100+ best gifts for kids to shop this holiday season

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The holidays are the most magical time of the year when families gather and the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafts through the air. For parents and those with little ones on their Christmas list, seeing the joy of children may be the best part of the holidays, even if it means strolling the aisles of busy stores to find the perfect gift. As a bonus, retailers are slowly releasing their holiday gift guides to help you figure out what’s trending this year. So, whether you’re looking for toys or tech, here are the 100 best gifts for kids this holiday season.

Tech and video games

Nintendo Switch Lite ]

For on-the-go gaming, no handheld device is better than the Nintendo Switch Lite. It features a built-in control pad and comes in a variety of colors to suit any style. With unlimited games of all levels, it’s fun for all ages.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX ]

Kids love to be just like adults, and this smartwatch is a top age-appropriate option that lets kids do more than just tell time. In addition to an alarm and stopwatch, it also features a calculator, camera, voice recorder, games and a motion sensor.

Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset ]

Since it’s 40% lighter than comparable gaming headsets, this one will be comfortable all day. It features a noise-canceling microphone that reduces background and ambient noises and audio controls in the headset for convenient adjustments.

Apple AirPods Pro ]

These AirPods are perfect for kids who have a long commute, watch videos on their tablet or just want to listen to music. And they ensure parents don’t have to listen to every TikTok video. They feature active noise cancellation and adaptive transparency mode to reduce or let in background noise. Also included is a charging case and lanyard loop.

All-New Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Tablet ]

From reading books to playing games to watching videos, this tablet does everything a kid needs. Plus, parents can feel safe with the easy-to-use controls that allow adults to set limits, block inappropriate sites, approve downloads and more.

Other top tech and video game deals


Little Live Pets Mama Surprise with Guinea Pig and Hutch ]

As one of this season’s hottest toys, kids will love this interactive toy that features a surprise element. After nurturing the mama guinea pig, put it back into the hutch and wake up to three new babies.

LEGO Minecraft The Crafting Box ]

Minecraft fans will love this Lego set with over 500 pieces that let kids create adventures from the real Minecraft world. It comes with popular mini-figures, including Steve, Alex, Creeper, a pig and a zombie.

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball ]

This interactive toy combines magic and surprises in one exciting toy that won the 2022 Toy of the Year award. Kids use a magic wand to create a fortune-telling pet that plays games and casts spells.

Crazy Forts Playset ]

With this fort kit, kids can use their imagination to build a castle, tunnel, rocket and more fun forts. It comes with 44 sticks and 25 balls that are effortless to reposition, deconstruct and put back together again.

Gabby’s Dollhouse Cakey Kitchen Set ]

Toys inspired by popular TV shows are trending this year, and fans of “Gabby’s Dollhouse” will love this play kitchen. It features over 20 sounds and phrases and stands over 3 feet tall.

Other top toys

STEM and educational

National Geographic Geode STEM Kit  ]

Learn about geology and have fun discovering treasures with this kit. Included are 10 geodes, safety goggles, display stands and a learning guide.

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set ]

Experience spellbinding magic and excitement through reading, thanks to the Harry Potter books. It comes with all seven books in a gorgeously designed box.

Gskyer Telescope for Kids ]

This telescope is straightforward enough for kids to understand and powerful enough to view the moon, stars, Jupiter and more. It also comes with 10mm and 25mm eyepieces.

Osmo-Coding Starter Kit for Fire Tablet ]

Kids will feel like they’re playing a game with this coding kit. It features three games from beginner to advanced levels that let kids create music, puzzles and more.

Magna-Tiles Arctic Animals 25-Piece Set ]

Even a toy as simple as magnetic tiles promotes mental growth in kids with STEM concepts and critical thinking skills without using a screen.

Other top STEM and educational deals

Board games

Alderac Entertainment Group Cascadia ]

Take a journey to the Pacific Northwest while creating a harmonious ecosystem and fulfilling wildlife goals. It’s recommended for kids over 10 years old and takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

Ravensburger Minecraft: Builders and Biomes ]

Experience Minecraft without screens, thanks to this adventurous game. It’s straightforward to learn and lets up to four people play at a time.

Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride First Journey ]

While collecting cards and creating train routes is exciting for young kids, it also teaches kids how to strategize and think critically. Plus, this game is suitable for the whole family.

Pokemon Battle Academy ]

This game comes with three complete Pokemon TCG decks that have 60 cards each and a two-player game board. Lead your team in a heads-up battle against another trainer to see who wins.

Trekking the National Parks ]

Those who enjoy nature will love this board game that allows users to explore the best national parks in the United States. While it’s suitable for kids as young as 8, even adults will want to participate.

Other top board game deals


Paw Patrol True Metal Movie Pack of 6 Collectible Toy Cars ]

From Marshall to Chase to Skye, this collection includes six colorful toy cars from the beloved Paw Patrol movie. The cars feature working wheels and metal material.

Melissa and Doug Vroom N Zoom Interactive Wooden Dashboard ]

Let toddlers feel like real racecar drivers with this interactive driving toy. It features a realistic steering wheel, working lights and sounds, a scrolling GPS and a twisting key.

Playskool Sit ‘n Spin ]

This classic spinning activity is still a favorite for toddlers today. It’s controlled entirely by the toddler who can choose to go round and round as much as they want.

Sereed Toddler Balance Bike ]

This toddler bike is not only a ton of fun but also helps develop balance, coordination and other motor skills. It comes in several colors.

Hide N Side Ball Pit Tunnel Playset ]

This playset comes with five tent pieces to create the ultimate obstacle course, including a ball pit, tunnels and a target dart wall. Plus, it pops open and is ready to use in seconds.

Other top toddlers deal

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