Whether you’re gifting your favorite little pal something for a special birthday, the upcoming Christmas holiday, or just a special event, it can be nearly impossible to figure out what you should gift them! If you’re looking for some ideas that aren’t just a list of the latest toys, we’ve come up with a nice mix for your kids that consist of fun ideas that are totally unique, perfect for boys or girls (why label?), will hopefully get them off their electronics (although there are some cool tech options), and get their minds working (yep, even some learning options).
While this is such a different year, more kids are at home and we’re all on a new budget because, well, just in case. Recent research shows that, on average, most people are spending up to $30 on a gift if you’re heading out to a birthday party (and it’s not your son or daughter). If you’re the parent, the average spend recently averages around $100. If we’re talking Christmas basically throw that entire average out the window.
But, look, don’t stress about the amount. Just find something you think they’ll love. Let’s be honest, they’re not even going to remember what you got them
6-months 3-months from now.
Overall most of these presents have age-ranges from 3 years old to about 9 years old. If you’re looking for ideas for ages 10+, check out our tween to teen gift guide here!
We’ve rounded up some truly unique gifts for girls and boys they’ll actually love as much as you enjoy gifting them. Shop some of our favorite gifts for kids (so far) in 2021.
The Best Kids Choice
The ‘I’m Bored Out of My Mind’ Game for Kids
Not Parent Approved
$25.99 (13% Off!)
Everyone is obsessed over this one! It’s like ‘Cards Against Humanity’ but for children and 100% family friendly. At last look it even has more than 7,000 reviews on Amazon. That’s major. Learn more here!
The Tech Choice
The Fire HD 8 Tablet Specifically for Kids
This is the tablet your kids need this season. It’s the latest from Amazon and comes with a super protective case in either blue, pink, or purple and has 32 GB of storage. Keep in mind this isn’t a toy, it’s the real-deal. It also has easy to use parental controls, a kid-safe browser, and over 20,000 games, books, shows, educational apps, movies and more to choose from. The best part is their return policy. If within the first two years it breaks, just send it back, and they’ll replace it. Learn more here!
The Gone-Viral Choice
The “Gotta Go” Flamingo
Little Live Pets
$26.40 (12% Off!)
You have to see it to believe it! This is the flamingo that everyone has been buzzing about. That’s right, it’s Sherbet the “Gotta Go” Flamingo and, yes, he’s gotta go. You’ll feed him his food (he’s totally interactive) and he’ll wiggle and move his long neck, suddenly sing his “Uh Oh Gotta So” song and then, yes, he’ll actually poop into his toilet. Your kiddos will take the scooper to clean it out and it magically dries and turns back into food to feed him. Circle of life, kids, circle of life. Learn more here.
The Anti-Bullying Choice
The ‘Choose Kindness’ T-Shirt
What a great way to send a positive message out into the world. Instead of being a bully, you can simply choose kindness. This t-shirt also comes in other color options like slate grey, baby blue, pale pink, kelly green, and more. Learn more here!
The Addictive Choice
The Throw Burrito Game
From the makers of one of the best selling (and most fun) games on Amazon, Exploding Kittens, comes their next viral hit, Throw Throw Burrito. The only way we can describe this is that’s it’s basically a dodgeball card game all while throwing and dodging these squishy burritos. This one is perfect for 10 year old boys too! Awesome! Learn more here!
The Classic Choice
The Glow in the Dark Rock Painting Kit
Creativity For Kids
$12.99 (7% Off!)
When you’re ready for them to get off their electronics, get calm, and get back to basics you’ll both love these super fun glow in the dark rocks they can paint and decorate. Don’t worry, this kit even comes with 10 rocks to paint (that are totally water resistant). Learn more here.
The Beat the Clock Choice
The Flipslide Game of Speed
$17.59 (12% Off!)
It’s like the Rubix Cube of 2021! This time around you gotta quickly flip to find the color and slide to match the lights. This will help them keep their mind sharp and they’ll have a blast trying to beat the clock. Learn more here.
The Bedroom Choice
The Unicorn Duvet & Pillowcase Set
It’s the popular bedding set that’ll actually get your kiddos to want to get into bed at night! This magical unicorn set comes with the cozy duvet cover and pillowcase. There are other designs to choose from like the dinosaur and shark too. Learn more here!
The Bookworm Choice
The New Kindle For Kids
Perfect for the little reading machines that they are, this is the newest Kindle that’s specifically just for your kiddos! They can read and download all the books they’re looking to read, the battery life lasts weeks, and they even have a 2-year worry-free guarantee. Plus, it even comes with a really cute cover! Learn more here!
The Safe & Stylish Choice
The Children’s “Days of the Week” Face Masks
Perfect for children of just about any age, it’s the best way for them to play it safe during these tough times. Let them show their personality with these super cute face masks with really fun designs on them. Learn more here!
The Flying Choice
The Hatchimals Pixies Flyers
Last year it was all about the flying Owleez, but this year it’s all about Hatchimal’s new Pixie Flyers. Choose from pink or purple and they pixie fairies will actually fly (like, in the air on their own) and can even land on your hand. Good luck finding her when she flies out the window! Learn more here!
The Genius Choice
Clocky the Rolling Jumping Alarm Clock
$39.99 (11% Off!)
Because you’re totally over trying to wake them up each morning. Now it’s in Clocky’s hands. It won’t stop jumping and rolling around their room until they get out of bed and shut it off. Good luck. Learn more here!
The Important Choice
The “You Matter” Book
$12.29 (32% Off!)
One of the most important message a child can learn (and any adult, really) is that you matter. This book is that friendly reminder they need and one that you’ll be proud to teach them and remind them. Learn more here!
The DIY Choice
The Grow-n-Glow Terrarium Kit
$12.99 (13% Off!)
A great way for them to learn a bit about science and have fun all at the same time. This kit comes with everything they need to grow their very own terrarium and, even cooler, it will even glow in the dark. This kit includes everything they’ll need and all you have to do is add the water. Learn more here!
The Creative Choice
The ‘Finish This Book’ Mystery
$12.79 (20% Off!)
They’ll love finishing this book themselves by solving a mystery and becoming totally involved. Learn more here!
The Loving Choice
The “You Are Loved” Tee
Simply stated, but a totally needed reminder that, no matter what, they really are loved. This super comfy tee comes in a variety of colors and styles for boys and girls like navy blue, light yellow, light blue, black, light pink, heather grey, and more! Learn more here!
The Colorful Choice
The Large Colorful Jenga-Like Blocks
The kiddos will have a blast trying to carefully take out each of these colorful blocks without toppling the entire thing over! It includes 48-pieces, the dice, and tons of fun. Learn more here!
The Breakfast Choice
The Unicorn Cereal Bowl
What a great way to get them to actually want to eat their cereal in the morning (or after school). But don’t just stop there! This unicorn bowl can be used for things like cereal, ice cream, soup, and more. Plus, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe. Learn more here!
The Gamers Choice
The Nintendo Switch Lite
Yes, just about every kid is obsessed with the latest Nintendo Switch Lite. And, you know what? This is a top pick for the teenage boy on your list who’s obsessed with all things video-games. They can play all their favorite Nintendo Switch games on it, but this one is handheld so they can play just about anywhere and everywhere Perfect for car trips, in their room, or anywhere really. Plus, Super Mario Brothers is officially back and, well, we can’t wait to play too. Learn more here!
The Personalized Choice
‘My Very Own’ Personalized Fairy Tale
I See Me
This is such a cute way to personalize their very own fairy tale! You can add their name to the story and turn them into a real fairy princess by entering into this magical world. Of course this can be for boys too, but if they’re into pirates more than princesses see below. Learn more here!
The Sports Choice
The ESPN EZ Fold Indoor Basketball Game
Perfect for all the basketball fans in the house (including, probably, you!). This indoor foldable basketball arcade game by ESPN even has a LED light-up scoring and 4 basketballs. You can play 8 different games with this one, either head-to-head or by yourself. Super fun. Learn more here!
The Giant Fun Choice
The Giant (2-Feet Tall) Connect Four-Like Game
Now this isn’t the official Connect Four game we used to play when we were little, but similar concept. And, even better, it’s huge! This one is actually 2-feet tall by 2-feet wide. Plus, it comes with a handy carrying case so you can bring it with you on the go whether you’re heading to a friends house, the beach, camping or wherever. It’s perfect for indoors too. Learn more here!
The Randomly Fun Choice
The ‘Flickin’ Chicken’ Game
$17.95 (32% Off!)
Such a fun game for the kiddos (and us!) because who doesn’t want to toss little rubber chickens onto a target in order to score points?! It’s basically like darts but, you know, with rubber chickens. Such a blast. Learn more here!
The Stress Relief Choice
The Unicorn Snot ‘Stress Relief’ Putty
They already love stress putty and all things unicorns so why not combine the best of both worlds and give them this funny Unicorn Snot!? Learn more here!