Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by the offices of Family Circle Magazine to talk about the cutest animal toys for the holiday season. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • The Mobile Vet with Hanoverian foal is an on-the-go playset featuring a vet with moveable arms, foal, Horse Club bandages, prescription tablet and other vet accessories.
  • The vehicle’s roof and sidewall open up for optimum playability. For even more play scenarios, the Mobile Vet can also attach to the existing Horse Club trailer playset (sold separately).
  • Age: 5-12
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys R Us


  • With more 50 individual items, the Luxury Townhome Gift Set includes everything needed to be ready to play.
  • The set includes two Critters, a five-room Townhome with working lights, indoor and outdoor balconies with rails, working doors, outdoor patio floor, dining set, piano and bench, desk, kitchen stove, pan, cart with appliances and much more.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Availability: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Specialty Retailers


  • Fingerlings baby monkeys come to life with endless ways of play and realistic sounds to let kids know how they are feeling. Kids can wrap them on their finger to have a new friend at their fingertips.
  • These silly critters have happy monkey sounds, blinking eyes, heads that turn, hands that grip, and a curly hanging tail.
  • Kids  can swing them, pet them, kiss them, and even rock them to sleep.
  • There are six different Fingerlings to play, share, and collect.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $19.99
  • Available:  Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart