If you still find it a bit difficult to find just the right toy, though, try browsing our list to see suggestions for what to gift every growing child in your family and friend circle. Whether it’s an under-$10 plush for your neighbor’s third grader or a makeup starter kit for the pre-teen gal in your life, you’re sure to find something here that will satisfy your holiday gifting needs.
Best for: Your preteen niece who wants to upgrade her room decor
You might still be the cool aunt or uncle, but not for long! Extend those precious pre-puberty years of childhood sweetness by gifting your niece these jaunty fungi that act as a nightlight but are still cool enough for big kids.
Best for: The neighbor kid who always asks about your cat
Sure, they can be annoying, but curious kids usually have the best intentions–even when it’s the sixth time this week they’ve stopped you to ask if they can come hang out with your beloved Fluffy sometime. Give them something cute to tide them over with this adorable plush.
Hot Wheels have been plenty of kids’ favorite toys for a long, long time, and they’re still popular as ever. Give your favorite little car lover this stunt garage for Christmas to keep them busy through the new year.
Best for: A kid who loves a surprise and a challenge
This kit comes with more than 200 pieces to discover, explore, build with, and ultimately create a unique and fun experience for any kid with a curious mind and hands to keep busy. They’ll be able to add to this setup, too, thanks to Hexbug’s vast line of tech toys and accessories made to help little minds grow.
Every kid looks cooler than cool in this incredible BMW electric car, so pick their favorite color (black and white are also available) and get ready to be the favorite parent/aunt/uncle/whatever you are to them for life–or at least until next Christmas.
If they’re out of that stage where any and all toys are good, get them something a little more grown up and special with this T’Challa Star-Lord collectible bobble-head. Just be forewarned: This is a pre-order so Christmas delivery isn’t guaranteed, but the wait will be worth it and give them something to look forward to post-holiday.
Encourage their love of science and fun experiments with this incredible plasma ball. The lights respond to touch and sound, so they’ll stay entertained figuring out ways to make the squiggly lines dance for hours.
Best for: Artistic kids with an interest in STEM/STEAM learning
One of the hottest selling products on JC Penney’s website right now is this easel that combines traditional drawing and art creation with a bit of LED light technology to really bring kids’ creations to life. The entire board is removable, too, so you can display their works of art throughout the home as wanted.