To help us prepare for the daunting task of holiday shopping, The Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht dropped by WCIU’s You & Me This Morning to show off some of her favorite holiday finds. These gifts are perfect for kids and so much fun adults will be jumping for a turn to play too!

Muppets Puppet Collection (Madame Alexander)MadameAlexander.MuppetsPuppet

  • Madame Alexander brings the iconic Muppets cast of characters to its fans with a playful new collection of hand puppets and soft cloth dolls.
  • Designed with keen attention to the costuming and character details portrayed in the movie, these products are crafted using fine fabrics and quality cloth to be played with and cherished for years.
  • The collection comes in Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Animal, and Fozzie Bear.
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: $29.95-$34.95


Little Live Pets Clever Keet (Moose Toys) 28086 LLP S3 Bird Clever Keet

  • Clever Keet is the smartest bird that you’ll ever meet.
  • When kids first meet their bird, they can give him a name that he’ll remember.
  • He can record and repeat messages like the other birds in the Little Live Pets flock, but can remember phrases and mash them up to make all new sentences.
  • Clever Keet can also swing on his perch, eat and drink on his own and dance in the mirror. He loves to move around on his cart, too!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99


Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy (Just Play)HappyDanceSnoopy_JustPlay (lifestyle)

  • The world-famous Peanus characters are heading to the silver screen in November with a major feature film.
  • Happy Dance Snoopy is sure to happy-dance his way into everyone’s hearts.
  • Squeeze his paw and the adorable plush boogies to the irresistible tune of “Linus and Lucy,” recognized everywhere as the Peanuts theme song.
  • Give Snoopy a kiss and enjoy his surprising and hilarious response: a return kiss, a laugh, a howl—or even a belch sound!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $29.99


The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch (TOMY)Tomy,DisneyPixarTheGoodDinosaurGallopingButch

  • Watch out! It’s rough and tough Galloping Butch!
  • Press the button and Butch gallops just like in the movie!
  • You can also hear his mighty roar and watch his jaw open in biting action when you lift up either of Butch’s arms.
  • Butch says 8 sounds and phrases from the movie, such as “We got longhorns to round up.” and “Head off those longhorns!”
  • This T-Rex does not mess around!
  • Galloping Butch is in scale with figures and large figures (sold separately)
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99


FurReal Friends Starlily, My Magical Unicorn (Hasbro)Hasbro.furreal_friends_starlily_my_magical_unicorn

  • FurReal Friends turns an ordinary friendship extraordinary with the introduction of Starlily, My Magical Unicorn pet, the first interactive toy unicorn in the FurReal Friends line.
  • Starlily features more than 100 sound and motion combinations. The more a kid pla ys with her, the more she can respond. She even moves her head and opens and closes her eyes!
  • The sensors around her face and on her horn allow Starlily to respond to touch. Her long, silky hair can be styled, braided, and combed in many ways for fun-filled grooming play. And, when kids feed Starlily her special sugarberry treat, she opens and closes her mouth and makes happy eating sounds.
  • Starlily has fluttering wings and a horn that lights up with multiple colors to communicate how she’s feeling.
  • She can be posed to sit, stand, or lie down.
  • Kids can become closer friends with their new pet with the Starlily, My Magical Unicorn Pet app, which allows kids to visit her enchanted forest home. The more kids play with the app, the more they can “grow” their pet’s power and win collectibles, making her forest world even more magical!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $119.99


Girl Scout Cookie Oven (Wicked Cool)WickedCool.GirlScoutsCookieOven

  • The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven lets aspiring bakers experience the hands-on fun of making their own Girl Scout cookies.
  • A real working oven, it comes complete with tools and mixes that allow kids (and adults!) to have fun and learn how to make cookies that remind you of the real thing.
  • It features a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.
  • One of the fastest and authentic toy ovens, the two PTC, ceramic, tiled heating elements will evenly bake the cookies. The patent-pending heating technology allows for anything to be baked like a real oven in just 15 minutes – 5 minutes to pre-heat and approximately 10 minutes to bake.
  • Comes with mix packets to create Thin Mints-inspired cookies, a spatula, a baking pan, and “The Perfect Cookie” mL measuring tool.
  • A fun and educational way to keep the excitement of Girl Scout Cookie season all year long.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $59.99


Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Flavor Mixes (Wicked Cool Toys)WickedCool.GirlScoutCookieMix

  • Kids can keep the fun going with Girl Scout Cookie-inspired mixes!
  • Basic Refill Packs: Give young bakers the opportunity to make cookies everyone will love. Available flavors include Thin Mints, PB Sandwich, Trefoils, Chocolate PB, and Caramel Coconut. MSRP: $6.99
  • Deluxe Refill Packs: Deluxe Refill Packs include two popular flavors. Comes in Thin Mints & Chocolate PB, Caramel Coconut & PB Sandwich, and Trefoils. MSRP: $14.99