Looking for the inside scoop on what the hottest toys of the holidays will be? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC Chicago to show off some of the hottest toys of the holiday season. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Amaze friends and family as the Mystery Flying Snitch appears to fly magically around your body, avoiding capture.
  • Patented illusion of flight, Mystery Flying Snitch has flapping wings and is suitable for cosplay, or display on the included plinth when not in flight. 
  • The Mystery Flying Snitch is suspended by a high tensile Aramid fiber thread. The thread is approximately twice as strong as steel of the same thickness but almost totally invisible from 6 feet, allowing you to recreate magical scenes from the Harry Potter films.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target


  • Meet Fingerlings HUGS – they’re softies when it comes to affection! Their long arms are perfect for big hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go!
  • Swing them, tickle them, rock them, and turn them upside down for different reactions.
  • Give them a quick kiss or a long smooch & they’ll kiss you back the same way!
  • Record what you say and watch them repeat in funny ways.
  • Available in Bella (Pink) and Boris (Blue).
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $29.99 (each sold separately)
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart in August


  • KiiPix is an affordable instant film printer that lets you take your favorite smartphone photos and turn them into hard-copy keepsakes!
  • KiiPix requires no special app or battery. Simply place the smartphone on the instant film printer and print your favorite photos right from your phone.
  • KiiPix lets you create vintage-inspired printed photos to share special moments with family and friends or to frame and display—transporting your treasured images from the digital world into the physical.
  • Available in three colors: pink, blue or black.
  • Film sold separately.
  • Age: 13+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Paper Source, Scheels, TOMY.com


  • Learn to fly and perform awe-inspiring stunts with the Sky Viper S1700 Stunt Drone from Sky Rocket.
  • This stunt drone reaches max speeds of up to 25mph, and with the touch of just a single button you can experiment with up to eight awesome tricks like barrel rolls and flips.
  • Complete with a re-engineered frame and improved control range, you can easily fly it inside or outdoors using the included remote control.
  • Maximum Speed: 10 miles per hour
  • Maximum Running Time: 6 minutes
  • Age: 12+
  • MSRP: $43.99
  • Available: Best Buy, Target, Walmart