These are the hottest Christmas toys this year — but don’t buy before doing this first

BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Passerby Lena Lauschuss prepares to drop Lego pieces she brought into a BMW car that is being used as a collection point for Lego donations for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei next to Martin-Gropius-Bau museum on October 30, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Museums across the world are hosting collection points after the Lego company rejected Ai Weiwei's request to purchase a large quantity of Legos by stating that the company does not involve itself in politics. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again. Whether you’ll brave the cold and fight the crowds or sit inside by the heater shopping Amazon for that perfect holiday gift is totally up to you.

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We know how hard it is to shop. Sometimes, it’s just not clear what’s going to make your little ones squeal with joy when they tear open all of that wrapping paper on Christmas morning.

So, if you need some inspiration, have no fear. Amazon’s got your back this Christmas. Better yet, a portion of any purchase you make from this list will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. You’ll be putting smiles on a lot of sweet faces.

1. KidKraft Disney Frozen Ice Castle Dollhouse


If we had to guess, your child has a plethora of Frozen dolls and Elsa needs a place to live. For a one-time payment of $100-120, this castle will belong to Elsa and friends. Monthly mortgage payment not required.

2. Legos


Who doesn’t love Legos? Let’s be honest — we’re buying these for ourselves at this very moment.

For the extra little ones, Duplos or Lego Junior bricks are the way to go. We must warn you, though: If a stray Lego goes missing on the floor, you risk stepping on it and experiencing the worst, searing pain of your life. And those tiny little circles on the bricks will brand the bottom of your feet…forever.

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3. Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle


Barbie and Elsa can’t just sit inside the Ice Castle all day. They need to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. This camper is perfect to that camping trip they’ve been planning all year and costs anywhere from $65-100.

The only downside is there is not a ladder or stairs to the dining set located on the roof. The duo may want to be careful whilst climbing. Or, floating. Because Elsa is magical and all.

4. Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter with Camera


You can buy your kid a drone. That’s right. A. Drone. It’s pretty inexpensive, running at $43-64. You can get free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

5. StarLily, My Magical Unicorn


OK, we’re not Christmas shopping for the kids anymore. We’re holiday shopping for Elsa. Look, she needs this. She needs to ride off into the sunset on the back of this magical unicorn. Her life is just not complete without it.

StarLily costs about the same as her house at $100-120.

6. My First Microscope


Your child could be the next Bill Nye the Science Guy. ‘Nuff said.

7. Razor E100 Electric Scooter


Remember when you actually had to push off the ground with one foot to get your scooter moving? Not anymore! This beauty, modeled after the old school scooters, is electric, so no manual labor is required to get from point A to point B.

8. Matchbox Treasure Tracker Metal Detector Truck


For the young treasure hunter, this is the perfect gift. If you don’t buy this, you risk never stumbling upon the gold mine in your backyard. Don’t lose out on that.

9. View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack


Want to go to outer space or hang out with a pride of lions? This nifty gadget will allow your child to do just that.

You’ll need a smartphone and one of the VR apps to check out the environments in the preview reel. If you like what you see, you can purchase additional Experience Packs for further exploration.

10. KidKraft Vintage Kitchen


This mini-kitchen is probably nicer than many real ones and comes in a variety of colors. Play foods and utensils are sold separately.

Not interested in these toys but still interesting in helping out? Donate to the Empty Stocking Fund.

RELATED: 10 toys you should NOT buy this holiday season

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