This year proved to be a big one in terms of new releases from Melissa & Doug. And with holiday shopping season fast upon us, it’s important to know what the hot new toys will be as we head into holiday shopping.
That’s why we put together this handy holiday overview of all the new toy releases that Melissa & Doug rolled out in 2023, so that parents and caregivers who have their finger on the pulse of hot holiday toys can get the full scoop of what Melissa & Doug has to offer this holiday shopping season.
Read on for a look at 10 new Melissa & Doug toys that should be on your shopping list this holiday season!
10 New Toys from Melissa & Doug to Shop for the Holidays
1. Pack on the Play with GIFT BUNDLES
Melissa & Doug offers a selection of themed Gift Bundles to take gift-giving to the next level! These specially curated Gift Bundles combine several items that feature open-ended, kid-powered play in a variety of themes, specially tailored to select kid interests. Better than bundling insurance plans or streaming services!
2. Introduce Kids to Nature with our NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION COLLECTION
We partnered with the National Park Foundation to co-create a new collection of fun, nature-inspired toys for kid-powered play at home. Designed to spark wonder, these national park-themed toys inspire kids to care for the great outdoors all year round.
3. Unlock New Skills with our NEW INNOVATIVE & UPDATED PUZZLES
As the #1 children’s brand for puzzles, Melissa & Doug is always looking to improve its product mix and innovation in the puzzle play space. We recently announced the release of a number of new puzzle products, and we’re also relaunching our top-selling puzzles with new looks, using natural wood design with updated, modern graphics and fonts. For even more puzzle play action, visit our complete selection of puzzles for your little problem solver!
4. Coach Kids on Silly Self-Care with the BARBER SHOP PLAY SET
Cut, trim, shave, and style with pretend play shaving essentials for a trip to the barber! Style and pretend to trim a soft, wearable beard with adjustable straps.
5. Add Color to a Kid’s Life with the RAINBOW PLUSH GIRAFFE
The iconic Melissa & Doug giraffe was given a festive makeover to celebrate our 35 years of sparking colorful imaginations! The exclusive Rainbow Lifelike Plush Giraffe is available only at MelissaAndDoug.com. (Don’t worry, the original is still available, too!) The 4-foot-tall rainbow-patterned standing stuffed giraffe is a whimsical and delightful sight to behold, evoking wonder, joy, and excitement. Its vibrant fur features ombre red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple giraffe spots.
6. Fire Up Imaginative Pretend Play with the DELUXE GRILL & PIZZA OVEN PLAY SET
Fire up pretend play with this perfectly kid-sized wooden barbecue grill, smoker, and pizza oven play set! Pour pretend wood chips into the smoker box in the back of this lift-top grill. Budding young chefs will love creating make-believe barbecue favorites like steak, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, corn -- and even play pizza! After mealtime, the more than 60 accessories and play food pieces all store neatly on the grill and storage shelf for easy clean-up.
7. Get the Scoop on Pretend Play Fun with the COOL SCOOPS CREAMERY
The sturdy wooden counter features an ice cream and soft serve dispenser – drop wooden scoops or durable plastic swirls (mix and match!) in the top, place a cup or wooden cone underneath, press the lever, and watch the scoops drop down. Use the scooper to lift wooden scoops and fill a soft, fabric, roll-up waffle cone. Add toppings like sprinkles and hot fudge for an extra special treat! This 42-piece play food set offers kids countless opportunities to develop early learning skills and to create, imagine, and role play both the customer and the server.
8. Bring Home Pretend Carnival Adventures with the FUN AT THE FAIR COLLECTION
Our Fun at the Fair line of toys is designed to re-create the fun and games that kids normally encounter at a local community carnival, local fair, or boardwalk amusements. With 12 Fun at the Fair play sets to choose from, kids can play fair-themed games, enjoy pretend play snacks like candy, popcorn, and snowcones, and develop key problem-solving skills through puzzle play.
9. Imaginations Take Flight with the JET PILOT INTERACTIVE DASHBOARD
Roger that! The Jet Pilot Interactive Dashboard features lights, buttons, switches, and sounds to keep kids engaged and immersed in exciting pretend-play adventures. An airplane steering yoke is mounted on a sturdy wooden cockpit dashboard with a snap-on windscreen that fits three double-sided, full-color destination scenes. A four-position throttle plays engine sounds and adjusts the speed of a scrolling map; turn the yoke to move a mini-plane in the scrolling display! Add to the pilot role play experience with the pretend play headset and a reusable takeoff and landing checklist.
10. Pups Gotta Fly with the MIGHTY SKYE ROLE PLAY PACK
This pup’s gotta fly! Kids will delight in transforming into Skye from PAW Patrol™ with this cool pink and silver role play backpack with built-in wings! Pull out the wings for Skye’s traditional helicopter look, then flip them down to turn into Mighty Skye from “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie”! The 20-piece play set includes two Mighty Skye wrist cuffs to decorate with foil stickers, a reversible mask, and a badge. Imagine countless mighty missions with other PAW Patrol™ characters by matching power crystal cards and character cards that slide into Skye’s tracker; make up a mission, set a location on the tracker, then find it on the illustrated map and let imaginations take flight!
If you're a parent or caregiver looking for the right toy for your child, you can also use the Melissa & Doug 2023 Holiday Gift Guide—let our app do all the work!
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