Gift guide for big kids | 2020 gift ideas for older kids
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Gift guide for big kids | 2020 gift ideas for older kids

Shred Dog Gear

Kids need to gear up so they can get away from screens and head outdoors.  This year, be sure to do it with Shred Dog Gear!  They offer ‘direct 2 you’ pricing which cuts out the middle man and save money!  The best part is their gear is top of the line!  Their shells and pants are now 20k/20k waterproof/breathability rated which exceeds almost all other kids’ gear.  You’ll also love the fully seam-taped for maximum waterproofness and to add to the breathability of the fabric they also have the underarm and thigh vents.  This and so much more makes them the best!

EscapeRoomGeeks printable escape room kits

EscapeRoomGeeks printable escape room kits are fun games kids can play at home. Aimed at the 9-13 age group, the kits transform any room into a thrilling escape room. They include exciting puzzles, enjoyable storylines and gorgeous art. These would make a nice last-minute gift because you can just print them out on any color printer. Other than that, you just need glue and scissors! Or instead of using it as a gift, you could use it as entertainment during a holiday gathering.

Buy it: EscapeRoomGeeks.com.

The Queen's Treasures

For fifteen years, The Queen’s Treasures has been offering affordable, authentic, high-quality 18 inch doll products. They specialize in 18 inch dolls, furniture, clothing, and accessories. Their goal is to stimulate the kind of creative play that requires imagination instead of batteries. All of The Queen’s Treasures items are made of premium quality materials and must pass rigorous testing to meet or exceed safety standards in the USA, Canada, and Europe. If your favorite little girl is wanting an 18-inch doll or items for her 18-inch doll this year you need to check out The Queen’s Treasures!

Kids Books, Kids Subscription Boxes

OwlCrate Jr is a fun gift for young readers. Every month, OwlCrate Jr sends a box full of fun and unique items based on that month’s literary adventure. Every box includes a new middle-grade hardcover novel, an exclusive letter, a signed bookplate from the author, a collectible monthly sticker, and a magazine. They will also come with a second book, activity, or game. OwlCrate Jr boxes are suggested for kids ages 8-12. 

pandemic game

What could be more appropriate than a game called Pandemic in 2020? Pandemic is a cooperative board game in which players work as a team to treat infections around the world while gathering resources for cures. Travel around the world, treat local populations, and collect sets of city cards to complete research. Make sure to contain the spread—if there are too many outbreaks, you’ll lose the game. As you cure each disease, they become easier to treat and remove from the board. When you’ve cured all four diseases, your team wins the game!

Hatchimals Pixies, Crystal Flyers Purple Magical Flying Pixie Toy, for Kids Aged 6 and up

For a gift that will really wow, I want to introduce the Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers, the first Hatchimals Pixies that can really fly with your help!  Just launch this flying pixie into the air and then gently glide with your hand to help her fly.  Built with safety features that make her stop when her wings are touched, kids LOVE it.  Featuring beautiful details, these grown-up Pixies have glittery wings that sparkle when they fly!  Parents will love that the USB charging cable is included so you can just recharge as needed.

#hatnothate knit loom kit

The #HatNotHate quick knit loom kit from Faber Castel is a great gift for creative kids. With this kit they’ll be able to make two blue hats. The #HatNotHate campaign is designed to help end bullying. Of course, kits can choose to keep the hats for themselves or gift them to someone, but another option is to donate them to the hat not hate campaign! So, this gift can be a nice way to encourage a giving spirit and to talk about important issues that kids face.

Buy it: You can purchase this kit on Amazon.

Adventure Force Battle Blazer Holiday Gift Guide

A new dart gun is always fun! The Adventure Force Battle Blazer features a 12 round dart belt that allows for continuous dart blasting action. Just fill the dart belt with darts and load it into the blaster then pull back the top handle and squeeze the trigger a dart. Darts fly up to 80 feet! The dart belt is adjustable for various lengths so they can customize the number of rounds they want to use. Suitable for ages eight and older.

Tween Subscription Box

BOTI Box (Beauty On The Inside) is a monthly subscription box full of goodies designed to inspire and empower creative young girls. Each month, BOTI Box will send her a collection of health and beauty products, inspiration items, art, jewelry, and other fun stuff. These items have been chosen to help young girls build strength, character, and faith. BOTI Box is suggested for ages 8-12. To learn more about BOTI Box, read Laurie’s full review.

think outside box

THiNK OUTSiDE Subscription Box is a monthly subscription box full of outdoor gear and resources that will get your kids away from a screen and outside exploring nature! Each box comes with 3-5 pieces of high-quality outdoor gear, water-resistant cards, a 24+ page educational booklet, hands-on activities, and challenges to do as a family. After the first intro box, each month will have a theme like water, knots, or first aid while teaching STEM-focused topics, such as water filtration, pulley systems, astronomy, and more!

 Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray)(2020)

Bring back a little piece from your childhood and share it with your kids when you give them this newly released (coming December 1st!) Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection!  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to release this new collection of theatrical shorts that will have the entire family laughing.  Bugs Bunny first hopped onto the screen in 1940 and he’s been a pop-culture icon ever since. Grab a copy of this DVD to relive all the reasons why!

Lovepop Stickerpop

Add a fun pop of color and style to the walls in their bedroom, their locker at school or their desk at home if they are distance learning. Lovepop offers tons of one of a kind 3-D stickers. Available as single stickers, packs of five and 15. The decorating options are endless. From flowers to flamingos to four by fours there are lots of great choices that kids will love.

Signature Craft Kits 

Crayola is well known for its line of colorful crayons, markers, and pencils, but did you know they also offer customers a line of Signature Craft Kits? Crayola has eight DIY craft kits for you to choose from- Trinket Tray, Hanging Planter, Paint-Pour Mini Canvas, Shadow Box Frame, Gallery Designer Wall Art, Asymmetrical Wreath, Macrame Wall Hanging, and Flower String Lights. Each of the Signature Craft Sets has the crafting supplies and step-by-step instructions needed to complete the project. Many of the projects can be completed in 60 minutes or less. Crayola Signature Craft Kits ignite creativity!

lionel frozen train

This Disney Frozen Ready-to-Play Train Set from Lionel is just adorable! A true Disney classic, the magic of Frozen can be enjoyed all year long. Kids will not want to let this battery-powered, remote-controlled train set go. Join Olaf & Sven as they ride along on an animated flatcar for a frozen adventure. With realistic train sounds and actual lines from Olaf himself, it’s sure to be a hit!

Snap Ships Trident ST-33 Gunship Exclusive Vehicle & Locust

Welcome to the future…where humanity is under constant attack from a brutal alien threat but don’t worry, you can help!  Snap Ships is a versatile building system that allows for creating multiple crafts with action play.  But one of the best parts is that all sets and pieces are interchangeable, so kids can build however they want.  The locust features CL-ARM Rockets to knock out enemy sensors, a stealth drive for undetectable infiltration, and a railgun with hyper velocity. The trident features rotating engines for hovering salvage platform, a customizable modular deployment drone, and a Power Winch to pick up salvage cargo. Geared for ages 8 and up, Snap Ships are available in a variety of styles.

Squishmallows Squish-Doos

Squishmallows can be used to snuggle on the couch, as a pillow at bedtime, as a travel companion, or as a friend in times of need. Each Squishmallow has their own unique bio to make them even more special. The newest Squishmallows Squad is the Squish-Doos. These characters have some wild and fun hairdoos! They are made from a super soft marshmallow-like texture and polyester fibers, so they are machine washable. Squishmallows come in seven different sizes – 3.5” clip-on, 5”, 8”, 12”, 13”, 16”, and 20” as well as in Stackable form!

Minecraft, Kids Video Games, Action Figures

Fun.com specializes in all things entertaining. They have apparel, accessories, home decor, toys, collectibles, and more. One of the fun things they have is the sets of Minecraft Nano Metal Figs. This set has 20 die-cast metal figures, each one measure anywhere from 1″-2″. Kids can let their imagination run wild with these Minecraft figures. They can be entertainment and decor! To learn more about Fun.com, read Laurie’s full review.

PAC-MAN Connect-N-Play

Pretty much everyone in the world knows who PAC-MAN is and for great reason, this game is EPIC!  And now, the best part is that this awesome PAC-MAN Connect & Play brings your favorite classic video games in their original formats right to your television — No console required!  How cool is that?   Featuring 12 classic games, now you’ll be able to play: PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN Plus, Bosconian, Galaxian, Mappy, Super PAC-MAN, Galaga, Dig Dug, New Rally X, Pac & Pal, and Xevious whenever you want.

Razor Black Label E100 Electric Scooter

Razor’s Black Label E100 electric scooter features innovative Power Core technology: a high-torque, maintenance-free hub motor that delivers speeds up to 10 mph. The 12V rechargeable battery provides up to 35 minutes of ride time on a single charge. An 8 inch pneumatic front tire helps soften out rough surfaces and delivers a smoother ride on uneven terrain. A thumb-activated throttle, a hand-operated front brake, and rear-fender brake provides a dual-braking system giving the rider more control of starts and stops. For riders 8 years old and older (up to 120 pounds).

lone cone

These adorable MudBoots from LONE CONE are perfect for winter! With convenient pull-on handles, they’re great for little hands and there are many fun designs to choose from. Waterproof and insulated, these all-weather neoprene boots keep kids warm and dry in rain, snow, mud, and muck! Quick to dry, MudBoots let little ones explore more, no matter the weather.

Pottery, Painting Kits, Kids Crafts

Pottery Awesomeness offers customers an assortment of paint-your-own pottery kits. Pottery kits come with the ceramics, a standard color palette of acrylic paints, kids’ paintbrushes, a container of brush-on sealer, sealer brush, and a few other goodies sprinkled in. When you place your order, you have the option of customizing your color palette, adding additional “tag-along” ceramics, and/or upgrading your paintbrushes.  When you purchase a kit from Pottery Awesomeness, they donate a kit of art therapy supplies to children in hospitals. This is their A Kit for You = A Kit for Two program. Sounds like a win/win to me!

Ravensburger Disney Hocus Pocus_ The Game

A great game for families, Disney Hocus Pocus is a cooperative card game where players work together to protect Salem’s children and stop the Sanderson sisters from completing their wicked potion before the sun rises. Enjoy playing potion ingredients and match all the colors or ingredients.  Binx will offer a helping hand, while Winifred, Mary, and Sarah cast spells to thwart your plans.  But don’t worry, you can still use tricks like Burning Rain of Death and Billy Butcherson to help you along the way!

iHeartArt Mash Up Art Pack Glitter Fx

Bright Stripes has all kinds of fun, creative DIY and craft kits. The iHeart Art Mash Up Art Packs help artistic young minds to create professional and realistic effects. It also helps them learn how to combine media in artistic ways. The Glitter Fx Art Pack includes 12 metallic watercolors, six glitter gel pens, six glitter markers, paintbrush, 20-page art pad, and a Techniques Guide. 

Family meal, Cooking kit, meal kit, Kids cooking

Eat2Explore wants to encourage kids to explore a country, a continent, or the world, through delicious foods! Each month Eat2Explore will send a family cooking kit with three easy-to-follow recipes, pre-measured spice/sauce mixes for each recipe, shopping list, explore country brochure, activity sheet, country sticker, flag pin, and a fun collectible. All you need to do is add the fresh ingredients listed on the shopping list. In addition to traditional boxes, Eat2Explore also offers gluten-free and vegetarian options. Eat2Explore allows families to discover the joy of cooking and exploring different cultures from the comfort of home.

Globber Ultimum Kick Scooter

This year, check out the Globber Ultimum Kick Scooter, a 3-wheeled scooter that can be ridden by everyone in the family regardless of their age!  This fun scooter adjusts with kids while they grow so they’ll never actually outgrow it!  They will enjoy from childhood (5+) through to adulthood (25+). E quipped with a curved, 6-height adjustable T-bar and adjustable steering angle control system, this scooter is easily modified to suit the rider’s age, size, and desirable speed.  The extra-wide composite deck features a dual-color design with an added anti-slip composite grips that supports up to 220 pounds!

DISCOUNT:  The Ultimum Kick Scooter will have a discount of $50 off for Amazon’s Black Friday! 

16" Vinyl Anne Play-Doll

Everyone needs their very Anne doll to take wherever you go!  Although this 16″ Vinyl Anne of Green Gables Doll comes with a stand, the Shop At Sullivan team recommends that it be used for fun!  Featuring vinyl hands, feet and face, the body is soft allowing this doll to be durable and face many adventures.  Sweet and sassy, she’s the perfect girl to bring years of fun to your life.

NSG Deluxe Bow and Arrow Set for Kids - Toy Archery Bow with Large Freestanding Target, Suction Cup Arrows, and Quiver

Give the gift of epic fun and target practice with this NSG Deluxe Bow and Arrow Set!  This is a great toy for kids ages 6 and up to have fun while working on their dexterity, coordination, and even posture.  A fun set that can be used inside or out, kids will love challenging family and friends to some friendly competition.  A great option for all skill levels, the portable target weighs less than five pounds which makes it easy to bring from room to room or even travel with it!  Moms will love how the arrows easily stick to the target, windows, and other smooth surfaces but their heads are soft, so they won’t scuff up the wall or hurt anyone.

Custom notebooks

Give a gift the kids will use and feel proud of with a custom notebook from Just So Posh!  These awesome, high quality notebooks are available in a variety of designs, colors, and styles and can be customized with the name of your choice.  This is a great way to add personality and whimsy to your kiddos school supplies as well as impress schoolmates, friends, and family.

  • Buy It: JustSoPosh.com
  • Discount: Use the code “EMILYREVIEWS15” to get 15% off your order!  Coupon expires Jan. 31st, 2021.


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  • Alicia T

    SquishMallows are sooo cute! The little clip-ons are to die for! I love cute, tiny stuff 😁 They have an elf doll, Elliot, on their site that I’m going to buy for Christmas 🎄

  • gloria patterson

    I want to say these things are to old for my great niece / great great nephew. BUT I did find a lot of differents things that they would love to have and would have fun with. Saving this might have to pick somethings out

  • Amber Ludwig

    Oooh I love the printable excape room sheets!! Especially with this pandemic raging on. Staying home is the safest but sometimes not the funnest. That would really be a blast! I also love the THiNK OUTSiDE Subscription Box . We love hiking and fishing and camping and being outdoors!

  • Cheryl Larimer

    I love the SquishMallows! We have a lot of guests and they always seem to be hugging pillows from the sofa. The SquishMallows would be so cute to put around for them.

  • Lauryn R

    This is such a great list of gifts for big kids, thank you so much for sharing! The Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers remind me of the flying fairy toys I had as a kid, I can’t remember the name though. My daughters will love them!

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