• Liz Venerable

Santa’s List: The Best Toys this Christmas Season!

The Toys’R’Us Big Book of Toys has arrived and with only 6 more Saturdays until Christmas, it's time to get your game face ready. But don’t worry, we here at the USF Encounter have your back with this list of the coolest toys on the market this year.

Before you start saying that it’s too early for Christmas shopping, remember that if you want to save money, Black Friday shopping is your best bet. However, Black Friday starts earlier and earlier every year. Therefore, you need to pre-game; you need to know what items to be on lookout for for sales and deals.

INFANTS & TODDLERS (0-2 YRS) Every day is a new adventure for babies and toddlers, so for this age range, I’ve chosen items that stimulate their minds, bodies and all senses.

Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center

Average price: $39.99- $49.99

Product Description:

Encourage experiential learning with three levels of play that grow with baby. Features a motion-sensor archway, sensory play activities, a personalized voice message, customizable picture frame, and tons of learning content, like ABCs, colors, shapes, and more.

Photo courtesy of Target.com

Little Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker

Average price: $34.99

Product Discription:

The 3-in-1 Activity Walker is a walker, standing activity table and sit & play activity center all in one. The walker's projected lights encourage your baby to take their first steps as they grow with this interactive toy.

Photo courtesy of Target.com

PRESCHOOL (3-5 YRS) Toys in this age group should help teach vocabulary and social skills by encouraging imaginative and creative activities with role-playing and active play.

Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor

Average price: $24.99- $29.99

Product Description:

Kids can sing along with Elena as she embarks on magical adventures.

Photo courtesy of Target.com

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

Average price: $38.99

Product Description:

This fun, interactive toy is made up of eight segments that can be attached to the motorized head. Each segment represents a different direction the Code-a-Pillar will move.

Photo courtesy of Target.com

GRADE SCHOOL (6-8 YRS) Grade-schoolers are expanding their worlds into a broader community of schoolmates and teammates. Encourage them to seek out and pursue their passions. Toys and games can help develop an appreciation for science, the arts, strategic and mind-stimulating activities.


Average price: $59.99

Product Description:

Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Hatchimals are interactive magical creatures inside eggs.

Photo courtesy of Toys 'R' Us

Skylanders Imaginators

Average price: $74.99

Product Description:

Kids can now create their own Skylanders with endless options for powers, abilities, catchphrases, appearance and more. Gaming system not included.

Photo courtesy of Skylanders.com

TWEENS (9+) Online or in person, socializing is a key activity for kids in this age group. Tweens are comfortable with technology and the digital world, they also enjoy playing games, being creative and being active. They need opportunities for them to try new things both on their own and with their peers.


Average price: $19.99

Product Description:

This hilarious game dares you not to get tongue-tied.

Photo courtesy of Hasbro.com

Sky Viper v2400FPV Streaming Drone with FPV Headset

Average price: $129.99

Product Description:

FPV headset offers a unique, immersive flying experience from the drone's POV! Capture high-flying stunts in 720p high definition with the v2400 HD Streaming Video Drone.

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