You may still be trying to find the perfect Halloween costume for your favorite little ghoul or boy, but the holiday season will be here before you know it. And with supply chain disruptions impacting all sectors of the retail industry, finding the perfect gift may be more challenging than ever. Lots of popular toys are already selling out, so if you don’t want to be on your offsprings’ naughty list this year, the time to start looking is now. Whether you are shopping for tiny tots or teens, we’ve put together this list to help you find holiday presents your kids will actually want.
From fun craft kits like diamond painting for kids to the hottest toys of the season, there are plenty of options to suit every youngster’s tastes and interests. Keep reading to discover some of 2021’s best holiday gifts for kids.
1. For Kids Who Love Arts & Crafts: Diamond Painting Kits
Diamond painting is a relative newcomer, but it has quickly taken the crafting world by storm. Much like painting by numbers, this simple project involves placing colors in specified areas to form a larger image. Instead of paint, those colors come in the form of tiny, shimmering “diamonds” made from resin. A diamond painting kit comes with everything your child needs to create their very own masterpiece, including color-coded diamond drills, a pre-printed canvas with symbols showing where to place each color and the tools required to complete a painting.
Diamond painting for kids is fun, rewarding and easy to master. From preschoolers to teens (and even adult children!), this is one craft that’s perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, kits come in a vast assortment of designs and colors, making it easy to find one that even the pickiest kid on your list will love.
2. For Beginning Builders: A Huge Bag of Giant Blocks
Building blocks aren’t just fun. They are also a great way to build motor skills, and they can even teach kids some engineering and problem-solving fundamentals. Tiny blocks like Legos are too small for little hands (and pose a choking hazard), so giant blocks are a much safer and more suitable option for toddlers.
From the age of around 16 months on, playing with blocks is highly beneficial for kids. And it could turn into a hobby that they enjoy well into their teen or adult years. If the beginning builder in your life doesn’t already have a nice set of giant blocks, gift them some this holiday season.
3. For Kids Who Need Some Screen-Free Entertainment: A Toniebox That Tells Stories
Like most parents, you probably have worried whether your child is getting too much screen time. Anymore, it’s hard to keep little ones engaged unless there is a screen involved. Two dads developed Toniebox to change that.
Toniebox is a colorful gadget that, when paired with magnetic “Tonies,” tells stories and sings songs. Your child can even record their own songs and stories using an app on your phone and play them back on their Toniebox. The best part? It’s designed so kids can use it without assistance. Give your little one a Toniebox this holiday season, and you’ll soon be finding them engrossed in listening to stories rather than zoned out staring at a screen.
4. For Young Readers: A Monthly Book Subscription
A book subscription is an excellent way to encourage your child’s love of reading, and there are options for kids of all ages and skill levels. Whether you have a toddler who still enjoys board books, a grade schooler who has started reading chapter books or even a tween or teen who has moved up into the young adult category, you should have no problem finding a subscription that’s right for the kid in your life.
Monthly book subscriptions are exciting all year long — not just during the holidays. When you give one to the special kid in your life, they will look forward to their monthly package for as long as the subscription remains active. And you’ll have the satisfaction that comes from helping a child build their library and grow their love of reading.
5. For Kids Who Love Unboxing and Magic: Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron
According to expert toy analysts, unboxing will remain huge this holiday season. If your kid loves the thrill of unboxing mystery toys, you have to check out the Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron. Recommended for ages 5 to 15, this interactive toy features all the ingredients needed to make an adorable furry friend. Simply add the included “potions” to the mystical cauldron and stir using the magic wand to create a Magic Mixie.
The Magic Mixie responds to your child’s touch, and it and the cauldron have more than 50 sounds and reactions. Your little one can place their Mixie back in the cauldron to amaze their friends by repeating the magic reveal over and over, too. This is one of the hottest toys of the 2021 holiday season, so if it’s on your child’s wish list, shop soon!
6. For Family Fun: A New Board Game
Are your family game nights feeling a bit stale? If so, this holiday season is a great time to update your game shelf. From classics like Monopoly, Twister, and Pictionary, to newbies such as Qwerkle, Apples to Apples and Telestrations there are plenty of contenders from which to choose. Many classic games have even introduced fun theme versions or added new twists. So spend some time checking out board games and you will surely find one (or a few) that would be perfect for your family.
This holiday season, don’t let the stress of finding the perfect holiday gifts stress you out. Start shopping now and you won’t have to worry about trying to find something at the last minute. Remember, too, that if you cannot find the hot toy of 2021, there are many other great options out there. Consider your child’s interests and personality — and get creative. From sparkling diamond painting kits to challenging (or silly!) board games, the gifts mentioned above are just a few of the many options for making this holiday season one to remember.