Toys That Make the Holiday List + Giveaway

Toys That Make the Holiday List + Giveaway

During the past year we’ve had the opportunity to work with some great brands and review their toys. Today I will be sharing some of my favourites from the past with a sprinkling of items that are going under the tree, but SHHH the kids don’t know 🙂

L.O.L. Surprise Dolls

L.O.L. stands for Lil Outrageous Littles and Series 2 has recently launched with 80+ new Surprise Tots, Lil Sisters and Charm Fizz bath bombs to collect. The largest ball, the L.O.L Surprise DOLL has 7 different layers with 7 different surprises like shoes, outfit, accessory, clues, stickers and the doll itself. 

L.O.L. Surprise Dolls

The medium sized ball is 5 layers of surprises and has a LIL Sister doll. The Charm Fizz is a bath bomb that reveals a special surprise.

L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise

For only the biggest fans, the limited edition L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise has 50 never before seen surprises inside and comes packed with layers of fun.  The 12 inch Ball becomes a purse carrying case, storage case and bath playset for when your LO is done as well. 

L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise

Read our review here and here.

Available at Toys R’ Us, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, Loblaw, HBC, Red Apple, Showcase, Northwest and other major Canadian retailers.

Luna Petunia + Friends

The star of the line is the Luna Petunia 14″ talking doll ($34.99). My daughter won’t put her down and loves how Luna springs to life with sounds from Amazia and some of her fave sayings…’I Petunia Promise’.

luna petunia

Paired with her beanie plush sidekicks Sammy Stretch, Karoo, and Bibi Bubbles ($10.99 each) you can really get the party started, or get the nap time cuddles started as my youngest prefers.luna petunia

Amazia Garden Set ($19.99) has pieces from Luna’s beautiful garden. The Fabulosa Cafe Playset ($19.99) brings Chef Luna to life and even has a launcher that flies food across the cafe.

luna petunia

Read our review here.

Available at Toys R’ Us

Tonka Tinys Rescue Response Station Playset (GIVEAWAY ITEM)

My son loves any types of cars, trucks, planes and trains–basically anything that moves. This three level Tonka Tiny set lets you launch vehicles over the flames, through the cinder block wall and down the main gravity ramp. It includes 3 exclusive Tinys vehicles but can store up to 8 on level one.

Available at Toys R’ Us Canada and Walmart


Playmobil has always been wonderful with bringing amazing playsets to our children’s lives. You can read our review on the PLAYMOBIL Berk Play Set from How To Train Your Dragon to see the kind of details that go into their sets.

Another hot item from the How to Train Your Dragon movie is the Drago’s Ship set. Suggested age is 5+, this set that lets your child join the bad side, if only for a little bit, and fight and trap dragons. Set includes Drago, spears, torch, ship and accessories. 


Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1 playset lets you speed through the city in the iconic Ecto 1. This legendary action vehicle has plenty of space for proton packs and ghost traps thanks to the detachable roof and can be combined with other playsets.


Playmobil 1.2.3. Night Train with Track (GIVEAWAY ITEM) is going under the tree for our LO as he has an obsession with trains currently. I really appreciate the bigger rounded pieces in this set for children aged 18 months and up. 

Santa’s Workshop and NHL Rivalry on the Pond Advent Calendars are both a fun way to get into the holiday spirit without the sugar rush of traditional advent calendars. Each day 1 piece is revealed and on Christmas, the whole set is unveiled. 

Available at Toys R’ Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo Stores, and Hudson’s Bay Company

Awesome Little Green Men

Awesome Little Green Men just what they sound like, a military collectible that combines blind-boxed soldiers and vehicles with gameplay experience. An 8 Piece Deluxe Battle Pack Series 1 has everything you need to battle but you can also add a Starter Pack or Blind Box to get on your way to collect all 100 pieces. 

Available at Toys R’ Us, Indigo Stores, and other Major retailers. 

Worry Eaters

I love the concept of these plush toys, mostly because I have a couple of kids who seem to have some issues being worried and scared at times. The idea is that your LO will tell their cuddly friend their deepest worries and fears by writing them down on a piece of paper that will be put into the Worry Eaters mouth and zippered shut. The Worry Eater will gobble up the fears (with help from adults) and hopefully your LO will get some relief.
They come in both small and large sizes and are available in specialty toy stores and select bookstores across Canada

Enchanted Forest Observation Puzzle

I used to love doing activities like this observation puzzle as a child. This 100-piece puzzle set allows kids to work on their fine motor skills and cognitive skills. Once put together they can continue the fun by finding the items shown around the border in the main image. Great activity to keep them busy while you prepare dinner or need to catch up on some work. 
Available in specialty toy stores and select bookstores across Canada

Felt Brushes/ Nymphea (GIVEAWAY ITEM)

This beautiful 7-piece Felt Brush set helps children use their imagination in a fun and creative way. This set takes you step-by-step to create 4 stunning pictures. My oldest daughter will be enjoying this as a gift this year. 
Available in specialty toy stores and select bookstores across Canada

Social Presence + Giveaway

You can check out more about the brands mentioned in this giveaway through their websites and social accounts

Funrise Toys (Luna Petunia and Tonka)















We are lucky enough to be able to give one lucky winner a chance to win the PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. Night Train With Track, Djeco’s 7 Piece felt brush set, and Funrise Toys Tonka Tinys Rescue Response Playstation. Contest runs until 12/13 CAN no QUE

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This post is in partnership with Swerve PR and their clients such as Îlo307, Funrise and Playmobil. We received some items mentioned in order to write our list but all opinions are our own.
Aneta Alaei
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  1. Anne Taylor
    November 27, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I would gift these to my grandchildren!

  2. Amy Heffernan
    November 27, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I would give them to my kids from santa. Thanks so much for the chance!

  3. kristen visser
    November 27, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I would give the Playmobil to my nephew and the rest to my daughter! this would be such a great Christmas gift. thanks for the chance!

  4. Holly Myke
    November 27, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    My kids of course! I’ve already donated to our xmas charities of choice.

  5. Stephanie LaPlante
    November 27, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I would give these to my little Cousins.

  6. Sara
    November 27, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Our 4 year old son would go crazy for these!!

  7. Jennifer Ann Wilson
    November 27, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    I would gift this prize to my local women’s shelter.

  8. Tammy Dalley
    November 27, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    I would gift it to my kids! They would love them

  9. Cheryl H
    November 27, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I would gift these to my kids!

  10. Suzanne G
    November 27, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I would be gifting these to my grandchildren.

  11. nicky
    November 27, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    I’d love to share these with my child, niece and nephew!

  12. Lee-Ann S
    November 27, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    These prizes would go to my daughter Miss R.

  13. Nicole B
    November 27, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I would gift them to my niece and to my kids!

  14. Sarah Letendre
    November 27, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I would gift the brush set to my daughter and have her donate the other toys to a family in need . She loves to help people

  15. lynn clayton
    November 27, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    my kidos

  16. Dana Miller
    November 27, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I would gift the PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. Night Train With Track to my niece who loves choo choos. My daughter would be gifted the Djeco’s 7 Piece felt brush set to make fabulous creations. The Funrise Toys Tonka Tinys Rescue Response Playstation would be gifted to my nephews. We can’t wait to celebrate a big family Christmas together this year!

  17. Amber Y
    November 27, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    I would gift the toys to my nephew. I think he’d enjoy them more than my nieces.

  18. Julie bolduc
    November 27, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I would give this to my children

  19. Josie Tusa
    November 27, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I would gift these to my great niece and my great nephew

  20. Tainan Lu
    November 27, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    I would love to gift them to my niece

  21. Debbie White Beattie
    November 28, 2017 / 1:10 am

    I would give them to my nieces and nephews

  22. Amie
    November 28, 2017 / 2:43 am

    I would split it among my nephews, nieces and little cousins ! What fun toys !

  23. Kam
    November 28, 2017 / 2:52 am

    I would gift these to my daughter, nephew, and niece!

  24. Jennifer P.
    November 28, 2017 / 4:06 am

    I would gift the Playmobil to my youngest, the Djeco set to my oldest, and the Tonka to my cousin’s son.

  25. Lynda Cook
    November 28, 2017 / 6:39 am

    These are all great gifts for my grandchildren, something for all of them!!

  26. Darlene Schuller
    November 28, 2017 / 8:48 am

    I would divvy it up between my grands.

  27. Jenness M
    November 28, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I would give the felt brush set to my daughter and the other 2 toys to my son!

  28. Judy Cowan
    November 28, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I would gift these to my niece & nephew, great gift ideas!

  29. Barb W
    November 28, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I would love these toys for my son!

  30. sarah
    November 28, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I gift these to my nephews and daughter. Thanks!

  31. Robyn Bellefleur
    November 28, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I would give these to my youngest daughter.

  32. Marina M.
    November 28, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I would give to my son and his friends.

  33. nicolthepickle
    November 28, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I would give them to my children and a nephew.

  34. Caryn Coates
    November 28, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I would give these to my children 🙂

  35. Alison Braidwood
    November 28, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I’ll gift these to my three nieces if I win.

  36. Florence Cochrane
    November 28, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    I would give the prizes to my nieces or nephews.

  37. Gillian Morgan
    November 28, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I would gift them to my niece.

  38. Rosanne Robinson
    November 28, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    My grandson would have a blast with these terrific toys.

  39. Christine D
    November 28, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Oh my son and daughter would both love these amazing toys! But id also gift to my niece and nephew!

  40. Ira
    November 28, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I’d give them to my kids. Most of them, anyway 🙂

  41. Jonnie
    November 28, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I would gift these prizes to my sons

  42. Melissa F
    November 28, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I would give them to my daughter and nephews!

  43. Christine R
    November 28, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I would give some to my kids and if there were other I would donate!

  44. Tanis
    November 28, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    I would give this to my son and daughter!

  45. Maggie C
    November 28, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    My bf’s sister’s kids!

  46. Carol McCann
    November 28, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    My Grandchildren would be thrilled to play theses

  47. kandi h
    November 28, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I would gift the prizes to my 3 kids

  48. Wendy hutton
    November 28, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    my niece’s kids would get the gifts

  49. Sarah alexis
    November 29, 2017 / 1:13 am

    These would make my son very happy – I’d love to win them for him!!!

  50. Linda
    November 29, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I would give these toys to my little boy.

  51. KellyPC
    November 29, 2017 / 7:56 am

    My niece & nephew would love these!

  52. Joni
    November 29, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I would gift these to my nephews and nieces

  53. LisaM
    November 29, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I have a couple of kids who would love these!

  54. Nancy T
    November 29, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    I would gift the felt brushes to my 2 girls and the other 2 items to the family we are sponsoring.

  55. Juliee Fitze
    November 29, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I would gift them to my grandkids.

  56. Janet M
    November 29, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    I would love to give the gifts to my granddaughter.

  57. Linda H
    November 29, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I would gift these to my grandchildren.

  58. dal
    November 29, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    the kids of course

  59. Julie F
    November 29, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I would gift these to my grandkids

  60. November 29, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    These prizes would be for my grandchildren.

  61. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    November 29, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    If, and that’s a big if, I was lucky enough to win this would all be shared between my 8 grandchildren. 🙂

  62. lori b
    November 30, 2017 / 6:10 am

    i have a large number of great nieces and nephews that I would gift these to

  63. Sabina Edwards
    November 30, 2017 / 7:24 am

    BOth Emily and Dylan would get this…Dylan and Emily have playmobil and play with that all the time!! thanks

  64. Carol Denny
    November 30, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I would give them to my grandkids!

  65. Carole
    November 30, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I would gift them to my granddaughters! Thank you

  66. Lisa Bolduc
    November 30, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I would give somento my son and the otbets to my nieces and nephews

  67. Laurie P
    November 30, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    My little girl of course! amazing stuff!

  68. Marlene J
    December 1, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I would give these prizes to my children.

  69. Marlene J
    December 1, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I would give these prizes to my children for Christmas.

  70. Maritess
    December 1, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I would give it to my nephews for Christmas.

  71. Mandy
    December 1, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    I would give it to my niece and daughter.

  72. HEIDI C.
    December 1, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    I would give these gifts to my nieces and nephews.

  73. Sarah alexis
    December 2, 2017 / 12:24 am

    Love gift giving – and having reviews and suggestions like this makes it even more fun to plan!

  74. brenda lacourciere
    December 2, 2017 / 5:05 am

    I would give these to my grandkids.

  75. Sherry K
    December 2, 2017 / 6:30 am

    I have a niece and two nephews who would enjoy these.

  76. Rhonda
    December 2, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I have 2 nephews and a godson who would be the lucky kiddos to enjoy these toys.

  77. loucheryl
    December 3, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I would gift them to my boys and my nephews. Also, my God daughter.

  78. Carolle H
    December 4, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    It would be perfect gifts for my nieces 😉

  79. tina hill
    December 4, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I would gift these to my grandchildren, and some very special little people I know. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  80. Brenda Smith
    December 4, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I would give some to my grandson and give the rest to a toy drive. Merry Christmas Everyone!

  81. jane kramer
    December 4, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I would definitely give these prizes to my kids 😉

  82. Sunshine G
    December 4, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I have two little girls who would love these!

  83. December 4, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I have 3 granddaughter who love it

  84. December 4, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I have three granddaughters that will loved it

  85. Delima
    December 4, 2017 / 7:53 pm


  86. Suzanne Noël
    December 4, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Thanks you!

  87. Athena
    December 4, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    This would be great for my kids.

  88. Angele Hebert
    December 4, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Thanks you

  89. Sage
    December 4, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I would give the Playmobil and Tonka to my friends grandson and the pens to my daughter

  90. Sylvie chiasson
    December 4, 2017 / 11:11 pm


  91. Clair Palmer
    December 5, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I have 3 boys that all would love this, they can play good together but some days they fight but with PLAYMOBIL they play awesome 😀

  92. leana
    December 5, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I would gift the prizes to my daughters!

  93. Amina
    December 5, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I’d gift it to my little cousins!

  94. Tiff Cho
    December 5, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I would gift them to my 6 year old cousins and my brother!

  95. Kristi R.
    December 5, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    My boys would love this!

  96. Wendy Jensen
    December 7, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I would gift the prizes to my granddaughter.

  97. Katrina
    December 7, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I would love to win for my daughter

  98. Wanda B
    December 8, 2017 / 11:26 am

    I would gift these to my nephew’s little girl.

  99. 409cope
    December 8, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    These would be great for my little grandson!

  100. Lucy
    December 8, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    I would gift them to my niece!

  101. Piroska
    December 8, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I’d give this to my little granddaughter.

  102. Ginger Gervais
    December 11, 2017 / 2:23 am

    I would gift them to my children

  103. SweetPanda
    December 11, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I would love to gift this to my kids

  104. Krista M
    December 11, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I would share these between my niece & nephew who both have late December birthdays!

  105. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    December 11, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    A great choice for my son would be the Shave Away Kit for Kings and Gentlemen, not to mention a haircut!

  106. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    December 11, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    woops getting carried away here, sorry!

  107. Tara Gauthier
    December 12, 2017 / 12:21 am

    I would gift these to my friend hamper program she runs to help people out during the Holidays!

  108. suzi
    December 12, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    my great nephews would get these

  109. crystal porter
    December 12, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I would gift them to my niece and nephew

  110. Jill Trevarthen
    December 12, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I would love to share these gifts with my kids, nieces and nephews.

  111. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    December 16, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Came to check out who won, I’m out of luck with that, LOL