Moms and dads may not need this list of trending toys for 2021 — because their kids are already vocal about what they want. But if you’re an aunt, uncle, or grandparent, you might need a little gift-buying inspiration for the kiddos in your life. Thankfully, toys these days aren’t too complicated. If you stick with the in-demand franchises or creativity boosters, you almost can’t lose.
Kids are (still) loving L.O.L. Surprise, Crayola, and Disney. Also, toys that tease out creative talents — not only drawing, but cutting hair, creating outfits, building structures, and coding — continue to be popular.
Here are 10 2021 trending toys for young fashionistas in your life. All are priced between $17 and $50.
Trending toys for girls
1. Pockimals tunic dress ($38)
The Pockimals tunic dress is an outfit and a plush animal in one. Lucky the stuffed dog sits at her hip in a pocket. She’ll love having this cute friend close by and accessible for a snuggle anytime.
The dress is sized for kids aged 3 to 8. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable. Buy it on Amazon.
2. Dart, My Squishy Golden Dumpling ($30)
Golden Dumplings are a weird family of toys that make funny noises and express mood changes by the coloring of their cheeks. Fortunately for parents everywhere, Golden Dumplings’ mood spectrum is limited to positive feelings, like happiness and silliness.
Dart is the newest member of the Golden Dumplings family, launched in September. He was briefly out of stock on Amazon but appears to be back in the game now. Get one for your giftee with Prime shipping for $30.
3. Disney Junior’s Doc Dog McStuffins Doctor’s Bag Set ($20)
Doc McStuffins is a TV show that aired on Disney between 2012 and 2019. The series followed a young girl who would fix and heal toys with other magic toys, like a stethoscope that brings toys to life.
The girl who dreams of becoming a physician someday will love this cute set that includes a medical bag, stethoscope, otoscope, syringe, and bandage box. It’s priced at $20 and available on Amazon.
4. Little Live Scruff-A-Luvs Rescue Pet Grooming Set ($30)
This kit provides everything a girl needs to transform a stuffed pet from scruffy to show-ready. She can shave, comb, straighten, and style the puppy’s hair and clip and polish its nails. Underneath the scruff, she’ll find either a Yorkie or a Frenchie — the breed is a surprise only revealed through grooming.
You can get the grooming set from Amazon with Prime delivery for $30.
5. Dream Seekers Magical Fairy Fashion Doll Luna ($17)
Luna the Dream Seeker is a fashion doll that inspires kids to follow their dreams. Included in the doll’s packaging is a place to write down dreams, so that Luna can protect those visions. The doll has long, style-able hair and she comes with three hair clips and a comb. She can also be posed and her ballet shoes are removable.
Pick up a Luna Dream Seeker doll at Walmart for $17.
6. Crayola Easel Art Set ($20)
A Crayola art set is like the black trench coat of toys — it never goes out of style. The kid who loves to create will adore this Paint & Create Easel Case. It includes sketch pencils, Crayola crayons, and washable paint, plus tips for the aspiring artist. All the pieces fit neatly inside the case, too, so it’s portable.
Even better, the easel has two sides — so art creation can be a solo or two-person activity.
Walmart sells this Crayola kit for $20.
7. Disney Dress Up Set ($50)
With this kit, she and her friends can dress up as Ariel, Rapunzel, or Belle. The mini storage trunk includes three dresses plus accessories — headbands, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. The pieces are sized for three-year-olds, with elastic waistbands for flexibility.
Some Amazon reviews do claim the pieces are flimsy. Take that to mean they’re intended for play and not for cruising around town.
8. Coding Critters Set ($36)
When you want to give the gift of learning, the Learning Resources Coding Critters set suits the bill. The 22-piece set promotes early coding skills and pet responsibility skills via a screen-free storybook coding adventure. Kids can design their own coding challenges, and also feed and care for interactive pets.
The set is designed for kids aged 4 and up. You can get it with free Prime shipping for $37.
9. Crazy Forts Set ($44)
The Crazy Forts Construction Set provides hours of entertainment for future builders. Kiddos can use the plastic arms and joints (balls with holes in them) to create various structures, including caves, igloos, pirate ships, and castles. The frames are strong enough to hold bed sheets or light blankets as the finishing touch to the fort.
The Crazy Forts set has a 4.4 rating on Amazon, from more than 6,200 reviews. Get it for $44 with Prime shipping.
10. LOL Surprise OMG Remix Fashion Doll ($20)
The future fashionista in your life will love the Pop B.B. doll and her 80s-inspired fashion. Inside is a full-size record that actually plays on the packaging! Pop B.B. also comes with two outfits, one pair of shoes, hat box, hairbrush, garment bag, and lyric sheet.
The LOL Surprise Remix dolls all include partial lyrics that combine to create a whole song. Also, the Kitty K doll comes with garment pieces that complete Pop B.B.’s second outfit. In other words, if you need a themed gift that you can add to over time, the LOL Surprise Remix line might be a good fit.
Buy this doll right now for $20 with Prime shipping on Amazon.
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