Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool
Not quite finished with your holiday shopping for the kids yet?
Never fear, I’ve got you covered! This list of 20 inspiring gifts from Amazon will help you out whether you have toddlers, teens, or some age in between–so make sure you check out the whole list here.
I’ve tried as much as possible to put these in order by price, but I haven’t actually listed the amount since costs fluctuate on Amazon. Just click over to find the current rate. You still have several days left to order and receive your packages in time for Christmas!
If you’ve completed your shopping already, treat yourself to a cookie. You deserve it! Add these ideas to a wishlist for next year and you’ll be ahead of the game when the time comes.
Cross Stitch Kits
Age Range: 9 years and up
I spent many happy hours as a tween cross-stitching so I love the look of these kits!
Perfect for beginners, there are over a dozen designs to choose from. Just keep in mind that some of them are 3 inches while others are six–the small ones would make great stocking stuffers.
Robotikits Super Solar Recycler
Age Range: 8-15 years
Turn soda cans into a robot, a plastic bottle into a water worthy boat and your old scratched CDs into a solar powered racer.
And this Recycler Kit is powered completely by natural light–no batteries needed.
Age Range: 3 years and up
The best part of dominoes is always watching them fall, and now even your preschooler can have the fun of creating shapes, colors, and patterns with these!
Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It Game
Age Range: 3-8 years
Pig Will and Pig Won’t are on a mission to eat the food on Picnic Island! Try to make it there before they devour it all.
With this game you compete as a team, not against each other (i.e. perfect for littles!).
Age Range: 6 years and up
ZOOB is not like any other building set – the pieces include gears, axels and joints that snap, click, and pop together.
With rotating, spinning and extendable parts you can actually design a toy to play with, instead of just building something to look at.
Make Your Own Board Game Kit
Age Range: 7 years-teen
I stumbled upon these when one of my tweens mentioned wanting to create their own board game.
Kit includes a blank 18 x 18 quad fold game board, blank cards, pawns, dice, a blank spinner and fake game money. Fun!
Create-Your-Own Playhouse Castle
Age Range: 2-5 years
Made of sturdy cardboard, this castle is all set for imaginative play! Doubling as both a playhouse and a craft, you can decorate it with paint, markers, crayons, pencils, and stickers before settling in.
There are also two other house designs to choose from.
National Geographic Geode Kit
Age Range: 6-15 years
National Geographic brings you the best variety of geodes from around the globe. This earth science kit includes ten high-quality crystal filled geodes, safety goggles, display stands, and a full-color learning guide.
Thinking Tree Homeschooling Journals
Age Range: 3-16 years
If you have children who enjoy coloring, writing, or journaling, they will also enjoy these homeschooling journals. One of these will be making an appearance under our tree for a certain someone this year, and there are dozens to choose from!
For a shorter and cheaper option, we love these journals with built-in prompts, too.
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
Age Range: 10 years and up
With Bloxels, you can build your video games with a mix of physical and digital tools. First, use the enclosed physical board to create your characters and “worlds” in which they live.
Then use the free Bloxels Builder app to recreate your world in a digital format! Wow, incredible.
Double-Sided Art Easel
Age Range: 3-9 years
This bestselling Amazon easel from Melissa and Doug has a chalkboard on one side, a whiteboard on the other, and space in between that holds art paper (purchased separately).
Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines
Age Range: 8-14 years
Build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit.
Assemble ten models including a bulldozer, crane, robotic arm, and more, then design your own remote control creations!
Ukulele Starter Kit
Age Range: 9 years-teen
Ukuleles seems to be the instrument to get started with these days, and this bestselling kit makes it easy to do so.
It includes a high-quality mahogany soprano ukulele, open gear tuners, and a carry bag.
LED Student Biological Compound Microscope
Age Range: 9 years-teen
I’m often asked what microscope I recommend for teens, and I honestly didn’t have an option to mention until I discovered this one.
It has rave reviews, one of which is from a high school biology teacher who calls it “hands down the best microscope I’ve ever used with students.” (Check out this one for littles.)
Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run
Age Range: 4-10 years
I’m a total sucker for wooden marble runs, and this one is the cream of the crop, providing a great mix of spins, drops, seesaws, and speed. All sets are crafted with heirloom quality birch and rubber wood.
KidKraft Play Kitchens
Age Range: 3 years and up
These bestselling wooden kitchens come in a wide range of colors and are ready to inspire hours of imaginative play. Refrigerator, freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher doors all open and close.
Still looking for that just-right gift and need more choices? My gift guides from last year and from 2014 have dozens more options just for you!
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Jen|Practical by default
Wow great list. I like that this was a different list then I have been seeing everywhere. Thank you!
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I’m glad it was helpful, Jen!
Mother of 3
Great ideas! My boys love the remote control machines kit and we have boxes of keva/ citi blocks. They’re always a huge hit.
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It’s fun to find toys that really last and continue to bring joy long after they’re first unwrapped, isn’t it?
You cannot go wrong with HAPE marble run sets! Our house was overrun by them last Christmas and they are still a favorite. I think we need to check out Bloxels. Thanks for always having lists that include unique ideas!
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You’re welcome, Heather! I am addicted to marble runs after how much fun my kids had with them for years.
Wonderful list! We LOVE the Richard Scarry game. And we aren’t big game players. It just doesn’t get old!
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Hi Kortney! I’m not huge into games either, but I can always get behind the kind where everyone plays together!!
Thank you so very much, Jamie! This list is amazing! Amazon, Prime, affordable, worthy gifts. I am struggling this year in buying gifts. I think because the budget is tight and also I hate to fill my house with clutter/junk, but more than half of these are perfect for my kids. I just shared with my local homeschool group. 🙂
That makes me so happy to hear, Erica! I completely understand not wanting to add more clutter to the house, and I think I feel that way more and more as my kids get older. Thanks for sharing!