Looking for great holiday toys without breaking the bank? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by WGN Chicago to show off some great holiday toys for under $30. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the items below, and for a full rundown of the best toys of the year, check out our complete holiday toy guide.

cyklone360_maisto-international1Cyklone360 (Maisto)

  • With wheels that twist and turn, the Cyklone360 is an action-packed radio-controlled motorcycle.
  • This futuristic style bike has amazing spinning action including 360 degree turns that the kids can control with a pistol-grip controller.
  • The rear wheels twist and turn and the LED light changes color while driving.
  • Ages: 8+
  • $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us


xshot-bug-attack-eliminator-2-predator-tk-3-combo-zuruXShot Bug Attack Eliminator & 2 Predator TK-3 Combo (Zuru)

  • Creepy, crawley bugs have invaded and only XShot Bug Attack can blast them with total accuracy!
  • This combo pack allows for precision blasting with the Eliminator, and stealth attacks with the 2 Predator TK-3 blasters
  • Both items fire the aerodynamic arrows up to 55 feet
  • The combo set includes 1 Eliminator blaster, 2 Predator TK-3 blasters, 5 Creepeez Bug targets and 24 darts.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys R Us

magic-twirl-mim-mimMagic Twirl Mim-Mim 12-inch Feature Plush (Just Play)

  • Mim-Mim reacts to movement- hold his hand and he says, “Kate & Mim-Mim, me and you, let’s twirl to Mimiloo.”
  • More than one person can join in the fun, but remember to all hold hands to make it work!
  • Press his tummy and he talks, including eight different phrases!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart, Target

hot-ice-crystals-thames-kosmosHot Ice Crystals (Thames & Kosmos)

  • These amazing crystals form instantly out of a sodium acetate solution. They look like ice but they release heat upon formation.
  • Use the solution to mold a beautiful crystalline polar bear and seal.
  • Learn more about the chemical reaction that make these changes happen using the kit.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.95
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

magic-meemees_future-of-playMagic MeeMees (Future of Play)

  • These adorable and “magical” little figures each have their own shining and colorful personalities.
  • Press their heads and watch as they let you know how they’re feeling.
  • Feed them their mini foods, and watch to see if they like them or not.
  • Collect all 24 happy MagicMeeMees figures and create your own MeeMeeopolis. Get ready to feel the MagicMeeMee Mania!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $3.99-$19.99
  • Available: Amazon

animal-jam-club-geoz-playset_jazwares-llcAnimal Jam Club Geoz Playset (Jazwares)

  • Fancy Friends loves to dance! Club Geoz sets the stage for the ultimate dance party, featuring the exclusive Diamond Arctic Wolf.
  • Listen to music, dance under the lights and watch the disco ball spin for endless fun! Mix & Match accessories for a Jam-tastic look!
  • Club Geoz includes 1 scratch off code that unlocks exclusive content in the hit online game Animal Jam.
  • Animal Jam is created in association with National Geographic and is free to play.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us

shopkins-season-6-chef-club-mooseShopkins Season 6 Chef Club (Moose Toys)

  • Come over to the cutest kitchen in town and see what’s cooking at the Chef’s Club! This season each Shopkin™ is an ingredient in a deliciously fun recipe! Collect all the ingredients and search for the Limited Edition “Finished Dishes”!
  • There are Breakfast meals to make, sweet things to bake, Family foods to prepare and baked goods to share! The 12 pack comes with 2 Shopkins hidden inside 2 cute cook books! Will you find a “Limited Edition” Dish?
  • This season each Chef Club Shopkin™ has a scanable code on it to access a cute Shopkins™ App! Scan all the ingredients to unlock your Limited Edition App Character.
  • Scan all the ingredients to unlock your Limited Edition App Character.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $5.49-$14.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Gift ‘ems 3-Pack Assortment (JAKKS Pacific)Gift ‘ems 3-Pack Assortment (Jakks Pacific)

  • Gift ‘ems is a collectible mini doll line that features a universally known gift box to delight and surprise girls with a friend from different cities around the world, there are 84 to collect!
  • Each Gift ‘ems box will open to reveal the doll’s name, city and country, and transforms to showcase iconic scenes from the doll’s home town, as well as an image of the country flag.
  • Each Gift ‘ems doll is marked on a rarity scale as common, rare, ultra rare, special edition and limited edition and has four main components that girls can pop and swap to mix and match thousands of fashion fusions and make their own unique Gift ‘ems doll for endless fun.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MRSP: $9.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart

mini-arcade-games_the-bridge-directMini Arcade Games (The Bridge Direct)

  • Pac-Man and Space Invaders are back! The new line of Mini Arcade games from The Bridge Direct features classic arcade games, Pac-Man and Space Invaders!
  • These adorable arcade games are mini sized versions with real-time game play. Use the joystick to move around the maze, but watch out for the ghosts in Pac-Man!
  • Beat the invasion with the joystick and move the laser cannon across the screen on Space Invaders to fire at the aliens!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Walmart