Halloween is only two weeks away, only a month till Thanksgiving, and then you blink and it's the gift-giving season! Well, before we all drive ourselves insane I've worked hard on giving you top quality and ready-to-ship gifts that will keep even the most highly spirited kids engaged, having fun, and even learning some. :)
From hands-on S.T.E.M. gifts, that will give your local science teacher a run for their money, to some classics from our childhood that will have us looking like the coolest parents on the drop-off line. I've got you covered.
And just an FYI, anything with an asterisk was a total favorite last year, so I HAD to include them in this year's guide also!
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1:OSMO Coding Kit: I have only amazing things to say about the OSMO Coding Starter Kit. We own and love the OSMO kits and have put them to use for many years. The idea of using an iPad or Amazon Fire with physical blocks and games to teach our kids coding and programming is absolutely amazing.
Osmo is super user-friendly (so we don't have to know how to code to help out the kiddos). The best gift out there for your future techie!
2: Personalized Apron
: I love the idea of having the kids in the kitchen during meal prep. What better way to get them excited and involved than with a personalized apron.
Sleek design and they have the cutest animals you can add to the design. The coolest part is that the seller also has the option of making an adult version!
3: Dinosaur Egg Nightlight: Here's the perfect bedroom gift/addition for your little paleontologist in the making! The glass design makes each egg super unique and will for sure keep your little one completely amazed.
4: Instant Camera: There's nothing sweeter than a child's perspective. I love how compact and easy to use the Instax Mini cameras are.
You pop in the film, press the lens button, and they're all set to start collecting memories and having fun. If you kindergartener has an eye for art or likes to borrow your phone for selfies then this is a great alternative.
5: Glow in the Dark Fort Building Kit: Is it wrong that I wanted to keep this Glow in the Dark Fort kit for me?! I've never met a child who didn't want to make a mess of a mom's perfectly coordinated living room set up in order to use all the cushions to build a fort.
Well, fellow mommas, I see your problem and bring you an amazing solution! This kit is great starting age 4 and up, so easy to put together, and is an easy breakdown. This is great entertainment for sleepover parties and even outdoor backyard fun.
6: Marble Run Kit
: Remember playing with marbles as a kid? Hours running around seeing where they'd roll and making games up. Tumble Trax Marble Run Kit brings back all that fun to our kids. They get to build their own tracks to race the marbles. It's a busy game that allows for multiple people to play.
7: Leak Proof Cup: Yeti gifts are a serious no-brainer these days, even for kids! The cooling technology makes sure your kiddos' juice or water never gets muggy and warm.
The leak-proof spout is a lifesaver!
There's nothing worse than packing your little one's bag and then getting it back, filled with a spilled drink on the bottom. It has an easy snap spout too so it's easy for anyone to open and close. Yay for independence!
8: Play-Doh Pasta Kitchen: Play-Doh, a classic gift that just keeps getting better. Not ready to have your mini chef in the kitchen with you yet? Here's a great option then - Play-Doh Pasta Kitchen.
Make some good old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs or even ravioli during playtime. The kit comes with 5 choices of play-doh included and the pasta and veggie molds.
9: Pogo Balance Ball
: For the daredevil child who loves a good challenge and on our personal list this year: The Pogo Balance Ball is seriously major fun. Somehow the whole family ends up involved when I bring this toy out and it makes for great laughs in the end.
It's great for outdoor use but if you have space to play indoors it works to get the kids active and moving.
10: Gear Bots Set
: Legos never disappoints and this Gear Bots set is no different. S.T.E.M. gifts are all the rage for a reason. Your future engineer will be blowing your mind after building one of these 8 physics-driven kinetic creatures.
With cool designs like DJ Octopus and a bopping Yeti the kit is educational and fun.
11: Guess In 10 Card Game
: Family game nights could always use a shake-up. Guess in 10 Animal Planet is a cool card game where you take up to 10 guesses to figure out which animal card your opponent is holding. My favorite part, the funny guesses that come out of the kids' mouths.
This is definitely an all-inclusive-family game for all ages and makes a great option for car rides and traveling!
12: Magic Set
: With this Magic Set you've got your holiday entertainment lined up. Your magic enthusiast will learn sleight of hand, tricks, illusions, and how to pull a bunny out of your Thanksgiving turkey!
Ok, I was totally kidding about the last one but there won't be enough applause in the world for your little Houdini when they show off their newly learned tricks.
13: Science Experiment Kit
: Exploding volcanos and test tubes for acids and bases. This Mind Bending science experiment kit is the real deal. Forget Bill Nye, your science whiz will have a blast running the easy-to-follow experiments.
14: Color In Super Hero Cape
: Once again I'm secretly wishing this gift was for me! A color in Super Hero Cape?! Your crime fighter will be all geared up to save the day after designing their origin story. The cape comes with fabric markers all ready to go.
15: Rolling Luggage Set: Every young jet-setter deserves to fly in style with their own luggage set. This rolling luggage pair comes with a waterproof carry-on and personal item, easy-to-handle multidirectional wheels, and fun kid designs to stand out from the crowd.
I love giving the kids their own luggage so there's no rummaging through mom or dad's suitcases for things and you can keep all their on-flight entertainment close by.
16: Personalized Space Story Book
: Take your little alien or space cadet on a journey through space. This personalized space story gives your multi0planet traveler a first-row seat into the 9 planets and fun facts about the stars and universe.
17: Ada Twist Scientist
: A sweet underdog story for every little girl or boy curious about how the world works and the science behind it. Little Ada is a think tank well before her time and her adventures teach us all to push past barriers and enjoy the adventure that is science.
18: Cardboard Tool Kit
: Talk about a diamond in the rough guys! Forget asking your husband more than three times, over the loud football game for some assistance. Here comes your kindergarten carpenter and handy person to the rescue!
Ok, I know what you're thinking. Enthusiasm is great but unrealistic. Well yes, I'm overly enthusiastic about this but it is because it's so functional for kids! They will be making robots and wheelie cars out of tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls in no time. The imagination play gets me every time!
19: Personalized Wooden Letter Piggy Bank
: If you have a little one that loves earning some coins this is the gift for you. I love the custom wooden design, but I enjoy the clear acrylic front even more. That way your future financial planner sees how much money they've earned and is motivated to save more.
: Every child deserves to play the card game classic and certified head-turner Uno. This game is sure to keep your little ones on the edge of their seats and hyper-focused on picking a good color or number strategy. It's also a win that you can school them on all your tricks for double reverses and draw 4's.
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