Must-Have Toys for Christmas, According to Toys R Us

Must-Have Toys for Christmas, According to Toys R Us

The festive season can be a magical time for children. Whether you choose to celebrate it with vacation getaways, Christmas decorations or more family fun at home, children sense the joyous spirit of the holidays season. One thing that consistently brings joy to kids during this season, is all the new toys that often come with it.

When Toys R Us revealed its must-have toys and toy trends this year, it showed that outside toys, building and construction toys and educational tools were the most coveted play items this year.

“A few of the big trends we are seeing in the world of toys which have inspired our top toy must-haves include toy unboxing, outdoor play and creative building, with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills toys, sensory play and educational toys that support remote learning dominating the shelves,” says Catherine Jacoby, Marketing Manager at Toys R Us.

With entire families being couped up in their homes and with education being such a huge priority during the lockdown, these trends totally make sense. This article uses the research from Toys R Us’ annual Geoffrey’s Top Toys 2021, as well as seasonal changes and cultural changes to suggest toy items from a variety stores. 

For extra fun this year, check out these highly-coveted toy items you can splurge on for Christmas this year.

Fidget and sensory toys

Fidget and sensory toys are all the rage this year. With their ability to calm and soothe the senses, these types of toys are likely to be helpful for children who took on a lot of the stress that came with the pandemic this year. Fidget and sensory toys are also useful for kids with ADHD, autism or children who are dealing with anxiety. Check some out below.

Fun in the Sun!

It’s quite the summer in SA this year and with the combination of being locked up for long, a little fun with water goes a long way. Check out some of these play items below.

Fire hydrant water sprinkler. Get out and active with this Fire Hydrant designed water sprinkler. The sprinkler design allows for multiple water displacement and will keep the kids entertained for hours. Connect up to the hose and you ready for fun.
Paw Patrol Skye water blaster backpack. Popular paw patrol character, skye, will help you get your water action on! Fill her up and strap her on for some fire extinguishing or some water fun wih friends.

The bright and beautiful

Toy unboxing has become an eventful process, so the brighter and more aesthetically appealing a toy is, the better, according to Toys R Us. The company listed Barbie and Hot Wheels Colour Reveal as a top trending toy in this category. Here are our favourites.

My Toy
Barbie estate fully furnished close & go house. Open this Barbie dollhouse and move right in! The portable house unfolds to reveal a one-story home more than 2 feet wide and with 360 degrees of play!
Back to Jurassic Dinosaur Playset
Toys R Us
Back to Jurassic Dinosaur Playset. Go Back to Jurassic with this complete playset that includes Dinosaur, Figure, Vehicle and accessories.
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Pops Toys
Kindi Kids Toddler Doll – Bella Bow. Kindi Kids “Fun Time Friends” are the cutest Pre-Schoolers around! These adorable little girls are full of fun and play and they love attending Rainbow Kinder – A place where every day is about playing together and making friends! 
Sweet Shake Surprise
Toys R Us
Rainbocorns Sweet Shake Surprise are full of so many sweet surprises! There are 6 new sweet characters to find, including Macaroon Kittycorns and Ice Cream unicorns, and these Rainbocorns even speak!

Construction and building

Few things keep a child more occupied than a game that can challenge and promote their problem-solving skills. Construction and building toys are the perfect examples of this. They also assist with developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and creativity.

Play Toys
Djeco Toddler Blocks. Our Djeco stacking toddler blocks are a must have in every child’s toy cupboard. Depending on the child developmental stage the block are used as a toy that can stack, nest, knock down and rebuild. 

Radio Control

Toys R Us mentions that higher performance radio control toys form part of their top items. Check out the Cargo Train below which allows you to download an app that lets your younger child unlock more fun features.

Nexx Superbike RC
Toys R Us
Nexx Superbike offers speed and excitement with 40mins of race time on a single charge and can reach speeds of up to 20km/h. Perform stunts like wheelies and 360 degree spins with the drifting design rear wheel. 
Toy Zone
The LEGO™ DUPLO™ Cargo Train is now even easier for your toddler to control and interact within multiple ways. Young children can become the train driver with the Push & Go motor – a gentle push either forwards or backwards sends the train on its way and a firm hold or lift off the tracks will make it stop. 


With lockdown altering the way kids learn, there are so many toys designed to enhance their kid’s educational experience. We thought to add finger puppets to our list: many children felt the social impact of being isolated and finger puppets can help children understand empathy and different perspectives. Check them out below.

Educational and Bilingual Laptop French/English
Toys R Us
Educational and Bilingual Laptop French/English. The perfect laptop to learn while having fun! Thanks to this educational computer, your kid will be able to learn and discover many subjects in both French and English while having fun. 
Pops Toys
LeapFrog Chat & Count Smart Phone. Sing along to songs about counting, explore more than 15 phone activities, and more!

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