We've updated this article by price-checking all the toys featured, amending prices where necessary, removing items that were out of stock, and replacing them with alternative toy recommendations.
If you're looking for the top Christmas toys so you can buy a winner of a pressie for your child, nieces, nephews or friends' kids, then you've come to the right place.
We've analysed the retailer trends to bring you a definitive list of the top Christmas toys for 2024, to take the hassle out of your Christmas shopping and help you avoid overspending on something that may find itself in the regifting pile before New Year's Eve.
This is supported by child development expert Dr. Amanda Gummer, who says: "I talk to a lot of parents, and time and again I hear that parents panic at the last minute and over-spend in haste when choosing what to buy from the top Christmas toys."
To avoid falling into that trap, check out this list of the toys worth your money this festive season, as chosen by shopping expert and parenting specialist, Heidi Scrimgeour.
Top Christmas toys 2024: at-a-glance
- Mattel Barbie The Movie Doll - £44.99, Amazon
- Playmobil Space Mars Mission Station - £61.97, Amazon
- DOG-E 1691 MINTiD Robotic Dog - £59.99, Amazon
- Little Live Pets Cutie Cuts Lil Snippers - £19.99, Amazon
- Hot Wheels T-Rex Chomp Down Track Set - £37.32, Amazon
- Melissa & Doug Jet Pilot Interactive Dashboard - £99.41, Amazon
- LEGO Gabby's Dollhouse Toy Playset - £69.99, Lego
- ZURU Smashers Dino Island T-Rex Battles - £35.19, Amazon
- Xootz Kids Bubble Go Foldable Scooter - £39.91, Amazon
- LEGO Star Wars Ahsoka Tano's T-6 Jedi Shuttle Set - £64.99, LEGO
- Cookeez Makery Oven - £29.99, Amazon
- Magic Mixies Pixlings - £12.99 Amazon
- Hapello Toy Air Fryer - £14, Asda
- Jabadabado Wooden Market Stall - £117, Kidly
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Delivery Van - £39.99, The Entertainer
- boppi 10 in 1 Toddler Jigsaws - £13.99, Amazon
- Sesame Street 53426 Elmo Slide Plush - £50, Argos
- Squishmallows 12" Bevin the Pink and Blue Cotton Candy Plush - £20.97, Amazon
- L.O.L. Surprise Magic Flyers Flutter Star Doll - £29.59, John Lewis
- Furby - £54.99, Amazon
- LEGO Monster Jam™ Megalodon™ - £21.20, Amazon
Top Christmas toys 2024
In a hurry to get this year's most popular toys crossed off your shopping list? Here's our pick of the top toys for Christmas 2024:
What is it? Mattel's Barbie the Movie Doll is based on none other than Margot Robbie. Ask anyone in the toy industry what this year's top Christmas toy is and they'll give you the same answer - Barbie.
Why we chose it: This Dream Villa Pool Party Dollhouse (was
£349.99 now £179.99 at Amazon) Barbie Dreamhouse Black Friday deal is a cracker and bound to top wish lists - but Barbie herself gets top billing on our top Christmas toys list.
What is it? This Playmobil Space Mars Mission Station features more than 180 individual play pieces and three Playmobil figures plus light and sound features so it's bound to keep budding astronauts occupied.
Why we chose it: Built to last and brilliant for imaginative play, Playmobil is hard to beat. You can build up your collection too, adding the Mars Mission Rocket and the Meteoroid Laser (both sold separately) at a later date.
What is it: A Robot dog unlike any other - through a special 'minting' process Dog-E comes 'alive' and reveals a unique combination of lights, sounds, and personality traits. No two Dog-E toys are the same. Kids, the future is here.
Why we chose it: With 200+ sounds and reactions, this interactive toy uses innovative technology to communicate via its tail when it’s hungry, playful, or needs a hug. You can use the app to teach it tricks and it can learn your name.
What is it? Each cute pet character comes with a pair of child-friendly scissors so that little ones can trim away their pet's overgrown fur plus a handbag - the perfect place to pop your pooch!
Why we chose it: If, like me, you ever gave your dolls or cuddly toys a haircut when you were a child, you'll understand the appeal of Lil Snippers. There are four different levels of character 'rarity' to collect including two ultra-rare.
What is it? This racing track play set comes with a Hot Wheels toy car - pop it in the police station and press the slam launcher to send it racing through the mouth of a T-Rex who's trying to eat Hot Wheels City. Hours of Hot Wheels fun.
Why we chose it: It wouldn't be a top Christmas toys list without a Hot Wheels playset. This won't break the bank but it's still a substantial gift with plenty of wow factor. Time it right and you can defeat the dino and save the city, too!
What is it? This wooden airplane dashboard has everything little ones need to let their imagination take flight, including a steering yoke, scrolling map, throttle, lights, buttons, switches, and sound effects. It even comes with a play headset.
Why we chose it: My kids created versions of this using cardboard boxes and old game controllers - but this would have blown them away. The throttle actually increases the speed of the scrolling map plus it plays 22 sounds. Ace.
What is it? A LEGO playset based on the super-popular DreamWorks Animation TV show, Gabby's Dollhouse. With four floors and eight activity rooms to build and explore, plus LEGO minifigure versions including Gabby and Pandy Paws.
Why we chose it: Fans of the show may already have Gabby's Purrfect Dollhouse (£69.99, LEGO) but this is a brilliant introduction to building LEGO. Large enough for absorbing play yet it takes up less space than the Dollhouse.
What is it? A simple premise - youngsters have to dig their way through slime and sand (and what kid doesn't love that...) to find their dinosaur pieces, before constructing two beasts who then battle it out using their weapons of choice.
Why we chose it: YouTubers have made this toy super popular with kids - my 10-year-old daughter spotted it in a toy shop and was able to tell me all about how brilliant it is. Slime, sand, duelling dinosaurs... what's not to love?
What is it? It's a three-wheeled scooter, which would make a pretty cool Christmas gift in itself, except this one has a bubble machine mounted on the front! They didn't make Christmas toys like this when we were kids!
Why we chose it: Aside from the absolute joy of whizzing about through a cloud of bubbles, this scooter is also height adjustable to accommodate growth spurts and foldable for easy carrying. Because you will end up carrying it.
What is it? Young Star Wars: Ahsoka fans will love this buildable LEGO Jedi Shuttle which comes with four Star Wars mini-figures (including Ahsoka) plus lightsabers and blasters.
Why we chose it: No list of top Christmas toys is complete without a LEGO set. This has an opening cockpit, retractable landing gear, and stud shooters, plus mini figures of Sabine Wren ready to do battle against Marrok.
What is it? It's a plush toy with sensory tactile features and a clever 'surprise reveal' feature - when children open the oven door they'll discover a warm, scented interactive plushy in the shape of a baked treat!
Why we chose it: Have you not read the description? Come on, kids are going to love this. And yes, it's on our list of top Christmas toys because we really wanna play with it too.
What is it: Kids can mix their own magic potion to reveal a magical Pixling doll. There are three Pixlings to create and collect; Unia the Unicorn, Deerlee the Deer, and Marena the Mermaid Pixling.
Why we chose it: We hate to boast but we predicted that Magic Mixies were going to be huge when we attended the launch in 2021 - and we're sure this craze is set to continue.
What is it: A toy air fryer! At long last, little ones who love playing kitchens and mimicking the adults can cook along with their very own must-have kitchen gadget of the moment. Hope they know what not to put in an air fryer, though!
Why we chose it: So many kids enjoy kitchen-based role-play, and we've been wondering how long it would take for everyone's favourite kitchen item to appear as a toy. So it only seems fitting that an air fryer is under their tree this Christmas!
What is it: No top Christmas toys list is complete without a toy kitchen - but this beautiful wooden market stall goes one better. There's a till with coins and even fabric shopping bags for customers, along with 28 different food accessories.
Why we chose it: Who doesn't love a beautifully crafted wooden toy? We think this is a lovely modern twist on the traditional kitchen game. Let's encourage youngsters to play farmers' markets!