With the advances of handheld technology, it's become increasingly more difficult to find gift ideas that don't revolve around screens. Pair this with the pressure of finding gifts that kids think are cool, and it's all-too-easy to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season.
Luckily though, we've done the heavy lifting for you. From engaging and educational (with and without screens), to inspiring and just plain fun, you're sure to find something for the 10-and-unders on your list!
No matter if you're looking for outdoor gear to keep your kids happy, healthy and on the move, or book boxes and kits to spark their creative minds, we're confident you'll find something that's both parent- and kid-approved for the upcoming holiday season.
Heavy Duty 360°Kids Swivel Seesaw
This classic with a spin (literally) is a great way to bring the playground to your own backyard. It features a powder coat finish and adjustable frame made to withstand the elements and all the wear and tear your kids will throw at it. The grips are easy to hold and the seats are comfortably designed with rubber stoppers beneath them for safety. Kids will play and enjoy being outside while experiencing first-hand the physics behind a common simple machine: the lever.
WOWMAZING Giant Bubble Wands Kit
Traditional bubbles in a bottle are always bound to spark some whimsy and fun, but just wait until you see the giant bubbles your kids can make with this bubble wand kit. Complete with bubble solution and a tricks and tips book, your child will have a blast figuring out how to create bigger and bigger bubbles!
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table
This award-winning table engages kids as young as 1.5 years old with its many water features. Kids can pour water into the top compartment with the provided buckets and watch, hear and feel the water wander down a maze complete with tippy tubes and water wheels. It's great for hours of outdoor splashing fun and sensory exploration!
Creativity for Kids Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit
Have you ever found a hand-painted rock while out exploring? It's a great idea for an afternoon of art, community-building and adventure! This kit includes all you need to paint and decorate 10 different rocks. Your child can take their time and make each rock unique to them and something they want to share with others, then together you can give back by venturing out to hide them places for others to find and enjoy. Spread kindness and spark creativity with this kit marketed for kids from six to 96!
Kids Analog 29mm Elastic Fabric Watch
Help your child practice, embrace and proudly wear a device that will teach them a life-long skill: telling and keeping time in analog. Complete with a kid-friendly adjustable elastic strap and available in two color schemes (blue and purple), this is the perfect first watch.
Motorola T100 2-Way Radios – Pair
Smartphones have long stolen the baton from the walkie talkie, but when it comes to imaginative outdoor play and giving your child the freedom to explore the backyard, a walkie talkie is the primitive tool they need. It's much less expensive if lost or damaged and instills a fun, authentic sense of adventure as a single-use gadget for two-way communication.
Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp – Kids'
Practical for camping trips and fun for backyard exploring adventures (or reading in bed at night), a headlamp is a necessity. This design is perfect for kids, with a breakaway safety strap and the ability to shut-off after two hours. It also works the same no matter which way it's put on—there's no upside down with this headlamp!
Stick-lets Set of 18
Sticks on the ground always somehow seem to beg to be picked up. This set of 18 Stick-lets will encourage your child to do just that, and then put them to use to build toys, forts, geometric shapes and more. Available in a variety of shapes and colors, Stick-lets inspire easy and flexible compositions by holding sticks together safely and securely for hours of imaginative outdoor play.
7' Teepee and 7' Teepee Battery Operated Lights
If hunting and gathering sticks for a teepee isn't for you, here's a pre-made and easy-to-set-up version! This canvas teepee is perfect for indoor use but can also be set up outside in good weather conditions for a magical backyard campout. It's flame retardant, mildew resistant and can easily be decorated to add your own style and color. Topped off with the light set, this tent is sure to spark hours of fun and play while serving as a relaxing retreat for your little adventurer.
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Pavilion, 23"
Get ready to spend some time with your child observing the growth and formation of butterflies from caterpillars in an at-home study of metamorphosis. The Butterfly Pavilion kit allows you to create the right environment for these critters to thrive, and includes coupons to have the caterpillars sent separately (when you're ready for the observation process). Once fully grown, the butterflies can be released in your backyard, and the pavilion can be used time and again.