You don’t need to break the bank to have a great holiday season. Toy Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik stopped by CP24 in Toronto to show off some great toys for shoppers on a budget. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Treasure X combines classic “you dig it” play with the trends of collectable action figures and “extreme” unboxing.
  • With 10 levels of discovery, opening every Treasure X package is an adventure! Every Treasure X pack includes a treasure map, X-Marks coin, X-Cavator digging tool, a buildable figure embedded in “stone,” and a treasure chest.
  • Kids can find “bronze” treasure, “silver” treasure, a booby prize, or REAL gold-plated treasure!
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99 CAD  at Walmart


  • It’s twice the excitement with the Party Popteenies Double Surprise Popper. Packed into this popper are hidden layers of fun!
  • To get the party started, pull to separate the two poppers and discover your first layer of surprises. Wrapped inside adorable packaging are mini accessories and your doll’s pet bestie.
  • The surprises continue as you pull, twist, and pop each popper! Within a cloud of colorful, collectible confetti you’ll find an exclusive Party Popteenie mini doll, wearing a fab, glittery outfit.
  • Pop your second popper to discover deluxe party accessories!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $12.99 at Walmart, Toys “R” Us


  • Build and craft your own one-of-a-kind creations with the Clicformers Car Set, by MAGFORMERS LLC. Design race cars and trucks with the 18 building blocks and seven accessory pieces.
  • Once you’re done following along the included idea booklet, you can work to build your own ideas!
  • All Clicformers sets are compatible, so the building possibilities are truly endless!
  • When playtime is over, use the clicking mechanism to simply stack and store.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $11.97 CAD


  • Play along with the Massive Monster Mayhem chaos with the Smacktion Figures!  
  • Each figure stands 7.5 inches tall and includes multiple unique battle and silly features for zany out of this world smacktion!
  • Pose him in a menacing stance, pair him with another figure to battle or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately, subject to availability).
  • Collect them all and let the Massive Monster Mayhem begin!
  • From the hit TV series on Nicktoons (US) and Family Channel (Canada), the 7.5-inch figures are based on key characters from the show.
  • Basic articulation on arms and legs enables dynamic posing, action figure play, and battle features.
  • Each character (RoBro, Dome Diddy Dome, Macho Cheese)  has hilarious attributes and their own weapons and special features.
  • Age: 4+
  • Canada: $17.99 CAD at Toys “R” Us


  • Shimmeez are sparkly, shimmery, two-toned sequin plush.
  • They come in three sizes ranging from a backpack clip to an 8-inch and 14-inch plush.
  • When you run your hand over the shimmering sequins, the color changes for a magical effect.
  • Kids can create their own patterns and designs among the sequins.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $6.99-19.99 CAD at Toys “R” Us


  • Bubbleezz live in a squeezy world of wonder and fun called Bubbleverse. Each Bubbleezz contain charms and secret messages.
  • Each Bubbleezz has hundreds of Bubbleezz Beadz inside that move around as you squeeze and transform them.
  • Each Bubbleezz has a special power charm buried within the Bubbleezz Beadz. These charms represent the unique power that help the Bubbleezz during their adventures in the Bubbleverse.
  • There are currently 24 Bubbleezz to collect, ranging in size from Super to Jumbo.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $16.99 CAD at Walmart