Cool Gifts for Kids in 2017

looking for cool gifts for kids? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. This list will help you pick out a home run birthday, Christmas, back to school, or holiday gift. Kids gifts are easy to pick out because they are interested in a lot of things. Also check out our educational gifts for kids, many presents in these two categories overlap.

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10 tips on deciding what gifts to get kids

1. Find a present they will actually use

There are a ton of cool gift ideas for kids out there, so don’t buy them something generic or boring like clothing. In short, get them something they want rather than what you think they need. Games, toys, interactive, and educational presents are usually great options.

2. Get a fun and interactive present

Get them something that they can learn from and use with their friends or siblings. Games, remote controlled toys, educational toys, or gifts they can use outside are great options. Some examples on the list below are the remote controlled bumper battle cars, the magic science set for kids.

3. Buy them a gift they can use right away

This seems obvious but if you’re buying Christmas gifts for kids and they live somewhere where it’s snowing outside, don’t buy them something for the beach. Get them something they can open that day and have a lot of fun with. For kids, a few months seems like a lifetime, so be sure to find a gift they can use right away.

4. Consider a live gift, kids love animals

Every kid wants a pet, but they can be a lot of work. Some of the gifts on the list below will give them the joy of having a pet without the responsibility and commitment of say a dog or cat. There are a couple live animal gifts on this list below that kids will love. The first is the butterfly garden with caterpillars. The package comes with live caterpillars that the kids can watch transform into cocoons, then into live butterflies that they can let free. Another present on the list below is the LED ant farm that comes with a microscope. Kids will get hours of amusement watching the ants dig intricate tunnels. These gifts teach kids about nature and will get an appreciation for animals and nature.

5. Consider their interests

Every kid has a unique personality. If you know what sports, interests, or tv shows they’re into you can find a gift that fits that theme or category. For example, if you are buying a gift that loves to Wild Kratts, a tv show about animals and adventures. Get them a gift that will help them explore and learn about animals. Another example is if need a cool gift for a kid that loves dinosaurs, then look around for unique dinosaur toys.

6. Listen to what they actually want

Kids usually have a long wish list of presents they want. While it’s usually best to pick out a gift that will surprise them and they don’t know about, if you really can’t find anything, then getting something cool on their wish list isn’t always a bad idea. A lot of time if you know they want a certain type of gift, you can still do some research into that category of gift and find them something even cooler that they haven’t even heard of.

7. Inexpensive gifts can be just as good as expensive ones

Just because it’s expensive doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to like it. Unlike adults, kids don’t find things that are expensive more valuable. To them, it’s all about the amount of fun they can have with it and cool it is. In short, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to find a home run gift.

8. Don’t buy a technology gift

Kids already spend too much time staring at screens and being sedentary indoors. Instead of a video game console or video game, find a gift that will increase their time getting physical activity and boost communication skills. Consider cool gifts for kids they can use outside rather than just indoors.

9. Consider their age

Age is a big factor when picking out kid’s gifts. A 2 year old will have completely different interests then a 4 year old or 10 year old. You will usually know intuitively if the gift is appropriate for they age group. You don’t want to get a child something they aren’t big enough for. Another example would be don’t get a kids gift that will require them to follow detailed instructions if they can’t yet read.

10. Is the recipient a boy or girl?

When you’re trying to pick out a gift for kids, make sure you consider if it is appropriate for their gender. For example, on the gift list below I have 2 sets of Lincoln logs listed. One set has green accessories and the other has pink. Getting a young girl a gift that is girly will always be better than a gender neutral gift. The same goes for young boys, get them something that is their favorite color if the option is available.

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Home Laser Tag System

Home Laser Tag System

A home laser tag set is a lot of fun. One notable feature that makes this the best laser tag system for home use is that team sizes are limitless. You can use two guns stand alone or purchase multiple sets and play with large teams. The blasters have 4 different gun modes (pistol, shotgun, submachine gun, and rocket ...

Camera that Prints Instantly

Camera that Prints Instantly

An instant printing Fujifilm camera is a great gift for adults or kids. The Mini 8 is very similar to the Mini 9. The difference is the mini 9 comes in different colors, a selfie mirror, and a more advanced lens that allows for close up pictures. The pictures are small (3.39 inches tall by 2.13 inches wide or 3.39 ...

Kid Friendly Drone

Kid Friendly Drone

GordVE makes this awesome buildable kid friendly drone with camera. It has a lot of great features like altitude hold, gravity sensing, one key automatic return, led lights, the ability to do tricks, and headless mode. Headless mode is great for new flyers because it orients the drone to the direction of the ...

Full Face Snorkel Mask

Full Face Snorkel Mask

The Easy Snorkel makes a great full face snorkel mask that gives the wearer a 180 degree field of view. Their dry snorkel design prevents salt water from building up inside the mask. It also has a dry snorkel, so the user won’t have to worry about water filling the snorkeling when diving or if a wave splashes water ...

Giant Inflatable Bowling Set

Giant Inflatable Bowling Set

This is a fun game that can actually be used during or after the party. With this jumbo size bowling game, the user will have a ton of fun with the group or their family. It can be used both indoors and outdoors. This is a fun blow up bowling game they will surely enjoy.

Ride On RC Truck

Ride On RC Truck

I’ve seen electronically powered cars for kids, but I’ve yet to see a ride on remote controlled truck for kids. This truck great for 3 to 8 year olds. The spring suspension system and 14” wheels allow for a smooth ride. It has 3 speed settings, so if the recipient is scarred of the truck going to fast, you can just ...

Coloring Tablecloth

Coloring Tablecloth

Kids are always trying to draw on things, so why not buy them something like a tablecloth they can draw on. It’s great for sketching, drawing, scribbling, or writing on. It’s great for holidays, parties, and other events. The tablecloth looks like a giant sheet of paper with a grid printed on it so they can draw ...

Interactive World Map

Interactive World Map

This interactive map is a great way for kids to learn geography and about other countries. This educational gift will help them learn capitals, flags, languages, landmarks, and fun facts about each country. This toy is recommended for kids age 3 and up.

Butterfly Garden with Live Caterpillars

Butterfly Garden with Live Caterpillars

A butterfly garden is an awesome gift idea for kids. They will learn a lot watching the transformation of metamorphosis up close. The kit comes with 5 caterpillars and a reusable mesh habitat for the butterflies to fly around in. The company ships the live caterpillars right to your door! The process of a caterpillar ...

Kids Zip Line

Kids Zip Line

This zip line kit comes with all the gear they will need to attach it to 2 trees. The 70 foot stainless steel cable offers exceptional performance. It comes with a fully assembled steel trolley with comfortable rubber handles. The seat comes a 10 foot rope for adjusting the length and includes a carabineer for quick ...

Shark Blanket for Kids

Shark Blanket for Kids

This shark blanket is a fun gift idea for kids. The Blankie Tails company makes the blankets from super soft, premium, and durable fabric. You can choose from 4 different colors you can see by clicking the image above. It might even help mom get the kids to take a nap. The blankets fit kids age 3 to 12 years old. They ...

Basketball Hoop Laundry Basket

Basketball Hoop Laundry Basket

Mom with love this present as well. Kids will actually want to put their dirty laundry in the hamper. It easily fits over a sliding closet door. You could also include a ball that the kids can use to shoot into the hamper when there are no clothes inside. Click the image to read reviews on amazon.

Interactive Globe

Interactive Globe

I had a Smart Discovery Globe as a kid so I can speak from personal experience here. Kids will be able to explore over 250 countries. They will be able to challenge themselves, learning state capitals, total populations, geography, and much more. The smart discovery globe is in my opinion the best education toy for ...

Indoor Mini Hockey Set

Indoor Mini Hockey Set

If you need a gift for older kids, mini sticks are a cool idea. I remember playing with these when I had my friends over as a kid and having tons of fun. The hockey sticks are adjustable size, so they fit kids of all ages really. They will have the option to play on their feet or knees. Hit the image of the Franklin ...

Super Mario Themed Chess Set

Super Mario Themed Chess Set

Whether you need a birthday gift, Christmas present, or toy for any occasion, you can’t go wrong with anything Super Mario related. It has a ton of awesome game pieces like Mario, luigi, biro, goomba, toad, bowser, and more. It’s a great chess set to teach kids how to play chess. This is a one of a kind gift for kids ...

Plush Mermaid Tail Blanket

Plush Mermaid Tail Blanket

If you need a present for a girl, then a mermaid blanket is a creative idea for kids ages 3-12 years old. It is very soft, warm, cozy, and unique. It’s a good sleeping bag for sleepovers or everyday lounging on the couch. Their feet can go all the way to the tail!

Inflatable Bumper Balls

Inflatable Bumper Balls

With these inflatable bumper balls, kids can run into each other without having to worry about getting hurt. They are great for birthday parties, the beach, the park, the backyard, barbecues, or other gatherings. They will be able to play fun games like king of the hill or even create their own games.

Giant Tic Tac Toe Game

Giant Tic Tac Toe Game

Tic Tac Toe is a fun game for kids. With this game they actually get 2 games in 1, as the pieces can be rearranged into a hopscotch board. The sturdy foam pieces fit together to a form a 3’ by 3’ grid. It’s a great game to play indoors or outdoors.

Magic Science Wizards Kit

Magic Science Wizards Kit

A magic kit is a great science gift for kids that is also educational. It includes all the supplies they will need to feel like real magicians. Chemicals including banking soda, vegetable oil, red cabbage powder, zinc sulfide, and citric acid are used to perform safe and awesome tricks using science! It’s a great gift ...

RC Bumper Car Battle

RC Bumper Car Battle

If you need a gift for two kids, then these KidiRace remote controlled bumper cars are a great gift idea. They come with two rechargeable batteries and wall chargers. Kids can beat their opponent by hitting the rival bumper car with enough force in the right spots to knock them off their seat. The cars make electronic ...

RC Drone for Kids

RC Drone for Kids

If you want a cool gift for kids, then a drone is a perfect. This drone made by Holy Stone, has headless mode, which makes the drone easy to fly. It is also super durable and stable. It has about a 50 meter control range, and flying time of about 6-8 minutes. This drone literally has thousands of great reviews. Hit ...

LED Gel Ant Farm

LED Gel Ant Farm

This LED ant farm with light is another cool gift for kids. They will love watching the ants dig tunnels in their new habitat. Kids with learn a lot about how ants live with this educational gift. The gel allows the ants to dig deep, intricate tunnels, and the recipient will get to watch the entire process. It also ...

Animal Footprint Sandals

Animal Footprint Sandals

Footprint sands are a cool gift idea for kids. With these kids sandals they will have fun looking back and seeing the cat claw footprint in the sand. They’ll surely think of some fun and clever ways to use these footprint sandals at the beach. Hit the image to read pricing and size options on amazon.

Shark Toss Game

Shark Toss Game

This shark toss game is perfect for the pool or outside. It comes with 2 nets and 2 balls. There are a log of games kids can play with this toy. This present for kids will help them increase hand eye coordination, motor, and interpersonal skills. The fade resistant materials will stand up to the sun’s rays and ...

Wrist Watch for Kids

Wrist Watch for Kids

Kids love to know and tell what time it is. With these watches by Eleoption, you can choose from dozens of different styles. They are sock resistant, sock resistant, comfortable, and unique. To see all the watch designs on amazon, just click the link or image.

Robot Boxing Game

Robot Boxing Game

Rock em Sock em robots is a popular game most of us have played. It has been around for over 40 years and is always a favorite. The point of this game is to knock the opponent of their block by landing the perfect shot. By pressing the buttons on your side the robot’s arms throw punches and make realistic sounds. It’s ...

Smiley Face Sandwich Cutter

Smiley Face Sandwich Cutter

Grilled cheese are always a favorite snack of kids. With this grilled cheese cutter they will be able to have some fun while they eat. The sandwich press makes a great looking smiley face right through the bread and cheese. Hit the image to see exactly how it looks.

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