What better way to close out such an abnormal year than with the Christmas cheer of family, food, and fun? Many of us are still on the hunt for the perfect present. Time is short, so here are some of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids we could find, compliments of our entire pediatric dental team.
Star Wars the Child Animatronic Edition (a.k.a. Baby Yoda)
Everyone went gaga for “Baby Yoda,” the subject of Disney’s new Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” Touch the top of Baby Yoda’s head to make it coo, babble, and wiggle its ears. Touch it again and it will close its eyes and stick out one hand to activate the Force. Lay it down so it can take a “Force nap” to recharge. (I also have this ability.) While keeping real baby aliens is ill-advised, this animatronic could be a welcome addition to the family.
Power Treads Epic Course
Kids can custom build their own racetrack using the Power Treads set pieces and stuff they have around the house like books, pillows, and sneakers. The all-terrain vehicle flips, jumps, and tears through the course. Now all that stuff in the way of your cool racetrack is a feature!
Pets Alive Fifi the Flossing Sloth
Out of all of the purple dancing sloth robots I’ve ever seen, this is definitely one of them. Fifi brings down the house with her dance moves, which include eye movement and her iconic butt wiggle! A sloth after my own heart, Fifi is a constant reminder that we shouldn’t forget to floss.
Take your blanket forts to the next level with this construction set, which allows families to make forts that look like towers, domes, or castles. It comes with rods and joints to form the skeleton of your blanket fort, but you have to provide your own sheets.
Encourage those little ankle biters to get to work honing their culinary skills with a cookbook for kids. There are many good choices, so choose a cookbook appropriate to their age and skill. This particular one is packed with more than 100 easy-ish recipes that will build a useful foundation and encourage exploration.
Little Monsters Sewing Kit
When it comes to the best activities for kids, sewing develops great coordination and motor skills while encouraging creativity — not to mention it’s a practical skill they can use all their lives! This kid-friendly kit includes everything needed for their monster-themed projects.
Light-Up Tracing Pad
Do you have an aspiring artist in the family? Give them this awesome light-up tracing pad by Crayola, which is available in blue or pink. The backlight makes pictures easy to see and trace, and this kit comes with over 100 traceable images to get them started.
Something to Read
Disney: The Never Girls Collection 1–4 (Ages 8–12)
In the blink of an eye, four best friends all get their biggest wish — they’re whisked off to NeverLand, home to Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. The Never Girls series is the top chapter book series for this age group. This set contains the first four books in the series, though there are 19 in total.
Dog Man #1–3 Boxed Set (Ages 6–10)
Dog Man is the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! Ask any school librarian and they will tell you kids can’t get enough Dog Man. This boxed set includes the first three books in the Dog Man series, though at the moment there are nine titles out there.
Kid Made Modern Ultimate Craft Kit
Keep your kids crafting for hours with this new set from Kid Made Modern. The kit includes 1,100 items to get a project started — there are beads, popsicle sticks, pom poms, googly eyes, glue, scissors and much more.
Sonicare for Kids Electric Toothbrush
Now we’re talking. If I were to get a gift that I would use every day (twice, right?) for years to come, that improved my health, and that did a better job than what I was currently using, then that would be a truly thoughtful gift! Kids often lack the horsepower to effectively clean their teeth, and an electric toothbrush can significantly boost the effectiveness of their brushing.
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