With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s smart to start thinking of gifts for your kids. It’s all too easy to leave shopping until the last minute, but give yourself the gift of a stress-free holiday season and consider getting some shopping done early. There are plenty of options for every age and every preference, from little kids who love being outside to older ones who are starting to explore technology and science. Here are some holiday gift ideas that can help you get your shopping done before the crush of last-minute shoppers rushes to stores.
This 1980s classic has undergone a modern upgrade. The all-new Teddy Ruxpin looks just like the original, but he’s got a few critical features that will ensure that your child doesn’t get bored too easily. His LCD eyes blink and move for realistic expressions, and a tap on his logo will fast forward through songs and stories. Sound can be turned on and off with a touch of the paw. The bear also comes with an app, which can be used to view digital books and purchase new stories. Teddy 2.0 is a great companion for your child to enjoy independently for a while, so you can take a breather.
Janod Scooter Bike
Janod’s sturdy wooden bike is ideal for toddlers who want to be big kids already but still have a few years to go. It’s bound to last for years thanks to its solid construction and adjustable seat. The scooter doesn’t come with training wheels but isn’t far from the ground, helping teach your child balance while keeping them safe. And what’s not to love about the minty green color and Vespa-inspired retro details?
If you don’t mind a little bit of a mess, Pie Face is the simple board game that guarantees laughs. Just supply your own whipped cream and start turning the handles. You’ll know who the loser is right away — they’ll be the one with a face full of whipped cream! This simple game is easy enough for kids of any age to set up and play. It’s sure to cause riots of laughter, and it’s a great way to spend time together as a family playing something a little different. There are several versions of the game, including a Minions-themed set.
Luvabella Baby Doll
Baby dolls are getting more and more realistic, and Luvabella is no exception. The interactive doll has realistic facial expressions and movement, and she can speak more than 100 words, learning as your child talks to her. The doll also responds to her spoon, pacifier, bottle, and lamb toy. Luvabella can give your child a sense of responsibility and help them expand their vocabularies as they speak to the doll and pretend to take care of it. She comes in blonde and brunette versions, so you can get your child a perfect match.
VTech Little Apps Tablet
It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes, a little bit of screen time isn’t the worst idea — especially when that screen is attached to something other than your cell phone or expensive tablet. The Little Apps tablet is the perfect solution. Animations, sound effects, and bright colors keep your child entertained, while Cody the Smart Cub leads them through basic math, grammar, music, and more. Each activity gets more difficult as your child masters new levels. The tablet is durable and automatically shuts off for easy maintenance.
Fingerlings make excellent stocking stuffers. These small and adorable creatures hang onto fingers, pens, furniture, and more, so they’re always nearby for a distraction. Fingerlings respond to sound, motion, and touch, with moving heads and eyes and soothing sounds to let your child know that they understand. Fingerlings come in dozens of varieties, from teal monkeys to realistic-looking dinosaurs, so they can easily collect a whole mechanical zoo to tend.
Magnetic Building Blocks
Building blocks get a colorful update for 2018. These magnetic shapes can be used to build dollhouses, spaceships, and just about anything else your child can imagine. They come in a canvas bag for easy storage and transportation, so you can quickly entertain your child no matter where you go. Their smooth edges and chemical-free plastic ensure that no one gets hurt, too. The blocks help build up fine motor skills and inspire an interest in science and engineering in young children.
Remember the commotion these things caused last year? Hatchimals are back in miniature form. Each HatchiBaby arrives in a speckled egg. Once they emerge, the interactive toys will talk and play games like peek-a-boo. They come with several accessories, including a highchair, rattle, hair brush, and bottle. The soft, plush design is perfect for small children who might have been a bit too young to enjoy the original Hatchimals last year.