Time is running out to grab these great holiday toys! Toy Insider Senior Editor Ali Mierzejewski stopped by NBC in Cleveland to talk about some great gifts that shoppers can still find at the last minute. 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 magic of Tickle Me Elmo returns in a new version for a whole new generation of fans.
  • Kids can press Elmo’s furry tummy or squeeze his feet to hear his contagious giggle. Continue to squeeze and “tickle” Elmo to make him laugh harder and harder until he starts to move and shake with laughter.
  • Children can’t help but giggle along when they hear his funny sayings and hysterical laughing sounds.
  • Ages: 18 months+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, hasbrotoyshop.com, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • Magformers My First Pastel 30 Set comes with all new pastel colored triangles and squares.
  • Kids can build and create with 2-D puzzle cards and 1:1 figure cards and follow along a variety of activities. Lay Magformers flat and match them to animals, learn to build in 3-D by pulling-up into Magformers structures.v
  • Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so kids will always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, they can use the magnetic power to simply stack and store.
  • Simple construction set for toddler and preschoolers with endless creative possibilities, compatible with all Magformers sets.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Amazon, Nordstrom, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • L.O.L. Surprise Tots are collectibles that have seven layers of surprise hidden inside.
  • Each layer reveals a hint of which fierce, fashion-forward L.O.L. Surprise doll kids are unboxing. Seven surprises include: a secret message, stickers, a baby bottle, shoes, an outfit, a fashionable accessory, and the L.O.L Surprise doll.
  • Feed or bathe the doll with water to reveal her surprising water feature. The playset (ball) can also be used as a hangout, bath tub, doll stand, and a purse to carry for on-the-go fun.
  • Final layer reveals the doll. Each character is completely different and packed with personality—from rockers to divas to merbabies.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown is a mouthguard party game that pits players against their friends in a head-to-head competition of skill and audacity.
  • A companion to the authentic Watch Ya Mouth game which originally launched on Kickstarter, “Throwdown” goes beyond simply attempting to read and interpret phrases, and encourages players to compete in more than 100 unique challenges to perform while hampered by cheek retractors.
  • Roll the challenger dice to determine who the next opponent is, draw a challenge card from the deck, and follow the instructions.
  • The game includes 100 Challenge Cards and 40 Phrase Cards, and is good for groups of two to six players.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Meijer


  • Replica mini arcade games, just like the originals! It’s a blast from the past with this retro-styled mini arcade game!
  • It looks, sounds and plays just like you remember with authentic 80’s graphics, sounds, and gameplay.
  • Available in: Qbert Mini Arcade Game, Centipede Mini Arcade Game, Frogger Mini Arcade Game
  • Move Qbert to each cube in the pyramid before he gets squashed by the bad guys in Qbert Mini Arcade Game.
  • Shoot down the Centipede before it gets you in Centipede Mini Arcade Game.
  • Move your frogs across the highway and river to safety in Frogger Mini Arcade Game.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart