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Top 20 Best Dinosaur Gifts for Christmas 2016

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Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? From an early age, most children are enthralled with the idea of enormous lizards stalking over the surface of the planet, eventually becoming fossils to discover later. Dinosaurs as a play concept combines both fantastic and practical imagination, as kids can pretend to inhabit a world where dinosaurs still exist, while also considering the scientific classifications.

Dinosaur toys range from simple plastic figurines to involved interactive playsets to toys that are really just loosely-dino-themed. Not every toy is meant to be exactly accurate, so choose based on the type of child — young or old — you’re buying for. There are so many options, you’re sure to find something for every sort of dinosaur lover. Don’t worry, this isn’t all for kids, either. We’ve included a couple of items for dinosaur-loving adults at the bottom of this post to make sure you’re covered.

If you don’t see anything you love on this list, you can always peruse more dinosaur toys and games here.

For the tiny archaeologist and Jurassic Park fans alike, here are the top twenty best dinosaur gifts for Christmas.


1. Prextex Plastic Assorted Dinosaur Figures

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(Prextex)

Where else to begin but with good ol’ fashioned plastic dinosaur figurines? These are often the first thing people think of when it comes to dinosaur toys. This particular set features 12 dinos that measure up to seven inches, in various unrealistic colors. Good for a starter set for younger kids. It comes with a dinosaur book to help encourage learning more about them.

If you wanted something slightly more detailed, you could opt for the Learning Resources Jumbo Dinosaurs set, which includes five pieces that measure up to 12 inches. Prextex also has a similarly sized set in perhaps more accurate colors.

Here are a few more options you could consider for plastic dinosaurs:

Need more options? Browse more dinosaur toys and games here

Price: $14.99

Buy the Prextex Plastic Assorted Dinosaur Figures here.


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2. Neat-Oh! ZipBin 160 Dinosaur Collector Toy Box & Playset

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(ZipBin)

Once you’ve acquired any number of dinosaur figures, you’ll need some place to store them when not in use. This soft-sided collector toy box will hold up to 160 dinosaurs. When unzipped, it becomes a playmat with a dinosaur island illustration on the inside. It’s an all-in-one carry and go container. It even comes with two dinosaurs, too.

Need more options? Browse more ZipBin products here.

Price: $26.49 (12 percent off MSRP)

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3. Neat-Oh! Dinosaur Prehistoric World 2-Sided Playmat

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(Neat-Oh!)

If you’ve already got a storage box but you want a larger mat, consider this option. This mat measures roughly 29 inches by 23 inches and features a prehistoric volcano scene on one side and a farmyard on the opposite side. This would be perfect for the child who also had a collection of barnyard animals, or for kids who just want to see dinosaurs rampaging around a farm.

Need more options? Browse more Neat-Oh! products here.

Price: $11.65 (10 percent off MSRP)

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4. National Geographic Ultimate Dinosaur Play Sand

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(National Geographic)

Combining fun, colorful, plastic dinos with some introductory scientific discovery, this Nat Geo set is built around permanently wet-feeling sand. The sand is mixed with a special polymer that makes it feel like freshly-dug sand all the time, which also has the advantage of sticking more to itself than to hands or clothes. Also included in the set are six dino figures, six dino molds, and a real dinosaur poop fossil. A great kit for learning to explore and excavate.

Need more options? Browse more National Geographic products here.

Price: $19.99

Buy the National Geographic Ultimate Dinosaur Play Sand here.


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5. Laser Pegs National Geographic Dinosaurs Building Kit

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(Laser Pegs)

Laser Pegs are a type of construction block similar to — and totally compatible with — Legos. This set allows you to construct four different dinosaurs — tyrannosaurus rex, styracosaur, huayangosaur, and graciliceratops. Once completed, the model stands on a plastic base that lights up the Laser Pegs and is sound activated. The two required AA batteries are not included.

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Price: $34.99 (50 percent off MSRP)

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6. Meccano Meccasaur

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(Meccano)

Speaking of building things, this kit allows kids to build their own programmable t-rex as a buddy and guard. Once complete, the Meccasaur will respond to being petted, answer yes or no questions, and be able to stand guard over possessions. With 715 pieces, this is a challenging build, but once complete, the robot dino will measure three feet long. Give this to a child for whom building is as much a part of the fun as actually playing with it. Again, the necessary C batteries are not included.

Need more options? Browse more Meccano products here.

Price: $57.99 (42 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Meccano Meccasaur here.


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7. Melissa & Doug Wooden Stamp Set: Dinosaurs

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(Melissa & Doug)

For a much simpler approach that kids of every age can enjoy, consider this wooden stamp set. Featuring eight different stamps of seven dinosaurs and a volcano, this kit will allow kids to create their own prehistoric scene. Also included in the wooden storage box is a set of colored pencils and a two-color ink pad. You could opt for the bundle pack that includes a vehicles themed stamp box, as well. All you’re missing is the paper.

Need more options? Browse more Melissa & Doug products here.

Price: $8.79 (12 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Melissa & Doug Wooden Stamp Set: Dinosaurs here.


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8. Toymail Talkie: Hank a Dino

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(Toymail)

Half cartoon dinosaur plush, half communication device, this little green dino allows kids to send and receive voice messages from a trusted circle of friends and adults. Using the buttons on the back, kids cycle through their contacts and send their voice message. The idea is to limit screen time while staying connected in a modern way, ensuring kids are safe and happy. There are options to expand functionality with nighttime mode, different voices, and other play styles. The Toymail app is free and works on iOS, Android, and Kindle.

Need more options? Browse the Amazon Holiday Toy List here.

Price: $59

Buy the Toymail Talkie: Hank a Dino here.


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9. ‘The Land Before Time: The Complete Collection’

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(Amazon)

If the child you’re buying for happens to still be too young for the Jurassic Park trilogy, there’s another film collection featuring dinosaurs they might like. This is the entire The Land Before Time series, all 14 movies. Did you even know they made 14 movies? I didn’t. But if the child on your list love dinosaurs and cartoons, this will keep them occupied for a long time. This could be a gift for your nostalgic older children, too. You could also toss in a copy of The Good Dinosaur to keep it fresh. If they’re going to be watching that many movies, you might consider giving them their own portable DVD player, complete with matching headphones.

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Price: $28.88

Buy the The Land Before Time: The Complete Collection here.


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10. Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex

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(Fisher-Price)

More a complete playset than just a dinosaur toy, this t-rex is like a whole battle-ready caravan. Three different activation buttons trigger actions on this toy. By turning the Power Pad behind the tail, the t-rex will walk forward four steps. Turning the Power Pad above the left hip causes it to stand at a full height of 2.5 feet. Finally, the third Power Pad will cause the mouth to open and close and fire projectiles. A separate button fires boulders from his chest. Sound effects and lights accompany all of these movements. If you want to get two for pitched battles, there’s also the Imaginext Ultra T-Rex Ice version.

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Price: $69.97 (30 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex here.


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11. Melissa & Doug T-Rex Dinosaur Plush

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(Melissa & Doug)

For a kinder, gentler t-rex that is still over two feet tall, another Melissa & Doug toy might fit the bill. This plush dino stands 27 inches tall and 32 inches long. It will stand freely on its own two feet. If you feel like it could use a friend, BigPlush sells a brontosaurus that stands three feet tall.

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Price: $25.59 (36 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Melissa & Doug T-Rex Dinosaur Plush here.


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12. Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

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(Smithsonian)

Combining the Nat Geo sand set with construction kits, this science-based gift allows kids to dig up and assemble their own t-rex. Using the included mallet and chisel, kids can free the plastic bones of their t-rex. The completed model measures 2.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches long by 5.5 inches high.

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Price: $14.99

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13. 100 Piece Dinosaur and Cave Man Prehistoric Playset with Play Mat and Storage Container by Imagination Generation

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(Imagination Generation)

If the play set and dinosaurs at the top of this post still weren’t quite enough for you, you could either go for this one or combine this with another mat for a very large, exciting play area. This is great as a starter set for kids who only have one or two dines right now. The mat area is 23 inches by 19 inches and includes the volcano, two wooden bridges, trees, cavemen, and other structures in addition to 40 dinosaurs. If you want to get started right away on Christmas morning, this is the one to go with.

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Price: $39.99

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14. Plush Dinosaur House with Dinosaurs

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(Unipak)

Good for younger children or just kids who prefer their toys soft and cuddly, this plush toy combines dinosaurs themselves and a cute carrying case. The carrying case features five windows for each of the five dinosaurs to poke their heads out while traveling. These washable plushes are of the bean bag style.

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Price: $28

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15. Jet Creations Inflatable Brachiosaurus Dinosaur, 48″ Long

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(Jet Creations)

Inflatable toys can be just as fun as hard plastic or plush toys. This huge brachiosaurus measures 48 inches long and about 36 inches high. It comes with a repair kit in case a hole develops while playing. Makes a good toy or display, especially for parties. Also available are the stegosaurus, spinosaurus, tyrannosaurus, and triceratops.

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Price: $13.75 (14 percent off MSRP)

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16. WolVol Take-A-Part Toy Dinosaur with Lights and Sounds

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(WolVol)

If the 715-piece Meccasaur would intimidate the child on your Christmas list, but building is still important, try this brightly-colored toy dino that comes apart. Each of the pieces are held on with large red screws which can be removed with the included philips and flathead screwdrievers. Once assembled, switch it on to hear the sounds and see the lights.

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Price: $19.94

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17. Little Ideas Studio Dinosaur Temporary Tattoo

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(Little Ideas Studio)

Great stocking stuffers or party favors for kids or adults, these temporary tattoos feature a finely-detailed, cape-wearing t-rex. These tattoos last about a day and can be removed with a washcloth. Good for an otherwise dinosaur themed gift.

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Price: $3.50

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18. Crazy Dog T-Shirts Running Motivation Raptor Hoodie

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(Crazy Dog T-Shirts)

Since you spend more time telling your kids not to run than trying to get them to run, this gift is definitely more for the adults among us. Running is hard, and some of us don’t do it nearly enough. A little motivation, in the form of a velociraptor, is sometimes required. Here’s a hoodie that says just that, made from a preshrunk cotton/polyester blend and printed in the U.S.

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Price: $26.99 – $28.99

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19. Creature Cups T-Rex Mug

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(Creature Cups)

Available in 11 or 15 ounce size, these mugs have creatures in the bottom of them that are revealed as you drink. This one is a t-rex, but there’s also a triceratops version. There are several others, if dinosaurs are not a requirement for the morning beverage holder.

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Price: $14.99

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20. Wall Mounted T-rex Dinosaur Head

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(LS)

Let the person on your Christmas list pretend they invented time travel and captured themselves a small t-rex only to return to the present to hang its head on the wall. Good as a conversation starter or just to scare children now and again, this t-rex head measures 14 inches by 14 inches, but is light enough to hang with a picture hanger. Why not?

Need more options? Browse more LS wall mounted creatures here.

Price: $60.47

Buy the Wall Mounted T-rex Dinosaur Head here.


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