Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters 2018 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway

 It's the most wonderful time of the year and we're beyond excited to be hosting our 4th annual "Must Haves for Lil' Monsters" Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway! All year we've been heading to our favorite toy showcases hosted by The Toy Insider and TTPM to check out the latest and greatest in toys and we've rounded up our favorite must haves for kids of all ages within 10 categories: Trendy Toys, Create, STEAM, Disney Lovers, Game Night, Video Games, Throwback, Books & Movies, Outdoor Fun and Stocking Stuffers.

This year we're offering 1 lucky reader a prize pack valued at over $400 and excitedly all of our giveaway sponsors have donated products to our #LilMonstersGiveBack Initiative where we will be donating toys to a local school, church and women's shelter! 

Disclosure: We have received review samples and donation contributions to facilitate this guide and giveaway. Opinions expressed are 100% our own and this post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays! 


Zoomtubes Car Trax: Customize your own tubular fun with this remote controlled car and trackset that produces a 360 degree light show of racing. (Ages 5+ // $32.99)

Sunny Days Brush & Style Sunny, Rox and Blair: Brush and Style Sunny, Rox and Blair includes a styling brush and a wear and share clip-in hair charm for your little stylist or the dolls. The versatile hair charm can also be worn as a stylish bracelet. The hair charms and styling brushes work with all Brush & Style dolls so kids can mix and match with each friend! Each doll sold separately. (Ages 3+ // $8.88 each)

Pokemon Power Action Pikachu - Shake Pikachu to hear it charge up, interactive light up tail. Makes 15+ talking voice and light responses. (Ages 3+ // $29.99)

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Basic Action Figures: There are all new TMNT action figures to collect based on the new Nickelodeon animated series. There are 4 heroes, 2 allies and 3 villains to collect in all. (Ages 3+ // $7.99)

Oddbods Funny Makers - A brand new toy line available exclusively at Target stores from the Emmy nominated non-dialogue animated series. Oddbods follows the comedic adventures of 7 hilarious friends as they survive everyday adventures. Kids can now reenact the fun with this cool playset featuring five fun stunts, sound effects and lights. (Ages 3+ // $39.99)

Peppa Pigs Transforming Camper Van - Go on a camping adventure with Peppa and her family with this fun multi piece toy set that opens and closes for imaginative play. (Ages 3+ // $49.99)

Little Live Pets: Your pet feels and responds just like a real one with a pat on the head or rub of it's belly. (Ages 5+ // $44.99)

Rainbowcorn : Made of sparkles, sprinkles and surprises every rainbowcorn comes with a hidden surprise. Build your collection with a puppy, kitty, unicorn, monkey or hamster. (Ages 3+ // $24.00)


Oosh Moldable Art Sand : Encourage creativity and develop fine motor skills while using this moldable sand to build and create. (Ages 4+ // $12.99)

Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything Cookbook: Mini chefs  and foodies will love discovering 150 recipes to help master cooking basics, hack the pantry, and make everything from vegetarian go-tos to crowd pleasing snacks and irresistible desserts. ($13.74)

Max Build More Bricks 759 Piece Set and 15 Figures:Take your brick creations to the max with this premium building set that's affordable and compatible with other major building brick brands. (Ages 3+ // $24.97 and $12.97)

Crayola Silly Scents Sticker Maker: Turn virtually anything into a custom sticker! Color it in with silly scent markers that smell sweet and then use them to decorate your books, devices and more. (Ages 6+ // $14.99)


Orboot: Using the augmented reality based globe and the free orboot app kids can travel around the world to discover culture, monuments, inventions, animals, maps and weather with 400+ highlights and 1,000+ facts. (Ages 4+ // $49.99) 

Pepper Mint in the Fantastic Underwater Science Voyage Experiment Kit: In this story based STEM kit journey with Pepper Mint to the Bermuda Triangle. While on an expedition figure out how to use water to make simple hydraulic machines and conduct experiments with pressure and density. (Ages 8+ // $36.25)

Klutz Lego Gadgets: Build 11 different machines that can be silly or practical (Ages 8+// $21.41)

Klutz Maker Lab Air Blast Canon: Learn about physics and the power of air pressure after building a movable canon. (Ages 8+ // $20.99) 

Air Hogs Super Nova Orb : Kid friendly, award winning high tech drone that can be tossed in the air and controlled by your hands while showing of 30 moves and 9 cool tricks. 

Sensors Alive: Bring Physics to life with an app based video game/ science kit where kids can play the role of a scientist in a bio engineering lab. With physical sensor pods learn all about light, sound and temperature and create creatures that can live in each environment. (Ages 8+ // $128.95)

Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab: There are 35 mysterious beaker creatures to collect in all that need to be extracted from the science reactor pods. The lab doubles as a working science set with hands on experiments inspired by the creatures and their worlds. (Ages 5+ // $24.97)

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Table Deluxe: An interactive desk and includes five activity pages to explore that are filled with engaging content.Transforms from a desk into an easel and chalkboard with storage space for art supplies to encourage play and discovery; stool included. For more ways to play, pretend to make a call on the toy telephone or listen to fun tunes on the music player; Features 100 plus vocabulary words, 20 plus activities and 20 plus songs and melodies. (Ages 2+ // $49.93)


Jack Jack Attacks: Jack Jack is full of surprises! Press his tummy to hear him laugh, giggle and go through his super powers with changing lights, color and sounds. (Ages 3+ // $24.97)

Disney Doorables Multi Peek set: Who doesn't love a good Disney themed Surprise? Behind the magical door you can collect 5, 6 or 7 magical Disney mini figures. (Ages 5+ // $7.10)

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey's Magical Wonderland : Ride along with Mickey Mouse and experience this magical town where you'll hear fun phrases, 3 sing along songs and sounds. (Ages 1+ // $49.99) 

Big Hero 6 The Series Squish to Fit Baymax: Squish the 4" bean plush Baymax into his red armor suit, scuba suit and Wasabi's car. (Ages 4+ // $22.49)


Word Slam Family Card Game: In this fast paced card game two teams battle it out like charades but instead of acting things out players have to communicate using word cards. The cards are grouped into 7 categories - animal, plants, creatures; travel, outdoors, history; food & drink; web and social media; emotions; science, technology, religion; and movies, music, literature. (Ages 10+ // $8.09)

Monopoly: Fortnite Edition: Fans of the popular video game are going to love this latest monopoly version where players can claim locations, battle their opponents and avoid the storm to survive. Unlike the classic, players on health point chips instead of monopoly money to stay in the game. (Ages 13+ // $19.99)

What's That Smell: Test your sense of smell with this hilarious game where your nose is put to the test against 50 scents that range from nice to nasty. (Ages 14+ // $12.72)

Build or Boom: The best builders in town will build their structures quickly and be the first to send their opponents building tumbling. (Ages 6+ // $26.12)


StarLink Battle for AtlasIn the game you are part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to free the Atlas Star System from Grad and the Forgotten Legion. Build your own modular starship model, mount it to your controller, and take part in epic space combat. Swap the parts on your model and your in-game starship changes in real time. (E for everyone // $39.99)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Tristan and CJ have been counting down for the release of this game where icons clash in the ultimate brawl anytime, anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage as new characters Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Enjoy enhanced speed and combat at new stages based on the Castlevania series, Super Mario Odyssey and more! Having trouble choosing a stage? Then select the Stage Morph option to transform one stage into another while battling - a series first! (E for everyone // $59.88)

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu  or Pokemon Let's Go Evee: Take your Pokemon journey to the Kanto region with your partner Pikachu or Eevee to become a top Pokemon trainer as you battle other trainers. (E for everyone // $59.67)

Scribblenauts Mega Pack XboxOne Digital CodeJourney into maxwell and lily's world as you use the power of Imagination to solve exciting puzzles in endless ways. Discover the story of maxwell's 41 siblings and create unique objects of your own to share online with your friends. Join your favorite DC comics Super heroes to explore iconic all-new locations as they try to restore order to the universe. (E for everyone // $36.42)


Mighty Beanz: Beanz that come alive! Discover 8 beanz inside then flip em', roll em' and race em' . (Ages 5+ // $9.30)

Polly Pocket Big Pocket World: Water inspired world that comes with micro Polly and Lila dolls and accessories. Mini friends can sit in floaties or the hot tub, dive from the board and discover a secret waterfall. (Ages 4+ // $12.95)

Tamagotchi Electronic Game: The original Tamagotchi digital pet you loved back in 1997 is back with original programming. Feed it, turn lights on/off, play with it, give it medicine, check it's health and more! (Ages 8+ // 19.99)

Chia Pet Fingerlings Monkey Decorative Planter : Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! - Chia pets are fun and easy to grow and feature the character's from one of the most popular toys, Fingerlings. This pottery planter shows a full coat in only a week or two. ($15.97) 

World's Coolest Barbie Tote Bag / Notepad Keychain: The latest from Vogue fashion, Barbie's pink tote bag opens up for a surprise! Inside the world’s coolest tote bag you'll find a mini mirror, removable pencil and pad of paper for doodling or writing. Strike a pose with your fabulous multipurpose totebag. (Ages 6+ // 13.99)


Kabook: Discover an entirely new play pattern for parents and children in which you can co-create customized, one-of-a-kind books using your own pictures and variable text. Kabook! is the world’s first publishing platform that allows families to use their phones and photo libraries to literally put pictures of themselves into storybooks written by top children’s book authors and illustrated by world-class artists. What’s more, the real magic of Kabook! is in their patent-pending technology that applies a filter to your uploaded photos to make them match the specific illustration style of the book your photos will be used in. (Ages 2+ // starting at $24.99)

Reindeer in Here Book and Plush Gift Set: Looking for an alternative to Elf on the Shelf? Reindeer In Here is a Christmas friend sent by Santa in December as the first gift of the holiday season to get to know each child and celebrate that being different is normal. The children are encouraged to take the reindeer plush with them anywhere and everywhere on daily adventures so that it can learn about the uniqueness of each individual child and help Santa deliver their true Christmas wishes. (Ages 3+ // $32.95)

Small FootAn animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” (James Corden) brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. ($24.99)


Laser X Fusion Complete Set: Step up your game of laser tag inside or outside, day or night with this set that includes 2 blasters that reach up to 500 ft. (Ages 6+ // $70.44)

Morfboard Skate and Scoot Combo Set: The only board you'll ever need and it transforms in seconds! With super simple lock & release technology, just drop Xtensions into the board and turn, the flex trigger locks, and you're ready to ride! Blast through the neighborhood! Stick your tricks! Grab some air! Find your balance! Morfboard is year round fun anywhere any time. (Ages 8+ // $89.99)

Razor Power A2 Electric Scooter: The Razor Power A2 electric scooter is your classic kick scooter that provides its own kick. Re-imagined with a powerful lithium-ion powered electric motor, the modernized and motorized Power A2 packs a punch, delivering a quiet, rattle-free ride at speeds up to 10 mph. (Ages 8+ // $199.99)

American Ninja Warrior Competition Obstacle CourseIt’s time to put your ninja warrior training to the test with the American Ninja Warrior Competition Set. From head-to-head, team or timed competition, this complete 33-piece set allows for dozens of different set-ups. No matter the age or skill level, you can create a course and great family fun to match. (Ages 3+ // $51.00)


Dough Dots Take Along Tube: The possibilities are endless with these balls of fun that you can mold, stack, squish and pop. (Ages 2-6 // $12.00)

Marvel Fidget Cubes : Designed for restless ends in fun designs, these fun cubes will keep hands busy at home, work or in the classroom. (Ages 6+  // $11.99)

5 Surprise Collectible Toys : Unrap, peel and reveal 5 surprise, collectible toys.  (Ages 3+ // $19.99)

Pomsies  Adorable plush interactive toys that tell you when they are cold, tired or hungry using their eyes that light up. Pomsies make 50+ sounds and react to touch when you pet or hug them. There's also a fun freeze dance mode to play with friends. (Ages 3+ // $14.89)

Cupcake Surprise Scsented Princess Doll : Collect 12 New Dolls with yummy scents, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, lemon and caramel. (Ages 3+ // $7.97)

Smasher Series 2 Gross Mini Figures 8 pack : With over 100 to collect and swap, smash the eyeballs and discover a disgusting character inside. (Ages 5+ // $18.99)

Cutetitos : Collectible mystery plush wrapped up in a burrito blanket. Choose from 12 different styles: sloth, bear, monkey, pig and more and find out if their personalities are mild, medium or hot. (Ages 3+ // $9.99)

Giveaway Prizes

1 winner will be announced 12/18 and will receive one of each prize below unless indicated as an assortment. Choice of style is decided by availability. We hope that if you win you decide to donate a gift to someone in need. Good Luck!

Rainbowcorn // Zoomtubes Car Trax // Little Live Pets // Sunny Day Brush and Style Blair // Oosh Moldable Sand assorted // Orboot // Pepper Mint Fantastic Underwater Experiment Kit // Klutz Lego Gadgets // Klutz Maker Lab Air Blast Launcher // Jack Jack Attacks // Disney Doorables Multi Peek Set // Word Slam 
Card Game // XboxOne StarLink Battle for Atlas // Mighty Beanz //  Kabook // Small Foot DVD // Dough Dots. 


  1. My daughter would the Little Live Pet and Pomsies and my son would love the Razor Power A2 Electric Scooter :)

  2. Great list of toys, just in time for Christmas. Looking for a cool toy this year for my 4 year old and had no clue where to start so it’s great that you show the ages for each item.

  3. The Razor Power A2 Electric Scooter and all of the 4 video games would be big hits at our house. Dad would be just as thrilled as the kids!

  4. Sky loves American Ninja Warrior so he'd go crazy for that set! Otherwise this looks like an assembly of all of his favorite things too. Little Live Pets and the Klutz Lego Gadgets would also be his top pics. I won't allow a real pet besides our fish, so this is the closest he will get to a dog ��

  5. I think they all great gift ideas but, Cupcake princess surprise,razor electric scooter and the Disney Dorable set ate the 3 I think will be a big hit for my grandkids if I won.

  6. Oh so many great ideas!!! Our must haves for Christmas are the Zoomtubes Car Trax, Pepper Mint Fantastic Underwater Experiment Kit, and Small Foot DVD!

  7. My kids must haves are the Pomsies, Air Hogs Super Nova Orb and the Morfboard Skate and Scoot Combo Set. Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  8. Thanks! I'm always looking for great STEAM ideas!

  9. The pikachu is so adorable. Love your selection, it has great pi ks for any little one.

  10. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Table Deluxe Pokemon Game and Pomsie

  11. Great round up! My girls would love the Little Live Pets and the experiment kit.

  12. I love it out, but really love Zoomtubes, Disney Doorables and experiment kit!

  13. you got some great stuff here. my daughter would go nuts over the fortnite monopoly. those are her two favorite things. and jeff would love the scooter. =)

  14. My little monster would love What’s that smell?
    Laser X Fusion Complete Kit is 5 Surprise

  15. I haven't even started shopping. So distracted. Great giveaway.

  16. I love the Pokemon games, Fornite monopoly and the slime. These are all great toys! I am sure my niece, nephew and son would love all of them!

  17. This is a great giveaway! The boys would love the Pokémon and incredibles toys. I want a poly pocket and tamagotchi for nostalgia haha. Kudos for giving back during the holidays! You’re amazing <3

  18. Great gifts and stocking stuffers. I love the STEM toys and games. My girl wants a scooter..we'll see !!

  19. I love jack jack so I think I want that for myself lol. Please though no more fortnite nothing around here lol

  20. I'm soo not a kid anymore, but this not so little monster wants toys for christmas. Loving the jack jack and all the pokemon stuff. Kids will love any of these gift ideas.

  21. My son asked for the Smash Bros game, apparently it’s hot this year. My daughter is still into slime and any of the surprise toys.

  22. Our son has a razor scooter that he loves!!

  23. You have the whole kiddie cabbodle of toys for Christmas. I cant believe Tamagochis are still around and Polly pockets that is what I wanted for Christmas 20+ years ago!

  24. These are great gifts for kids. I love the game night ideas.

  25. This is such a great and comprehensive gift list! I see a lot of toys my niece and nephew would love.



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