In today’s installment of The Toy Insider and Family Circle magazine’s “25 Days of Toys,” Toy Insider Senior Editor Ali Mierzejewski and Family Circle Social Media Editor Sugey Palomares share unique plush toys that kids will love. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Zookiez are the collectible plush toy that have flexible hands and feet… easily hang them onto anything and bring them along with you knowing that they will stay in one place.
  • Zookiez toys are perfect as bracelets, for clipping onto your bed at night, or even to bring in the car with you! They can just hold onto nearly any surface and keep clinging on for a very long time. Until you move them from their position, they are quite happy to hang out and enjoy time with you!
  • Zookiez not only keep in one place but they are extremely soft.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Walmart, specialty


  • Shimmeez are sparkly, shimmery, two-toned, sequined plush.
  • They come in three sizes ranging from a backpack clip (perfect to adorn a new back to school backpack) to an 8 inch and 14 inch plush.
  • When you run your hand over the shimmer sequins the color changes and it not only looks really cool but it’s fun to create your own patterns and designs among the sequins.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: backpack clip $3.99, medium plush $8.99, large plush  $16.99
  • Canadian MSRP: backpack clip CAD $6.99, medium plush CAD $11.99, large plush CAD $19.99 at London Drugs, Red Apple, Giant Tiger, the Boutiques Shop, Toys R Us
  • Available: Walmart in August, Target later in the season, as well as specialty stores


  • She’s soft and cute, but she’ll turn on you if you squeeze her!
  • Feisty Pets are soft and cute, but they’re feisty!
  • Features a unique, interactive plush design.
  • Squeeze the back of the head to change expression from cute to fur-ociously funny.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Game Stop