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24 Gifts Basically Every Kid Will Be Hoping For This Holiday Season

From poppable puzzles and marble runs to drum machines and karaoke microphones, we've got the kid in your life covered when it comes to prezzies.

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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. 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
Amazon

For ages 3+

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 $12.59.

2. 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!

Amazon

For ages 5+

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.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 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 (also available in bunny and mouse).

3. 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!

Amazon

For ages 4+

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).

Promising review: "If you want it as a collector's item, make sure you cut it open carefully. Can puncture the cardboard packaging of the item. But he's the best Grogu I've seen. So cute!" —Critic

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

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

4. A handmade (from American maple wood) kids wobble/balance board that allows kids to develop their motor skills and imaginations at the same time. It's a bridge, it's a slide, it's a surfboard, it's whatever they want it to be!

Split image of children standing in a a red/green and multiple shades of brown board
Bunny Hopkins Toys / Etsy

For ages 3+ (start size available for toddlers).

Bunny Hopkins Toys is an award-winning, family-owned and operated startup business (on Etsy) based in Atlanta with a focus on stimulating creativity through open-ended wooden toys for kids. 

Promising review: "I got this for my 4-year-old's birthday. I ordered it just a little on the late side and BunnyHopkinsToys got it here right on time. My 4-year-old loves it. It is a chair, a slide, a surfboard, a bed, and whatever else she wants. Plus my 6- and 8-year-olds have been using it too. It is such a simple, versatile, well-made toy. Glad I bought this." —Leslie Carver

Shipping info: Free shipping within the 48 US contiguous states only. Arrives in 5–13 days. Email for additional shipping options. 

Get it from Bunny Hopkins Toys on Etsy for $60+ (available in six finishes) 

5. A rechargeable kids' karaoke microphone with four voice effects (high pitch, low pitch, chipmunk, and echo) for young crooners to sing along with their favorite songs (via Bluetooth connecting with a music app) or to 30 included Motown hits (like “Superstition”!)

Reviewer's image of hand holding toy microphone
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For ages 4+

Promising review: "Hard to express how much my 7-year-old son loves this thing...He loves that it changes his voice to four different sounds, from deep and spooky to hyper chipmunk. He likes the fun echo feature, and listening to him has been hilarious. He is also learning the words to the songs and enjoying singing along. I like that the sound quality of the speakers is good so the songs are not annoying. It's like listening to the radio. One small negative is that the volume controls will never make this toy actually quiet. You can adjust things up or down, but this toy is always noisy. Not a surprise, but I find myself sending him to sing in his room after a while. Still, it's worth it." —Michelle from the UP

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

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four colors). 

6. A Popdarts suction cup throwing game to encourage players young and old to put down the screens and engage with some good old-fashioned family fun (and competition). There's no more satisfying sound than hearing one of these darts stick to a surface!

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For ages 8+

Popdarts is a small business owned and operated by two brothers who created this game to "bring friends and family of all ages together, fuel creativity, and challenge their abilities."

Quite simply, this game is a lot of rainy day fun and allows the kids to actually throw things around in the house! Comes with a convenient storage bag for when you're not playing, and you best believe I stuck one of the suction cups on my forehead to get a giggle out of my son (worked too).

Promising review: "I recently came across a video of Popdarts on social media and immediately had to get myself a set. I noticed there are multiple game sets like this on Amazon, but it’s VERY clear these are the REAL Popdarts and any other ones are fake copycats. Throwing them takes some getting used to, just like any throwing game would, so don’t get discouraged if they don’t stick the first several times! I even found that they have tutorial videos on how to throw. The quality is amazing, and they stick VERY well. I was even able to pick up a barstool with one stuck to it! 10/10 I will be buying more as they come out with expansion packs and other colors, and I will be telling all my friends about this game!" —Hannah Marie

Shipping info: In stock soon with free delivery taking 10+ days and fastest delivery taking 6–10 days. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

7. A water-proof, easy-to-clean, 27-piece jigsaw puzzle popper fidget game for solo or team play. Pop those bubbles and arrange that Tetris-like puzzle all while relieving some stress and employing some serious STEM skills!

Reviewer's photo of children playing with colorful puzzle popper game pieces
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For ages 3+

Promising review: "I’ve seen those bubble-popper toys everywhere but hesitated to get them because they seemed like the kind of thing your kid might play with for five minutes and then forget about. But this 'Tetris'-style puzzle I was drawn to right away — the nostalgia of the classic game morphed into a sensory experience sounded awesome to me. And it is! I love this thing. It’s so satisfying to put together and pop the little bubbles. My six- and three-year-old and I played with it for like a solid hour right away!" —Emily 

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

Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in three colors). 

8. A Taco vs. Burrito card game (actually created by a 7-year-old) to turn game night into a food fight by adding "disgusting but adorable ingredients" (via cards assigned point values) to your favorite Mexican meals.

Amazon

For ages 7+

Note: No actual tacos or burritos will be harmed in this game.

Here's how you play: deal each player five cards, add ingredients, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. But watch out for actions cards like "Tummy Ache," "Food Fight," or the dreaded "Health Inspector" that'll force you to throw all your food in the trash.

Promising review: "This game may have been the concept of a 7-year-old, but his 'development and design team' are obviously game-loving evil geniuses with a maniacal sense of humor. I picked this game for my honorary nephews and upon receipt, I was obligated to participate in the first game. As the 'adult' (eh-hem), I have to confess, I was just as entertained as they were. The action cards and the food cards are hilarious, and it’s kinda hard not to giggle as you draw the next card — poker faces are right out the window. Giggling aside, this game is a fabulous demonstration of entry-level adaptive strategy playing, and even the littlest one picked up on it and 'got it' after a couple of rounds. The materials are sturdy, well packaged, and printed. There's room for more cards in the original box so everyone is anxiously awaiting the second expansion pack!" —Jaime the Brat

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 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.

9. A glow-in-the-dark Crayola light-up tracing pad with 100+ traceable images so aspiring artists (and inkers) can hone their artistic skills via the medium of colored pencil.

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Note: three AA batteries required.

For ages 6+

Promising review: "This is an awesome purchase. With all of the digital toys nowadays, I find it difficult for my kids to be interested in toys that don't talk back or don't put them into a trance. This was a hit with our 7-year-old. it comes with some images already traced but you can also start drawing and perfecting your own drawings if you'd like and trace over those as well. You can even trace and color the same thing with different scenarios and colors." —Javy's Honest Opinion

Shipping info: Usually ships within 4 days. See Amazon's full shipping information here.

Get it from Amazon for $24.75+ (available in five colors).

10. 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
Amazon

For ages 6+

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

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

Get it from Amazon for $87.99+ (available in two colors). 

11. A ThinkFun Gravity Maze falling marble logic game because kids love marbles and adults love when marbles are contained and aren't spilling out all over the floor.

Model's hand dropping marble into maze game
Amazon

For ages 8+

Promising review: "The concept is simple. Pick a card based on difficulty. Set up the board using the diagram on the card. Each block has black dots on the ends to dictate direction. Once set up it is up to the player to figure out how to get the marble from the start to the red finish block. The card has a solution on the back. This is by no means the only solution. The card also shows on the front the color and orientation of the blocks they use for the solution on the back. For Christmas, we spent at least two hours taking turns. The younger kids (6–10) picked the beginners' cards. Teens and adults picked the higher-difficulty cards. One word of caution is to be careful placing the blocks as the board is plastic and the block holders can become deformed or break. Overall a great quick game to add to the collection." —Joe G. 

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

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

12. A kids' origami kit that inlcudes 54 different paper projects (and luckily 55 pieces of paper) for nimble little fingers to learn the fine art of paper folding. Just be prepared for the migration of cranes that will soon be landing all over your home.

Amazon

For ages 5+

Promising review: "I gave this to my 7-year-old nephew for his birthday. He wanted to open shortly after and we worked together on the spaceship. Turned out great! (even though we had to go back and refold a couple of times 😉) Durable paper plus it was pretty easy to follow once you got the hang of it. It's nice that because of the printed paper it feels like you've got something before you even start, which is encouraging. The end product is really cute!" —Jodie Jurgens

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

Get it from Amazon for $12.27.

13. An indoor/outdoor hanging seat hammock to give kids a peaceful place to escape to while enjoying the soothing swinging sensations from their own little above-ground nook.

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For ages 5+

Promising review: "We are so happy with our pod swing! We will be purchasing two more for our other children because they all fight over it. The fabric is so cute and durable. Our 7-year-old...received this for Christmas and it is his favorite gift. He is able to climb into his swing when he doesn't feel like having contact or is overstimulated. It has held up well with everyday use." —Reilley

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

Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in five colors).

14. A durable metal Big Dig sandbox digger crane with 360-degree rotation for serious backyard, beach, or playground excavation projects. No permit needed! Just a great prezzie the kiddies will, um, totally dig! 

Split image of child models playing with yellow digger in sand and a closeup
Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising review: "I don't write reviews often but we have had this for two days and my boys (3 and 5) woke up at 6:30 a.m., ate breakfast, and got dressed and hustled outside on a gloomy rainy mid-February morning in Seattle to play with this. They normally fight over whose turn it is, but instead they have been taking turns and playing like civil humans for an hour already. Best toy ever, bought a second one already so they don't have to share because there's only so long siblings can go before someone throws down." —Rk

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

Get it from Amazon for $53.19.

15. A three-chord Loog Mini acoustic guitar so you can start teaching your little punk kid the entire Ramones catalog. Comes with flashcards of chord diagrams and full access to the Loog Guitar app. Hey! Ho! Let's go!

Split image of child model holding a red, three-string guitar and playing a black guitar with note codes scattered about
Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising review: "My daughter and I learning how to play the guitar together. Even if we don't become rock stars the quality time we are spending together is all the justification I needed to make the purchase. The strings are perfect for her little fingers." —JSpriggins

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 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 (available in six colors).

16. A "magic" light up floating nebula orb drone for taking games of "Keepy-Uppy" to the next level thanks to the ball's ability to move at different angles and speeds, just like a UFO!

Glowing ball toy hovering above hand
Amazon

For ages 3+ 

Promising review: "My son bought this with his birthday money. Other times we've bought drone-type toys they've broken in the first several days, but the sphere has been very good at protecting the inner mechanical parts. Also, even though this was my son's present, my husband really enjoyed trying to do tricks with it, too. It takes a little practice to not have it fly across the room, but once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun! Battery life could be a little better, but that's minor. I'm just happy that it's been pretty durable!" —Kwannon 

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

Get it from Amazon for $43.99 (available in five colors). 

17. A wooden slingshot with 10 felt poms for ammo that'll ensure even with the best of aim, no one will get hurt and nothing will be damaged!

Six slingshots with multi-colored handles and pom balls
Little Lark / Etsy

For ages 3+ 

Little Lark is a woman-owned Etsy shop and business established in 2006 and located in Portland, OR that specializes in hand-printed apparel, housewares, paper goods, and artisan gifts for people of all ages.

Promising review: "The quality of the slingshot was really good! It fit its description perfectly and my expectations were exceeded! My little brother loves it, I totally recommend it!" —Semani Poonolly

Shipping info: Little Lark uses USPS, UPS, and FedEx, but mostly standard USPS. Orders will take 6–13 days to arrive. Orders placed after 10 a.m. (PST) will be processed the following day. Online orders are shipped on normal business days, Monday through Friday.

Get it from Little Lark on Etsy for $25 (available in 27 different handle colors and 36 felt ball colors).  

18. A two-sided Learning Resources "Big Feelings Pineapple" so kids can learn  emotions (as well as their opposites) and express their big feelings (and little ones too). Adult bonus to this gift? You can store all the parts inside the pineapple! 

Child model playing with yellow pineapple toy with different faces
An illustrated chart of the different faces and feelings of a pineapple
Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising review: "We love this pineapple! It’s been a great help for us when we talk about emotions as a family. I really like the feelings poster (would love if it was a bit larger!) and I love that the pineapple has two sides. Learning Resources products are impressive! I also appreciate the online resources they have (free printables) that can be used with the pineapple. Highly recommend!" —Katie Shuknecht

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

Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

19. A Kids Against Maturity card game with 600 question and answer cards filled with "age-appropriate toilet humor and funny innuendos" the whole family can enjoy. The player who gives the funniest answer to the fill-in-the-blank questions is the winner. But, really, there are no losers here either.

Amazon

For ages 10+

Promising review: "If you have any sort of humor in your blood, this is the family game for you. We ordered this game before we left for spring break so we could play when we needed a break from the beach/pool. It did not disappoint in the least. My kids, along with my nieces and nephews (ranging from 6–16) were laughing uncontrollably the entire time. The phrase possibilities are as creative and funny as you can make them. I think my 8-year-old had the best time. He literally said the next morning after our first night of playing that his stomach was sore. If you’re one of those parents who get offended easily you should definitely get this game and learn to loosen up a bit. We need to be able to laugh especially nowadays. And if we can’t do that with our kids, then who can you do that with. Great game and will be recommending it to all of my friends." —Chris

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

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

20. 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
Amazon

For ages 6+

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

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

Get it from Amazon for $27.64

21. 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
Amazon

For ages 7+, includes three AA batteries

I absolutely loved the Speak & Spell I had as a kid. I could totally pretend to be Matthew Broderick in WarGames whenever the S&S would talk in that monotone, robot voice. No, this can't compete with a smartphone or tablet or anything else your kid has access to today. But it can take a beating and the lessons it teaches are just as helpful today (I mean, words are still spelled the same, right?).  —John Mihaly

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

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 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.

22. A 19-inch tall (!!!) Transformers Kingdom: War for Cybertron Autobot Ark action figure packed with accessories (like another robot that turns into the ship's computer) that'll take all of 26 steps to change from spaceship to giant robot. Truly, more than meets the eye!

Split image of Transformer in robot form and ship form
Amazon

The box says 15+ but certainly, younger hands can handle this (if it's meant to be played with like a toy instead of displayed on a shelf).

Editor's note: When I first saw this I felt like I was immediately transported to the year 1985 (perhaps via a space bridge) and all I wanted to do was show this to my six-year-old self. If this thing were around when I was a kid I would have torn the page it appeared on right out of that Sears holiday catalog and mounted it to the refrigerator like some little Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to a church door. I could just stare at the box! A truly amazing toy for old and young!

Promising review: "Saw this and I had to add it to my Transformer collection! I thought it was such a cool and intriguing idea to have the Autobot base itself become a Transformer. This guy is huge, detailed, and has very tight ratcheted joints. What’s even better is that there is another robot stored in his chest. This second robot can go from a robot to the Teletran1 console from the TV series. Very cool and innovative! The set comes with an Optimus Prime micro-figure and blast effects. I think it is worth the money I paid for it. A must-have for a classic Transformer fan." —Armored Chihuahua

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

Get it from Amazon for $188.40.

23. A tramapoline, uh trampampoline, no, OK, an 8-foot "Jump N’ Dunk" trampoline with a safety net so no one bounces out and takes a header into the backyard lawn.

Image of a blue and black trampoline on grass with child playing inside
Amazon

For ages 4+

Promising review: "I bought this trampoline as a surprise summer present for my kids. Before the kids got home it was very easy to assemble, and the size was perfect for the two of them. When they got home they were so happy and they love it! Even the little basketball hoop is cute too. (BTW the trampoline comes with the basketball and the hoop) This was a great purchase for my family." —Shayn

Shipping info: Takes up to 11 days for delivery. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $166.40+ (available in four styles). 

24. A two-pack of Pop Fidget llama sensory toys that kids will literally decompress in order to, well, decompress themselves if they're feeling stressed or anxious. Such a simple (and helpful) solution.

Reviewer's image of two colorful llama fidget toys
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For all ages! 

Promising review: "I don’t understand these. My kids begged for them so begrudgingly after some extra chores, I purchased these. Apparently, they are not ice ball makers as I suspected but rather some awkward popping toy that looks like an alpaca. Is this like the 'fortnight llama?' IDK. Anyhoo, kids love it, and that’s what matters." —AMac

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

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in multiple colors and in unicorn or elephant form). 

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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