40 Great Gifts to Buy Your Grandkids

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It's hard finding the perfect gift for any loved one, let alone when there are multiple generation gaps between you. Grandparents doing their holiday shopping for grandchildren may easily feel overwhelmed by the excess of toys, both old and new, available online and in stores, so here are a few of this year's most-coveted gifts to consider buying to make the kids' holidays special.

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Hatchimals Hatchibabies
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HATCHIMALS HATCHIBABIES

Est. Price: $49 | Buy them from Walmart
The newest Hatchimals toy goes for the ultimate cute factor with HatchiBabies — they never grow up. Accessories including a rattle, hairbrush, and bottle come inside the egg so kids are ready to take care of their new addition.

Green Toys Dump Truck
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GREEN TOYS DUMP TRUCK

Est. Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
California-based Green Toys lives up to its name by making its full line of toys out of recycled milk jugs. This sturdy, sandbox-ready dump truck comes in three colors and is BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free. Green Toys is one of a dwindling number of U.S.-based toymakers.

ozobot bit coding robot
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OZOBOT BIT CODING ROBOT

Est. Price: $49 | Buy it on Amazon
Here's a cutting-edge way to nourish a child's early STEM skills: Ozobot, the bit-coding robot. Children older than 6 can have fun while gaining valuable foundational skills, customizing their bot with character stickers and coding with a marker before taking on included activity challenges and advancing to edit programs online.

Fingerlings Baby Unicorn
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FINGERLINGS BABY UNICORN

Est. Price: $14 | Buy it on Amazon
The Fingerling and unicorn crazes have finally merged. Gigi the baby unicorn responds to sound, touch, and motion with all sorts of cute movements and noises. If you aren’t feeling quite as sweet, check out her Raptor brother.

Holy Stone Predator Drone
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HOLY STONE PREDATOR DRONE

Est. Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
If your grandchild is interested in tech or the current trend of recreational drone use, this reasonably priced "training" quadcopter may be the perfect place to start with this modern hobby, provided the child is at least 14 years old and diligent enough to peruse the manual properly. The drone incorporates three different speed settings, a "headless flight system" that makes stable flying easier, and a six-axis stabilization system that helps in executing aerial stunts and flips.

Spirograph Design Tin Set
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SPIROGRAPH

Est. Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Invented in the late 19th century, the Spirograph is a drawing tool that lets anyone create hypnotic mandala-like designs. Modern Spirograph sets include multiple sizes of drawing wheels and different colored pens that allow children or adults to get creative with this uniquely mathematical design toy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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NINTENDO SWITCH

Est. Price: $300 | Buy it on Amazon
For the grandparent who likes to go all-out in their gift giving, this system from Nintendo is popular for good reason, given its versatility and relatively low price tag for a new console. The Switch functions as both a home system and portable tablet, so games can be taken anywhere and played in multiple styles, or with others playing on multiple consoles.

Tupperware Shape-O Toy
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TUPPERWARE SHAPE-O TOY

Est. Price: $29 | Buy it from Tupperware
Most children probably grew up with something like this rattling ball toy from Tupperware, which has yellow geometric pieces that fit through cutout spaces. Infants and children from 6 months to 6 years can work on identifying shapes and increasing dexterity while playing, then store the pieces within the ball so they aren't immediately lost.

Hasbro Classic Operation Game
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OPERATION

Est. Price: $13 | Buy it on Amazon
A variation on a buzzing carnival game invented in 1964, most children who grew up playing Operation probably had no idea it was testing their eye coordination and fine motor skills the entire time. The toy, which is best for ages 6 to 14, is still easily found online and in stores today, often in themed versions where the patient is Shrek, Homer Simpson, and other characters.

VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
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VTECH KIDIBEATS DRUM SET

Est. Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
This toddler-friendly drum set lets kids from 2 to 5 years of age bang miniature LED-lit drum-pads freestyle or with pre-programmed melodies that encourage them to follow along while teaching them letters and numbers. It's fun, cheap, and simple while also aiding in sensory development.

Hasbro Connect 4 Game
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CONNECT 4

Est. Price: $6 | Buy it on Amazon
A little like a more-involved, gravity-based form of tic-tac-toe, Connect 4 is a cheap, portable two-player game that's simple enough for young children, yet involves enough strategy to engage adults too. There are many versions produced today of the 1974 Milton Bradley original, including a "Twist and Turn" version.

Basic Fun Fisher Price Classic Chatter Phone
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FISHER PRICE CHATTER PHONE

Est. Price: $10 | Buy it on Amazon
This beloved rolling toy still has the same old-fashioned rotary dial as it did upon its initial release in 1962, having undergone a short-lived update to push buttons in 2000. The design is no longer modernized, but young toddlers around 2 years of age still enjoy the chatter phone's flashing lights, ringing noises, and moving eyes.

Mr. Potato Head Marvel Agents Of S.p.u.d.
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MR. POTATO HEAD MARVEL AGENTS OF S.P.U.D.

Est. Price: $14 | Buy it on Amazon
Mr. Potato Head gets a superhero makeover with this kit. Dress him like Hulk or Iron Man, or mix and match the two. The kit comes with a large potato and a miniature one for double the fun.

kanoodle
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KANOODLE

Est. Price: $7 | Buy it from Amazon
Kanoodle is a cheap, solo game pack with hundreds of possible puzzle variations ranging from easy to difficult, accessible to everyone older than 3. Basically, it consists of several colored connected beads you can stack to construct unique designs and help children improve spatial reasoning. Plus, it'll give them something to do by themselves on the go that doesn't involve staring at a screen.

Battat Dalmatian Vet Kit
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DALMATIAN VET KIT

Est. Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Young children with a passion for animals will love playing veterinarian with this set including play versions of a stethoscope, syringe, and pet carrier that doubles as storage space for all the separate pieces. They can pretend to heal their own pet with the play tools or use them on the fuzzy stuffed Dalmatian included in the kit.

Kid O Bilibo Orange
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BILIBO

Est. Price: $31 | Buy it on Amazon
Imaginative youngsters find dozens of ways to play with this surprisingly versatile and sturdy toy — as a hat, as a tortoise shell, or as a seat to spin around in. Because the bilibo doesn't have one specific use, it can be a great way to encourage creative play for children with excess energy, from as young as 2 to as old as 10.

EzyRoller Classic Ride On
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EZYROLLER

Est. Price: $78 | Buy it from Walmart
Adults and kids alike may be competing for the next ride on the EzyRoller come Christmas morning. This low-riding, sit-down scooter has the rider pump their feet to keep moving with an extendable foot bar, making for comfortable and fun rides fitting for both kids and their grandparents.

HearthSong Fantasy Fort Kit Creative Pretend Play Construction Building Set
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FANTASY FORT BUILDING SET

Est. Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
Children with a passion for pillow forts will love the chance to build their forts with something a bit sturdier, like the lightweight yet durable connectable panels that make up this construction kit. The panels look like wood-grain and can easily form structures large enough for young ones to crawl inside and play.

Melissa & Doug Latches Wooden Activity Board
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LATCHES WOODEN ACTIVITY BOARD

Est. Price: $21 | Buy it on Amazon
Toddlers from ages 3 to 6 can build dexterity and other skills trying to master the six different latches holding the doors shut on this activity board from beloved toy-making company Melissa & Doug. Behind the doors are different colors and numbers to keep young kids learning.

MindWare Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Big Box
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Q-BA-MAZE 2.0

Est. Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon
Unlike most marble-run sets, this one was made by an architect who made sure the pieces would snap together to ensure the marbles stay on-track. The colorful playset empowers children to get creative in making miniature engineering marvels, and then enjoy their work by unleashing multiple marbles at once to navigate their maze.

Fisher-Price Spinnyos Giant Yo-ller Coaster
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SPINNYOS YO-LLER COASTER

Est. Price: $35 | Buy it from Kohl's
The Yo-ller Coaster from Fisher Price is a curvy, colorful playset containing multiple tracks for yo-yo-like spools to spin down and launch off of. Children put the spinners on the launchers and find fun ways to modify the tracks and change their trajectory. The unique toy takes some assembly but will entertain toddlers to preschool-age children just as well as, say, a marble-run toy.

Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition
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WATCH YA' MOUTH

Est. Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Few kids or adults will be able to resist cracking up after a few rounds of Watch Ya' Mouth, a simple-but-hilarious game in which players try to pronounce complex phrases with dentist-style cheek retractors in their mouths. The game originated via viral videos but has since become a hot gift for friends and family unafraid to laugh at themselves.

Gamewright Rory's Story Cubes
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RORY'S STORY CUBES

Est. Price: $10 | Buy it on Amazon
Rory's Story Cubes are simple and cheap but capable of inspiring endless creativity. Players roll dice with different images on each side, then try on their own or with other players' help to employ all those images into their own made-up-on-the-spot story.

Tickle Me Elmo
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TICKLE ME ELMO

Est. Price: $15 | Buy it from Walmart
Is it really the holidays without a classic Tickle Me Elmo? Your grandkid's favorite Sesame Street pal is ready to laugh and play.

Leapfrog Water and Count Veggie Garden
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LEAPFROG WATER AND COUNT VEGGIE GARDEN

Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Target
Little gardeners can learn about sizes, counting, and colors as they dig and plant with this interactive toy. It toy includes 100 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases.

Giantmicrobes Themed Gift Boxes
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GIANT MICROBES

Est. Price: $25 | Buy it on Amazon
Giant microbes are another sort of unconventional plush toy, this one designed to teach kids about disease and single-celled organisms while still providing them something soft with which to cuddle. These adorable teaching tools come in various themed gift-sets featuring cuddly versions of famous historical plague germs, blood cells, or even STDs.

Kiwi Crate
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KIWI CRATE

Est. Price: Varies | Buy it from KiwiCo
Kiwi Crates are tailor-made gift sets that lets you customize the contents to ensure they're perfect for a grandchild's age range. Subscribe for a predetermined length of time and receive monthly crates with free shipping within the U.S., each designed to teach STEM skills in fun, interactive ways in the comfort of a child's own home.

Zipfy Two Tone Series and Freestyle Luge Snow Sled
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ZIPFY FREESTYLE LUGE SNOW SLED

Est. Price: $45 | Buy it on Amazon
If your grandchild can't wait to start sledding in the snowy season, it may be time to buy them a sled that's lightweight, easy to control, and strong enough not to break the second it hits an icy patch. This Zipfy sled runs a little pricey but functions more effectively and safely than competing sleds while still accommodating adults who want to hit the slopes as well.

Green Toys Rocket with 2 Astronauts Toy Vehicle Playset
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GREEN TOYS ROCKET WITH ASTRONAUTS

Est. Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Another toy both sturdy and environmentally friendly, this rocket playset comes with two mini astronaut figures and features a detachable top capsule so kids from ages 2 to 8 can be a bit more creative with how they play. It's another example of a toy that has enough features to entertain while still being plain enough to enable a child's imaginative side.

Lego Brickheadz Luke Skywalker And Yoda
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LEGO BRICKHEADZ LUKE SKYWALKER AND YODA

Est. Price: $15 | Buy it from Target
Whether they love Legos, “Star Wars,” or both, they’ll be thrilled to find this 215-piece BrickHeadz set in their stocking or under the tree.

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
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LEGO CHAIN REACTIONS CRAFT KIT

Est. Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Alternately, try this award-winning Lego set that includes plastic balls, paper ramps, string, and ordinary blocks, which together can be used to create working machines based on an 80-page instructional booklet detailing 10 modules. The chain reactions are fun to set up and then see in action, but children will need additional Lego blocks from their own collection to make some.

imden magnetic blocks,92-piece set
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IMDEN MAGNETIC BLOCKS, 92-PIECE SET

Est. Price: $27 | Buy it from Amazon
Magnetic blocks are a fun way to encourage children's creativity and spatial skills, letting them and their caregivers construct miniature vehicles and buildings out of the interlocking magnetic shapes. They're easily cleaned up and portable with an included carrying case, and there are numerous expansion sets and similar toys to try if these capture your child's imagination. These blocks are compatible with similar-sized but pricier brands like Magformers.

Hasbro Don’t Step In It!
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HASBRO DON’T STEP IN IT!

Est. Price: $13 | Buy it from Walmart
Kids are sure to love this family game that will have them dodging “poop” while blindfolded. A plastic mold is included so that the obstacles look as realistic as possible.

PlayMonster Original Wooly Willy
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WOOLY WILLY

Est. Price: $4 | Buy it on Amazon
First produced in 1955, this simple but classic toy uses a magnetic wand to move metal fillings like hair follicles around a bald cartoon face. Inspiring several knockoffs, Wooly Willy survives as a toy today because it's creative, entertaining from a young age onward, and still wonderfully cheap.

Z-Man Games Pandemic Board Game
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PANDEMIC

Est. Price: $23 | Buy it from Best Buy
If you have a would-be board game enthusiast for a grandchild, this collaborative game in which players act as disease specialists preventing outbreaks and curing illness around the world may be the perfect way to start them out. Pandemic is easy enough to understand for children over 8 after a round or two, but strategic enough to inspire hours of real discussion and teamwork.

Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
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PLAY-DOH TOUCH SHAPE TO LIFE STUDIO

Est. Price: $12 | Buy it on Amazon
This enticing Play-Doh product is just one of many modern app-paired toys that allows kids to get interactive with their physical creations. In this case, they scan a creature they design by hand or with included cutouts, then play with the character in unique worlds on the Play-Doh Touch app.

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker
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GEOMETRIC STACKER

Est. Price: $14 | Buy it on Amazon
The geometric stacker — made up of wooden dowels upon which rainbow-colored blocks are stacked descending in size — is the definition of an oldie-but-a-goodie in the toy world. It's best for children around ages 2 to 4 just figuring out how to recognize shapes, colors, and patterns.

Radio Flyer My 1st Wagon
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RADIO FLYER WAGON

Est. Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
First produced in 1923, Radio Flyer's red wagon became an icon of American childhood for a simple reason: It encourages kids to get outside, whether they're riding in the wagon or hauling it around themselves. Today there are different models to suit different ages, like the toy version above, the full-fledged original ($88), and a more rugged all-terrain variation ($140).

Simon Electronic Memory Game
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SIMON

Est. Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
Simon is an electronic memory-based game in which players try to remember and repeat an increasingly long sequence of flashing lights and tones. Though it's no longer the pop-culture phenomenon it was in the late '70s and early '80s, Simon remains a simple yet challengingly effective form of entertainment for anyone older than 7.

Rocketbook Everlast Mini
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ROCKETBOOK EVERLAST MINI

Est. Price: $16 | Buy it on Amazon
The Rocketbook Everlast Mini has pages that can be erased with a moist cloth and written on over and over again. Young scribblers can easily send their notes or sketches to a number of productivity apps including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote to share them or keep them for posterity.

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