Our Amazon Squishy Toy Advent Calendar Review (and We Did Experience One Problem)

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little girl opening Chritmas advent calendar

We love gearing up for the holidays!

And one thing we really love is counting down to Christmas! For you, that might mean you’re planning to watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies this year or you might be on the hunt for the perfect Advent Calendar.

little girl with big smile holding advent calendar

For me, I’m hunting down the best Advent calendars this year and trying out ones that I think you’ll love! Plus, I’m sharing my honest thoughts so you know which ones you should buy this year (and which ones you might not want to).

What is an advent calendar?

An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Typically, each calendar has a small gift or candy to represent each day or a token to move each day as you countdown. 

Here’s the first advent calendar that we tried out:

hand holding advent calendar

My kids could barely contain themselves when this box arrived! We are big fans of squishes over here, so getting to open one up every single day is pretty exciting!

The only immediate issue was that they had to decide who got which squishes! 😂

hand holding advent calendar squishes

Besides the super adorable squishes that come in this Advent calendar, I also loved that it wasn’t encouraging my kids to eat candy every single day and rather provided a fun toy that they can look forward to.

Here are a few other reasons I liked the squishes in this Advent calendar:

  • They’re made of 100% non-toxic thermoplastic rubber 
  • They’re hypoallergenic
  • Free of BPAs, phthalates, and latex
  • Easy to clean with warm water
  • They make great sensory toys, fidget toys, and can even help relieve stress for mom and dad.

And our favorite part was on Christmas Eve…

santa squishy in empty advent calendar

At the very end, we were surprised by a squishy Santa! And to our surprise, he was the biggest among all of the squishes so that made for an extra special squishy! Plus, it doesn’t get more festive than Santa!

little girl playing with squishy

Overall, my kids really loved this Advent calendar – even my older boys who are almost 8 and 9 years old. With 24 squishes total, there’s more than enough for them to share too, which makes my life easier.

But we did experience one problem…

before and after of clean vs dirty santa squishes

These cute little squishes don’t last! 🙁 I’m sad to report that this is what our squishes looked like after just 1 day. ONE DAY!

holding dirty santa squishy

After going back and looking at the Amazon listing I saw that they do mention “the paint on the mochi squishy toys may fall off”. However, I definitely would have expected the cute faces and paint to last longer than just one day. Plus, they attract every single piece of dust and dirt, which make them look pretty undesirable!

My verdict:

All of that said, they do wash very easily and my kids are still are enjoying all of the squishes, so I think we’d buy it again. We even had one accidentally make it into the laundry and it survived! 😂


Even without the paint and their cute little faces, the kids think these are still addicting to play with and squeeze. My daughter personally loves putting them all in her bookbag and toting them around.

Check out this frugal DIY Advent Calendar that team member Emily gifted to her family!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 22

  1. Joan

    Omg!! My daughter (age 9) would LOVE this and I’m seriously thinking of buying it. We have bought a lot of cheap squishies on Amazon (made in China?) and they don’t hold up that great so we know what we are getting.—LOL!

    • Sara

      I’m sure that she would love it too, Joan! Let me know how it goes this Christmas for you if you do decide to get it! πŸ™‚

      • Ella

        I had these for my children recently and the same exact thing happened. They still carry it around! Lol! They r so satisfying.

    • Erin

      I think they’re all pretty much made in China and the paint smudges off no matter what “brand.” It’s nice to see which ones are included. A lot are dups for us. You’d think they could do an entirely winter/holiday themed one rather than leftovers that didn’t sell.

  2. Ashley

    Thanks for the honest review!

    • Sara

      You’re welcome, Ashley! I’m glad it was helpful to you.

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  4. Amber

    Thanks for the review! I would have bought this hook,line and sinker since my little one love squishies- but after seeing the small size and discoloration in such a small time, I will keep searching! I enjoy the honest review post. Thanks again 😊

    • Sara

      I’m glad you found this helpful, Amber! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. πŸ™‚

  5. cpnkay

    Wow what a letdown!

    • Sara

      It sure was a little disappointing, but the kids still loved the squishies regardless! LOL

  6. cpnkay

    How often do you plan on reviewing these?

    • Sara

      I will be doing one a week for the next few weeks, cpnkay! πŸ™‚

  7. Lase

    She is such a cutie πŸ™‚

    • Sara

      Thank you so much Lase! πŸ™‚

  8. Lissa C

    I love these advent calendar posts! I’m on the hunt for them this year and I love the info!

    • Sara

      I’m so glad you found this post helpful Lissa!

  9. Marcy

    Geez, let’s hope the paint is non toxic…

  10. Meghan

    A little trick: β€œclean” your mochis with baby powder. I don’t k ow what to tell you about the paint fading, but the baby powder will at least get all of the gross dirt off of your toys.

    • Sara

      That’s a great tip, Meghan! I’ll have to try it out, thanks!

  11. lynnleco

    One idea that we love is an advent book set made up of books purchased from second hand stores which included some holiday books and other special interest books, ie disney princess for my two granddaughters. They loved opening (yes they were all individually wrapped) and having a new book read to them each night. It was inexpensive and fun which is great but best of all they love books!!!

    • Sara

      What a great and unique Advent Calendar idea! Thanks for sharing, lynnleco!

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