The Best Holiday Gifts for Children
Family - January 1, 2020

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It’s that time of year where family and friends are gathering and everyone is writing down their holiday shopping list. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already thought about what exciting toys you can get your kids that won’t end up stored in the back of the closet or end up in the trash.

Since Christmas morning is going to sneak up on you before you know it, I’ve created a holiday guide with the best toys for your kids. They’re parent approved and the kind that keep the kids engaged no matter where they are.

Happy Shopping!


The Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts 

Meet the famous monster hunter Van Helsing on a journey across the world to search for spooky castles, restless spirits, scary dragons, evil witches, and more mythical creatures. Read about each beast’s key characteristics, where they can be found, and most importantly, how to conquer them.
The Lonely Planet Kids ‘ Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts is organized by the continent for easy monster tracking. The kids can find some of the most popular spirits and mythological creatures in the entire globe.

The Daredevil’s Guide to Outer Space 

Kids can now participate in a thrilling adventure with Eddie and Junko across space in this epic book. They will have the chance to travel through the solar system and discover new facts about the moon as they visit the International Space Station, but be extra careful to avoid the exploding stars and mysterious black holes!

When Pencil Met Eraser 

This beautifully written and illustrated book is sure to become a favorite whether it’s at home or in the classroom. Another fun and sweet story about the importance of friendship and how to work together every day! The comical book shares a lovely lessons about imagination, teamwork, and even how the most unlikely pair can surprise you and become your best friend.

A Bad Kitty Christmas

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring…Except for BAD KITTY.” This is a hilarious book my boys love because this kitty is always getting up to no good! Right up their alley!


Games on the Go 

Eliminate boredom with Games on the Go, a cool and fun mix of seek and find games, drawing, word searches for those long car trips and other major travel.
This small and practical box with 40 wipe-clean cards and a Dry-Erase pen will fit easily into your carry-on bag. It’s definitely a must-have for any family traveling with young kids.

Dinosaur Days Scratch and Scribble Mini Scratch Art Kit 

Before scratching and scribbling to reveal them, these beautiful dinosaurs are covered in bright and vibrant rainbow hues. This dinosaur-themed package of scratch art is perfect for traveling on-the-go or inspiring creativity at home.

On-The-Go Stationery Kit – Unique Unicorns 

In this special set of mystical and beautiful unicorns, you will find 8 sheets, 4 envelopes, 4 postcards, a notebook with a mechanical pencil, a four-click pen, an eraser, and a sheet of adorable unicorn stickers. The kids will love to take this fun stationary set with them, regardless of where they go.

Go Fishing – Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Game 

Go Fishing, a Take N’ Play Everywhere’ game is full of large pieces of magnetic play that children can easily use and are difficult to lose. The handy tin case that’s included allows this game to fit in almost any bag while keeping children entertained on a long drive, wait in the doctor’s office, or anywhere boredom can spark. 


Plus-Plus Big 15 Piece – Holiday Mix is awesome to travel with because it has bigger pieces and less of them to lose! They can play with them in the car or the hotel room. My boys stay super busy building colorful flat mosaics or 3-D projects. They never get bored with these.

Burping Spongebob Squarepants Game 

When you press SpongeBob’s tie and chin zone, you’ll get to listen to a fun tropical melody. Then roll the dice to find out which way you have to pass him before he burps! This game is great for all the Spongebob fans out there. It’s recommended for two players ages 6 years and up.

Magnetic Tic Tac Toe 

We love that this is a game that both adults and kids can play together. Playing now is even better because this set of Tic Tac Toe doesn’t require a pen and paper to play. Play Tic Tac Toe in the car or even on a flight. You can carry this mobile magnetic game with you wherever you go. It’s going to keep you and the kids occupied for hours!


Far Out Toys Ryan’s World Springin’ Spiders Game 

Ryan from Ryan’s Toy Reviews, the #1 YouTube star brings this game for you that the kids will love! The kids and their friends will enjoy launching spiders into the web while they attempt to get as many sticks as they can. They will have a blast trying to knock off their opponents and do cool tricks!

Let’s Go Fishin’

My boys love fishing and Let’s Go Fishin’ is a fun way to catch fish indoors, lol. It’s fast paced featuring a rotating pond and fish that open and close their mouths. Comes with 4 fishing poles.

The New Happy Family Game

My boys love cards, flashcards, and card games. The New Happy Family Game is a fun game for the whole family designed to help build diversity, empathy, and understanding through play. Build as many family collections as possible using age-appropriate, strategy and pattern recognition. Games, cards, and instructions are in English, Spanish, French, and German included. My boys can’t wait to play in French! A great game to take when traveling too.
Free printable game boards for teachers to use in the classroom.

Far Out Toys Ryan’s World Boneless Chicken Launch Game 

Ryan’s World Boneless Chicken Launch is a brilliant new game that will make kids laugh as they launch, squawk and land chickens on a fence. Place the chicken bean bag on the launcher and watch the chickens soar into the air as you move the launcher back.

Fryin Flyin Donuts

Fryin Flying Donuts is a great game for the whole family! This keeps the game play action packed and lets you create your own strategy for a thrilling victory! Play with two players or play with teams! The first player/team starts off with their largest donut and tosses it in the fryer while their opponent does the same. Once you have successfully hooked your largest donut, you move on to the medium donut and then the small donut. The first player/team with all 3 donuts caught, wins! Those are the rules…but as with any game, its always fun to make your own, too!

Let it Fly

Let It Fly is the game of fast flyin’ fun! Dare your friends and family to this wacky splat-tastic game! It’s the head-to-head challenge to beat the fly! Choose your side, will you be the blocker or the launcher?

If you’re the launcher, get ready to pull back and let it fly! Splat the fly on the windshield without getting stopped by the blocker to score your point. Get 5 points to win!

Shark Bite

Sharks are all my boys talk about. They love them! So, this is a great game to get them going! Easy set up and they take turns rolling the die and fishing for the colorful sea creatures using the fishing rod. Watch out – you never know when the Shark will Bite!


Itsy Bitsy Stickers 

Itsy Bitsy sticker sheets by OOLY come with tiny stickers that include anything from adorable popular animals to the alphabet and food classics in many different designs. Stick these tiny stickers to anything you like from notebooks, cell phones, planners, and so much more. Every sheet comes with 36 stickers suitable for ages 3 and above.

Mini Monsters Scented Markers 

Your child is going to have fun writing with these fruity mini monster markers in neon colors! They are available in a set of 6 on Amazon as well.

Mix & Match Family Diversity Stickers

Mix & Match Family Diversity Stickers are mix & match wall stickers that are removable and reusable. These are so fun and I love that they are reusable.

6 Click Multi Color Gel Pens

The 6 Click Multi Color Gel Pens are a must-have for creative, colorful, and smooth writing. Each blue, green, orange, red, pink and purple gel pen comes with different color shades making this pen set the perfect stocking stuffer! You can also purchase them on Amazon.

Patch ‘Em Outta This World Iron On Patches

Outta This World Patch ‘Em Iron On patches are a totally exciting way to bring countless opportunities of creativity to your collection of accessories and clothing. You can select a 3-pack from a range of fun and cute designs. 

3D Colorables

Children can now use any coloring materials like crayons, colored pencils or markers to color their own toys and then inflate them with the included inflating straws. Select their favorite model and encourage them to use their imagination to play with their new favorite custom toy.

Plus-Plus Tubes

These Plus-Plus tubes are awesome for stocking stuffers. My boys love them and can stay buys for hours building. It helps their creativity and keeps them focused. Check out Plus-Plus 240 Piece – Holiday Mix with Gold & Silver.


LeapFrog RockIt Twist Handheld Learning Game System 

The RockIt Twist Handheld Learning Game System by LeapFrog includes 12 preloaded games in five categories of game play, which comes with three levels of difficulty. Children will learn the skills of literacy, mathematics, problem solving and creativity while having fun! The best part is that there’s no need for WiFi, and the device comes with rechargeable batteries!

Amazon Kids Fire Tablet 

The Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet comes with 16 GB of internal storage on a 7″ screen. Children can enjoy 1-year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and a 2-year worry-free promise. This tablet will allow them to access the internet for fun facts, watch educational videos, and listen to their favorite songs. The boys love theirs and have their own passwords. They use it all the time, especially to watch PBS Kids.


Brick Loot Subscription Box 

Each month, your kids can get a Brick Loot subscription box loaded with LEGO and brick-related items. All boxes will contain 4-8 theme-based exclusive items. Children will love love receiving this as a gift and discovering a different surprise every month.

Plus-Plus Learn to Build Basic 400 piece

Plus-Plus Learn to Build Basic 400 piece empowers children with free explorative play as they encourage fine motor skills, logic, creativity and imagination all without the use of screens. A great STEM toy. This is a great introduction to Plus-Plus. This set includes 300 Basic pieces, 100 Neon pieces, a Baseplate, and Step-by-Step Idea Guide to spark creativity!


Explore a country with eat2explore. Learning different cultures is really important in our family with a Greek, English, and French background. My kids explore all sorts of food. This is a great way to get them started with cooking it! Explore a country, continent, or the world.

  • inside the box: spice/sauce mixes, recipe cards, shopping list, educational material, activity sheets & collectibles
  • 3 recipes/country (4 servings/recipe)
  • collectible of cooking tool, flag pins, stickers, passport
  • $5 fixed shipping per box

Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate is hands-on fun to explore art, science, and engineering. My boys loved making this claw. This subscription box has high-quality materials and kid-friendly instructions and ideas for tinkering. An awesome gift from grandparents!

Yellow Scope – DNA & Traits Science Kit 

Yellow Scope makes great STEM kits for girls to get excited about science. This kit gives girls a fascinating insight into the world of genetics. They’re going to love learning about what makes them unique as they design their own experiments.


Foam Alive 

The bulk bucket comes with Foam Alive colors that are purple, blue and green. After opening, hold on to the bucket so that it can be stored for later use. Foam Alive is the soft, squishy, fluffy foam that magically comes to life.


Children over the age of 3 will definitely enjoy playing with this fun indoor snow throughout the year. No worries to all the parents out there because this indoor snow is easy to clean up with a damp cloth. It comes in a convenient airtight container to allow the kids to play with it again and again. It’s water-soluble, safe and non-toxic as well. 

Sands Alive

Kinetic Sand activates children’s artistic and sensory abilities, allowing them to create whatever they can imagine. The best part is that it doesn’t dry out, it’s non-toxic, gluten-free, and casein-free!


Pixie Paste Brush-On Glitter Glue

Pixie Paste is a magical glitter set that brings a variety of art projects and DIYs to life with fun and whimsical sparkles. It’s a great addition to other OOLY items, like the 3D Colorables or the Scratch & Scribble cards mentioned earlier in this article.

Unicorn Write Stuff Gift Set

Bring a little magic into her day by surprising her with a unicorn-themed writing gift set. This stationary collection will bring the joy of writing and creativity to life!

OOLY Coloring Books

Open up an endless world of fun and colorful activities with OOLY’s unique coloring books and sketch pads! Coloring inspiration and fun for kids and adults with magical and imaginative themes to bring to life.


Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise

Open the giant golden egg to find the biggest Rainbocorn yet! Inside your giant golden egg, you will find more than 25 surprises. Some of the surprise featured may include anything from bow-bowcorns to bracelets. Which egg will you choose?

Smashers Series 3 Dino 8 Figure Pack 

These little collectible smashers can be smashed on any surface you may think of. Children can build their own set of Smashers by keeping track of the entire collection in every pack!

Smashers Series 3 Dino Smash Rex Playset with 2 Exclusives 

Kids will love finding out what’s inside the Smash Egg by smashing it open with the Dino Smash Rex to reveal what’s inside. Smashers include over 100 wacky characters that you can smash and restore over and again. 

Smashers Epic Dino Egg Collectibles Series 3 

Discover more than 24 Epic Dino Egg surprises. The biggest feature of this toy is that it can be reused! The epic Dino egg from Smashers comes with 6 Smash Eggs and a rebuilder to help with reconstruction.

You are bound to find something from this kid approved Holiday list. There is something for everyone! What do you think will peek your child’s interest?

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