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    50 Seriously Cool Kids Gifts You Can't Go Wrong With This Holiday Season

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    Hi — I'm Asia, I'm a mom of 7-year-old twin daughters, and I know how stressful holiday shopping can be for parents — trying to narrow down what fits in your budget, and trying to meet things your kids love with things that won't drive you wild, LOL.

    the writer and her twin daughters
    Asia McLain/BuzzFeed

    Well, my girls and I did a little research on what gifts are really worth it, and here are some of the gifts we've all loved this year, in hopes to make your shopping a little bit easier:


    1. A Power Your Fun Robo Pets Robot Unicorn (or puppy!) for the kid who's been asking for a pet all year.


    These remote-controlled pets walk, dance, and perform tricks, and are bound to be your kiddo's new best friend!

    Get a Robo Unicorn from Amazon for $34.95 or a Robo Puppy for $29.95.

    2. A Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg for fans of the uber-successful YouTuber.


    My girls have been obsessed with Ryan's World for the last few years, and when you add to that the fun of unboxing, this gift is a serious winner.

    The Series 5 egg is filled with surprises, including ultra-rare figures, two "Build-a-Ryan" Figures, special putty, and stickers!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    3. A Gummy Candy Lab for the kid who loves a sweet chemistry experiment!

    the gummy candy lab packaging

    This kit from Thames and Kosmos includes all-natural ingredients (NOT made in nut-free facilities, FYI) and molds in various fun shapes for kids to create their own gummy candies!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    4. A Lunii Storyteller for screen-free storytime.


    Aimed at kids ages three through ten, Lunii Storyteller comes pre-loaded with 48 stories in which kids can choose a hero, a setting, a secondary character and an object, and there are more stories you can download from the Luniistore app. It's a pretty cool twist on storytime!

    Get it from Amazon for $79.90.

    5. A three-string Loog Mini Guitar for your budding rockstar!

    a red guitar

    This educator-approved, real-wood acoustic guitar comes fully assembled, with flash cards with chord diagrams. It also comes with access to the Loog Guitar app, which includes video lessons, a tuner, and even a digital songbook so your kid can learn guitar by playing real songs by artists like The Beatles and Bruno Mars.

    Get a Loog Mini (ages 3 and up) from Amazon for $79 or a Loog Pro (ages 8 and up) for $129.

    6. A WeCool Social Studio for the aspiring content creator.

    a set that has a tool to hold a phone and film the slime making process

    If your kids are anything like mine, they'd love to have their own YouTube channel — well, this kid-friendly studio will help them hone their vlogging skills. And it even comes with a DIY slime kit for a video demo!

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    7. If your kid's into slime, this Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab will keep them busy for a while.

    the slime kit

    Who among us parents has escaped a kid's fascination with slime? Well, this kit educates kids on the science behind slime, and guides them in making eight different varieties of slime and putty, including glow-in-the-dark and magnetic! If you're going the slime way, this one is really, really cool.

    Get this kit from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. A KidKraft Ultimate Elite Play Kitchen for your aspiring chef, or just any kiddo who loves a good game of pretend!

    the play kitchen

    I can attest to the fun and quality of KidKraft kitchens, as my daughters LOVE the one they've had since they were two! Kids will love the realistic details.

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    9. A Hands Free Hover Drone Set, perfect if you're looking for a great gift siblings can play with together.

    a child playing with drone toys

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $39.95 or a single drone for $26.95.

    10. A Britannica Kids' Encyclopedia for tech-free educational fun.


    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    11. If you have LOL Surprise doll lovers in your home, you can't go wrong with an LOL Surprise OMG House.

    the LOL dolls party house

    I don't think there's anything my girls enjoy more these days than playing with their LOL dolls — seriously, it's a round the clock hobby! So with six rooms, a pool, and a tub, this three-story, real wood dollhouse is one of their favorite gifts pretty much ever. They spend hours playing with it, and they use it for all their dolls, not just LOLs.

    Get it from Amazon for $159.

    12. And if your kids, like mine, are missing the Disney Parks like crazy, get them the Jungle Cruise Adventure Game to bring some of that magic home.


    Disney Parks fanatics will appreciate that this game is chock full of those Jungle Cruise skipper's cheesy-hilarious jokes.

    Get the game from Amazon for $34.99.

    13. Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Vet Play Pet Set for the future veterinarian in the family.

    a vet kit with a plush dog and at and an array of vet tool toys

    This is a 24-piece set that comes with a plush dog and cat and a tote bag for easy storage.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.96.

    14. Osmo Creative Kit for iPad for your artistic kiddo.

    the creative starter kit

    This kit includes a dry-erase board and a reflector for iPad to bring your child's personal creations to life on the screen. It helps your kid learn drawing, listening, speed of drawing, visual thinking, problem solving, physics, creative problem solving, and fine motor skills.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    15. A hover board electric scooter with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.

    a pink hover board

    This hover board has a maximum distance of six miles, and ultra bright LED headlights.

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    16. Bill Nye's VR Science Kit for a virtual trip to the coolest — and most nostalgic — science lab!

    bill nye on the packaging for the lab toy

    OK, what millennials don't remember watching episodes of Bill Nye The Science Guy in their elementary school science class?! This kit includes an 80-page book, hands-free VR goggles, and step-by-step videos to guide kids through the coolest science projects, hosted by the man himself.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    17. A Baby Yoda plush toy from The Mandalorian because, Baby Yoda.


    Need I say more?

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    18. A Tobi Smartwatch to help kiddos learn to tell time.


    This full function smartwatch by Little Tykes has two cameras, an alarm clock, plenty of activities, and even a pedometer to get kiddos moving!

    Get it from Amazon for $48.44.

    19. A shirt from Piccolina to celebrate trailblazing women.


    My daughters have the Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Ida B. Wells "Vote" shirts, and I love hearing them explain to people what they know about these remarkable women! And Piccolina even makes masks and underwear!

    Get your kiddo a trailblazer shirt from Piccolina for $28 (available in sizes 2T–14 and 30 styles).

    20. A Itty Bitty Pretty's Tea Party playset for super-cute tea party fun.


    If your kids are into unboxing teeny tiny dolls and adorable accessories, this is honestly one of the cutest sets I've seen! Each giant teacup playset comes with two mystery Itty Bitty Pretty dolls, saucers, outfits, accessories, and even dissolvable tea bags and sugar cubes that reveal surprises!

    My girls absolutely love it, and are obsessed with collecting them all!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    21. An avid reader will love What Should Darla Do? and/or What Should Danny Do? books, which teach kiddos the power to choose.


    My girls have What Should Darla Do? and with eight possible endings, they absolutely love reading it over and over, making different choices along the way, and discovering different endings based on those choices. It's a really good way to teach actions and consequences, and it's a whole lot of fun!

    Get What Should Darla Do? from Amazon for $14.93 and What Should Danny Do? for $13.59.

    22. A Smarty PAD for a cool educational experience for your preschooler.


    The Smarty PAD is an interactive LED tablet with 12 SMART games for your preschooler to enjoy, with subjects including ABCs, colors, phonics, language, counting, and even beginning coding — it's perfect for three to five year olds.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.60.

    23. A super-cute pair of faux fur sneakers for the winter from Blowfish Malibu Shoes for your fashionista-in-training.

    tan sneakers with faux fur on the inside

    Blowfish Malibu has a large variety of stylish shoes that are cute and functional for the season.

    Get them from Zappos for $34.99 (available in sizes 1–5, 13, and two styles).

    24. A Cara & Co Kids Bead Kit for your crafty kiddo.

    Cara & Co

    The kids' kit comes in four different themes, including Fairy Dust, Cool in Blue, Confetti Fun, and Chasing Rainbows, and the beads are various textures, so very sensory-friendly, and a great way for kids to develop fine motor skills.

    It's also something that allows parents and kids to create together!

    Get it from Cara & Co for $32.99.

    25. Dogman Cubles — they'll adore these if they love the Dogman comic books.

    3d paper versions of a police dog, a taco, and cat

    Somewhere along the line, my daughters became totally obsessed with the hilarity of the Dogman comic books — and since receiving these 3D paperboard character models, they've loved acting out the storylines!

    Get a 3-pack from Cubles for $23.99.

    26. A Colgate MAGIK Smart Toothbrush to make dental hygiene fun.

    the playful yellow toothbrush

    This toothbrush kit comes with a phone holder and access to the MAGIK app, which has lots of fun games that coach kids to brush properly for better habits. There's even a toothbrush timer for kids and a dashboard for parents to view how well and long your children brush!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

    27. A pack of stretch-and-sniff hair ties for your '80s-loving kiddo.


    Scenties come in seven different scents — Brownie, Strawberry, Vanilla Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Sour Apple, Bubblegum, and Watermelon, and the fragrance lasts for up to a year. They are super cute as hair ties, but can also be collected and traded with friends as bracelets!

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $6.99.

    28. An outdoor baseball and tennis ball pitching machine with remote control bat for your junior athlete.

    the pitching machine

    This machine has both remote control and auto modes, in which balls are pitched every five to seven seconds, and self-regulating jam protection.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    29. BFF Bright Fairy Friends your kid will love if they like all things fairies and light up toys.


    These fairies are not only super adorable on their own, but each one comes in a twinkling light-up LED fairy jar home that can also be used as a nightlight.

    There are 12 dolls to collect, and your kiddo will love unboxing to discover which one they got!

    Get one from Amazon for $9.94.

    30. And if your kid is into getting fancy, get some non-toxic scented nail polish for your little future glamazon.

    an array of nail polishes

    Piggy Paint is safe, chemical-free, and super cute!

    Get a 4-pack from Amazon for $18.99.

    31. A Room of Requirement Lego set, for the Harry Potter-obsessed kiddo.

    the harry potter legos

    With this set, kids can role-play favorite Hogwarts stories with Dumbledore’s Army (as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Luna Lovegood) and practice spells for their secret mission to defeat the forces of evil.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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    32. The game Hasty Baker for at-home family fun trying to complete recipes before anyone else does!


    This game is seriously so much fun to play as a family, and you and your kids will feel like you're on a baking championship show!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    33. A Slackers Ninjaline Intro Ninja Warrior Kit for fans of American Ninja Warrior Junior.

    the kit to set up a ninja line at home

    Active kids will love this easy-to-install opportunity to channel their inner ninja warrior. I smell loads of backyard fun!

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95.

    34. A Smart Buddies coding toy, which teaches kids basic programming skills in a totally fun way.

    Smart Buddies

    Smart Buddies is an award-winning STEM toy which teaches kids how to code and use problem-solving techniques to get their character to do scooter tricks. They even offer coding classes to get kids started!

    Get Zara (pictured) or another Smart Buddies character for $199.99.

    35. A set of sticky tabs from Ooly for easy — and super cute! — schoolwork organization.

    the note pals packaging

    You can get these in several different themes, from hearts and unicorns to sea life and safari animals, and they are all so adorable — and functional!

    Get a notepad bundle on Amazon for $9.99.

    36. A Constellation Map Night Light for the kiddo who likes constellation gazing.

    USA Toyz

    One of my daughters absolutely loves globes and maps, and the fact that this doubles as a world map and constellation map makes it one of her favorite things!

    Get it from USA Toyz for $49.99.

    37. A stainless steel Rainbow Child's Dinner Set to make dinner colorful and fun!

    an iridescent bowl, cutlery, cup, and dish

    This five-piece dinner set was designed by a pediatrician (and mom!) after she read the American Academy of Pediatrics' report on the dangers of plastics in dinnerware. It's perfect for any kiddo 12 months and older, doesn't peel, chip, or break, and is super adorable to boot!

    Get it from Ahimsa for $64.

    38. A few Be Amazing! Snow Pets for the kid who can't do without an unboxing surprise.

    an array of snow pet toys

    Unboxing + cute pet figures + faux snow = total holiday win!

    Get one from Amazon for $13.99.

    39. 5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime for the kid who loves reading nonfiction.


    This book has 30 amazing 5-minute stories with great illustrations and all facts verified by Britannica. If you have a kid like one of my daughters, who prefers reading about science, history, and "things that actually happened," this one's a winner.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.93.

    40. A gorgeous African wax print dress from Elisamama, perfect if your kiddo loves to twirl.


    These dresses are simply beautiful — my girls have a few, and they always, always get complimented on them. Elisamama also has jumpsuits and the cutest Mommy and Me sets! And all of their items are handmade by local Nigerian artisans to help provide a path toward economic empowerment in the Nigerian community.

    Get a dress from Elisamama starting at $40.99.

    41. A cute pair of kids' headphones for kids who are doing remote learning — or just having some screen time!

    blue over the ear headphones

    These LilGadget Connect+ Pro headphones are padded, light, and come with a carrying pouch.

    Get a set from Amazon in a variety of colors starting at $26.95.

    42. A set of Carrera Slot Cars for the kiddo who loves racing cars.


    This set comes with realistic cars and over 29 feet of racetrack with two loops, a flyover, and high-banked curves.

    Get it on Amazon for $113.03.

    43. A Blankie Tails blanket, great if you have a kid who likes to cozy up.

    Blankie Tails

    These are seriously the cutest and the coziest! My girls have Disney Princess ones, and they love snuggling up in them for storytime — and sometimes, they even sleep in them!

    Blankie Tails has a variety of characters and animals to choose from, including mermaids, sharks, even My Little Pony characters!

    Get one from Blankie Tails starting at $24.99.

    44. A Cityspots Museum Tour Playset to foster a lifelong love of art.


    This set includes a flexible magnetic whiteboard, a book, eight magnets, and two museum docent characters.

    Get it from Amazon for $40.00.

    45. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit for a little engineering fun.

    two children building a fort with glowing sticks

    My girls have had so much fun building with this, and have used it as everything from a reading fort to a doll clubhouse!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    46. Codi the Storytelling Robot to aid in your child's development with a new friend.


    Codi is a smart storyteller with a real, expressive voice. It has three content playlists, including songs that promote motor skill development and fun, stories that focus on socio-emotional and literacy development, and a playlist of calming music that your child can use to control strong emotions on their own.

    It also comes with adorable washable outfits, and it doesn't play ads!

    Get it from Amazon for $124.99.

    47. Squeakee the Balloon Dog for an interactive pet you can deflate after using.


    Squeakee comes with a pump to inflate and responds to your voice like a real pet. He's super playful — you can teach him tricks, and he loves to roll over and get tickled, too!

    Get it from Target for $59.99.

    48. A Little Tikes Trampoline for the kid who needs to let out some energy after a long day.


    You can't go wrong with a trampoline!

    Get it exclusively from Amazon for $59.99.

    49. The board game Sequence for an awesome family fun night.

    the board game

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    50. And a reversible octopus plushie to help your kiddo express their mood.

    an octopus looking grumpy and another looking happy

    This TikTok famous toy is great for kids aged six and up to help them process and display how they're feeling in any given moment. I love a good socio-emotional learning toy, and with all the ups and downs of 2020, I'm thinking this is a great gift for kids and adults alike!

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in 12 colors).

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