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    43 Of The Best Toys And Gifts That Won't Disappoint A 5-Year-Old

    They grow up so dang quickly, so make sure you get the kid in your life something they can enjoy for years to come.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A Craft-tastic "Make a Fox Friend" craft kit for kids to learn the basics of sewing while putting together a full wardrobe of clothes and accessories for this fantastic (and fabulous) little fox stuffie. No special tools or additional supplies to buy makes this a great all-in-one gift!


    Promising review: "This craft was a hit! The fox was very easy to put together and it turned out so cute! You have to make the tutu by tying a bunch of knots but other than that all of the clothes are ready to go and do not require sewing! The fox came with a little fabric bag to conveniently store it for travel. The materials in the craft are good quality and hopefully will last a while. My daughter loved this little cute fox!" —Olivia O.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88+ (also available in bunny and mouse).

    2. A Fat Brain door pong game that's basically Ping-Pong without the need for a table. Attach it to a doorway, adjust the tether length, and then start batting that ball back and forth. Another prezzie "for the whole family!"

    Child model playing ping pong with toy hanging from doorway

    Promising review: "I was looking for something fun that my son and I could do together. It's getting too cold to go outside, and I want to have plenty of options besides video games. My son was skeptical at first (cue the eye rolls) so I set it up (super-duper simple), and began practicing myself. Within minutes my hubby and son wanted to join in! It's in a wider than standard doorway in our house, which I'd suggest if you have one, it is easier to practice shots that swing wild. You can play together or as a single. Comes with an additional ball and string, which we haven't needed yet. Very happy with my purchase!" —Shawn A Lodico

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    3. A Hape Quadrilla Super Spirals building blocks set for all the marble madness and Rube Goldberg goodness a kid could possibly enjoy.

    Adult and child models playing with block set and marbles

    Bonus: Includes a xylophone rail that plays a tune as marbles run over it!  

    Promising review: "This is the third set of these we have bought. Our family has so much fun building and exploring together with these. Our 5-year-old has started to engineer her own 'mazes.' Wonderful for coordination, logic, imagination, and teaching kids to keep trying until you get the desired outcome." —Julie L.

    Get it from Amazon for $82.89.

    4. A Playmobil Dino Rise T-Rex: Battle of The Giants play set, because, honestly, what kid's brain won't explode like a comet hitting the Earth during the Cretaceous period as soon as they see the box!


    Set includes two figures, T. rex, robot machine, armor, functioning cannons, catapult, barrel, and other removable accessories.

    When I first saw these Dino Rise toys I was immediately taken back to the short-lived Dino-Riders line/cartoon from my own childhood. Dinosaurs battling robots is a timeless concept and a classic combination that I can't wait to share with my kids. The figure that comes with this T. rex set also looks straight up like Paul Atreides from Dune (Timothée Chalamet version for the kids, Kyle MacLachlan version for the adults). And since it's Playmobil, you know it's a finely German-engineered toy! So many parts, so much action, so many pending trips to the Museum of Natural History to explain that, "No people at any point in time have ever ridden atop dinosaurs, let alone to battle robots." Well, at least not yet.

    Get it from Amazon for $47.81+ (other sets of various price points are also available).

    5. A Crayola Inspiration Art Case packed with 64 crayons, 20 colored pencils, 40 washable markers, and 15 large pieces of paper for creative kiddies to bring their art and imagination to the world. But why does daddy look like he's crying in all these drawings?

    Colorful briefcase opened and filled with Crayola crayons, markers, and colored pencils

    Promising review: "This Crayola art kit was purchased for a 5-year old girl who LOVES to draw. Of all cases we looked at on Amazon, this one was her favorite! She absolutely loves this case and after four months of almost daily use, it is still in great shape. It keeps her busy for hours. The case itself is a beautiful swirl of colors (we ordered the pink case per her request). It easily opens and closes, but the closure is strong and secure. It makes a 'snapping' sound ensuring her that it is securely closed. She can easily tote it around by the handle without the fear of it opening. The plastic insert that holds the crayons, pens, and pencils is also thick and sturdy. It isn’t thin and hollow like some other art kits we have purchased in the past. Everything snaps in tightly so when the case is opened, there isn’t a waterfall of art supplies. The pencils, crayons, and pens come in a variety of rich and beautiful colors only Crayola can create. The little pens and pencils are the perfect size for little hands. I am very impressed with this art case. It's the perfect gift for the little artist in your life." —MICHELLE

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    6. A set of handmade satin butterfly wings that any little lepidopterist can enjoy for hours of indoor or outside pretend play. A real fly gift if we do say so!

    Butterfly Flight Shop / Etsy

    Note: Free antenna and birthday stickers if you'd like them!

    Butterfly Flight Shop is a woman-owned Etsy shop located in Asheville, NC, that makes "wings and things for flyers of all ages."

    Promising review: "Such beautiful wings! Quality is amazing and they are simply perfect! My LO has worn these all day for the past two days now and I can say this was a great purchase! I highly recommend and look forward to buying more!" —Allison

    Get it from Butterfly Flight Shop on Etsy for $19 (available in six colors).

    7. An updated Lite-Brite set that comes with more templates and pegs and is bigger and brighter than the classic 1980s version. This gift might be the most affordable time machine money can buy for kids and, in all likelihood, adults.

    Split image of two child models playing with Lite Brite, one with lights on and one with lights off

    Promising review: "The mixed reviews scared me, but I couldn't be happier with it. My 4-year-old can push the pegs in with no help at all. The Lite-Brite came with four paper designs. I even bought a 12 pack of extra designs and fit just fine. The holes lined right up with the designs. It is battery operated, which is nice for travel. The pegs come with a storage case that connects to either side of the Lite-Brite for righty or lefty. The light can stay on, blink, or light up randomly like Christmas lights. I'm glad I bought it, such an improvement on the old one I had as a kid." —Monica Chiarappi (Morann)

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    8. A Wiwiurka wood climber triangular rope ladder available in indoor (hung from the ceiling) or outdoor (hung from a tree branch) options that's capable of holding up to 175 pounds' worth of children (or possibly one immature adult).

    Split image of children playing in triangle rope ladder outdoors and indoors

    Note: mounting hardware not included.

    Wiwiurka is a Mexican woman–owned business located in Tepoztlan, Mexico, that creates sustainable children's toys using water-based paints and nontoxic materials that are inspired by Pikler, Montessori, and Waldorf’s educational standards.

    Promising review: "We surprised our girls, 5, 3, and 2 years old, with this climber! Their reactions were so fun! They literally climb on it all day long!! Great quality, and simple to install! We went ahead and ordered the outdoor version, too!" —Monica Z.

    Get it from Wiwiurka for $180 (available in five colors). 

    9. A massive 28-inch Hot Wheels "Massive Loop Mayhem" track set because the real fun comes when racing multiple cars at once and avoiding near collisions. Comes with one car, so if giving as a gift maybe pop for a few more!

    Hot Wheels

    Promising review: "Purchased this for my grandson. He loves it; his older sisters and cousins even play with it. Well constructed, it holds up well to a lot of use. Not the typical toy a kid gets bored with after a few hours." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    10. A set of VTech KidiGo walkie-talkies with preset animated messages and four games preloaded. Safe and secure for up to 500-feet of kid talk. That's a 10-4 little buddy! Over and out!

    Child model speaking into walkie talkie

    Includes six AAA batteries. 

    Promising review: "Five-year-old twins love it. Perfect for anyone who wants to make sure the kids aren’t hooked up with the Internet. Can play games against each other and send cute video messages." —Mozes

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    11. An indoor/outdoor The Floor Is Lava game where kids spin the color wheel and then jump to the right foam pieces to reach safety. Yup, somehow they put the make-believe game we all played growing up into a box!, Amazon

    Ages 5+ (and check out some toys and gifts for 6-year-olds if you're looking for something slightly older).

    Promising review: "I purchased this game for my granddaughter's fifth birthday. Right after she opened it, we had to play it. No kidding, we literally played for hours. She just loved the game. It was really fun. The rules are simple and easy to follow. Even the adults had fun playing it. The one aspect of the game that my daughter really liked was the fact that you were standing and moving around, not just sitting. This game would be great for all ages. I could see older children liking it as well." —Book Worm

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    12. A handmade, wooden matryoshka solar system learning game for future planetary scientists to get a grip on what's out there in the cosmos. A great gift that's meant to last and can be passed down to future generations, too!

    Edutainment / Etsy

    Includes eight planets, sun, moon, astronaut, and rocket ship. Each model is handmade; therefore, each model will differ slightly in appearance.

    Edutainment is an Etsy store located in Kiev, Ukraine, that creates custom busy boards, wood name puzzles, and Montessori toys.

    Promising review: "An excellent, speedy, hassle-free purchase — delighted with the item, which was exactly as described — very highly recommended." —Brenda Hedley

    Get it from Edutainment on Etsy for $78.75 (originally $105).

    13. A "Role Play Fingerprint Kit" so junior gumshoes can learn "how to detect and collect fingerprints" and finally solve the mystery of who ate the last cookie from the jar. J'accuse, papa!


    Costume set also includes spy glasses, a hat, jacket, and magnifying glass.

    Promising review: "My daughter asked for a 'spy kit' for her birthday and this was the best option I could find. The detective uniform was a bit big for her size but she loves wearing it anyway. The spy glasses are cool and allow her to see what's behind her. And she's already used the fingerprint kit to see if her brother was in her room without her permission! She loves it and it made her birthday wish come true. There is a lot of value included in the box and provided hours of fun." —JMS427

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    14. An easy-to-use Melissa & Doug wooden multi-craft weaving loom to encourage the kids to make art that's "wearable, usable, and displayable." It's a gift that says, "Get lost, screen time, I'm making something!"

    Child model playing with loom and colorful yarn

    Includes adjustable wooden loom, oversize wooden needle, craft materials, illustrated design booklet, and 91 yards of rainbow yarn! 

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my granddaughter hoping she would be able to develop a hobby. It was fairly easy to put together and we got started right away. Two days later, she had finished a work of art so beautiful that her aunt offered her $50 for it. It’s pretty small but it graces my daughter's wall with its cool textures and colors. I just went online to purchase one for myself! This wall hanging is the envy of our whole family now and everyone has placed an order with our budding new artist. Love it! You should buy it, and some special yarn. You won’t be disappointed." —Linny B

    Get it from Amazon for $20.42

    15. An Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. talking telescope (in multiple languages, no less) with built-in photos from NASA and 120 facts and quiz questions (respectively) to open up whole new worlds to curious little minds.

    Promising review: "My kids (ages 3.5 and 5.5) love this telescope! They kept saying it’s so cool as they looked through all the different images of space, planets, and stars. They are at an age where they are starting to get really curious about the solar system so they ask a ton of questions. We love how this talking telescope teaches them five facts about each image. The telescope is the perfect size for preschoolers and it is the perfect way to introduce them to space. I love how after they have learned everything, there is a quiz mode (with five questions for each image!) that they can do. Also, it is pretty cool that the audio can be switched to four different languages and the guide is also multilingual. The telescope is high quality and durable and I know my kids will be using this for a while. It is also teaching them to take turns and share since they have to wait their turn. Highly recommend for your toddlers and preschoolers as they start to learn about the solar system." —JC Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in English + Spanish/French/German or English + Mandarin/Japanese/Korean).

    16. A FurReal GoGo "My Dancin' Pup" that walks, makes puppy noises, plays music, and most importantly (as its name indicates) dances. The perfect prezzie for pint-sized persons pining for a real puppy.


    This one is going to be a big hit this holiday season, we're warning you now!

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99.

    17. A rechargeable (for up to 10 hours of play), roll-up (for easy portability) electronic drum set for beginners ready to rock steady with some block rockin' beats (or any other kind of beats for that matter). The best part of this gift, other than it not being an actual drum kit, is the included headphones for quiet playtime!

    Electronic drum set with brightly colored circles and headphones as well as a pair of drumsticks

    Promising review: "Son is in love, I am in love because it is rechargeable (no constant replacement of batteries), takes up minimal space (literally just able to roll it up and store), and my personal favorite...headphone jack. We had drum sets in the past, the noise got annoying quickly. With this drum set, my son can plug in his headphones and listen to what he is playing without the whole house being forced to listen to it. Recommend!" —Coastal Maine

    Get it from Amazon for $81.99+ (available in two colors). 

    18. A 6-pound combo pack of nontoxic National Geographic kinetic play sand that stays "wet" for all sorts of (easy-to-clean) building and shaping fun. Comes with six molds including castles and pyramids.


    Promising review: "I had no idea what this stuff was before we got it. It acts like wet sand at the beach, in that you can clump it together and make sandcastles. But it's not wet at all. The little molds that come with it are fun, but you can use so many other things to make shapes, and it holds together pretty well. Unavoidably, the sand gets everywhere with little kids playing with it. But it sticks to itself well enough that you can gather it up well enough to put it back into a container. As long as the floor is not too dirty. Otherwise, it sweeps up really well, better than dirt or regular sand." —Geoffrey L. Forest

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in seven color options).

    19. A Masters of the Universe Origins action figure with a retro look but updated design for passing on "the power of Grayskull" to the next generation of sci-fi/fantasy fans.


    I'm going to admit that I wasn't way into Masters of the Universe as a kid (He-Man and She-Ra had a lot of competition back then). But with multiple new animated series popping up all over Netflix (some for kids, some for adults, some for both) I've got a newfound appreciation for these over-the-top, brightly colored heroes and villains. This new line of figures takes the classic look but completely updates the quality of the toy itself. And as a parent, how can you not appreciate all those pun-based character names like Man-E-Faces, Stinkor, and Evil-Lyn? And then there's Fisto. We'll just leave that one alone, shall we?

    Get them from Amazon for $12.42+ (per figure).

    20. A magic bean garden kit that makes it super easy for kids to earn their green thumb — either from painting the pot or planting the seeds that reveal a "secret" message. Give the gift of horticulture!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m usually a bit skeptical about anything with 'magic' in the title, but I felt this product delivered on what it said it would do. You can see the words printed on the beans when they arrive (they don’t magically appear), but after you plant them, they shed their outer brown shell and bright green beans appear with the words on them. My daughter enjoyed decorating the pot and planting the seeds, and now she is eager to water it a few times a week and see how it is growing. This is a great activity, and a wonderful way to get kids off their electronics and learn about plant growth in an artistic and whimsical way." —Mama12

    Get it from Amazon for $11.72.

    21. A digitally printed, organic cotton canvas world map featuring some of your little one's favorite regionally appropriate animal friends. And yes, you can indeed give the gift of knowledge!

    Colorful world map hung on wall
    Ace Print Co / Etsy

    Ace Print Co is an Etsy shop that specializes in canvas prints and wall art. 

    Promising review: "Beautifully framed canvas print!!! Incredibly meticulous wrapping and very fast shipping, considering it came all the way from Ukraine. Looks absolutely fabulous in the space. Just what I had hoped for! :)" —Susan Nicholson 

    Get it from Ace Print Co on Etsy for $43.20+ (available in 10 sizes and four different panel options). 

    22. A Play-Doh Kitchen Creations "Rising Cake Oven Bakery" play set that even Paul Hollywood might approve of (might) for aspiring young bakers. Plus you can give a firm handshake for a job well done as a bonus gift! 

    Child model playing with Play-Doh bakery set

    Includes five Play-Doh colors. 

    Promising review: "This is a great Play-Doh set. Super adorable, LOVE how you can fill the pan with 'cake batter,' then lock it into the stove and use the lever to make the cake 'rise.' The kids are thrilled with it. Couple of things to note: Make sure the cake pan is locked into the oven by sliding its lower edge under the notches. After pulling the lever, you need to put it back into its original position BEFORE trying to open the oven door. Don't force it or it could break. Also note that the set will need additional Play-Doh if you want to make any color of cake other than pink. It comes with enough pink Play-Doh to make a cake but not enough of any other colors to make a cake. That wasn't a problem for us, we have PLENTY of Play-Doh..." —elise

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A Grouch Couch game for teaching children the importance of never losing the remote control! But seriously, they're going to love this seat (get it, loveseat!).

    Two child models playing with red plastic couch game

    Ages 5+ (Looking for something that skews a little young? Check out our guide to toys and gifts for 4-year-olds). 

    Here's how to play: Roll the dice and then feed the couch the number of treats that come up. Press the remote and the couch will either grumble and ignore the treats or eat up what you've left. If the couch is "happy" then it will spit out rewards like coins, lost socks, remotes, and even a cat.

    Promising review: "My three- and six-year-old love playing this together! It’s cute and they think it’s hilarious. It’s a good game to help my three-year-old learn to count and follow the rules of a game while keeping him engaged." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.68.

    24. A passcode-protected, electronic piggy bank (sans the swine) that eats cash like an ATM (and coins too) and is a great way to teach kids about saving. When giving as a gift, don't forget to include a couple of bucks.

    Toy piggy bank safe in gold, silver, and pink options

    Note: Three AA batteries not included

    Promising review: "OK, the kids love this. They like hiding and securing all their precious lil' dolls. But, this thing is LOUD. And there is no volume control. And if you have been a parent for any length of time you know kids like to push loud buttons over and over and over and over and over...A piece of useful knowledge to impart, WHEN your child locks themselves out of the safe because they figured out how to change the code and immediately FORGET the new code and they push those random LOUD buttons over and over AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER...OMG...just keep pushing random'll eventually reset itself to 000. You're welcome." —MightyMommy024

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five colors). 

    25. An indoor/outdoor galaxy dome tent playhouse made of durable and breathable materials so little tykes (and little Tycho Brahes) can camp out under the shining stars in the sky or the glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to the ceiling.,

    Promising review: "Bought this tent for a recent camping trip. I wanted the kids to have their own space to play and store their toys. This was the perfect idea. Not only did this tent get the oohs and aahs once it was taken out of the package but our kiddos went HAM over the space-themed design and print. It also gave them a place of their own to pretend in, stay shaded, and created a space where they willingly laid back and napped in. It was very easy to assemble and take it down. It held up well on the three-day trip with little ones zipping opening and closing and running in and out at least a million and one times. Once it was time to clean up camp the little ones imitated us adults taking care to take their tent down, shake it out, and fold to put away." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    26. An outdoor explorer bug catcher kit for taking the creepy out of creepy crawlies while teaching entry-level entomology. But we all know the toy insects will be used for practical jokes. This gift has it all!

    Reviewer's photo of complete bug catcher kit

    Includes binoculars, compass, butterfly net, magnifying glass, backyard exploration critter case, whistle, tweezers, bug containers, hat, and backpack.

    Promising review: "The binoculars are great quality, as well as the awesome flashlight that doesn’t require batteries. It has every item you would need for your little explorer. Cute camo hat that fits great. An awesome bag to hold all the items. The magnifying glasses are of great quality. Love that it includes fake bugs to play with. My son loves the small bug container and the larger netted one. He also loves the bug net and little gripper tool that can hold bugs in it. This could have easily been priced way higher, so it’s a great find for the price!" —Beth 

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99

    27. A Learning Resources Botley The Coding Robot 2.0 activity set because it's never too early to get the kids into coding. Botley can be programmed to follow a sequence of up to 150 steps including following plotted courses and avoiding obstacles. The best part, it's all screen free!


    Promising review: "I purchased this toy for my daughter who just turned 5. She absolutely loves playing with Botley and the coding is very straightforward and easy for her to understand. She loves that she is able to program different codes to turn Botley into a frog, train, ghost, and more. I love that she is able to learn how to program things in a sequence and use if/then logic when playing. This is a great toy for children who love to learn about technology, and I love that it's a screen-free activity that encourages children to use their thinking cap and imagination during playtime!" —Southern Made Simple

    Get it from Amazon for $73.91.

    28. A Buddha Board for painting rich, inky, water-based images onto a "canvas" that will slowly fade as the water evaporates. We don't know art but we know it's not messy.


    Promising review: "Amazing item! All children should learn the skill of letting go from an early age. The lesson is valuable and extremely profound! The earlier one learns the better! Thank you for creating such a deep tool to continuously practice the art... So grateful!" —Answers

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95.

    29. A subscription to Little Spoon "Plates" balanced and preservative-free toddler meals (with plenty of hidden veggies) starting at under $5 a plate delivered directly to their door. What better gift is there than a well-fed child you didn't have to actually cook for? 

    Split image of Little Spoon Meals and child model pulling faces with a stack of plates above his head
    Little Spoon

    Plates will launch with over 15 different recipes — from chicken pot stickers with quinoa veggie stir fry and edamame to broccoli bites with sweet potato carrot poppers and green beans. Yum! 

    Promising review: "We appreciate that the dishes are easy to warm up, the size and portion is right for the age group, and the plates can be recycled or reused. In terms of nutrition, I was very impressed with the ingredients, the lack of preservatives, and the mix of food in each plate. We loved the plates!" —Jenee 

    Get a subscription from Little Spoon: $120 (for 24 meals/delivery = $4.99/meal) to $52 (for 8 meals/delivery = $6.49/meal). Digital and physical gift cards are available in amounts from $50–$500. 

    30. A super-affordable LCD writing tablet doodle board that cuts down on paper waste and gives the kiddos their own tech to play with (re: destroy). Just make sure they write a nice thank-you note on it!

    Split image of reviewer's hand hold tablet powered off and powered on with writing

    Promising review: "I think this is the best thing I've bought for my kids all year! This tablet is absolutely perfect! I bought it for my 5-year-old son who has autism and hates drawing and coloring...anything requiring the use of paper is a no-go for him. This tablet is so light, the pen is attached, the writing is full of color, and one push of a button and it erases the whole screen! This will be perfect to send with him to school or for car rides. I also love that the lines are smaller and lighter with a light touch, and get bigger and more vibrant when he draws harder! I will probably be buying a few more of these for other kids for Christmas!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors). 

    31. A two-pack of soft and breathable Pact "Dream Big" pajamas made with pre-washed, shrink-resistant, 100% organic cotton worth every penny. As any parent knows, PJs are rarely just for sleeping in! 

    Split image of two sets of purple and floral pajamas and two child models jumping and playing in their pjs

    A question parents often face when it comes to buying clothing their constantly growing little creatures is whether to invest in quantity or quality. Quantity often wins because you can buy more for less, let the laundry pile up a bit (risky, very risky), and not give a second thought to the investment. But kiddos tend to spend a lot of time in their PJs, especially compared to their number of outfit changes throughout the day due to their peak human levels of messiness.  

    I've tried and tested a LOT of pajamas between my two children these past three years but this super-soft two-pack from Pact really sets the standard. Finding anything that's 100% organic cotton is not only a challenge but it's going to come at an added cost. However, from post-bathtime hijinks to sleeping soundly through the night to early morning hang time, they've been totally worth it (especially when they stop growing out of things so quickly). 

    Best of all, Pact has stuff for adults, too, including boxer briefs, bedding, and a wide array of basics.

    Get them from Pact for $50 (available in sizes 18M–10 and five color sets). 

    32. A Fat Brain two-in-one musical "Jump 'n Toss" game for kids to develop some hand-to-eye and, well, foot-to-eye skills as well. A gift that is indeed fun for the whole family!

    A split image of child model jumping over game and playing ring toss

    Includes three AAA batteries. 

    Promising review: "Given to our 4-year-old during her birthday party. Our 8-year-old grandson put it together with a little help from Grandpa. The 4-year-olds to 8-year-olds all had fun running and jumping. I even got asked to play the tossing rings! Fun was had by one and all." —Joann

    Get it from Amazon for $25.96.

    33. A Melissa & Doug wooden pirate chest pretend play set so would-be buccaneers can actually hide some of their most prized (albeit tiny) possessions in a hidden compartment! Yo, ho, ho! Avast! And other assorted pirate lingo!

    Child model holding pirate flag with toy chest and coins

    Includes a hinged wooden treasure chest with a secret compartment, eye patch, bandana, gold coins, and loot bag.

    Promising review: "Well, my son wants to be a pirate really bad and he requested that he get his own treasure box. There is a hidden compartment in the chest, so if you hide your jewels and someone opens the box, the box looks empty. The skull rotates to lock and unlock the box, which his little hands can do very easily all by himself. The eye patch is super tight and pretty much got thrown to the wayside immediately, but it was OK because it just came as an added bonus in his eyes anyway. He likes the skull flag but hasn't found a creative use for it yet, and he really enjoys the coins. He and his older sister will hide the coins throughout the house, then look for them and put them back in the treasure chest. It's been ongoing. I never realized a treasure chest would be such a hot item, but it is in our house." —Brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    34. A set of handmade, matte-finish vinyl dinosaur wall decals to Jurassic up any boring wall in a dino-loving child's room. Also, they're easy to remove and won't take the paint off with them.

    Three green dinosaur wall decals with trees in various shades of blue
    Strideza / Etsy

    Note: You can select the specific colors you want for the trees and dinos in the note section. Decals are not reusable. 

    Strideza is an Etsy shop located in Panaca, NV, that specializes in colorful wall decals. 

    Promising review: "I am so happy with how this turned out! Instructions were easy to follow, it was a tedious process but all in all a very simple one. My son loves it! I chose navy for the tall trees, medium gray for the midsize trees, light gray for the small tree, and olive for the dinosaurs." —Heather

    Get it from Strideza on Etsy for $75+ (available in eight sizes). 

    35. A "Speak & Spell" electronic game that can only be described as a "retro-tablet from the '80s" for teaching kids how to spell. The best part is the old-school speech synthesizer that's been used in quite a few song samples (looking at you, Beck!).

    Red Speak & Spell toy with black screen

    Includes three AA batteries

    Promising review: "I bought this item for my daughter who has played with my 1980s Speak & Spell so much that it has begun to malfunction. My Speak & Spell is still one of the most memorable toys from my childhood. I played and played with that thing. It is what ultimately taught me how to spell the word 'language' 'lang-u-age' and taught me to challenge my mind with brain games. Now I pick up my daughter's for a round or two just to reminisce. We love it." —Holly McKellop

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Too basic? Maybe you can find something a little more advanced in our guide to toy and gifts for 7-year-olds. 

    36. A straight-out-of-an-'80s-sci-fi-movie Team Magnus "Incog" water blaster capable of holding 40 ounces of H2O and spraying up to 32 feet. Talk about a surprise!  

    Model spraying a black waster blaster with blue accent
    Model filling purple and gray water blaster

    Promising review: "This is a great water toy (gun? It doesn’t look like a gun!). But it is amazing and beats all of the water toys that I’ve purchased! I’m a die hard Super Soaker fan, and nothing on the market even comes close to what we used to get in the '90s EXCEPT this thing!!! I’m so excited for camping and our first water fight; the kids are GOING DOWN! The capacity is decent and the water pressure is amazing." —Jessica D. 

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

    37. Mega Construx Hot Wheels "Rockin’ Racers" set for some fast (but never too furious or expensive) fun so little speed demons can build their hot rods and then race them!   

    Child model assembling blue toy car
    Split image of red and green toy car sets

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in green and silver).  

    38. A Yogibo Star Wars Chewbacca reading pillow and backrest that'll make any little Padawan scream like a Wookiee when they open up this prezzie. Makes for a great Life Day gift, too!

    Yogibo, Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this for my son to encourage reading and being comfortable. He absolutely loves it!" —Deanna N.  

    Get it from Amazon or Yogibo for $119. 

    39. A cold-weather-treated inflatable winter snow tube for kids (and adults, too) to go sledding whenever the fresh powder falls. Inflates in seconds (with your own electric air pump) and includes a patch kit!

    Polar bear, unicorn, and flamingo inflatable snow tubes

    Promising review: "WE LOVED IT!!! It added that extra excitement with playing in the snow. I think it also helped the younger kids want to give sliding down a hill a try. It could be a little scary at first for toddlers, but ours couldn't get enough. It held up in the weather, we had no problems there. It inflated and deflated fast. And we were able to fit two adults on at a time. We didn't do it often, but we did do it and had no problems. I'd gladly order more products from this company. I can't wait to try out summer floats." —Eshe 

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in five different animal styles).

    40. A battery-powered, ride-on Rollplay Powersport 12V ATV quad that'll reach speeds of 3 mph (slow down, where's the fire?) and last up to two hours on one full charge. The kid's face will light up just like the headlights do when they open up this prezzie!

    Reviewer's photo of Powersport 12v ATV

    Promising review: "The battery life is incredible and these little things go through grass and over rough terrain. My grandsons spent all day riding in the yard, through our woods, and they rarely got stuck. The charge lasted all day long. These are great!" —Cindy

    Get it from Amazon for $226.80.

    41. A Tobi 2 Interactive karaoke machine for all the sing-alongs and cover versions of the Frozen soundtrack that the family can handle. Best of all, there's a built-in applause feature.

    Split image of two child models singing karaoke and the karaoke toy with micro[hone

    Note: Requires four AA batteries, not included. 

    Another sure to be hot-ticket item for this upcoming holiday season! Kids (and adults) can sing along with eight built-in songs and beats or go straight-up karaoke and dance to a light show by connecting an external music device via Bluetooth. The built-in speaker allows users to reduce the volume of the vocals to let their own voice be heard. There's also a "pitch correction" feature to keep you and your singing in tune. Best of all, you can save up to nine recordings, because how else are kids going to land a record deal?  

    Get it from Target or Walmart for $49. 

    42. A remote-control Freestyle Force Grave Digger so every day can now be "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" at the Monster Jam. It's the gift that brings a monster truck rally into your home, without any of the mud or noise (so that's a win).

    Child model playing with remote control Grave Digger truck

    Note: Controller requires two AAA batteries, which are not included.

    This is "the only remote-control vehicle that allows you to drive while doing both nose and tail wheelies" along with 12 other stunts and tricks. Beginner and advanced settings allow little hands to grow with their skills like busting out wheelies, 360-spins, and jumps!  

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    43. An animatronic (and amazingly cute) Star Wars Galactic Snackin’ Grogu with over 40 sound and movement combinations including one where the littlest Jedi wants to be picked up. The Force is strong with this prezzie!


    Note: This item will be released on December 1, 2021.

    See Grogu's head, ears, and arms move and eyes open and close while interacting (and mostly trying to eat) a bowl with tentacles, a colorful cookie, a shifter knob, and a spoon, or make it move as if it's channeling the Force itself. Reenact all the best scenes in The Mandalorian (except the one where Grogu eats the frog people eggs).

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (preorder).

    You, just trying to contain your excitement before the kiddo opens that gift...

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