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With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, the final countdown is on to wrap up your holiday shopping. If you’ve been putting off purchasing a gift for the kid in your life because you’re stumped or not sure where to look, we are here to help. Below, you’ll find 20 of the best gifts for kids that will arrive in time for Christmas.
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1. For kids who like projects: Kiwi Crate
A subscription to Kiwi Crate is the gift that keeps on giving long after the excitement of the holidays has waned. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, Kiwi has a box that’s designed just for them. While pre-readers will need some adult assistance to follow the directions, the projects included in each box are fun, creative and educational.
2. For kids who like stuffed animals: A Squishmallow
Squishmallows are all the rage these days for both kids and tweens alike. The super soft and cuddly creatures are collectible and come in a variety of adorable shapes, sizes and colors. They’ll love finding one of these puffy creatures under the tree on Christmas morning.
3. For kids who love space: Interactive Constellation and World Globe
Bring the night sky right into their room with USA Toyz 3-in-1 Interactive Constellation and World Globe. During the day, kids can learn about geography on this colorful large globe, and at night simply plug it in and see the night sky come to life on the ceiling of their room. Spin the globe to watch the constellations change based on location.
4. For the one who wants to drone: An affordable drone that’s kid-friendly
If you’re like us, your child has been begging for a drone. This option is not only well-priced, but it also gets enthusiastic reviews for being durable and easy to master. We like that it comes with two power stations and that it lights up with LED lights, for an experience that can keep going well past sunset.
5. For kids who like slime: Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Wheel
If your kids like slime and are fans of the Collins Key show on YouTube, they’ll love this new game. The Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Wheel comes with everything they need to create fake food out of slime—and enjoy a little healthy competition while they’re at it. Players spin the wheel and compete to see who can create the most realistic-looking food from whichever three types of slime are hidden inside the wheel. It’s gross, silly, and lots of fun.
6. For kids who dream of stardom: Their own microphone
If the kid in your life dreams of one day performing on “America’s Got Talent,” why not encourage their aspirations with a wireless microphone? The Bonaok pairs wirelessly with Bluetooth so they can perform their best karaoke songs right at home. It also comes in a variety of bright and metallic hues so they can have one in their favorite color.
7. For the budding geologist: A mega crystal-growing lab
This impressive crystal-growing kit creates eight fast-growing and colorful crystals for a fascinating STEM activity. When the crystal-growing is complete, they can be arranged on a light-up display base that can double as a big-kid night light, as well as a proud exhibit of their work. The kit also comes with five real (and fairly sizable) crystal samples from around the world.
8. For kids who are crawling: Pull-back vehicles
Many of the toys marketed to pre-walkers are really boring, but not this set of Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles. What makes these soft cars and trucks so fun is that you can rev up the wheels and race them around the house. The set includes a school bus, car, fire truck and police car, and we’re a fan because they go fast, don’t make a lot of noise and don’t damage walls or furniture.
9. For kids who like to “cook”: Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Cooking Playset
You can give your child all the fun of a play kitchen without having to cede an entire half of your living room thanks to the compact Melissa & Doug Blue’s Clues & You! wooden cooking playset. The adorable little wooden stove includes 42 different pieces including utensils, an oven mitt and a salt and pepper shaker. Kids will love the reversible grill top turns into a sink, and parents will love that there’s a built-in storage rack for all the little pieces.
10. For the kid who dreams of game design: Pixicade
Do your kids dream of making their own video game? Do you wish they would do something more creative? Everyone’s dream will come true with one of the coolest toys we’ve seen this year: Pixicade. Pixicade takes your own drawings and transforms them into a video game you can play. This is based on popular 8-bit games from the ’80s and allows kids to transform their art into an interactive, play-based medium that they can share with their friends.
11. For kids who are collectors: Bright Fairy Friends
Bright Fairy Friends are adorable little dolls who arrive in their very own twinkling fairy jar. Each doll has light-up wings, and they come with six different fairy surprises like glitter jars and hair clips. You never know which BFF you’re going to get, which means kids will definitely want to collect them all.
12. For kids who are learning to count: A talking cookie jar
It’s never too early to teach kids about numbers and the Learning Journey Counting Cookie Jar is an engaging and fun way to capture their attention. The adorable red cookie jar comes with 10 chocolate chip “cookies” and two different modes of play that introduce counting and numbers (plus it has a funny voice). A great choice for babies as young as 6 months, this cookie jar will keep them laughing—and learning—until about age 2.
13. For the kid who likes to build: Magna-Tiles
Whether they’re already the lucky owners of a collection of Magna-Tiles or they have yet to start one, you can’t go wrong with a set of these cool magnetic building blocks. Kids can easily create elaborate structures by connecting the edges of the colorful pieces. Magna-Tiles are an ideal gift for kids with younger siblings because there are no small pieces and little ones without fully developed motor skills can enjoy the tiles, too.
14. For kids who love being outdoors: Walkie Talkies
You really can’t go wrong with a set of walkie-talkies. Kids will love being able to talk to each other from across the yard—or even across the neighborhood—and you’ll be amazed at all the imaginary play this classic toy lends itself to. Kids may initially need a little help figuring out how to use them, but once they get the hang of it they’ll have a blast. This set has a 4-mile range, flashlight and comes in a variety of colors.
15. For kids who want to learn about the world: A Little Passports subscription
Give them a gift that keeps on giving all year long with a Little Passports subscription. Each monthly box focuses on a different country, and includes activities and keepsakes that relate to the area of the world. The initial shipment includes an adorable mini suitcase that kids can decorate with stickers and use to store their treasures.
16. For the one who wants to take a ride: A classic tricycle
There’s nothing better than a classic Radio Flyer Tricycle for kid ages 2.5 to 5-years-old who want to learn to ride. This one even comes with a bell and streamers for the ultimate first cycling experience.
17. For the kid who loves their screen time: Amazon Fire HD 8 (Kids Edition)
We’ve tested a lot of kids’ tablets here at Reviewed, and one that has come out on top for two years running is the Amazon Fire HD 8. It has the best parental controls in its class, setup is almost immediate and it comes loaded with enough pre-installed apps and videos that it’ll be quite some time before they’re begging for you to buy them more.
What’s more, each Fire tablet comes with one year of Amazon Kids+, which provides access to more than 13,000 apps, games, videos, books and other content from PBS Kids, Disney and more.
18. For the kid who loves to doodle: Spirograph Animator
If you loved Spirograph as a kid, get ready to become a fan all over again with this fun upgrade. This cool new toy uses the same gears to make fractal-style drawings and designs, but with a modern twist. A spinning base and light-up strobes turn your drawings to life, making them appear to animate and nearly jump off the paper.
19. For the one who is always on-trend: Claire’s Bitsy Box
Filled with plushies, fidget toys, jewelry and more, this monthly subscription box is filled with on-trend gifts and is the style infusion every tween wants.
20. For the kid who likes dinosaurs: Playmobil Dino Rise T-Rex
Let their imaginations run Dino-wild with this awesome Playmobil set. Complete with a spring-loaded cannon, a catapult and interchangeable armor for the intrepid knight, this set will engage them in imaginary play for hours on end.
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