My niece and nephew are turning 9 soon. And as the cool aunt, it’s my job to make sure my gift is the best at the party! I think it’s really important to try an avoid just getting them a bland action figure, or a run-of-the-mill board game. So I set out looking for some unique gifts to buy them. I like for my gifts to be something very different from anything they already have. And unlikely to be something that they will get a duplicate gift of at their party.
I think these things are pretty cool and definitely something any kid should like. So if you’re at a loss of what to get your own kid (or niece, nephew, grandkid…) I bet something on this list will be just what you’re looking for! Here is my list of great gifts for kids.
The Mega Crystal Growing Lab is beyond awesome. I almost want to get one of these for myself! You get to grow your own crystals AND you also get a light up base to put them on. How cool is that?
So not only is this a fun project for kids to make, it creates a one of a kind piece of decor for their room! This gift will teach them about how colorful natural minerals can be, and the patience to see an object grow into something beautiful.
Magic tricks are just fun. I think we can all agree on that. That’s why anytime you’re in the city and see a street magician there’s always a million people gathered around watching. Now the chance to dazzle and amaze is all wrapped up in this one amazing birthday gift! This kit has it all too. Card tricks, disappearing objects… it even comes with a magician’s hat and wand. A gift like this will not only amaze you, but instill a sense of confidence and showmanship in your child.
I remember as a kid, painstakingly setting my old-fashioned black and white dominos on rainy Sunday afternoons. I would find as many as I could line them up in a nice little zig-zaggy line…and let her rip! I think of something like the Domino race set was available when I was little, I would have been the happiest little girl in the world to have gotten it.
This domino racing set has everything your child needs to create thrilling, creating, and colorful domino races. It will help reduce their screen time and boost their creativity. Go check it out!
I love to read! Books are one of my most favorite things in the world. I always like to incorporate books into the gifts that I give to my nieces and nephews. I think it is important to instill a love of reading from an early age and these books will do just that. The Choose Your Own Adventure Books insert you right into the story. Make choices that effect the outcome of the story and then read them again and again for a new adventure every time!
If you want to see more books for children, I did a whole post on it!
What’s funner than reading spooky ghost stories inside of a shark sleeping bag? Nothing! That is why you should get this cute as ever shark blanket for a unique gift to keep them warm on a cold, spooky night.
This is a neat gift idea because it is an art project and a new hobby all in one. Not to mention very educational! You get to paint your very own bird feeder and then hang it outside to attract the birds. Then, get out your binoculars and watch to see what kinds of birds come to your new perch.
It also comes with a book full of different species of birds to look up and identify. You could have an ornithologist in the making! Another great addition to our list of gifts for kids.
What’s fun, amusing and makes a great present? You guessed it, it’s Riddle Moo This! This word game is not only fun and entertaining but it promotes critical thinking skills as well. I don’t know about you, but I love games that you can learn in 5 minutes. No staring at instruction books and quibbling over rules…this game is not like that at all! And also it will help to build your child’s vocabulary with all of it’s creative word clues.
This is a chocolate bar maker. I don’t think any more needs to be said than that.
This globe is one of the coolest things ever! This has to be one of my favorite gifts for kids. You can use it to explore and learn about the geography of the Earth, the other planets, space and more! I think it is so important to remember that children are like sponges, and will soak up everything! This globe will give them TONS of cool stuff to learn. There are games you can play and over 20,000 fun facts! The globe even opens up so you can learn about the Earth’s core and it’s many different layers.
You can pair it with an augmented reality smart device app that teaches about famous landmarks around the world as well as animals and dinosaurs. This thing will keep any kid entertained for hours while teaching them a lot!
Every kid should have one of these programmable robots. Not only is it a lot of fun, but it teaches fundamental programming concepts. These concepts are going to be critical in the world that are children are growing up in! Gone are the days that programming was a novel or unneeded skill. It is critical that our children learn how to code, and what better way to do it than with this simple and elegant toy?
One of the things that I thought was really cool about this programmable ball is that the coding can be done from a smart phone or a tablet. That means even you could pick it up and learn a thing or two! Who know, maybe you and your child will develop a love of programming that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
Did you end up trying out the programmable ball? If so, let me know how it worked out in the comments below! I always love to hear from my readers. I hope you enjoyed reading about these gifts for kids!