It’s never too late to pick up one more big-ticket item before the holidays! Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht dropped by MSNBC to show off some great toys that are still available this holiday season. Bring home some serious holiday cheer with these awesome toys!

GrownUpLimited.QwikflipGlowQwikflip 2-Sided Glow Easel (Grow’n Up Limited)

  • The Crayola Glow Easel is a Qwikflip, two-sided easel with illuminated, glow, and chalkboard surfaces.
  • It has 10 LED sequences and three locking easel positions.
  • Comes with 2 gel markers, 4-count Crayola assorted color chalk, and an eraser.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (Just Play)DocMcStuffinsPet VetCheckUpCenter_Lifestyle_JustPlay

  • Kids can pretend to take care of their beloved pet friends and animals, just like Doc McStuffins from the top-rated Disney Junior series.
  • Future veterinarians will love exploring all the Checkup Center’s features and accessories, including Doc’s pet friends Findo, who is ready for his checkup!
  • Kids can slide in multiple x-rays to activate lights and sounds, use the scale to weigh animals with a removable basket, and give them a bath with a pretend water sprayer.
  • The Pet Vet Checkup Center is also equipped with an electronic stethoscope, kid-powered EKG, otoscope, brush, and a bandage sticker dispenser to fix boo boos.
  • The patients can get a special treat after their checkup from the pet treat dispenser!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $79.99

FatBrainToys.SpinAgainSpin Again (Fat Brain Toys) 

  • The first ever stacking and twirling toy!
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination and baby engineering skills
  • Instills a sense of wonder as kids watch their builds twirl and spin!
  • Eye-catching colors include magenta, lime, teal, lemon, red, sky blue, and more!
  • Includes: 6 discs, a reversible wobble base, and a corkscrew pole
  • Vibrant, eye-catching colors
  • Made of strong, coated ABS plastic
  • BPA-free
  • Ages: 1+
  • MSRP: $29.95


New Nintendo 3DS XL (Nintendo)Nintendo.New3DSXL

  • Nintendo’s newest portable video game system offers a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing experience possible.
  • The system includes super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures.
  • From brain-training games like Brain Age to the all-time favorites of Mario, Pokémon and Legend of Zelda adventures, this system plays hundreds of quality games from past, present and future.
  • Immerse yourself in games like never before with the super-stable, face-tracking 3D of the system. No special glasses needed – just start up a game and enjoy!
  • Gaming is most rewarding on Nintendo 3DS – this portable system is renowned for having some of the best game experiences anywhere, while still being accessible for all ages. Play solo adventures or team up with friends in multiplayer games.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $199.99

Nintendo.YoKaiWatchYo-Kai Watch (Nintendo)

  • YO-KAI WATCH is a video game phenomenon in Japan, and this is the first time it’s available in the United States.
  • This is one of the hottest games for kids for the holidays. It’s made exclusively for the portable Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including the New Nintendo 3DSXL.
  • Have you ever forgotten your keys or found yourself running late? Maybe a Yo-kai is why. Players must find and befriend these mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit the world and turn them into a team that battles other Yo-kai.
  • The game has more than 200 hidden Yo-kai for kids to find, and each one has its own unique skills and strengths.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $39.99

Little Scholar (School Zone)


  • This teacher-created, teacher-approved tablet teaches kids the essential skills needed for school.
  • Prepares kids ages 3 to 7 for pre-K through 1st
  • It’s the only tablet that comes fully loaded with more than 200 uniquely fun apps, books, songs, and videos (a $390 value).
  • Comes ready-to-play with or without Wi-Fi
  • All Start to Read! Books will have read-along audio tracks.
  • Features a larger, 8-inch screen and a textured easy-grip protective bumper.
  • Runs on Google Android 4.4.2 operating system.
  • Ages: 3-7
  • MSRP: $149.99


StellosphereDisney Jr. Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere (TOMY) 

  • Based on the hit Disney Junior TV series Miles from Tomorrowland, this 3-ships-in-1 playset is the Callisto family’s home base.
  • The stellophere spaceship transforms into a playset that includes a Mini StarJetter, a Zip Ship, and a Cross Vehicle Rocket System (XVR) that attaches to all 3 ships. The Cross Vehicle Rocket System (XVR) that comes with the Stellosphere attaches to all vehicles across the Miles from Tomorrowland toy line, adding lights and sounds to any vehicle!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $49.99

48-inch “Big Fig” Darth Vader (Jakks Pacific)JakksPacific.48InchDarthVader

  • Straight out of the Star Wars universe comes the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, DARTH VADER in JAKKS BIG FIGS Colossal scale action figure line!
  • Standing a whopping 48” tall Vader includes an amazing motion detection feature.
  • Set him to either “friend” or “foe” mode through a simple belt mounted switch and he will recognize all visitors and issues authentic sound clips and breathing noises (based on the mode you set him in!) in his iconic voice.
  • Even at this size he has seven points of articulation for fully poseable play.
  • Additionally, Darth Vader includes his signature Lightsaber hilt on his belt and a real fabric cape and metal chain.
  • He’s ready to take on the Rebel Alliance and serve his Master in the name of the Empire!
  • Collect all the JAKKS BIG FIG Star Wars Classic Action Figures!
  • May the Force be with you!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $99.99

JakksPacific.48InchStormtrooper48-inch “Big Fig” First Order Stormtrooper (Jakks Pacific)

  • From the exciting new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes JAKKS BIG FIG Colossal scale 48” First Order Stormtrooper!
  • Equipped with sleek armor and powerful weapons, the Stormtroopers enforce the will of the First Order.
  • At a whopping 48”, this huge Stormtrooper figure includes an amazing motion detection feature.
  • Just press the button on his chest or enter the room to hear iconic voice lines and sound effects from the Star Wars Galaxy.
  • You are on your way to building your own personal army for the New Order with the JAKKS BIG FIG Colossal scale Stormtrooper.
  • Includes 8 points of articulation including an additional elbow swivel for blaster ready poses!
  • Collect all the JAKKS BIG FIG Star Wars Classic Action Figures!
  • May the Force be with you!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $99.99

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.