Gift giving for kids can get challenging, especially if you want to give a cool gift! If you’re like me you want to give your kids, nieces and nephews, and even the grandkids a great present. You want to be the one who gave the best present.
Here’s a list of gifts that fit the cool mom category!
This silicone Lego tape sticks to walls and surfaces so your kids can get creative! It’s reusable, repositionable, bendable, and washable! Great to let your Lego fans go wile and get creative.
We discovered the Boogie Board Writing Tablet a year ago and my kids (8 and 11) still LOVE them. These magic writing tablets go with us everywhere (I’m not really exaggerating): in the car, trips, restaurants, church (they’re the PERFECT quiet toy!), planes, and pretty much anywhere the kids want to be entertained. We call it our no-tech toy because you draw on it and then erase. Over and over again. This toy is a winner for sure. It’s durable and fits inside your bag or your kids backpack with ease. You can’t go wrong with this gift!
Not only do we carry it everywhere for entertainment, we also use it like a white board for homework time. It’s perfect for spelling and match practice!
And, now there are a ton of versions. We have the original ones, and also a Boogie Board Magic Sketch. This one has a few more bells on it: primarily instead of writing in a green on black “ink,” it’s a rainbow color and is see-thru so you can trace. This is perfect for young learners who want to practice writing their alphabet letters.
There’s also a Boogie Board Scribble ‘n Play version with colored writing, and a more durable case with thick styluses for little hands.
The Magformers Standard Set is a magnetic toy that will keep your kids imagination going for hours. My daughter received this as a birthday gift and hasn’t stopped playing with it in over a year! The magformers set is an Amazon #1 bestseller toy that has a 4.8 (of 5) star rating. We can attest to the greatness of this gift because it uses imagination and keeps little hands busy. Some of these magnet pieces are on our refrigerator, acting as a base to create a new shape. This is a winner!
This mermaid pillow is totally on MY gift list. It’s two sided and the sequin side let’s you draw pictures or just swirl the back to change the sequin colors. There’s a blue and silver “Sharks Think” version too.
The Kano Computer Kit is on my son’s wish list! It’s a “build your own computer,” computer based on the rasberry pi computer for the hardware. There’s an opportunity for your child to learn to code with challenges build using color-coded blocks and some commands. It’s known to let kids, “make your own instruments” and even hack Minecraft. Convinced yet? One mom says, “This is a real hit in my house, and as someone who has multiple engineering degrees and who works in tech, it make my heart happy to see my daughter enjoying this system.”
We received Codenames as a gift last year and have loved it ever since. There isn’t a “board” for this board game, but you play with cards and clues. It’s simple premise is to create two teams with leaders, spymasters, who gives one word clues. Each team has to correctly guess synonyms on the board. It really makes you think.
It’s the perfect game for kids and adults. We’ve played with family (young and old) and with friends. And at one point, I underestimated our 8-year-old thinking she couldn’t be in the “spymaster” role. Little did I know she absolutely could handle it, making this game even better! If you like thinking games, this ones for you! There’s a Disney version of Codenames too.
But don’t just take our word for it, Codenames is highly rated on Amazon (received a 4.8 of 5 stars from more than 1,800 reviewers!)
How about a toy that gets the kids outside? Our neighbor has one of these mat platform swings and all the kids love it! Because it’s flat, kids can sit OR stand on it, and multiple kids can fit at once.
Keep in mind that you need a tree or structure to hang this from.