There’s still time to get some great toys for the kids on your holiday list. Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by KTVU San Francisco to show off some of the hottest toys of the holiday season. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and be sure to check out our complete holiday gift guide.

stickbot-single-back-zing-toysStikbot Single Back (Zing Toys)

  • StikBot figures allow kids to create stop-motion videos with ease.
  • Anywhere can become a stage for your little stars! Download the free app on your phone (StikBot Studios) and shoot your very own stop motion videos.
  • Kids will learn all about the art of filmmaking with these silly little figures, which have suction cup hands and feet to stick to flat surfaces.
  • Easily repositioned for fast-paced movie making.
  • Download the free mobile app, StikBot Studios! Colors/Styles May Vary.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $5.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart


Finger Puppets FolkmanisFinger Puppets (Folkmanis)

  • From alligators to bears, turtles to birds, this collection of mini finger puppets has something for everyone.
  • Each adorable puppet has a spot for one or more fingers. Just insert and wiggle to bring the critter to life.
  • Finger placement and movement are tailored to the unique characteristics of each puppet.
  • Collect them all for the ultimate mini puppet show!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $8.50–$15.00


OnceUponCraftRapunzelOnce Upon a Craft (Educational Insights)

  • These two-in-one storybook and craft activity sets are perfect for gradeschoolers.
  • The Once Upon a Craft Line has eight different sets to choose from, like Jack and the Beanstalk, the Princess and the Pea, and more.
  • Bring the action-packed tale of each book to life!
  • Read the story together; then, experience the creativity with the two included, mess free crafts based on the story.
  • Ages: 4-6
  • MSRP: $12.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

rubiks-race_university-gamesRubik’s Race (University Games)


  • Shake it – Slide it – Solve it!
  • Be the first to match the pattern on the scrambler and shut the frame! The first player to complete the match and slam down the center frame wins!
  • More than just a cube – here’s your chance for head to head competition! It’s the ultimate two-player Rubik’s challenge.
  • Contains game base and center frame, 48 colored tiles, scrambler, nine colored mini cubes, and instructions.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP:$19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us

Kne.LincolnLogsAnniversaryTinLincoln Logs: 100 Anniversary Tin (K’NEX)

  • 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of LINCOLN LOGS
  • Inspired by an original LINCOLN LOGS building idea, the 100th Anniversary Tin is just like you remember!
  • Set includes 111 real wood logs
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $44.99
  • Available: Amazon

doc-mcstuffins-toy-hospital-just-playDoc McStuffins Toy Hospital (Just Play)

  • Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins is the best at on-the-go check-ups!
  • The playset includes a Reception Area, Command Center, Baby Nursery, Pet Vet Clinic and Check-Up Center.
  • A real-working elevator and a moving walkway, light-up X-ray table, talking X-ray machine, rocking cribs, spinning whale, spinning mobile, and ball pit are just a few of the features that will keep kids busy for hours.
  • It comes with Rhonda the Helicopter, who can hold the included Doc figure and even has her own helipad! The playset includes four characters: Chief Resident Doc, Rhonda the Helicopter, Lambie and Baby Cece.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

disney-princess-carriage_dynacraft2Disney Princess Carriage (Dynacraft)

  • A celebrated fairy tale comes to life with the 24-Volt Disney Princess Carriage! Once a pumpkin, this elegant coach is ready to whisk your little princess off to the ball or to her next big adventure.
  • The beautiful pink carriage is thoughtfully designed with graphics of her favorite Disney Princesses, gold accents, working doors and ornate interior details.
  • The spacious coach is large enough to bring along a friend, and features a detachable “wear & share” tiara, heart-shaped steering wheel and luxurious curtains.
  • The beautiful pink carriage is thoughtfully designed with Disney Princess graphics, gold accents, working doors, light-up lanterns, and ornate interior details.
  • When girls put the wand into the front of the carriage, the carriage magically lights up
  • Girls will love the magical light-up wand and enchanting fairy tale sounds.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $398
  • Available: Walmart


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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.