Looking for the perfect gift for kids this year that may not be on their wish list?
I have some fun, educational, new, and creative gifts for kids that you may want to add to your list of what you are going to get your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or any special child you are giving gifts to this year! This list covers a large age range from toddlers to older kids. I’m hoping you’ll discover some HOT holiday season items that may sell out fast because of the shipping delays. I’m hoping this will help you organize your shopping list and also help you find perfect Christmas gifts for kids of all ages!
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Counting down to Christmas has never been so magical. Open the cover Harry Potter: Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar to reveal 25 compartments filled with dozens of Harry Potter-themed surprises!
Here is a great gift idea that needs to be given by Dec. 1st! You can count this as a good reason to give a gift early. Plus, advent calendars like this can be fun for the entire family! While I didn’t open each day (because we plan on using this come Dec. 1st,) I did take a sneak peak inside some of the envelopes. It looked like mostly ornaments – so you could get your very own small Christmas tree that was strictly Harry Potter-themed!!! These surprises are meant to be used year after year so this calendar can still be used for years to come!
If you want to watch a video trailer showing you a few more secrets on what is inside, check that out over one YouTube!
Do you remember being a kid or pre-teen and learning about makeup? What was more fun than mixing colors? If you were almost out of red nail polish – – you might want to see what happened if you added a little gold nail polish to the bottle. You were expressing your own style without knowing it and getting the creative juices flowing (and probably learning a bit about art and color mixing at the same time).
One such company has introduced products that make it even easier for kids (and adults!) to find perfect colors for nail polishes for their mood or that match a particular outfit.
The kits come with five different specialty mineral pigment powders and unlimited color possibilities. The nail polish dries very quickly and is long-lasting. The Nail Polish Making Kit is free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals. They also offer a lip gloss making kit!
Since this kit is so easy since you just add colored mica powder in different ratios to clear nail polish, both little girls and big girls can enjoy the entertainment this kit has to offer! As a mom – I was way too worried about what a nail polish making kit would entail and it sounded like a smelly and messy activity. But this kit makes it a whole lot easier than I imagined to make custom nail polish! It’s a fun way to experiment with color and even experiment with different designs on your young kid’s fingernails!
This is an AMAZING toy that gives you a virtual reality experience, and in this case, it’s all about what is in the ocean! The picture above is my youngest 8-year-old daughter who is trying to touch fish she is seeing through these goggles. It’s so much fun to see 3D images through the goggles, and it’s quite entertaining to watch kids watch it as well! They walk and dance around and try to touch things and just put their hands in the air! This is a wonderful entertainment tool that is great for the whole family – small kids, big kids, and grandparents alike! When you are done with the ocean videos this comes with, you can also use the goggles to watch VR videos on YouTube!
If you are looking for entertainment that the whole family can enjoy, then look no further than the Let’s Explore Oceans kit which includes virtual reality glasses!
It comes with a bunch of short videos where you and your kids can learn facts about the ocean. The best part is that it’s a virtual reality experience, so it feels like you are actually under the ocean and mingling with the ocean wildlife you are seeing in 3D right before your face! This one is a great option to entertain the entire family on Christmas day and for many days after!
Read this full review for my experience to help you decide if this should be under the Christmas tree this year or not! 😉
- 3D MAGNETIC BLOCKS: The original and authentic Magformers. 61 magnetic geometric shapes and accessories. This set includes x14 Triangles, x8 Squares, x2 Rectangles, x6 Square Inner Circle, x1 Pentagon Arch, x2 Circle, 8 Grid, x2 Wall, x1 Ladder, x4 Window, x1 Tree, x1 Swing, x2 Chair, x1 Light Up Flower, x1 Elephant Slide, x1 Minibot, x1 Maggie, x1 Max, x1 Bar, x1 Seesaw, x1 Light up Fire Place, x1 Mantle. Create in 2D and pull up into 3D. Build without limitation.
- CREATIVITY: Step-by-step educational idea booklet with follow along ideas and instructions. Endless open-ended building possibilities. Each square has a base measurement of 2.5″ / 6.35cm
- MAGFORMERS DIFFERENCE: Patented ‘rolling magnet’ technology that means each shape always stick together. Frustration-free building. Over 40 shapes are available and 100s of accessories more than any other magnetic construction brand on the market. All Magformers are compatible with other Magformers.
- Skill level: Beginner
My kids have always loved Magformers and still play with them at 8 & 12 years old! I’ll be giving this backyard adventure set though to my 3-year-old nephew! He loves Magformers and what a great kit to inspire imagination with people and things to go along with the magnetic building blocks!
The curious cube appears to create an ever-changing spectrum of color, providing you with endless enjoyment. Each face of the translucent cube is coated in electromagnetically subtractive materials which at first, appear as cyan, magenta, or yellow. Twisting and turning the geometry creates new combinations, resulting in the appearance of new colors.
Mixing Color cubes can help kids better understand the color model, learn mixing color matching, increase kids’ interest in natural light. Also give it as desktop toys to your children, nephews, grandchildren.
It is like a paperweight – but fun for kids! If I was still teaching high school biology, I know I would have added this to my collection of desk toys that my students would all come in and play with. It’s very fun just to see the different colors. But it would also be great in a physical science classroom when they discuss various wavelengths of colors. This would also be ideal in an art class where you learn about how colored light works to create new colors.
is a new approach to gaming and fitness. It is an app with 12 motion-based games like whack-a-mole, bunny hops, and pong that are incredibly fun to play in the comfort of your home. See how it works here.
If you are looking for a family-friendly game that everyone can play, that is also active (especially helpful during the winter,) then consider downloading this free app, and let the fun family game night begin!!!
Price: Backpacks starting at $50+, Luchboxes starting at $30+
Available on Amazon and www.wanderwild.com
Wanderwild backpacks and lunchboxes are the perfect personalized gift this holiday season with colorful prints and combinations made just for that special child. Created by two moms with a passion to encourage families to get out, explore and make memories together, Wandwild backpacks are made with quality water-resistant materials, an ergonomic kid-friendly design, plenty of pockets and fidget tabs.
The larger made lunchboxes specifically clip to the backpacks and are made with recycled materials. They also have a mesh side pocket that fits most water bottles! You can also purchase a set of “lunchbox notes” to write your child a special lunchtime message. Wandewild gives a portion of each sale to selected organizations that exist to address childhood hunger, education needs, and spreading kindness.
My 8-year-old daughter will LOVE this backpack because she has been wanting something that has more pockets than the one she has now. She’ll also love the side pockets – perfect for her water bottle. Then when school is done, we can also use this on the camping adventures we plan on having during the summer of 2022!
GIANTmicrobes are health and science products for education and fun! We use these to spread education and bring awareness about Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine. These engaging and hands-on plush gifts are perfect for students, teachers, scientists, healthcare professionals, and anyone with a healthy sense of humor! Also, each one comes with an information card that provides fascinating facts and educational information.
When I was still teaching high school biology, I had NUMEROUS GIANTMicrobes hanging from the ceiling of my classroom. They are just so much fun, a little weird, and educational! These sound like perfect STEM Toys to me because of their educational value! I’m in love with the new covid plush and the covid-19 vaccine plush. The covid-19 vaccine cured me after a 4 month long battle with long haul covid I had during Jan. 2021-April 2021. I love the informational card that comes with each that gives a simple, short, and understandable description about each plush and how they have affected human health.
I recently discovered christkindl.
It is a store that ships from the US, but is filled with authentic German gifts, toys, candles, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, gnomes, weather houses, candy, tea, mugs, stuffed animals and more! They sent me a gift box filled with lots of goodies!
GO TO THEIR STORE where you will find similar items to what came in my gift box! The best thing about this store is that you can live the German Christmas Market experience while shopping online!
Since both my husband and I have German in our blood, and my father-in-law has been to Germany numerous times and used to teach German to high school students, we are all about these German gifts! We are actually trying to plan an extended family trip to see what my husband saw, and what my father-in-law has seen numerous times and wants to teach his grandkids about. I LOVE that this shop is selling these authentic gifts in the US!
School is out and summer time is in full swing. Keep your kids active and outdoors with Stomp Rocket’s ultimate line up of active STEM-based toys. Bring a level of competition to the game or the Jr. glow planes that glow in the dark, Stomp Rocket offers educational games that kids of all ages will love! Available at Target, Amazon.
I know my kids would just LOVE having a contest to see who can hit the ceiling first with these rockets. It gets out some energy, teaches them a little about science, and is just flat out fun!
Little Medical School® Veterinarian Horse Activity Set ($29.99, age 6+)
- 2021 STEM authenticated
- Premium plush horse
- Real working stethoscope
- Organ and bone stickers-learning anatomy
- Series of other activities ranging from wound care to horseshoeing
If you have an animal lover in your house who wants to be a vet someday, then maybe it’s time to get them this Little Medical School Veterinarian Horse Activity Set! It’s a great toy that teaches both biology and skills on how to take care of a horse! Both of my kids want horses. Luckily our neighbors do. We can visit the horses and give them treats without having to pay for them or muck the stalls! This is another great toy for your kids to love on that isn’t a real horse. And if you are considering getting your own horse, this is a great toy to help teach your kids on the care that is required!
To try a Kiwi-Co box, you first pick a line – Tadpole, Koala, Kiwi, Atlas, Doodle, Tinker, or Eureka. Each of those is for a different age group and/or interest. The science and art projects inspire kids to become creative problem solvers. When you choose your plan, either just one box for a monthly plan, 3, 6, or 12-month plans at the cheapest at $18.50 per box. The first crate ships in 2 days. Pause or cancel anytime!
You can read my full review of Kiwi-Co over here!
NEW BOX launched in the fall of 2021: Learning never tasted so good! Yummy Crate is the newest addition to KiwiCo’s subscription lines and is designed to foster a love for science and cooking kids ages 6 to 14, with recipes and activities that explore hands-on experimentation in and out of the kitchen.
Discover the science of cooking. Shop Yummy Crate from KiwiCo! It’s like “play kitchen,” but for real because these recipes are meant for young kids and older kids.
Pre-sale for Yummy Crate is live now starting at $17.50 per month, with free shipping in the U.S.. Pre-order now and receive your crate in November.
Internationally known Performance Storyteller and bestselling Author Bob Hartman is set to entertain and inspire children with the launch of his all-new Clever Cub Bible Stories series available Sept. 1 from David C Cook. Geared to little ones ages three to six, the first four books to be released from this delightful and affordable 16-book series of Bible story picture books makes reading time a faith-building adventure as Clever Cub reminds kids of their part in God’s story.
Featuring colorful illustrations, kid-friendly questions and engaging stories from the wonders of Creation to the songs of the Psalms to the arrival of Baby Jesus, this series of Bible story picture books invite readers to join Clever Cub as he “Welcomes Baby Jesus, Explores God’s Creation, Sings to God and Gives Thanks to God.” A note at the end of each book includes questions about the story’s theme to help parents and ministry to send a positive message by leaders beginning conversations with children about their own part in God’s story.
I’m currently on the team at my church that helps out with Kid’s church. Sometimes I teach, sometimes I organize curriculum, sometimes I’m just checking in on the volunteers we have to teach. After my kids read these, I’ll be donating them to my kids’ church program. I’m hoping the Pre-School teachers will love to have these as an extra activity to have in their repertoire to keep the kids happy and busy and a bonus, to be learning about God!
The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be – By Joanna Gaines
The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be follows a group of diverse children as they each build their very own hot-air balloons. As the kids work together, leaning into their own skills and processes, to fill the sky with beautiful colors, readers discover that the same is true for life–it’s more beautiful when our differences are celebrated!
With plenty of pink, a bounty of blue, orange and green and yellow too, this vibrant hot-air balloon adventure celebrates every child’s one-of-a-kind strengths as well as teamwork and acceptance of differences.
This timeless message of sharing our individual gifts is especially important in our world today. Everything can be made more beautiful when we kindly share our talents and abilities, lend a helping hand, and do our best to take care of one another.
If you’ve visited a National Park lately, you know that people are getting outside like never before. Even if you’re a little bit indoorsy, we can all appreciate the majesty of the trees, animals, and lands all around us. This Fall, Gibbs Smith Books is reveling in that natural beauty with two new books for brilliant babies by beloved illustrator Greg Paprocki.
B Is for Bison is a National Parks Alphabet primer for young age kids with pictures from 26 different United States Parks. I especially love the manatees in the Everglades and the hoodoos for H! Zion National Park made it easy for us to choose the picture for Z!
Trees is a Count and Find Primer that features beautiful trees across the nation. You really must see the amazing mangrove tree on page 1! And even better, there’s a matching puzzle that also comes out this Fall!
These books are another set that will go to my 3 year old nephew! His daddy LOVES the outdoors and camping, so these books will be sure to be a favorite with them both!
An exciting puzzle book for an older child, Super-Fun Brain Teasers and Marvelous Mazes will not only engage and entertain; it also adds an extra element of fun with an optional time challenge! With the option to make each puzzle or game a timed challenge so you can race against the clock to finish each one, this exciting and engaging activity book offers an added element of fun while you test your observation skills. Jam-packed with tons of vibrant and quirky illustrations, you’ll have a blast while you do your best to solve all these fun cartoon puzzles as quickly as you can!
One great idea to use this, is that my 8 year old will be getting this as a car workbook. It will come in handy whenever we make a longer road trip, especially because she LOVES mazes! You could also save this for birthday presents as you’ll always need inexpensive gifts for those birthday parties that pop up all year long.
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I’ll start by putting these in my youngest’s stocking. But then they will probably end up in my purse where I’ll hand them out before we eat in restaurants. These are a great way to clean hands, face, and even restaurant tables before you eat. If you have a toddler in your family, these sound like an absolute life saver!
DINO Bars are healthy and mess free snack bars wrapped in edible paper, all bars are non-GMO, USDA certified organic and free from nuts, gluten, soy, and dairy. You won’t find artificial flavors, preservatives, or refined sugar either. Kids will love the edible paper wrapping (especially picky eaters) with different cute dinosaurs on each flavor. What’s in them? Just 10 healthy all-natural ingredients – fruits, oats, hemp hearts, coconut oil – and a mess-free coating that parents will love. They are available in three fun flavors – Strawberry,Blueberry, and Mango. The brand releases limited-edition flavors such as a sweet potato raspberry version that sold out quickly throughout the year. Available in 10-, 20-, and 30-count boxes, prices start at $21.90. These make for a fantastic healthy option as a stocking stuffer!
My youngest daughter (8 years old) loves these and says she’s taking them to school for snack time to show all of her friends how she can eat “paper”. My 12 year old is not a huge fan of the “paper” and peeled off one layer, but decided that at least one side needed “paper” or it would be too sticky. Otherwise it got a thumbs up!
Hottest toys for 2021 list predicted by Couponhunt.org
Also be sure to check out Amazon’s TOYS WE LOVE section!!!
I hope this list has caused some inspriation on different things, new toys, and the perfect present to put under the Christmas tree this year, for either little kids, older kids, or gifts the whole family will enjoy. I’d LOVE some feedback if you buy any of these as to what you and your kids thought of them! Thanks so much and Happy Holiday’s!
Want to see some previous years Kids Gift Guides? Check these out! These all have great items in them!