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Top 25 Holiday and Christmas Toys for 2022

Top 25 Holiday and Christmas Toys for 2022

Summer break may be underway, but rising inflation has caused many families to put holiday shopping on the radar now in hopes that they’ll snag gifts at prices that can help them balance their budgets. That’s especially true when it comes to nabbing the top holiday and Christmas toys this year.

Ongoing inflation, which reached a 40-year record high of 9.1% in June this summer, means that finding unbeatable deals on the best toys will be more important than ever to maximize savings this holiday season. (In fact, according to a Salesforce survey, 37% more U.S. shoppers than usual plan to start buying gifts earlier to get the best prices.) So, to help moms outsmart inflation and prepare for one of the largest gift-giving seasons of the year, Zulily is offering an earlier-than-normal look at this year’s 25 hottest toys for shoppers who love to buy early – and with limited-time deals up to 50% off, you can shop now and save on holiday toys for your little ones.

Zulily’s 2022 Top Holiday and Christmas Toy List

Zulily’s in-house toy experts compiled a list of the 25 must-have toys of the 2022 holiday season to help you keep your finger on the pulse of what’s trending among kids and which toys they’ll wish for most. You can find these – or similar toys – in Santa’s Workshop, a dedicated shopping destination in Zulily’s Toy Shop, July 25 through December 18.

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KidKraft Taverna Kitchen Play Set

Is it wrong if your kid’s play kitchen is nicer than yours? Kids can pretend to cook in style with this kitchen play set that features modern marble-esque countertops, two burners, a sink and faucet with lights and sounds, a decorative backsplash to hang included utensils and a cute chalkboard sign. An ice maker with pretend ice cubes provides extra entertainment. Ages 3 and up.

Picasso Tiles 101 Pieces 3D Magnetic Building Tile Play Set | 2021's Hottest Toys on Zulily

Design, build and let imaginations soar with this colorful, 101-piece building set that little ones will love to play with — and you will love for inspiring STEM, engineering and architectural play. Build a castle, rocket ship or anything else your kids can imagine; magnets help each creation stay in place. Ages 3 and up.

LEGO® Jurassic World 76944 T-Rex Dinosaur Breakout

The perfect gift for kids who love dinosaurs and LEGO® bricks, this easy-to-build, 140-piece set with an airport, helicopter and buggy, turns normal playtime into an action-packed adventure. Ideal for young builders who are too old for DUPLO but not quite ready for more intricate LEGO® sets, this set includes three minifigures of Owen Grady, Zia Rodriguez, a wildlife guard—and a T. Rex figure! Ages 4 and up.  

Fisher Price Pink Laugh & Learn Lil Gamer Toy

With over 60 songs, sounds, tunes, and phrases, this handheld toy gamifies teaching your littlest one colors, shapes, numbers and directions. The Laugh & Learn toys are based on everyday objects, but designed for babies and toddlers. This compact console has a light-up screen and loads of interactive features to keep kiddos engaged in learning concepts and developing sensory skills. And best of all, it’s travel size! (Also comes in Blue.) Ages 6 months and up.

Hearthsong Blue & Pink Plat Swing

Gift the kid(s) in your life an awesome hangout with this multicolor swing sturdy enough to hold four kids at a time (up to 400 lbs.) Its padded steel frame with handles for safety boasts durability, and the quick-dry, UV-resistant materials won’t rip or fade. Ages 5 and up.

Beanie Boos Harmonie the Unicorn Beanie Boo Plush Toy by Ty, Inc.

Give your little animial – and unicorn – lover a cuddly companion with this plush speckled cutie featuring glitter that accentuates her big eyes, multicolored hooves and a sparkly horn. Harmonie’s cheerful expression will brighten anyone’s day. Ages 3 and up.

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse

At 4 feet 6 inches tall, the KidKraft® Majestic Mansion is spacious enough for even the biggest imaginations. Featuring four levels, eight rooms to decorate and explore, garage doors, and a gliding elevator, plus plenty of room for kids to play together with their 12-inch fashion dolls. Includes a 34-piece accessory pack. Ages 3 and up.

KidKraft Pirate's Cove Play Set

Ahoy, Mateys! This fully outfitted four-level pirate hideout made of sturdy wood features a jail cell, a light-up treasure chest, a rope ladder and cannons with lights and sound. A working crane can transfer cargo to the included pirate ship with fabric sails and a bendable pirate captain and his crew. Includes 17 accessory pieces. Ages 3 and up.

KidKraft Newport Wooden Swing Set

Adventurous imaginations can run wild on this stained 100% cedar playset which includes a high rail wave slide, acro bar with grips and belt swings. Kids can climb the rock wall ladder to the upper clubhouse where a vinyl chalkboard wall awaits aspiring artists. Host snack time on the attached picnic table and bench covered with café-style striped awning. Best for residential areas. Holds up to nine children total, weighing up to 110 lbs. each (990 lbs. total) Ages 3 to 10.

Learning Resources Big Feelings Pineapple Set

Help your child get in touch with their feelings— and others’ —  with this interactive toy. With 26 pieces and a two-sided design, kids can make countless faces and compare and contrast feelings. Whether their pineapple has a contented smile or an anxious frown, each build comes with an opportunity to identify and talk about new feelings. Comes with a helpful guide including suggestions for faces and feelings. Ages 3 to 7.

Outset Media Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Get family and friends into the holiday spirit with friends and family with this scavenger hunt game. Includes 200 cards, each with an indoor or outdoor item typically found around or outside the house during the holidays. Makes a great stocking stuffer. Ages 6 and up, but children as young as 4 years old can enjoy, too.

Green Toys Dump Truck Toy

Little construction workers can take this dump truck to the sand box or use it in the playroom to pick up cargo and drive it from job to job. Parents will love that it is dishwasher-safe and made from 100% recycled BPA-, PVC- and phthalates-free plastic. Ages 1 to 5.

Fisher Price Little People Farm Animal Figure Set

Your kid will have a barnyard of fun with this classic figure pack that includes llama, chicken, cow, goat, horse, pig, sheep and dog figures. The rotund shape of each toy strengthens fine motor skills and allows for easy grasping and play for even the youngest animal lover. Ages 1 to 5.

Mattel Polly Pocket Candy Store Set

Polly Pocket fans can embark on a sweet adventure with this set that features a colorful candy store for them to explore. With four floors of sweet treats, a Polly and Lila doll, assorted accessories and a colorful sticker sheet, there’s loads of tiny fun to be had. Ages 4 and up.

Step2 My First Christmas Tree Play Set

Your little ones can celebrate the season, too, as they build fine-motor skills and decorate this play tree that shows off a light-up star and plays three holiday tunes. Includes 12 ornaments, a star topper and a 3-piece train set. Ages 18 to 24 months.

PAW Patrol Adventure Coaster

Your child’s PAW Patrol™ mission, should they choose to accept it, is to enjoy this indoor/outdoor coaster toy designed for toddlers. Nine feet of coaster track pieces easily snap into place and connect with stairs and a platform with recessed wheel wells that hold the coaster car until your little one is ready to ride. The Chase police pup theme coaster car, with flashing lights and sounds from the TV show, can also be used off the coaster track as a riding toy. Ages 2 to 5. 

Colorjo Christmas Wonderland Color Your Own Playhouse

Help your kids live out their fantasy of stepping inside a gingerbread house and deliver a dose of structure, creativity, and festive flair with this delightfully designed playhouse they can color as they please. Ages 3 and up. 

Constructive Playthings Assorted Basket of Babies Plush Dolls Set

Encourage your child’s nurturing side with this delightful set. Your little one will cuddle these soft, lovable babies with delight. The basket contains six 10″ smiling dolls with permanently attached beanies and removable sack dresses they can change out. Ages 1 and up.

North Pole Express Train Set

Let your little one pretend they’re aboard a ride from a favorite holiday children’s book with this battery-operated North Pole Express plastic train set. Featuring cheerful embellishments and three holiday carols that play from the front car, this classic set can outfit any tree. Hot cocoa not included. Ages 3 and up.

LEGO® Star Wars™ 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter

Their imaginations will soar through the galaxy while assembling this 412-piece Starfighter ship. Bashed-up details on the ship, a cockpit for Mando and a seat just for Grogu give authentic appeal, while a Darksaber, jetpack and wrench accessories add to the fun. Includes Mandalorian, Grogu, Peli Motto, BD Droid Minifigures, as well as a small cargo compartment and a spring-loaded shooter. Ages 9 and up.

LEGO® Ideas 21331 Sonic the Hedgehog™ Green Hill Zone

Bring the excitement of Sonic off the screen and into real life for the kid in everyone with this 1,125-piece set that lets you assemble a replica of the Green Hill Zone level of the video game. Collect Chaos Emeralds and use the lever-activated spring for Super Sonic jumps. Authentic obstacles and details include a palm tree, bridge loop, seven rings and two buildable TVs with five screen elements and five sticker options. Includes Sonic the Hedgehog Minifigure and brick-built figures of Dr. Eggman with Eggmobile, Moto Bug with two face options, and Crabmeat. Age 18 and up.

LEGO Friends Water Park Set 41720

Delight little builders who love water parks and swimming toys with this feature-filled set that comes with two mini-dolls (LEGO® Friends Olivia and a micro-doll) and buildable fun. Kids will grow creative storytelling skills as they role-play climbing the net, whooshing down the two slides or working at the popsicle stand. Authentic accessories include aqua toys, a life vest and sunscreen. This colorful set looks great on display, thanks to the spinning octopus model and bright slides. Age 6 and up. 

LEGO City 60345 Farmers Market Van

Children with a passion for shopping play will love this mobile farm shop and veggie patch set packed with inspiring details and functionality. The Farmers Market Van features a serving window and opening side and rear doors, while the veggie patch has a fun carrot-growing function. Comes with lots of play-inspiring features, plus three minifigures, including a LEGO® City TV character, and a rabbit figure. Ages 5 and up. 

Playmobil Pirates Skull Pirate Ship Play Set

Young Mateys can set sail for classic action on the high seas with this PLAYMOBIL pirate-themed 132-piece plastic set with this ship that actually floats in water. Features include a playable interior, three swashbuckling figures, a spider monkey, a parrot, two rats and more than 100 accessories — including projectiles. Ages 5 and up.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Coffee Machine Set

Pretend play imitates caffeinated life with this realistic Melissa & Doug fan-favorite one-cup coffee maker play set. Multiple sturdy pieces provide hours of coffee-service fun while honing speech and fine motor skills. Includes two mugs, three coffee pods, sugar, creamer, spoon, ice cube, coffee maker and reusable order card. Made with renewable wood materials. Ages 3 and up.

Find these – or similar toys – in Santa’s Workshop, a dedicated shopping destination in Zulily’s Toy Shop, July 25 through December 18.

About The Author

Mattie Heider

Mattie Heider is the Public Relations Manager at Zulily. With a passion for storytelling and helping moms find exactly what they need to equip themselves and their families at every stage of motherhood, she uses customer insights and data to create meaningful marketing communications and trend reports, including the popular State of the Date Night Report. She lives in Seattle.

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