Hot Toys 2024: These are the Predicted Must-Have Toys for Christmas 2024

Is it too early to start thinking about what we’re buying the kids for Christmas? We think not! After all, the Big W toy sale is already on and it’s always good to get ahead of the crowds and secure a stash of toys for Christmas before the December rush.

Every year we count down the hottest toys for Christmas and our hot toys 2024 list features some of the coolest toys we’ve come across! Our picks for hot toys this year are from some of the top names in the toy and games industry including Tender Leaf Toys, Our Generation, Melissa and Doug, Exploding Kittens, Schleich and Sylvanian Families.

We’ve got playsets, board games, STEM toys, activity sets and more! Ready to dive in? Let’s shop for the hot toys for Christmas 2024!


Our Generation Healthy Paws Vet Clinic

RRP: $119
Where to buy: Target
Recommended age:  3+

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Most kids I know adore animals, and the Our Generation Healthy Paws Vet Clinic is the purrfect present for any animal lover in your house. This fully stocked, open-style playset is filled with realistic vet accessories to help all your animal pals – from feathers to fins to fur.

The Vet Clinic is designed for pretend play with Our Generation dolls, but the pretend playset is ideal for any plush toy, figurine or any other toy animal in need of some TLC.

There’s so much to do too.  Set up the delicious treats and magazines, collect the folders from the real cork board as you lead your pets into the exam room and take x-rays with the light-up lightbox to scan your puppy pals for any injuries.

The Vet Clinic comes with heaps of accessories including stethoscope, lightbox, examination table, pet treats, vet accessories and even a pet cone. It also comes with 2 cosy kennels to keep their toy animals safe during night visits. So much fun!

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The OP Games Board Games: Tapple & Hues and Cues

RRP: $35 each (currently in Big W Toy Sale for $25)
Where to buy: Big W 
Recommended for ages:  8+

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Looking for a way to spice up family game night? We’ve got two awesome choices for you – Tapple and Hues and Cues. Both are perfect for mums seeking to engage the whole family in fun, interactive, and educational play.

Tapple is the award-winning, fast-paced word game that gives players a rush of excitement as they race to beat the clock! Challenge friends and family to tap the letters of the portable wheel as you come up with words for various categories before the ten-second timer runs out! Just say a word, beat the timer and win!

Hues and Cues is the award-winning vibrant game of colourful communication where players are challenged to make connections to colours with words. Since everyone imagines colours differently, connecting colours and clues has never been this much fun!

Both games are perfect for the older (tricky-to-buy) age group (8+) and ideal for 3-10 players, making them great for family game nights, birthday parties or a post-Christmas-lunch activity with the tribe.

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Deddy Bears Coffins

RRP: $14.95 (Get them at Big W for $10)
Where to buy: Big W
Recommended for ages:  3+

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Our Hot Toys 2024 list features several products that are a little out-of-the-box and this one certainly fits the mould! You’ll be surprised how popular Deddy Bears already are (my five-year-old and 11-year-old both LOVE them) and we predict they will continue to grow in popularity closer to Christmas.

These teddy bears aren’t your typical cuddly bears. Sure, they are soft and snuggly, but they are also dead-cute and will also send shivers down your spine, perfect for any kooky collectable-loving kids and tweens who may be done with the Squishmallow or Beanie Boo trend.

Each Deddy Bear comes in a coloured Deddy Bear coffin, complete with a death certificate and character bio outlining the date of death, each bear’s distinct smell, likes and weaknesses. There are a total of 13 characters in the collection, based on the Deddy Bear series, and including Zombear, Vambear, Bones, Squash, Beezlebear, Spekter, Bundle and the rare character Howler. Which Deddy Bear will your little one uncoffin?

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Schleich’s Adventure with Car and Horse Trailer

RRP: $179.99
Where to buy: MiniZoo
Recommended for ages:  5-12 years

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Calling all parents of horse and pony lovers! This is a HOT TOY for your little one in 2024. Schleich is known for their beautifully hand-painted, realistic animal figurines. The Schleich Adventure with Car and Horse Trailer is an amazing play set that is perfect for horse lovers and encourages independent and imaginative play.

Schleich’s many online reviews boast that children play for hours with their playset. They love hitching up the horse float trailer, loading in their best horse and accessories and heading to their next show. This set includes an SUV, horse trailer, tent, two figurines, a Holsteiner mare plus accessories including a saddle, brindle, straw bales, hay net, ladder, head collar, helmet, bucket, grooming box, massage brush and curry comb.

As you’d expect from the Schleich collection, this play set features meticulously modelled figurines and the horse designed with quality and exquisite attention to detail. The horse and rider figurines love to be whisked away into stories featuring other play worlds. Schleich toys and playsets are built to last for generations.

What a gorgeous Christmas gift to unbox on Christmas Day, not only will it last a lifetime, but it’s also a present that can be added to over the years with Schleich’s extensive range of animals, dinosaurs, unicorns, mermaids and more. Don’t miss our exclusive Mum Central Schleich offer!


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T‌hrow Throw Burrito

RRP: $34
Where to buy: Kmart
Recommended for ages:  7+

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While Throw Throw Burrito is technically considered a card game, we like to think of it as more of a family game of hilariousness. We’ve reviewed this game in the past and our reviewers absolutely had a ball!

Throw Throw Burrito combines elements of dodgeball and card matching, but rather than dodging balls, players need to dodge squishy burritos being chucked at their bodies.

It’s super easy to learn, fun for all ages and comes with two squishy burritos that quickly became a favourite plush toy for my little one. Expect plenty of belly laughs too. And, unlike most card games, this one also allows the kids (and adults) to burn off some energy. It’s such a unique game and one that they will want to play over and over again.

IDEA: If you do open a Christmas gift on Christmas Eve, this one is the perfect present for everyone!mum central

Sylvanian Families – Red Roof Country Home with Attic

RRP: $154.99
Where to buy:  EdResources
Recommended for ages:

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If your little one collects Sylvanian Families’ figurines, then you will most certainly need to add this to your Christmas list! Even if they don’t (yet), there’s no better time to start the collection than 2024, especially with the stunning Red Roof Country Home now in stock.

This is the perfect new abode for any Sylvanians with four large rooms, a secret attic playroom for babies, three working lights and multiple configurations of rooms to choose from.

The updated design of Sylvania’s most popular house sees a modular system where rooms can be removed and rebuilt in different designs. Expect hours of play as the house opens at either 90 degrees or 180 degrees.

Sylvanian Families are a childhood staple and have been for years and years. Not only are they perfect for imaginary play, but they also make beautiful keepsakes that will grow with your child. Many tweens still have their collection from when they were younger. Furniture and dolls are sold separately, pick up a family figurine pack at the upcoming Big W Toy Sale.

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Melissa and Doug – Sticker WOW! Activity Pad Set

RRP: $24.99
Where to buy: Amazon
ecommended for ages:  3+

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We absolutely adore the Melissa and Doug brand, so we HAD to include the new Sticker WOW! Collection to our list. Combining stickers with stamping, this hot toy for 2024 will encourage plenty of imaginative play.

Each refillable sticker stamper comes pre-loaded with a sticker stack of 300 assorted stickers – featuring 100 unique designs in every stack, so each sticker is a surprise. There are 24 pages to stamp, stamp, stamp including fun-filled, prehistoric-themed counting, matching, and search-and-find activities.

Fill in the activity pages and use them for creative art projects, such as bookmarks, posters, cards, and more. Not only will you be keeping your little one happily engaged, but also aiding in their development of fine motor skills.

There are four themes to choose from too – Dinosaur, Tiger, Dog and Unicorn, with each one ideal for at-home or on-the-go play. And bonus – no mess! This really is the perfect educational and engaging gift for toddlers! ‌

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Bluey Cricket Set

RRP: $49.95 (Get it for $44 at Big W)
Where to buy:  Big W
Recommended for ages:

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For active play toys for Christmas, you can’t go past this adorable Bluey Cricket Set, which will deliver hours of fun for the family. Featuring a set of wickets (three stumps and a base), two bails, cricket bat, ball and a bowling marker, this is a great starter kit to get children into the sport. Plus, it’ll also help with the development of their motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Take this Bluey Cricket Set anywhere too – to the beach, out camping or just to the backyard – with its easy-to-carry cotton bag with rope carry handles.

‌Made from responsibly sourced materials, the Bluey Cricket Set is also certified by the FSC and designed to last game after game. A great gift for Christmas, this cricket set is not only great for active kids but also Bluey fans – a win-win!

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Rosewood Cottage – Wooden Dollhouse Playset

RRP: $159.95 (Reduced to $139.95)
Where to buy: The Toy Chest Australia
Recommended for ages:  3+

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For a gift that will inspire wonder, magic and a lifetime of play, look no further than our pick for the best dollhouse of the year. Meet the stunning Rosewood Cottage by Tender Leaf Toys, part of the Merrywood Tales Collection. This woodland-themed playset has been lovingly crafted from reclaimed wood and hand-painted with non-toxic finishes.

It’s lightweight and easy to pack up for any adventure, but also packed with plenty of things to discover. The wooden dollhouse features a carry handle, a back panel design that can be taken out and used as a garden floor, a wood-burning stove, a table with stools and a lovely bed. Children will love the 2 wooden flowers, toadstool and wooden swing as well as the 4 wooden characters.

Sure to be a firm favourite when it comes to toys for Christmas, the wooden dollhouse is also eco-friendly and just one of the many beautiful wooden toys offered at The Toy Chest Australia. Each item in their range is not only gorgeous and appealing to kids but has been chosen with careful consideration for people and the planet. And bonus, the Rosewood Cottage also comes with a free printable craft activity to download!

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Ravensburger – Enchanted Forest Board Game

RRP: $29.99
Where to buy: Discount Toy Co
Recommended for ages: 

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For a magical Christmas gift, we love thebest-selling board game, Enchanted Forest by Ravensburger.This charmingadventure gameis ideal for younger children and a wonderful introduction to the enchanting world of board games. First published in 1981, it has been an all-time family favourite for over 40 years and is a Game of the Year winner! 

The game features fairy tale characters, hidden treasures and plenty of twists. It’s a great game to play with your little ones on Christmas Day, perfect for a quiet activity or to take away with you on any holidays you have planned. Play with just the two of you or get the whole family involved (2-6 players).

Ravensburger is one of the biggest names in family board games and, like all of their products, you can expect excellent durability and quality materials from this magical game.


*When you add Ravenburger Enchanted Forest Board Game to your cart at, a free Ravenburger Scotland Yard Junior Board Game will be added to your order until 31st July 2023 or while stocks last.

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Aqua Dragons – Volcano

RRP: $49.99
Where to buy:  Toymate
Recommended for ages:

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For our top pick for STEM toys, we introduce you to Aqua Dragons Volcano Tank where children can hatch and grow their very own live aquatic pets.

Witness tiny Aqua Dragons hatch from eggs within 48-72 hours when placed in bottled water. Nurture them with the vibrant Red Lava Food every 2 days, ensuring they thrive and grow. Observe their playful antics, feeding habits, and even their fascinating reproduction – it really is the entire life cycle in one mesmerising tank! What a cool and educational concept!

You may have seen the Aqua Dragons on social media where they continue to be featured by influencers. This STEM toy has also won several awards including Best New Toy and Top Toy of the Year by Creative Child Magazine.

What we love about this hot toy 2024 is that it’s not only engaging but also great for teaching children responsibility and giving them a project to focus on during the Christmas break. ‌I mean, who wouldn’t want their very own Aqua Dragon for Christmas?

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So there you have it – our roundup of the Hot Toys 2024 and top picks for Christmas 2024. We predict these will be high up on children’s wish lists this year and hope this gives you some ideas on what to buy. Happy shopping!

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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