The older kids get, the harder it can be to find them holiday gifts that make their eyes sparkle. And let's be honest after all the stress of 2020, they could use a little extra sparkle.
But fear not. While they may have us bested when it comes to celebrity TikTok star knowledge, you have an advantage: #TeamMotherly. Our editors have combed through the internet looking for THE BEST recommendations for toys and gifts, which ensures you get to hang on to #coolmom status.
Here are the best gifts for the older cool kids in your life.
The beautifully illustrated atlas will make learning geography skills fun and exciting. It includes over 450 reusable stickers and a world map poster they can hang in their room. Shh, we won't tell them they're learning in the process.
This real digital camera is the perfect way for your budding photographer to bloom. It's easy to use without lacking any cool features. It's HD, features four built-in filters (normal, black and white, sepia and blue), and supports a 32GB SD card. Plus, kids get to put the camera together themselves!
Oxford Pennant makes retro, nostalgic items that kids will love displaying in their rooms. From a reminder that it's cool to be kind to state and city-specific banners and pennants, you'll be able to find exactly the right one for your giftee.
This has been a tough year and kids are having some big feelings. Help them work through those feelings (and learn the beauty of reflection) with this thoughtfully designed journal. Created by a teenager, it offers prompts that are sure to help them dig deep and learn that they really are amazing as we keep telling them.
The Sketchboard Pro is an iPad stand designed for digital artists. It holds the iPad so you can focus on the task at hand (without hurting your wrists), and has legs so it can be used to display work, too.
You're never too young to start practicing self-care. We love this skincare kit designed specifically for kids age 8 to 18. The kit comes with a cleanser, toner and moisturizer, all of which are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, dyes, animal products, gluten and cruelty.
This super sweet and beautiful necklace is sure to be their favorite piece of jewelry—the perfect combination of sophistication and cuteness for your tween.
Convincing them to log off the computer and go outside is so much easier when they have a super fun reason to do so—like the Glow Drone from Sharper Image. It's lightweight, easy to use and control, and sure to keep them entertained for hours. Plus, it glows!
Fact: You are never too old to love stickers. The Pipsticks Kids Club sends a packet of fun and high-quality stickers each month, starting at just $11.95 per month. This is truly a gift that keeps giving and will help them stay excited (and thinking of you) all year long.
For the kid that can't stop reading and learning, this encyclopedia is perfect. It's brimming with interesting facts about the world. It's set up chronologically and covers a ton of topics kids love to learn about: the universe, earth, matter, life, humans, ancient and medieval times, modern times, and today + the future.
Puzzles have a calming effect on the brain, and we could all use a little more of that right now. This puzzle is so gorgeous that they may want to frame it when it's done (which won't be for a little while—it's 500 pieces!).
The Bravery magazine is printed quarterly and inspires kids to be dreamers, doers and of course, to be brave. Each issue focuses on a female role model and shares stories, crafts and activities to help your child learn valuable lessons.
These kits are handmade in Bali and will be as fun to fly as they are pretty to decorate a room with.
If your child has yet to try a GoldieBlox kit, they are in for a real treat. Each kit is a whole project that is fun to complete and cool to marvel at or use when they're done (and of course, educational). The Cloud Dream Lamp makes a great science and crafting project, and will be a loved part of their room decor for years to come.
Art-loving kids will delight in this book (and honestly, you might, too). Each page is either a beautifully designed piece of paper to craft with or a mini paper-related project: origami, paper dolls, pen pal kit and more.
The verdict is in: Slime and putty are still cool—especially when kids can make it themselves. The Crazy Aaron kits get rave reviews. This one comes with the ability to make glow-in-the-dark, sparkle and heat-sensitive putty. And we love that "Thinking Putty is manufactured with the help of exceptional individuals challenged with disabilities."
Rookie Humans bedding is perfect for kids that have outgrown their "baby rooms" but still want to sleep and play in a fun and whimsical space. The set includes everything they need: a fitted sheet, a top sheet, a pillowcase and a duvet cover—and it's super soft and made with no harmful chemicals.
Neon MFG makes the coolest neon signs that will transform any room into a teenager's dream. You even have the ability to create a completely custom design!
Sure, Wonderwoman and Princess Leia are cool, but they've got nothing on the likes of women like Malala, Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks. Celebrating real human role models with Piccolina's inspiring Trailblazer T-shirts is a non-negotiable this year. They're made from super high-quality cotton and feature colorful renditions of famous (and not surprisingly, not so famous) female icons designed by female artists from all over the world.
Cara & Co. makes adorable bead kits for all the jewelry makers in your life. Their kids' kits come in a ton of different styles, and includes everything your (not-so) little one needs to make unique jewelry.
Get their heart rate up with this exciting car racing kit from Carrera. It includes over 16 feet of tracks (which can be added to with expansion kits) and, of course, the Cars theme that everyone loves. It's the perfect gift for winter, inspiring hours of indoor fun.
Want more gift guide inspiration? We've got you covered. Check out all of our 2020 Gift Guides here.
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