Looking to make this holiday season a classic? Toy Insider Senior Editor Ali Mierzejewski stopped by Better Western Mass in Springfield to talk about some toy classics that are still hot gifts for the holidays. 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.


  • Rockin’ Rider Vintage Rocking Horses are soft-stuffed, making them comfortable and huggable.
  • There are wooden handles and the horse sits on a wooden base, made with patterned fabrics and a yarn mane and tail for a vintage, hand-crafted look.
  • The textured leatherette bride, reins, and leatherette high-back saddle are stylish and realistic.
  • Squeeze the horse’s left ear to have it sing the “I’m a Little Pony” song and squeeze the horse’s right ear to hear six talking phrases with sound effects.
  • Saddle height is 18 inches.
  • Ages: 3-7 years
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • Available: Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, Hayneedle.com, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Wayfair.com


  • The multi-functional two-in-one design provides reversible activity play with a two-sided tray that features a writing surface on one side and a building-block base on the other.
  • Kids can build, color, create, and learn with a complete set of essential art supplies including bright Crayola crayons, sturdy building blocks, educational decals, stickers, and more.
  • Convenient compartments help keep workspaces neat while the folding design makes for easy portability and compact storage.
  • The 40-piece set includes: one four-piece activity table, 20 building blocks, eight Crayola crayons, two ABC and 123 DIY decal sheets, construction paper, two triangles, one T-square/ruler, and stencil accessories.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: ToysRus.com


  • This Ferrari and Jeep are designed as a first-time, radio-controlled toy.
  • These cars run with a 27 mhz controller with forward and backward buttons, motion sensor to control left and right, realistic horn sound button, and working headlights and taillights.
  • Age: 2+
  • MSRP: $40
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • The PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters Firehouse is an exact replica of the firehouse in the original Ghostbusters film.
  • The firehouse features a fire pole in the garage for figures to slide down.
  • Garage door opens and fits the PLAYMOBIL Ecto-1 (sold separately), which can be parked inside.
  • Set is packed with accessories for hunting down ghosts, including silicone slime spatters that stick to smooth surfaces, a detachable proton pack and proton laser, a ghost trap, and PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, TRU.com, Playmobil.us



  • The Euro Edge Kitchen features European styling, bright colors, and clean lines.
  • Kids can open the deluxe refrigerator door with “glass window” and turn on the working LED lights to find all the ingredients inside.
  • Kids can use the ingredients to whip up your favorite pretend play dish on the glass-style “electric cooktop” with fun lights.
  • There are multiple pullout drawers that allow kid to quickly clean up and store their cooking accessories when the kitchen is closed.
  • Includes 31-piece accessory set with a smartphone-style play phone.
  • Ages: 2+ years
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Availability: Amazon.com


  • The Y Glider XL Deluxe features three adjustable steering levels.
  • Children can personalize their scooter with a changeable deck available in three colors and colorful wheel inserts.
  • The extra wide rear wheel provides control and stability, making it easy to steer.
  • Folding adjustable handlebars make for easy transport.
  • Ages: 5-8 years
  • MSRP: $89.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart