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There’s gotta be at least *one* thing on this list the child you’re shopping for will love.
1. A Dyson Ball toy vacuum with the ability to actually suck up the crackers your kiddo crushed into your carpet — it’s about time they started helping around the house. 😉
Promising review: “Our son is absolutely obsessed with our Dyson (the real one). Which is why we purchased this toy Dyson vacuum for his birthday. He’s 2-years-old and he is really enjoying having his on ‘working’ vacuum cleaner!!! He seriously plays with it for hours during the day. Turning it on and off and pushing it through the house just like we use our real vacuum. I would buy this again! It was his favorite gift!.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).
2. A pack of parachute toys they’ll love tossing from the second floor and watching float down over and over without pestering you to help them untangle them — a win for you both!
Promising review: “I bought these for my 4-year-old nephew and 2-year-old niece for when they come to visit. Right out of the box, they were excited and loved tossing them up in the air and watching them fall. I was amazed as to how long it kept their interest and the different ways they played with them. They dropped them off the stair landing, off the couch, in the yard and held them behind them to expand as they ran. My niece liked ‘dancing’ with them and twirling it around. Good colors and very well made. Hours of fun and the best $7 I ever spent on a toy!” —hiker0811
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.63+ (available in two colors).
3. An activity pad to show little ones how to correctly use scissors — a skill we *all* could likely work on, TBH. It comes with safety scissors (obviously) and a book filled with mazes, puzzles, animal art, sequencing activities, and more!
Promising review: “Must-have for toddlers. My 3-year-old loves doing these cutouts, and I enjoy them as well. The pictures are vibrant and pleasing. The puzzles are fun. The scissors are wonderful for small hands.” —Holly
“Must-have for your toddler needing to learn scissor skills! And they actually cut, so long as you are holding the scissors straight (which teaches your child proper form). Will have to eventually move on to a bladed scissor, but these are perfect for learning.” —L. Anderson
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
4. A LeapFrog 100 Words Book that’ll interact with your eager-to-learn little one and teach them all kinds of useful words in both English and Spanish!
Promising review: “My 1-year-old loves to touch the different animals and hear the book say their name and animal sound. He’s got a good vocabulary, but we’re working with him to encourage more and more words. His doctor recommended teaching him animals and the sound they make, so this is great to add to what we’re already doing. Great toy that is fun and also teaches. They learn through repetition — and this was just what I was looking for! I also love that this toy will grow with him. He using the name/sound mode right now, but is also has a mode that gives facts for when he’s older and also has Spanish! 10/10 recommend.” —Jessica Grace
Get it from Amazon for $13.99.
5. An arts and crafts kit chock full of everything and anything to inspire your little one to create a fun paper plate animal friend to hang with (so you can get some chores done, finally).
The set comes with 12 cute animal pattern cards, 12 colored paper trays, and 144 double-sided foam adhesives.
Promising review: “This craft kit is easy for a toddler to manage and creates cute animals. The double sided adhesive works very well.” —Beachy1
Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).
6. A color-your-own-castle playhouse you might think is an eyesore but won’t care because your kids will have a blast going full-blown Picasso on it! Hand them some crayons or markers and let them them transform it into their own royal residence.
Promising review: “My girls (2, 5) have spent hours and hours playing pretend in this castle. They work on decorating it gradually but often stop to just play. Easy to set up. Great price.” —ElaFree
7. A Melissa & Doug ice cream station to encourage kiddos to indulge in some imaginative play — they can stack up the flavors and toppings and offer sweet treats to everyone in the house…delish!
The wooden ice cream counter comes with eight ice cream scoops, six toppings, two cones, cup, scooper, tongs, wooden spoon, reusable menu card, and six pretend dollar bills.
Promising review: “My newly turned 3-year-old daughter instantly fell in love with this set! She loves seeing how high she can stack the ice cream cones and pretending to serve Mom and Dad her creations. She’s been obsessed with climbing things around the house and we *desperately* needed a distraction to get her to stop, and this is working so far — she plays with this thing for HOURS!” —West Family
Get it from Amazon for $34.97.
8. A wooden puzzle that’ll help jumpstart your tyke’s brain and encourage them to problem solve without having their eyes glued to a screen.
Reviewers say this is a great toy for all ages — from 3–12.
Promising review: “Excellent for learning! Must-have! Such a wonderful toy/puzzle! Similar in some way to tangrams. Great for stimulating thinking and problem solving. My 3-year-old’s teacher was blown away by her working the puzzle so easily.” —tigerhax
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
9. A set of 500+ puffy stickers any crafty kiddo would squeal with delight about — fear not, they actually don’t leave any residue and unstick very easily!!!
Promising review: “Gave to my grandson when I babysit him. Got a sticker book to put them in. He loves them. Liked them so much bought another set for my granddaughter as one of her birthday presents.” —J. Reulet
Get them from Amazon for $7.99.
10. A Little People Toddler Play set Disney Princess featuring lights, sounds, two characters and a whooooole lot of magic to keep your kiddo entertained.
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My son has a ton of Little People figures, so we were thrilled to get this castle as a gift. There’s zero discrimination — everyone from the Disney Princesses to construction workers and tractor drivers get to hang in Noah’s castle 😉. There is literally zero set up (a parent’s dream!) so your kiddo can start playing immediately. Noah loves putting different characters at the top of the castle and pushing them in the tiny swing. The Princess details throughout the toy are *so* fun and adorable. We love this toy, simple as that.
Get it from Amazon for $44.97.
11. A bubble machine that’ll have your toddler scoffing at the old handheld bubble wands they’re used to seeing — this one will take playtime to the next level without filling the house with extra noise.
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See this bubble machine in action on TikTok here.
This bubble maker includes: bubble gun, two bottles of bubble solution, a rechargeable battery, a charger, and a plate to place the bubble solution. My sister got it for my son for his birthday and we’ve been using it through all the seasons — bubbles don’t discriminate! We broke it out during a Labor Day BBQ with a bunch of toddlers present and they all were bursting with excitement! I mean, just look at the GIF above — the bubbles really come atcha!!
Promising review: “I ordered this for my daughter’s birthday and she has always loved bubbles! So when I found this bubble gun on TikTok, it was a no-brainer. The amount of bubbles that you get out of that is so fun and it lights up. It’s easy to use and pretty inexpensive for what we wanted. Even the adults enjoyed it.” —Tina
Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in six colors).
Don’t forget to clip the 30% off coupon to get an even deeper discount.
12. A pack of silicone dino ice pop molds you can fill with juice, yogurt, or smoothies to make healthier versions of store-bought ones. Your kids will definitely agree they’re *~dino-myte~*.
Promising review: “Toddler snack must-have. I absolutely love these molds. The silicone is good quality because it peels off the pops easily and I use them quite often — they are pretty durable. Both my toddler and preschooler love them although the pop portion size is generous for my younger. The bone holders are hilarious and the yogurt we use looks exactly like a dino as expected after frozen. These work great and are really fun shapes so I highly recommend.” —TXFan
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.19+ (available in four styles).
13. A magnetic chore chart to help encourage good behavior by letting your kiddo earn star magnets for every “task” they accomplish — give them a “reward” to cash in on after they earn enough stars!
The chart comes with 63 chore magnets including potty training, brushing teeth etc. Also includes a dry erase marker along with some blank activity magnets so you can create unique and specific tasks that are not included. The Learn & Climb store is a small business.
Recommended for ages 3+.
Promising review: “A must-have for toddlers. This is a game changer. I’ve been looking for simple ways to encourage some behaviors and discourage others, and this is a good, simple, visual way to get a toddler or young child to improve. I love that it comes with different color stars for multiple kids in the household and that there’s color coordinated dry erase stickers to identify the child and how many stars to get ‘x’ reward. My 3-year-old gets excited when he gets to have a star. I’m excited that we are getting to have a more well behaved little human.” —Danielle
Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
14. Custom crayons that spell out their name, a gift guaranteed to bring a smile to their face *especially* if their moniker is unique and typically never found on items in stores.
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Art2theextreme is a small business based in Indiana that sells customized rainbow crayons.
My coworker Tasia Bass bought these for herself and loves them,
“OMG, so I bought these for myself and I LOVE them. They are so cute and super reasonably priced. They come in this adorable box, in which the seller also stamps your name on it. The crayons are melted down and mixed randomly, so it does give this lovely rainbow effect when you do use them. Or you can be like me and keep them on your art desk as a form of decor. I think this is great for any artists or those who like unique gifts.”
Shipping info: Orders typically ship in 6–7 business days.
15. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza — a card game you can play together as a family on cold winter nights or even at the beach when the weather (eventually) warms up again. Hope your little ones are ready for endless giggles!
You deal all the cards out to your two to four players, and everyone keeps their mini-deck face down. Everyone takes a turn putting a card down in the middle of the table, saying one of the words “taco,” “cat,” “goat,” “cheese,” and “pizza,” in that order. If the picture on your card matches the word that’s said, everyone slaps their hand on the card in a pile as quickly as possible. The last person on the pile has to take the stack and add ’em to their cards, and whoever runs out of cards first wins! Dolphin Hat Games is a small business.
16. Silly Poopy’s Hide and Seek — which is pretty much exactly what you’d think it is. It’s a rainbow, light-up poop-shaped toy your littles can take turns hiding throughout the house. It’ll shout out clues and play a song when it’s finally found!
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What Do You Meme? is a small business that sells card games/toys, plushies, and pool floats.
Promising review: “This game is HILARIOUS. My kids love playing with it and taking turns hiding it (8, 6, and 3 years). They all think poop is funny and run around yelling ‘Silly Poopy, where are you?’ It keeps them busy for at least half an hour at a time and they leave me alone. Also? It’s pretty durable. I found it outside in my garden in the 20-degree winter weather. I guess my 8-year-old left it out there for a few days. It also gets thrown down the stairs and Silly Poopy just keeps on giggling and having fun.” —Adele
Get it from Amazon for $12.99.
17. Crayola Globbles, a fun lil’ toy they can use to burn off some steam when they need a quick mental break from their homework. Don’t worry, they won’t leave residue on your walls.
Promising review: “I waited over two months to write my review! My daughter is 4 and plays with these DAILY! YES they do attract dirt and hair HOWEVER they are so easy to rinse off, it’s not a big deal! We took these to a family gathering and ended up giving two away because they were SO loved! The two we gave away went to a 12-year-old and my 19-year-old brother. They discovered throwing them at the ceiling fan and watching them shoot across the room which was pretty entertaining! None of these have busted or ripped and they are definitely NOT gentle with them! I will definitely be buying more!” —Kindle Customer
Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.69.
Pastel glow-in-the-dark stars that’ll look as magical during the day as they do when they’re all aglow at night.
19. Talking Bluey plush dolls — if you can’t decide which Heeler to invest in, save yourself the trouble and buy them all. You won’t regret it.
Promising review: “I bought this for my grandson because he loves Bluey. The minute the Bluey song played he just lit up and smiled. It was well worth the purchase to see the smile on his face.” —Lille Bowler
Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in Bingo, Bluey, Chilli, Bandit, or Chattermax).
20. Or a set of the entire Heeler family so they can live out their favorite moments of the show right from their own play room.
Promising review: “POV: It’s 2022 — Bluey has taken the world by storm. Moms and children alike swear by Bluey, abide by Bluey, worship Bluey. It’s your child’s birthday in two business days. You buy them these figurines. The child is satisfied- finally a physical component to their idol worship. All is well.” —Orcheez
Get it from Amazon for $14.75.
21. A splash-proof kids smartwatch with the ability to take videos, pictures, and selfies they can customize with built-in funny filters. They won’t be reaching for your watch anymore, now will they???
Promising review: “Super cute and easy to work for my 5-year-old. He loves that he can match mom now! It has games already installed, can take pictures, exercise, and lots more. Entertainment for HOURS!! And you can even change the watch face like an Apple Watch! So cool!” —Brittany
Get it from Amazon for $53.99 (available in five colors).
22. A wreath made out of Lego bricks for any kiddo who loves both a craft that’ll keep their hands busy and holiday decor. They can rebuild it year after year!
Promising review: “This kit is SUPER fun, flexible and practical. Adds seasonal cheer that can be built and displayed in multiple ways in your home! Fun for self, but also makes a great gift!” —EverydayChristmas
Shipping info: Standard shipping is 3–5 business days. Express shipping in 1–2 business days is available for an additional fee.
Get it from Lego for $39.99.
23. A wooden grocery store play set your mini-me will have no problem playing creatively with — just prepare to hear them say “sorry, we’re all out of oat milk” or some other too-adult comment they’ve likely overhead already while you were food shopping. Oops.
Promising review: “This is such a fun set and my kids play with it constantly. I love the pretend play and no screen time fun they have with it. Highly recommend it! The quality is great and it looks so cute and perfect in our play room.” —Lindsey Iskierka
Get it from Amazon for $172.49.
24. A VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker tykes will have a blast with thanks to the toys on the front and its ability to help them run wildly throughout the house. Maaaybe get this for a niece or nephew instead of your own kid, hehe.
Promising review: “Great for babies learning to sit. Keeps them engaged and looking upward. My baby is now standing and trying to walk and loves to pull herself up on this thing! The wheels have a resistance setting so it doesn’t go too fast. Best on carpet when they’re starting out. The front comes apart too, so even babies who don’t like tummy time can have something to look at if you detach the front and put on the floor for them! Best toy that will last for stages of baby development!” —Meet The Jacksons
Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors).
25. 12 Disney Princess dolls you better believe will leave your little one believing in the magic of the holiday season — this set will provide them with hours and hours of play (and hopefully give you some peace and quiet).
Promising review: “Always love seeing these doll sets each year and this one has a lot of great improvements! First of TIANA HAS GLOVES! Years in the making. And I also absolutely love seeing Esmeralda and Tink here, all the Disney ladies get some love!” —folkerts3122
Shipping info: Orders typically ship in 5–7 business days, but Express delivery is available for an additional fee.
Get it from shopDisney for $119.99.
26. A “My First Magic Show” set complete with 25 different tricks and how-to videos so the child in your life can start training to become the next David Blaine.
Promising review: “I definitely recommend this magic set for beginners! Decent quality, age appropriate, and reasonably priced. My son AND husband have really enjoyed this product.” —M. Stevens
Get it from Amazon for $15.13.
27. A 3D printing pen kids, teens, and adults alike will be in awe of after they see how freakin’ cool it is to make their own drawings come to life.
3Doodler is a small business!
Promising review: “This pen is SUPER COOL!!! My tweens are loving it! I actually am having fun with it too! I thought it is like a magical crayon!!! It is easy to use and you can create endless creations. You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to use. You just have to have a great imagination! Has kept my daughters entertained for hours. So happy with the purchases. Bought one for each of my daughters. Would recommend to anyone.” —Whoopie Pie
Get it from Amazon for $59.99.
28. A set of massive bubble wands so enchanting that even the angstiest of kids won’t be able to resist giving them a go.
The set also comes with instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles possible! It’s great for kids of all ages.
Promising review: “The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference.” —Lauri
Get it from Amazon for $15.95.
29. A glow-in-the-dark fort-building kit that’ll put the blanket forts you built as a kid to shame. It’ll also encourage your kid’s imagination to run wild.
The set comes with 53 rods and 28 spheres. It’s recommended for kids 4 and up.
Promising review: “Great gift for kids of all ages. My 8-year-old loved getting this for Christmas! She played with it all day while more expensive gifts sat under the tree…LOL. We built so many different structures and most of them she did on her own. Will probably buy a second one to expand her designs and creative thinking. I recommend highly!” —awalker
Get it from Amazon for $34.99.
30. An arts and crafts library chock full of everything and anything to inspire your little one to create something fantastic and totally hang-on-the-fridge-worthy.
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.
31. An old-school game like Battleship that’ll give you an excuse to shout “I SUNK YOUR BATTLESHIP!” at your kid with delight.
This updated version also include a bonus plane to try and hit as well! Battleship is recommended for kids ages 7 and up.
Promising review: “This such a great game. Kids and adults alike can be entertained for a long time. There’s just something appealing about trying to avoid being discovered, while seeking your opponent’s ships. This new version includes one more ‘ship,’ which is actually a plane. Great fun!” —KDD
Get it from Amazon for $16.99.
32. Jenga to test their concentration and dexterity skills. Be gentle or the whole tower might come tumbling down!
Promising review: “This is a great game that can be played by all ages and either alone, with someone else, or with a group. There are so many possibilities. This is definitely a great game for game night. This game builds on your critical thinking skills, as each move has to be well thought out or you can lose in a blink of an eye. So, it is challenging, fun, and competitive all at the same time. Basically, each player builds upon another player’s move until the blocks come crashing down. The person who makes that last move loses.” —QT
Get it from Amazon for $9.97.
33. A playhouse for your kids that’ll make your backyard a go-to destination for all the neighborhood rascals…or provide them with the perfect opportunity to play House Hunters 😅.
Promising review: “I really liked that I was able to put this together within 30 minutes by myself. Everything was pre-drilled and the directions were extremely easy to follow. We have had some crazy storms recently that have taken the cottage flying through the wind and landing upside down and it hasn’t broken anywhere! It’s very light to where I can pick it up and toss it if I needed to and big enough for my kids and their friends to play in. Overall a great buy!” —melinda
Get it from Amazon for $119.41.
34. Pixar Uno, because why not gift them a traditional card game with a Disney twist? They’ll love seeing their favorites like Nemo and Buzz Lightyear on the cards.
Promising review: “Played this with my 13-year-old niece and I didn’t think she was going to let me stop! She loved this and I enjoyed it as well. Ya think ya know a lot about Pixar movies until ya have to name the characters! Haha fun game.” —Katrina Boyd
Get it from Amazon for $10.99.
35. A scratch paper art set that’ll take you right back to your elementary school days but also provide a fun way to keep your kiddos entertained.
Promising review: “Ahhh I love these so much, takes doodling to a whole new level! It’s an anxiety relief like you wouldn’t believe. Plus my kids also get a kick out of them. These are so worth it and I’m going to be keeping these stocked up!” —Katie Toomey
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
36. An on-the-go doll house for kiddos who are always out and about with you — it comes with teeny tiny versions of chic home decor accessories and easily stows away in a carrying case. Honestly, I wish the makers of this toy would come decorate my home.
Hope Haven is a small business that creates travel-sized doll house kits and tons of accessories to go with it. Little ones can get new “scenes” to redecorate their little home whenever the mood strikes. I’m personally loving this “Bourdain Kitchen” set, Each set is so detailed!
Shipping info: Orders are typically shipped in 7 days.
Get it from Hope Haven for $118.
37. A basic Lego set and The Lego Ideas Book to jump-start any tyke’s love of this iconic building block — the set will provide all they need to create the fun ideas found in the book. Win-win.
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
A handmade stuffed animal with precious fairy-tale vibes unlike any other they own — each animal has a full backstory and an array of clothing to accessorize both the child and the doll with.
39. A Minnie Mouse “Bow-tel” Hotel with so many exciting features your little one won’t know what else to do but squeal with joy — seriously, it has four levels, a slide, lights, and sounds.
Promising review: “Super cute, great for children who aren’t old enough to play with houses that have tiny pieces. My niece loves Minnie Mouse and was super happy to open it for her Christmas present.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $52.99.
40. A balance bike that’ll leave any little one grinning from ear-to-ear — hope you’re prepared to run after them though because they’re going to be zoooooming away in no time.
Promising review: “It’s the cutest little bike. Comes with the tool needed to assemble. Super easy to assemble. Took my husband like 5 minutes. We got it for our grandbaby’s first birthday. She can’t reach the ground yet nor is walking but we just push her around and are excited that she’ll grow into it. Her first bike.” —Lisa
Get it from Amazon for $52.99 (available in 10 colors).
41. A portable karaoke microphone that’ll transform any living room into a party from the moment you and your kiddo connect it to the app of your choosing. Ahem, that’s just me clearing my throat to treat you all to my rendition of Aladdin‘s “A Whole New World.”
Promising review: “We need something to let the kids sing without having to turn on the whole karaoke system. This works like a charm. The Bluetooth connection helps as well. You can just turn on YouTube and look for any song and they probably have a karaoke version or a sing-along they can sing to. The range is also great. We were outside and the volume can be heard nicely.” —Phong Bui
Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 11 colors).
42. A crystal-growing kit any wannabe scientist will be blown away by — I mean, look at the results! They’ll have the best time ever watching their majestic crystals grow before repurposing them into a night-light.
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 $39.99+ (available with six crystals or eight crystals).
43. A Magna-Tiles set that’ll surely be a big hit with any budding architect. They can use it to build all kinds of cool 3D structures, then knock ’em down and start again the next day.
The set comes with translucent magnetic pieces to build 3D creations all day. Recommended for ages 3 and up. If your child already has the basic set, check out this cool Dino World set instead! Additionally, Magna-Tiles is a small business.
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! 😀 Try these, you’ll love them!” —Green
44. A Radio Flyer Play and Fold Climber that won’t take up much space in your garage (it folds away!) and will keep your tykes entertained for hours. You’re about to impress all the other parents on your block, that’s for sure.
This adorable toy is recommended for kids ages 2–5 years old.
Promising review: “This is a great portable option that can be collapsed fairly easily. We have this set up indoors currently and it’s nice having a little climbing and sliding structure indoors for rainy days. This took about 30 minutes to assemble so fairly easy and directions were easy to follow. I’d say this is good for age 3.5 and under maybe 3 and under if you have a taller kiddo. Lots of fun! Great reliable brand.” —Amy
Get it from Amazon for $165.86 (available as a pirate ship or a castle).
45. A unicorn slime kit with over 28,000 5-star reviews that essentially prove kids and parents alike are big fans. Glitter, foam beads, and a gloopy substance — what could go wrong?!
The kit comes with everything they’ll need to make their own slime! It’s recommended for kids ages 7 and up.
Promising review: “This is the best slime kit I’ve come across. I saw it last minute before my daughter’s birthday (11) and thought I’d get it as an add-on to her presents. It ended up being her favorite gift! Her brother (8) joined in and made slime with her and she still has enough to make more of all types.” —Elizabeth & Rick
Get it from Amazon for $26.90 (available in three styles).
46. The Book with No Pictures by The Office‘s own B.J. Novak that’ll leave you and your mini-me giggling past their bedtime.
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 storytime 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 $9.90.
47. A Crayola light-up tracing pad, perfect for young artists who want to learn how to draw their favorite characters but aren’t quite skilled enough to freehand them.
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 who cannot 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 $26.99+ (available in five colors).
48. A Winnie the Pooh Lego set in which you’ll get to build his iconic home — complete with a “Mr. Sanders” sign and all of the memorable Hundred Acre Wood characters. Delightful!
Promising review: “If you know someone who loves Winnie the Pooh, this is a fantastic gift. The design is perfect, with just enough time required to make the build itself interesting. Highly recommended.” —Justin
Get it from Amazon for $99.99.
49. A Minecraft pickaxe that’ll transform into a sword before your child’s very eyes — talk about serious holiday magic!
Recommended for ages 6–10.
Promising review: “Bought this for my son’s 9th 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 it from Amazon for $26.99.
50. A geode-breaking activity from National Geographic that’ll give you and your kids an excuse to pick up a hammer and smash rocks in half. The best part? The cracked-open rocks will reveal stunning crystal centers you can learn about together.
Promising review: “We bought this for our boys who are 4.5. They loved the goggles and the magnifying glass that came with the kit. Breaking open the rock was a little more difficult than I thought. My boys definitely couldn’t do it. You will also need to make sure you have a hammer and chisel to break them open. The rocks we got looked very different, which is great! One was black on the outside and one was a creamy white brown color and the insides were very different as well. The lighter-colored one was also much easier to open. The rocks are so much prettier in person and they really sparkle in the sun. It comes with a nice picture book as well. Great activity! Definitely recommend!” —Martin
Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two styles).
51. A knit animal hat and scarf for any animal lover — it’ll be a great winter accessory that’ll also double as a dress-up option during playtime.
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 $23.99 (available in 21 designs).
52. Villainous, a must-have for all Disney fans who typically prefer the likes of Maleficent, Ursula, and Jafar. Hope your tyke’s got their evil laugh prepared.
A round of this game is typically 50 minutes and is recommended for kids 10 and up.
Promising review: “I love board games, particularly more adventurous and more adult ones, but getting my wife to play them with me is like pulling teeth. This one is very easy to learn but a challenge to master, which makes it accessible for those who are casual board gamers but enjoyable for the more hardcore enthusiast. Each playthrough is different depending on what characters each player chooses, the strategy they apply, and the random draw of the cards. Can’t wait until they release expansions with new villains.” —Phil
Get it from Amazon for $44.99.
53. A Stomp Rocket, capable of launching up to 200 feet, to keep your kids busy and remind them to *literally* shoot for the stars.
The set comes with a stomp launcher and four foam rockets. It’s recommended for ages 5 and up. Additionally, Stomp Rocket is a small business.
Promising review: “Bought for my 3-year-old nephew but became great outdoor fun for the whole family. 3-year-old loved it and could stomp and jump on the launcher without problem, sending the ‘rocket’ into the sky about 20 feet. The adults didn’t hold back after a few trials and the toy held up to the heavy feet and launched the rockets extremely high, not 200 feet, but more like 75–100. Very fun trying to catch them on their way down too! Soft nerf and lightweight plastic made the toy safe and fun.” —Brandy
Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
54. A Razor scooter that’ll remind you of your own childhood as you watch your kiddo scoot around for hours.
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I got reacquainted with a Razor scooter a few years ago (see above) and have been smiling ever since — seriously. I’m very accident-prone so pretty much everyone in my life begged me not to get on this bad boy, but I was determined to relive the fun of my childhood. Mission accomplished — it’s SO fun. The bigger wheels make for a smooth ride and, honestly, it was quite a workout! I’d suggested snagging a helmet for your little one.
Promising review: “My 10-year-old daughter got an electric scooter for Christmas last year. This year she wanted a manual one. We live in New England. Have had a relatively mild winter so far, but she has kept the scooter inside. All three of my kids ride it in circles around our first floor! (My oldest is 16.5!) BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER! It was very inexpensive, but its rugged. Well made. Can’t believe they are all getting so much use/fun out of such a simple toy. I will actually miss it when they have to take it outside. (Once it goes outside, it stays outside!) GREAT scooter!!” —Heather Adamson
Get it from Amazon for $29.97+ (available in four colors and with or without a wheelie bar).
55. A fan favorite reversible octopus that’ll become your child’s favorite companion while also encouraging them to be open about how they’re feeling at any given time. Fingers crossed they’re smiling when you present them what you made for dinner tonight…
Promising review: “This was a gift for my sister, and she loves it! The little guy was soft and squishy, but also felt durable as well. I’ve had many plushes myself, so I know good stitching/fabric when I feel it. For the price point of this guy, you’re getting a good product that will make whoever gets these happy for a long time. An excellent reversible friend!” —Emily Mitchell
Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in 45 styles).
56. A flower-building activity set they can use to create a beautiful garden of their own even if it’s absolutely dreary outside — and they can do it without going near any soil (a parenting win, TBH).
Promising review: “I bought this flower garden as a gift for my 3-year-old daughter. She absolutely loves it! She has always enjoyed blocks and this is something different that has kept her engaged for hours! We highly recommend this product to others!!” —Ashley Petersen
Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in two sizes).
57. An Elf on the Shelf “Cheer Checkup” set you can surprise your toddler with *before* the holidays fully commence so they can ensure their Elf’s furry companions are healthy and ready to report back to Santa as needed (which is VERY important).
You might want to pair this gift with the Noorah Arctic Fox, a reindeer, or St. Bernard companion. And, of course, if your kiddo doesn’t have an Elf on the Shelf, this is prime time to get one and start a fun new family tradition.
I was sent this little kit and, although we’re not fully starting the Elf on the Shelf chaos in our home (my son is only 1.5) we opened this toy right away. My son loves using it to take care of his other stuffed animals! It’s a great little toy toddlers will love.
Get it from Amazon for $10.95.
58. A pack of oversized sidewalk chalk they’ll be *so* excited over they might just forget to pester you about extra screen time — encourage them to create all kinds of art in your driveway or leave funny messages for passersby.
Urban Infant is a Chicago-based small business run by a brother/sister duo making unique and useful parenting products.
Promising review: “Our 1-year-old loves these. It was his first time using chalk and he had no trouble with them. They are pretty thick; doesn’t matter how he holds them, there will be contact with the surface and there will be color!” —JW
59. A Melissa & Doug Disney Snacks and Popcorn Stand every child is going to be absolutely begging for this holiday season — and for good reason! It’ll bring all the fun of snacking at the Parks to their imaginative at-home play. You won’t be able to resist joining in on the magic.
I hunted this item down for my son for Christmas this year, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s because I desperately want to play with it myself. Check it out in all its glory on TikTok.
Promising review: “This has to be one of the cutest play sets I’ve seen. The Disney cart is perfect and the kids absolutely love it already!” —Lwargin
Shipping info: Most packages will deliver within one to two days of the estimated delivery date. If you are a Red Card member, you will receive free two-day shipping. Check out details on all holiday shipping information here.
Get it from Target for $109.99.
60. A construction vehicle–shaped dining set you can count on to hype your kiddo up for meal time. If you’ve got dinosaur nuggets and mac and cheese on the menu, paired with these plates, you simply can’t lose.
The set comes with a plate, a bowl, a fork, a spoon, and a cup.
Shipping info: Orders typically ship in 5–7 business days.
Get them from our Goodful shop for $16.
61. A marble run set that’ll help kiddos work on their problem-solving skills while also having an a-maze-ing time crafting endless structures for their marbles to race through.
Promising review: “So fun! Our 2-year-old loves it. He is too young to build his own run but I enjoyed building one and he loves to drop the marbles down and watch them go. I like that they are transparent so you can see the marbles easily. Great quality too. I think this will grow nicely with him as well considering that I even had fun with it as an adult.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in three styles).
62. A too cute plush bunny from Build-A-Bear complete with a snowman dress, stylish boots, a winter hat, and (of course) a festive latte in-hand. If your toddler hugs it and says “it looks like you, Mom!” then, in my book, you’re doing life correctly.
Shipping info: Orders are typically delivered by Shipt the same day you’ve ordered it if placed before 11 a.m. (if not, it’ll arrive the next day).
Get it from Build-A-Bear for $48.43.
63. A box of 72 mini dinosaur toys kiddos will love traipsing throughout dirt, sand, the bath tub, etc. With so many in the set you won’t have to stress if one or two get lost during all of your little one’s adventures.
Also great as cake toppers and party bag favors!
Promising review: “Hi, we were quite amazed at the variety of dinosaurs included in our pack. We expected the usual three but got quite a variety of dinosaurs and we got three or more of each. The colors were fantastic. Bright vivid blues and greens and purples. The size was relatively small which worked well as my daughter used them as homemade Valentines for her friends. Overall, we were very happy with our purchase.” —H. Bowen
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
64. A remote controlled Barbie corvette (inspired by the one from the movie!) the kiddo in your life will absolutely lose it over once they see it under the tree — it holds two dolls and the trunk opens up for storage.
Promising review: “This is a Christmas present for my 8-year-old great granddaughter. I know she will be thrilled to get it. Any little girl who’s plays with Barbies will love it. I highly recommend this item. It will bring joy to you watching the child open it!” —Kaye Walsh
Get it from Amazon for $103.99.
65. A battery-free race track complete with a crank to move cars up a ramp and around the track and a magnetic helicopter that’ll blow any of their noisy toys with flashing lights out of the water.
The track includes a toy police car, ambulance, and fire engine.
Promising review: “You know how you want to give gifts that are educational and fun? Gifts that encourage kids to explore and figure things out for themselves through play? Gifts that do not involve screens or videos or batteries, that do not flash or make annoying noises or ‘talk’ in a squeaky voice that sets the dog to barking? This is the gift you want to give. Easy to assemble, fun for adults to play with before wrapping, perfect for little kids upon opening. A little challenging for the 2-year-old to always keep the cars on the tracks and to line up the car with the helicopter for pickup, but something to learn and grow into. The 4-year-old declares it his favorite toy. This grandma loves it because it’s kid-powered, appealing, and sturdy, and who doesn’t love to push buttons, turn cranks, and close up a drawbridge. Very pleased I found this and broke my rule about no plastic gifts!” —Kindle Customer
Get it from Amazon for $25.99.
66. And a giant FAO Schwartz piano mat (yes, just like the one from Big) adults and kids alike will love compose their own songs with. Dance partaaaaay!
Promising review: “I gave this to my Grandkids for Christmas and they were thrilled. They had so much fun making the notes with their feet and they loved hearing back what they ‘composed.'” —MammaMe
Shipping info: Most packages will deliver within 1–2 days of the estimated delivery date. If you are a Red Card member, you will receive free two-day shipping. Check out details on all holiday shipping information here.
Get it from Target for $29.99 (originally $39.99).
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