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The 19 Best Gifts for Kids at Every Age

December 18, 2019 Buying Guides By
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Is there a more stressful place than a toy store during the holidays? No, there is not. Conquer the 2019 shopping season with our guide to the best kids gifts you can order online.

Ages 4 Years & Under

1. Skyrocket Blume Doll

Price: $10

In contention for the toy of the year, this Blume Doll — short for “blooming” — is 2019’s Chia Pet. Its hair is made of slow-rising foam that grows when it touches water.

2. Play-Doh Compound Corner Variety Pack

Price: $15

Yes, slime. This variety pack comes with six different textures for a new take on classic Play-Doh.

3. Moluk Mini Bilibos

Price: $20

The ever-versatile Bilibo has won a plethora of design awards since its launch in 2001. These mini versions are perfect for toddlers, who can use them as floating ducks, sand shovels or even everyday snacking bowls.

4. Hape Mighty Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument

Price: $28

Develop musical and audio skills with the help from award-winning toy manufacturer Hape.

5. Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe

Price: $37

For fans of Ryan’s World, an ultrapopular Youtube channel, this mystery-filled safe has more than 30 toys. No two have the same assortment.

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Price: $39

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Ages 5 – 7 Years

6. The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

Price: $14

From America’s Test Kitchen, The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs teaches kids the fundamentals of baking with more than 100 recipes you’ll love, too.

7. Pop Pops Snotz Hammer Toys Collections

Price: $15

This toy combines the slime trend with good old-fashioned bubble popping. What else do you need to know?

8. Amazon Echo Glow

Price: $30

Amazon’s newly released Echo Glow is a smart lamp for kids. Use it to create lighting cues that signal when its dinnertime or as a bedtime dimmer to lull your child to sleep.

9. Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag

Price: $80

Yeti’s take on a lunchbox is simple, insulated and rugged as hell — just like the brand’s famous coolers.

Ages 8 – 13 Years

10. Dog Man: Fetch-22

Price: $9

Out December 10th, Fetch-22 is the latest installment to the wildly popular Dog Man series, created by Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants fame.

11. Cathedral Classic

Price: $40

This classic strategy game is as beautiful as it is fun — use elegant hardwood castle pieces claim spaces on the battlefield and block your opponent.

12. Mophie Powerstation Mini

Price: $40

Give them an extra 18 hours of juice with a slim and updated power bank that features two ports: one is USB-C and the other is USB-A.

13. Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

Price: $110

Minimize the distractions of other tablets by giving your kid this Kindle, which comes with a two-year worry-free warranty and tools to bolster their vocabulary.

14. Apple iPad (2019)

Price: $300

In case they’re not ready for a full-on laptop, the newest entry-level iPad has a large 10.2-inch Retina display and supports the company’s Smart Keyboard.

15. Hack Computer

Price: $300

Teach your kid to code with this award-winning laptop that runs the Linux-based Endless Operating System.

Ages 14 Years & Over

16. Lego Overwatch Bastion Building Kit

Price: $40

Lego meets Overwatch in this 602-piece, build-it-yourself action figure from the popular video game franchise.

17. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Price: $80

The ultracompact Wonderboom 2 is Ultimate Ears’s most portable Bluetooth speaker to date. Play up to 13 hours of music on a single charge — in or out of water.

18. Apple AirPods with Charging Case

Price: $139

Want to make your teen happy? Get them a pair of AirPods. (Trust us on this one.)

19. Nintendo Switch Lite

Price: $200

If they’re going to catch them all in the brand-new Pokémon game, they’re going to need a Switch. And guess what? You can actually buy one this year.

Candylab Wooden Toy Cars

Price: $35+

Candylab has a clear and enthusiastic mission: to make the absolute best wooden toy vehicles on the market. They’re gearheads, designers, engineers and parents, and have all banded together to become toymakers, with an unflinching commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

Jack Seemer

Jack Seemer is the deputy editor at Gear Patrol. Since joining the publication in 2014, he has reported on a wide range of subjects, including menswear, smart home technology, cookware and craft beer.

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