When your sibling or BFF has a kid, everything changes. Gifting opportunities are doubled, and you need to figure out what kids like.
The great thing about getting gifts for kids is that they’re fun to shop for. Kids nowadays have a lot more cool and interesting toys to choose from, while we were stuck with the same old plastic toys in our childhood.
If you’re just starting your relationship with this new kid, then you’re probably concerned about them liking you, or even remembering who you are.
The best way to get into a kid’s good graces is to get them a gift they’ll never forget. Bonus points if the parents are in love with the gift, too. They’re sure to remind your kid exactly who got them this toy every time they use it.
We love toys that engage multiple senses, encourage creativity, and have some sort of educational value while still being fun and lighthearted. After all, they’re just kids.
To get you started, we put together a list of 5 toys for kids that they’ll love and remember you by.
There’s a lot to choose from out there, so why not let the pros curate the best educational toys for you?
Kiwi is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) box for kids. They are pros at engaging a child’s curiosity and helping them learn by putting together fun science projects for them to complete.
Gift this subscription box, and your favorite kid will receive a new project every month. Parents will love you, because they won’t have to worry about finding new things for their kid to do, and kids will love building things and conducting ~mad scientist~ experiments.
The original Kiwi box is for ages 5-8, but they have subscriptions that suit any age. Including adults, in case you were wondering.
Get it here: Kiwi box.
This beautiful kit comes with gel markers to sketch with, and a light up board. Kids can watch their creations come to life with the LED lights.
The best part is that it’s reusable, so they can simply wipe off their designs and create something new. They can even use it as a night light if they’re scared of the dark (and who isn’t?)
Get it here: Crayola Ultimate Light Board
Ah, remember the good ol’ days of the ice cream truck? Hearing its joyful tune and running outside with a single dollar bill that was enough for two ice creams?
It’s not like that anymore in most places, but it doesn’t mean that kids today can’t experience the magic of the ice cream truck.
This cute ice cream truck toy will be a favorite among siblings, as one can play the ice cream seller, and the other the customer. It helps kids build memory and sequencing skills with six orders, and instructions on how to fill them.
Get it here: LeapFrog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart
Sometimes it’s best to return to a classic, and that’s always the case with Legos.
Child development specialists love a good Lego set, because it represents a near unlimited amount of possibilities for children, which encourages them to use their creativity.
This medium set is perfect for all ages – the pieces aren’t too small for younger children, or too big to challenge older kids. The lucky kid who gets this Lego set will suddenly be the most popular kid on the block.
Get it here: Lego Medium Creative Brick Box
Storytelling is one of the most important ways children learn, exercise creativity, and develop an interest in reading and writing.
Kids tell stories all the time, but adults rarely listen.
This comic book kit sets out to celebrate storytelling, instead of ignoring it. Kids can create their own story, down to the very last detail. Then they color it in and send it back through the mail. What they receive in return is a “published” version of their comic book, showing them that writing and drawing are worthy skills to develop, as well as increasing their confidence in their abilities.
Get it here: Lulu Jr My Comic Book
Start earning the title of Favorite Adult now by getting the kid in your life a gift they’ll love and remember you by.