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30 Gifts That Will Keep Kids Entertained Long Enough For You To Watch A Christmas Movie

They might be so busy you'll actually miss them.

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What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. A Little Tikes video camera so your future filmmaker can get started on creating their own short films. They may even host a holiday screen of their latest ~grandma acclaimed~ film.

Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $61.33.

2. A Little Tikes learning activity suitcase for the budding jet-setter who loves to learn about different places around the world. It packs up nicely in a rolling suitcase, making it easy for them to take it on the go.

a child playing with the suitcase
Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $41.99

3. Hope The Healing Husky if you know just the future veterinarian to care for them. After the pup lets them know how they're feeling with different sounds and reactions, they can heal it with the included medical accessories.

a child playing with the healing husky holding a stethoscope to the husky's heart
Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

4. An Ada Twist, Scientist portable lab set for future scientists. If they love experiments, they'll really dig this. It comes with six experiment cards and a variety of science gear — goggles, a beaker, a flask, test tubes, and more. Plus, it comes in a really neat carrying case making it easy to take on play dates.

Walmart

Season 1 of Ada Twist, Scientist is available to watch on Netflix now.

Shipping Info: Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days.

Get it from Walmart for $44.44.

5. A mini pet pig that's so ridiculously adorable, I'm fighting the urge to buy it for myself. I mean, it's a mini pet pig!

Target

Promising review: "Adorable toy for any lover of pigs! My daughter is one of them. This couldn’t be more of a perfect gift! She plays with it daily and treats it like a little baby." —Nymom2

Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Target for $19.99.

6. An interactive labradoodle in case they've been begging for a pet and, unfortunately, will not be getting one soon. This pup can respond to touch or voice and has more than 150 sounds and reactions.

Target

Promising review: "My daughter and nephew are 2 and they love her. We renamed her Bella." —pandagirly19

Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Target for $99.99.

7. A Miko 3 — a splurge-worthy robot that might look like a fancy toy to the untrained eye but is so much more. This robot is packed with games and educational content and can play, help with homework, and act as a video chat device when you want to check in on the kid. It's...pretty amazing.

Amazon, Miko

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in two colors).

8. A karaoke machine any star-bound kid would love whether they enjoy making a show out of family night or just need to belt out their favorite tunes on a regular Monday afternoon.

a child singing karaoke with the machine
Amazon

Amazon Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Target Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Amazon for $40.09 or from Target for $49.49.

9. A Ryan's World rocketship for a blast of fun that's not only a deluxe playset but also comes with more than 15 surprises inside.

the rocket ship and some of the surprises you can find inside
Walmart

Promising review: "This thing was a blast for our 4-year-old to open and explore. It has a bunch of surprises hidden all throughout it and things you must put together when you find all the pieces. Great job making a very cool toy and executing it so well. Our son loves it!" —Letitia

Shipping Info: Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days.

Get it from Walmart for $69.88.

10. An electronic Rubik's Cube because few have ever been able to solve the puzzle. This Rubik's Cube can connect to an app to help them finally learn how to solve the puzzle.

the rubiks cube connected to an app on a cellphone
Amazon

Promising review: "This product is amazing! The app teaches you how to solve the cube and the connection is very stable. It came pre charged and was easy to sync to Bluetooth. It also has an easy to understand user interface so it is very easy to figure out how to use. It is a great investment that I can see myself getting a lot of use out of." —Michael Knopf

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

11. A Tobi 2 smart watch for kid-friendly tech that shares similarities with other smart watch devices. They can take selfies, play games solo or with friends, and even track their steps.

Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $35.01 (also available in black and red).

12. A Digimon X virtual pet monster that'll let you raise and train your own pet monster and battle them against friends. It's the same nostalgic toy of the '90s with a few upgrades, ready to entertain a new generation.

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Promising review: "Man, I love the heck out of this thing. I'm an adult, and I grew up with the original '90s Digimon v-pet. Two Digimon at once, 5+ sets of eggs to raise, colosseum mode, and the sleep and mute buttons 👍 For the price and all the features, this is everything that my nostalgic heart wanted. I got the glow-in-the-dark version, and I've never ever regretted it." —Franco

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

13. A Got2Glow Fairy Finder in case the child you're shopping for is enamored by the magic of fairies. Carry the jar around and find fairies to collect. Once they catch the fairy, they can feed, play, and care for it. Each jar can collect more than 30 fairies, with 100+ fairies to collect in total. Friends can trade fairies they collect, too.

Walmart

Promising reviews: "I got this as a birthday present for my granddaughter. She absolutely loves it. It is super interactive, and who doesn't like to catch fairies? I see this toy being the hot Christmas item this year." —Angela

"Hours of entertainment! My nieces played with it for four hours straight. It's so magical. I even loved the lights!" —sydthekid17

Shipping Info: Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days.

Get it from Walmart for $34.88.

14. Pixicade mobile game maker if the child you're gifting is not only into video games but also interested in making their own. They can draw a photo, take a picture of it, play, and share their game. They can build 1,600 video games! 🤯

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Promising review: "Man I love this thing, but my 8- and 6-year-old sons love it even more. We’re those parents who are a little fanatic about 'screen time' with our kids. Let me tell you something, MOST of the time is spent with the kids building their game. The markers, paper, and most importantly their imaginations of drawing new games are 90% of the fun because they know that their drawing will eventually ~come to life~ on the iPad. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. The different colors are used to create different things that the game automatically recognizes on paper — e.g., use 'red' to draw hazards; use 'green' to make your character that can move, etc. My boys draw anything and, like magic, the screen brings it to life and the remaining 10% blows their little minds (and the parents minds, too). Not really sure how it works, but we have a giant notebook full of different drawings and games, two boys who can’t stop using it, and two parents who are totally OK with this kind of 'screen time.'" —Lil

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

15. Jurassic World Evolution 2 for PS4 because the Jurassic fandom spans generations. Who doesn't like dinosaurs? This game centers on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Amazon

Also available for PS5 and Xbox.

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $49.94.

16. An innovative smart teddy that's just as much a gift to the child as it is to the parent. This teddy comes with 28 bedtime stories and more than 30 daily routines that help the child to develop good habits.

the smart teddy
Amazon

Promising review: "It has been a month since I bought a present for my niece. The only thing I can say she is absolutely LOVED it. This teddy is a game changer. She sleeps and plays with it and most importantly she learns more new things. The games and activities are super entertaining, and it helped her mom limit the use of gadgets at home since little princess is busy with the toy now. I highly recommend it, and I know what will be my next present to my friends' babies." —Nikita

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $179.95.

17. An Oculus Quest 2 they'll go absolutely bonkers for after they unwrap it, especially after watching 100 TikTok videos of people playing games on this virtual reality system.

the oculus quest 2
Game Stop

Promising review: "I bought it for my daughter as an early Christmas gift. She loved it so much. And, it's a great price, too!" —Helen02

Shipping Info: Same-day delivery available on certain products.

Get it from Game Stop for $299

18. Beat That! — a fun game for kids and adults with more than 160 challenges that test how much confidence they have in their own abilities.

the game contents
Target

Promising review: "This is a game for all ages! The box contains challenge cards and all of the items you’ll need to complete them. There’s 160 cards so you won’t get bored. Nonstop laughing!" —Melissa

Amazon Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Target Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Amazon and Target for $24.99.

19. Daughter of the Deep — a title from author Rick Riordan, of the beloved Percy Jackson book series — which is a reimagined, modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

the book
@disneybooks / Via instagram.com

Promising review: "This is a story full of adventure, twists, shocks, and most importantly, heart. Riordan once again shows his remarkable world-building skills, taking the ideas Jules Verne presented over a century ago, and bringing a literary classic into the modern age. Diving deep into the world of Captain Nemo, this story explores Verne's classical fantasies under the lights of modern science. Likewise, Riordan has created characters who represent a wide range of faiths, ethnicities, and abilities with out any of them slipping into hollow stereotypes. This is a truly great piece of storytelling with the hints and possibilities of a series ahead of it. I look forward, as always, to his next release." —Jim Sanford

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

20. A Tamagotchi Pix that comes with all the things we love about Tamagotchis with an added bonus — a camera. Now they can take pictures with the character they've nurtured and raised. They can also connect to other Tamagotchi devices, exchange gifts with characters, and explore.

a review photo of the tamagotchi pix in purple
amazon.com

Promising review: "First off, this is the cutest and coolest thing ever! Remember, it’s for 6+, if you’re over 20 and find flaws I think we know how fun of a person you are. It’s adorable! I’ve taken sooo many pictures and taken such good care of it she's soo happy! I’m excited to have this by my side till the end of time! 🌈✨ There’re other tamagotchis out there, but none have a camera, which makes the pix the coolest. 😇💖" —Gabii Webber

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with same-day and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $35.50+ (available in four colors).

21. A VTech KidiGo basketball hoop so your all-star can take it to the hole. The hoop comes with five game modes: free play, score challenge, time challenge, color challenge, and hot potato. The interactive headboard makes the games even more fun, and it's ideal for hours of solo or group indoor activity.

Target

Promising review: "I bought this for my grandson's third birthday. He loves playing basketball so this is a nice hoop for him. I really like the sound effects, and the hoop is durable." —Chocolate

Target Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Walmart Shipping Info: Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders. Standard shipping is three to five days.

Get it from Target for $23.99 and Walmart for $14.39.

22. A sit-to-stand giant activity book with more than 120 songs, sounds and phrases that'll keep that growing tot engaged and entertained.

a child playing with the sit to stand activity book
Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $34.88.

23. A Little Tikes electric guitar for the family rock star ready for the ultimate jam session. The guitar comes with four modes: play with the band, free play, solo play, or play any song (using Bluetooth). The best part is that parents can control the volume. 😌

Target

Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Target for $39.99.

24. A rainbow Squeakee balloon dog that's part balloon part puppy, and can make more than 60 sounds and interactions. Rainbowie can be played with, tickled, and fed. But watch out, Rainbowie can also virtually pee and fart, too.

the rainbow squeakee dog balloon toy
Walmart

Shipping Info: Free two-day shipping available for qualifying orders, standard shipping is three to five days.

Get it from Walmart for $30

25. A fine motor hedgehog toy to help build color recognition skills, sorting skills, and counting skills through the fine motor game. This is also a great toy for visually impaired children.

a child playing with the hedgehog
Amazon

Promising review: "Love this product. It says 18+ months but it was fun for both of my kids (11 months and 3-year-old). It’s meant to help with fine motor skills. The spikes are rubber with different colors and you can put them in and take them out of the holes in the hedgehog. The best part is that when they’re done playing the hedgehog opens and you can store all the spikes in there so they don’t get lost. Definitely recommend this product. #learningresources" —Tony Wexler

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

26. A foosketball game perfect for those days when they're itching to get outside and get active but the chilly weather has them stuck inside. Parents will probably want to join in on this one, too.

the foosketball
Target

Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Target for $15.69

27. The Nightmare Before Christmas Monopoly to add to their growing collection of The Nightmare Before Christmas merch because it's their favorite Christmas movie ever!!!

the nightmare before christmas monopoly game
Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

28. Chutes and Ladders CoComelon edition that has all the fun of the classic game *and* the theme of your little one's favorite animated series.

the cocomelon chutes and ladder game
Amazon

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

29. An Amazon Fire Tablet so they can quit hogging your phone when they want to play a game. It includes one year of Amazon Kids+ that gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.

the fire tablet in purple
Amazon

Promising review: "We love our tablet. My son is 3-years-old and loves all the videos and games — they're all educational! I get to set it up to where it’s age-appropriate and I can also switch profiles to mine and do things on my profile. Pretty great device and he can play on some apps without Wi-Fi, which is an even bigger plus. Great purchase!" —Alyssa

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in three colors).

30. A talking microscope for junior scientists who are curious about the little creatures we share the world with. It come with slides that you place under the microscope, then the microscope tells you a fact about that insect.

A child looking into the microscope
Amazon

Promising review: "The Talking Microscope is awesome! There are many reasons why I, as a parent, love this microscope. First, I love that it is educational. Not only does my four-year-old get to see all kinds of things up close, but the microscope identifies what is on each slide and tells him all about it (honeybees, mosquitoes, cat fleas, tadpoles, human teeth, etc.) so that he knows what he is looking at. He even enjoys the quiz feature. I do, too, because I can tell he really is learning and retaining the information presented. He then likes to quiz me on what he’s learned! The microscope also talks in four languages so we can add language arts to our science learning. The second reason I love this microscope is because it is so easy to use. When it arrived, I showed my four-year-old how to use it, and in minutes, he was able to use it independently. He can take it out himself anytime he wants to look at slides. A brilliant aspect of this microscope is that the slides are stored with the microscope. The slides are all contained in a drawer that fits into the base of the microscope so we always know where the slides are. The third reason I love this microscope is that my son enjoys it so much. He thinks it cool to see all of the things up close. I haven’t found a downside to this product other than I hope that GeoSafari Jr. comes out with more slides because we will soon have these memorized!" —ShellyShop

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (also available in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, and French).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.