FLASHBACK! Hot Holiday Toys: My Favorite Picks from The Toy Insider's Holiday of Play 2019

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The Toy Insider's Holiday of Play at Home is just a few days away, so I thought I'd flash back to all of my fun finds from their 2019 show. It's never too early to start thinking about those holiday gift lists! Stay tuned for all of my new finds for 2020, coming soon!

Christmas arrived in September at The Toy Insider! I received a fun sneak peek of some of the hottest new holiday toys, thanks to The Toy Insider's Holiday of Play, held at Current at Pier 59 in New York City. Take a look at some of my FAVORITES from the show, and see how The Toy Insider can help you with your entire holiday shopping list.

Disclosure: I am a proud Parent Panelist for The Toy Insider. You can find all of my Toy Insider posts on their site by clicking here. The toys I featured in this round-up are my personal favorites, and I was not asked to promote them.

If you're not quite ready to do your holiday shopping yet, be sure to Pin this image for later. And be on the lookout for my Holiday Gift Guide, coming this November!

Kindi Kids

The KindiKids captured my heart as soon as I saw them. I love their big eyes and bobbly heads. They come with interactive food-themed accessories, like a bowl of cereal that magically disappears from its spoon. Kids can choose from Marsha Mello, Jessicake, Peppa-Mint, or Donatina.

Ages: 3+
Manufacturer: MOOSE TOYS
MSRP: $24.99

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (Sega for Nintendo Switch) and Nintendo Switch Lite

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 is due to hit stores on November 5th (but you can pre-order now), and people are anxiously awaiting its release! As a self-proclaimed gamer girl, I was honored to get a sneak peek of this one. It was SO fun!!! You can compete with friends in more than thirty 3D and classic 2D sports games, including new events for Tokyo 2020! Compete in all-new Olympic sports, like skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, and karate, plus a variety of events including archery, gymnastics, judo, boxing, marathon, football, equestrian, track and field, and many more. Choose a character like Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Tails, Yoshi, Amy Rose, Waluigi, Dr. Eggman, or others!

Also cool for the holidays is the Nintendo Switch Lite, which is a handheld version of the Nintendo Switch (only handheld, it does not transfer to a console). It comes in three fun colors, too (turquoise, gray and yellow).

Harry Potter Merchandise from Hallmark

Hallmark needs no introduction from me! Everyone knows how amazing they are. I love their new line of pop culture items from Harry Potter to Star Wars. They have so many cute ornaments, Itty Bittys, picture frames, and more. The Hogwarts light up tree topper was absolutely amazing. It changes colors and plays music from the film.

3D Goosh Mix & Match YoBucket

This three-pound bucket is filled with slime and other goodies that become three dimensional before your eyes. Kids can use the 3D glasses and mix in the pompoms to add more dimension. Also look for Compound Kings Mix and Match mini jars, their awesome scented fluffs and their soft, scented butters. Coming soon.

Ages: 4+
Manufacturer: WECOOL TOYS
MSRP: $14.99

Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue

Scruff-a-Luvs have always been one of my favorite toys, but Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue adds a new twist to the old favorite with interactive features! They arrive as a ball of matted fur, actually shivering and whimpering. Kids can bathe and groom them to reveal a puppy or kitten. They have more than 30 lifelike features, including a heartbeat and mini bottle for 'feeding.' Available beginning October 1st.

Ages: 4+
Manufacturer: MOOSE TOYS
MSRP: $39.99


Rizmo is one of the first interactive toys to grow in three stages. Kids can cuddle, sing, and play with Rizmo as it evolves from baby (like a little lump of fur!) to kid (he now has a mohawk and glowing eyes) to the fully grown Rizmo. It was fun to witness him in his different stages at the show. I've already seen commercials for him and I'm predicting some major popularity for this guy during the holiday season. Also available for purchase at Target.

Ages: 6+
Manufacturer: TOMY
MSRP: $59.99

Foodie Surprise - Yolkies

Foodie Surprise Food Carts were super cute. You can open the mystery food cart to reveal surprise ingredients and supplies to make edible candy, then pack it up in its keychain container. Available in sushi, pizza and ice cream. Also new from Redwoodventures is the Yolkie, a fun little egg collectible who comes in different designs, complete with edible "egg yolk" slime. Available in stores November 1st.

Foodie Surprise Food Carts
Ages: 6+
MSRP: $9.99
(Yolkies around $5.99)

LEGO City Ski Resort

LEGO has so many fun sets out for the holidays, but I absolutely loved their LEGO CITY Ski Resort. It's one of those pieces that would be fun to keep out as a decoration, too! The set includes 11 LEGO City minifigures: 3 ski patrol members, a ski shop clerk, helicopter pilot, skier, snowboarder, 2 kids, hot drinks stand clerk and a customer, plus dog and buildable snowman figures.

Ages: 6+
Manufacturer: LEGO
MSRP: $89.99

Crayola Glitter Dots Kits

You can never go wrong with Crayola items as far as I’m concerned. Glitter haters unite! Crayola Glitter Dots finally offers a mess-free glitter option. The glitter dots seriously do not come off on your hands or face or spill.  You simply press each dot into its design. The kits (such as Sparkle Signs and Key Chains) are economically priced and easy to use. Kudos to Crayola for another cool item!

Sparkle Signs/Keychain Kit
Ages: 5+
Manufacturer: CRAYOLA
MSRP: $9.99

Wonderbly Personalized Books

I know there are a lot of personalized books on the market these days. But Wonderbly stood out from the others with their awesome illustrations, great quality and interesting concept. Not only can you personalize the books with your child’s name, you can also personalize the characters and choose what you want them to look like and add details about your child for the story. There is a search and find book and a journal that I absolutely loved! I seriously want it for myself. For a limited time you can use code WONDERBLY20 on the Wonderbly website for 20% off your next order. Code expires 12/31/19.


I feel like Nanables could appeal to adults, especially ones who like to collect miniatures or put fun items on their desks. Each Nanables dwelling features built-in hangouts and includes two unique Nanos. Using the integrated viewer, kids can peek inside each house, or download the free Nanables app to bring the house to life.

Ages: 3+
Manufacturer: JAZWARES
MSRP: $5.99

Owleez, HatchimalsWOW and Dragamonz

Hatchimals WOW is going to amaze you, trust me. The latest Hatchimal can grow up to 32 inches tall (no joke, I saw it with my own eyes). The Llalacorn is half llama, half unicorn and she's sure to win your heart. Available October, 2019 (pre-order on Amazon).

Ages: 5+
Manufacturer: SPIN MASTER
MSRP: $79.99

Teach your baby Owleez to fly by swinging it through the air. The owl’s eyes light up to show different moods, and it responds to touch. Kids can feed and care for it, then watch it take flight (for real! It actually flies!!). Available October, 2019 (pre-order on Amazon).

Ages: 5+
Manufacturer: SPIN MASTER
MSRP: $79.99

Dragamonz is almost like a Pokemon for dragon lovers. Kids can smash Dragamonz eggs to build an army and prepare for battle. Dragamonz 6 pack includes cards that kids use to battle opponents for victory.

Ages: 5+
Manufacturer: SPIN MASTER
MSRP: $17.99

Basic Fun's Entire Retro Toy Line

I couldn’t narrow down a favorite from Basic Fun's retro toy line. They brought the 80's back to life with almost all of the toys in their holiday line! From Classic LiteBrite to Speak & Spell, even your favorite Pound Puppies,  Basic Fun has resurrected them all! I was so excited to even see Pac-Man themed items, too.

PLAYMOBIL Christmas Bakery & Crystal Palace 

The PLAYMOBIL Christmas Bakery is a great piece for the holidays, even for adult collectors! With removable cookie cutters and PLAYMOBIL face stamp, you can use them to make your own PLAYMOBIL cookies. Set includes Santa, two elves, cookie cutters, cookie stamp, ladder, mailbox, work table, baked goods, recipe book, baking ingredients, oven spatula, cat, and other accessories.

Ages: 4+
Manufacturer: PLAYMOBIL
MSRP: $49.99

PLAYMOBIL's Crystal Palace play set comes complete with twinkle lights and a lower-level cave. Includes furnished rooms, figures, interchangeable outfits, accessories, and plenty of other cool add-ons you can buy, like the winter phoenix. FYI, Amazon had the castle at a much lower price than the MSRP, last time I checked!

Ages: 4+
Manufacturer: PLAYMOBIL
MSRP: $139.99

To make things even easier for you this shopping season, be sure to check out The Toy Insider's entire holiday gift guide, as well as their perfectly organized toy lists:

And don't miss THE JERSEY MOMMA'S ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE! Coming to the blog this November. Stay tuned!!

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