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    26 Gifts Ideas For Kids If You Have No Clue What To Get Them

    Need to get a gift for a kid, but not in touch with the youths? Don't panic!

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    1. An engineering set that will stimulate their brain all the way down to the STEM.,

    The automobile engineer set includes 24 tools, a 16 page full-color parent guide, and 10 illustrated experiment cards to inspire scientific discovery. It also comes in aircraft, robot, boat, and laboratory versions! Recommended for children ages 3–5.

    Promising review: "I'm impressed. My 4-year-old girl is sitting in her princess dress in her princess tent flying her robot airplane. We worked together to make her first robot, and all of the pieces except the eyes were easy enough for her to do with a bit of effort. She loves how the gears turn to move the propellor. She is really into robots and moving parts on toys. I had to lead her in the directions because the pictures were new to her. I think because multiple parts were pictured in each step, it was hard for her by herself. However, I think she will get more independent after a few more times." β€”SeeYouLtr79

    Get it from Amazon for $31.22+ (available in five sets).

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

    This set was named as one of Oprah's favorite things this year, which we rounded up for you in this list of items under $50! It includes beads, sequins, fuzzy sticks, pom-poms, felt pieces, wooden dowels, floss, googly eyes, sticker-back jewels, wooden discs, craft sticks, scissors, needles, and a glue tube for endless crafty combinations! Recommended for ages 3–10.

    Promising review: "My five-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; it was an excellent decision." β€”Brent

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    3. 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.

    The Kidizoom is a REAL digital camera that has photo and video capability, and 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 $49.99 (available in three colors).

    4. A BB-8 Lego set sure to make any child say "Beep boop beeeep beep boooop." ("Thank you so much, this is the greatest gift I have ever received.")

    The Lego set is super detailed and features a rotating head (!), an opening hatch, a display stand, and a fact plaque. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

    Promising review: "It's a hit! Nestled among a host of other Lego Star Wars items, BB-8 fits in quite nicely. It's bigger than I expected, but it's still cute as heck! Not too difficult in assembling either β€” I love the moving parts and information sign. It also has a mini me BB-8 that comes with it! So cute." β€”RALO_HG

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95.

    5. An illuminating Hermione wand β€” a magical gift that will make any child's face ~light up~ upon opening!

    The 14-inch wand lights up when you wave it, turns off when you wave it again, and has dimming options. Accio, this very cool wand! Recommended for ages three and up.

    Promising review: "This wand is totally amazing! Really, really cool, and I can't wait to give it to my daughter for Christmas! The action on it is brilliant! You simply wave and flick, just like Harry and Hermione do in the movie, and it lights up! Then, you can press the little leaf right by your finger, and it will get brighter or dimmer, as you choose. Then, you just wave or flick again, and it instantly goes out! Did I say this is really cool!? I would have absolutely LOVED to have had this as a child! I foresee the need to purchase another one so I can get to play with it under the guise of playing and pretending along with my kids! It's very well-made, and very realistic β€” it looks just like the one in the movie. It comes in a nice little box with a velvety sort of thing to hold it that closes shut. It also has a little 'key' to open the battery compartment, so there is no screw messing up the look of the wand at all. It discreetly unscrews at the base, and you can't even tell that it does until you turn the screw and see it starting to come out. I highly recommend this for any little Harry Potter fans out there β€” they will 'Wingardium Leviosa' all day long!" β€”Ireland Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    6. A Magna-Tiles set because blocks HAD their day β€” it's 2018 and Magna-Tiles are the king of (building) the castle(s).

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

    Promising review: "I have a four-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 $49.99 for a 32-piece set or $119.99 for a 100-piece set.

    7. A Groot Chia Pet. It won't make them a guardian of the galaxy, but it will make them a guardian of some very cool little plants.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for my grandchildren as Christmas presents. They love them. Bonus: It's educational! Double Bonus: It's Groot! Who doesn't Love Groot? These came packaged with plenty of large bubble cushioning, so they arrived safe and sound. The product packages were clean and bright with no damage. It arrived in a very timely manner for Christmas. Thank you, Chia!" β€”M. Fabian

    Get it from Amazon for $14.58 (available in 13 styles).

    8. A go-anywhere table tennis set so early-on in life they can learn life's most important skill: how to destroy anyone in a game of table tennis anytime, anywhere.,

    The net can attach to any surface up to 75 inches across and 1.75 inches thick, and the set comes with the net, two paddles, and three balls, so you're all set for gameplay!

    Promising review: "This set is well made and adaptable. It fits tables with thin and thick wood (over an inch and a quarter) and is being enjoyed by children and adults alike. When 'investigated' by a three-year-old it was strong enough to retain its shape! The portability is extremely useful, and unlike metal screw-on sets the strong smooth plastic ends have not scratched or harmed the table. Glad we ordered it! Also makes a great gift!" β€”iPad User

    Get it from Amazon for $28.48.

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

    This game has the Disney touch on every element of traditional Monopoly and celebrates the history of Disney animation. Recommended for ages eight 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 $22.70.

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

    The set comes with 125 mini notes and a wooden stylus just like the one you used to have! Recommended for ages five 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.

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

    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 six and up. Don't forget the batteries!

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for our six-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 $24.99.

    12. A Minecraft pickaxe and sword or bow and arrow that will bring their favorite computer game to LIFE!,

    The pickaxe model ~transforms~ into a sword and the bow and arrow actually shoots! Recommended for ages 6–10.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my son's ninth 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 them from Amazon for $26.99 for the pickaxe and $30.27 for the bow and arrow.

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

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

    Promising review: "My nine-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).

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

    The labyrinth is made of wood and is recommended for ages six 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 $23.78.

    15. A Hot Wheels Spin Storm play set because, if we learned anything from our own childhoods, nothing will ever come close to the thrill of smashing two plastic cars together at high speed.

    This set has three *crash zones*, comes with one Hot Wheels car, and can connect to other Hot Wheels tracks! Recommended for ages five and up.

    Promising review: "I bought this track from Amazon due to its GREAT price. I bought it for my four-year-old son and I must confess, I was excited to play with it myself. This thing is amazingly fast. Cars remain on the track for as many times as you continue to run the launching motor unless the Hot Wheels cars crash on a cross lane (absolutely fun). The track also has a notch that you can open so that the cars can exit the loop faze and enter into another part of the track that you can add." β€”JoFer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

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

    Fun fact: the tower is made of 54 blocks and is recommended for ages eight and up.

    Promising review: "My six-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 'score keeper 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 $8.23 or a GIANT version for $94.99.

    17. 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 the other day. It's recommended for ages three and up (does that include ME age?).

    Get it from Crate and Barrel for $119.40 (marked down from $199!).

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

    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 $8.47.

    19. A super popular Hatchimal whose shell cracks to reveal an animated, furry friend!

    Hatchimals can talk, move, and respond to you! AA batteries are included. Recommended for ages five and up.

    Promising review: "My four-year-old granddaughter literally squealed with delight with this Christmas present. We bought some Hatchimals for all the grandkids, and this one was the biggest hit. Her eyes lit up when she saw she had twins. A great purchase." β€”sprout714

    Get it from Amazon for $45.50.

    20. A copy of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes β€” a fashion fairy-tale that introduces kids to some of history's most iconic women.

    Author Eva Chen is an Instagram guru and personal hero. If you're not following @evachen212, what are you doing?????

    Get it from Amazon for $12.01.

    21. A Fingerling to get into some ~monkey business~ with.

    Fingerlings can babble, blink, turn their heads, and respond to you! Recommended for ages 5–15.

    Promising review: "Once we got them out of the packages and all fired up, holy moly, I was the best aunt ever. These kids were playing with their Fingerlings ALL day long. They wouldn't put them down and were talking to them, laughing at them, cuddling with them, swinging, and tickling them. I even heard my niece whispering to her monkey 'You're my best friend!' They all had names within minutes and everyone (even adults!) loved them. I don't care how against 'hot toys' or 'hyped-up gifts' you are. These are the real deal. A fun toy that kids will love no matter what, and they play with them for HOURS and DAYS!! I highly recommend these for moms to keep little ones busy or distracted. Its a great alternative to screen time!" β€”Bookapotamus

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).

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

    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 five and up.

    Promising review: "My granddaughter loves it. She is eight 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 $20.99.

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

    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 $17.88 (available in three sizes, 12" is pictured above).

    24. A Tamagotchi that will finally give you the perfect reason to say "back in my day..." when you give it to them.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $19.95.

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

    These cuddly accessories are recommended for ages 3–10.

    Promising review: "My three-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 19 designs).

    26. A Paw Patrol rescue helicopter because it's a popular TV show for a reason! It's always on in the waiting room of my doctor's office, so CAN CONFIRM it's good.

    The set comes with a helicopter with spinning propellers and a Skye character, and is recommended for ages 3–5.

    Promising review: "The product is good-quality and doesn't break or come apart easily. I bought it for my little sister's third birthday present and she loves it so much she's currently sleeping while tightly hugging it. I'll be buying the other characters for her." β€”Paige Bunaisky

    Get it from Amazon for $17.42.

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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