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Blog 11.25.2022


Unique Gifts for Children this Holiday Season

Shopping for children can be a surprisingly difficult task. While there are many toys designed for children, selecting the right one greatly varies based on who you are shopping for. One of the most important considerations when buying gifts for children is longevity. You want to select a gift children will get the most out of without quickly growing bored. Many children, especially at a younger age, frequently change their hobbies and interests as they experience new events. What may seem like the perfect gift a few months ago ends up dated by the time you give it to your child.

You also want to select gifts that are truly memorable for your child. Certain gifts, like animated movies and stuffed animals are safe bets, but you cannot buy these items over and over. Fortunately, there has been a recent boom in toy companies, and with online marketplaces, there are more unique gifts available for children than ever before. Listed below are some of the top children’s gift options for the holiday season.

Starry Night Air Fort

The Starry Night Air Fort is truly unique gift which appeals to most children. The fort is inflatable and easy to move around and setup in your house. Once it is fully inflated, it is large enough for two occupants, with enough height so even an adult can comfortable sit inside. Not only does it act as an inflatable fort, but the top of the fort is covered in glow-in-the-dark stars, giving the fort a cosmic feel. Best of all, the fort is relatively inexpensive, only costing $60.

Powerup Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit

A common arts and crafts project for children is creating paper airplanes. Powerup takes this activity one step further, allowing children to craft Bluetooth controlled paper airplanes, which connect to a smartphone, allowing your children to pilot the airplane within a small radius. Not only is this a fun toy, but it encourages STEM learning with the assembly. While the kit is relatively basic and designed for children to figure out, adult supervision is still recommended. There are several variations of the kit available, ranging from $25 to $100.

Image of a paper airplane sitting on a green wooden floor.

Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Building Blocks

While many children have some sort of building blocks toys, Blockaroo goes above and beyond, creating unique block sets that attach by magnets. This allows the blocks to assemble in a number of different configurations, encouraging children to use their imagination when they are building structures. Blockaroo has a number of specialized sets as well, with uniquely shaped blocks to create elaborate set pieces. The kits are quite large, with the cost varying between $20 to $80 based on the complexity and number of blocks included.

Spartan and the Green Egg

Image of a Spartan and the Green Egg book by Nabila K.

Spartan and the Green Egg is a series of children’s books written by Nabila Khashoggi. The first book in the series is A trip to the Rainforest. The books are highly interactive, using a comic book style and including additional items, such as a color map. Not only is it an entertaining book, but there are a number of other items available, including puzzles, pins, cards, stickers, and other games. The book itself is reasonably priced at $5.99 as of writing, with most of the additional items costing around $5 to $20.

Mini Golf Pool

Mini Golf Pool is a fun toy for both adults and children. As the name implies, the toy combines both mini golf and pool. It features a mat designed to mimic a large pool table and 16 golf balls shaped like billiards. Instead of using pool cues, you shoot the balls into the holes using golf putters. Mini Golf Pool is available from Urban Outfitters, costing $120.

PlayMonster My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage

PlayMonster is a creative toy that combines dolls and gardening. The toy includes a cottage, several pieces of furniture, and a fairy doll figurine. The cottage has plenty of space for plants, including within the kit. Children can grow the plants around the cottage, ensuring they remain interested in the toy and providing an early foray into gardening as a hobby. Despite the complexity of the toy, it is relatively inexpensive, only costing $35.

Moodwings Interactive Baby Dragon

At a glance, Moodwings seems like a traditional stuffed toy. What sets it apart from other stuffed animals is the interactive emotional status. The dragon is programmed with several moods. Each mood is represented by lights in the dragon’s eyes and chest changing color. The dragon’s behavior also changes based on the colors, ranging from sleepy, hungry, cranky, and happy. The toy is designed to teach children about reading emotional cues. It is also a basic toy to prepare children for taking care of an animal. Moodwings is currently priced between $35 to $40.

Make Your Own Ukulele Kit

Musical instruments are a great gift for children because it encourages a new talent and is also a toy with a great deal of longevity. This kit adds an additional creative element, giving children the satisfaction of creating their own instrument. The kit is basic and designed with young children in mind, but some help from parents may still be necessary. The kit is also fully customizable, so children can paint the ukulele or add stickers to their new instrument. It is available for $35.

Thames & Kosmos Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab

While there are several cooking kits available, the Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab stands out for several reasons. The kit places a greater emphasis on the scientific method, guiding children through basic lab procedure with the reward of colorful gummy candy. The kits also require fewer complex parts than some of the oven-based cooking toys. Because it focuses on simpler candy, the quality is also higher than some of the other available foods. Parents also appreciate the lab because it is significantly less expensive than similar cooking kits, only costing $20.

Shadows in the Forest

Shadows in the Forest is a popular board game among children. What makes the board game unique is how it is meant to be played. The board game is designed to be played in the dark, utilizing glow-in-the-dark pieces to see. This makes the game very atmospheric and helps keep children captivated. It is available for $30.

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