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2023 Holiday Gift Ideas and Buying Guide | TOYS

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Yep, it’s that time of year.  Summer is over, Halloween and Thanksgiving are on the horizon, and then we come to the MAJOR Gift Giving month of December.

Get prepared ahead of time, and eliminate the last minute rush to buy presents for those on your gift giving list.

Here are some great toys / toy brands to consider…



Gel Blaster

Gel Blaster
“SURGE – The blaster that started a revolution! Surge uses water-based Gellets®. Rechargeable, mess-free, non-toxic, and safe for kids! Semi- and Fully-Automatic blaster modes. Comes with 10,000 Gellets®. Gellets® disintegrate upon impact and evaporate in the backyard, meaning no tedious cleanup! Get up to 4 hours of play on a single charge via USB-C | “Our no mess, no clean-up Gellets™ burst on impact and evaporate in no time. Gellets™ are colorful, water-based beads that are an all-natural, non-toxic, water-based material, so you can blast them anywhere. Spend less time cleaning and more time having a blast!” | SURGE XL | Starfire XL | ” Portal Smart Target Gel Blaster has brought the first ever smart target to the blasting world. We created the Portal smart target to expand the capabilities of play with your Gel Blaster! Portal provides the best of both worlds—a mobile app experience that challenges your skills, and the heart-pounding excitement of real world play.” | Gellet Depot | “Gellets -Our no mess, no clean-up Gellets™ burst on impact and evaporate in no time. Gellets™ are colorful, water-based beads that are an all-natural, non-toxic, water-based material, so you can blast them anywhere. Spend less time cleaning and more time having a blast!”

“Headquartered in Austin, TX, Gel Blaster is the original and leading water ball blasting brand.

Gel Blaster came about when founders Colin Guinn and Christie Woods were looking for fun, modern activities to get their kids off their devices and playing outside.

After launching on Kickstarter in 2020, we are now proud to be the fastest growing toy company in the US according to NPD.

As a driving force in the social sports movement, our team at Gel Blaster is focused on getting teens, adults and families back in touch with play in order to live more active and connected lives.

At Gel Blaster we have one guiding principle – Go Play.

Join us in the Gel Blaster Revolution – follow us for tips, tricks, and community fun! #gelblaster”

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“Time for school! Head out for a day of learning on the cool PLAYMOBIL School Bus. The functioning front and rear lights flash as the bus driver approaches the bus stop and extends the stop sign. Once the double doors open, the kids can climb aboard and choose a seat. Easily access the spacious interior, with seating for up to seven figures, thanks to the removable roof. Set includes 4 PLAYMOBIL figures a bus driver and three students. Accessory elements include backpacks, lunch bag, pencils, fire extinguisher, notebook and stop sing. Recommended for ages four to ten years. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.” | “The Adventure Tower with Ice Cream Booth offers lots of fun features to explore. The ferris wheel is set in motion by turning the handle. And there is a hidden double function: When placing a figure on the platform, it is gradually moved towards the slide until it slides down all by itself. Understanding the cause-and-effect relationships promotes a child’s cognitive skills and development. Matching the figures to the appropriate seat and playing colour sorting with the ice cream sticks provides additional play value. This kind of creative play with figures also trains fine motor skills and initiates first role play.” | “Class is in session at the Take Along School House. In a convenient take-along case, this set is perfect for on-the-go fun. Simply open the two sides and fold down the floor plates to reveal a classroom complete with chalkboard, school tables, and students ready to learn. Once the teacher collects the previous night’s homework assignment, get ready for a fun-filled day of learning as you complete reading activities and solve math equations! Set includes one adult figure, three child figures, chalkboard, desks, books, writing utensils, ruler, books, bike with bike rack, and tons of other accessories. “

Playmobil is full of magic that you can’t miss. Through the power of animation, your favourite toys will come to life! Join in these fantastic adventures and become part of the Playmobil stories. Join us for fun and news from a world full of play and imagination!”

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Stomp Rocket

 Stomp Rocket
“The Original Ultra Rocket Launcher | Stomp Rocket Original Jr. Glow Rocket Launcher for Kids | Stomp Rocket Dueling | Stomp Rocket Ultra LED | Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes | Stomp Rocket X-treme Rocket”

“Run, Jump, STOMP!™   For over 25 years, the Stomp Rocket has been entertaining kids around the world bringing fun, active play and S.T.E.M. learning opportunities.

The Stomp Rocket® is a family owned brand founded in 1993 in Minden, Nevada. What started as a small business with the Original Stomp Rocket® toys, has grown into a thriving company that sold over 7 million toys in the United States and internationally.

Several generations of children have grown with the Stomp Rocket® 100% kid-powered toys™, earning parents’ trust and brand loyalty. The Stomp Rocket® has become a hallmark name for all rocket launching toys.

Over the years, the Stomp Rocket® has won numerous awards from industry experts, including the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Creative Child Magazine Best Toy Award, ASTRA Best Toy Award, Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award, iParenting Media, DR. TOY Awards.

The Stomp Rocket® has been frequently featured in national media including Good Housekeeping, Forbes, Business Insider, Red Book, Everyday Family, The Today Show, Access Hollywood, She Knows, Red Tricycle, Popsugar and countless more.

The Stomp Rocket® is available on-line and in-stores at such major retailers as Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Rite Aid, Hobby Lobby, and many others.


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Ninja Kidz 

“Kidz can become ninjas with each ball containing 25+ surprises! 5 Ninja Kidz Action Figures with articulation, 1 ninja mask and belt, 2 pieces ninja battle gear, 6 ninja throwing stars, 2 sticky stars with 6 sticky star targets, 2 Mission Cards, 1 sticker sheet and 1 collector card. This Giant Mystery Ninja Ball doubles as a storage container and includes a detachable shield for the ultimate ninja play!” Available on Amazon

“Ninja Kidz Tv was created in 2017 to provide Awesome family friendly entertainment and to inspire people to seek adventure, learn new skills, develop confidence, and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. We believe that each person inherently has the ability to do amazing things and influence society for the better. As such, our biggest goal in creating Ninja Kidz is to share messages and examples that both empower and teach valuable character building lessons. Our dream is to invite and inspire people of every age and culture to live a Masterful Life and to embrace the Way of The Ninja!”

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Blip Toys

 Blip Toys / Squinkies
” SQUINKIES ARE BACK: Your favorite mini squish toys are back and better than ever. Endless fun and adventure awaits you in the land of Squinkieville with our soft and squishy friends! COLLECT THEM ALL: There are 12 squishys included in each pack, with 24 different kitties, puppies, and friends to collect. All Squinkies are random per pack. SOFT AND SQUISHY: Our collectable squinkie is soft and squishes in your hand, but at the same time still hold their form. Squinkies squishy toy was designed to be played with and was durably constructed to last. TAKE THEM ANYWHERE: Squinkies Originals are small enough to take anywhere you want. You can keep your squishy animals and friends in the cute little bubbles they come in, making them easy to keep track of. THE PERFECT GIFT: Squinkies squishy toys for kids are recommended for all children ages 5 and up. These miniature novelty toys are the perfect addition to gift packages and are great as stocking stuffers!” Available on Amazon

“We’re passionate about making high quality toys for today’s kids, offered at a great value. Established in 2000, we are headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota. We produce a wide range of products spanning the categories of dolls, collectibles, plush, animatronics, activity, outdoor, novelty and action toys!”

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Hey Buddy Hey Pal (HBHP) | EggMazing

Hey Buddy Hey Pal | EggMazing
“With the Treemendous Ornament Decorator your family can customize colorful keepsake ornaments while starting a new tradition. Our patented spinning action makes decorating easy and fun! Simply place one of our ornaments in the decorator, turn the decorator on, and touch a marker to the spinning ornament to create endless designs! Personalized ornaments make great gifts for grandparents, teachers, family and friends. Additional ornaments sold separately. | “From the creators of the Eggmazing Egg Decorator and the Treemendous Ornament Decorator comes the Gift Box Ornament Decorator! This new creation allows you to decorate a variety of different shaped ornaments by simply placing an ornament into the top of the decorator and the unique spinning action creates colorful designs with the touch of a marker. When you’re done decorating, put your markers in the storage drawer for safe keeping. Extra ornaments sold separately.” | “Decorate this blank egg then crack it open for non-stick slime and a toy dinosaur that pulls apart for a dino swap! Which Dino will you get? Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, T-Rex, Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus, Spinosaurus, Parasurolophus, Brachiosaurus, or the Utahraptor? Trade the tail or lend a leg with other DinoMazing collectors. Head, tail and legs are interchangeable for a dynamic creation to impress friends and parents! Makes a great birthday party parting gift or stocking stuffer. Sold separately. *Please note that we are not able to determine which dinosuar you will get. All eggs are packaged the same to keep the mystery alive!” Available on Amazon

“Hey Buddy Hey Pal is a toy and game company made famous by The Eggmazing Egg Decorator.”

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You’re Getting Old: “Have you ever scrolled Spotify’s top 100 list and thought to yourself, “Who the hell are these people?” or said, “8pm is too late to start a movie”? If so, then get ready to play “You’re Getting Old”, a game that will have you questioning if your best years are behind you and if you’ll ever be able to keep up with the younger generations. “| BIZYBOO Hide ‘N’ Seek Busy Bags : “Collect them All!” | “The #UpsideDownChallenge Game: “When the world is flipped upside down, EVERYTHING becomes a challenge! Family game night just got a lot more fun! The #UpsideDownChallenge Game will keep your friends and family laughing out loud for hours. Compete to do simple tasks like writing your name, giving a high five, and pouring water from one cup into another, all while your vision is flipped upside down. You’ll be shocked how difficult even the simplest tasks become.” Available on Amazon

Our mission is to end boredom! Find us at @walmart, @Target, and @Amazon!

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Good Soul Brands |  Bumpas + Sowa-Sowa

Good Sould Brands | Bumpas | Sowa-Sowa
“• I have 3 lbs of distributed weight to deliver deep pressure stimulation which helps promote a sense of security, reduce stress & anxiety, improve sleep quality and create a calming effect. • My weighted arms are perfectly sized to give realistic hugs and hold on to you − hands free. • My hands form a heart to display my unconditional love for you. • Eyes in the back of my head keep watch and protect you. • My soft exterior is soothing and calming. AGES 3+ | “The Infinity Flipper brings endless fun, comfort and a tactile experience to your fingertips. Its unique design allows you to effortlessly flip it back and forth, creating a mesmerizing motion that keeps your hands engaged and your mind focused.” Bumpas Available on Amazon Infinity Flippers Coming in October on Sowa-Sowa

Website | Bumpas |Bumpas on Facebook | Bumpas on Instagram | Bumpas on Pinterest | Bumpas on Tik Tok | Sowa-Sowa





13 thoughts on “2023 Holiday Gift Ideas and Buying Guide | TOYS

  • I don’t have any children but there are some fun ideas here for those who do!

  • I like this time of the year but at the same time am always fretting because I am just so bad at choosing gifts.

  • These are some great ideas for kids toys. I see some that we already have too.

  • These are some great gift toy ideas for all ages, I can’t believe we are so close to the Holidays already.

  • These holiday gift ideas and toy buying tips are a game-changer for 2023! Thanks for the fantastic recommendations. You’ve made holiday shopping a breeze. Kudos!

  • Thank you for sharing

  • Go Play is an excellent motto. I cannot believe how fast the holidays are approaching.

  • As a mom, finding the perfect gifts for my children during the holiday season is always a delightful challenge, and your recommendations are a true lifesaver.

  • These toys look so fun! I personally like the guns haha I think it’s gonna be epik!

  • Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us! I absolutely love them!

  • Wow! These are all really great and amazing gifts ideas for holiday season. Thanks for sharing this with us

  • Such great gift ideas listed here and so many that I will have to check out as my niece will love them! I cannot wit for the Holidays! So much fun!


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