Today I’m sharing some super fun and affordable gift ideas for kids. Most of these gifts can be found on Amazon. I’ve used affiliate links to share those items. I’m so excited to share this list because I know how hard and time consuming it can be to find the perfect gift. I’ve taken some of the work out for you and created this post that is sure to have a gift a kid in your life will love!
Many of these items are great ideas for grandparents who are looking for gifts in the $25-30 price range. Many are even cheaper than that. I hope this helps make your Christmas Season a little less stressful.
1: Lego Christmas Tree: The Lego Christmas Tree is such a fun idea for the holidays. This is a great gift to get a little early or to have the Elf on the Shelf bring from the North Pole. A perfect holiday project that also makes a fun decoration!
2. Off Brand “Lego” Christmas Tree: This smaller and cheaper version of a lego tree is super cute and has great reviews. It even has a music box in the bottom. I ordered it for my kids and I know they are going to love it!
3. Lego Santa’s Sleigh: The Lego Santa’s Sleigh is adorable and another perfect gift for the Lego lover’s in your life. I love that it is a special lego that can be brought out every year and used as a decoration.
4. Off Brand “Lego” Santa’s Sleigh: You know I found the Off Brand Santa’s Sleigh for this one too. Such a fun Christmas activity and a great price point. You could even divide the directions and pieces into 24 parts and give one part each day leading up to Christmas as an advent. How fun would that be?
5. 6. and 7. Lego Dots: Are your kids into these lego dots? Charlotte has gotten some for gifts in the last year and absolutely loves them. I love that they make useful pieces that are functional and look cute in her room. 5. is a Pencil Box 6. are Picture Framesand 3. is a Message Board. So fun and always a hit!
8. Build and Paint Wooden Cars: I love a gift that is a learning and skill building activity. This Build and Paint Wooden Cars Kit is so cool because not only is it a fun painting activity, but they also have to build the cars. I have two boys that I know will love this and I already ordered it for them.
9. Paint By Sticker Books: These Paint by Sticker books are always a hit. Great for in the car on long trips or anytime you want to keep hands busy and kids entertained. There are lots of different books (scroll down after clicking the link to see the other options). You can find one that’s perfect for a boy or a girl. I forgot to add the picture for this, but another super cool and really pretty gift idea is this Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit. Perfect and very doable for your little scientist.
10. Rock Painting Kit: How cute is this Glow in the dark rock painting kit? My kids always love painting and this comes with so many fun colors and accessories, not to mention they glow in the dark. Once the rocks are painted and dry the kids could have fun playing hide and seek game with them at night by hiding them for each other to find.
11. Air Clay: This summer my sister-in-law brought a Molding Air Dry Clay Kit to the family reunion and, holy smokes, was it a hit! Have you seen this stuff? I had never seen it and either had my kids. They LOVED it! I immediately ordered some and it was waiting for us when we got home. This little kit provided HOURS of fun for my kids. I have kept it stocked ever since, trust me, this will be a new favorite. I love it so much I keep a couple extra on hand to give as b-day gifts.
12. Molding Clay: One day I wasn’t paying close enough attention when I ordered Air Clay for my kids. When it arrived I realized it was Polymer Molding Clay Kit, I was bummed but let them play with it anyway. They loved it and made some really cool things. Instead of air drying, it needs to bake in the oven to dry. It comes with little things that they can use to make earrings, keychains and other little knick-knacks. It was a hit. Charlotte said she likes it even a little better than the air clay because she can be more precise with what she is creating. The only thing is that it is a little messier. I recommend that you have them use something under them, like a thin cutting board or baking sheet, when they work with it, because the clay can leave a little residue behind.
13. and 14. Buddha Board: This Buddha Board and Mini Buddha Board look like so much fun, especially if you have a doodler or artist in the family. The mini one is perfect to take in the car. These have great reviews and I can already picture my kids fighting over them.
15. and 16. Embroidery Kit: Charlotte has been asking if she can try embroidery. I was really excited to see that Amazon has such a good selection of Beginner Embroidery Kits. They are all so cute, but I finally made a decisions and ordered this one for Charlotte.
17. Rubiks Cube: Got a little brainiac in the family, or someone who likes to have something to fidget with? The Original Rubiks Cube is an iconic gift, perfect for stuffing a stocking and it seems like every kid I’ve ever met has wanted one at some point.
18. Puzzle Ball: Personally I get frustrated with these after like 2 minutes, but my kids really like them. We’ve had lots of different ones over the years, some of them have been pretty much impossible, but this 3D Maze Ball is more achievable because of the way it is set up. Definitely one of the best ones I’ve seen.
19. Shifting Box: Shape Shifting Box This is another super cool fidget/brain puzzle toy that is getting super popular. It has over 40,000 reviews, is award winning and can be made into 70 different shapes. I’m super excited to get these for my older boys this year. I think they are going to love them.
20. Boys Watch: This is a great Sports Watch for Kids. I had to add this to the list because it is the perfect watch for a younger kid that doesn’t need a smart watch. It makes a great stocking stuffer. We’ve bought this watch twice for our son Trever. (He lost the first one)…we originally bought it so he could tell what time it was when he was playing with friends and know when to come home. It helps him feel more responsible and connected to reality. I think its always a good idea to give a kid a watch, and great news, this one is durable and inexpensive so if your kid loses it like mine did, it’s not terrible to replace.
21. Roald Dahl Collection: I love making sure my kids get at least one book for Christmas. This 16 Book Collection of Roald Dahl books is awesome. All of his most famous classics in one spot. These are perfect for reading aloud with kids before bed.
22. The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: What kid doesn’t love a joke book? This one has over 20,000 reviews and apparently perfect for 6-12 year olds. I’m ordering this for my 8 year old this year. The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids.
23. Where the Sidewalk Ends: This Shel Silverstien Where the Sidewalk Ends was one of my absolute favorite books as a kid. Charlotte needs to read some poetry for an assignment this year in fifth grade and it made me think about this book. I realized we don’t have it and I immediately ordered it. It’s a classic and such a great and fun way to introduce kids to poetry.
Well, that’s it. Thanks for Checking out my Maria’s Christmas Gift Guide 2022: Kids. Those are my picks for the best gifts for kids 6-12. I hope you found at least one thing that makes your holiday shopping a little easier. Merry Christmas!
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And don’t forget to check out my super fun list of Christmas Movies and Snack Ideas for family movie nights!