As the holidays quickly approach , I’m feeling nostalgic for toys that don’t completely suck. You know what I’m talking about. You buy a toy for your child hoping to make their holidays super special only for your child to play with it once, it breaks easily, drains batteries quickly, or takes so long to put together you get frustrated and your child gives up and moves on to another toy.
So I polled the women in my Facebook moms group to share with me the toys they loved and hated so that we could all avoid spending money on toys that aren’t worth it. So in no particular order, these are the toys that made the naughty or nice list. It’s not my intention to tell you what to buy. I’m simply letting you know what other parents thought about these particular toys.
The Naughty List
Flutterbye Fairies – Moms complained about them breaking super easily and not holding a charge for very long.
Juggle Bubbles – Even this mom agreed, these just don’t work.
Zoomer Puppy – Beyond being expensive, several moms said their kids lost interest in it as early as the day after Christmas.
Ferbys – Although some moms said their kids loved them, several moms complained they took on a mean personality and because this mom would never pay good money for a toy with a bad attitude it makes the naughty list.
Remote Control Helicopters Of Any Brand – Apparently these toys make even grown men cry when they ultimately lose control and go crashing to the ground. So save the money and tears and just skip this one.
Wubble Bubble – I was told this toy popped in a day. Honestly, it’s probably a good idea to skip any toys of the “As Seen On TV” variety.
Ice Cream Magic (As Seen On TV) – Kids need to do a whole lot of shaking for the two spoonfuls of ice cream it makes.
Disney Train Tracks – Moms complained about the numerous tiny pieces and the fact that the trains never stayed on the tracks and that’s sort of the whole point of buying your kid a train.
Thomas the Train Take & Play sets – Moms said they were hard for the kids to put together and the trains fell off the tracks. Try going with a wooden set, moms seem to agree this is the better bet.
Moon Dough & Moon Sand – Picture play dough that is way harder to clean up and you’ll understand why most moms suggest passing on these.
Mega Blocks In The Smaller Brick Styles – While parents liked the bigger sized blocks for young kids, they said the smaller ones get stuck easily and are hard to pull apart.
Expensive Air Hog Set – I’m not sure of which exact set it is, but according to one mom the $80 set broke in one day.
Bunchems – You could find yourself or your child in need of a crew cut if you have the misfortune of getting these in your hair.
Any Kids Tablet
Easy Bake Oven – Though I loved this toy as a kid, I can honestly say we bought this for my daughter a few years ago and it was broken roughly the third time it was used. I guess they just don’t make them like they used to.
Rock ‘N Roll Elmo – One mom said it broke within a week.
Carrera Go Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles X-Loop Race Set – It’s reported to be so flimsy it falls apart with the slightest touch.
Fischer-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Space Rover – One mom said that it’s GIGANTIC and was used by her child as a plastic battering ram.
Sofia the First Princess Sofia & Walking Minimus- It completely eats batteries.
Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart – It reportedly falls apart.
Disney Frozen Elsa Doll Castle Playset
Disney/Pixar’s Brave Castle & Forest Playset
Big Hugs Elmo – From what I hear his arms break after one hug, so he’s more like Cold Shoulder Elmo.
The Nice List
Fischer Price Doctor Set or any Doctor Set – These provide hours of entertainment for the kiddos.
Dolls that make NO noise – Suffice it to say, no annoying voices to listen to.
Wooden Train Sets – Trains seem to stay on these tracks better than their plastic counter parts.
Light Up Cars With Race Track from QVC – Moms said these really stand the test of time. They are still entertaining and running strong years after they were purchased.
Big Mega Blocks and Lego Duplos – Parents said they were easy for toddlers to use and didn’t have the ability to hide on the floor and attack your feet like the smaller versions.
Legos – Despite the high probability of stepping on them, they are still a fan favorite for parent’s whose kids will spend hours playing with them. I’m guessing that’s why Leggo is coming out with slippers now.
Melissa & Doug Toys – They are wooden and durable.
Toys R Us Journey Girls Dolls – They have the appeal of American Girl dolls without the hefty price tag.
Step 2 Kitchen Sets
Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse & Accessories
Hess trucks – These old favorites can still be found online.
Metal Tonka Trucks
Any Little People Toys
Hot wheels/Matchbox cars – Just be prepared to put the big track sets together yourself.
Shopkins – I’ve been informed these are quite annoying, but kids love them so I guess it depends on your tolerance level.
Lil Woodzeez – If your kid likes Calico Critters these are a cheaper version. They can be found at Target and on Amazon. Moms described them as being good quality for the price.
Bikes, Roller Skates or Skateboards
Sporting Equipment/Gear – My oldest two are both doing basketball this year so as a combined gift we’re getting them a basketball hoop so they can practice at home.
Indoor or Outdoor Trampolines
vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Cars and Playsets
Foam Building Blocks – I’ve been informed these are excellent gifts for toddlers.
Vtech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers
So there you have it folks, the nice and not so nice list of toys. And while it’s tempting to obsess about what toys to get our kids, I know like me, most of you have kids with tons of toys already. One mom really put things in perspective when she said that her kids’ (ages 12 and 14) toy collections have now dwindled down to a single little box per child consisting of mostly Happy Meal Toys. After all the money spent on toys, isn’t that a kick in the teeth? So I say, forget what’s hot now and go instead for classic toys that are built to last and check out my list of non-toy gifts for kids. Happy Shopping!
*All toy images found on amazon.com