In an effort to get you ahead of the game, we’re sharing 10 of the hottest tech toys this holiday season.

One word: Hatchimals. The “it” toy of 2016, Hatchimals sent parents scrambling, bartering and begging, to make their little one’s wishes come true. That “magic” egg was the epitome of cool, and the interactive games each Hatchimal offered were a lot of fun (but a little annoying over a two-and-a-half hour car ride).

Lucky for me, I watch toy trends throughout the year, paying close attention to hot toys at the Toy Fair each year, so I didn’t have to take out a second mortgage to put a Hatchimal under the tree.

In an effort to get you ahead of the game, we’re sharing 10 of the hottest tech toys this holiday season.




A throwback toy, harkening back to 1997, when supply couldn’t meet the demand for these once high-tech inventions. 20 years later, we’re revisiting and celebrating what once used to be high-tech, but is now considered vintage.

If you have an old-school kid, consider adding a Tamagotchi to their list. Or, if you have a little one begging for a pet, give them a Tamagotchi instead, and have them work their way towards the real thing. Just looking at the screens, it’s hard to believe these were cutting edge back in the day!

Tamagotchi lists the age rating as 8 months and older, but I don’t see many babies playing with these; I can see children as young as 3 playing with a Tamagotchi, with parental guidance, of course.

furReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger


If you’ve ever played with a furReal pet, you know that they’re super cute, and their responsiveness makes them eerily life-like. 

furReal Roarin’ Tyler is almost like having a real tiger cub of your own, with little roars in response to your voice and pats, as well as bodily movements that respond to cuddles. Tyler has over 100 sound and movement combinations, which makes him move and respond realistically.

If your little one isn’t ready for the responsibility of a pet, Roarin’ Tyler is the perfect option!

You should know that Tyler goes down into a submissive, playful position when he roars, so as not to scare little ones and I should also note that my son (between the ages of 2-4) was so petrified of his furReal pet that we had to get rid of it, so be sure to take age into consideration.

The furReal Roarin’ Tyler is designed for children ages 5+.

Hero Droid BB-8


Another installment in the latest Star Wars trilogy releases right around the holidays, so kids will once again be infatuated with the little droid with a big personality: BB-8.

Spinmaster (the makers of Hatchimals) presents the Hero Droid BB-8, a 16-inch tall, near life-like (or movie-like) rendition of the beloved character. The BB-8 Droid interacts with users, just like in the movies, when placed in Follow Me mode, and will roll along wherever you go; BB-8 also has voice recognition capabilities, and can be controlled with a remote.

Star Wars fans of all ages will enjoy the Hero Droid BB-8’s lights and sounds, and is rated for users ages 5+.



Fingerlings was one of the toys I learned about after the Toy Fair, and demand will make them hard to come by, as we get closer to the holidays. Fingerlings -- monkey, unicorn and sloth -- are cute, responsive critters that cling to your finger.

Interact with your Fingerling, or have two interact with each other, and you’ll be rewarded. With built-in sensors, Fingerlings react to touch, movement, and even blown air. Fingerlings can blink, blow kisses, sing, and even...fart; little ones will have fun making their tiny playmate pass wind.

Fingerlings are designed for kiddos 5+, but will likely be enjoyed by both children and adults.

Beasts of Balance


The award-winning Beasts of Balance is a game the entire family can enjoy, with mind-bending technology combining both real and virtual worlds. Beasts of Balance taps into kids’ creative sides, as well as their competitive side, challenging players to build towers with playing pieces.

Abstract pieces represent animals and instructions, which are scanned in before being stacked. As pieces are stacked, players watch on their smart-device, as their animals take on life; however, once your tower falls, all of your animals will disappear from your world.

Beasts of Balance is perfect for family game nights, but can also be played solo. Beasts of Balance is recommended for players 6+.

Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers


Really, you can’t go wrong with any of Osmo’s amazing products, but the super hot toy from them this year is through a partnership with Hot Wheels -- MindRacers.

If you’re not already familiar with Osmo, they make a line of interactive, educational games you play with an iPad. With a special base, users launch their Hot Wheels cars toward their iPad screen, and the screen takes those cars on a virtual race, through eight different worlds. 

All is not as easy as it seems, as players can throw down game tokens to control their virtual car’s moves, as well as create a winning strategy to take them through the track.

Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers is designed for players ages 7+, and requires an iPad to play.

Snap Circuits Jr.


Again, STEM games are all the rage right now, and Snap Circuits Jr. is an easy way for children to learn how all of the electronics in and around their home work. The Snap portion of Snap Circuits Jr. means that the only tools kids need are their hands to get started creating working electronic circuitry.

Kids can build a photo sensor, create a flashing light, or get a siren to sound (the sound is adjustable, so don’t worry) by connecting circuits. In case you’re concerned that your kiddo will get bored quickly, Snap Circuits Jr. comes with instructions for over 100 electrical circuit creations.

Snap Circuits Jr. is rated for children as young as 8 years of age (and as old as 108).

Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Games


Another fun and fantastic STEM activity, Bloxels teaches kids basic coding principles, by combining art, animation, design and logic.

Technically, kids can create and code their own games through the app without the set, but those with a Gameboard will be able to access many more options, create more involved games, and add even more villains to avoid and defeat.

 Recommended for players ages 9+, Bloxels is the perfect gift for little gamers who aspire to become video game creators.

LEGO Mindstorms


LEGO are a perennial favorite and LEGO Mindstorms are no exception. LEGO Mindstorms allow kids to create their own robots, and control them via three levels of difficulty:

  • Using the controller that comes with the set
  • Downloading and using the Commander App
  • Creating their program with free LEGO Mindstorms programming software

Much like Bloxels, where kids create their own video games and are rewarded with game play, LEGO Mindstorms award kids with a fully functioning, controllable robot after assembly.

LEGO Mindstorms are perfect for LEGO-loving kids (and adults), looking to take their creations even further, and are designed for creators ages 10+.



Another hybrid techno-game, Hasbro’s DropMix is sure to breathe life into any party. Users download the DropMix app to their iOS 9.0+ or Android 5+ device, and pair with the electronic DropMix board, which comes with 60 mixing cards.

From the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, DropMix lets users create their own mixes with a simple play of a card. 80s rock can quickly blend with 90s hip-hop, allowing users to create their own unique music mixes.

The best part? Players need no music background to become a master mixer. DropMix is rated for users 16+.

Now that you know what the hot tech toys are this year, it’s time to get shopping -- good luck!

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About Lauren B. Stevens

Lauren B. Stevens is a writer, editor & digital parent, whose pieces have been published across the internet and featured in several print anthologies. Lauren lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and son, and enjoys spending her family time hiking and traveling.

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