Every year we ask ourselves this question. What do I get the kids for Christmas? What kind of present will they like, want, need?
It doesn’t need to be your own kid. I ask the same thing about my nieces and nephews and get the same questions from the grandparents.
I am on the ball this year. After some sleuthing and a little bit of eavesdropping in on my younger family members I know exactly what the kids in their age brackets seem to want the most.
Let me break down what toys I’ve found they want into groups by age and sex.
5 to 6-Year-Old Boys
This thing is super cool. I don’t know any little boy that doesn’t like a dinosaur or building/disassembling. This combines all those things. Want him to walk on legs, DONE. Want him to have wheels and be a vehicle instead, DONE. Want to take him completely apart and build him piece by piece, DONE.
If you already have any toys in the Build Me Rivet System, all of these parts are compatible.
This toy is a great gift for the engineer minded child and makes a good early S.T.E.M. learning activity. At this age, fun IS learning. What a great way to encourage it.
It also makes a good gift for those young ones that need a bit of help with hand grip related activities and sequencing tasks as a therapeutic tool.
Do you have a 5-year-old that sings the Paw Patrol theme song over and over and over, etc…
Give your Paw Patrol loving kid a gift they’ll love. This is a dry land toy, not a bath time toy. With lights, sounds, a moveable crane, this present with give your little one hours of playtime.
I personally like that it encourages imaginative play. My 5-year- old uses it to rescue all of his stuffed animals and figurines from whatever peril they’re in. Need something to get those baby dinosaurs and King Kong out of an underwater cave or even a Moon volcano? (<– actual scenarios) The Paw Patrol Sea Patroller will get both those jobs done.
9 to 12-Year-Old Boys
If you have a tech minded kid to buy gifts for you should check out this little robot.
This has A.I. and customizable programming!! Which means your M.A.X. will be different from all the others. It comes equipped with games, trivia, and can be controlled through voice command, through the free app or using the buttons on its MeccanoBrain .
I hesitate to call this a toy. It seems more of an experience and learning tool. It seems like everyone is going to need to learn programming soon. This makes it fun and easy at a young age.
He is a little more advanced than a typical toy and takes a few hours to assemble so if you get this for a younger child, you’ll need to help getting him built and set up.
4) Air Hogs 2-in1 Hyper Drift Drone
Drones are everywhere nowadays. This combo unit lets you convert from racing on the ground to flying in the air in one cool toy. The best part about this drone; it is a good one for beginners to start with.
The drift base makes it look like a swamp airboat that floats above the ground. When you crash, the base pops off and you instantly convert to a flying drone.
I’m going to guess that this toy would be good for any male over the age of 9. I bet if you got this for your husband, he would love it just as much as a kid would.
2019 Update – This is no longer available so I’ve replaced it with this Motion Sensor Helicopter Drone for Kids
3 to 7-Year-Old Girls
Unlike the classic Etch A Sketch from the good ol’ days, this one has a stylus that allows your child to draw freehand. However, the same technique of shaking the tablet to erase it all is still there.
It comes with stamps to add to their sketchings and is a little flatter to make the pad easier to draw on. This one is great for car trips or airplane rides!
I use it with my little guy to work on letters, shapes and numbers. The girls use it to draw horses and practice writing the word LOVE. They like to write it all over their stuff at the moment.
Until recently I had no clue these things were such a big deal. The kids just adore them.
When I first saw one I understood right away. I remembered what it was like to get a Furby as a child. They’re little nuggets of fun and love and who wouldn’t want that?!
They have multiple stages for your young one to interact with. They raise them from an egg, to a baby, toddler, and then kid. They are responsible for their “pet”.
5 to 11-Year-Old Girls
If you have a little girl that is interested in styling hair or putting makeup on dolls, this could be the right fit for yours.
My 10 year old likes to use it to practice different hair braiding styles. So far that’s the extent of its use for our household, but I’m sure she’ll get around to the other features soon enough.
It comes with an airbrush to spray color into the hair, makeup sticks, clip-in hair extensions, stickers, stencils and more.
This is another interactive robot toy that is specifically for the horse loving little girl in your life.
This robot pet can play games, learn tricks, be fed, move around the room and is super adorable on top of all that. It’s easy to set up and provides hours of fun.
I like that they can have a pet without having to buy it food or get a sitter when we go out of town 🙂
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