Best gifts for grandchildren
Cheapism

Great Gifts to Buy Your Grandkids

View Slideshow
Best gifts for grandchildren
Cheapism

Child's Play

It's hard finding the perfect gift for any loved one, but especially so when there are multiple generation gaps between you. Grandparents shopping for grandchildren may easily feel overwhelmed by the excess of toys, both old and new, available online and in stores. Here are a few of your best bets, from coveted toys to high-tech games to classic favorites.


Prices and availability are subject to change.


Related: Unique Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Nerf Hyper Mach-100 Fully Motorized Blaster
Amazon

Nerf Hyper Mach-100 Fully Motorized Blaster

$73 from Amazon

Shop Now


Nerf toys are hot holiday toys, year in and year out. This motorized launcher can hold up to 100 soft foam "hyper rounds" and launch them at speeds of up to 100 feet per second. Also included are safety goggles and a starter pack of 80 rounds. 


Related: Awesomely Fun Gifts for 9-Year-Old Boys

Don't Step in It!
Amazon

Don't Step in It!

$27 from Amazon
Shop Now


Kids are sure to love this Hasbro family game that will have them dodging “poop” while blindfolded. A plastic mold is included so that the obstacles look realistic.


Related: 31 Fun Gag Gifts

PS5
Target

Sony PlayStation 5

$400 and up from Target

Shop Now


Last year, PlayStations were impossible to find because they were the hot new gaming console. This year, they're still hard to find due to ongoing computer chip shortages and other supply issues. If you can find one (and that's a big if), grab it before it's gone.


For more great gift guides and holiday shopping tips,
please sign up for our free newsletters.

Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection
Amazon
The Adventure Challenge – Family Edition
The Adventure Challenge

The Adventure Challenge: Family Edition

$40 from The Adventure Challenge
Shop Now


This book has 50 fun family challenges to make the most of quality together time. Scratch-off entries reveal activities that run the gamut from outside adventures to kooky and creative projects. Each spot also includes a place to include a photo, so this will become a keepsake that your grandkids will cherish even after the challenges are long-completed.

Sunprint Kit
Amazon
Elmer's Celebration Slime Kit
Amazon

Elmer's Celebration Slime Kit

$59 from Amazon

Shop Now


Kids love making (and playing with) "slime," a glue-based concoction that's safe to play with. This kit from Elmer's contains everything needed to make slime in a variety of fun colors, including glittery and metallic shades. 


Related: Hottest Holiday Gifts From Amazon

Weddingstar Personalized Santa Gift Sack
Weddingstar

Personalized Santa Gift Sack

$20 from Weddingstar

Shop Now


Grandparents can bring a little extra magic to their grandkids Christmas morning with Santa's gift sack. It comes in adorable themed prints, can be personalized with a child's name, and has a drawstring so all those presents won't burst out.

Rocketbook Everlast Mini
Amazon
View Master Boxed Set
Amazon

View Master Boxed Set

$22 from Amazon
Shop Now


You probably spent some time clicking through one of these as a kid — now it's time to give your own grandkids the same pleasure. Consider it the original VR headset. (You can even buy custom-made reels with your own photos.)

Paw Patrol Mighty Lookout Tower
Amazon

Paw Patrol Mighty Lookout Tower

$110 from Amazon

Shop Now


Standing nearly 3 feet high and topped with a toy telescope so kids can help the Paw Patrol keep an eye out for the bad guys. With lights, sounds, and a working elevator and zipline, this new addition to the Paw Patrol empire will keep youngsters occupied for hours. Four minifigures are also included.

Mega Construx Pokemon Kanto Partners Building Pack
Target

Mega Construx Pokemon Kanto Partners Building Pack

$15 from Target

Shop Now


Know a youngster that's infatuated with Pokemon almost as much as they are with building bricks? Then get 'em this kit; they can create a Poke Ball, plus Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu.

Spirograph
Amazon

Spirograph

$15 from Amazon
Shop Now


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.


Related: Creative Gifts for Artists That Are Sure to Inspire

Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV 12-volt Battery-Powered Ride-On
Walmart

Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV 12-volt Battery-Powered Ride-On

$398 from Walmart

Shop Now


Want to really splurge and spoil the grandkids? Get 'em this battery-powered ride-on, and the kiddos can pretend they're out on the ranch, clearing brush, fixing fences, and caring for livestock. The rear bed tilts just like a real vehicle, and it has a maximum speed of 4.5 mph. Maxium weight: 130 pounds.

My Squishy Little Dumplings
Amazon

My Squishy Little Dumplings

$15 from Amazon

Shop Now


Give Dee or her pal Dip a squeeze, toss 'em in the air, or give 'em a shake and watch how they respond. Each delightful dumpling has 50 programmed responses and comes with two surprise accessories.

Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition
Amazon

Baby Yoda Anything (Again)

$60 from Amazon

Shop Now


Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition has been a hot item since Amazon Prime Day 2020, and it's still on many holiday wish lists for 2022. Yoda knows how to make 25 sounds and gestures, plus he can wiggle his ears, move his arms and head, and open and close his eyes.


Related: Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals 

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set
Amazon

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set

$30 from Amazon

Shop Now


Much like slime, kinetic sand is one of those tactile toys kids love to make and play with. This kit contains five different colored kinetic sands, plus 10 tools to mix, cut, pull, shape, scoop, and squish.

Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers
Amazon

Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers

$27 from Amazon

Shop Now


These pint-sized pixies have wings so they can take flight from the palm of your hand or from their crystaline charging base. Dim the lights and watch the pixie's dress glimmer and shimmer with tiny LED lights.

LOL Surprise OMG House of Surprises
Amazon

LOL Surprise OMG House of Surprises

$184 from Amazon

Shop Now


LOL Surprise dolls (and other elaborate toys within toys) have been a hot commodity for years. This year, supply-chain issues could cause shortages of some newer models, like the House of Surprises, which contains 85 surprises waiting to be discovered within this 10-room play house.

Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron
Target

Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron

$70 from Target

Shop Now


Good luck getting your hands on this toy, one of the hottest of 2022. Just add the magic potion to the cauldron and stir to create a cuddly interactive toy with 50 programmed actions that rises from the mist.

3Doodler Start+ Essentials 3-D Pen Set
Amazon

3Doodler Start+ Essentials 3-D Pen Set

$50 from Amazon

Shop Now


A 3-D printer may be out of reach (and a bit too technical) to give the grandkids, but the next best thing is a rechargeable 3-D pen like this one. It comes with plastic filaments in a variety of colors, plus an activity guide, and work mat.

Exploding Kittens Card Game
Amazon
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Costco

$15 Krispy Kreme Gift Cards

$45 from Costco (4 ct.)
Shop Now


Cover a lot of grandkids easily if you shop at Costco. For instance, this pack of four Krispy Kreme gift cards gives you three sweet stocking stuffers for them, plus a freebie $15 gift card for yourself.


Related: 25 Gifts Under $25 for Food Lovers

EzyRoller
Amazon

EzyRoller

$110 from Amazon
Shop Now


Adults and kids alike may be competing for the next ride on the EzyRoller after it's opened. This low-riding, sit-down scooter moves when the rider pumps their feet with an extendable foot bar, making for comfortable and fun rides for both kids and grown-ups.


Related: 100 Holiday Gifts Under $100

WowWee Baby Shark Song Puppet
Amazon

WowWee Baby Shark Song Puppet

$20 from Amazon
Shop Now


Be the hero in your toddler grandkid's life by gifting this plush puppet that plays the "Baby Shark" song (doo doo doo doo doo doo). The tempo slows or speeds up depending on how fast you move the mouth. Daddy Shark and Mommy Shark are also available.

PlayMonster Original Wooly Willy
Amazon

Wooly Willy

$6 from Amazon
Shop Now


First produced in 1955, this simple but classic toy uses a magnetic wand to move metal filings like hair follicles around a bald cartoon face. Having inspired several knockoffs, Wooly Willy survives as a toy today because it's creative, entertaining from a young age, and still wonderfully cheap.


Related: Holiday Gifts You Can Get at the Dollar Store

Abco Tech Pop-Up Tent
Amazon

Abco Tech Pop-Up Tent

$70 from Amazon

Shop Now


For backyard campouts or even living room adventures, this pop-up tent is perfect for two people. It's also got more practical, everyday uses, too, and comes with a carrying case for easy toting to the beach, soccer fields, pool, and other locales when the kiddos could use the occasional break from sun, wind, and inclement weather. 

Kanoodle
Amazon

Kanoodle

$14 from Amazon
Shop Now


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 that can be stacked to construct unique designs and help children improve their spatial reasoning. It'll give them something to do by themselves on the go that doesn't involve staring at a screen.


Related: Incredibly Fun Toys for Adults

Hasbro Classic Operation Game
Amazon

Operation

$19 from Amazon
Shop Now


Most children who grew up playing Operation, a variation on a buzzing carnival game invented in 1964, probably had no idea it was testing their hand-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, or another character.


Related: Fun Gifts for the Entire Family

Green Toys Dump Truck
Amazon

Green Toys Dump Truck

$19 from Amazon
Shop Now


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 toy makers.


Related: 75 Gifts That Are Made in America

Radio Flyer My 1st Wagon
Amazon

Radio Flyer Toy Wagon

$18 from Amazon
Shop Now


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, including this miniaturized version, the full-fledged original ($100), and a more rugged all-terrain variation ($120).


Related: 19 Gardening Must-Have Gifts for Anyone With a Green Thumb

Nintendo Switch Lite
Amazon

Nintendo Switch Lite

$199 from Amazon
Shop Now


For the grandparent who likes to go all out with their gift giving, this versatile system from Nintendo is popular for good reason. It can be taken anywhere and has a relatively low price tag for a gaming system. The Switch Lite — which comes in yellow, turquoise, and gray — is compatible with all physical and digital Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode.


Related: Great Tech Gifts for Seniors

Dalmatian
Amazon

Dalmatian Vet Kit

$40 from Amazon
Shop Now


Young children with a passion for animals will love playing veterinarian with this 15-piece set including play versions of a stethoscope, syringe, and other instruments, along with a 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.


Related: Best Gifts for Dog-Obsessed Humans

Kiwi Crate
KiwiCo

Kiwi Crate

Price varies from KiwiCo
Shop Now


Kiwi Crates are tailor-made gift sets that let 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 United States. Each crate is designed to teach STEM skills at home in fun, interactive ways.


Related: Meaningful and Unique Gifts That Give Back

Tupperware Shape-O Toy
Tupperware

Tupperware Shape-O Toy

$30 from Tupperware
Shop Now


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.


Related: 29 Retro Gifts That Kids Will Still Love Today

VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
Amazon
Connect 4
Amazon

Connect 4

$11 from Amazon
Shop Now


Essentially 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.  

Fisher-Price
Amazon

Fisher-Price Chatter Phone

$7 from Amazon
Shop Now


This beloved rolling toy still has the same old-fashioned rotary dial 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 old still enjoy the chatter phone's flashing lights, ringing noises, and moving eyes. 

Watch Ya' Mouth
Amazon

Watch Ya' Mouth

$16 from Amazon
Shop Now


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.

Melissa & Doug Latches Wooden Activity Board
Amazon

Melissa & Doug Latches Wooden Activity Board

$16 from Amazon
Shop Now


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.


Related: 30 Holiday Gifts to Buy Early

UGears Motorcycle DIY Kit
Amazon

Intermediate Wooden Building Kit

$30 and up from Amazon
Shop Now


If you have an older grandkid who still likes to build things and work with their hands, these intricate mechanical modeling kits make a unique gift. Geared toward adults and older kids, each piece is laser-cut plywood, and the kits require no tools or glue.

Green Toys Rocket with 2 Astronauts Toy Vehicle Playset
Amazon

Green Toys Rocket With Astronauts

$21 from Amazon
Shop Now


Another Green Toys plaything that's both sturdy and environmentally friendly, this rocket play set 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 encourage a child's imaginative side.


Related: Clever and Creative Gifts for Book Lovers

Giantmicrobes Themed Gift Boxes
Amazon

Giant Microbes

$23 from Amazon
Shop Now


Giant microbes are a sort of unconventional plush toy, designed to teach kids about disease and single-celled organisms while still providing them something soft to snuggle. These adorable teaching tools come in various themed gift sets featuring cuddly versions of famous historical plague germs, blood cells, and more (even STDs!).

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker
Amazon

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker

$14 from Amazon
Shop Now


The geometric stacker is the definition of an oldie-but-a-goodie in the toy world. Children stack rainbow-colored blocks in descending size on wooden dowels. It's best for kids around ages 2 to 4 just figuring out how to recognize shapes, colors, and patterns.

Simon
Target

Simon

$21 from Target
Shop Now


Simon is an electronic game in which players try to remember and repeat an increasingly long sequence of flashing lights and tones. Although it's no longer the pop-culture phenomenon it was in the late '70s and early '80s, Simon remains a simple yet challenging form of entertainment for anyone 7 or older.


Related: 50 Unique Holiday Gifts for Him Under $50

Z-Man Games Pandemic Board Game
Amazon

Pandemic

$22 from Amazon
Shop Now


If you have a grandchild who's a budding board-game enthusiast and has been glued to the television lately for pandemic updates, this collaborative game may be the perfect way to start them out. Pandemic is easy enough for children over 8 to understand after a round or two, but strategic enough to inspire hours of real discussion and teamwork. Players act as disease specialists preventing outbreaks and curing illness around the world.


Related: Gifts No One Wants to Get This Holiday Season

JLab JBuds Pro
Best Buy

JLab JBuds Pro

$20 from Best Buy
Shop Now


Don't have a big budget for headphones? That doesn't mean your grandkids have to resign themselves to a wired pair. Bluetooth-enabled JBuds get surprisingly great reviews for the price. Get up to six hours of playback on a single charge. They're also sweat- and water-resistant.

Lego Classic Creative Bricks
Amazon

Lego Classic Creative Bricks

$13 from Amazon
Shop Now


While it comes with a few ideas for small projects, this classic, colorful set of Legos promotes open play. The brick-shaped storage container is an adorable bonus.

Knock Knock Original Personal Library Kit
Amazon

Knock Knock Original Personal Library Kit

$22 from Amazon
Shop Now


Perhaps you have a grandkid who takes their personal library so seriously that they'll want to check books in and out the way they used to do in public libraries. This kit comes with 20 return-date slips, 20 self-adhesive pockets, plus a date stamp and ink pad.

Soundbot Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon

Soundbot Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

$15 from Amazon
Shop Now


A great gift for kids who like to take the party anywhere, this waterproof speaker has universal compatibility, a built-in mic, and high-definition Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition
Amazon

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

$60 from Amazon
Shop Now


Delight young readers and feel better about screen time with this new Kindle version for little ones. It's got a black-and-white glare-free display, weeks of battery life, and it's designed differently than a tablet — geared for reading books, which means no games, ads, or videos. Available in four patterns and colors, it comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-friendly cover, and a two-year worry-free guarantee.

Schwinn Unisex Adjustable Inline Skate
Target

Schwinn Unisex Adjustable Inline Skate

$46 from Target

Shop Now


Kids with an active lifestyle will relish the opportunity to learn to inline skate. This pair features a molded shell that changes sizes with the push of a button and form-fitting comfort liner and cam-lever buckle for an adjustable fit.

Nerf Pro Grip Football
Amazon