Hot toys are hard to come by, which is why you should start preparing now. You can make your list and check it twice all you want, but take our word for it: these toys will be the most popular this year, and the most difficult to get.

If you're shopping for toys this holiday season, these are bound to make any child jump for joy. Read on to learn more!


Fingerlings have been featured on several hot toy lists so far, including Walmart{.nofollow}, Amazon, and Toys R Us. These rarely last more than a few minutes when in stock online, and at some retailers, they've already jumped past "out of stock" to "in-store only" status. Their MSRP is $15 - $17, but some in-demand versions are more expensive.

These interactive baby monkeys are designed to cling onto your finger. They make a ton of noises, blink their eyes, turn their heads, and respond to voice and motion cues. You can even rock them to sleep.

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No doubt they're adorable, and they'd make a great stocking stuffer. However, they've been hard to track down. Your best bet is checking frequently at your local Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us, as well as keeping an eye on Amazon's product page. Take it from a pro: avoid calling the store to see if Fingerlings are in stock. It's best to check in-person, since that way it is harder for a store employee to tell a fib in order to purchase your coveted Fingerling once their shift is done. Believe it or not, we've had great luck with finding Fingerlings at GameStop. Just be aware that when they are in stock, they sell out lightning-fast, so be ready to move at a moment's notice.

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Soggy Doggy

Soggy Doggy was another top hit on toy lists this year. It is not necessarily difficult to get yet, but we are willing to bet that it will get harder and harder as the holiday season progresses. This action-packed board game is made by Spin Master, the geniuses behind Hatchimals, LuvABella dolls, and basically every other craze your kids have told you about.

This suspenseful game is appropriate for kids ages 4 and up. In the same manner as Pie Face, the popular game from last year, players have to make it all the way around the tub before getting soaked by the soggy doggy.

My family played Pie Face on Christmas last year and it was an absolute blast, so I'm sure this one will be just as fun. Just like Operation, Trouble, and all the other games of suspense, this will make everyone laugh -- and produce some great memories. As for the replay value, that depends on your family. $20 is a bit expensive for a board game, but it is still in stock at Amazon as of the time of this post.

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Oh, Hatchimals. Do you remember these things from last year? They were wildly popular and harder to get than a Black Friday Turbo Man. They're back this year, and better than ever. Once the aggressive marketing season hits, you can bet that your little one will be begging for a $70 hatching egg.

This year Hatchimals come in the form of Hatchimals Surprise. Each egg includes a set of twins, and while I still think they are overpriced, I can't argue with the fact that these things are nauseatingly cute. Once the egg hatches, the animals inside will interact with your child and with each other. They learn new things at each stage of their development, so theoretically they should keep the kiddos entertained for longer than fifteen minutes.

The caveat, of course, is that if you want to get your hands on one of these eggs, you're going to have to work for it. They're available in stores only at Toys R Us, and on Amazon they are only available from third-party sellers for upwards of $100. They were in stock today at a handful of stores for about fifteen minutes, and if you hurry you might still be able to nab one. If you have a friend in retail, now is the time to butter them up in the hopes of being alerted to any restocks. You can also ask around the toy department when you hit up stores like Target, Walmart, and the like.

If you don't want to wait in line or bribe somebody, hopefully we will see these available as we approach Black Friday. Otherwise, you can always go another route and purchase a Hatchimals Glittering Garden Egg. The Glittering Garden versions don't include twins, but they ARE in stock more frequently than any of their other counterparts. You could also combine two toy crazes into one and pick up some Hatchimals Collegtibles, which are friendlier on your wallet, but will wreak more havoc on your living room floor.

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L.O.L. Surprise Big Surprises

L.O.L. Surprises are similar to blind bags, but they offer your child more of an experience. Similar to hatching an egg like you would with a Hatchimal, L.O.L. Surprises are much more fun to open than a typical blind bag where you simply rip open a container and shaking out the contents. It's all about the journey, people, not the miniscule toys that end up in your vacuum cleaner.

To reveal your L.O.L. Surprise, you unwrap layers upon layers of plastic. Each layer contains a surprise, whether that is stickers, a temporary tattoo, a pair of shoes, or an outfit. Once you get to the center, a doll is revealed. Some of the dolls, of course, are limited-edition, so your little ones will have their fingers crossed for an ultra-super-special-mega-rare surprise. Otherwise, you might get suckered into going and buying another one. Rinse and repeat. They're collectible as well, because every toy has to be collectible, which is the world's oldest marketing ploy that is somehow still working.

At $10 a pop, the L.O.L. Surprise dolls still managed to stay popular. So popular that the geniuses behind the strategy over at L.O.L. Surprise land decided to unveil the L.O.L. BIG Surprise. For $70.

This behemoth of a toy surprise includes over 50 mystery items. They're also super difficult to find. I actually went to Target yesterday and managed to snag the last one they had on the shelf. For reference, at my store, the L.O.L. Surprise Big Surprise was on one of the very last end caps in the toy section. These toys, like Hatchimals or Fingerlings, are so popular that they are out of stock everywhere that is still selling them online. If you want one, I suggest hunting them down now in-store since they are so wildly popular and their power will only grow as we get closer to Christmas. If they are available online at all, we will be sure to tell you.

So what's inside a $70 L.O.L. Big Surprise? It is a mystery. A mystery that Team Thrifter is literally going to unravel on Facebook Live. Once we do, we will link the video here so you can see for yourself. We'll also update this article to let you know whether or not we think this toy is worth almost the cost of an Amazon Tap.

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Nintendo Super NES Classic

If you haven't heard of Nintendo's Super NES Classic, it's time to start looking for deals on a new home so you can get out from under that rock. Kidding, kidding, but seriously -- this toy is our pick for the hottest of 2017.

The SNES Classic includes favorites like Super Metroid and Super Mario Kart, as well as the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. In addition, although it isn't officially sanctioned by Nintendo, Thrifter, or the law, SNES Classics can be hacked to add more games to the library.

Trying to find them in stock has been an ongoing nightmare for the gamers of the world. Either they sell out within seconds, or you can only buy them as part of a bundle that contains expensive extras you might not even want.

Nintendo promised that stock of these consoles would be increased when compared to the NES Classics of 2016, but they still haven't been available online since they were released on September 29th. That isn't to say it won't ever happen again -- rumor has it that GameStop and ThinkGeek will have them in stock on October 11th -- but we can't be certain of specifics. Unless you want to pay inflated priced to get an SNES Classic on eBay, your best bet is to sit tight and wait for more updates. Again, Nintendo ensured that they would be shipping Super NES Classics all the way into 2018, but if you want one for Christmas you're going to have to fight the scalpers or be prepared to move quickly. Follow us on Twitter for updates, and remember to butter up your retail friends.

If the SNES Classic sounds like something you or your kids would love, make sure you go enter our SNES Classic giveaway! Thrifter waited in line for our very own SNES Classic on release day, but we decided to maintain our status as your favorite deal website by giving it away to a lucky fan. You can enter for your chance to win here! You have until October 16th. Good luck.

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Your predictions?

So what do you think are the hottest toys of the year? Have your kids already started their wish lists? Is there anything on Santa's radar that we didn't mention? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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