Grill Play Cuisine is $25 on the Cheap. It’s a toy that can be worth upwards of $50. With the mini grill, it’s essentially a George Forman-in-training bundle clad with the kebabs (how cute!) You will find all the necessary tools to make it a life-changing experience.
25. Baby Shark Battery-Powered Bath ToyOriginal price: $13
The Baby Shark YouTube video has 11 billion views, so you can say it’s Definitely This toy is a favorite among children. One of the cutest spin-offs of the popular song we’ve seen is this Battery-Powered Bath Toy that’s just $10! It’s sure to enhance your bath time in the most musical way possible.
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