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29 Gift Ideas For Kids If You Have No Clue What To Get Them

A spin art kit, Pixar Uno, and a giant bin of Legos are also on my wish list, for what it's worth.

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1. An arts and crafts library, because no matter how far technology has come, the googly eye is the greatest invention of all time.

the contents of the arts and crafts library laid out in fronts of its box
Amazon

The set includes fuzzy sticks, pom-poms, wood pieces, felt, craft sticks, sequins, wooden discs and beads, plastic beads, jewel stickers, googly eyes, thread, scissors, and glue for endless crafty combinations! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Promising review: "My 5-year-old granddaughter absolutely loved this gift from her old grandpa. Thoroughly entertaining, this 'library' provides many hours/days of critical thinking skills and creativity. She loves it β€” it was an excellent decision." β€”Brent

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

2. A classic game of Jenga to introduce them to the age-old tradition of toppling small wooden towers.

hand grabbing jenga block from tower
Amazon

The tower is made of 54 blocks and is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Promising review: "My 6-year-old grandson requested this for Christmas and it had to be the 'classic Jenga.' The family played, and we all loved it. This classic game never gets old. My family played in teams, and my grandson was the self-designated 'scorekeeper and ref.' He had more fun rooting for everyone and even made his own handwritten awards to give out. This is a perfect addition for family bonding, an ice breaker, as well as competition with love and smiles." β€”Fenicky Female

Get it from Amazon for $12.97 or a GIANT version for $99.95.

3. Pixar Uno so they can learn one of the most universally beloved card games in a way that involves their favorite animated characters.

deck of uno cards with characters from ratatouille, finding nemo, the incredibles, up, toy story, and more
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Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

4. A pack of scratch art sheets for making every child's doodle extraordinary, even if their name isn't Roy G. Biv.

reviewer's scratch sheet that's black on top and rainbow colors where they've scratched
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The set comes with 125 mini notes and a wooden stylus just like the one you used to have! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Promising review: "These are the most fun things ever. I got my niece and nephew a variety of the scratch art projects, but when I found these I knew I should stock up and let them create their own art and patterns. The trouble now is getting them to pace themselves through the pack! My sister is an artist and also took a stab at them, creating gorgeous, post-it sized artworks for the fridge. I will get these for anyone who has kids between ages 5 and15 from now on." β€”kitty

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

5. A basic Lego set and The Legos Idea Book if they've not yet forayed into the world of multi-colored bricks. The kids will thank you forever, and their parents will curse you a little every time they take one of these to the heel. Worth it.

Amazon

The set comes with 790 pieces, including 33 different colored bricks, and is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Promising review: "My 5-year-old grandson is really into Legos so I bought this for him for Christmas along with the Lego Ideas Book and he has spent soooo many hours sitting at his table creating new Lego things. The large classic brick box has a lot of pieces to it and can be used in many, many different ways." β€”J. Stroh

Get them from Amazon: the set for $43.99 and the book for $13.79.

6. Or a Lego Mars Research Shuttle set so they can really ~shoot for the stars~.

the research shuttle lego set
Amazon

The set comes with pieces to make the shuttle and rover, and includes two Lego Mars astronaut minifigures, plus a helidrone and storage drone. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

7. A spin art kit to keep them occupied cold winter days. They'll need to put together some components of the motor to get the spin going, so not only will they be making fun, creative art, they'll also be learning about science β€” hooray!

KiwiCo

The kit comes with everything they'll need to put together the spinner and make art, as well as a step-by-step video tutorial link and illustrated blueprint instructions.

Promising review: "My 9-year-old son loved putting this together and then using it to make fun art. He was excited to learn how the motor worked. My 6-year-old daughter helped him and was super into it as well." β€”Gretchen

Get it from KiwiCo for $24.99.

8. A BuzzFeed Tasty Junior breakfast play set so the young budding cook you know can create a brunch spread truly worthy of a *chef's kiss*.

Walmart

The set includes stackable pancakes, a peeled banana, smiley bacon, a sunny-side-up egg, a glass of juice, a plate, spatula, a pan, and a play recipe card. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

Get it from Amazon for $14.89 or Walmart for $14.89.

9. A durable digital camera to invest in a child's rise to future influencer stardom without investing in a camera they're sure to break.

Amazon

The Kidizoom is a REAL digital camera that has photo and video capabilities, as well as a wealth of filters and games! It has 256 MB of built-in memory that is expandable with a microSD. Recommended for ages 3–9. Don't forget the batteries!

Promising review: "I got this camera for my 5-year-old as a birthday gift and he LOVES it. It's so much fun. You can take 'selfies' and it has fun stickers and filters (kind of similar to Snapchat). It also has games on it, so when he's not taking pictures, he is still getting used to the buttons by playing the games. It really helps kids get familiar with cameras and exploring creativity. I would highly recommend this for any kid! I'm planning on purchasing more for my other kids." β€”StoneySmurf

Get it from Amazon for $56.63+ (available in three colors).

10. A crystal growing kit so they can do a science experiment that's actually fun and kickstart a love of learning. It also comes with a light board for showing off their five best crystals β€” a mini museum!

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The kit comes with materials to grow crystals in eight colors, four silicone growing chambers, and a light display for five crystals. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Promising review: "This kit takes a bit of effort but WOW the results are stunning! I bought this for my 6-year-old daughter for Christmas. We set up the first four crystals per the directions and let them sit for 10 days. We had fun looking each day to see how big they were. After they were done, I removed the crust from the edges of the cup, poured off the liquid, and eased the crystal out of the cup. They came out easily. To get the seed rock out, I used a razor blade, went around the edges and flaked off the crystal growth to expose the edges, then used the corner of the blade to pop the rock out. I was veeeery careful and all four crystals came out intact! It takes patience but totally worth it, the resulting night light is a treasure she will probably keep for life." β€”Gapeach

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available with six crystals or eight crystals).

11. A Magna-Tiles set, because blocks HAD their day β€” it's 2020 and Magna-Tiles are the king of (building) the castle(s).

multicolored square and triangular magnetic tiles fashioned into a tower
Amazon

The set comes with translucent magnetic pieces to build 3D creations all day. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Promising review: "I have a 4-year-old daughter who likes to build things and I want to encourage that. One review recommended Magna Tiles, so I took a shot in the dark and got these. They were an instant hit! I never could imagine my kids would have liked a toy this simple. My daughter doesn't have the greatest fine motor skills so building toys that need tools would have been frustrating for her. With Magna Tiles, you just hold pieces next to each other and they snap together! They have great balance, too. She's made pretty skinny 3D towers out of triangles and they get pretty high before they fall apart. Now I just have to get a bigger set to add on! :D Try these, you'll love them!" β€”Green

Get it from Amazon for $49.95 for a 32-piece set or $109.97 for a 100-piece set.

12. A bread and butter making kit so they can get in on the sudden ~rise~ in baking that's been going on this year. They'll learn about food science and can even write their findings in a provided notebook. Baking is chemistry, after all!

KiwiCo

The kit includes the pour spout measuring cup, set of measuring cups, measuring spoons, funnel, two squeeze bottles, a "Lab Notes" notebook, and a recipe book. Food ingredients are not included.

Get it from KiwiCo for $19.95.

13. Disney Monopoly, which is surely a dream that's a wish their heart made.

disney monopoly board
Amazon

This game has the Disney touch on every element of traditional Monopoly and celebrates the history of Disney animation. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Promising review: "Great Monopoly set with great pieces. I even bought another as a gift and they LOVED it. Great price, would recommend. My nieces and nephew loved it." β€”Rita S

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

14. An Among Us coloring book so even when screen time is over, they don't have to be totally separated from their new favorite game.

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Promising review: "This coloring book was for my brother's 8th birthday. The coloring book is exactly what they describe. It's also worth mentioning there is one drawing per page. Great item, it is legit." β€”Jazmine Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

15. The Book with No Pictures by The Office's own B.J. Novak to kick their bedtime story up a notch. Although there are β€” famously β€” no pictures, that makes it no less entertaining, as it forces the grownup reading to say all kinds of funny, wacky nonsense words. "Blaggity-BlaGGITTY," indeed!

the book with no pictures's cover
Amazon

The book is recommended for ages 5–8.

Promising review: "Our 4-year-old is always pestering us to 'let me see the pictures' of her books every night, making story time drag on forever, so I thought this would be great to chill her out at bedtime. NOT! She laughs so hard she gets the hiccups and has tears rolling down her face by the time we're two thirds through the book! What a perfect idea!" β€”Straight Outta the Suburbs

Get it from Amazon for $8.64.

16. And My Book with No Pictures which has fill-in-the-blank spaces for them to come up with their own hilarious gobbledygook. Perfect for the tiny aspiring comedian!

Amazon

Promising review: "This is a do-it-yourself version of the bestselling The Book With No Pictures. My daughter is going to make this book her own and then give it to her dad for Christmas so he can read it to her. I already know that this is going to be a huge hit. Hysterical good fun!" β€”DisneyDenizen

Get it from Amazon for $9.66.

17. A Crayola light-up tracing pad to give their art a little head start.

Amazon

The tracing pad comes with the light-up board, 10 tracing sheets, 10 blank sheets, a graphite pencil, and 12 short colored pencils. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Don't forget the AA batteries!

Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for our 6-year-old. Our son immediately used the tracing pad as soon as he opened the box. As a mom that can not draw, this item comes very handy because I don't have to trace on my computer, lol. Now my son can do his own tracing. It came with drawings that he actually traced, and choices of clothes and accessories to draw on the character. This tracing pad is absolutely not just for the kids but also for the kid at heart." β€”Samproad11

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

18. A copy of A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z if you're hoping to indoctrinate some youths into the world of theatre nerd-dom, even with theaters closed this year.

Amazon

The book is recommended for ages 3–7, but would make a wonderful gift for Broadway-lovers of any age!

Get it from Amazon for $14.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or Bookshop for $17.47.

19. A handmade rainbow unicorn octopus plush, because "rainbow," "unicorn," and "octopus" toys would already be individually exciting, but together?! Unbeatable.

different colored cute plushes with a unicorn horn and four tentacles each
FriendsOfSocktopus / Etsy

Get it from FriendsOfSocktopus on Etsy for $32 (available in three colorways).

20. A Minecraft pickaxe and sword that will bring their favorite computer game to LIFE!

Amazon

The pickaxe ~transforms~ into a sword! Recommended for ages 6–10.

Promising review: "Bought this for my son's 9th birthday and it is a huge hit! It is easy for him to switch between pickaxe and sword, and there are some soft edges so he can bang it around and not hurt anything. He has been playing with it nonstop since I gave it to him, and even keeps it with him in bed at night! Great product!" β€”stephmowery

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

21. A National Geographic geode kit so they can learn about earth sciences AND have a totally valid (and safe) reason to use a hammer!

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The kit comes with 10 geodes and a 16-page learning guide. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Promising review: "My 9-year-old niece gets these every year for Christmas. It is a new gift every time! She loves to put on safety glasses and swing that hammer! The geodes are always beautiful. She also loves the element of surprise! This is a wonderful gift that will engage even kids that are not into the sciences. Every year she takes pieces to share with her class. She also loves to give pieces away as little gifts or mementos. Nat Geo never disappoints!" β€”Kristin D.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (goggles are included).

22. A mind-bending labyrinth game for honing those motor skills in a chill, analog way.

Amazon

The labyrinth is made of wood and is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Promising review: "Our boys, ages 10 and 12, sit down at some point almost every day, often more than once, to play with this. At first, the challenge was just to complete the course. Now, they try to break their record β€” going back and forth over it. They have even worked at it together, one controlling each level. It's great for hand-eye coordination, a quiet toy that takes concentration, and there always seems to be a challenge to it." β€”Amy T.

Get it from Amazon for $32.59.

23. A convertible play cafΓ© that will transform their room into a Parisian coffee shop for breakfast and an award-winning BBQ joint by dinner.

Crate and Barrel

I legitimately gasped when I saw how adorable this cafΓ© was in a Crate and Barrel. It's recommended for ages 3 and up (does that include ME age?).

Get it from Crate and Barrel for $139.99 (originally $199).

24. A slime starter kit so they can stake their claim in the slime game.

Amazon

The kit comes with two bottles of clear school glue, five glitter glue pens, and two bottles of activator solution. Elmer's glue is nontoxic, making this a safe and super fun craft!

Promising review: "This is the first time I've ever made slime with kids, but this stuff worked GREAT. I know there are other ways to make it using other solutions, but I figured since Elmer's has probably made a billion extra dollars thanks to the slime obsession, they MUST know how to get the solution perfect, and I just wanted a guaranteed slime success. This worked, and I will definitely buy it again if we make slime again!" β€”Gurl75

Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

25. Otrio β€” a complex version of tic-tac-toe that's fun for everyone from your six-year-old cousin to your Grandpa Joe! Gatherings will be way more fun now that nobody has to be excluded from the hottest new game in the house.

concentric circle pieces on otrio's wooden board
Amazon

The goal is to get three of your color rings in a row based on the three sizes of rings included. Win by getting three in one space, three of the same size in a row, or three in increasing or decreasing size in a row, but beware of other players attempting to block you! For two to four players ages 6 and up.

Promising review: "I don't ever give 5-star ratings, but I can't help it with game. My 7-year-old is now a master at this game. I wish I had a nickel for every time we've played this. Going from two players to three completely changes the game. I have yet to play with four, but I think that may just be too much. But this is a great game and I recommend you pick it up. This totally flips tic-tac-toe on its head." β€”John Doe

Get it from Amazon for $23.60+ (available in two colors).

26. A set of four watercolor construction prints sure to dazzle any small child whose first word was "truck."

four framed construction vehicle prints
WildCanaryStudio

Promising review: "Love these prints for my son’s room! Seller even changed some colours around for me at no extra cost. Thank you so much!" β€”Blaire L

Get it from WildCanaryStudio on Etsy for $40.67+ (available in three sizes).

27. A loom perfect for any young-old-soul to craft scarves, tapestries, bags, or anything their grandparent-ly hearts can think of.

model using upright loom
Amazon

The loom also comes with an oversized wooden needle, craft materials, an illustrated design booklet, 91 yards of rainbow yarn, and 42 picture strips. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Promising review: "My granddaughter loves it. She is 8 years old and had no problem watching a YouTube video and getting started. She is on her third project and can do this without any help. I have purchased other looms that where not as user-friendly and are collecting dust. Great loom, would not hesitate to buy it." β€”lily

Get it from Amazon for $21.73.

28. A Pusheen plush who is oh-so-squishable, oh-so-cute, and an oh-so-great-gift.

reviewer's grey pusheen plush
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Pusheen could not be more recommended for anyone of any age!

Promising review: "My granddaughter squealed when she saw this; she loves it so much! She has decided to collect Pusheen items and I will be getting her more of them." β€”dreaming420

Get it from Amazon for $18.90.

29. A ridiculously cute knitted animal hat and scarf to make bundling up to go out in the cold a little more bear-able.

child model in grey scarf and hat with pointed animal ears
Amazon

These cuddly accessories are recommended for ages 3–10.

Promising review: "My 3-year-old will not wear a hat, so I bought this hoping he would agree to wear it during our cold winter months. Not only did he agree to wear it, he won’t take it off! He loves it! It’s held up very well over the last year. Nice quality!" β€”k Blaylock

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 21 designs).

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