The holidays are here, and it’s time to think about toys for children on your list. But where do you start? There are so many choices and almost too many options. Don’t panic. BJ’s Holiday Shop has you covered. This guide will help you surf the shop efficiently, pick appropriate gifts for children of every age, and even stay within your budget. If you're short on time this holiday season or prefer to shop contactlessly, order all your holiday needs online and select BJ's Curbside Pickup.
What gifts are best for each age range?
Not sure if a product is suitable as a gift for a specific age? BJ’s Wholesale Club provides all the important information about each item for sale in the toy shop.
Are your kids ready to race? Vehicle track toys, like the WowWee Power Treads 70-Pc. Mega Stunt Track Pack, are always popular with kids who love the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Creative children can enjoy specialized sets, like the Airbrush Plush Tool where you customize your own plush toy. Toys like the Crayola Dough Mega Pack encourage kids to use their imagination to create endless visions with non-toxic dough.
If you want to ensure a specific item will be safe and fun for the child you have in mind, click on the item and scroll down. Just beneath the Product Summary is the Specifications tab. Click on it to open a detailed overview with everything from the UPC and expected shipping time to the manufacturer’s suggested age range. The age range is usually about three rows down. For example, Paw Patrol Total City Rescue Playset with 4-Pc. Diecast vehicles is for ages 3+.
What categories are best for each age range?
BJ’s Wholesale Club makes shopping for holiday gifts and kids toys easy for children of any age. Although the suggested age range (explained further in the previous section) is the best guide to individual gifts, general categories can help you narrow down your search.
Shop the Preschool section for activities and goodies designed for learning made fun. Learning Toys, Pretend Play, and Riding Toys categories also have lots of great finds for younger children. Many toys we carry feature your preschooler's favorite characters like the Blue's Clues & You Check-Up Time Blue Playset. You can always keep things classic with Arts and Crafts, Train Sets, and basic Building Sets. Stuffed animals, Dolls, and Dollhouses also have items appropriate for younger holiday gift recipients.
You can search for action figures, games, and even trading cards for older kids based on interest. Have a Pokémon fan in the family? Go straight to branded merchandise perfect for your junior Pokémon trainer.
Older kids can still enjoy Plushies, Dolls, and LEGOs, but they may also like Electronic Toys, RC Toys, and Trading Cards. Figures and Collectibles generally appeal to older elementary and junior high students as well, as they can appreciate things like limited editions, special poses, etc.
While most categories have some wiggle room, some items definitely suit older kids - and only older kids. At the top of that list is Remote Controlled Toys. Giving a child who hasn’t mastered tying their shoes control of a flying, rolling, or sailing device is a recipe for heartbreak. One good crash and giggles turn to tears.
It’s also important to mention that popular building kits like LEGO are great for most ages, but the small pieces are choking hazards. Small children will also struggle to construct delicate designs. With this in mind, it’s best to check the suggested age range on individual building sets, even if they are from the same brand. While one may be designed for preschool hands, another may be a proper challenge for a junior high student.
Figures and trading cards are great in hands that appreciate them. Most are suggested for either age 6 or 8 and up. The benefit is that a lot of teens still like them, too!
Navigate BJ’s Holiday Toy Shop
The Holiday Shop is divided into convenient sections to make shopping for any child as easy as possible. If you want to dive in with both hands and see everything BJ’s has to offer, click on the top banners to Shop All Toys
Below the “Shop All” options are several shortcuts. The first, directs you to shop by category. Second is broken down further to help locate Toys Under $50, Top Rated Toys, and all Toys on Sale. Follow these shortcuts to find something unique to give.
Finally, you can choose to Shop New Arrivals. Be sure to check back often as our assortment is always changing!
What Are Some Trending Gifts?
Every year, the top picks change. This year, some of the bestsellers include the Disney Giant Mystery Egg. What’s inside? No one knows until the recipient opens it. It’s like a special gift from the Mouse himself.
A VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk lets little learners practice their letters and numbers while having a blast with mom-approved toys.
How to Best Shop for Your Budget
First, make sure you know your budget. Choose a fixed dollar amount for each child on your list. It’s a good idea to talk with the child and/or their parents to get an idea of things they already have and love, what they’re really into this year, and what may not work for their home or lifestyle. Even if your niece or nephew wants a fleet of remote-controlled toys, their parents may fear for the light fixtures.
Next, based on what you’ve learned, decide if the child in question would prefer one or two big presents or if quantity is key. One large riding toy generally costs as much as many small plushies. Choose any big gifts first. Say it’s a kitchen pretend playset. What would go well with that? Pretend food, fake baking supplies, etc. are great additional gifts that complement the big purchase without breaking your budget.