Gift giving is a big part of the holidays and our very own Toy Insider Mom has a pretty good idea of what kids will ask for this year. From building sets to grow-with-me toys, there are plenty of awesome options out there for kids of all ages. In case you missed it on WRC-TV (NBC Washington DC), check out the video above to get the inside scoop on some of the hottest holiday toys.

Twista_CalloutTwista (YVolution)

  • This bike grows with a child, transitioning from a training bike mode to balance bike mode.
  • Designed to develop kids’ balance and stability, making it easier to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike without the use of training wheels.
  • Ages: 18mos+
  • MSRP: $79.99

SmartMaxMegaBallRunSmartMax Mega Ball Run (SmartMax)

  • With SmartMax sets kids can do and build anything they can imagine!
  • SmartMax construction sets enable children to explore the fascinating world of magnetism in a safe and creative way through making strong building structures and vehicles.
  • With this set, kids can build structures, chutes, and ramps so they can have fun watching the metal balls race through their unique designs.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $119.99

DocMcStuffinsWalknTalkDollDoc McStuffins Walk N’ Talk Doc Mobile Doll (Just Play)

  • Doc McStuffins is still the hottest doc in town
  • The Walk N’ Talk Doc Mobile Doll is one of the exciting new toys based on the top-rated Disney Junior series
  • Pushing the siren on Doc’s mobile clinic sends her to the rescue as she magically walks, talks, and sings the “Doc Mobile” song
  • Doc’s friend Lambie is included and talks and sings along with Doc
  • Features include a light-up siren and doors that open so Doc can provide on-site care
  • Four doctor’s stools are included – an otoscope, stethoscope, magnifying glass and knee hammer
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99

HotWheelsHyperRacerHot Wheels Hyper Racer (Toy State)

  • With the push of a button, hear the engine kick into ‘Hyper Mode’ and watch as the car body transforms into a new color.
  • Blue car changes to green and yellow car changes to red
  • Includes great music & exciting sound effects
  • 3 “AAA” batteries are included
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.99

GoldieBloxandtheBuildersSurvivalKitGoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit (GoldieBlox)

  • With more than 190 pieces, GoldieBlox and the Builder’s survival kit offers of fun and endless possibilities.
  • Goldie’s Field Notes (included in the Builder’s Survival Kit), offers kids a wide-eyed perspective of Goldie’s world, her friends and family, and all of her secret inventions.
  • GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit gives inventors the freedom to chose their own difficulty level.
  • Kids develop spatial skills through basic engineering principles and building their reading skills and confidence.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $59.99

MIneCraftPaperCraft90pcOverworldDeluxeSetMinecraft Papercraft Overworld Set (Jazwares)

  • Fans can bridge the gap from the screen to the physical space by building the virtual world of the Minecraft
  • Paper craft allows fans to build creations in true game-scale at 1/16th the size.
  • Easy to make
  • Available in 3 different sizes: 30 piece, 48 piece, and 90 piece.
  • Enhances creative play and gets kids away from the screen.
  • Ages 8+
  • MSRP: $9.99+

TheOriginalSuperSpirographThe Original Super Spirograph Design Set (Kahootz Toys)

  • The original Spirograph is back and better than ever!
  • The classic interchangeable Spiro-Tracks let kids create their own unique pattern shapes, taking your designs to a whole new and super level.
  • This jumbo 75+ piece set comes in a durable storage case with a work surface and features a real metal die-cast #50 Spirograph wheel to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of the original Spirograph.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $39.99

About the author

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. She helps the editorial team on leading trade magazines The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, and contributes online at,, and When she’s not trying to keep up with Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht, she can be found reviewing kids’ CDs, DVDs, and books while daydreaming about the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon sequel and reading the dictionary. Follow her on Twitter @Deeeannuh and keep up with her bi-weekly, sometimes funny commentaries on