This holiday season, switch up your kid’s typical gendered toy gifts like Barbies and Hot Wheels for these 19 fun and creative gifts that aren’t really toys at all.
Whether you have a scientist in the making, an aspiring coder, or future business owner on your hands, these gifts are sure to delight your little one all day long while teaching them the fundamental basics of strategy, creativity, problem-solving, and more. Take a peek through our favorites below.
1 Merge Cube
This award-winning AR toy is the world's first holographic object you can hold in the palm of your hand. For less than $20, let your kid experience another dimension with the merge cube.
2 Garden Tool Kit
These garden tools for kids feature a STEM early learning guide to help them learn about nature and animals. On top of that, it encourages them to explore the great outdoors.
3 LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
This robot kit for kids is a fun introduction to robotic programming.
4 Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light
This time-teaching educational game teaches time-telling concepts for all skill levels.
MyEduCrate delivers educational themed items to motivate and engage your 6-11 year old child's growing mind. Each box will include learning challenges, hands on learning materials, resources selected by certified teachers, and non-fiction readers.
6 Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
This adorable scooper lets your kid learn the skills needed to operate a small business by running their own ice cream cart.
7 Tickets To Their Favorite Show
Whether it be a Broadway show to one of their favorite childhood movies or tickets to see their favorite musician, being able to watch your child react and get excited over an unforgettable performance is priceless. Check out the lineup of kids' performances on Minimaster.
8 GeoSmart Lunar Rover
GeoSmart's STEM-focused magnetic construction allows kids to learn with GeoMagnetic play.
9 GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
Slide one of the 20 realistic microscope slides into the Talking Microscope and take a look while listening to cool facts about what you’re looking at.
10 Mind Blowing Science Kit
Get your young scientist exploring and learning the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools.
11 Jigsaw Puzzle
Get their minds moving with jigsaw puzzles that force them to think strategically while also working with some beautiful imagery.
Keep them occupied for hours with over 100 brain-teasing puzzles.
13 LEGO Chain Reactions
Design and build 10 amazing moving machines with this chain reactions kit.
14 Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
This complete droid kit comes with everything kids need to create and control their own droid.
15 LEGO Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift
Children of all ages benefit from building and seeing the fruits of their labor.
16 Kings Bobble Bitz Creation Station
Make jewelry pieces, window clings, and more with the Creation Station.
These learning toys have been selling out everywhere, but luckily eBay still has a bunch in stock. While this may just look like a lifeless toy, these interactive Fingerlings respond to sound, touch, and movement.
18 Roarin' Tyler
This adorable yet smart tiger pet responds to movements and roars with 100+ sound and motion combinations. Unlike other plush toys, furReal pets aren't intended to be merely watched or collected; they're designed to be played with, lived with, and loved.
You can't go wrong with this classic, strategic game.
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