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The holiday season is upon us, and if you haven’t started your shopping yet, no worries. Your kids will make their wishes abundantly clear, that’s for sure. But you know what’s always ultra stressful? When they pick the most in-demand toys to top their wish lists, and suddenly you’re pulling every string you’ve got and searching every site you can think of to try to make sure Santa comes through for them. Here are a few of the toys they’ll be begging for (and you’ll be running all over trying to find) this year:

Hatchimals Surprise

The Hatchimals toy craze continues. This version features two toys emerging out of one single egg. The twins can be identical or fraternal, and begin to develop unique personalities as the weeks go on. The demand for this toy will be high this holiday season.


Disney Pixar’s Coco Guitar

The new movie is already a favorite among kids who adored Moana, so this toy guitar inspired by the film is sure to be a hit this holiday season.

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Similar to last year’s Hatchimals insanity, expect to spend a lot of time trying to find these adorable little guys to present to your kids this holiday season. They’re a collection of plastic baby monkeys, unicorns, and even a sloth. They make the cutest sounds, and react to motion and touch. If you find them online, stock up!


Star Wars App-Enabled Droid

Combining two of the hottest trends (Star Wars and robots) it’s no shock that this toy will top many kids’ lists this year, particularly as the film’s latest installment will have been released just 10 days before Christmas. You can control your droid with a smartphone. The gadget itself features plenty of sounds and movements to keep children entertained.


Paw Patrol My-Size Lookout Tower

Kids go crazy for anything and everything Paw Patrol, and this will be a favorite of the 2017 holiday season. It stands over two-and-a-half feet tall, and features a rotating periscope that’s perfect for spotting trouble.


There’s a lot of pressure on parents to make sure that Santa delivers on that lengthy holiday wish list. Remember, we all made it through the Tickle Me Elmo shortage of 1996. We’ll be just fine regardless of what happens with these toys.


Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.

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