32 Gift Ideas For Kids If You Have No Clue What To Get Them
Nov. 30, 2019
Ummm I will also take a Hot Wheels track, scratch art sheets, and a slime kit, please.
1. An arts and crafts library, because no matter how far technology has come, the googly eye is the greatest invention of all time.
The set includes fuzzy sticks, pom poms, wood pieces, felt, craft sticks, sequins, wooden discs and beads, plastic beads, jewel stickers, googly eyes, thread, scissors, and glue for endless crafty combinations! Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "My 5-year-old granddaughter absolutely loved this gift from her old grandpa. Thoroughly entertaining, this 'library' provides many hours/days of critical thinking skills and creativity. She loves it — it was an excellent decision." — Brent
Get it from Amazon for $39.99 .
2. A classic game of Jenga to introduce them to the age-old tradition of toppling small wooden towers.
The tower is made of 54 blocks and is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "My 6-year-old grandson requested this for Christmas and it had to be the 'classic Jenga.' The family played, and we all loved it. This classic game never gets old. My family played in teams, and my grandson was the self-designated 'score keeper and ref.' He had more fun rooting for everyone and even made his own handwritten awards to give out. This is a perfect addition for family bonding, an ice breaker, as well as competition with love and smiles." — Fenicky Female
Get it from Amazon for $6.88 or a GIANT version for $99.95 .
3. Frozen 2 Uno so they won't be *as* sad when you beat them in their favorite card game. You'll never let them win, will you?
The game is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Get it from Amazon for $5.99 .
4. A pack of scratch art sheets for making every child's doodle extraordinary, even if their name isn't Roy G. Biv.
The set comes with 125 mini notes and a wooden stylus just like the one you used to have! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Promising review: "These are the most fun things ever. I got my niece and nephew a variety of the scratch art projects, but when I found these I knew I should stock up and let them create their own art and patterns. The trouble now is getting them to pace themselves through the pack! My sister is an artist and also took a stab at them, creating gorgeous, post-it sized artworks for the fridge. I will get these for anyone who has kids between ages 5 and15 from now on." — kitty
Get it from Amazon for $7.99 .
5. A basic Lego set and The Legos Idea Book if they've not yet forayed into the world of multi-colored bricks. The kids will thank you forever, and their parents will curse you a little every time they take one of these to the heel. Worth it.
The set comes with 790 pieces, including 33 different colored bricks, and is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Promising review: "My 5-year-old grandson is really into Legos so I bought this for him for Christmas along with the Lego Ideas Book and he has spent soooo many hours sitting at his table creating new Lego things. The large classic brick box has a lot of pieces to it and can be used in many, many different ways." — J. Stroh
Get them from Amazon: the set for $47.99 and the book for $17.99 .
6. Or a Lego Mars Research Shuttle set so they can really ~shoot for the stars~.
The set comes with pieces to make the shuttle and rover, and includes two Lego Mars astronaut minifigures, plus a helidrone and storage drone. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Get it from Amazon for $31.99 .
7. A go-anywhere table tennis set so early on they can learn life's most important skill: how to destroy anyone in a game of table tennis anytime, anywhere.
The net can attach to any surface up to 75 inches across and 1.75 inches thick, and the set comes with the net, two paddles, and three balls, so you're all set for gameplay!
Promising review: "This set is well made and adaptable. It fits tables with thin and thick wood (over an inch and a quarter) and is being enjoyed by children and adults alike. When 'investigated' by a 3-year-old, it was strong enough to retain its shape! The portability is extremely useful, and unlike metal screw-on sets the strong smooth plastic ends have not scratched or harmed the table. Glad we ordered it! Also makes a great gift!" — iPad User
Get it from Amazon for $14.99 .
8. A durable digital camera to invest in a child's rise to future influencer stardom without investing in a camera they're sure to break.
The Kidizoom is a REAL digital camera that has photo and video capabilities, as well as a wealth of filters and games! It has 256 MB of built-in memory that is expandable with a microSD. Recommended for ages 3–9. Don't forget the batteries !
Promising review: "I got this camera for my 5-year-old as a birthday gift and he LOVES it. It's so much fun. You can take 'selfies' and it has fun stickers and filters (kind of similar to Snapchat). It also has games on it, so when he's not taking pictures, he is still getting used to the buttons by playing the games. It really helps kids get familiar with cameras and exploring creativity. I would highly recommend this for any kid! I'm planning on purchasing more for my other kids." — StoneySmurf
Get it from Amazon for $47.54+ (available in three colors).
9. A BuzzFeed Tasty Junior breakfast play set so the young budding cook you know can create a brunch spread truly worthy of a *chef's kiss*.
The set includes stackable pancakes, a peeled banana, smiley bacon, a sunny-side-up egg, a glass of juice, a plate, spatula, a pan, and a play recipe card. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or Walmart for $14.99 .
10. A pack of Fortnite socks for the kiddo who's a gamer from their nimble fingers to their well-adorned toes. *Dabs* *Instantly regrets dabbing*
Get a five-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in kid and teen sizes).
11. A crystal growing kit so they can do a science experiment that's actually fun and kickstart a love of learning. It also comes with a light board for showing off their five best crystals — a mini museum!
The kit comes with materials to grow crystals in eight colors, four silicone growing chambers, and a light display for five crystals. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "This kit takes a bit of effort but WOW the results are stunning! I bought this for my 6-year-old daughter for Christmas. We set up the first four crystals per the directions and let them sit for 10 days. We had fun looking each day to see how big they were. After they were done, I removed the crust from the edges of the cup, poured off the liquid, and eased the crystal out of the cup. They came out easily. To get the seed rock out, I used a razor blade, went around the edges and flaked off the crystal growth to expose the edges, then used the corner of the blade to pop the rock out. I was veeeery careful and all four crystals came out intact! It takes patience but totally worth it, the resulting night light is a treasure she will probably keep for life. " — Gapeach
Get it from Amazon for $29.99 .
12. An illuminating Hermione wand — a magical gift that will make any child's face ~light up~ upon opening!
The 14-inch wand lights up when you wave it, turns off when you wave it again, and has dimming options. Accio , this very cool wand! Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Promising review: "This wand is totally amazing! Really, really cool, and I can't wait to give it to my daughter for Christmas! The action on it is brilliant! You simply wave and flick, just like Harry and Hermione do in the movie, and it lights up! Then, you can press the little leaf right by your finger, and it will get brighter or dimmer, as you choose. Then, you just wave or flick again, and it instantly goes out! Did I say this is really cool!? I would have absolutely LOVED to have had this as a child! I foresee the need to purchase another one so I can get to play with it under the guise of playing and pretending along with my kids! It's very well-made, and very realistic — it looks just like the one in the movie. It comes in a nice little box with a velvety sort of thing to hold it that closes shut. It also has a little 'key' to open the battery compartment, so there is no screw messing up the look of the wand at all. It discreetly unscrews at the base, and you can't even tell that it does until you turn the screw and see it starting to come out. I highly recommend this for any little Harry Potter fans out there — they will 'Wingardium Leviosa' all day long!" — Ireland Mom
Get it from Amazon for $29.95 .
13. A Magna-Tiles set, because blocks HAD their day — it's 2019 and Magna-Tiles are the king of (building) the castle(s).
The set comes with translucent magnetic pieces to build 3D creations all day. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Promising review: "I have a 4-year-old daughter who likes to build things and I want to encourage that. One review recommended Magna Tiles, so I took a shot in the dark and got these. They were an instant hit! I never could imagine my kids would have liked a toy this simple. My daughter doesn't have the greatest fine motor skills so building toys that need tools would have been frustrating for her. With Magna Tiles, you just hold pieces next to each other and they snap together ! They have great balance, too. She's made pretty skinny 3D towers out of triangles and they get pretty high before they fall apart. Now I just have to get a bigger set to add on! :D Try these, you'll love them!" — Green
Get it from Amazon for $49.99 for a 32-piece set or $119.95 for a 100-piece set.
14. Disney Monopoly, which is surely a dream that's a wish their heart made.
This game has the Disney touch on every element of traditional Monopoly and celebrates the history of Disney animation. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "Great Monopoly set with great pieces. I even bought another as a gift and they LOVED it. Great price, would recommend. My nieces and nephew loved it." — Rita S
Get it from Amazon for $22.99 .
15. The Book with No Pictures by The Office's own B.J. Novak to kick their bedtime story up a notch. Although there are — famously — no pictures, that makes it no less entertaining, as it forces the grown up reading to say all kinds of funny, wacky nonsense words. "Blaggity-BlaGGITTY," indeed!
The book is recommended for ages 5–8.
Promising review: "Our 4-year-old is always pestering us to 'let me see the pictures' of her books every night, making story time drag on forever, so I thought this would be great to chill her out at bedtime. NOT! She laughs so hard she gets the hiccups and has tears rolling down her face by the time we're two thirds through the book! What a perfect idea!" — Straight Outta the Suburbs
Get it from Amazon for $9.39 .
16. And My Book with No Pictures which has fill-in-the-blank spaces for them to come up with their own hilarious gobbledygook. Perfect for the tiny aspiring comedian!
Promising review: "This is a do-it-yourself version of the bestselling The Book With No Pictures . My daughter is going to make this book her own and then give it to her dad for Christmas so he can read it to her. I already know that this is going to be a huge hit. Hysterical good fun!" — DisneyDenizen
Get it from Amazon for $9.99 .
17. A Crayola light-up tracing pad to give their art a little head start.
The tracing pad comes with the light-up board, 10 tracing sheets, 10 blank sheets, a graphite pencil, and 12 short colored pencils. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Don't forget the AA batteries !
Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for our 6-year-old. Our son immediately used the tracing pad as soon as he opened the box. As a mom that can not draw, this item comes very handy because I don't have to trace on my computer, lol. Now my son can do his own tracing. It came with drawings that he actually traced, and choices of clothes and accessories to draw on the character. This tracing pad is absolutely not just for the kids but also for the kid at heart." — Samproad11
Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in four colors).
18. A copy of A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z if you're hoping to indoctrinate some youths into the world of theatre nerd–dom.
The book is recommended for ages 3–7, but would make a wonderful gift for Broadway-lovers of any age!
Promising review: "Gorgeous book! Lovely illustrations and so much fun to read to my kids! I love sharing my love of Broadway with them." — Taylor Marsden
Get it from Amazon for $16.99 .
19. A handmade rainbow unicorn octopus plush, because "rainbow," "unicorn," and "octopus" toys would already be individually exciting, but together?! Unbeatable.
Get it from FriendsOfSocktopus on Etsy for $25.60 (available in three colorways).
20. A Minecraft pickaxe and sword or bow and arrow that will bring their favorite computer game to LIFE!
The pickaxe model ~transforms~ into a sword and the bow and arrow actually shoots! Recommended for ages 6–10.
Promising review: "Bought this for my son's ninth birthday and it is a huge hit! It is easy for him to switch between pickaxe and sword, and there are some soft edges so he can bang it around and not hurt anything. He has been playing with it nonstop since I gave it to him, and even keeps it with him in bed at night! Great product!" — stephmowery
Get them from Amazon: the pickaxe for $25.29 and the bow and arrow for $39.65 .
21. A National Geographic geode kit so they can learn about earth sciences AND have a totally valid (and safe) reason to use a hammer!
The kit comes with 10 geodes and a 16-page learning guide. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "My 9-year-old niece gets these every year for Christmas. It is a new gift every time! She loves to put on safety glasses and swing that hammer! The geodes are always beautiful. She also loves the element of surprise! This is a wonderful gift that will engage even kids that are not into the sciences. Every year she takes pieces to share with her class. She also loves to give pieces away as little gifts or mementos. Nat Geo never disappoints!" — Kristin D.
Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (goggles are included).
22. A mind-bending labyrinth game for honing those motor skills in a chill, analog way.
The labyrinth is made of wood and is recommended for ages 6 and up.
Promising review: "Our boys, ages 10 and 12, sit down at some point almost every day, often more than once, to play with this. At first, the challenge was just to complete the course. Now, they try to break their record — going back and forth over it. They have even worked at it together, one controlling each level. It's great for hand-eye coordination, a quiet toy that takes concentration, and there always seems to be a challenge to it." — Amy T.
Get it from Amazon for $32.01 .
23. A Hot Wheels Spin Storm play set, because, if we learned anything from our own childhoods, it's that nothing will ever come close to the thrill of smashing two plastic cars together at high speed.
This set has three *crash zones,* comes with one Hot Wheels car , and can connect to other Hot Wheels tracks ! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Promising review: "I bought this track from Amazon due to its GREAT price. I bought it for my 4-year-old son and I must confess, I was excited to play with it myself. This thing is amazingly fast. Cars remain on the track for as many times as you continue to run the launching motor unless the Hot Wheels cars crash on a cross lane (absolutely fun). The track also has a notch that you can open so that the cars can exit the loop faze and enter into another part of the track that you can add." — JoFer
Get it from Amazon for $43.22 .
24. A Groot Chia Pet — it won't make them a guardian of the galaxy, but it will make them a guardian of some very cool little plants.
Promising review: "I purchased two of these for my grandchildren as Christmas presents. They love them. Bonus: It's educational! Double Bonus: It's Groot! Who doesn't Love Groot? These came packaged with plenty of large bubble cushioning, so they arrived safe and sound. The product packages were clean and bright with no damage. It arrived in a very timely manner for Christmas. Thank you, Chia!" — M. Fabian
Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 14 styles).
25. A convertible play café that will transform their room into a Parisian coffee shop for breakfast and an award-winning BBQ joint by dinner.
I legitimately gasped when I saw how adorable this café was in a Crate and Barrel. It's recommended for ages 3 and up (does that include ME age?).
Get it from Crate and Barrel for $139.99 (originally $199).
26. A slime starter kit so they can stake their claim in the slime game.
The kit comes with two bottles of clear school glue, five glitter glue pens, and two bottles of activator solution. Elmer's glue is nontoxic, making this a safe and super fun craft!
Promising review: "This is the first time I've ever made slime with kids, but this stuff worked GREAT. I know there are other ways to make it using other solutions, but I figured since Elmer's has probably made a billion extra dollars thanks to the slime obsession, they MUST know how to get the solution perfect, and I just wanted a guaranteed slime success. This worked, and I will definitely buy it again if we make slime again!" — Gurl75
Get it on Amazon for $5.73 .
27. Otrio — a complex version of tic-tac-toe that's fun for everyone from your six-year-old cousin to your Grandpa Joe! Gatherings will be way more fun now that nobody has to be excluded from the hottest new game in the house.
The goal is to get three of your color rings in a row based on the three sizes of rings included. Win by getting three in one space, three of the same size in a row, or three in increasing or decreasing size in a row, but beware of other players attempting to block you! For two to four players ages 6 and up.
Promising review: "I don't ever give 5-star ratings, but I can't help it with game. My 7-year-old is now a master at this game. I wish I had a nickel for every time we've played this. Going from two players to three completely changes the game. I have yet to play with four, but I think that may just be too much. But this is a great game and I recommend you pick it up. This totally flips tic-tac-toe on its head" — John Doe
Get it from Amazon for $26.24 .
28. A set of four watercolor construction prints sure to dazzle any small child whose first word was "truck."
Promising review: "Love these prints for my son’s room! Seller even changed some colours around for me at no extra cost. Thank you so much!" — Blaire L
Get it from WildCanaryStudio on Etsy for $40.67+ (available in three sizes).
29. A Hatchimal whose shell cracks to reveal an animated, furry friend!
Hatchimals can talk, move, and respond to you! AA batteries are included. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Promising review: "My 4-year-old granddaughter literally squealed with delight with this Christmas present. We bought some Hatchimals for all the grandkids, and this one was the biggest hit. Her eyes lit up when she saw she had twins. A great purchase." — sprout714
Get it from Amazon for $60.06 .
30. A loom perfect for any young-old-soul to craft scarves, tapestries, bags, or anything their grandparent-ly hearts can think of.
The loom also comes with an oversized wooden needle, craft materials, an illustrated design booklet, 91 yards of rainbow yarn, and 42 picture strips. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Promising review: "My granddaughter loves it. She is 8 years old and had no problem watching a YouTube video and getting started. She is on her third project and can do this without any help. I have purchased other looms that where not as user-friendly and are collecting dust. Great loom, would not hesitate to buy it." — lily
Get it from Amazon for $25.49 .
31. A Pusheen plush who is oh-so-squishable, oh-so-cute, and an oh-so-great-gift.
Pusheen could not be more recommended for anyone of any age!
Promising review: "My granddaughter squealed when she saw this; she loves it so much! She has decided to collect Pusheen items and I will be getting her more of them." — dreaming420
Get it from Amazon for $9.57+ (available in two sizes).
32. A ridiculously cute knitted animal hat and scarf to make bundling up to go out in the cold a little more bear-able.
These cuddly accessories are recommended for ages 3–10.
Promising review: "My 3-year old will not wear a hat, so I bought this hoping he would agree to wear it during our cold winter months. Not only did he agree to wear it, he won’t take it off! He loves it! It’s held up very well over the last year. Nice quality!" — k Blaylock
Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 19 designs).
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