Cuddly interactive toys to scoop up on Cyber Monday, starting at $24

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Peek-a-Roo, Hedwig and Grogu
These beloved gifts will help you win Christmas — and today they're a steal. (Photo: Spin Master / Hasbro)

Now that the days are cold and the nights are long, serious coziness is in order. That means warm blankets, hot cocoa...and soft toys! This holiday season the softest, friendliest, interactive toys are the ones kids are asking for. Such cuddly creatures can sell out fast, so it makes sense to shop soon. More motivation: Some of the most popular — featured below — are on sale for Cyber Monday. 

Shipping for these items is free but if need these gifts extra early, sign up for Amazon Prime. You'll get free two-day shipping, along with access to lots of streaming content you and the kids can enjoy with their new buddy. The first 30 days of Prime are free, and you can sign up here.

Save $16 on the Peek-a-Roo Panda-Roo

Spin Master's Peek-A-Roo Panda Roo
Kids can take care of mama and baby for twice the fun! (Photo: Spin Master)

The past few years have seen a craze for cuddly toys kids can care for — along with some kind of surprise when unboxed. Case in point, Hatchimals, where a child would care for an egg to get it to hatch into an unknown creature.

The Peek-a-Rootakes this concept even further: Instead of taking care of an egg, kids are responsible for its mama — and if they care for it enough, a tiny panda emerges from the pouch of the toy's belly. What kind of baby? Well, that’s a surprise, but there are three different possibilities. After the baby is born it continues to live in its mama’s pouch, coming out to play whenever its mom is in a good mood.

We loved the Peek-a-Roowhen we first saw it back in February, and early user reviews have been positive, like this shopper, who calls it adorable: "My granddaughter loves it! She's happy so Gramma is happy." Right now the Peek-a-Roo is only $38at Amazon, a generous 37 percent drop from its usual $60.

$38 $60 at Amazon

Save $16 on this interactive Hedwig, from Harry Potter

Interactive Hedwig plush
Hedwig is so loyal, she'll even guard messages. Photo: Spin Master)

Bring a little Hogwarts magic to a child in your life with this interactive Hedwig. She sits on a perch or a child’s hand and responds to touch with coos and purrs. She’ll nibble on fingers when she’s happy, and snap when she’s not. And, while this soft plush toy can’t actually fly, she can still deliver mail, just like she does for Harry. Place a letter in her beak and she’ll only release it to someone who knows the secret code — a sequence of various pets and squeezes. Great for passing secret notes to siblings and friends. Get Hedwig now for more than 40 percent off, $24, down from $40.

Parent reviewers use phrases like "absolutely fascinated" and "so excited" to describe the reactions of their kids, ages 5-9. This shopper said, "My daughter was absolutely fascinated by this Hedwig. We've had plenty of interactive toys over the years, but this Hedwig outpaces the others. It's really well done.... I highly recommend watching the three-minute video so you can see exactly what you need to do to help Hedwig reach her full capacity."

This parent reported that Hedwig is a big hit in their household: “We LOVE LOVE LOVE Hedwig so much! She is just perfection! She stands perfectly on her perch and trills at you, but also does have an auto-off so she doesn't waste batteries. She flaps her wings and can even hold and "deliver" her letter. The letter stands up nicely on the stand and the envelope is a laminated material, so it stands up well to playing. Even if you don't want to play with this, it's a gorgeous piece for a desk or shelf. Hedwig is soft and white and so pretty. She's very well made!”

$24 $40 at Amazon

Get this animatronic Baby Yoda at a discount

Star Wars Galactic Snackin’ Grogu 9.25-Inch-Tall Animatronic Toy, 40+ Sound and Motion
Grogu loves eating, but also loves playing. (Photo: Hasbro)

If your giftee is more a science fiction fan, then this animatronic Baby Yoda from Star Wars' The Mandalorian might be more their speed. The doll accurately captures little Grogu’s favorite thing to do, which is eat! He can hold snacks (like his beloved blue macarons), nom on them and make the cutest little burps when he’s done. He’s sure to win hearts as easily as he captured the heart of the Mandalorian Din Djarin. And he's discounted right now, down to lucky number $77.

Reviews have been pretty great so far, with one shopper gushing, "Cuteness overload! This is the absolute most adorable Grogu toy [...] His eyes, ears, mouth, and sounds are so lifelike that it's just insane. Grogu comes with a cookie, bowl of soup, spoon, & his favorite toy ever the little knob from the Razor Crest. He reacts different to every one of his accessories and when he doesn't have an item in his hands, he will probably ask you to pick him up for a hug. Batteries are easy to put in and then this little guy is ready to go! [...] All in all this little Grogu will make people of all ages smile. Just seeing him and hearing his little sounds is sure to warm any heart."

$77 $85 at Amazon

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