Christmas Toy Tracker 2022: Today's best Black Friday toy deals, plus PS5 restock info and kids' most wanted gifts – CBS News

Christmas Toy Tracker 2022: Today's best Black Friday toy deals, plus PS5 restock info and kids' most wanted gifts – CBS News

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By Fox Van Allen
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The calendar may say November, but if there are little ones on your gift list this year, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and Hanukkah.
There’s no shortage of great toys to shop this year, but as always, the most popular toys are likely to sell out before the holidays arrive. We’re already seeing a few of the season’s hottest toys already going out of stock at Amazon and Walmart. So if you want to guarantee there’s something great under the Christmas tree and in their stockings, now’s the time to act.
One good place to start your holiday toy hunt today: Walmart. The retailer is currently offering big Black Friday savings on Mattel toys, including deals on Barbie, deals on Hot Wheels and more.
That’s why we launched this, the CBS Essentials Toy Tracker 2022 blog. It’s your one-stop source for all the must-know toy and game info this holiday season, from the hottest toys to the best Black Friday sales. We’ll even keep an eye on PS5 restocks, so check back here often.
Big presents really wow on Christmas morning. And Amazon has a great deal on a big gift: You can save more than $100 on this wooden four-level dollhouse.
This wooden dollhouse measures 4.5 feet tall and works with most fashion dolls (such as Barbie).
Says one Amazon reviewer: “This dollhouse was fabulous and my 5 year old loved it. It really brought back memories of when I had a doll house as a child.”
Kidcraft Majestic Wood Dollhouse, $134 (reduced from $240)
Save 24% off now on a Big Dig working excavator with wheels on Amazon.
The ideal gift for that kid on your gifting list who’s obsessed with big machines, construction or just digging holes, The Big Dig ride-on excavator features a 360-degree swivel, reaches up to 33 inches and can dig up to 15 inches deep. It’s for kids ages 3 and up.
The Big Dig working excavator with wheels, $45 (reduced from $60)
Kids love slime, and Play-Doh has slime on sale now at Amazon. Pick some up for a holiday gift.
Keep kids busy on rainy days with this 30-pack of Play-Doh branded slime. Kids love this sticky, gooey, colorful compound. Individual cans make great favors for birthday parties or stocking stuffers.
Play-Doh Slime (30 can pack), $22 (reduced from $29)
Squishmallows are one of the hottest toys of the 2022 holiday season. Now, there’s a new way to play with these adorable plushies. Put your collecting skills to the ultimate test this holiday season with Monopoly: Squishmallows Collector’s Edition from The Op. 
Buy, sell and trade all Squishmallows favorites from the Classic Squad to the Fantasy Squad. This special edition board game includes Cam the Cat Plush — an exclusive Squishmallows collectible that you can only find in this game.
Squishmallows Monopoly is designed for 2-6 players ages 8 and up.
Monopoly: Original Squishmallows Collector’s Edition, $60
Shopping for Squishmallows this season? Check out our guide to the best Squishmallows of 2022.
The WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder is often sold out, but it’s in stock now at Amazon, and even on sale. Check it out: 
This is one of the most buzzed about — and often sold out — toys. The best-selling Got2Glow Fairy Finder is available in pink and blue. The toy is a jar designed to search for virtual fairies. Similar in concept to Pokémon and Tamagotchi, kids search for little winged BFFs wherever they roam. Once caught, they function as digital pets. Each jar offers 30 virtual fairies to find, for 100 in all. Fairies can even be traded among friends.
WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder (pink), $29 (reduced from $40)
WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder (blue), $25 (reduced from $40)
December is just a short time away, which means it’s time to start thinking about Advent calendars. The 2022 Super Mario Advent calendar is one of our favorites. But don’t look for it in stores — this 4.8-star-rated Advent calendar is an Amazon exclusive.
Perfect for a Nintendo fan, the 2022 Super Mario Advent calendar features a 2.5-inch scale figure or accessory every day for 24 days. Daily surprises include Ice Luigi, Light Blue Yoshi, Santa Mario, Snowman Mario and more. This Advent calendar is an Amazon exclusive.
Super Mario Advent calendar 2022, $50
For more fun calendars, check out the best 2022 Advent calendars for kids: Pokemon, Lego, American Girl and more.
There’s a $7.14 off coupon available today for the Crayola Ultimate Light Board at Amazon. Don’t miss this great deal!
This Crayola light board makes a great holiday gift for young artists. It comes with a light-up drawing board and six washable gel markers that kids can use to draw or trace glowing designs.
Don’t forget to apply the coupon at checkout at Amazon to get the best price on this top-rated Christmas gift.
Crayola Ultimate Light Board for drawing and coloring, $22 after coupon (reduced from $33)
A bestselling Fisher-Price interactive baby and toddler learning toy is on sale at Amazon now. Snag it before this amazing deal ends.
This baby and toddler learning toy bounces and plays music. It teaches the alphabet, colors, counting to 10 and opposites. It also plays more than 75 songs, sounds and phrases, complete with multi-color lights. Toddlers can press the mic button to record and playback sounds with fun remix effects.
Fisher-Price interactive baby and toddler learning toy, $31 (reduced from $45)
Here’s the gift for the Lego fan in your life — and it’s 30% off on Amazon.
This incredibly detailed, 4.8-star-rated Lego tree house features three cabins, a tree with interchangeable summer and fall leaves and play-inspiring features including a crane, swing and a treasure chest. The 3,036-piece Lego set isn’t for amateurs, though — it’s designed for ages 16 and up.
Lego Ideas Tree House, $175 (reduced from $249)
The holidays are a great time to gift a kid-friendly tablet like Amazon’s Fire HD 10 Kids.
This full-featured tablet, designed for kids ages 3 to 7, includes a full 1080p HD display, dual cameras, a kid-proof case and robust parental controls. The Fire HD 10 Kids tablet also comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+, a digital subscription that grants access to age-appropriate books, games, videos and apps.
Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet, $200
If you’re looking to grab a PlayStation 5 console for the holidays, head to Walmart now. The retailer has quantities of the PlayStation 5 God of War Ragnarok bundle available for a very limited time.
Sony PlayStation 5 God of War Ragnarok bundle, $559
Advent calendars can add a lot of fun to the Christmas season — they offer a new surprise to unbox every day in December. If your family is a big fan of the Star Wars universe, they’ll love this Star Wars Advent calendar. It’s 20% off at Amazon now.
This Lego set includes minifigures, droid figures and mini builds inspired by the popular movie franchise. For ages 6 and up. 
Lego Star Wars, $36 (reduced from $45)
For more family-friendly Advent calendars, check out the best 2022 Advent calendars for kids: Pokemon, Lego, American Girl and more.
Little Live Pets Mama Surprise is the No. 1 bestselling toy among CBS Essentials readers this year. What makes it so popular? When you care for the cute guinea pig toy, it gives birth to three babies. The included hutch can be reloaded, so kids can repeat the unique toy experience as often as they’d like.
The toy is so popular, in fact, that it’s been sold out at Amazon recently. But we just spotted a restock of this most wanted holiday gift for girls of 2022 — plus a $16 off coupon deal at Amazon that’s not to be missed. Buy this toy now, while you still can.
Surprise! This Little Live Pets Mama Surprise guinea pig gives birth to three babies. Feed and brush mama until her heart starts to glow. Then place her in her hutch, and she will have a baby that comes with a special care package. Repeat the process and she will birth three babies in total.
Be sure to apply the Amazon coupon before checkout to get the best price.
Little Live Pets Mama Surprise, $49 after coupon (reduced from $64)
Looking for the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for your little? Try Walmart. Walmart’s early Black Friday sale, Deals for Days, includes deep discounts on toys such as Rainbow High dolls.  Discover what your favorite Rainbow High characters looked like in junior high with an exclusive play set. 
This on-sale doll set includes the middle school versions of Ruby Anderson, Sunny Madison, Jade Hunter, Skyler Bradshaw and Violet Willow. 
Save $20 on this Rainbow High pack right now.
Rainbow High Exclusive with 5 Jr. High fashion doll favorites, $70 (regularly $90)
Shop more Walmart early Black Friday toy deals here.
Looking for a gift that encourages learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields? Amazon has deals right now on National Geographic science kits, including a National Geographic rocket launcher for kids, a chemistry set and this Earth science kit that’s $5 off.
The National Geographic Earth science kit allows kids to build their own volcano, grow crystals and perform a geological dig. There are 15 experiments in total. For ages 8 and up.
National Geographic Earth Science Kit, $25 (reduced from $30)
Last year, it was all but impossible to find a PS5 in your local big box store. It’s a bit easier in 2022, but your best bet for scoring a PlayStation 5 console is still going to be online.
The next major retailer to restock the PS5 is Amazon. According to the company, the next PlayStation 5 restock is happening Friday, Nov. 11.
To get a PS5 at Amazon, you don’t need to be online at a specific time or frantically smash the refresh button on your browser. Instead, Amazon has an invitation-based system — you click a button to tell Amazon you’re interested in buying a PS5 when it’s available, and the company will email you when it finally is. (Your new PS5 will be reserved for a short time.)
If you’re trying to maximize your odds of getting a PlayStation 5 console, we recommend keeping an eye out for a PS5 gaming bundle. Your odds of getting a PS5 increase with each invitation you request, so why not go through and request an invite for them all? You won’t be charged for a PlayStation 5 console until you actually buy one.
PlayStation 5 console bundled with Horizon Forbidden West, $550
PlayStation 5 console bundled with God of War: Ragnarok, $560
The Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball was one of the hottest toys of 2021, and it’s hot again for the 2022 holiday season. Not only is this bestselling toy on sale, but there’s an extra Amazon coupon deal available where you can save another $17.32.
What make the 4.4-star-rated Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball so popular? Play starts with waving the magic wand and saying the right magic words. Then, this crystal ball fills with mist (refill packs are available) and a fortune-telling plush is revealed.
Be sure to apply the coupon before checkout to get the best price at Amazon.
Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball, $52 after coupon (reduced from $85)
Super soft Squishmallow plush toys are popular with children this holiday season. We’ve named Squishmallows as the best gift for toddlers this year and added them to our CBS Essentials 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts list.
Not sure what Squishmallow toy to gift? Amazon has a great Black Friday deal right now on the Squishville by Squishmallows All-Star Pack. You can get 12 of the squishy two-inch toys for $29, or just over $2 a piece.
Why get just one adorable Squishmallows plush when you can get 12? This 4.7-star-rated Squishville by Squishmallows set includes Phillippe, Rorty, Avery, Maui, Cam, Fifi, Hans, Winston, Lola, Bubba, Santino and Malcolm. Each toy measures two inches.
Squishville by Squishmallows All-Star Pack (12 pc.), $29 (reduced from $35)
Looking for more toys to put under the Christmas tree this year? Check out these Black Friday deals on the most popular and best toys of the 2022 holiday season.
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