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For big kids this year it’s all about the boredom busters! I tried to get a good mix of electronic and screen free ideas along with a wide range in price points. In the past I’ve focused a lot on “hot toys” for this age group but this year is a bit different with so many of us spending a lot more at home. I’ve included some classics like bicycles to get more mileage (pardon the pun) out of your gifts.
Osmo – Coding Starter Kit – Osmo kits are a perennial favorite in my Facebook group. Not only are they fun but they teach all kinds of different skills. This particular one teachers logic, coding fundamentals, basics of programming, solve coding puzzles, teamwork, listening, critical thinking, observation, creative problem solving, music creation & pattern recognition.
National Geographic Mega Fossil and Gemstone Dig Kits– my kids have the fossil kit and LOVE it. It took a LOT longer to free the fossils than I expected; we actually ended up dividing it into two days. I think I’m going to get the gemstone one sine the fossils were such a hit.
Mirco Maxi Scooter– these are great quality and have been consistently popular the past few years. If your child wants a scooter and you are looking for a solid brand this is a great pick.
Bicycles– I never in a million years would have thought that bicycles would become such a hot commodity like they did this past summer! With everyone spending more time at home they became harder to get. Stock has finally caught up with demand so if your kid needs a bigger size bike it would make a great holiday gift.
Robux – if you are shopping for a Roblox fan you can’t go wrong with digital currency. You’ll definitely be the favorite aunt or uncle lol. If you are a parent you already know this stuff is coveted. Wrap it in a few different boxes to make it more fun to open. If they are more into Fortnite you can also go with V-bucks.
Cubcoats – these are just too cute! The coats fold into stuffies and they come in all kinds on animals, characters etc. This is a fun way to give new jacket as a gift and kill two birds with one stone.
LOL Surprise OMG Remix– I can’t do a gift guide without LOL Surprise. Unwrapping toys still seem to be pretty popular and this is the latest release for LOL Surprise.
- Frosty Slime Kit– These are another budget friendly boredom buster and I like that it has a winter theme. It would also be fun with some Frozen themed items.
Snap Circuits– my kids love Snap Circuits. With this starter kit they can assemble over 100 different electronic circuit projects with 30+ electronic parts. The kits work together so you can create bigger and more elaborate circuits. These are a great STEM activity.
Nintendo Switch– whether you are shopping for a console or picking up new games I would shop early! The consoles have been flying off the shelves and I expect Black Friday Bundles to sell out in a hot second.