Looking for holiday gifts that are guaranteed to please? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC in Dallas to show off some new holiday toys that will be a home run with your kids. 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 large Activity Zebra is perfect for soothing an active child at bedtime. Equipped with rattles, rings, mirrors, ribbons and more, this cute character is sure to provide tons of entertainment for kids.
  • Kids can pull Zebra’s tail to hear songs. Bright contrasting colors in unique fabrics will mesmerize and soothe. Activity Zebra also comes with signature Dolce teether and its own dragonfly friend.
  • Ages: All ages
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • This oversized 80-piece Crayon Tube will keep kids busy.
  • The Crayon features a variety of sturdy and stackable building blocks in vibrant, iconic Crayola colors.
  • Ideal for kids to learn colors, the larger-than-life size crayon tube not only provides tidy storage, but is also a great decorative accessory for a child’s room or playroom.
  • Everything can be neatly stored back into the crayon.
  • Ages: 1+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Jet.com


  • With the 3Doodler Start Robotics Pen Set, kids can engineer the future, the perfect toy set for a budding roboticist and engineer.
  • Kids can follow the step-by-step Activity Guide included to create simple robots, two-legged, four-legged, and six-legged walking or crawling robots.
  • This 3D printing pen and its creations are not hot to touch and use BPA-free plastic, making it completely safe for kids to use.
  • Each Set contains: Special edition 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen, motor and battery pack, themed Activity Guide with over 6 unique projects, themed DoodleBlocksTM for “drawing” your own mechanical parts, DoodleSheetsTM, 4 packs (96 strands) of 3Doodler Start Plastic in 8 colors, and Micro USB Charging Cable.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble


  • Farm World and Wild Life Starter Sets (sold separately) are composed of classic animals little ones can recognize like a cow and a sheep or a lion and elephant. This is the perfect introduction to the world of farm and wild life animals and a great gift for pre-school children.
  • Known for their detailed, hand-painted figurines and playsets, Schleich has a wonderful selection of appealing animal-related products.
  • Ages: 3-8
  • MSRP: $19.99 each
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us


  • Boom Blast Stix is the only explosive high stakes stacking game featuring sensitive, interlocking springs that when stacked together can go-off at any time, testing players’ mental and physical skills and ultimately, their nerves. It is a suspense-filled game that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Each player takes a turn by locking their Stix piece, and carefully setting it down, one-by-one, to build a stack. The player that places their Stix piece down, and causes the stack to explode, loses.
  • Set includes one container with lid, 32 springs, and one instruction manual.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Antsy Pants Creative Cover Kit (BEACH HOUSE GROUP)

  • Possibilities are endless with this Antsy Pants Creative Cover Kit — Medium.
  • An artist’s dream, this cover is a washable blank slate for an imagination to run wild. From gingerbread houses to an underwater home, anything is possible with some markers, a blank canvas, and a kid’s creativity.
  • Featuring two cutout windows, a roll up door, eight washable markers, and build booklet, this Creative Cover Kit pairs perfectly with the Medium or Large Build & Play kit.
  • Each family member can claim a side to create, and then kids can use the play house for imaginative fun, puppet shows, or anything they can dream up!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $24.99 for cover, $49.99 for Medium build kit
  • Available: Target