No pressure but it’s that time of the year when your kids cash in on every good deed, high test grade, and accommodating hug of extended relatives and expect to be paid in a plethora of presents. Sure, WE know the holidays should be about sharing family time and making memories, but delivering the goods Christmas morning makes explaining the importance of all that other stuff a lot easier. Don’t panic, because we’ve got the ultimate guide of Christmas gifts for kids no matter their ages, interests, or level of enthusiasm for unicorns. Time to make the holidays happen, Mama.
With over 150 sounds and movements, the Wildluvs Juno My Baby Elephant will teach the kid in your life all about loving animals from a young age. Juno is not just an elephant, but a baby elephant, who grows and evolves as she’s nurtured. When she first comes home with your kiddo, Juno’s a lil shy and even hides behind her ears. As play continues and deepens, Juno will get sillier and display her cute personality more and more. Complete with a mouse and peanut accessory, Juno can giggle, make funny sounds, and swing her trunk round n’ round.
Kids effin’ love surprises, so if you really want to make your kid smile ear-to-ear, an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise doll and pet is undoubtedly the way to go. Encased in a sparkly outer shell, which can be used as both purse and playset before (and after) unboxing the six more surprises inside the surprise balls. Spoiler alert: Your kiddo also have to dig through kinetic sand to get to the last of the L.O.L. Surprises.
Okay, so, robots are cool. But lego robots? Whole other level. This set comes with a whopping 847 (!!) pieces, which can be turned into five different robotic toys, which include Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, Guitar 4000, and Auto Builder. These models come with sensor technology and motor capabilities so they’re not just regular robots, they’re cool robots. Plus, there’s a handy step by step guide just in case, ya know, it gets a little too confusing putting hundreds of pieces together
If the little kids in your life are Luvabella fans, then it’s time to introduce them to Luvabeau, the boy baby doll. Interactive as ever (and still creepy to us moms who have to touch its silicone face, but whatever), the Luvabeau version is perfect for children ages 4 and up. The more they play with Luvabeau, the more he learns, which is evident in his vocabulary expanding. He’s also got realistic facial expressions, an individual personality, and moves just like a real baby.
Babies love playing peek-a-boo with adults, but this peek-a-booing bear brings the game to a whole new level. Peek-A-Boo Bear recites one of six different phrases while animated mouth and arms recreate peek-a-boo game. (Plus, he’ll keep doing it long after you would have given up and gone off to have a glass of wine.)
These 3D magnetic building sets engage young minds by fusing together math, science and creativity, and we all know starting your kiddos on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) projects as early as possible is the way to go.
Your kids will earn 150 points for Gryffindor after they assemble this Hogwarts LEGO set. Mandatory suggestion: the LEGO building should take place while the Harry Potter theme song plays on a loop and everyone binge watches all the movies.
Got a little one who wants to be the next Tiger Woods? These clubs are just the right size for your toddler and the oversized balls are easier to hit. And find in a sand trap.
The llalacorn that hatches out of this oversized Hatchimal egg is larger than life and we’re not kidding. With a neck that can magically shrink or grow up to an amazing 32 inches tall, the soft and fluffy llalacorn expresses her emotions through her movements and comes to life!
If the idea of growing a new friend out of a pot is something your kid would be curious about, you’re in luck. These Blume dolls pop out looking colorful, fun, and ready to play. Plus there’s a playset built into the pot, so she can always get back to her roots.
This bolt-action blaster includes 10 Official Nerf Rival rounds and has a clear window to see how many rounds are left inside. Plus, it comes with a target so your kid doesn’t try to hone their shooting skills aiming at anyone’s butt.
SPORTS & OUTDOOR GAMES
“Capture the flag” after dark? Sounds more like “Where the hell is the flag?” Not with this update on a classic game that includes 25 light-up game pieces, 12+ hours of batteries, and 12 different ways to play!
What is Spikeball? It’s a fun, active, and competitive (if you want it to be) 2 on 2 outdoor indoor sports game you can play almost anywhere with rules kind of like volleyball.
This set features an LED-light up floating soccer ball that glides easily over any smooth surface, like low-pile carpet or hardwood — even the unfinished basement. Includes a hover soccer ball, an inflatable soccer ball, two goals and a USB charging cable.
UM. Are you trying to be the cool Aunt?! This stunt plane set by Stomp Rocket is an absolutely unique and insanely entertaining toy that will make any kid (and their parents) give you a serious nod of thank-you respect. Kids stomp (or jump) onto the 100% kid-powered cannon-like tool to catapult cool rockets into the air. Guess what? This toy was invented by aeronautical engineers, so that’s another feather in your cap! The kit includes three different planes (Glider, Looper, and Wildcat) and they all perform different tricks when launched. Consider it a STEM toy gift.
This vintage cinema style lightbox is a great way to let your kiddos decorate their space in a unique and personal way. Comes with 192 letters, numbers, symbols, and 35 popular emojis.
These string lights are a beautiful and unique way to decorate a tween’s room. They can be twisted into letters or just hung from the wall to create a bright and warm ambiance.
The science you taste is the science you remember! This food science chem kit is an insanely awesome gift for a kid who’s due for an infusion of fun. With this kit, kids can roll up their sleeves and dig into over 40 different experiments. From jelly candies, rock candies, and chocolates to lollipops and beyond, your favorite kid will get addicted to figuring out how different ingredients and temperatures create different treats.
The only thing that’s better than slime is unicorn slime. This ooey gooey stuff makes kids go wild and allows them to explore their senses in a (mostly) mess-free environment. With over 100 different slime combinations possible, they’ll go gaga for the goo, all while honing their motor skills, and taking in the different textures and scents.
With over 1,000 rave Amazon reviews, this 52-piece AmScope kit features all the things a kid could need to experiment their heart out. The sleek carrying box houses the starter microscope which features a rotating turret that provides six different levels of magnification. It’s the perfect gift for a budding scientist.
Learn about crystal formation while magically growing crystals in 8 different colors! This STEM chemistry kit lets your kid start a rock collection while instilling a love of science.
Yeah, it is possible to make science cool and this is one of the ways to do it. This hands-on, 20-piece kit contains 11 activities and seven real chemicals: Red cabbage powder, citric acid, baking soda, three color tabs, crosslinked polyacrylate copolymer, vegetable oil, and corn syrup. Also included? Cotton swabs, testing essentials, and traditional lab-room tools like pipettes and test tubes. Sure, so maybe this STEM toy requires a smidge of supervision, but the learning opportunities the come hand-in-hand with this Scientific Explorer activity kit will be appreciated by any kids and their supervisors!
GAMES & PUZZLES
Gravity Maze is a combination logic game, marble run, and STEM toy that’s one of the best gifts. It contains 60 challenges from beginner to expert, a game grid, 9 towers, 1 target piece, and 3 marbles.
Study world geography one puzzle piece at a time with this 3D globe puzzle. The 180 plastic pieces form a perfect sphere once assembled and each one is numbered on the back to help you get the pieces in the right place.
A fun takeoff on ‘Cards Against Humanity,’ this kid version can actually be enjoyed by all ages. Each question asker chooses the funniest answer, and the player with the highest amount of most amusing responses, wins the game. It’s funny, it’s silly, it’s a lot of fun — unless you can’t deal with fart jokes, of course.
What sorcery is this? This drone is controlled by your hand!? It actually uses high-tech infrared motion sensors to detect obstacles and it’s perfect for kids aged 4 and up.
Now here’s something the whole family can enjoy (unless your kid hogs it which…likely). The Nintendo Switch can be used to play all the deeply addicting video games, whether you’re home, out and about, or in a very, very long car ride that requires ALL the entertainment you can get. This model easily switches between handheld, table mode, and TV mode andfeatures a touch screen for ultimate playing ease.
We know you’ve been waiting for a hoverboard since you saw Marty McFly riding one in ‘Back To The Future 2,’ so your kids may have to share this with you. This one comes with a built-in wireless speaker, so it’s even cooler than you remember.
Don’t you know Osmo? Let us introduce you: Perfect for gifting, the Osmo product line contains creative STEM activities for kids at different levels of development. With Osmo, a child can connect something tangible to something more animated, actionable, and even coded. A kid could draw an image of a monster, and then animate it via Osmo. Or, a kid could use an everyday object to guide on-screen activities. There’a a game included that features 60 levels of creative engineering. It’s an excellent STEM toy to gift, and the recipient (and their parents) should already be tablet-friendly.
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
OK, maybe clothing is not at the top of your kiddo’s Christmas list, but this coat should be. These super-warm down-filled jackets are made of windproof and water-resistant fabric and feature a warm fleece-lined hood. If only they came in your size!
You’ll know it’s time to get your kiddo their own purse if yours keep going missing and turn up filled with Goldfish crackers and baby doll bottles. This one is soft, durable, lightweight, and comes in lots of pretty colors.
Make bundling up for winter a little more magical with this hand crocheted unicorn hat and scarf. It’s got that homemade feel, so if you tell everyone you made it, we won’t rat you out.
This BB-8 beanie will keep your kiddo cozy and looking cool. It’s reversible so when your kid gets a stain on one side, you can just reverse and voila – clean hat.
We all know Chewbacca is one of the coolest characters in Star Wars. Your kids know it too, which is why they will love these furry wookiee mittens. They’re warm, fuzzy, and great for wearing on intergalactic adventures (or just in the backyard).
Give the gift of laughter with this super fun Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids book by Rob Elliot. Containing over 120 pages of jokes that are appropriate for kids of all ages, the author swears he wrote it around the dinner table with his wife and five kids! It’s a gift that will provide plenty of entertainment at home, in waiting rooms, and while traveling. It’s sold over three million copies.
Found on multiple Best Book of the Year lists, ‘Wolf Hollow’ has been compared to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for its amazing characters and important message.
This special edition complete boxed set of the Harry Potter series will satisfy any wizard or muggle on your list.
Crafted by the one and only Lupita Nyong’o, this children’s book highlight’s the adventures of Sulwe, whose skin is darker than midnight. Sulwe just wants to shine as bright as her mother and sister, but soon enough she realizes how beautiful and perfect she is through a journey in the night sky. The story is created with just enough whimsy and beauty for all children to realize their own unique beauty upon reading
This encyclopedia of animals makes for a beautiful gift an animal-loving child will treasure. It features over 100 animals with close-ups and interesting facts, and it really contains a stunning, modern collection of common and not-so-common creatures that children easily become fascinated with. Between the golden foil detailing on the cover, gilded edges, and bookmark ribbon, kids will sense how special the information in this book truly is!
The Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields, is a National Geographic Kids title that will keep a curious kiddo turning the pages for more, and more answers. The best part? After reading through a few sections, it’s possible to want to give the curiosity (and questions) a breather. Phew!