Shop for Young Kids with Confidence Using This List of Games, Toys and More!

2023 Holiday Gift Guide filled with gift ideas for younger kids

I miss the days of shopping for littles. We didn’t spoil the girls with all the things they asked for, but we did make a point of finding unique things they might not have known they wanted. Thankfully, we have a young niece to shop for. In addition to possibly gifting a family game, several things on this list are in the running for her gift(s). There are actually a couple things that are perfect comfort items for older kids and adults as well so be sure to look through it thoroughly to find those hidden gems!

We continue to remind you of a few things when compiling these lists. First, we may earn a commission if you click through one of our links. Second, some of these items may show up in our holiday giveaway promotion so stay tuned for those! Good luck narrowing down what you’ll want from this list!

Finding Familiars

Dice Up Games

Finding Familiars is a rhyming children’s picture book that follows a young witch and her pet fox as she goes out into nature, with a kind heart and open mind, to find magical creatures known as Familiars and observe them.


The Op Games

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Adventure Tower with Ice Cream Booth


Come play and learn with this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set! Turn the handle and watch as the ferris wheel sets in motion by moving the PLAYMOBIL figures down the slide all by itself! Weee! Kids can learn how to match objects and colors by placing the colors of the ice cream sticks to it’s holders and placing the figures to the appropriate seat! This kind of creative play with figures also trains fine motor skills and initiates first role play!

Who doesn’t love a good comfort hug? Bumpas are lovable plush toy friends who you can play and cuddle with. This huggable friend is weighted to provide a sense of comfort and security when you need it most! Bumpas’ arms are perfectly sized to give realistic-feeling hugs. Choose your favorite comfort friend from 4 available Bumpas characters: creative and quirky Shin Shin, daring and adventurous Zeek, gentle and soulful Oz, and cheery and encouraging Lucky!

Squinkies Collectors Pack

Blip Toys

Squinkies are B-A-C-K! Collect all 72 Squinkie figures! The TOTY (Toy of the Year)-award-winning, super squashy, micro collectible characters and playsets that took the toy world by storm in 2010 are back and squishier than ever! Considered the original unboxing and first micro collectible toy, over 500 million have been sold in over 2000 different styles!nStart your Squinkies collection with this 12 pack of original characters – 8 in traditional clear capsules and 4 in surprise pink capsules!!

Kids an explore their inner Paleontologist! Prehistoric fun, decorate your own dinosaur eggs! Pop in one of the included plastic eggs and let the decorating begin! The machine holds and spins the eggs while you use the marker to create stripes, lines, and other fun designs, all while eggs-posing the cracks. When finished decorating, kids can “crack” open the shell to discover a jurassic ‘surprise’ miniature and collectible dinosaur covered in colored slime! The dinosaurs’ head and limbs are all interchangeable – swap them out to create your own dino breed! Collect all six dinosaurs, including a T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Velociraptor and Ankylosaurus.


Vango Toys

Amid the explosion of toddler busy bags on Etsy and across social media, comes new BIZYBOO Hide ’N’ Seek Busy Bags from Vango! Soft, fuzzy, portable and mess-free, BIZYBOO Hide ’N’ Seek Busy Bags have been delightfully reimagined as 12 different preschool-friendly characters. Toddlers can have fun simply squishing and squeezing their BIZYBOO. Plus, older kids can search for different hidden objects themed to each character using the custom attached card that lists both visual and written prompts. They are are fun way for kids ages 2 to 5 to improve their fine motor skills, concentration and problem solving abilities. Plus they are a great way to keep them busy on trips, in a waiting room or a restaurant!

Match Madness Junior

FoxMind Toys & Games

Players as young as 4 will enjoy the clever puzzles and thrilling speed of Match Madness Junior! They will develop their observation, dexterity, and logic as they recreate pattern cards. Match Madness Junior is a great brainteaser and a fun-filled experience for families!

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Seek and Find

University Games

In Richard Scarry’s Busytown Seek and Find Game from Briarpatch, young children will play a fun, engaging game to race around a jumbo-sized board to find hidden characters like Father Cat, Sally Cat, and the Pig Family. This board game also features two levels of play, suitable for both younger and older players. With its competitive gameplay, large game board, search-and-find elements and colorful design, it’s sure to be a hit with both kids and parents alike.

Pawvocados is The Game of Pawesome Pairs! The Pawvocado pets have lost their noses… these cute pups, cats, and bunnies will need your help to find their Pawvocado pair and get their nose back. On each turn, roll the original avocado dice: the adorable fruit will break open and may reveal the little paw seed! Which side you land on will determine how many cards you win. Make pairs with your cards or exchange them for fun items to delight your avocado buddies.

Go Cuckoo

Devir Games

The circus has come to town! Under the tent, jugglers, clowns, magicians, strongmen and wild beasts capture the curiosity of a dedicated audience that applauds non-stop. After each performance, your little troupe accumulates fame and may one day pique the interest of P.T. Barnum, the greatest circus mogul of all time.

An adorable plush moose doll, with included storybook from The Mensch on a Bench. Cuddle up with Mitzvah Moose this Hanukkah and enjoy the inspiring 17-page story whereby Moshe, your favorite mensch, ends up encountering a Moose whose antlers won’t glow. As Moshe and the moose begin to do good deeds, the candles begin to illuminate! Mitzvah Moose makes it even more exciting for your family to do good deeds this Hanukkah season. What good deeds will they accomplish? Will all the candles on the Moose light up? Join Moshe and Mitzvah Moose as they journey on their path of doing good deeds, together!

NINJA KIDZ TV Giant Mystery Ninja Ball

Blip Toys

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!

Pete the Cat Terrific Taco

University Games

Help Pete the Cat make terrific tacos! Players (ages 3+) practice counting and visual discrimination skills as they collect silly taco toppings to fill their Order Cards. The first player to fill three Order Cards wins in this fantastic food game!

The perfect DIY craft to embrace the holiday season! The TreeMendous Ornament Decorator from Hey Buddy Hey Pal is a fun and easy way to make perfect, hand-decorated ornaments for the holiday tree! Shaped like a Christmas tree itself, makes it the perfect holiday activity. Place one of the ornaments included with the kit into the tree-shaped decorator and let the fun begin! The machine holds and spins the ornament while the markers are used to create stripes, line and other designs!

CLUE®: Squishmallows

The Op Games

WINSTON’S MAC N’ CHEESE IS MISSING! Your favorite Squishmallows have brought something special to share with their friends at a big party in a mysterious mansion. Suddenly, the lights go out! When the lights turn back on someone has stolen Winston’s Mac n’ Cheese and no one will confess. In Clue®: Squishmallows, search the mansion top to bottom as Cam, Emily, Leonard, Lola, Zozo, and Avery to discover WHO ate the mac n’ cheese, WHAT item was left as evidence, and WHERE they perpetrated the delicious crime.

The Original Weighted Infinity Flipper

Good Soul Brands

Want the ultimate flipping experience?The Original Weighted Infinity Flipper delivers hours of endless fun, comfort AND a tactile experience for your fingertips! Simply flip it back and forth, to create a mesmerizing motion that keeps your hands engaged and your mind focused. Available with a variety of textures and colors, each delivering sensory stimulation which can help ease stress and anxiety for all!

Stay tuned for additional gift ideas coming in the next couple weeks including ones that focus on STEM and activities, party games, card games, games for 2-players, classic games and more!

Which of these gift ideas are on the top of your shopping list?


21 thoughts on “Shop for Young Kids with Confidence Using This List of Games, Toys and More!

  1. Ninja Kidz Mystery Ball looks like so much fun and I have several for my grandson for Christmas! They are so much fun for the kids to open and explore!

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