state gifts 2021

Santa keeps his toy list pretty close to his chubby white-haired chest and unless you happen to know a jolly old saint living in the North Pole, it’s impossible to know what each child in the country is getting this Christmas. Fortunately, with millions of visitors frequenting Fractus Learning leading up to and during the Christmas shopping season, we’re starting to get a pretty good idea of what’s going to be under the tree this year.

From Dragons and Desk Chairs to Go Karts and STEM boxes, every child has their preference. But what about the festive favorites from state to state? Thanks to our site visitors, we’ve generated some cool and insightful data hinting at what toys are going to be on top of Santa’s list this year!

1. Squishmallows

By far the breakout toy for our readers in 2021 is the loveable, huggable line of plush toys known as Squishmallows. I can see it in my own household – my children are planning on giving some to their friends for gifts (shhh! Don’t tell!) If you live in Delaware, don’t be surprised to see an adorable Squishmallow waiting for you under the tree.

There’s a wide range of Squishmallows to choose from – so if you are looking for one to match the personality of your favorite someone, you’ll likely find it.

Top 5 Salubrious Squishmallow States

  1. Delaware
  2. Kentucky
  3. Hawaii
  4. Nebraska
  5. New Hampshire

2. RC Trucks

Making a comeback, RC Trucks have climbed to position two this year. It’s no surprise – RC Trucks are fun to play with at home or out in a park. They’re easy to control and you can do a lot of cool tricks with them. Florida tops the list this year – with all the sunshine residents get during the year, playing with a radio-controlled truck seems like a great idea!

Top 5 RC Truck Rockin’ States

  1. Florida
  2. Illinois
  3. District of Columbia
  4. California
  5. North Carolina

3. Rock Tumblers

Rock tumblers bring fun and learning together in one sweet package! This data is super interesting – I never knew rock tumbling was so popular in the Great Lakes region. Rock polishing popularity peaks in Wisconsin , then fades closer to Arkansas and Louisiana. Maybe it’s the cooler weather, maybe it’s that the area has a wide range of different and cool-looking rocks to polish… Who knows, but if you are from the Upper Midwest, you can’t go past a rock polisher this Christmas.

Top 5 Rock Tumbler Gifting States

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Indiana
  3. Michigan
  4. Maryland
  5. Texas

4. Telescopes

Want to explore the night skies with your kids? Then it seems the southern US is the place to be! Here’s hoping for clear skies in California this Christmas.

This data set is one of the most fascinating comparing it to past year. For example, in 2017 interest in astronomy seemed to fade for both telescopes and binoculars from east to west. That wasn’t the case this year. Four of the top five states were in the southern half of the United States, while all five of the bottom states in interest were from the North.

Top 5 Telescope Treating States

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Alabama
  4. Maryland
  5. Georgia

5. Legos

LEGOs are once again a hot gift idea this holiday season. They are a yearly favorite – probably because building with LEGOs are an excellent way to spend time with your kids. As our friends in South Dakota know, they are a really versatile toy to play with.

Whether you are looking for LEGO robot kits, LEGO train sets – or just great LEGO sets for all ages – expect to see many of the famous block toys wrapped under the tree come December 25th.

Top 5 Lego Loving States

  1. South Dakota
  2. Washington
  3. District of Colombia
  4. Oregon
  5. Alaska

6. Ant Farms

We have a new entrant on the list this year – Ant Farms have become popular with our readers – especially in the northeast. Vermont tops the list this year.

What a great way to bring the world inside! You can set up an ant farm in just about any area of your house. For example, you could place it on a shelf or countertop and watch them march around all day long. Your child will enjoy watching ants work together to form a colony. It’s also fun to see larvae mature into adults.

The best thing about ant farms is that you don’t have to take care of them. They are easy to clean up after, and you can leave them alone for days at a time.

Top 5 Ant Farm Anticipating States

  1. Vermont
  2. Montana
  3. District of Columbia
  4. West Virginia
  5. Maine

7. Snowboards

Another first-time entrant onto the Top Gift list, snowboards look to be quite popular this year. It’s no surprise this gift is mostly popular in the north – a snowboard isn’t much fun if you don’t have snow! Minnesota is the state with the most interest in snow boards in 2021.

If you have a friend or family member who loves the snow, I highly recommend getting them a snowboard. It’s so much fun to ride down snowy hills! It’s a great activity with friends, and your legs get a great workout.

Top 5 Snowboard Shreddin’ States

  1. Minnesota
  2. Vermont
  3. Maine
  4. Idaho
  5. New Hampshire

8. Ice Skates

I didn’t see these results coming. Sure, you’d expect the northern half of the country to represent when people are looking to give ice skates for kids’ presents – but to have the top four all be in New England?

While ice skates were originally invented over 5,000 by our Finnish friends from animal bones, it’s a lot easier to give the gift of a fun winter sport today. From our data, many children in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont will be getting a pair this Christmas.

Top 5 Ice Skate Indulging States

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont
  4. Minnesota
  5. Massachusetts

9. Microscopes

A microscope is a great gift for kids. It helps them learn about the world of small things, and it’s educational. And from our data it appears like Hawaii agrees with me!

Microscopes help children see the world in a new light. They also build and foster a love for all-things STEM – and help kids learn to take care of equipment at an early age. From learning about plants to the small organisms that are all around us, I can see what parents are excited to give a microscope as a gift this Christmas.

Top 5 Marvelous Microscope States

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Washington
  4. North Dakota
  5. Delaware

10. Card Games

It does seem like there is a trend this year to more “traditional”, simpler gifts. This certainly plays out in the interest shown in our easy card games for kids article during the holiday season. I know I love playing family card games because they give us a chance to laugh and have fun together. It’s a great way to catch up with family members and reconnect – which is hard to do with kids in college and younger ones busy with activites.

New Hampshire takes the top spot in 2021 – so don’t be surprised to see a card game in your stocking if you live in Concord or Manchester.

Top 5 Card Game Crazy States

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Utah
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. Minnesota

How We Create This List Each Year

We first published this list way back in 2016. It’s really just a fun holiday tradition – it’s not meant to be scientific at all. However, if you are interested in the details:

First, we look at all the traffic during the year to the various toy guides we provide. We then rank them according to traffic, and then break down the traffic by state. We normalize based on the total number of readers to all of our articles, broken down by state. Obviously, we get more readers from California than Rhode Island, so we want to account for this bias to make sure we can see any trends.

Then for each toy that makes the top ten list, we rank the normalized results. The top five are highlighted in the article.

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