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Christmas: the gathering of family and the sharing of gifts that excite the children and bring to the faces of everyone watching.
Nothing is more exciting than seeing a child open a present that they really wanted (or that they weren’t expecting) and watching their face light up as they realize what is inside.
For many parents out there, one of the items on their list that their children have asked for could be a Nerf blaster. Perhaps their child has had their eye on a specific one or maybe they just want one in general and trust that you or Santa are going to get the one that is best for them.
Either way, you want to make sure that you provide only the best that Nerf has to offer and one that works well for their needs.
Regardless of your current situation, it can be helpful to plan ahead and to know exactly which blaster you are going to get long before Christmas approaches so that you are ready when the time comes. However, doing this can often be a complicated process.
Which one will be best for your child? Which one is going to be great and make them happy? More important, which blaster is going to be safe and make YOU happy?
If you are already taking a look at Nerf blasters as a Christmas gift and are trying to determine which one would be perfect for your child or for a relative’s child (or, heck, even for a grown-up relative!), here is a comprehensive list of the 30+ best Nerf guns for Christmas, broken down by different factors such as age and price. When you’re ready, let’s dive in!
The Best Nerf Guns for Christmas:
Budget Blasters for Ages 3 to 7
Nerf is supposed to be fun for everyone but for the little ones, wielding some of the most might of Nerf blasters is not always possible and may not be safe for them, an experience that can often end in frustration or getting hurt.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way and there are plenty of age-appropriate options on the market that are designed especially for younger children.
The best part? Most of these products are super affordable, meaning that you can get your young child their known Nerf blasters without breaking the bank!
If this is what you have been looking for, let’s take a look at these budget-friendly blasters for ages 3 to 7.
1. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster
Sometimes, the most basic blasters are the ones that work great for children and this is a very true statement when it comes to the Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster is a compact Nerf gun that is capable of holding and firing up to one dart at a time. To make it easier for little hands, the Jolt features a priming mechanism at the bottom of the blaster that children can easily grab a hold of and pull to prepare the weapon.
Once fired, the Nerf gun can still be effective in battle, firing each dart approximately 30 to 40 feet each time. What’s great about this blaster is that it is not only child-friendly but extremely affordable.
For children who are new to Nerf and are too young to take on some of the larger blasters, this compact blaster is a great little gift or stocking stuffer that is budget-friendly for everyone.
2. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 Blaster
For children who are a little bigger and who want something with a little more power during a Nerf battle, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 blaster gives children a blaster that combines the ease-of-use that comes with smaller blasters with all of the might of a larger blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 blaster is a compact blaster that is capable of holding up to 3 darts and firing them one at a time without having to shift the positions of the bullets during use.
This makes it so that smaller children do not have to reload their blaster each time they go to shoot an enemy.
As with the previous mention, this blaster uses a priming mechanism found at the bottom of the blaster that needs to be pulled down before shots can be fired.
Because this blaster is part of the Nerf N-Strike Elite series, this small blaster has a huge range and is capable of reaching targets up to 90 feet away, which is why it is recommended for children who need a blaster that is effective and easy to use.
It’s even light on the wallet.
If you’re a parent who wants to get your child the best and lightest blaster that Nerf has to offer, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 is an excellent choice to consider.
- Micro Triad EX-3 blaster has mega power
- Blaster knows which barrel is loaded
- Fires darts up to 90 feet
- Cocking handle readies your shot
- Blaster comes with 3 Elite Darts and instructions
3. The Nerf N-Strike Mega BigShock Blaster
Good things come in small packages and there is no better example of this than the Nerf N-Strike Mega BigShock blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Mega BigShock blaster is a compact blaster that has some big qualities.
Despite the fact that it sports a distinct red, futuristic design that you don’t see in other blasters, this blaster also hails from the Mega series, meaning that it uses much larger bullets and has a much farther distance than the traditional Nerf gun.
All a child has to do to use this blaster is to pull down on the priming mechanism found at the bottom of the blaster and fire away when they are ready.
What makes this blaster extra fun for children is the fact that darts from the Mega line use whistler darts, which are large darts that make a whistling sound as you fire them approximately 100 feet away.
Although this small blaster is mega, the price tag certainly isn’t.
If your child wants a unique Nerf experience, you can easily get a Nerf N-Strike Mega BigShock blaster as a low-priced present this Christmas.
4. The Nerf N-Strike GlowShot Blaster
Are you looking for a blaster that is going to captivate your child for many Nerf battles to come?
Do you want one that is both safe and fun?
If so, you should definitely take a look at the Nerf N-Strike GlowShot blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike GlowShot blaster is a compact Nerf gun that is somewhat similar to our first recommendation. This small Nerf blaster is capable of holding and firing up to one foam dart at a time.
Unlike the previous mention, however, this gun features a priming mechanism that is much easier to use for smaller children.
This priming mechanism is located right on the back of the blaster and can easily be pulled back with one finger. It is also smooth and looped so that children do not hurt their finger when using it.
5. The Nerf Zombie Strike Doublestrike Blaster
Is your child in love with the prospect of zombies or are they extremely into zombie shows or movies?
Do they love Nerf and would do anything to have something that combines both of their passions into one?
If your child fits into both of these categories, this next recommendation is for them!
Nerf has a special line known as the Zombie Strike series (one that you will see multiple times throughout this list) that features unique, post-apocalyptic designs and awesome additions that you can’t find in other Nerf products.
When it comes to the Nerf Zombie Strike Doublestrike blaster, this small blaster can hold and fire two darts (one at a time) and doesn’t seem like much of a standout product. However, that quickly changes when you take a look at the priming mechanism.
Rather than using something that needs to be pulled, the Nerf Zombie Strike Doublestrike blaster uses a small hammer primer at the top of the device that just needs to be pressed down before shooting.
By removing the regular priming mechanism and putting this one in its place, children can use the gun with one hand, giving them the opportunity to use two of these blasters at the same time.
For the affordable price, this weapon is sure to go a long way in all of your child’s Nerf wars.
6. The Nerf Zombie Strike Crosscut Blaster
Insofar, we have covered a large number of compact blasters but we are now going to move on to somewhat larger blasters for the end of this range group, which are typically children who can handle blasters with a bit more size and weight but who still can’t handle some of the medium to larger-sized blasters that Nerf produces.
The Nerf Zombie Strike Crosscut Blaster is a pistol-sized handgun that is extremely light and has a much thinner body than some of Nerf’s other widely known handgun blasters.
The Crosscut features the exciting bright green and orange colors and post-apocalyptic body you expect from this series. With this handgun, there is the added excitement of extra build features such as a saw design that cuts right down the middle of the handgun that spins and a gun handle that looks like metal wrapped in hospital bandages.
Moving on from the design, the Nerf Zombie Strike Crosscut Blaster is capable of holding up to two darts and firing them one at a time.
The priming mechanism on the back of the gun (which resembles the top of a soda can) is easy for children to hold onto and pull back to prepare the gun to fire.
Press down on the trigger to fire and watch your darts fly. If you want to use the spinning foam saw on your gun, there is a trigger located beneath your gun’s trigger that you can pull down on to make the saw spin.
Considering its features and exciting designs, the Nerf Zombie Strike Crosscut Blaster is an excellent blaster to buy for Christmas.
7. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike Blaster
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike blaster is the last of the larger blasters that we are going to cover for this age group as many of the bigger blasters are simply too much to handle for most younger children.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike Blaster is similar to the previous product with some minor changes in performance but some exciting changes in design. This blaster retreats to the traditional Nerf colors and the ability to hold and fire one dart at a time.
As with the Crosscut, the Firestrike utilizes a much thicker priming mechanism that makes it easy for children to pull back on without hurting their fingers in the process. What really makes the Crosscut exciting for children is the fact that this blaster has a laser beam located directly underneath the trigger.
In darker environments, little ones can use this laser beam to help them aim up to around 15 feet and get their targets in their sights right before they fire. Besides being useful, this feature can also be fun for children to use and all they have to do to activate it is to press the small button located just underneath the trigger.
Once they fire their gun, they don’t have to worry about reaching in their pockets to scramble for more darts or having to retrieve the dart they just fired.
Right underneath the laser beam sight is a small storage space that can hold up to two additional Nerf darts. Children can then easily take the darts out of the holder and load them into the barrel before their next target has a chance to make their move!
This fun blaster is a great choice for children who want a sleek but functional blaster for Christmas.
- Firestrike blaster comes with Light Beam targeting
- Precision Light Beam works on targets up to 15 feet away
- Tactical Rail is compatible with most N-STRIKE accessories (Each sold separately)
- Fires Elite Darts up to 75 feet
- Darts work with any Elite blaster and most original N-Strike blasters (sold separately)
The Best Nerf Guns for Christmas:
Blasters for Ages 8 to 13 (Organized by Price)
Once your child is able to start handling larger guns, the vast world of Nerf and all of its products begins to open up with them and they can start truly discovering all that Nerf has to offer.
Because these blasters are so varied, this list is going to be organized by price alone rather than by size and price as more children within this age group will most likely be able to handle many of the blasters featured in this section.
If your child falls between 8 to 15, here are some of the best Christmas blasters you can get for your child.
8. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm blaster is arguably one of the most popular starter blasters on the market and is perfect for both younger and older Nerf enthusiasts alike.
Unlike the many mentions above, this blaster uses a rotating drum to hold and fire up to six Nerf darts at a time, a major improvement for those moving up the food chain in their Nerf battles.
This rotating barrel easily pops out by pressing a button on the left side of the gun so that users can quickly place the bullets in without having to go through the hassle of trying to load them through the front of the gun.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm blaster (review) is very easy to use with one hand but will require the other hand in order to use the priming mechanism that pulls back at the top of the gun so that it can be fired.
Once primed, this blaster boasts an impressive firing distance of approximately 90-feet, mostly due to the fact that it belongs to the Elite series of blasters. This also means that it comes with a sleek body and the more attractive blue and silver color scheme.
This is a great start blaster that will be the perfect Christmas gift for those just getting into more serious Nerf wars or for those who need a side blaster for a backup weapon.
- Strongarm blaster holds 6 Elite darts and fires darts up to 90 feet
- Slam Fire slide lets you rapid-fire all 6 included Elite darts
- Rotating barrel flips open for easy loading
- Elite darts work with any Elite blaster and most N-Strike blasters (sold separately)
- Blaster colors may vary
9. The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster
There are lots of things to love about the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot blaster as it is one of the more unique handguns out there that could provide a huge advantage for those on the battlefield.
The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot blaster is a handgun that deviates from the traditional Zombie Strike series feel, using instead a primarily orange and silver color scheme and having a design that looks more mechanical.
Like the previous mention, this product features a rotating drum that is capable of holding and firing up to 5 darts at a time. What truly makes this product stand out is its priming mechanism.
Rather than using something that needs to be pulled out or down, the Hammershot instead opts for a hammer mechanism at the back of the gun that just needs to be pressed down to prepare your shot.
This means that you can easily prime your weapon with one hand and hold another blaster in the other, which is a huge advantage for some players. Just prime your blaster and fire up to 75 feet!
If you have a child who wants a blaster that is easy to use but still effective in battle for Christmas, the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot blaster is a great gift to purchase.
- High quality toys for children all ages
- Made using safe materials
- Tested for quality and durability
- Hammer shot blaster has hammer-action blasting
- Holds 5 Zombie Strike darts
10. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Accustrike Series AlphaHawk
Some players think the key to winning a Nerf battle is having a large weapon that is capable of launching a barrage of bullets at their enemy.
For some, this tactic works but for harder enemies, some players may want a blaster that is focused and accurate to slowly tackle enemies who are harder to take out. This is where the Nerf N-Strike Elite Accustrike Series AlphaHawk.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Accustrike Series AlphaHawk is an attractive looking blaster, featuring mostly orange and gray tones and a very mechanical, futuristic design.
Much like the Hammershot, this blaster has a rotating drum that is capable of holding up to 5 darts but has some added features that make it more useful in battle.
Because this blaster hails from the Accustrike series, it is designed for accuracy. The darts themselves come from the Accustrike series and boast improved accuracy.
Additionally, the gun comes with a built-in scope to help users better target their enemies and a built-in shoulder stock that allows users to move around and keep their aim at the same time. Another unique feature is the priming mechanism, which is a bolt that you pull back on before you fire a dart.
Although accurate, the range you are most likely going to get with this gun is approximately 45 feet.
At it's low price, it’s hard to say no to buying a larger weapon that will allow your child to be more efficient in their Nerf battles.
- Part of the AccuStrike series
- Features darts designed for greater accuracy
- Bolt-action blaster with revolving, 5-dart drum
- Easy-loading drum
- Comes with 10 darts from the AccuStrike Series
11. The Nerf N-Strike Elite CrossBolt Blaster
Nerf is known for having a wide variety of blaster types and one of the main categories that sticks out is the line of bows and crossbows that it has produced.
That being said, it can be hard to find a good product that functions exactly as intended, especially when it comes to crossbows. However, one does not need to worry about that with the Nerf N-Strike Elite CrossBolt blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite CrossBolt blaster looks like a normal blaster at first glance and is impressively small and light given its features. Instead of relying on typical firing mechanisms, the CrossBolt actually uses crossbow action to fire darts at enemies.
It also incorporates ease-of-use into the body by utilizing a 12-dart clip that is fed into the back part of the blaster. Load the clip in, pull back on the priming mechanism at the top of the blaster, and watch as your crossbow blaster launches darts at enemies up to 90 feet away.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite CrossBolt blaster is an excellent Christmas gift for those who are looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
- CrossBolt blaster has real crossbow action
- Includes 12 Elite darts
- Fires darts up to 90 feet
- 12-dart clip
- Includes CrossBolt blaster, 12-dart clip, 12 Elite darts, and instructions. Please watch the video for instructions & for technical support please contact Hasbro at 800-255-5516.
12. The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster
Do you have a child who loves being creative with their toys? Do you want to give them a toy that keeps on giving? If you answered yes to both of these questions, the Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike blaster is a great Christmas gift for your child.
The Nerf Modulus series is one of the most interesting series that Nerf has to offer.
This is because the Modulus series blasters are able to be customized with other parts of the series, which adds up to a total of 1,000 different blaster combinations if you gradually purchase all the series for your child.
Speaking to the Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike blaster specifically, this gun allows your child to customize their blaster for three different firing methods. The main method is the regular dart blaster, which uses bolt-priming action to fire each of the 10 darts located in the 10-dart clip that is inserted at the bottom of the gun.
Add the Mega barrel extension and children will be able to fire whistler darts at their enemies simply by using the pump extension on the end of it. For the grand finale, a two-piece missile extension can be installed to the top of the blaster and the shoulder stock can be pumped to fire missiles at those who are extra hard to hit.
Best of all, you can use all three of these features at once with your blaster.
Most blasters can be modified but the Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike blaster is truly a force to be reckoned with in the creativity department.
This blaster is a great way to get your child started on more substantial Nerf blasters.
- 3 ways to blast;Battery: no battery used
- Elite blaster creates a base to add all of the Tri-Strike components
- Combine the Missile Launcher and stock for a discrete missile blaster
- Ages 8 and up
13. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Blaster
The problem that many children have with some of the smaller Nerf guns is that they often have a low dart capacity, which is fine if you have a clip system but not if you have to continue loading your bullets into the front of the blaster each time you run out.
To help battle this issue, Nerf released the N-Strike Elite Rampage blaster for serious Nerf players.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage blaster is clearly a more mature weapon as it opts for a sleeker design with a deeper blue and orange coloration that helps it to distinguish itself from the more cartoonish colors that Nerf products previously had.
Besides the styles and designs, this blaster boasts some great features, including a 25-dart drum that is inserted into the side of the blaster, pump-action shooting that gives users full control over speed, a jam door that helps to clear out any darts before they become problematic, and a space at the end of the gun for a shoulder stock if a user is having issues with shooting and holding the weapon at the same time.
Because this blaster comes from the N-Strike Elite series, you also get the added bonus of being able to fire the weapon up to 90 feet.
Considering this blaster is inexpensive, this is a great Christmas gift for the serious Nerf enthusiast in your life.
- High capacity 25 dart drum: The Nerf Rampage blaster’s drum holds up to 25 darts and includes 25 official Nerf Elite foam darts giving you plenty of firepower for Nerf battles
14. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Blaster
At first glance, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator blaster is nothing special but this blaster comes in three different parts that are designed to give you a simple blasting experience to help you fire your darts farther and more accurately.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator consists of the main blaster, which is a sizable handheld blaster that uses a 12-dart clip system and a pull-back priming mechanism to fire each bullet. (Think of the Strongarm but with a clip system and improved capabilities).
The front section that can be added on is a barrel attachment, which comes with a grip at the bottom and is designed to help your darts fly farther (up to 90 feet).
The back section is a shoulder stock, which is also designed to improve shooting while moving.
As we said, it may not be an overly exciting offer for children who are looking for something more but for those who want an efficient blaster and for parents who want to purchase a Christmas blaster, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator is the way to go.
15. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe Blaster
Considering that the blasters have seemed to grow in size as we’ve continued this list, it may seem a little silly to feature a rather small blaster in this number. However, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe blaster is not just any small blaster. It is the small blaster to have.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe blaster is a semi-automatic gun that is capable of holding up to six darts in its reload clip.
Although this is not much more of a capacity than some other handguns, this can easily be used for larger clip systems and it is the functionality that truly sets it apart.
Because it is motorized, you can operate this blaster with just one hand, leaving your other hand free to handle another blaster at the same time. Hold down the acceleration trigger, shoot your darts at enemies up to 75 feet away, and put another pre-loaded clip into your blaster when you have run out of bullets.
If you have a little more room in your budget, your child will definitely appreciate unwrapping a great gun like the Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe.
- Motorized Stryfe blaster's Acceleration Trigger powers up the motor for blasting
- Tactical Rail is compatible with most N-Strike accessories (each sold separately)
- Quick Reload clip holds 6 Elite darts and works with any Clip System blaster (sold separately)
- Darts work with any N-Strike Elite blaster and most original N-Strike blasters (sold separately)
16. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinius Blaster
Blasters with large drums are excellent but the only downside of these products is that you will often need extra drums on the side to easily reload when you finally run out of bullets. However, what if you didn’t have to?
This question was answered successfully with the release of the Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinius Blaster. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinius blaster is much like many of the other Nerf offerings with drum clips.
This blaster is fully motorized, featuring a 30-dart clip that attaches to the bottom so that you can easily load your bullets in and rapidly shoot approximately four or five bullets per second at enemies up to 75 feet away.
Much like the other blasters, this massive gun also comes with a shoulder stock to help make aiming easier during battle.
The exciting addition? Rather than having to have extra pre-filled drums waiting on the side, the Infinius features a slot in the top that you can feed bullets into in order to reload your drum. That’s right!
There’s no longer the need to have to fumble around with drums with this weapon. Just fill up your gun with bullets and fire them as you go!
This incredible feature is a must-have for those who love blasters that are easy to use. This is a Christmas steal for all Nerf enthusiasts.
- The Infinus Nerf toy blaster features Speed Load Technology that automatically loads darts into the 30 dart drum
- The N Strike Elite Infinus blaster is fully motorized to shoot 30 darts fast for intense Nerf battles batteries required (not included)
17. The Nerf Modulus Regulator Blaster
We’ve already mentioned the Modulus series in this list but the Modulus series is one of those Nerf lines that just has something even better in store with each consecutive offer.
Unlike our first Modulus blaster, the Nerf Modulus Regulator is a customizable assault weapon that is very effective on the battlefield and offers features that you can’t find in any other Nerf blaster.
The first thing that you are going to notice about the Regulator is the stylish design. Although this blaster may be almost all white, the orange and grey design elements add a touch of “futuristic” to the gun that is also fairly unique.
Moving on from the style, the Nerf Modulus Regulator comes in three pieces.
- The first piece is the main blaster, which features a 12-dart clip system and semi-automatic blasting power.
- The second piece is a barrel extension, which can be added along with a handle to make it easier to carry your gun.
- The third and final piece is a detachable shoulder stock that features extra storage space for another 12-dart clip. This blaster also comes with scopes that you can use to improve your aim on the battlefield.
What truly sets apart this blaster from other blasters, however, is its SwitchFire technology. This firing technology gives you the ability to shoot in three different ways!
The first option allows for single-fire shooting while the second option gives you the ability to use the burst-fire strategy and the final option allows for continuous firing. With three different firing options, it is going to be hard for opponents to evade your child’s swarm of bullets!
Blasters typically have areas where they could improve but it is hard to find any error in the Nerf Modulus Regulator. This Nerf blaster is a great Christmas gift for those who want to dominate on the battlefield.
- Features SwitchFire Technology
- 3 modes: Single fire, burst fire, continuous fire
- Swivel handle to stabilize shots
- Storage stock and 2 barrel scopes
- Includes two 12 dart clips and 24 Modulus Elite darts
18. The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster
Most Nerf users believe that range is the true test of strength but you are almost going to run into a situation that will require you to engage in close-range combat with your opponents. In these events, it can be helpful to have the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS blaster is a rather large Nerf product that was designed for moments that require up close and personal encounters.
The first sign of this is the fact that it comes with three extended 18 dart clips and a six dart clip that allows for quick and easy loading while in the heat of combat.
To handle the large size of the blaster, there are many grips found on the body that you can grip onto while you fire this motorized blaster at your enemy.
What’s really exciting about this weapon is that it counters the short 30-foot range with a detachable dart shield that you can use to protect yourself from blasts as you approach your enemy.
Although it may not be the right product for all Nerf users, the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS blaster is the perfect weapon for those who want to go all-in, it is the perfect Christmas present for Nerf enthusiasts of any age.
- The Nerf N-Strike ECS blaster is one of the most awesome and exciting N-Strike developments released in over 40 years of Nerf brand history
- The first fully automatic Nerf Clip System blaster to date
19. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade Blaster
You can tell when Nerf puts the pedal to the metal on innovation and it really shows with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade blaster is unlike any other Nerf gun that you have seen with its small body that is jam-packed with super cool features.
The rotating drum of the weapon is able to hold up to 10 darts at a time, which is a significant upgrade from most guns with rotating barrels and is only improved by the fact that the blaster is motorized.
In this blaster, Nerf recognized that jamming is both a possibility and a potential problem and placed a jam door on the top of the blaster to help you pull out any darts that may get stuck while firing.
To top it all off, the blaster comes with a detachable shoulder stock that also operates as a storage space where you can hold 10 extra darts for faster reloading. Just put fill the barrel up and shoot your darts up to 75 feet away!
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade Blaster is definitely a Christmas present that will excite your child for years to come.
- The Stockade blaster fires 10 darts from a revolving barrel
- Semi-auto firing – no cocking, just pull the trigger
- Tactical Rail is compatible with most N-Strike accessories (sold separately)
- Launches darts up to 75 feet
20. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster
A lot of blasters that we have covered have brought something visually appealing to the table but we must say that out of all of these, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 blaster is one of the most visually striking blasters on the market.
Rather than going for the shiny plastic of many its other blasters, Nerf went with a matte feel and darkened the blue, orange, and gray to provide a more mature and striking look and feel.
The only thing that matches its fierce looks is its equally fierce performance. While it isn’t packed with the other features that you see in some blasters, it is designed for effectiveness, which starts at its 18-dart clip that is completely transparent so that you can always see how much ammo you have left.
The Rapidstrike is also motorized so that you can fire up to 3 darts per second and up to 75 feet away. If you are someone who needs help aiming while in motion, there is also a shoulder stock that will help the user better balance their weapon as they rapidly fire darts at their enemy.
Having a weapon that can handle a lot of ammo and fire it rapidly is an extreme advantage on the battlefield, especially when that weapon allows you to keep track of how much ammo has been used.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 blaster is a Christmas miracle.
- High quality toys for children all ages
- Made using safe materials
- Tested for quality and durability
- The Rapidstrike CS-18 blaster holds 18 Elite Darts
21. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster
Overkill is sometimes necessary when you are backed into a corner or you are one against many other opponents. If you need overkill in terms of blasting power, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire blaster will most certainly provide.
Here is the full review of this amazing blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire blaster is a massive Nerf weapon that can either be used on a tripod or carried around for maximum damage. Think of the Rhino-Fire as two blasters in one.
Instead of using just one 25-dart drum, the Rhino-Fire equips users with two 25-dart drums that the blaster alternates through as it blasts all of its darts at enemies using an efficient motorized system.
Instead of having to hold onto a trigger, you can easily have one hand on the front handle and press down on the trigger button at the front at the same time. Just hold down to let loose a rain of bullets that no one will be able to avoid!
Pulling a massive blaster out in battle will bring a smile to any child’s face. With all of its features, the price tag is a great price for an excellent Christmas present.
- Rhino-Fire blaster rapid-fires Elite darts from 2 alternating barrels with motorized blasting
- Removable tripod helps you steady your shots
- Blaster's 2 drums hold 25 Elite Darts each
- Includes 50 Elite Darts. Requires 6 D batteries (not included)
22. The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster
If you weren’t too impressed with the Rampage or if you felt that it may have been a bit awkward to carry around the war zone, the Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire blaster is a great alternative.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire blaster comes with many of the same features as the Rampage, such as a 25-dart drum that can be easily pre-filled for fast reloading on the battlefield and a shoulder stock that allows you to move and aim easier while supporting the rather large weapon.
Unlike the Rampage, however, the HyperFire does not rely on a pump-action system but uses an acceleration trigger to spit out bullets, meaning that its motorized and much more efficient.
Like most N-Strike Elite blasters, this gun can launch darts up to 90 feet and can do so much easier than other offerings as it has opted to stick its large drum in the bottom of the body rather than on the side.
Although the price may be a little bit higher than some of the other Nerf guns on this list, this would be a great gift for an older child who needs a main weapon to rely on when they go to battle with their friends.
23. The Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster
As we stated earlier, the Modulus series is one of the best that Nerf has to offer and because of this, there are so many blasters on the market that are simply excellent.
We are going to take a look at one that brings a simpler spin on things: the Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 blaster strips things down by returning to providing an effective semi-automatic blaster. The Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 blaster is motorized blaster that features a 10-dart banana clip for quick blasting and easy reload.
However, as it is a customizable weapon, it comes with an array of additions such as targeting scope for improved accuracy, a drop grip to steady your weapon, a storage stock to keep your weapon balanced and allow for storage, and an extra rail for any other customizations you wish to make.
Just pull down on the acceleration trigger and fire at opponents up to 90 feet away!
Going back to basics can often be effective when it comes to Nerf wars and with the Modulus series, you can always add more when you want to.
The Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 blaster is a great way to start a Modulus series collection.
- NOTE: This version comes in simple brown packaging
- Build your own blaster with the motorized Nerf Modulus ECS-10 blaster
- Flexible blaster has more than 30 combinations
- Features targeting scope, drop grip and dual-rail barrel
24. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster
Nerf mainly focuses on producing automatic guns that are designed for practical warfare but will occasionally release absolute monsters that will make the enemies wish they hadn’t tested you.
Like the Rhino-Fire, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire blaster is one of those rare occurrences that players would love to get their hands on.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire blaster is a large blaster with a normal handle, a handle on the front of the weapon to help you keep it steady as you launch your darts, and a body that resembles an upside-down serving tray.
It is in this section that you can find an impressive system of 8 dart clips that can hold up to 18 darts each, meaning that this gun is equipped with 144 darts all at once! Pull down on the acceleration trigger to fire darts at enemies up to 65 feet away.
Once you run out of ammo on that clip, you can easily use the handle in front to cycle to the next clip using the unique rotating tray system. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire is one of those products that needs to be seen to be believed.
You will easily get your hands on one of the greatest Nerf Christmas presents anyone will ever receive.
- Hail-Fire Blaster Holds Up To 144 Elite Darts
- Blaster Can Hold Up To 8 Quick Reload Clips
- Elite Darts Work with All N-Strike Elite Blasters and Most Original N-Strike Blasters
- 24 Elite Darts
25. The Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon Blaster
The Nerf N-Strike Mega series doesn’t often get as much credit as it should but we are going to make sure that it does with the mention of the Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon blaster.
The Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon blaster is a Mega force to be reckoned with that adds some extra excitement to the mix during a Nerf battle.
This blaster is definitely one of the bigger offerings in the Mega series but it comes with a handle toward the front of the device that helps to balance the weight of the blaster as well as a strap that you can place on your shoulder.
This gun also has one of the largest rotating drums, which is capable of holding up to 24 Mega whistler darts at a time. Because this product is motorized, you can easily fire off each of these 24 whistler darts and let them fly up to 100 feet away as they scream towards your enemies.
If your child is a fan of the Mega series but can’t seem to find the right product, the Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon blaster is an excellent choice and can easily be purchased as well!
The Best Nerf Guns for Christmas:
Blasters for Ages 14 and Up
Most Nerf blasters are relatively safe for all ages but Nerf does have some lines that produce more powerful products that may be better wielded by teens and young adults.
In this section, we are going to cover the Nerf Rival series exclusively and give you a look at one of the most powerful Nerf series produced to date.
26. The Nerf Rival Hypnos XIX-1200 Blaster
Before we dive into this blaster, we must first talk about the Rival series as a whole. Unlike the other blasters that Nerf produces, the Rival series is a separate series that features dual color blasters to help teams of players easily put a game together.
Rather than using the traditional dart, the Rival series uses high-impact foam rounds and their blasters spit them out far faster than the average dart. The blasters are also significantly larger (even the smaller ones).
It is for these reasons why the Rival series is recommended for older players who can handle this type of play.
Moving on, the Nerf Rival Hypnos XIX-1200 blaster is one of the simpler blasters of the series, featuring a more compact body that holds a 12-round magazine and pump-action firing for those who want control over their ammunition.
Because this blaster is still large, it comes with a folding shoulder stock that can be moved in the event that you need to navigate through smaller spaces. It also comes with a tactical rail on the side and an extra magazine that you can attach to it for faster reloading.
To use your Hypnos, simply load the magazine in, release the trigger lock, and fire your foam rounds at enemies at an impressive speed of 100 feet per second!
If you have a teen who is interested in the Rival series but is just dipping their toes in, the Nerf Rival Hypnos XIX-1200 blaster would make for a great Christmas present.
- Experience the intensity of Nerf rival competitions with the hypnos xix-1200 blaster
- Features a folding stock to create a Compact configuration for close spaces, portability, and storage
- Comes with two 12-Round magazines, 24 high-impact rounds, and 2 clips that attach to the tactical rail to hold the second magazine for fast reloading
27. The Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster
The Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 blaster may look like a stripped-down version of our previous mention but it actually has some varying features that may make it more desirable for some players.
The Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 blaster is one large blaster that features pump-action blasting and a 12-round magazine, much like the previous product.
However, this blaster allows for the user to shoot our two rounds at a time, which can be much more effective than having to pump each time you want to shoot a foam round out of your blaster.
This one has a much slower velocity than the rest of the series at 80 feet per second but it is still an effective blaster and one you may want to look into if your teen prefers these features.
Overall, the Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 is another great starting blaster in the Rival series and is yet another good gift idea at the low price.
- Fires 2 rounds at once
- Choose red or blue blaster to battle as Red Team or Blue Team
- Spring-action blaster has a trigger lock, and tactical rail
- Experience ultimate precision and intense competition
28. The Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 Blaster
The Nerf Rival series is one that is very serious about performance and you can tell that Nerf is moving into this area with the Rival Artemis XVII-3000 blaster.
The Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 is a much-needed upgrade from the first few blasters in the series that boasts a much higher ammo capacity.
Instead of 12-round magazines, the Artemis can instead hold 3 10-round magazines in its body at a time and cycles through them using its rotating barrel.
The Artemis also uses pump-action firing to help you better control your ammo usage and ensure that each shot you take is calculated. Simply pull back and forward on the pump and fire your foam rounds at the massive speed of 100 feet per second.
If your child has one of the initial blasters and is in need of an upgrade, the Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 blaster would be exciting to find under the Christmas tree.
29. The Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 Blaster
The Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 blaster is a step up from other blasters in the series and you will see a clear shift as we inform you about the features on this blaster and the blasters that will come after this one.
The Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 blaster opted for a much larger magazine this time, which is capable of holding up to 40 foam rounds in all and does not come in separate pieces.
This is exciting not only because we get to see a much larger ammo capacity in this gun but also because we are able to easily reload the weapon if we have other magazines waiting on the side.
The Khaos improves upon this upgraded magazine feature by scrapping the manual firing methods and using a fully-motorized feature that gives players the ability to shoot rounds continuously at opposing teams.
As with other motorized blasters, all you have to do is hold down the acceleration trigger and press the trigger when you are ready to fire.
With the improved ammo capacity and the motorized blasting capabilities, the Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 blaster is an affordable and desirable present.
- NOTE: This version comes in simple brown packaging
- Ages: Age 14+
- Fully motorized blaster
- Unleash rapid fire blasting
- Choose red or blue blaster to battle as Red Team or Blue Team
30. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster
The biggest problem for users with a motorized blaster is that the ammo is out when its out and if there is not an easy way to reload, this makes it easier for enemies to strike you down while you are trying to put all your foam rounds back into a magazine.
Why not make the process easier with the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K blaster?
The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K blaster is like many other blasters from this series but with one major difference: the Nemesis can hold up to 100 rounds in at a time in its top-loading magazine.
With this kind of firepower, you don’t have to worry about running out of ammo too quickly. Additionally, this improved magazine has a much larger slot at the top so that you can pour foam rounds into it rather than having to painstakingly load each round.
When you combine this with the fact that the blaster also has motorized blasting, you can almost guarantee to bring down your enemies swiftly.
Power and effectiveness cross paths with the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K blaster.
If your teen is serious about Nerf and you don’t mind the price tag, this may be a Christmas present you can buy for them this season.
- Fully motorized
- Hopper feed – high capacity. Ages 14 and up. For use with Nerf Rival products only
- Choose red or blue to battle as Team Red or Team Blue
- Experience ultimate precision and intense competition
- Requires 6 D batteries (not included)
31. The Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K Blaster
To put it simply, we saved the best for last with the Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K blaster and it is one blaster that will outdo all of the other blasters in this series both in performance as well as excitement factor.
The Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K blaster looks like a tank at first glance as its body has some interesting protective design aspects toward the bottom and the top features the unique trigger handle that the Nerf world has not seen before.
Make no mistake, the Prometheus is a tank in its own right and it has a handle towards the front of the blaster that you can hold onto as well as a shoulder strap that you will need to use to handle the sheer size alone.
The reason why the Prometheus is such a highly-coveted weapon is due to the fact that it upgraded its ammo capacity. While it still uses a top-loading magazine, this blaster chose to go with a 200-round capacity, meaning that you have to worry even less about running out of bullets too quickly.
The fully motorized blasting capabilities fire your foam rounds at 100 feet per second and you will see approximately 8 rounds fired per second with this blaster.
To wrap it all up, the Prometheus comes with its own rechargeable battery so that you won’t have to spend money on expensive batteries that are known to be zapped rather quickly with these kinds of Nerf blasters.
With a price tag as large, you aren’t going to find this type of blaster anywhere else and the Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K blaster is a hard Christmas present to top.
- The Prometheus MXVIII-20k Nerf Rival blaster features an Advanced Acceleration System that fires up to 8 rounds per second*
- This fully motorized Nerf Rival toy blaster comes with a rechargeable NiMh battery and a wall charger so there’s no need to stock up on batteries
We understand that Christmas shopping can be difficult, especially when your child isn’t quite sure what they want.
However, with this list of over 30 great Nerf blasters, you are sure to be able to find a present that will work for you, regardless of how old your child is.
When you go out Christmas shopping this season, make sure to bring this list with you to compare the options you have at your disposal that will make both you and your child happy!