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The Toy Insider Reveals the Hottest Toys For 2022!

The Toy Insider has just unveiled its expert picks for the best toys, games, and gifts in its 17th annual Holiday Gift Guide and the best part is 70% of the 360 toys listed are under $50.

The hottest toys are broken down into three categories: the Hot 20 (most wished-for items of the year), the STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering, and math toys that make learning fun) and the 12 Under $20.

Now, there is bit of bad news this year and it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

We continue to see the impacts of record-high inflation reflected on the price points of toys in all categories. Add in the supply chain issues from last year and you will see a difference when you go holiday shopping this year.

“We’re already seeing inflation impacting the toy box. Getting your hands on hot toys this year means budgeting more dollars, plus shopping early to avoid the disappointment of a sold-out toy,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider.

The Toy Insider says their data shows that you can expect to pay up to 15 percent more on toys and games this holiday season.

With this in mind, this year’s hottest toys guide has a budget-friendly tone with as many as 125 gift ideas priced under $25.

So, let’s get to it! Here are the toys that made 2022’s Hottest Toys List! Happy shopping, friends!

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

0-2 years

Fisher-Price DJ Bouncin’ Beats Mattel
Fisher-Price DJ Bouncin’ Beats (Mattel)

  • Fisher-Price DJ Bouncin’ Beats (Mattel)
  • Level Up Gaming Chair (LeapFrog)

3-4 years

Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse (Moose Toys) Toy Insider's Hottest Toys 2022
Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse (Moose Toys)

  • Barbie Dreamhouse (Mattel)
  • Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse (Moose Toys)
  • Clean Sweep Learning Caddy (LeapFrog)
  • CoComelon Boo Boo JJ Doll (Jazwares)
  • Disney Encanto EZ Link Karaoke Machine (eKids)
  • Disney Junior Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Alice Doll & Magical Oven Set (Just Play)
  • Monster Jam Monster Garage (Spin Master)
  • Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Ice Cream Truck Playset (Hasbro)

5-7 years

Squishmallows 16-inch Buddy Squad (Jazwares) 2022 Hottest Toys
Squishmallows 16-inch Buddy Squad (Jazwares)

  • Addison Rae – Deluxe Music Fashion Doll (Bonkers Toys)
  • Akedo Triple Strike Tag Team Arena (Moose Toys)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Fashion Show (MGA Entertainment)
  • Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball (Moose Toys)
  • RukusFX Motion-Controlled Music Mixer (Just Play)
  • Squishmallows 16-inch Buddy Squad (Jazwares)

8+ years

LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course (LEGO) 2022's Hottest Toys
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course (LEGO)

  • AirTitans Jurassic World Massive Attack T.Rex R/C (Jakks Pacific)
  • LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course (LEGO)
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)
  • Vital Hero (Bandai Namco Toys & Collectibles America)

The Toy Insider’s STEM 10

Osmo Coding Starter Kit by Osmo
Osmo Coding Starter Kit (Osmo)

  • Critter Creator Fossil Kit (Crayola)
  • LEGO City Mars Spacecraft Exploration Missions (LEGO)
  • Magic Adventures Microscope (LeapFrog)
  • National Geographic Herb Garden Growing Kit (Blue Marble)
  • Osmo Coding Starter Kit (Osmo)
  • Pinxies Butterfly Hot Air Balloon (Luki Lab)
  • Smart Chart Medical Kit (VTech)
  • Switcheroo Coding Crew (Learning Resources)
  • Trestle Tracks Deluxe (Fat Brain Toys)
  • Ultra Bionic Blaster (Thames & Kosmos)

The Toy Insider’s 12 Under $20

Pop It! Pro by Buffalo Games
Pop It! Pro by Buffalo Games

  • 5 Surprise Foodie Mini Brands (ZURU)
  • Captivz Dominion Dino Surprise Egg (ToyMonster)
  • CoComelon Pattern Party Game (Funko Games)
  • Express My Feelings Journal (hand2mind)
  • Fashion Fidgets (WowWee)
  • Glow Fusion Marker Coloring Sets (Crayola)
  • Kittens vs Gherkins (Cepia)
  • Pixicade Pets (BitOGenius)
  • Playfoam Naturals (Educational Insights)
  • Pop It! Pro (Buffalo Games)
  • Star Wars Micro Galaxy Starfighter Class (Jazwares)
  • Tugl Cube (Fat Brain Toys)

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Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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