Hi Friends! Today I am back with great gift ideas for big kids! With a recently minted 9-year-old in our home, I have a front row seat to what is cool and popular for this age range. Here are my top picks for this year.
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Arts & Crafts Gifts for Kids
We’re kind of obsessed with these fusible bead kits around here. They encourage creativity and can be used to create ornaments, key chains and other small creation which make fun gifts too.
I think Prismacolor Colored Pencils are hands down the best colored pencils out there. They blend easily, have a great range of colors and last forever. Pair these with a good quality drawing pad and a drawing book (see my stocking stuffers list) and you have a great gift for the young artists on your list.
3D Printers are all the rage these days. I love this 3D Doodler for kids to enter that creative arena and start thinking in three dimensions. Add on a case and extra plastic to keep the creativity going!
Gifts for Gamer Kids
What video game loving kid wouldn’t love this cool neon light to decorate their gaming space or room? The iconic controller shape shines a little light into the gaming space making a unique nightlight option.
Beat That is guaranteed to add some wacky, laugh filled game time to your home. Complete a series of crazy dexterity-based challenges to win the game. A memorable way to spend time with family.
I’m not gonna lie.. This is on MY list too! This Animal Crossing Monopoly game is a great idea for everyone who caught the Animal Crossing bug last year.
Tech Gift Ideas for Big Kids
We love these headphones to protect US from the crazy sounds of kids’ videos games. In addition, they are perfect for travel to listen to movies, music and help cancel outside noise.
I’m not going to lie, you may need to put this karaoke microphone away from time to time for YOUR sanity but aside from that its a great gift idea for kids who love to sing. Terrific for parties and playdates too as it gives kiddos a creative activity that doesn’t involve screens.
Turn any room or outdoor space into a movie theatre with this mini projector. Plug into phone, laptop, and other outlets to watch shows, movies or project images to be traced. Fun for parties, gatherings, reunions and school projects.
We love our Alexa and find it extremely handy for lists, music, reminders, weather and more. Amazon adds more “skills” all the time making them handy for kids as well. Surprise yours with this adorable Baby Yoda Echo Dot this year for a cute room decoration that plays music, tracks fitness, tells jokes, provides reminders and more.
This 3D moon lamp is a great addition to any kid’s room. Perfect for encouraging budding astronomers, cute for nurseries and makes a perfect nightlight. Changes colors and brightness settings too.
STEM Gift Ideas for Kids
Combine learning and fun with an Amazing Chemistry Set from Nat Geo. Perfect for those budding scientists and kids who love making slime and goo.
This Beginner Microscope is a great way to encourage kids to look a little closer at the world around them. Teach them to make slides and they’ll be busy for days!
Kids can learn coding basics, electronics and build their own robot with this Coding Robot Kit. Super fun and provides a kick start into electronics.
Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids
If you have followed my blog for any time, you’ve undoubtedly learned that we are big fans of being outdoors. We love hiking, swimming, plants and all the nature-y things.
Teach your kids about plants and give them the excitement of watching something they plant grow with this Maze Planter.
Bicycle riding kids will love these fun LED Bike Wheel Lights to add a little sizzle (and safety) to bikes. Available in a variety of colors.
Teach your kids about the importance of bees in our world with this bee house kit. Enhance their productivity in your own garden by providing them with a place to take up residence.
Useful not only for birdwatching and vista gazing, these colorful binoculars will encourage kids to star gaze, watch sports games and more. Shock proof, professional grade and small size to easily slip into backpacks.
Pick up a new sleeping bag for your kids this year. Perfect for camping (even in the backyard), sleep overs and just crashing in the living room.
Local Experiences as Gifts for Atlanta Kids
We’re big proponents of giving experiences as gifts. From movies to theatre tickets to trips, experiences don’t take up space and provide the opportunity for bending with family members (and friends) and creating lots of great memories. Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for kids Atlanta based experiences.
Indoor skydiving: Give your kid an adrenaline boost by visiting iFly World for some exciting time in their safe and controlled wind tunnel. Kids can float, tumble and fly in this chaperoned environment. Great for parties and field trips too.
Wild Animal Encounters at Zoo Atlanta: Get up close and personal with one of the wild animals at Zoo Atlanta. The Keepers offer a variety of encounters to allow up close experiences allowing you to see, feed and touch some the Zoo’s most popular inhabitants.
Animal Encounters at Georgia Aquarium: Much like the experiences at Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium offers animal encounters with a variety of their inhabitants. Register your child (or family) for one of their animal encounters or interactions to get behind the scenes tours and close up experiences with a variety of critters.
Try Scuba – Book a Kids Scuba Lesson at SeaVentures and give your child a unique set of skills. SeaVentures offers lessons and camps for a variety of ages in their facility pool.
Now that I have shared these great gift ideas for the kids kids on your list, don’t forget to check gift ideas for travelers. And if you’re local to the Atlanta Metro area, be sure to check out the best ways to spend the holidays in Atlanta.