The TIME Stamped shopping experts have put together a list of the best toys of 2023. Here are a few of our favorites. From new offerings by classic toy brands to innovative tools that let you build your own fun, these toys will bring lots of joy to the holiday season.
The Cookeez Makery bakes a soft, sweet-smelling puppy, kitten, or bunny plush toy in three easy steps. First, mix the “dough.” Next, decorate it. Finally, place it in the Cookeez oven. Then sit back and watch as, 90 seconds later, the dough is transformed into a cute new friend. It comes out of the Cookeez oven warm to the touch and smelling delicious. You can also pick your flavor: Cinnamon Pooch, Fondant Feline, or Strawberry Swirl.
Are you a master mystery solver? Clue: Squishmallows Edition is a twist on the classic Clue game. It’s the perfect mix of warm-and-fuzzies and thrilling investigation. Join your favorite Squishmallows as they try to uncover who stole Winston’s mac-and-cheese. You can search for clues that will help you figure out what evidence was left behind, where the theft was committed, and who did it. Can you be the first one to solve the mystery?
Get your robo-racing shoes on! Robo Rally is a chaotic and competitive racing game. Up to six players zoom toward the finish line through a factory full of obstacles. These include lasers, pits, and conveyor belts. You can program your robot with programming cards and give it special powers. The game features four double-sided game boards, six robo-miniatures, and more than 80 different racecourses.
Journey to a futuristic theme park in space with the LEGO Creator Space Roller Coaster set! You can build three different rides: a rocket roller coaster, a UFO carousel, and a space-shuttle drop tower. The Space Roller Coaster comes with a three-cart train that zooms past planets and stars. The set also features an illuminating light brick that you can place on all three rides. You can populate your space theme park with five mini-figures, including a baby astronaut.
The Furby is making a comeback! About 25 years ago, this furry friend was the hottest toy of the holiday season. In 2023, the Furby is back, as one of the most popular gifts to give or get. The Furby Interactive Plush Toy is voice-activated. Say “Hey Furby!” and you’ll hear one of more than 600 responses. Furby can also dance to a light show that comes from its glowing ears. Your new BFF (best Furby friend) comes in coral or purple.
Make a Wish
The Magic Mixies have been holiday staples for the past few years. Their latest toy is a Magic Genie Lamp. Using your magic ring, you can awaken the genie. Rub the lamp and say “Magicus Mixus!” Then watch as mist rises from the lamp and your Genie Mixie pops out. The Genie Mixie listens to your wish, repeats it, then tells you whether or not it will be granted. As with other Magic Mixies toys, you can reset the lamp and repeat the spell again and again.