Let’s get squishy! Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC in Dallas to talk about the best gift ideas from the red-hot squishy toy trend. 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.


  • A DIY set for making more than 1 lb of super stretchy squishy like slime compound with just two ingredients: powder and water. That’s all that’s needed to make the slime – no glue required.
  • The set includes everything needed to make the slime: the Makin Station that mixes up the powder and water to create the compound plus 16 slime powder packets (4 each of orange, blue, purple and green) plus 6 glitter packets (1 each of gold, pink, silver, blue, purple, green), 10 storage pods and a measuring cup.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: BJs, Toys “R” Us


  • Squish-Dee-Lish are super cute slow-rise squishies that are fun to squeeze and to collect.
  • Series 1 combines adorable animals with dee-lish foods and has 24 styles to collect.
  • Designs include a panda on top of pancakes, a sherbert bird, a pear bear, and so many more!
  • Each blind foil bag contains one squishy.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $4.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • With the YOUniverse Galactic Gel Candles kit, create fun, slimy, gloopy, gels and then turn them into candles.
  • Children will learn the science of how mixing compounds together can create something totally new, all while making something fun for them to put on display.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $12.97
  • Available: Walmart

  Mash’Ems (BASIC FUN)

  • Mash’Ems are the super squishy, super stretchy, must-have collectible that kids love! Twist’em, Squish’em and Collect’em! Each Mash’Em comes in a blind capsule, adding the element of surprise every time you open one up!
  • Available in a variety of licensed characters like Paw Patrol and The Avengers.
  • Tech4Kids is excited to introduce Thomas and Friends for the first time as Mash’Ems!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $2.99
  • Available: Toys R Us, Walmart and Target


  • Oonies give kids a new way to create. Kids can take an Oonies pellet, place it in the inflator, and watch it magically grow into an Oonie.
  • They stick to each other so kids can make amazing creatures and designs! No glue, no water, no mess—just air filled balls of amazing fun.
  • The Oonies Starter pack has everything needed to make awesome Oonies with enough pellets to make six Oonie designs.
  • They’re not a bubble, they’re not a balloon, they’re Oonies!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available:  Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • Smooshy Mushy from RedwoodVentures is part of the newest collectible craze, full of exciting, super squishy, slow-rise surprises.
  • Each Smooshy Mushy series includes one of eight randomly assorted pets. Kids can unwrap the container to find out which scented Smooshy Mushy squishy surprise is inside.
  • Every pet has a Bestie they can’t live without so kids should keep searching to find out, which tiny squishy “Bestie” is their pets BFF. Sets also come with a “what’s your smooshy name?” game, a nametag, mini container, stickers, and a collectible poster.
  • Kids can collect 24 food-themed Smooshy Mushy Pets to discover, squish, and trade with their friends.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Walmart