12 hot toys under $25 for the holidays
Manufacturer: Blip Toys
Price: $7.99 and up
Ages: 4 and up
At first glance, Squinkies are just another miniature collectible in the same vein as other popular miniature toy lines, including Polly Pocket and Littlest Pet Shop. But what makes this toy special is its presentation, says Byrne. It comes encased in a small clear plastic sphere and can be loaded into dispensers reminiscent of the toy machines at your grocery store.
"The kid can have that vending machine experience without you having to shell out quarters," says Byrne.
Squinkies can also double as charms or pencil toppers (fun toys for the top of your pencil), increasing their play value and appeal as collectibles for a broad swath of the kiddy population, says Gottlieb.