Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Gift Ideas for Kids

A round up of the best grade school age kids gift ideas for Christmas with toys, books, and games starting at $7.

I’ve been pouring over a bunch of the latest gift ideas for kids this past week since I’m absolutely determined to have zero Christmas shopping on the to-do list after Thanksgiving for my 9 year-old.

What’s up with kids being so hard to buy for? Maybe it’s because I just don’t want to get my kids total junk that will turn into broken clutter and instead give them things they’ll actually use and love.

One of the most fun parts of Christmas to me is when the kids have opened all of their gifts, and there is this pure unadulterated joy as they tinker with their new treasures all sprawled out on the floor in front of the tree with wrapping paper everywhere. 

If you need some gift ideas for kids in your live this Christmas, these are all of my faves.

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Gift Ideas for Kids Under $40

  1. Hover Soccer Ball – A fun option for soccer-loving kiddos during the cold, winter months when they can’t play it outside.
  2. LEGO Make Your Own Movie Set – If your child loves LEGO and film, this set is so creative! A fun activity for making stop-motion animation on a tablet with lights, sounds, and camera angles.
  3. Fairy Garden Craft Kit – An interactive activity that allows kids to learn gardening, art, and tap into pretend play.
  4. Pillow Bed Floor Lounger Cover – Perfect for movie nights, slumber parties, and reading time.
  5. Slingshock Battle Tops Set – I remember playing something similar to this battle set as a kid and it was so much fun!!!
  6. Kids Against Maturity Game – Such a FUN game for a good laugh and family bonding time.
  7. Go Glam Nail Stamper – If your kiddo loves all things manicures, this one is a hit for sure.
  8. The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs – So many great recipes for little foodies who love to learn cooking skills.
  9. T-Rex Fingerlings – For the dinosaur-obsessed, this little guy is a blast.
  10. FitBit Ace 2 – Like the grown-up FitBit built with kids in mind so they can track healthy habits, have fitness competitions with friends, and earn badges for activity goals.
  11. MasterChef Family Cooking Game – An interactive game with cooking challenges the family can enjoy and learn together.
  12. Good Housekeeping Amazing Science – Tons of experiment ideas using household items that Bill Nye the Science Guy would totally approve of.
  13. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie – Animal figurines kids can scribble all over, give a bath, and start new.
  14. Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad – The perfect gift idea for any little artists who want to improve their drawing skills.
  15. Walkie Talkie Set – What kids don’t love walkie talkies? These have a built-in flashlight that make them extra fun for hiking or camping.
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Gift Ideas for Kids

  1. Climbing Dome with Canopy and Swing – If you don’t have room for an entire playground in your yard, this compact design is an awesome solution.
  2. Joystar Vintage Kids Bike for 2-7 Year Olds (and BMX Style Bike) – Can’t go wrong with a classic! I love the vintage style of these. That little basket!!
  3. Interactive AR Globe – A great educational idea that will help kids learn about geography and cultures with interactive music, stories, facts, puzzles, and challenges.
  4. Nintendo Switch Lite – Definitely the most “it” handheld game this year.
  5. KidiZoom Creator Cam – If you have a techy kiddo who loves creating videos, this camera is a lot of fun with plenty of tools to get creative without the use of internet or need of a mobile phone.
  6. National Geographic Rock Tumbler Kit – Olivia LOVES rock collecting, and there’s nothing better for a geology enthusiast than a tumbler kit.
  7. Kids’ 5 Piece Luggage Travel Set – If you have any upcoming vacations planned, this travel set is well-equipped and really cute.
  8. Sperry Rain Boots – Olivia got these last year from Santa and loves them! Hers are the lavender and silver, but they come in other colors too.
  9. Artie the Coding Robot – Kids are learning coding now! What?! This little robot is a great way for them to start.
  10. Glow in the Dark Fort Building Kit – Taking the traditional blanket fort to a whole new level! The fact that this kit is glow in the dark makes it even more perfect for living room camp out slumber parties.
  11. The Questioneers Chapter Book Collection – My girls are huge fans of the Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Iggy Peck stories which encourage STEM learning and teache the lessons of never giving up.
  12. Schleich Horse Club Dollhouse Playset – If your child loves horses and dolls, this dollhouse adorably combines the two.
  13. Kids’ Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Set – Great for those little ninja warriors who love challenges, obstacles, and beating their own goals.

Any other kids gift ideas you’d add to the list? What are you getting yours this year?

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