These stocking-sized toys are big, big fun. Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Western Mass News to show off some great stocking stuffer toy ideas for the kids on your holiday shopping list. 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.


  • Hatch’ems are a collectible toy for all kids.
  • Just remove the lid and bop the top to watch it burst and hatch, revealing an inflated surprise baby dinosaur or baby bird.
  • Hidden inside capsules, they have the thrill of a concealed mystery item. The capsule doubles as a carrying case.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $4.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart


  • These finger puppets come to life when you animate them through the access point in the back. They are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Available in a variety of animals and insects.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $5.99 and up
  • Available: Amazon



  • Build your favorite Super Mario characters!  Each set includes a buildable figure – Mario, Bowser Jr., Fire Luigi, Para Dry Bones, Maker Mario, Toad, or Cannon Box Mario!
  • Which one will you get?  Collect all seven!
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $3.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart


  • In a land of fairies, dwarves, and griffins, four girls are chosen to be legendary warriors in the kingdom of Gemina. Known as the Mysticons, their quest is to find all four parts of a magical book called the Codex—each piece of which will grant one of the girls special powers to help her in the battle against evil.
  • Collect all four Mysticons (Arkayna, Zarya, Piper, and Em), each of which comes with accessories like weapons, arm bracers, and pets, and stand at 7 inches tall.
  • They all include a Topps Mysticons trading card with a code to unlock quests in the mobile app, Secrets of Gemina.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.97
  • Available: Toys R Us, Target, Amazon, Walmart


  • Tumblstix is a small, weighted stick that challenges balance. Kids can test their creativity and dexterity and sharpen your focus and hand-eye coordination by rolling over the Tumblstix gently. Balance and catch the stick smoothly during 360-degree rolls, all while doing tricks.
  • Zing Dama is a hybrid of KenDama and Yo-Yo, and consists of four parts: a ball, a ring, string and an adjustable strap. Users should strap the cup firmly onto their finger and start to swing the ball in any direction.
  • Metal Chuckz are built just like Thumb Chucks, but are covered in a soft, sleek, ‘Metaltek’ coating, allowing for advanced tricks because they are weighted slightly heavier than Thumb Chucks. Metal Chuckz deliver challenging fun with a classy look.
  • Spinzipz are a gadget toy that users hold between their index finger and thumb and flick the light to start the spin.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: Starting at $7.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart