I get holiday shopping out of the way early so I can use my December free time for fun family stuff like baking or reading holiday stories by the fireplace. The more I can get online, the better. Below are my top picks for kids ages 5-10, all under $30. Click the images to go directly to the products.
Snow Anytime Snowballs
The weather doesn’t always cooperate. Now your kids can pelt each other with snowballs whether it snows or not! Bonus: no rogue snow chunks sliding down the backs of shirts. ThinkGeek. $19.99.
Tekno Black Light Bubbles
Pinterest be darned! I can never get the DIY glow-in-the-dark bubbles to work. These are a guarantee. ThinkGeek. $7.99 (black lights separate, $10+ on Amazon)
Cotton Candy Maker
Seriously. Is there anything cooler than this? It’s especially great at Christmas, because you can toss a candy cane in for peppermint cotton candy. Great for kids who can’t have corn syrup or food dyes. Amazon. $27.96.
Mentos Geyser Tube
25 foot soda geysers don’t make enough appearances in life. Especially in the snow. Steve Spangler Science. $4.95.
Perfect indoor game for a wintry day. Fun enough for the whole family to jump in. Amazon. $10.99.
Turn pranksters into electrical engineers with this funny kit. MindWare. $24.95.
An awesome set of “ice” skates for those who live in warm climates, and also for those who dislike the elements as much as I do. Steve Spangler Science. $19.99.
Bouncing Bubble Kit
I love bubbles. I will never outgrow bubbles. Especially if they continue to increase in their coolness. These bounce. Need I say more? Steve Spangler Science. $29.99.
Easy Dollar Bill Origami
Any kid with this gem is sure to be a superstar in the school lunch line. Low priced enough for you to slip a couple of singles in. Barnes & Noble. $4.95.
uKloo Treasure Hunt Game
Treasure hunt games are always fun. This one’s geared toward beginning & reluctant readers. Mindware. $18.95.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and other Scary Things
I have a soft spot for anxious kids in both real life and fiction. Little Alvin doesn’t get enough hoopla for the quality of his stories, in my opinion. Barnes and Noble. $6.99.
Real Walkie Talkies
These are not babyish walkie talkies that don’t work. These are the real deal, for elementary school kids who want to hide under their beds & talk to neighbor friends late at night, or who want to make games like Cops & Robbers a lot more interesting. Amazon. $21.99.
Like the ubiquitous classroom butterfly kits, these things are an awesome lesson in transformation. Fat Brain Toys. $29.99.