Got kids? With Christmas just two weeks away, you are probably knee-deep into holiday shopping. And just because you can’t find any Hatchimals on the shelves of your local Target or Walmart doesn’t mean you can’t give your kids some cool gifts that they’ll enjoy. Whether you have toddlers, teens, or children in between, we have some holiday gift ideas for you.
Most girls (and some boys) love dolls. If you want to keep it traditional, then turn to Barbie. I know the ever-politically-correct liberals will tell you that Barbie promotes an unrealistic self-image, but come on! The new Barbie Fashionista dolls include four body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and seemingly endless amount of fashions. (Who can complain now?!)
If Monster High is more her style, consider their Minis – the perfect stocking stuffers.
PlayMonster’s Roominate line is awesome for exploring creativity and imagination, while working on the basics of architecture and engineering. We love Emma’s Townhouse and your kids will, too. Build a tall townhouse, or a wide one — either way you can design a colorfully modern home! Use the included motor to build a ceiling fan, or anything you can think of! The set includes the Emma doll and her pet pig Hodgkin. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
Wicked Cool Toys has taken the iconic Cabbage Patch Kids and brought them into the next decade with the revolutionary CPK Baby So Real. With a touch, Baby So Real comes to life with animated, expressive, full color LCD eyes that open, close and look around, creating more than 30 different expressions. The technology and function are like miniature flat-TV screens allowing for their detail and movement to be truly lifelike. Loaded with realistic features and over 60 sounds such as giggling, talking, playing, sleeping, eating and so much more – this unique baby doll encourages hours on end of interactive play.
Kids of all ages love animals. And though you might not want to give a real live pet for Christmas, it doesn’t mean you can’t give some kind of animal.
Edwin the interactive duck does a lot more than just quack. He has an entire digital personality, so by playing with the rubber duck, kids also control animated Edwin within his various free apps to experience his world of stories, games, and songs. What’s cool for parents is that Edwin also functions as a waterproof speaker, LED nightlight, sound machine, and thermometer.
Adopt a cute furry friend from the collection of Cabagge Patch Kids’ best friends – the Adoptimals, priced under $20 each and oh so adorable! Peppy Pups are also super cute animal toys. They move, jump and even turn their heads. Snag one of these at Toys “R” Us or on Amazon.
For your kid who loves dinosaurs, you have so many options to choose from, including dinosaur books, plush dinosaur toys, and even interactive dinosaurs. He’ll be thrilled with the Dino X Team Prehistoric Safari 4-in-1 VR, AR, hands-on play and learning system. From digging for dinosaur bones to a virtual reality experience, this set has it all for dinosaur lovers.
Race Tracks and R/C Vehicles
Young kids will love the Bend-a-Path Race and Rescue Set. This set includes 12-feet of track that can be put together in tons of different ways. It also features an elevator, swinging doors, bridge and more.
These aren’t your ordinary race tracks. Max Traxxx Tracer Racers sets utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on patented Glow-in-the-Dark track. Get them at Toys “R” Us and other retailers.
What beats a remote control car? A remote control creature that can climb over obstacles in its path, go up stairs, and much more. The Tyco Terra Climber is over 2-feet long with its tail extended and can be used both indoors and out. Your kids will also love the Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam from Wicked Cool Toys. This remote control motorcycle has a helmet cam to record their adventures.
If you want to splurge on a race track set this holiday season, make it Anki OVERDRIVE. It uses robotics and AI to create the funnest racing system that you (or your kids) will ever experience.
Card and board games don’t have to be boring. Teens will love Camera Roll, which incorporates pictures from your phone and category cards for a whole lot of fun. If your tired of Monopoly, check out Daytrader – a financial board game with the goal of retirement. Also take a look at the Watch Ya Mouth series of card games, for kids and adults.
If you have a gamer on your gift list, get the latest games from their favorite series. Skylanders Imaginators empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander character, plus supports of all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. For COD fanatics, snag Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for the ultimate stocking stuffer.
Go high tech with the Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience from Uncle Milton’s Star Wars Science Line. The user goes through various “challenges” like a videogame, but it’s pulled from various scenes from Star Wars movies and there is no stick or control panel, you have to use your mind to play the videogame and move the hologram images.
Keep kids active with scooters, hoverboards and other outdoor toys. For the younger ones, you can’t go wrong with the LED Deluxe Bungee Boing from GeoSpace. It’s like a pogo stick, but better. It’s sturdy yet easy to bounce on — and it lights up!
Get back to basics with constructions toys from Lincoln Logs to Shape Mags. These magnetic building sets encourage creativity and provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages.
When it comes to sports, you can’t go wrong with baseball, basketball, football or soccer gear, depending on your kid’s preferences. For something a little different, check out the UltraGlow Air Power Soccer Disk. If your kid likes tossing the football around, he’ll really love the 60-inch KOVOT inflatable football target set.
After all these ideas, you still don’t know what to get your kids? Look for educational toys that are fun too, like the SmartGlobe from Oregon Scientific. Through games, activities and challenges, the SmartGlobe provides hours of educational content, and connects wirelessly to iOS and Android apps for even more interactive learning.
If you want something out of the ordinary, get the TreePod. It’s a hanging tree fort that the kids will enjoy in your own backyard, or on the road.