Senior Editor Ali Mierzejewski brought some of the year’s best toys and games under $20 to WUAB Cleveland to show us all we don’t have to empty our wallets to bring our favorite kid some holiday cheer.

FatBrainToys.MiniSquigzMini Squigz (Fat Brain Toys)

  • Stick ’em to any smooth surface!
  • Mini Squigz may be tiny, but their building fun is MIGHTY!
  • These new members of the Squigz family are 40% smaller, packed with more pieces, and designed with the addition of a new shape and new colors.
  • They take Suction Construction to a whole new level of POPPING excitement!
  • Just like the originals, much of the thrill is in pushing them together and pulling them apart for that ever so ear-pleasing POP. But now, the building possibilities are more endless, more intricate, and more fun than ever before.
  • Stick them to any flat surface you can imagine. Build them up, out, sideways, around, and any which way you can think of. Just like before, they always stick strong and never leave behind any residue.
  • Mini Squigz are all about freedom of expressive construction while boosting fine motor skills to whole new heights. The moment you pick these little suckers up, your hands won’t want to stop exploring, experimenting, and endlessly constructing!
  • They’re like vitamins for your hands and brain!
  • Whether in the playroom, at the office, on the coffee table, or even in the car on a long road trip, you’re sure to have B-I-G fun with Mini Squigz.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.95


Descendants Hasbro DollsDisney Descendants Dolls (Hasbro)

  • Meet the teenage descendants of Disney’s heroes and villains wearing their enchanted signature looks from the movie
  • Disney Descendants is a hit movie musical where for the first time ever the children of the villains can leave the Isle of the Lost and attend the same high school as the heroes’ descendants, where they can all go adventures together.
  • Each doll includes rooted hair for great hair play, a stylish outfit, an iconic locket, and a sticker
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99 each


Bellz! (Wiggles 3D)Wiggles3DBellz

  • The neoprene pouch is both the travel kit and the game arena.
  • Inside there are 40 custom bells in four different colors and three different sizes.
  • Players use the magnet wand to pick up bells of only one color. They can make a string off the end of the magnet wand, or create a cluster—just don’t pick up bells of any other color or the turn is over.
  • The game involves a blend of strategy and dexterity while playing.
  • The first player to collect all 10 bells of one color wins!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99


Pie Face Game Image-2Pie Face (Hasbro)

  • The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted!
  • Put some whipped cream from home or a wet sponge on the “hand” of this game and start turning the handles.
  • It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face!
  • You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the ones who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious and unpredictable game!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.99

About the author

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. He is a recent transplant from Ohio, and spends the bulk of his free time reading, running and exploring his new home in New York. When he’s not at home or in the office, he’s on a park bench somewhere, enjoying fresh air with his nose deep in a novel or magazine. With a lifelong interest in literature and art, Christopher loves any toy that helps kids share their creativity and imagination with family and friends. He thinks coloring books and crayons are necessary for a fulfilling life and no home is too small for a craft closet. To keep up with Christopher, follow him on Twitter @chrisjamesbraun.