I am no kid expert, that’s for sure. I have no kids myself, nor nieces and nephews but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have the occasional child that I need to get a gift for.
Christmas is a big gift-giving time of year, so it’s entirely possible you might have a cherub or two that you want to get a little something for. But us kidless folks aren’t always up-to-date with the latest toys and gadgets.
That’s why we’ve built this list of the coolest gifts for kids, for any age you might need to tackle. From preschooler to teen, we’ve got something here for everyone!
- Gifts for babies and toddlers
- Gifts for preschoolers
- Gifts for ages 6 to 8
- Gifts for ages 9 to 11
- Gifts for teens
Gifts for babies and toddlers
Infantino activity gym and ball pit
I hear babies are busy, which is why the Infantino activity gym is a great way to keep one entertained and in the same place. This bad boy has a netted-in area that can be made into a ball pit, toys that can be changed out and is easy to pack up and go. The parent in your life might just love you.
Infantino foot rattles
Who doesn’t need a pair of warm slippers to keep the heat from escaping your feet? These super cute Infantino Foot Rattles are a great gift that combines the fun of a rattle with the practical ability to keep their tootsies warm. The perfect pick for fun aunts on a budget!
Pat the Bunny book set
We had a Pat the Bunny book set when we were younger. It’s described as a “beloved American classic for 75 years” and is a great pick for book-reading aunts that want to pass that along. It features three books that have touch and feel elements that are fun for the baby.
Ulubulu expression pacifier set
For those of us that have a bit of a sense of humour, the Ulubulu Expression Pacifier Set is a hilarious (and true) baby gift. Beyond being funny, these pacifiers comply with US and EU safety.
YiaMia LED cactus light
The YiaMia LED Cactus Light can really work for any age, but the best part about this gift is that you’re not adding to the growing toy pile. It’s a fun accent for a baby or toddlers room that provides bright, eye-catching light.
Gifts for preschoolers
Winnie The Pooh wooden chunky puzzle
Winnie the Pooh is my first pick for ANY kid-related present. We had a similar Winnie The Pooh Wooden Chunky Puzzle growing up and I remember even in my slightly older years, having a ton of fun matching the pieces. With cheerful colours and a fun design, it’s a great gift.
Dr. Seuss Book Collection
I still enjoy a good Dr. Seuss classic as an adult, which makes this book collection a great gift, regardless of age. It features five beginner books including The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, and I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Perfect for new parents that haven’t bolstered their book collection yet.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Police Station Playset
When we were younger we used to build these car mats with paper and pens so my brother could drive his hot wheels around them—the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Police Station Playset would have made that WAY easier. The best part about this is that this playset can be combined with others.
Rainbow High Fashion Studio
It’s never too early to think fashion (as long as it’s not all-consuming) and for those little girls who love to dress up dolls and do their hair (I was totally one), the Rainbow High Fashion Studio is one of the coolest gifts for kids.
Paw Patrol Jet to The Rescue
I’m told Paw Patrol is a popular TV series for almost every kid in the preschool age, so Jet to The Rescue could be a real winner. The parents might not like it so much because it has light and sounds, but take the cool aunt badge and go forth anyway!
Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer
At first I thought the Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer was a super weird gift, until I realized how much I would have LOVED having it when I was a tyke myself. What’s more real when you’re playing house than doing up some laundry? The grocery store check-out is also a fun play item that yours truly would have killed for.
Gifts for ages 6 to 8
LEGO Friends Beach House
In my day, it seemed like LEGO was way more geared towards boys—thankfully they’ve realized that girls like it too. Enter the LEGO Friends Beach House, it’s kind of like a fun combination of barbies, legos and polypockets (remember those?)… it’ll be a ton of fun!
ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge
This ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge is like having an in-person version of Roller Coaster Tycoon (a game I STILL love playing). With this fun little game, you get to us a combination of tracks and posts to create an unforgettable roller coaster… just remember that it’s for the kids 😉
Operation board game
Who didn’t love playing Operation as a kid? It’s a fun board game that the whole family can enjoy together. It’s a fun and unpredictable game—will you be able to successfully operate on Sam or will you fail!
Little Tikes tobi robot smartwatch
The Tobi Robot Smartwatch is one of the coolest gifts for kids, but you’ll probably want to check with their parents before you cart it over for Christmas morning. This watch helps keep kids active and moving, tell time and there are a few fun games included as well!
Journey Girls Vet Center and Yellow Lab
Niece or nephew that wants to be a vet when they grow up? Then the Journey Vet Center could make the perfect Christmas gift. This includes everything they’ll need (including a cute lab stuffy) to bring their vet dreams to make-believe life!
Gifts for ages 9 to 11
SmartLab Toys All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique
If you’ve got a creative fan of DIY on your hands, then the SmartLab Toys All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique could be the perfect gift. It allows creators to make six of their own natural lip balms. Get them started on an etsy store sooner rather than later!
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab
I used to LOVE growing my own crystals, which is how the Mega Crystal Growing Lab showed up on my list. This gift is fun for the kid who wants to learn while they play. The crystals are easy to grow and they can show them off with the fun light-up display.
LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Ship
Pirates is one of my favourite topics that we cover on The Lady Dicks, so naturally this LEGO Pirate Ship set seems like a serious ton of fun. You can build three different pirate themed models, which makes it one of the coolest gifts for kids that keeps giving!
Jenga wooden blocks
Jenga is an exceptional game filled with family fun. Kids can play on their own or with friends. This set includes 54 wooden blocks and an easy-to-use sleeve when it;s time to put things away. Make a new Christmas tradition and play it as soon as they open the gift!
Mythology The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece
Books are a great gift at any age. For those more adventurous kids, the Mythology The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece will allow them to explore some of the more fun parts of history and mythology.
Gifts for teens
Apple AirPods 2
These Apple AirPods 2 are a more reasonably-priced product because they’ve been renewed by Amazon. While they’re not apple certified, they’ll be great for teens that are always listening on the go. Plus, they (probably) won’t be able to tell the difference.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera
For the budding photographer, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera is an exceptional choice. They can take and see the photo in an instant, and have a ton of fun over the holidays or with friends. If I was the recipient, this would definitely be one of the coolest gifts for kids.
Luckies of London Smartphone Projector 2.0
For teenagers that love to catch a great flick or watch YouTube videos, the Luckies of London Smartphone Projector 2.0 can be a cheap and fun way to turn their bedroom wall into a viewing screen. It’s built right for smartphones, so they’ll be able to play whatever they’re watching these days.
Sony SRS-XB12 Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Looking for the coolest gift for kids who love to listen to music? The Sony SRS-XB12 Mini Bluetooth Speaker is the teen dream for portable speaker. It can help them enjoy their tunes away front their phone and turn their bedroom into a podcast listening masterpiece!
Nintendo Switch Lite
The final pick for coolest gifts for kids is for those who are willing to spend an extra little cash. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a fun, portable nintendo system that provides hours of fun. Plus, it’s lightweight and totally portable!
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