If you have a child of a certain age who loves dolls (yes!) and collectibles (yes yes!) and surprises (well, who doesn't?), chances are you'll have heard of a hugely popular toy called LOL Surprise.

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They're cute little dolls that come in 'surprise' balls, 'under wraps' and even have their own house.

You can get sticker albums too and, if you have a child that's dedicated enough, he or she will be able to name Every. Single. Character.

But what LOL Surprise options are out there? Luckily, there are umpteen ways you can buy these dolls, so, while they're not exactly cheap, there are options in lots of different price ranges.

To save on LOL Surprise, take a look at our toy deals page.

Here's our pick of the best LOL Surprise dolls and gifts (though you'll probably need to be quick)...

1. LOL Surprise! Tweens Fashion Doll, £19.99

– Great dual-role packaging

LOL Surprise! Tweens Fashion Doll

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age: 4+ | Batteries: None
Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 15cm-high doll dressed in fashionable clothes – available in 4 different designs: Fancy Gurl, Freshest, Hoops Cutie and Cherry B.B. Each doll comes with 15 surprises, including shoes, bags and hair brush, as well as a stand, and reusable cardboard packaging that turns into a bedroom playset.

Why we love it: All of our child testers adored the unboxing experience, and the excitement of unwrapping their doll and the surprise accessories to see what was inside. You certainly get a lot for your money and both the children and grown-ups loved how the packaging could be used as part of the play – Samantha, mum to Luna, 5, thought this was handy for keeping all the accessories together, too. It's great to see a diverse range of dolls, and child tester Luna, declared them "the funnest dolls" she owns.

Available at: Smyths Toys, Argos and Amazon

2. LOL Surprise! Colour Change Dolls, £9.99

– Great for water-dipping fun

LOL COLOUR CHANGE DOLL

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 6 + | Batteries: None

What it is: LOL Surprise Colour Change Dolls change colour when they are in water – and so does the ball! Each of the 12 re-released dolls has brushable hair and comes with 7 surprises, including a unique outfit so you can unbox shoes, accessories, and more to add to your doll's wardrobe.

Why we love it: You can now collect a whole LOL colour-changing family with LOL's range of colour-change pets and little sisters. Each doll comes with a secret message and a collectible family portrait sticker. Natasha, mum of our child tester Freya, 7, said "Freya enjoyed opening all the layers. It didn't change colour at first but it did when we used ice-cold water. Freya likes the outfits and says she could play with these dolls all day."

Available at: Smyths Toys and Argos

3. LOL Surprise! Teepee, £25

– Great for imaginative play

LOL Surprise Teepee

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age: 3+ | Batteries: None

What it is: This 160cm high play tent creates the perfect den for fans of the collectible LOL dolls. Made from durable polyester, it is water- and UV-resistant so it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Why we love it: The front flaps tie back to allow the tent to be closed to create a secret hideaway (which can also be useful for impromptu naps!). The teepee is easy to assemble and has pre-fixed elastic poles. It folds down to a compact size for easy storage or transportation and it is great for creative play and as a quick-to-assemble hideaway den.

Available at: Argos and Wilko

4. LOL Surprise! OMG Remix Honeylicious Fashion Doll, £39.99

– Great for music lovers

honeylicious

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age:4+ | Batteries: 3 x LR44 (included)

What it is: A 30cm-high hip-hop-inspired doll (1 of 4 in the OMG Remix collection) that comes with 25 surprises, including clothes, shoes and accessories such as a hat box and hairbrush. The packaging doubles as a record player that actually plays the full-size record (feat. Honeylicious singing).

Why we love it: Her hair is amazing! And the record player packaging (similar for all the dolls in the range) is very clever. Worth knowing, though, that part of the reason she's a Remix doll is that her 2nd outfit has got mixed up in fellow Remix doll Lonestar's box, so your child will 'need' to get Lonestar to complete Honeylicous' wardrobe. And you'll need all 3 other Remix dolls to reveal the whole song…

Available at: Smyths Toys

5. LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane, £93

– Great for role play

LOL plane

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 7 | Batteries: 6 x LR44 (included)
Awards: Silver, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A big (60cm-long) plane playset with lights and sounds that transforms into a car, recording studio and mixing booth. It comes with 50 surprises, including a drink cart and wheelie suitcases, as well as accessories, including sleep masks, microphones and passports.

Why we love it: It's huge and has so much play potential once all those surprises are opened. Our child tester, Tabitha, 7, loved discovering all the little extras included with it, like mini headsets and tickets. She especially liked the light-up element and the fact she could fold down all the chairs for her dolls to sleep at night, declaring it "a really cool and fun toy!". Keep your eyes pleased for price reductions on this toy: we've seen some are some big discounts you could snap up.

Available at: Smyths Toys, Amazon and Argos

6. LOL Surprise! Car-Pool Coupe with Doll, £30

– Great for included LOL doll

L.O.L. Surprise! Car-Pool Coupe

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: 3 x AAA (not included)

What it is: A 30cm-high rose-gold open-topped car that features a pool, dance floor, adjustable seats and seatbelts, opening glove compartments and working headlights. Accessories come individually wrapped and include 1 Surprise! doll.

Why we love it: It's nice to see a doll included in this playset (although they're aren't other surprises to unwrap). The car is well made and has good detailing – we particularly like that you can adjust the seats to be booster seats for your smaller LOL dolls. The pool has a lining so you can fill it with actual water and the pop-up black-light headlights reveal surprises on your doll.

Available at: Smyths Toys and Asda

7. LOL Surprise! Deluxe Present Surprise Limited Edition Doll & Pet, £31.99

– Great for unexpected fizz

L.O.L. Surprise Deluxe Present Surprise Limited Edition Sprinkles Doll and Pet

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: None

What it is: A ribbon-tied box containing a cake-shaped doll stand, a limited-edition Sprinkles doll and her Spring-claws pet, plus clothes and party accessories to discover amongst the sand and confetti inside, and a large bath bomb.

Why we love it: It's beautifully presented, both inside the box and out.The doll is small but super-cute (as is her pet), her clothes are sweet and the bath bomb is great – properly fizzy.

Available at: Smyths Toys

8. LOL Surprise! OMG House, £199.99

– Great for (huge) role play

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. House

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: 6 button cell (included)

What it is: A very large (94cm x 26cm x 84cm) 3-storey, 6-roomed wooden doll's house with lights and sounds, working lift, patio, spiral staircase, pool, sandpit and hot tub. Comes with 85 surprises (to furnish your house with) and can be spun around (if you've the space) to reveal a shopping centre backdrop on the other side.

Why we love it: It's wooden and wonderfully detailed – the toilet flushes and you can fill the swimming pool with water – and we like how the furniture transforms (the pianos turn into bunk beds, for example). But it is massive – do check you have the space for it – and it does take a few hours to assemble before you can play with it.

Available at: Smyths Toys and Argos

9. LOL Water Surprise! Game, £14.99

– Great for playing with friends

LOL Water Surprise

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age: 4+ | Batteries: None

What it is: A LOL Surprise characters game that comes with a large plastic ball, 20 LOL Surprise balls, 4 character cards, a sponge and instruction sheet.

Why we love it: It's a simple but fun game where you have to match the characters on the balls with the ones on your card to win – and you reveal the character on your balls by pressing it with the damp heart sponge. It can be played over and over again too. Super cute.

Available at: The Toy Shop

10. LOL Surprise! Large Art Set, £10

– Great for artistic creativity

LOL Surprise Large Art Set

Age suitability: 4+ | Best for age: 4+ | Batteries: None

What it is: A pack of LOL Surprise-themed arty activities, including 10 A4 colouring posters, a sheet of 30 stickers, 3 2D card cut-outs to dress with 33 outfit stickers, 4 card stencils, pencil, rubber, ruler, sharpener, 8 felt tips, 12 crayons and 2 cut-out door hangers.

Why we love it: There's lots to get busy with in this art set, and we particularly like the outfit stickers you can put on the doll cut-outs. Good value for money.

Available at: Argos

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Tara BreathnachContent Editor and Social Media Producer

Tara is mum to 1 daughter, Bodhi Rae, and has worked as Content Editor and Social Media Producer at MadeForMums since 2015

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