2018 Guide To Presents For Children

December is right around the corner. And when it comes to gifts, kids and tweens can be hard to buy for. What your son or daughter thought was “cool” last year might be “lame” this year.

Below, we focus on this year’s trending gifts for girls and boys ages 12 and under, conveniently separated into three price categories. Keep reading to find the perfect gift for your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, or friend.

Gift Ideas for Boys Ages 12 and Under

Luxury Gift Ideas (less than $100)

1. LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter

Price: $68.59

Ages: 8-14

SW miniStar Wars toys, games, and figurines have been best sellers since the ‘80’s, but they are especially popular this season following the release of the 2015 movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in anticipation of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (scheduled for release in December 2016).

New characters like Kylo Ren, Rey, Poe Dameron, and Finn have kids of all ages clamoring for new toys.

Help Poe fight the First Order (the bad guys) with this Resistance X-Wing Fighter featuring cockpit, opening wings, spring-loaded shooters, removable hyperdrive, retractable landing gear, and detachable astromech.

The LEGO kit includes mini-figures of Lor San Tekka, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and a First Order flametrooper.

2. Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack for Wii U

Price: $74.00

Ages: 5-8

Skylanders is a toy-to-life console game that allows kids to build and play their own characters. The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack includes:

  • Video game
  • 2 Sensei Skylanders
  • 1 Imaginite Creation Crystal
  • 1 Collectible Poster
  • 1 Sticker Sheet

Skylanders offers kid-friendly gameplay. More Skylander parts can be unlocked in game or purchased separately.

3. Yvolution Y Glider Deluxe Scooter

Price: $70.99

Ages: 3-7

Perfect for beginners, the lightweight Y Glider Scooter features three wheels, a “lean to steer” steering system, a rear wheel brake, and a sturdy riding deck. More details:

  • Available in multiple colors
  • Easy to assemble
  • Promotes coordination and balance
  • Weight limit = 88lbs.

Reviewers agree the Y Glider is easy to use but lament that the handle bar height cannot be adjusted.

Tip: This is a great way to get him out of the house and away from the video games.

Affordable Gift Ideas (less than $50)

1. Pokémon Sun and Moon

Price: $39.96

Ages: 9+

pkmn miniPokémon Sun and Moon are the two newest games from the famously popular Pokémon franchise. Available for the Nintendo 3DS, both games introduce the new Alola universe along with new friends, new Pokémon, and old Pokémon with exciting new forms.

Tip: These two games are very similar; purchase one or the other but don’t buy both.

2. Minion Kevin Banana Eating Action Figure

Price: $21+

Ages: 4-12

Everyone loves the adorable yellow minions first introduced in the movie Despicable Me. This interactive action figure responds when you move his body parts (for example, it laughs and farts when you press his belly). The figure is made of soft rubber for safety.

3. K’Nex Angry Birds Mission Mayham and Hammin Around with 2 Character Set

Price: $29.99

Ages: 6+

Bring the popular Angry Birds game to life with this K’Nex building set; includes pieces to build (and wreck) entire levels. Kids will love launching their favorite Angry Birds characters into the air.

Budget Gift Ideas (less than $20)

1. The Pie Face Game

Price: $15+

Ages: 5+

One of the best selling games of the season, The Pie Face Game is a hilarious game of fun and suspense.

How to play: Slide your head into the mask and turn the crank. You may get splattered, you may not!

The game includes 1 throwing arm, 1 pie thrower, chin rest, 2 handles, spinner, sponge, and splash guard mask. Participants earn a point each time they turn the handle without getting hit in the face.

Tip: Whipped dream not included.

2. View-Master Virtual Reality (VR) Starter Pack

Price: $17.14

Ages: 7-15

This kid-friendly viewer draws the user into a photosphere. Turn your head and explore the scene as if you were actually there. Click on hot spots to discover interesting facts or dive deeper into the image.

Travel into space, to foreign countries, under the sea, or even back in time. Simply click the lever to change the image and explore a new reality.

Starter Pack includes:

  • 1 VR Viewer
  • 1 Smartphone Adapter
  • 1 Preview Reel
  • User Guide

The starter pack also includes a preview function that allows you to demo experience packs for free (using a smartphone).

Tip: Purchase the viewer with one or more “Experience Packs,” which are sold separately starting at $7.

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Price: $17+

Ages: 11+

hp miniThe eighth installment of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a special edition of the play script from the first Harry Potter live performance that premiered in London in July 2016.

Easy to read, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the end of the seventh Harry Potter novel.

The play’s main characters are Albus Potter (Harry’s son) and Scorpius Malfoy (Draco’s son).

Themes include friendship, loyalty, teamwork, and the complex relationship between father and son.

Click here to meet 8-year-old Émile Burbidge, the Toys ‘R’ Us toy tester for 2016. 


For more gift ideas, check out our list of best gift for boys here


Gift Ideas for Girls Ages 12 and Under

Luxury Gift Ideas (less than $100)

1. Hatchimals Hatching Egg Interactive Creature

Price: $60+

Ages: 5-10

Hatchimals are magic creatures that start life inside an egg, and they need your love to hatch. Kids can interact with the egg and even listen to the creature’s heartbeat.

When you see glowing eyes inside, you know your Hatchimal is about to hatch. Help it out by tapping the egg as it breaks through the shell (the process can take some time). Once it hatches, raise your creature through three distinct stages of life.

Click here to learn more about why this unique toy is THE toy of 2018. 

2. Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy Playset

Price: $49

Ages: 5-12

If she wants a puppy put you don’t want to buy a real puppy, surprise her with Snuggles – an adorable plushy that moves, blinks, and breathes just like a real animal!

*Includes an adoption certificate.

If she’s not into puppies, we recommend My Blazin’ Dragon by Fur Real Friends, a similar toy that responds to touch (available on Amazon starting at $59).

3. Furby Connect

Price: $80+

Ages: 6-12

furbyTiger Electronics released the very first Furby toy in 1998. The Furby Connect is the newest member of the family – and this interactive toy is a huge leap from the original model.

The Furby Connect introduces kids to a whole new world of games and phrases. The Furby Connect is compatible with most iOS and Android devices; available in several colors.

Affordable Gift Ideas (less than $50)

1. Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa Doll

Price: $29.99

Ages: 3-5

The 2013 Disney movie Frozen is still hot – and this Elsa doll is sure to delight little girls.

Help Elsa restore her powers and bring back the northern lights. Wave your hand over the snowflake accessory and watch as lights, sounds, and colors appear on the snowflake and on Elsa’s dress.

2. Shopkins Happy Places House Playset

Price: $24.99

Ages: 6-10

Lil’ Shoppies live in Happyville, and this is their home, the Happy House! Decorate and populate your house with Petkins figures and furniture. Set contains: 1 playset, 1 doll stand, 1 Popette Lil’ Shoppie, 1 large Petkin, 3 small Petkins, 2 medium Petkins, and 3 mini Petkins.

Tip: This set is compatible with other Shopkins sets and figures.

Shopkins is a collection of small toys based on familiar grocery store items. Each character has a unique name and design. Shopkins also has a line of books, a YouTube channel, and trading cards.

3. Num Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft Kit

Price: $32.99

Ages: 7-12

ice cream miniMake your own flavored lip gloss with this fun ice cream truck kit. Choose a flavor, add sprinkles, stir it up, and dispense your new lip gloss from the ice cream machine.

Kit includes:

  • 2 Flavors
  • 1 Gloss Base
  • 1 Cupcake Tool
  • Glitter Sprinkles
  • 3 Lip Gloss Containers/Noms
  • 1 Special Edition Cherry Scoop Scented Num


Budget Gift Ideas (less than $20)

1. IDO3D Pen and Ink up to 25 Projects Print System

Price: $19.95

Ages: 6-15

If she likes art projects, she’ll love this new spin on drawing.

IDO3D is the very first 3D drawing system for kids, and this amazing kit gives children the power to create 3D artwork by drawing/tracing, connecting, and constructing.

Kit includes a spotlight that is used to dry and harden the ink. Kids will love drawing in thin air to create jewelry, toys, and more; IDO3D set includes 5 pens.

mew mini2. Pokémon Stuffed Animals

Price: $5

Ages: 3+

Looking for an inexpensive gift she will love? Browse Amazon to find the perfect Pokémon plushy. The image at left shows the rare character Mew – available for just $9.70.

3. Learning Resources Pretend and Play School Set

Price: $17.99

Ages: 3-6

Does your little one want to be a teacher? This durable, tri-fold classroom toy encourages imagination and learning by giving her control of the classroom; includes over 100 pieces.

Tip: This toy is great for reducing stress before she starts school.


It’s been a crazy year, but we have you covered when it comes to the hottest holiday gifts. From mysterious hatching creatures and “live” stuffed animals to new Star Wars toys and banana-eating minions, the toys on our list are sure to please your little boy or girl this holiday season.

Check out our best gift ideas for girls here.

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