December is almost here and many kids have begun to make those holiday wish lists. Instead of settling for a boring gift card, clothing, or video game, why not try something different this year? Here are some of the newest cool holiday gift ideas for kids we’ve found this year.
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Cool Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages
Toys for Little Ones
My First Flybar
When I was little I received a pogo stick as a gift, and boy did I love it. Flybar is a foam pogo hopper if you will, with a built in squeaker that makes a funny sound when you jump.
It can help kids with counting as they try to beat their jumping record each time. Great for indoors and outdoors, with a durable foam base so it won’t scuff or scratch floors. Kids will be bouncing off the walls with this one!
Automoblox Mini Emergency Playset
Automoblox are sets of wooden cars with interchangeable pieces, so your kids can create their own. These are built of European beech wood and real rubber tires, and are built to last even when faced with the most aggressive builders.
The mix and match parts can be used with other Automoblox vehicles and the toys have educational benefits such as working on creative problem solving and developing gross and fine motor skills. Kids will spend hours building new versions and racing them around the room.
Ecparty Girls Superheroes Cape, Mask, and Wristbands
Does your child love to play dress up? This set is perfect for their next play date or any day they want to be every superhero. Choose from Super Girl, Bat Girl, Wonder Woman, and Spider Girl. Each costume has a cape, mask, and matching wristbands. Which superhero will save the day at your house?
Magformers Creator Carnival Set
Magformers are clear plastic magnets that can be used to build sets of all shapes and sizes. This carnival set has 46 magnets which children can use to build carnival inspired pieces or use their imagination to make their own creations. This is compatible with other Magformer sets.
National Geographic Kids Little Kids First Big Book of the World
This charming book introduces young readers to the wider world by exploring languages, landscapes, weather, animals, capital cities, mountains, deserts, and more. It encourages kids to play with activities such as creating a mini-rainforest in a bottle and singing a simple song in Spanish. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with kid-friendly and age-appropriate maps along with basic facts about each continent. This book will quickly become a story time favorite.
Toys Elementary School Age Kids will Love
Klask: The Magnetic Game of Skill
My kids had a chance to play Klask at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, and once they started, they never wanted to leave. The game is played on a wooden board and players use their hand to move a magnetic piece under the board that’s attached to one above it (the game piece).
The goal is to have the game piece hit the ball in the hole on the other player’s side while avoiding magnetic obstacles in the middle. Very fun and addictive.
3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set and Multi-Shape Doodle Block
The 3Doodler Start lets creative kids bring all of their wonderful and imaginative ideas to life in 3D. This kid-safe 3D printing pen melts plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to literally draw in the air!
The 3Doodler Start is designed to be clean & safe for kids aged 8 and above with no hot parts or messy resins or glues to contend with. It uses an Eco-Plastic that’s made entirely from food grade materials, so it’s completely biodegradable, non-toxic and BPA-free. Kids will go crazy for this!
A subscription box
There are many subscription boxes out there, but here are some of the favorites we discovered this past year. Little Passports has different subscriptions depending on the age of your children. For the younger set, they have Early Explorers (learning about dinosaurs, oceans, etc.).
With the World Edition, children discover different countries each month through souvenirs and hands-on activities. Their USA Edition is all about the states, and their Science Expeditions kits are all about science experiments and activities.
Another fun box our kids love is Universal Yums, which delivers a fun box of snacks from a specific country every month. One month you might be eating snacks from Thailand and the next month it’s Greece, that’s part of the fun!
Milk & Cookies Nail Polish
This fun collection based out of New York City’s Milk & Cookies Kids Spa & Salon features 14 cool colors that girls of all ages will love. Parents will love that these polishes don’t contain harmful chemicals and those in the New York City area can book services at the salon like a Gummy Worm Mud Pie Treatment or Vanilla Sprinkle manicure. The perfect stocking stuffer!
Gift Ideas for Tweens and Teens
Powerbeats 3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones
These Powerbeats headphones are an investment, but it can be difficult to find a good gift for a teenager. These headphones are sweat and water resistant, have up to 12 hours of battery life, and connect via Bluetooth. They also come with a carrying case and charging cable so kids are less likely to lose them.
Big Joe XL Fuf in Comfort Suede
Sure you can get your teen one of those video gaming chairs, but doesn’t this giant bean bag look more comfortable? The Fuf is filled with 100% post-industrial recycled foam. Some of it is memory foam and isn’t, but it’ll never go flat!
This is the ultimate in comfort and durability and it comes in a large variety of colors, making it perfect for any room in the house!
I have to use the description from Amazon here, because it’s hard to explain. My kids say they’ve played it at school and love it. Here’s what it is: Spikeball is an intense new game that is played 2 on 2. It’s sort of a funky combo of four square and volleyball.
A Hula Hoop-sized net is placed at ankle level between a pair of two-player teams. You smack the palm-sized ball down on the net so it ricochets up at your opponents. They have up to three hits between them (just like volleyball) to control it and bounce it back to you. When they miss, you score. First team to 21 wins.
Great for athletes cross training for Lacrosse, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and for athletes who do Crossfit. Spikeball is a great outdoor, indoor, backyard, camping, beach game for adults, and kids. Hope this ends up under our tree!
Gift of experiences
Sometimes the best gift to give a tween or teen is tickets to an event or experience. Easy ones might be a staycation with a night at a hotel, dinner out, and a day at the spa or going to a concert or Broadway show.
How about tickets and a road trip to see their favorite sports team play? Maybe your kids want to learn how to surf or go hot air ballooning or kayaking.
Find somewhere nearby where they can do this and have a fun day out. Other ideas: take a food tour, try iFly indoor skydiving, try cooking classes, or find something really unique through Cloud 9 Living or even your credit card. We used Mastercard’s World Elite Priceless Experience service to book a private picnic in Central Park and it was something we’ll never forget!
Fun accessories for their electronics
Since it can be difficult to get teens to disconnect, why not bring the fun to them? Speck makes a Virtual Reality headset that can transform an iPhone into an immersive VR experience.
If they love taking selfies, grab them a Jackyled Bluetooth Remote Control which allows them to take pictures anywhere at anytime.