9 of the best mix and make toys that make perfect gifts when you have no idea what to buy

The best mix and make toys combine creativity, mystery and a touch of magic for an engaging play experience that is guaranteed to spark any child's imagination

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You can be forgiven if you're not familiar with the wave of mix and make toys that are making a splash right now, after all, there are so many choices on the market. Those with newborns are probably much more interested in the best sensory toys or interactive books, while those with older children are probably in no doubt about what toys they are interested in.

But if you've landed here because you've got to buy a present for a child and have no idea what to buy, then we've got you covered. The mix and make toys on this list are suitable for a range of ages from age five and upwards, with many a perfect toy for a six year old, and are priced from just £9.99 up to an RRP of £90.

Mix and make toys tend to offer various types of play - there is usually a element of experiment or mixing of ingredients, followed by a particular process or action to spark their imagination, before a mystery reveal of another toy inside. Take the Cookeez Makery Baked Treatz Oven playset, for example. Kids will need to mix together a dough, and form it into a mold, before putting it into the play oven, turning the timer dial, and waiting before opening the oven to discover a plush and sweet-smelling interactive toy inside. You can find out how this works in our Cookeez Makery review.

While the benefits of mix and make toys could vary depending on which toy you choose, they tend to spark a child's creativity and imagination, especially when a mystery reveal is involved, help to teach them delayed gratification, and hone their problem-solving skills as they try to figure out how the mechanics of the toy works.

Some elements of these toys may be single use, such as specific ingredients, but on the whole, they are easy and tempting to play with again and again. Take a look at our top picks of the best mix and make toys below.

9 excellent mix and make toys

Cookeez Makery

Age range: 5+

Cookeez Makery is an adorable collection of mix and make toys with broad appeal. For the oven playsets, you mix the ingredients for form a dough, which is then put in a mold then placed in the oven. Once the door is closed, you turn the dial timer and wait 90 seconds. Once you hear the ding, you open the oven door and discover a warm and deliciously-scented interactive toy which has appeared as if by magic.

The Toasty Treatz set doesn't involve any dough making or baking, but there's still a satisfying surprise reveal and your toasty toy smells scent-sational!

Beast Labs

Age range: 5+

Immersive and entertaining, Beast Labs is great mix and make toy for kids. As well as a mystery reveal, it's got some cracking noise and visual effects, including mist, too. The refills aren't cheap, but when we tested it out (look out for our review, coming soon), we ran it with just water, and it was just as thrilling as the first time. You could even get creative and add your own ingredients. But once the bio-mist component runs out, it's probably worth buying a refill set, as that's a huge part of the magic.

Magic Mixies

Age range: 5+

For a really magical touch to spark their imagination, then toys from the Magic Mixies range are well worth considering. From potion making to summoning a genie, these toys are super-engaging and can be played with time and time again.

For other toys that make great gifts, check out our picks of the best dinosaur toys, the best Frozen toys, and this year's top toys for some inspiration.

Sarah Handley
Consumer Writer & Money Editor, GoodtoKnow

Sarah is GoodtoKnow’s Consumer Writer & Money Editor and is passionate about helping mums save money wherever they can - whether that's spending wisely on toys and kidswear or keeping on top of the latest news around childcare costs, child benefit, the motherhood penalty. A writer, journalist and editor with more than 15 years' experience, Sarah is all about the latest toy trends and is always on the look out for toys for her nephew or Goddaughters so that she remains one of their favourite grown ups. When not writing about money or best buys, Sarah can be found hanging out with her rockstar dog Pepsi, getting opinionated about a movie or learning British Sign Language.