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42 Gifts For Kids You Don't Have To Worry About Them Getting From Someone Else

But does the child in your life have a purple flossing sloth, a robot that teaches coding, or a singing poop that plays hide-and-seek?

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1. A set of Blockaroo magnetic foam building blocks sure to "click" with the young builder in your life. Plus they'll take a beating but come back looking nice and clean after bath time play or a run in the dishwasher.

Purple, red, and yellow Blockaroo toys turned into different creatures and vehicles
Amazon

Ages 18+ months

Promising review: "If you love unique toys that require no batteries, look adorable, make cool sounds, inspire the imagination, feel soft and fuzzy, and are super easy to clean...you will not be disappointed with these innovative new Blockaroos! I’ll definitely be picking up a few more sets!" —Lesley Sullivan

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

2. An Educational Insights plush vegetable garden for kids who show an interest in developing a green thumb (and parents who'd prefer them not to track any more dirt into the house).

Amazon

Ages 2+ years

Promising review: "What a cute alternative to plastic play food! My 2-year-old loves the plush veggies. She likes to plant them, pretend to water them, harvest them, and take them to her play kitchen to wash, cut, and cook them. It's so fun to see her imagination play out with something so simple as vegetables. They are well made and the eco-friendly crate is durable through all the pushing of the veggies into the soil." —N. Min

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

3. A Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Digits toy with numbers in English on one side and Spanish on the other to pop and push while developing motor and (eventually) language skills.

Child model playing with colorful wheel of Dimpl Digits
Amazon

Ages 2+ years

Promising review: "This is seriously my daughter's favorite toy! She loves it, it’s really a great sensory toy, she loves sitting for hours and popping them back and forth. It’s really nice for when she’s upset and just needs to decompress/calm down a bit. Absolutely love it!" —Amazon Addict

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

4. An Uno "Nothin’ But Paper" card game made from fully recyclable materials (for the first time ever). Now kids can get as much enjoyment from helping Mother Earth as they do from dropping a Wild Draw Four card whenever they play.

Amazon

Ages 7+ years

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

5. A "Deep Sea Adventure" wooden activity center with sea creature gliders, springy coral flaps, spinning gears, bead runs, clacking clams, and a peek-a-boo mirror for toddlers to develop some fine and some gross motor skills "unda da sea."

Split image of front and back of wooden activity center with underwater imagery
Amazon

Ages 12–24 months

Promising review: "Love it! This is a great piece for boys and girls. It's sturdy, featuring cute art and calm colors, with no rough edges. Easy assembly. Only requires four screws (included)." —JT

Get it from Amazon for $115.99.

6. A FurReal "Moodwings" baby dragon interactive pet toy with flapping wings and eyes and a tummy that changes color depending on its mood. So yes, this dragon is indeed a mood.

Purple toy dragon with wings extended and fire crystals
Amazon

Ages 4+ years

Recently got a chance to play with this little beast and I think it's going to end up being my son's favorite holiday gift this year. When the dragon's eyes change color (blue, green, red, yellow) its mood changes accordingly (sleepy, hungry, cranky, happy). It's a great way for kids to start to pick up on emotional cues (this dragon trains them!) Plus the wing-flapping is beyond cute.

Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

7. 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!

Child model playing a red, three-string guitar with note codes scattered about
Loog

Ages 3+ years

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

Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in five colors).

8. An "itsy pack" of Clixo building toys that combines origami, magnets, and building blocks for a completely new and unique way for kids to create and play.

Clixo

Ages 3+ years

When I first discovered Clixo I thought, "Wow, that's something I haven't seen before. I bet these will be different than other building toys." Not only are they different, but they're super fun and satisfying to play with (that click the magnetic parts makes just sounds and feels so good). Maybe when I'm done "testing" them out, I'll actually let my son take a shot at playing with them.

Get it from Clixo for $29.99 (available in three colors).

9. A "Silly Poopy's Hide & Seek" game (from the makers of What Do You Meme?) that actually involves hiding a fake plastic poo that talks and gives clues to its whereabouts.

John Mihaly / BuzzFeed / Via giphy.com

Ages 3+ years

You know when your brain tells you, "This might be a bad idea!" but your gut tells you "Nah, this is going to be hilarious! Maybe." Luckily, my gut was right this time. Silly Poopy is beyond silly and not poopy at all. It is indeed a poop-ton fun for the whole family thanks to its infectious song that sounds like it was taken straight from a 1970s game show. Best of all, my kid loves it and hopefully, this is the only poop he tries to hide around the house.

Get it from Walmart for $14.88.

10. A Playmobil Back To The Future Advent calendar brilliantly constructed to look like the historic clock tower with 24 different doors hiding a whole bunch of surprises (including multiple Marty and Doc figures as well as Biff and Jennifer).

Amazon

Ages 5+ years

Great Scott! Talk about a trilogy of amazing things: Playmobil toys + Back To The Future + an advent calendar. It would take a genius like Dr. Emmett Brown to come up with a combination like this! This is the definition of fun for the whole family (especially the old man!). If I had to measure, it would be about, oh, I'd say, 1.21 gigawatts of awesome!

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

11. A portable, waterproof, Bluetooth "Splash Pet" speaker named "Narmony the Narwhal" that pairs to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and brings the beats to bathtime no matter how much splish-splashing occurs.

Blue plastic narwhal speaker with big cartoon eyes
amazon.com

All ages

Promising review: "Using for toddler-proof portable music. It's super cute and does the job well. I wish it had a little more bass for personal use, but overall a great little speaker, and good sound." —Jenni

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (also available in bear, shark, or octopus options).

12. 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.

Amazon

Ages 5+

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 $34.95.

13. A Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee with four play modes as the baby grows from an infant to a toddler to a preschooler teaching the alphabet, counting, opposites, and how to follow directions while busting out 190+ sounds, songs, and phrases.

Amazon

Ages 6+ months

Promising review: "Oh my Goodness! My 20-month-old son adores Rovee! The singing, dancing, stretching, and ball play, Rovee is the best!" —Nisella
Get it from Amazon for $38.88.

14. A Moving Creations with K'nex building kit for young STEM enthusiasts who'd love nothing more than to build working rockets, catapults, and multiple science-based experiments (that won't result in any damage to the home).

Amazon

Ages 8+

Promising review: "We have been a big fan of hand2mind kits. I was so excited when I saw they released a new one. I have a 5-year-old boy. This is rated for 8 and older but was still a ton of fun. He just needed help. It created a great bonding experience as we built the different models and tested them. I also like they include different facts throughout the book. It was a great way to introduce engineering as well as pneumatic and hydraulics." —Julie Wodzien

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

15. A Grounded for Life Family party game (by the makers of What Do You Meme?) where the player who makes the funniest (or most outrageous) sentence combination wins. Think of it as a kid-friendly Apples To Apples.

What Do You Meme?

Ages 8+

Promising review: "The game is super easy to learn. Fun to play with our 9- and 10-year-old. It’s like Cards Against Humanity for kids/families." —Todd S.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

16. A stain-resistant, easy-to-clean, hypo-allergenic, anti-static 3-D play rug so your rug rats can comfortably play on any hardwood floor.

Colorful carpet that looks like a town with toy cars on streets
Amazon

All ages

Promising review: "My son loved it. It has different textures on it, the colors are nice and bold. It's colorful and the designs on it are beautiful. I will say that the car lanes don't fit two cars next to each other. The lanes are very narrow. Still so beautiful, and a great size!" —Jackie R.

Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

17. A "Learn-A-Lot Avocados" game, because one's love of guacamole's main ingredient should start at an early age. Plus this toy really helps with the old color identification and matching skills.

Child model playing with green plastic avocado
Target

18+ months

Did you know avocados are also called alligator pears and that "botanically" they are classified as a berry? Well, now you do.

Get it from Target for $14.99.

18. An Educational Insights "Circuit Explorer Rover" for exploring the world of simple circuitry through buildable space-based vehicles and playsets. if your kid shows any interest in engineering or NASA then this is a must-get toy for them.

Amazon

Ages 6+ years

I had a chance to see this playset in all of its glory earlier this year at Toy Fair and I've been anxiously awaiting its release. It reminds me so much of space-related toys I grew up with like Robotix or Starcom. But these sets are next level and teach the very basics of building a circuit and, well, making things go! Can't wait until my son is old enough to play with these!

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

19. An indoor/outdoor Wack-a-Tag game that trades the squishy mallet you'd find at a Chuck E. Cheese for more hand-to-eye coordination and some actual exercise-based fun.

Amazon

Ages 18+ months

Promising review: "Easy for my 14-month-old granddaughter to push down! She laughed hysterically when they would pop back up!! Survived the dogs carrying them around too! Great fun!" —ANNETTE MINICUCCI

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

20. A Gund "Holiday Tinsel" stuffed Yeti, because look how cute and sparkly this fluffy guy is! He needs to come in from the cold and snuggle up in a new home.

A furry white stuffed yeti doll with blue horns and buttons
Amazon

Ages 1+ years

Get it from Amazon for $35.01.

21. A personalized superhero cape to get your kids into cosplay while encouraging them to create their own characters and stories. Plus, who doesn't lool great in a cape?

Capes and More / Etsy

Select a cape and add on options like a mask, wristbands, and a belt and then personalize it by choosing the cape color, shape and shape color, and letter and letter color.

Capes and More is an Etsy shop founded in 2014 that makes original superhero capes for kids and adults.

Promising review: "We love this cape! I got this for my 15-month-old because she loves taking my dish towels and trying to put them on as capes. The cape is a little big for her yet lengthwise, but she still loves it! :) and it came so fast!" —Katelyn Maxson

Get it from Capes and More on Etsy for $16+.

22. A battery-powered, ride-on Kid Trax "Real Rigs" recycling truck with moving windshield eyes and front bumper mouth for teaching about the importance of recycling and, well, trucks. Says over 100 phrases and sound effects, which could very well qualify as trash talking.

Amazon

Ages 18+ months

Promising review: "It is easy to assemble right out of the box. It took about 20 minutes, and all you need is a screwdriver. You have to put the stickers on separately, so that also takes extra time. The interactive elements- singing/talking/moving face- are really well done! This truck was a splurge, but I think overall for all the things it does, as well as the accessories that come with it, it’s great value for money." —GC

Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

23. A set of Sesame Street Cookie Monster's Shapes Magnatiles with multiple configurations including an oven (full of cookies, of course) and a birthday cake (also made of cookies).

Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Boy, do we love us some Magnatiles around our home! The more thematic sets like these from Sesame Street (there's also an Elmo and a Big Bird) are a great introduction to the line for children under the age of three. This Cookie Monster set in particular has some larger pieces, which makes it even easier for little hands to handle and build. "M" is for Magnatile and they are indeed good enough for me (us).

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

24. 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, love seat!).

Two child models playing with red plastic couch game
Amazon

Ages 5+ years

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 3- and 6-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 $14.99.

25. An 18-piece Fisher-Price "S'more Fun" campfire play set that trades all the danger of wood-chopping, roaring-fires, and grizzly bear attacks for kid-friendly wood accents and soft fabric. Plus no marshmallow and chocolate stains!

Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Promising review: "My daughter is almost 4 and has recently gotten into building tents and forts out of pillows. We used my phone to 'make a fire' but I wanted to get her something cute she could play with instead of my phone. This fits the bill and is affordable. It’s cool that you can cut the firewood with the felt ax. The marshmallows are double-sided, one side is uncooked and the other is cooked. It’s also nice that the mat for the fire can double as a picnic pad too. The material seems very durable as well. The box that this comes in is cute and doubles for storage as well." —Christie

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

26. 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!

Amazon

Ages 5+ years

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 $78.39.

27. A 70-piece Plus Plus Triceratops construction puzzle set that can be turned into anything your child can imagine and also be combined with other sets to make even bigger creations. The best part: the pieces don't hurt when you step on them.

Amazon

Ages 5+ years

Promising review: "Easy to travel with. I put these in a ziplock in my purse and pull them out for my four-year-old at restaurants! They are the perfect entertainment!" —Buntingsnmore

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 27 different sets).

28. A Pillow Pets "R2D2 sleep-time nightlight" for casting a galaxy of stars not so far, far away but on the ceiling or wall of your little Padawan's room (or "the Child" if you feel so inclined).

Child model with R2D2 light up pillow
Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

29. A 78-piece Learning Resources "Alphabet Acorns" activity set with a small toy inside each one that helps kids with their vocab on animals, plants, and other common words. Just don't let the squirrels in the backyard see these.

Child model with multi-colored toy acorns
Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Promising review: "These acorn alphabet toys are a great way for little ones to learn their letters! They have a capital letter on the outside and a lower case on the inside. Then each acorn comes with a toy that starts with that letter. For example, the 'B' acorn has a boat on it. This way children can learn the sounds each letter makes. My daughter is 4 and loved playing with them and finding specific letters. My younger daughter is two and she could take part in the fun by identifying the different color acorn tops. Good quality and durable. Amazing idea!" —Jennifer Strong
Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

30. A five-stage, folding tricycle Doona Liki Trike S3 for 10–36-month-olds that (in normal times) is small enough to fit in a trunk or airplane overhead bin, but for these current times is a total lifesaver for entertaining a toddler around the home.

Amazon

Ages 10+ months

After some considerable research, I set my sights on the "smallest folding trike on the market." This three-wheeler will grow with your toddler, from a parent-push-operated vehicle to an independent, pedal tricycle. In that regard, it's a solid two-year investment. While the Liki is ideal for travel (in the future), thanks to the easy and compact way it folds up, it's also handy for apartment living where storage space is at a premium. The not-too-soft, not-too-hard wheels are perfectly fine on hardwood floors and carpeted hallways. Also, the cup holder and storage bag (that attaches to the adjustable parent handle) are so clutch. Super thoughtful design all around and a super happy little tike riding his trike all around the building.

Get it from Amazon for $249.99 (available in two colors).

31. An Educational Insights "Design & Drill Bolt Buddies" rocket, because there's no better way to get kids into STEM than by building a spaceship for an astronaut and his puppy pal and using the eco-friendly packaging as a play set.

Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Promising review: "My 3-year-old son had an old toy drill that recently stopped working and he asked me for a new one. This little set caught my eye, so I bought it and he loves it! I love that they put a little window on the side of the drill to show the gears inside spinning. Nice touch to show curious minds how these things work internally. Fits little hands perfectly and he’s been assembling and disassembling this rocket at least a couple of times a day since we got it! The little astronaut characters are cute and can lock into spots inside the rocket (like Lego pieces). Another nice touch is that the box that the set comes in doubles as a space backdrop to play with or display on a bookshelf or table." —CK

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

32. A light-up "LeapFrog Pick Up and Count" vacuum with bouncing balls, so you can teach your toddler to pick up after themself while making it seem like "fun."

A child model playing with a green plastic vacuum with mult-colored discs
Amazon

Ages 2+ years

Requires 4 AA batteries.

Promising review: "I bought it for my son's birthday. So far so good. He obsessed with the vacuum cleaner. This one seems to capture his attention!" —Miss t

Get it from Amazon for $27.88 (available in two colors).

33. A 24-piece Melissa & Doug pet vet play set for toddlers to develop some serious empathy skills while taking care of a plush dog and cat with a toy stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, ear scope, tweezers, clamp, cast, bandages, and of course, the cone of shame.

Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Promising review: "My 2-and-a-half-year-old has not stopped playing with this since Christmas morning, definitely a favorite gift. I love the bag for all the storage of small parts! This toy teaches curiosity, compassion, fine motor skills and so much more. I love Melissa & Doug toys and this one does not disappoint. My child is now playing doctor and caring for her animals (and dolls, and everyone else) and asking really great questions as a result. You won't be disappointed in this purchase!" —Kayla Phillips

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

34. A My Little Pony "Magical Kiss Unicorn" with a light-up horn and flapping wings that'll play music and move to the beat (dance party!!!). Comes with three surprise accessories and will even blow your kid a kiss!

White My Little Pony toy with unicorn horn, wings, and blue mane and tail
Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

35. A talking and singing LeapFrog Yum-2-3 Toaster for learning all about numbers, colors, and the most important meal of the day!

Teal and orange plastic toaster toy with a face along with a plate of toy food and utensils
Amazon

Ages 12+ months

Requires two AAA batteries.

Get it from Amazon for $27.50.

36. A Hape "My First Blocks" 80-piece set made from "child safe materials and nontoxic finishes" to help little ones recognize colors and shapes and eventually get that engineering degree.

Child model playing with colorful building blocks
Target

Ages 12+ months

I've been looking all over for just the right first set of blocks to get my son and what really appealed to me about this set was not only the bright (but not too bright colors) but the convenient carrying case (with a handle) that they came in. As parents well know, these blocks are going to end up everywhere around to house so it's nice they have their own home. And as for playability, well, he sets them up and then knocks them right down! So they do exactly what building blocks need to do!

Get it from Target for $16.99

37. A Buckle Me baby coat so little ones can keep their coats on getting in and out of the car and most importantly more properly secured (and warm) in their car seat. Plus it's nice and puffy and makes for extra squishy hugs.

Bucklemecoats

Ages 6+ months

Promising review: "This is a lifesaver for my toddler when I have to get him and my infant in the car all by myself in the wintertime. This cuts down the buckling time because you don’t have to take off the winter coat! I’ll only buy these coats as long as my kiddos are in car seats." —Rebecca R.

Get it from Buckle Me Coats for $59.99+ (available in sizes 6/9M–5) and three colors.

38. A Learning Resources "Max The Fine Motor Moose" for building coordination, hand-strength, and color-matching skills in the tiniest of hands. And now we really know what antlers are for!

Amazon

Ages 2+ months

Promising review: "Everything from Learning Resources is so well thought out but fun. Love that this has a little cabinet in the back to keep the rings so you don’t lose. My daughter loves putting the rings on the antlers and in the cubby. Easy to travel with. Such a cute little guy that also makes a tot think." —Monica Padilla

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

39. A 360-degree-rotating 3-in-1 LED globe, constellation map, and night-light to illuminate your child about not only the world they live in but the stars in the heavens above. And if that gets way too scary (or deep) that night-light will sure come in handy too.

A reviewer's split image photo of the globe in world map form and lit up in constellation mode
amazon.com

Promising review: "This is a wonderful globe. I bought this for my nephew and this is a fun way to give him the basics. He enjoys learning countries and he loves the night-light. The constellations are pretty cool in the dark. The size is perfect and the quality is amazing. The countries and regions are clear and they are easy to read. The base is strong and stable. It doesn't tip when spinning. The guidebook has more detailed information about the constellations and it's location. This globe definitely captured my nephew's attention and he is learning with interest. Overall, this is a perfect globe and can't go wrong with it." —Lucky10z

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

40. A Mega Bloks Pull-Along Puppy that will actually "poop" out the plastic building blocks your child feeds it whenever they "take it for a walk." Or stick those blocks directly on the dog for some building fun.

Child model playing with bright plastic dog toy with red wheels
Amazon

Ages 1+

Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

41. A 36-piece wooden pattern blocks animals jigsaw puzzle with patterns for creating animals, vehicles and whatever else your child's rampant imagination can come up with while "developing spatial awareness, color and shape recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving."

Amazon

Ages 3+ years

Promising review: "My children (ages 2 and 4) love this activity! It keeps them busy at the kitchen table while I make lunch. I enjoy seeing the creative solutions to the problems they set up for themselves. ('I am going to make a dog!') The blocks are a nice size for little hands, the colors are bright, and there are no rough edges. The cards have interesting design problems to solve. One side of the card shows the block pieces needed to create the design and the other side shows the completed design. The product comes in a nice cardboard box with two tins inside - one for the blocks and one for the cards." —B.S.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

42. An Operation Pet Scan board game just like the classic version, except this time kids play as a veterinarian trying to remove the things that Rex-Ray shouldn't have eaten. Remove a piece successfully and Rex will "fart or bark in relief." So, there's that added element too.

Two child models playing with dog-shaped Operation game
Amazon

Ages 6+ years

Promising review: "Makes for a great gift idea for any young child. We purchased this for our 5-year-old granddaughter. She absolutely loves to be able to share it with her little sister." —4 oclocks

Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

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