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2017 Holiday Wish List Guide

A list of the hottest toys and games for 2017

Dec 04, 2017

Are you making your holiday wish list and checking it twice? Most kids spend all year thinking of cool toys they want for the holidays, then draw a blank once it comes time to make a list. We’ve searched the whole wide web for the coolest new toys, games, collectibles, and robotics that come in at a reasonable price so your gift wish list will be easy on your family’s wallet. And check out Kidzworld's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 for even more awesome gifts ideas in movies, video games, and tech. When you're done making your list, you can make an extra special Christmas stocking to hold all your holiday treats.


Exploding kittens

"Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens, explosions, laser beams, and sometimes goats,” according to the company’s website. But really, it’s just a fun, silly, fast-paced game that’s fun to play with your family or up to 6 of your friends. To play, everyone takes turns drawing cards until someone loses the game by drawing an exploding kitten. You can avoid exploding by drawing special cards or using sneaky strategies to force your opponents’ hands. 

The Exploding Kittens Card GameThe Exploding Kittens Card GameCourtesy of Exploding Kittens

Escape the room the game

Test your spy skills by combining skill, strategy, and teamwork to solve challenges, beat the clock, and escape the room. The game is based on a popular activity where players go to a real location and get locked in a room with only basic clues and their wits to escape. 

Operation Escape RoomOperation Escape RoomCourtesy of Spycode Toys

Hearing Things

In this lip-reading challenge game, one player wears noise cancelling headphones while the other reads a phrase off of a random game card. Bonus tip: You could easily play this at home without the game by coming up with your own phrases from a random book and following the game rules.

Hearing Things Lip Reading Challenge GameHearing Things Lip Reading Challenge GameCourtesy of Hasbro

Hogwarts Battle

Harry Potter fans will love this card game that lets you defend the wizarding world from evil forces while playing as Harry Potter or one of his friends. In this 140+-card game, there are seven different adventures you can play as you battle villains and unlock new abilities.

Hogwarts Battle GameHogwarts Battle GameCourtesy of USAOpoly

Robots Robots Robots

Anki Overdrive self-aware robot battling system

Anki OVERDRIVE uses robotics and AI to let you control and battle cars on a real track through an app. The basic starter kit is all you need to begin, with cool add-ons like cars from the Fast and Furious movies.

Anki OverdriveAnki Overdrive lets you control cars from a smart phoneCourtesy of Anki

BattleBots Minotaur

If you like watching Battle Bots on TV, you’ll love creating your own battling robots!

BattleBots Minotaur BattleBots Minotaur Courtesy of Hexbug

Little Bits Droid Inventor Kit - featuring R2D2

Create your own R2D2 Droid and bring it to life using littleBits electronic blocks! With the Droid Inventor app, you can program R2D2 and take it on 16 missions.

R2D2 Little Bits programmable droidR2D2 programmable droid by Little BitsCourtesy of Little Bits

Get Crafty

Klutz Sew Mini Treats

Sew Mini Treats combines sewing and crafting with a love of really cute things. The kit comes with supplies and instructions to make 18 mini treats. Putting a smile on these tiny treats is sure to put a smile on your face, too. 

Sew Mini Treats sewing kitSew Mini Treats sewing kitCourtesy of Klutz


Oonies are inflatable orbs you stick together to create fun shapes, play games, and complete challenges alone or with friends. If you loved Orbeez, check out Oonies!

OoniesOonies are the latest in fun craftablesCourtesy of Instagram

Woodworking shop

Transform ordinary wood into a masterpiece. The Woodworking Shop can be a real working drill press, jigsaw, wood lathe, and sander. Drill holes and cut shapes without sacrificing your fingers.

Woodworking ShopA kid-safe and easy Woodworking Shop Courtesy of Fatbrain Toys

Architect 101

If you're into architecture, your first project is sooner than you think. With Architect 101, you can plan, design, and build your own professional 3D model building using templates and acrylic walls.

Architect 101Architect 101Courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

3Doodler 3d Printing Pen Set

3-D print your own creations without an expensive Maker printer. The 3Doodler Pen works like combination pen and hot glue gun, but instead of using ink or glue, you are “drawing” 3-dimensional creations. Start with the Eiffel Tower and go from there. The basic kit includes 3Doodler Pen, 96 strands of plastic, 5 sheets of plastic, USB charging cable, and guidebook with 10 designs. Or choose robotics, architecture, or product design specialty sets that include tools for specialized building.

3Doodler creating the Star Trek EnterpriseThe 3Doodler can make 3D versions of just about anythingCourtesy of Think Geek


LEGO Friends Heartlake Summer Pool

LEGO Friends aren’t just building kits — they’re toys, too. Unlike most LEGO kits that you build and set aside, when you make a LEGO Friends kit, you’re customizing a whole world to play with. The summer pool set lets you dream of summer fun in the cold days of winter, but there are lots of other sets tailored to many different interests.

LEGO Friends Pool SetThe LEGO Friends Heartlake Summer Pool SetCourtesy of Target

Klutz Lego Make Your Own Movie Kit

The Make Your Own Movie Kit includes a book and supplies for making stop-motion LEGO animations. Whether you’re a stop-motion pro or you’vre just getting started, this book will give you the basics from writing a script to setting up the lighting, sound effects, camera angles, and more. All you need to get started is a basic animation program using any smartphone, computer, or tablet.

LEGO Make Your Own MovieLEGO Movie Maker SetCourtesy of Fatbrain Toys

Animals, action figures, and playsets

WowWee Fingerlings

What’s cuter than a teeny, tiny monkey or sloth that clings to your finger and showers you with love? A little Fingerling that comes at a tiny pricetag. Fingerlings are some of the top-selling toys in 2017, and they come in a bunch of different styles, each with its own personality. A whole lot of cute that's the size of your finger!

Fun with FingerlingsFun with FingerlingsCourtesy of Catchthedeal Australia

Hatchimals Surprise: Twins!  

Hatchimals were the big hit of 2016. In 2017, Hatchimals promises twice the fun. Inside each magical egg is a set of twins, each with its own unique personality! These cute twins share a special bond: they even feel sad when they're apart.

Hatchimals SurpriseHatchimals TwinsCourtesy of Spinmaster Toys

Schleich® figurines and playsets

Schleich is known for its cool horses and stables, but in 2017, they are adding a lot of awesome figurines and playsets to their catalog. Find your favorite Marvel or Peanuts figurines to add to your wishlist, or fuel your passion for dinosaurs, elves, or wildlife. There are also loads of play sets to choose from to ignite your imagination and provide hours of pretend play.  

Marvel superhero figurinesMarvel superhero figurines from SchleichCourtesy of Idlehands Blog
Have Your Say

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