The kids — it’s where the holidays are won or lost. We’re going to help make sure you don’t do the latter with a over a dozen gift suggestions that are sure to please the little ones. And yeah, we know, most of them have probably already submitted their wish lists in triplicate, but a little surprise never hurt anyone, right? Right? Well, OK, be careful. We wouldn’t want to wish holiday child wrath on anyone!
Oh, and apologies to Elmo, but he’s not making this list. He’s won the holidays too many times, some other toys need to have a chance.
That’s right, we’re doubling down on the educational angle. We can’t help it — learning’s getting fun! The Arckit is a good choice for teens who have grown up on Lego sets and are ready to move on to something a little more real-world. Arckit has building kits (including this 220-piece one) with parts that go together based on actual architectural techniques. It’s a particularly great choice for students who are starting to think about college.
Arckit – $100
Lego Fun in the Park Set
Of course Lego is going to make our list! If your kid is a minifig maniac, this set has a few new pieces for them to collect. This set made the rounds earlier this year for being the first to include a wheelchair piece.
Lego – $40
BoseBuild Speaker Cube
Uh oh — it’s an educational gift! It’s a dice roll, but we think kids are really going to like the BoseBuild Speaker Cube. Coming from the audio giants, it’s a DIY speaker that kids can build, learning about all the components that go into a speaker along the way. If you’ve got a budding engineer in the house, this is like Lego, but way more career-oriented.
Bose – $150
Barbie Star Light Adventure Flying Hoverboard Doll
There’s no shortage of reasons why you shouldn’t get your kids a real hoverboard, but hey, at least they can live vicariously through Barbie! The perennial holiday favorite can actually fly on her own (totally safe) remote controlled quadcopter.
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Furby’s back and Furbier than ever. The classic off-putting toy and favorite gift of aunts everywhere can now pull songs, stories, and games from a smartphone app over a Bluetooth connection. This Furby won’t get old as soon as the wrapper comes off, in other words. Oh, and just wait until you see the new digital, changing, and still staring eyes! All the better to peep those big discounts on Amazon.
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Hasbro – $100
Kindle for Kids Bundle
Little bookworms can discover way more books once they’ve got one of these! This is a special bundle of the Kindle prepared just for kids. It has more back cover color options and comes with Word Wise, which automatically highlights difficult words and pops up a short definition to help advance kids’ reading levels. Add in a two-year warranty that guarantees a replacement if the Kindle breaks for any reason, and you’ve got the perfect e-reader for the young ones.
Amazon – $100
FurReal Friends Torch
FurReal Friends have long been favorites around here. They’re touch-sensitive plush buddies that can react to love shown by their human friends. Torch, the dragon, can breathe fire (alright, it’s just mist) and can respond to touch with sounds and movements. If your kid asked for a dragon on their wish list, and there’s a good chance they did, this will have to do.
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Little Miss Matched Socks
Don’t ever let those kids tell you that socks are a bad gift. Socks are awesome, and the sooner they learn that, the better. These socks from Little Miss Matched should help — they’re really cute and, as the name suggests, they don’t match! You know the kind of quirky they’re going for here.
Are you a glutton for wallet punishment? Here’s your collectible option. Twozies are little baby figurines paired with pet figurines. They’re adorable, and there are a lot of them. There are 140 figurines in all — 70 pets and 70 babies, each of which has their perfect match. Here’s where things get diabolical — the figurines that come in the playsets and packs are hidden and random, and some are rare or ultra rare. Good luck, and if you want to get started, peep the playset behind the Amazon link!