Most kids will likely have a wish list put together before any major gifting occasion, but sometimes you want to shop off-list. Sometimes, you want to give the little one in your life—your child, a niece or nephew, a friend’s child, whoever—a cool, creative, unique gift. Like or tweens, finding distinctive, good gifts for kids can be tricky, but there’s a lot out there, and you can rest assured that your stand-out present will have a special place in the recipient’s memory for years to come.
Take a look at this list of great, cool gifts for kids and save yourself a trip to the toy store.
1. PERSONALIZED WOODED VET SET TOY
With a slew of veterinarian-inspired wooden tools, this handmade gift is appropriate for children three and older. The bag can be personalized with the recipient’s name (up to eight characters), too, and can inspire little ones to get more involved in caring for the family cat or dog.
To buy: $51; https://www.etsy.com
2. BRIARPATCH I SPY EAGLE EYE FIND-IT GAME
How many times do your kids beg to play I Spy on long road trips? Now you can take this version of the timeless game, based on the best-selling book series, indoors for family game night. Pick a card and hunt down an item from the card on the game board. There are eight different game boards so your family can play over and over without repetition (a great bonus for your own level of enjoyment). Children don’t need to be able to read to play this game, so it’s a good choice for young children or siblings of different ages.
To buy: $15; amazon.com
3. CRAYOLA AIR MARKER SPRAYER
Artistic kids can express their inner Banksy with this awesome new tool. Now you can insert any “broad-line” (thick, not thin) Crayola marker into their spray machine to create a graffiti effect. Future Keith Harings can simply insert a marker into the spray nozzle and press or pull the handle to dispense the color (no batteries required!). Get close for a darker, more defined line or pull back for a fuzzier effect. The kit includes the airbrush unit, 5 Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers, two stencil sheets (both letters and fun shapes), 10 sheets of paper, and instructions.