30 Gifts for Kids of All Ages

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No matter how well you know the kids on your list, they can be hard to buy for. After testing a dizzying number of toys, games, and gifts, we’ve selected 30 favorites divided by age. All are under $100 and the majority are under $50, so you can mind your budget and delight all the kids on your list at the same time.

Baby–Toddler

Finn + Emma Wood Rattle ($19 at FinnandEmma.com)

For the babies on your list, these Indian hardwood rattles, which are available in lots of adorable designs, make a beautiful and functional gift. They are finished with natural vegetable seed wax and are safe and comforting to chew on.

VTech Pop-a-Balls Drop & Pop Ball Pit ($49.44 at Walmart)

Who doesn’t love a ball pit? Filled with 30 colorful plastic balls, this pit will keep babies occupied for hours, with features like a hoop and slides for the balls as well as an interactive panel with lights and sounds. It folds up when not in use.

National Geographic Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature’s Nursery ($24.99 at Amazon)

Packed with photographs of adorable baby animals, rhymes, and stories, this lovely hardcover book will be a hit with adults and children alike.

HABA Zookeeper Sorting Box ($34.99 at HabaUSA.com)

This wooden box teaches kids about shapes and colors in a really fun way. There are colorful blocks, sliding panels, assorted openings, and cute animal pictures to keep kids busy.

PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 My Take Along Farm ($39.99 at Target)

Just in time for holiday travels, this portable playset contains a folding barn that holds a farmer, animals, and several accessories that can help infants with shape sorting.

Moonlite Storybook Projector for Smartphones with 2 Story Reels ($24.99 at Target)

The Moonlite Storybook Projector is a wonderful way to end the day! This clever device projects images on the ceiling through the flashlight on your phone. The images and sound effects accompany a story you read in the app. When not in use, the projector slides into the bookshelf just like a book.

Tonka® 25-Piece Mighty Builders Hard Hat Bucket Play Set ($9.99 at Buy Buy Baby) With these 23 brightly colored blocks, budding builders can build any structure they can imagine, all while wearing the hard hat that also serves as the lid to this self-contained set.

ALEX Toys Artist Studio Desk to Go ($12.69 at Target)

If you know a kid who is on the go, this portable drawing surface is the ideal take-along. The desk will securely hold a drawing pad or activity book, and there are zippered pockets for crayons, markers, and other treasures.

AGES 4–7

Brackitz Bugz Play Park ($29.99 at Brackitz.com)
This 47-piece set allows kids to build over 20 guided structures, or they can design their own crazy adventures for the “Bugz”. The unique connecting system provides multi-directional flexibility for endless experimentation.

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope by Educational Insights ($44.99 at EducationalInsights.com)

Teach kids about nature with 5x magnification of high-quality photos of animals, plants, and more with the voice of wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin—in four languages! This microscope makes learning fun!

The Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles – Find It! Dinosaurs ($14.99 at TLJI.com)

This two-in-one toy is loaded with play value. It’s a puzzle that, once assembled, becomes a game where kids learn to recognize objects and words within the image they’ve built.

Skullduggery Maxx Traxx Max Flex RC 200 ($39.99 at Skullduggery.com)

This light-up racing track comes with a remote control, a light-up vehicle, and 200 pieces of colorful, glow-in-the-dark track. Kids can create over eight feet of racing surface!

TCG Toys Jumbo Mega Play Mat ($17.98 and up at Toys “R” Us)

Available in a variety of licenses, like Peppa Pig, Disney Princess, and Thomas & Friends, these 5″ x 3½″ playmats are a fun-filled play surface that can be used both indoors and out. The colorful pictures and winding paths will spark kids’ imaginations!

Colorific Build-a-Bot ($39.99 at Colorific.com.au)

Kids can build their own cute robot with 20+ pieces plus stickers. They can build a Bunny, Dino, or Fox—or create their own!

Wonderbly My Golden Ticket ($29.99 at Wonderbly.com)

Kids can experience the delight of receiving their own golden ticket with this personalized book, created in partnership with Roald Dahl. No matter how well kids know this iconic story, they will be surprised by new and exciting elements. Please allow two weeks for standard delivery, but there are expedited options available.

AGES 8–12

KIDBOX ($98 for 6-7 items at Kidbox.com)

Kids who love fashion will be over the moon with a KIDBOX gift card! Once they fill out the gifting form and style profile on the KIDBOX website, they’ll receive an e-gift card and six to seven items in the mail with stickers and a personalized card. They choose what to keep. Plus, for every KIDBOX purchased, a new clothing item is donated to a child in need.

Redwood Ventures Smooshy Mushy Pets Bento Box ($14.94 at Walmart stores)

This cute container holds one of eight scented squishable pets, plus a mini container and other extras. Made of memory foam, these pets are immensely satisfying to squeeze and play with!

ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge ($29.99 at ThinkFun.com)

A great game for the aspiring engineers on your list, this award-winning building set comes with over 50 pieces—including two tunnels and a vehicle—and 40 different challenges to complete.

Stationery Studio Emoji Sticky Memo Cube ($29.95 at StationeryStudio.com)

Get a cute note pad just for them! This personalized 675-sheet memo cube is covered in emojis and the recipient’s name. There are several styles available, but you should allow seven to ten business for manufacturing and delivery.

Snow Tubes by Big Mouth ($24.99 at Amazon)

Imagine sledding on an inflatable unicorn, pizza slice, or yeti. Sledding has never been this fun! 

The Bridge Direct Centipede Mini Arcade Game ($17.99 at Toys “R” Us)

Kids can discover the classic video game Centipede in this version that’s an authentic miniature of the original. You can also get miniatures of other favorites, like Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Pac-Man.

Star Wars Science Jakku Scavenger Metal Detector by Uncle Milton ($29.99 at Amazon)

Curious kids can search for treasure with this Star Wars–themed light-up metal detector with authentic Star Wars sound effects. Kids can hide and search for metal objects in the included scavenger targets or scavenge for real buried treasure.

Billboard Wireless Karaoke Mic & Speaker ($17.99 at HarmonDiscount.com)

For the songbird on your list, this mic pairs with any Bluetooth device and becomes a speaker and voice amplifier for their favorite karaoke tunes. Karaoke songs can be found for free on YouTube, or for a more robust selection, sign up for Billboard’s music streaming service at billboardkaraoke.com.

AGES 13–18

CliqueFie Max ($49.99 at CliqueFie.com)

This is not just another selfie stick. The legs stored in the base allow the CliqueFie Max to function like a proper tripod, which is great for longer-distance photos and videos with the Bluetooth connected remote. This clever gadget is an indispensable tool for teen users of Instagram, Snapchat, Musical.ly, and other social platforms.

Motorola Pulse Escape Over-Ear Headphones ($43.01 at Amazon)

These stylish, affordable folding headphones can be used with or without a cord and have many features, including great sound, noise isolation, built-in mic, touch controls on the ear cups, and up to 10 hours of wireless play time. And it’s available in three colors.

Ballpark Blueprints Ltd. Hooded Sweatshirt ($42 at BallparkBlueprints.com)

A unique gift for any sports fan, these soft, pill-resistant hoodies feature an architectural drawing of a favorite stadium or arena. The hoodies are available in navy, black, and dark gray heather, with accents of team colors. Plus they come in a range of unisex sizes—from S to 5XL.

Discovery Kids Glowing Bubble Light ($19.99 at Michael’s)

This kit includes seven fascinating lessons in density and polarity—and the result is a DIY lava lamp for their room!

All Things Equal Awkward Family Photos Movie Line Caption Game ($19.95 at Amazon)

A hilarious way to spend an evening with friends or family, this easy-to-play game challenges players to pair the best memorable movie quote with over 150 hilarious family photos.

Basic Outfitters Gift-the-Drawer ($60 at BasicOutfitters.com)

Most teens burn through their clothes like water, so this gift card for basic necessities will sort them out for a while. With this card, they can choose new tee shirts, lounge pants, socks, and underwear, all available in various colors and patterns to suit their taste.

Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Portable Turntable ($89.95 at CrosleyRadio.com)

Vinyl is back in style! This portable suitcase-style turntable not only plays records but also streams music as well. They’re available in several colors and patterns, including chalkboard, turquoise, and tweed.

Also, if you’re looking for a good credit rewards card to take advantage of holiday deals, we’re got you covered. Before you apply, be sure to check your credit for free at Credit.com.

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5 Awesome Summer Gifts for Your Wired Kids

You'll never have to hear those dreaded words, "I'm bored!" with these cool, techy toys.

Summer is nearly upon us, and if you have kids, you know that means coming up with activities to keep them from getting bored. Cool tech toys that keep their brains and bodies active can help keep them occupied between the swim lessons, away camp and other activities. We tapped retail expert Rebecca Lehmann of Brad’s Deals for some toys that are sure to impress your wired kids this summer so you’ll never have to hear those words “I’m boooored!” Here are her techy picks.

1. Cozmo by Anki

The robotics startup that stole the show at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013 is back, this time with Cozmo, a “real-life robot like you’ve only seen in the movies,” Anki’s site says. Use the app to check Cozmo’s Daily Goals, a list of recommended activities for keeping him healthy and energized. The more you hang out, the more skills Cozmo learns — and the more he wants to play, which kids will love, Lehmann said. (Cozmo will send you a message if you leave the Cozmo App open so it doesn’t drain the battery.) Cozmo is available at various retailers starting at about $180.

2. Hatchimals by Spin Master

The toy that took the holidays by storm is still available, and popular as ever. Like Cozmo, Hatchimals “learn and evolve as you interact with them,” said Lehmann, specifically by requiring your kids’ touch in order to hatch. Kids can teach these colorful furry creatures to walk, talk, dance and play, and engage them by listening to their heartbeat, tapping and more. Hatchimals are available starting at about $55 at Target, Walmart and Kmart, as well as sites like Amazon and the children’s entertainment company Spin Master.

3. Love2Learn Elmo by Playskool

The cuddly toy responsible for Black Friday madness all those years ago has gotten an upgrade. Now the beloved Sesame Street character encourages little ones’ daily routines, like cleaning after themselves and brushing their teeth. Clap Elmo’s hands to learn all about numbers, letters, colors and shapes, or play games to see his real-time responses. Parents can also program Elmo with an app, said Lehmann, which is available on select Apple and Android devices. Playskool’s Love2Learn Elmo is available on Amazon, starting at about $32.

4. PlayStation VR by Nintendo

Sony’s new, long-awaited headset has moved hundreds of thousands of units, according to PlayStation executive Jim Ryan, and for good reason: Virtual reality is hot. Though not every gamer’s convinced the PSVR is a must-buy gift, it’s still an affordable foray into virtual reality, even at around $400 on Amazon. From the funny (“Job Simulator”) to the scary (“Until Dawn: Rush of Blood”), these games will keep your kids busy.

5. Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout Remote Control Drone Blaster

“There’s a whole new crop of toy drones,” Lehmann said, noting Nerf’s ultra high-tech N-Strike Elite TerraScout Remote Control Drone Blaster. Priced at a cool $249.99 on Toys R Us, the toy lets kids record the fun in photos and videos, command remote-controlled dart blasts and use the controller to adjust the angle of the blaster. There’s also a live video feed for viewing out-of-sight targets because this blaster takes dart-launching seriously.

Tips for Spending on Toys

With some toys costing hundreds of dollars, some parents may be wondering how they’ll pay for them without going into debt — should they opt to use layaway, savings, low-interest credit cards or something else? No matter what you do, you’ll want to make sure you don’t hurt your budget. (You can see where your credit currently stands by viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.) You may also want to take a look at these 13 ways to save at Babies R Us if you plan to shop there.

Beyond that, parents may want to ensure the toys are safe for their kids to begin with. For recall information and other news on potentially dangerous products, you can visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Image: Imgorthand

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5 Awesome Summer Gifts for Your Wired Kids

You'll never have to hear those dreaded words, "I'm bored!" with these cool, techy toys.

Summer is nearly upon us, and if you have kids, you know that means coming up with activities to keep them from getting bored. Cool tech toys that keep their brains and bodies active can help keep them occupied between the swim lessons, away camp and other activities. We tapped retail expert Rebecca Lehmann of Brad’s Deals for some toys that are sure to impress your wired kids this summer so you’ll never have to hear those words “I’m boooored!” Here are her techy picks.

1. Cozmo by Anki

The robotics startup that stole the show at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013 is back, this time with Cozmo, a “real-life robot like you’ve only seen in the movies,” Anki’s site says. Use the app to check Cozmo’s Daily Goals, a list of recommended activities for keeping him healthy and energized. The more you hang out, the more skills Cozmo learns — and the more he wants to play, which kids will love, Lehmann said. (Cozmo will send you a message if you leave the Cozmo App open so it doesn’t drain the battery.) Cozmo is available at various retailers starting at about $180.

2. Hatchimals by Spin Master

The toy that took the holidays by storm is still available, and popular as ever. Like Cozmo, Hatchimals “learn and evolve as you interact with them,” said Lehmann, specifically by requiring your kids’ touch in order to hatch. Kids can teach these colorful furry creatures to walk, talk, dance and play, and engage them by listening to their heartbeat, tapping and more. Hatchimals are available starting at about $55 at Target, Walmart and Kmart, as well as sites like Amazon and the children’s entertainment company Spin Master.

3. Love2Learn Elmo by Playskool

The cuddly toy responsible for Black Friday madness all those years ago has gotten an upgrade. Now the beloved Sesame Street character encourages little ones’ daily routines, like cleaning after themselves and brushing their teeth. Clap Elmo’s hands to learn all about numbers, letters, colors and shapes, or play games to see his real-time responses. Parents can also program Elmo with an app, said Lehmann, which is available on select Apple and Android devices. Playskool’s Love2Learn Elmo is available on Amazon, starting at about $32.

4. PlayStation VR by Nintendo

Sony’s new, long-awaited headset has moved hundreds of thousands of units, according to PlayStation executive Jim Ryan, and for good reason: Virtual reality is hot. Though not every gamer’s convinced the PSVR is a must-buy gift, it’s still an affordable foray into virtual reality, even at around $400 on Amazon. From the funny (“Job Simulator”) to the scary (“Until Dawn: Rush of Blood”), these games will keep your kids busy.

5. Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout Remote Control Drone Blaster

“There’s a whole new crop of toy drones,” Lehmann said, noting Nerf’s ultra high-tech N-Strike Elite TerraScout Remote Control Drone Blaster. Priced at a cool $249.99 on Toys R Us, the toy lets kids record the fun in photos and videos, command remote-controlled dart blasts and use the controller to adjust the angle of the blaster. There’s also a live video feed for viewing out-of-sight targets because this blaster takes dart-launching seriously.

Tips for Spending on Toys

With some toys costing hundreds of dollars, some parents may be wondering how they’ll pay for them without going into debt — should they opt to use layaway, savings, low-interest credit cards or something else? No matter what you do, you’ll want to make sure you don’t hurt your budget. (You can see where your credit currently stands by viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.) You may also want to take a look at these 13 ways to save at Babies R Us if you plan to shop there.

Beyond that, parents may want to ensure the toys are safe for their kids to begin with. For recall information and other news on potentially dangerous products, you can visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Image: Imgorthand

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5 Awesome Summer Gifts for Your Wired Kids

You'll never have to hear those dreaded words, "I'm bored!" with these cool, techy toys.

Summer is nearly upon us, and if you have kids, you know that means coming up with activities to keep them from getting bored. Cool tech toys that keep their brains and bodies active can help keep them occupied between the swim lessons, away camp and other activities. We tapped retail expert Rebecca Lehmann of Brad’s Deals for some toys that are sure to impress your wired kids this summer so you’ll never have to hear those words “I’m boooored!” Here are her techy picks.

1. Cozmo by Anki

The robotics startup that stole the show at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013 is back, this time with Cozmo, a “real-life robot like you’ve only seen in the movies,” Anki’s site says. Use the app to check Cozmo’s Daily Goals, a list of recommended activities for keeping him healthy and energized. The more you hang out, the more skills Cozmo learns — and the more he wants to play, which kids will love, Lehmann said. (Cozmo will send you a message if you leave the Cozmo App open so it doesn’t drain the battery.) Cozmo is available at various retailers starting at about $180.

2. Hatchimals by Spin Master

The toy that took the holidays by storm is still available, and popular as ever. Like Cozmo, Hatchimals “learn and evolve as you interact with them,” said Lehmann, specifically by requiring your kids’ touch in order to hatch. Kids can teach these colorful furry creatures to walk, talk, dance and play, and engage them by listening to their heartbeat, tapping and more. Hatchimals are available starting at about $55 at Target, Walmart and Kmart, as well as sites like Amazon and the children’s entertainment company Spin Master.

3. Love2Learn Elmo by Playskool

The cuddly toy responsible for Black Friday madness all those years ago has gotten an upgrade. Now the beloved Sesame Street character encourages little ones’ daily routines, like cleaning after themselves and brushing their teeth. Clap Elmo’s hands to learn all about numbers, letters, colors and shapes, or play games to see his real-time responses. Parents can also program Elmo with an app, said Lehmann, which is available on select Apple and Android devices. Playskool’s Love2Learn Elmo is available on Amazon, starting at about $32.

4. PlayStation VR by Nintendo

Sony’s new, long-awaited headset has moved hundreds of thousands of units, according to PlayStation executive Jim Ryan, and for good reason: Virtual reality is hot. Though not every gamer’s convinced the PSVR is a must-buy gift, it’s still an affordable foray into virtual reality, even at around $400 on Amazon. From the funny (“Job Simulator”) to the scary (“Until Dawn: Rush of Blood”), these games will keep your kids busy.

5. Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout Remote Control Drone Blaster

“There’s a whole new crop of toy drones,” Lehmann said, noting Nerf’s ultra high-tech N-Strike Elite TerraScout Remote Control Drone Blaster. Priced at a cool $249.99 on Toys R Us, the toy lets kids record the fun in photos and videos, command remote-controlled dart blasts and use the controller to adjust the angle of the blaster. There’s also a live video feed for viewing out-of-sight targets because this blaster takes dart-launching seriously.

Tips for Spending on Toys

With some toys costing hundreds of dollars, some parents may be wondering how they’ll pay for them without going into debt — should they opt to use layaway, savings, low-interest credit cards or something else? No matter what you do, you’ll want to make sure you don’t hurt your budget. (You can see where your credit currently stands by viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.) You may also want to take a look at these 13 ways to save at Babies R Us if you plan to shop there.

Beyond that, parents may want to ensure the toys are safe for their kids to begin with. For recall information and other news on potentially dangerous products, you can visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Image: Imgorthand

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