Festive toy trends for 2018, PLUS 19 great gifts for kids

Posted on December 7th, 2018

You’ll be the most popular parent on the block when you leave one of these awesome gifts under the Christmas tree for your little one this festive season.

2018 Toy trends Plus 19 gifts for kids

Don’t feel like spending hours pacing through busy toy shops wondering what to buy your little one for Christmas? We’ve got you covered – we did all the hard work and found the hottest toys for kids this festive season.

ALSO SEE: Our top toys for babies 0 to 1 years for 2018

Hatching toys

Hatching toys are a huge, worldwide craze and will remain high on the Christmas wish list in 2018.  For the upcoming season three Nurchums product lines are available in South Africa. Dinosaur Hatching Eggs feature the popular Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus. The Nurchums Fantasy Hatching Egg range offers a complete surprise because you could hatch a unicorn or a fairy.  The August release of the live action The Little Mermaid film has ignited a worldwide mermaid trend and Nurchum’s latest Mermaid Hatching Eggs will be high on the Christmas wish list in 2018.

Available at Toys R Us from R89.99.

Hatching dino egg

Squishy and tactile toys

The Keycraft Global range of squishy monsters, unicorns and sea life, are fun, sensory toys that allow kids to make up their own games. Slime is still hot and the Goobands and Gooballz are also proving to be popular this year. The Goobands have the added value of offering a collectible wristband in assorted colours.

The Goobands are available at selected CAN stores countrywide from R69.99.


Toys that teach and STEM toys

Kids are natural-born creators, investigators and researchers and quickly become engrossed in hands-on experiments and building toys. The new Magnoidz range of Science Kits promote exciting learning through play and kids love STEM toys such as Erupting Volcano and Lie Detector.

Erupting Volcano available online from takealot.com for R139.

Erupting Volcano

Millennial nostalgia toys

As an antidote to our tech-driven world, you have to love Keycraft’s range of timeless toys such as Jack-in-the-box, Bicycle Horn, Harmonica and Mr Grasshead!  These are toys that remind us that having simple, hands-on fun is such an important part of being human.

Jack in the Box, R320.00, available at Play Toys and Toy House in Pretoria. Call Leanne on 083 3092587 or email leanne@pollywiggles.co.za for a full stockist list.

Jack in the box


Kids love collecting, swapping and sharing, which is also a great way for them to practise social skills. Collectibles are usually affordable, so kids can use their own pocket money and choose what they want. They love “owning” something that is exclusively theirs, and get excited about adding to their collection. It is a process – collecting the whole range is an achievement. Unicorn collectables are huge at the moment.

Unicorn Fantasy Egg available from Toys R Us from R89.99

Unicorn Fantasy hatch egg

Barbie Color Surprise Doll (African American and Caucasian), R489.99, Toys R Us

 Your little one will love transforming Barbie’s hair from pretty pastel shades to bolder, brighter hues. Suitable for ages three years and older.

Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Cove Castle, R719.99, toyadventures.co.za

Your little one will love this colourful play set! It’s easily portable with a clasp and rainbow handle. Your princess will especially love the princess throne that expands into a full-size bed for Barbie, with a small bed for her dog Honey. Suitable for ages three years and older.

Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Cove Castle

Fisher-Price Beatbo Train, R719.99, Babies R Us

This adorable motorised train encourages crawl-along fun to the sounds of more than 50 songs, tunes and phrases. Baby can press the smokestack to activate motorised action, lights and sounds. Suitable for babies six months and older.

Fisher-Price Beatbo Train

Fisher-Price Laugh ‘n’ Learn Puppy’s Remote, R279, takealot.com

This remote looks just like mom and dad’s grown-up remote control, but has more fun functions like a light-up Puppy and Sis screen that illuminates when baby presses buttons. It uses 35+ words, songs and phrases to stimulate imagination and creativity while introducing baby to numbers, colours and opposites. Suitable for babies six to 36 months.

Fisher-Price Laugh n Learn Puppy’s Remote

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures Large Engine Assortment, R114.99, Toys R Us

Your little one will have a ball playing with these fun engines. Each large engine features plastic connectors to join it to other Thomas & Friends Adventure Engines or tenders (sold separately). Suitable for children three years and older.

Thomas & Friends

Mega Bloks Basic Building ABC Learning Train, R299, Makro

This fun toy offers a vibrant and simple way to introduce little ones to the ABC’s, with 3 rolling wheelbases that connect for expanded play, or even for building short starter words. Suitable for kids one to five years.

Mega Bloks Basic Building ABC Learning Train

Yellies!, R225, available from Toy Kingdom, Toy Zone, Toy Adventures, Hamleys and takealot.com from 15 December  

Each Yellies! Pet has its own unique look and personality and is full of fun surprises. They are voice and sound activated and respond to talking, yelling, clapping, singing and even music.


My Little Pony Singing Rainbow Dash, from R349, available from leading toy retailers and online at Takealot.com  

The awesome Singing Rainbow Dash has cool moveable sunglasses and a microphone attached. Press her Cutie Mark to hear her sing “Time To Be Awesome” from My Little Pony: The Movie and more including 15 entertainment-inspired phrases.

My Little Pony Singing Rainbow Dash

Play-Doh Wavy the Whale, from R250, available from leading toy retailers including and online at Takealot.com  

While building sea scenes with the accessories, press down on Wavy’s tail and watch as Play-Doh water rises from the whale’s spout.

Play-Doh Whavy the Whale

FurReal Friends Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Pup, from R2 350, available from leading toy retailers and online at Takealot.com  

This poseable pup can balance his toy bone on his nose and with a voice command or loud sound, flip it into his mouth. He’s eager to do trick, he’ll often shuffle his paws in sheer excitement and gives affectionate doggie licks as well.

FurReal Friends Ricky Trick Lovin Pup

Doctor’s Play Set, R59.99, Crazy Store

If your little one is a Doc Mcstuffins fan, she’ll love this play set!

 Doctors play set

Monster Spin Car, R299.99, Crazy Store

Your little man will love this fun gift!

 Monster Spin Car

My Pet Play Set, R199.99, Crazy Store

Your little one will love playing with her pup or kitty.

My Pet Play Set

Parking Lot Play Set (includes 2 cars), R199.99, Crazy Store

The kids will have hours of imaginative play and fun with this fun play set. Get out all the cars and let them have a ball.

Parking Lot Play Set

Xanet Scheepers

About Xanet Scheepers

Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.