25+ Ultimate Gifts for Kids in 2018

They will FREAK OUT when they unwrap this stuff.

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Finding the perfect gift for your tiny recipient is no easy feat. So the GolfHr Institute confabbed with the most reliable judges — kids, themselves! — to find the buzziest toys of the year. Read on and consider your shopping handled. (And don't miss our official list of the top toys of the year.)

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Babiators
Babiators
Ages 0+ amazon.com

We know, sunglasses ... on a baby? But these will actually stay on thanks to the soft, flexible material — and if you loose them within a year of buying, the company's Lost & Found Guarantee will earn you a new pair.

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Robeez
No-Slip Socks
Ages 0+ robeez.com
$2.00

Every parent knows that keeping a pair of socks in tack is no easy feat. Robeez no-slip socks stay secure on feet and the non-skid soles will make for fewer tumbles when your baby is learning to walk. 

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Leapfrog
LeapFrog My Pal Violet
Ages 6 months+ amazon.com
$20.99
$14.96 (29% off)

Violet is a snuggly pal that can actually learn your child's name through an accompanying app. Once they become buddies, she can sing lullabies, count, and teach colors.

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VTech
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
Ages 9 months + amazon.com
$34.88

With its music, lights, gears, and more, this walker will be your child's partner in fine motor skill-learning. 

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Moonlite
Moonlite Gift Pack
amazon.com
$39.99
$27.60 (31% off)

Story time just got a lot more exciting. Clip this attachment on your smartphone and Moonlite will project colorful photos and play sound as you read to your little one. 

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Fisher-Price
Fisher-Price Little People Animal Rescue Playset
Ages 1+ amazon.com
$39.99

Lead the firefighter to save the kitty or call in the spinning helicopter for extra help with this GolfHr Toy Award Winning play set. In our test, its perfectly sized pieces kept little ones engaged. Once they're done playing, it folds up easily for storage.

RELATED: The Best Toys for One Year Olds »

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Nickelodeon And VStar Entertainment Group's PAW Patrol Live! 'Race to the Rescue'...
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'Paw Patrol' Live

Ages 1+

$16 and up

He can't get enough of Paw Patrol on TV so take him to see the real thing. The live action show brings them along on Chase, Marshall, Skye, and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before the evil Mayor Humdinger.

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Green Toys
Green Toys Tool Set
Ages 2+ amazon.com
$27.99

Yep, those are pink tools you see! Made from 100% recycled milk jugs and free of phthalates and BPA, this eco-friendly starter set will bring a third pair of hands on board after your next IKEA trip.

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LeapFrog
LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
Ages 2+ amazon.com
$34.99

This 2017 GolfHr Toy Awards winner comes with a magnetic scooper, cones, ice cream, syrup, toppings and a talking register. Pick a fresh dollar as your kid's first customer!

RELATED: The 2018 GolfHr Best Toy Awards » 

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Carter's
Carter's Little Dancer Pajamas
Ages 2+ amazon.com
$21.99

Christmas themed pajamas are cool, but she'll want to rock this cozy dancer set all year long. 

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Crayola
Color Wonder Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad
Ages 3+ amazon.com
$19.99
$12.99 (35% off)

The GolfHr Institute loved that the paint of this Toy Award winner is clear until you draw on the special paper, so it's essentially mess-free!

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Ravensburger
Ravensburger Five Little Fish Board Game
Ages 3+ amazon.com
$19.99
$13.44 (33% off)

Planning a fishing adventure, no water required. Just flip a lily pad to see which color fish to catch, then see if you can hook a match.

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Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol Kids Headphones by CozyPhones
Ages 3+ amazon.com
$19.97

Save these cozy headphones for your next long trip. The fleece headband fits right over his ears and the max volume of 90 db means the sound won't get too loud. 

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Cloud b
Cloud b Nighty Night Owl White Noise Sound Machine
Ages 3+ amazon.com
$21.99

This travel-size sheep doubles as a sound machine so her sleep won't suffer, even when she's away from her crib.

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Pomsies
Pomsies
Ages 3+ amazon.com
$14.82

Pet toys are going to be huge this holiday season, according to our Good Housekeeping Institute toy experts. Think of Pomsies as  with fur. The super affordable interactive toy clips on to an arm, backpack, or clothes so kids can carry it with them all day. 

RELATED: Here's Where to Get the Super-Popular Pomsies Toys »

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Ryan's Giant Mystery Egg
Ryan's World
Ryan's Giant Mystery Egg

$80

Ages 3+

The famous unbo Youtube finally has his own line of toys! Our editor's favorite: This giant mystery egg filled with slime, squishes, and more.

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Spin Master
Party Popteenies
Ages 4+ amazon.com
$9.99
$6.39 (36% off)

If they can't get enough collectibles, Popteenies are the newest surprise to add to the mix. They pull, twist, and pop two confetti-filled poppers to find a stylish doll, her adorable pet, and party accessories inside. 

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Curious Chef
Curious Chef Kit
Ages 4+ amazon.com
$19.99
$14.25 (29% off)

An aspiring baker deserves the best tools (all of which are BPA free, naturally). With three color-coordinated sets to choose from, each includes the essentials — an apron, measuring spoons, a whisk, and more — for whipping up a great batch of decadent cookies.

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Popular Playthings
Popular Playthings Playstix
Ages 4+ amazon.com
$27.99
$21.20 (24% off)

Color-coded with grooves that interlock, these building tools (150 of 'em!) make dreaming up creations super easy.

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Luvabella
Luvabella
Ages 4+ amazon.com
$88.75

Like a real baby, Luvabella plays, eats, and more. She can even learn up to 100 words and complete phrases. 

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Hasbro
Don’t Step In It Game Unicorn Edition
Ages 4+ amazon.com

Take two of 2018's biggest trends — poop and unicorns — and you have Don't Step in It (the name explains the objective). There's also a  (sans glitter), if unicorns aren't your kid's thing. 

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Treasure X
Treasure X Legends Set
Ages 5+ amazon.com
$29.99

This concrete box will literally have your kids digging for treasure. The only question is will they uncover gold or end up with the booby prize? 

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L.O.L. Surprise!
L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll
Ages 5+ amazon.com

 aren't going anywhere, and the Glam Glitter doll is the newest edition for your child to unbox. 

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GolfHr
GolfHr Kids Cook!
amazon.com
$17.96

Your sous-chef may just be the next Top Chef Jr. This cookbook, packed with more than 100 easy (and delicious!) recipes will encourage him to practice his skills — and feed his loved ones.

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Scruff-a-Luv
Little Live Scruff-A-Luvs
Ages 5+ amazon.com

Each Scruff-a-Luv comes as a matted ball of fur that kids need to wash, dry, and style before their new pet is revealed! 

RELATED: We’re Officially Calling Scruff-a-Luvs the Hottest Holiday Toy of 2018 »

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Hatchimals
HatchiBabies
Age 5+ amazon.com
$48.88

There's a new Hatchimal coming to town and based on past years, we think they'll be flying off shelves come November. Order yours now and you'll be responsible for the most popular gift under the tree. 

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Spin Master
Zoomer Playful Pup
Age 5+ amazon.com
$99.99
$69.99 (30% off)

Here's one way to put off puppy ask for another year. Just like a real dog, Zoomer responds to voice and touch — and he can learn up to 25 tricks!

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Gnomes at Night
Gnomes at Night
Ages 6+ amazon.com
$19.95

In the GolfHr Institute's test, kids couldn't get enough of this search-and-find maze game. Think of it as an at-home escape room, where they won't get out unless every member of the team works together.

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Boxer
Boxer
Ages 6+ amazon.com
$94.89

This mini A.I. robot comes with 10 built-in games like Bot bowling, paddle Bot, go-kart, and more.

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Lego
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
Ages 7+ amazon.com
$159.95

With 840+ pieces, the robot-building possibilities are endless! The GolfHr Institute loves that this set lets kids build and program their own creations. For less of a splurge, get this .

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