Parenting

14 Gifts Kids Will Go Nuts Over

Ah, the holidays. A time for celebration, a time for family, a time for watching your kid's face light up as they unwrap the best gift ever. At least, that's what we'd like to see. But choosing the perfect gift for the kid in your life can be tough. It's not always about what's "hot" — it's important to take the child's personality into account too. Sure, the best gift for your kid might be the one everyone's raving about this year. Or it might be something quirky you just know they're going to dig. Or maybe it's a new spin on a classic toy that's never really going to go out of style.

Check out these awesome gifts for kids — and get started on that holiday shopping, because it'll be mid-December before you know it.

The story behind this award-winning plate and utensils set (sold separately) is amazing: It was created by a husband and wife team whose son was so into construction, he wanted to use his Cheerios for building instead of snacking. Function meets play in the best way.

Construction Plate, $14.96 at Uncommon Goods; Construction Utensils, $17.50 at Uncommon Goods 

It's a backpack with spikes. Also, it's very, very cool, it's the perfect size for a child, and it's sturdy enough to survive day after day at preschool. Did we mention it has spikes?

Madpax Spiketus Rex backpack, $59.99 at Amazon

If your kid loved Hatchimals last year, they're going to go crazy for this year's Surprise. For the first time ever in Hatchimal world, you can hatch not one but two of the critters. The "surprise" element comes from their colors — they're hatched at random, so you really don't know what you have until they crack out of that egg. 

Hatchimals Surprise, $52.82 at Amazon

The budding space explorer in your life needs their own moon — and this is as close as you'll get to the real thing. It hangs on the wall and glows to show the different phases of our favorite space rock neighbor.

Moon In My Room, $19.99 at Amazon

Nothing says happy holidays to a Star Wars fan quite like the opportunity to create their very own droid. The droid inventor kit lets them build a custom droid, bring it to life and send it on 16-plus Star Wars missions. All video instructions are provided via the free app, which is also used to control the droid. And yes, you can make its head spin. 

LittleBits Star Wars droid inventor kit, $99.95 at Amazon

In our digital-obsessed world, this is the perfect antidote to batteries, wires and screens. And with 360 cards in the box, there's potential for thousands of different stories. Simply pick a card and tell a story — using words, actions or paper. 

The Storymatic Kids, $29.95 at Amazon

If you want your kid to learn science without having to clean up after them, this terrarium is ideal. An entire miniature ecosystem sealed in a plastic Mason-style jar, the kit comes with potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister. 

Grow N' Glow Terrarium, $11.29 at Amazon 

For some reason unbeknownst to most parents, kids these days are going crazy for scented plush animals inside giant lollipops. Who knew? Choose from a jumbo cat, dog or bunny (your kid will probably want them all).

Pikmi Pops Surprise! jumbo plush cat, $36.45 at Amazon

Fact: Kids love forts. With this easy-to-connect kit (complete with glow-in-the-dark balls because nighttime forts are cooler), they can create the fort of their dreams. Just add bed sheets.

Crazy Forts!, $44.82 at Amazon

 

Make homework, art projects and reading more comfortable and fun for your kid by gifting them their own personalized lap desk.

Personalized lap desk, $39.99 at PersonalizationMall.com

Remember Etch A Sketch? This is like that, but much better. Kids can draw or write whatever they like and erase it quickly with the push of a button. It's also a gift for the environment: no more wasted paper. 

Boogie Board Scribble 'n Play, $18 at Amazon