Top Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids
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Top Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Once again, it’s that time of year! I can hardly believe that the holiday season is almost here! Can you? Through the years I’ve shared many gift guides but the gifts I’m always most excited to share with you year after year are the Christmas presents I’ve selected for my own kids. There’s nothing like seeing their little faces light up when they open that much-anticipated present! It’s magical! Plus the idea of sharing my Top Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids with all of you always makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Top Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Shopping for my 5 year old daughter and 11 year old son isn’t always easy! That’s why this year I’m getting a head start. I’ve rounded up some of our Top Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids — these are the toys and things they’ve been asking for! Read on to see what we’re adding to our Christmas wishlist this year. Hope it gives you some cool gift ideas and helps make your holiday shopping for kids a little easier this year! Happy Holidays!


GOTRAX GKS Electric Scooter

Raising #NYCKids, a functional scooter is a must. My own kids ride everywhere they go in the city! So when I came across this electric scooter (build just for kids) I knew my oldest needed an upgrade from his traditional kick board. Introducing a whole new style of Electric scooters for kids! The GOTRAX GKS Electric Scooter features 6″ Solid rubber tires that absorb vibrations making a glide effortlessly on cement or paved roads. The speed of the GKS kids scooter is locked at a safe but fun 7.5mph. The Compact 25v Battery and 150 Watt electric motor powers the GKS for up to 4 miles per charge. At just under $120 and in 5 different colors (black, blue, green, pink and red) this makes a great gift for your #NYCKids! Ride to school, around the city, or at your favorite park. Compact, lightweight, and convenient for wherever your adventures may take you!

Image from GOTRAX website
Testing out his new electric scooter — It was an early gift. The GKS Electric Scooter for Kids is easy to operate and a blast to ride!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: We’ve partnered with GOTRAX and One lucky NYCTechMommy reader will win their very own GOTRAX GKS Electric Scooter this holiday season. Read on for your chance to enter to win at the end of this post!

Disclosure: We received complimentary products to facilitate this gift guide. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Discovery Kids Slime-o-logy 101 DIY 5 in 1 Kit

My little kid is obsessed with slime! What kid isn’t? Your kid will feel like a scientist with the Slimeology 101 5-in-1 DIY Slime Kit from Discovery Kids. The 29-piece set includes everything they’ll need to create glitter slime, neon slime, foam slime, glowing slime and scented slime. At just under $15 this makes a great STEM gift for the little scientist in your life! Available at your local KOHLs, JC Penney, and Barnes & Noble.

Discover Kids Globe 2 in 1 Day and Night Earth

If you’ve been following my blog you know that my kids love traveling and exploring! I added this gift to their holiday wishlist to help them see the world like never before! The Discovery Mindblown Globe provides hands-on learning! This classic Earth globe transforms into an illuminated map of dazzling city lights as seen from space! Watch as populated land masses glow brightly with color-changing LED light. The 2-in-1 Day and Night Globe rotates smoothly along its axis to provide 360-degree views of your world. The globe displays political boundaries, as well as lakes and rivers, major cities and capitals. It features brilliant color-changing LED lights, creating an educational centerpiece for any room. This unique globe glows brightly with LEDs for an as-seen-from-space view that displays day and night! Your budding explorer will love this and at just under $25 it makes a great educational gift for kids ages 8 and up! Find it at your local Macy’s KOHLs, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Barbie Career of the Year Doll

It wasn’t until recently that my little girl started showing interest in Barbie Dolls. She’s already added her Barbie request to her Christmas wishlist and because I want to make her play experiences purposeful I went in search of a Barbie Doll that I knew she would love!

The Barbie Careers Game Developer Doll isn’t 2019’s Barbie Career of the Year Doll. This one was launched 3 years ago as the 2016 Barbie Career of the Year Doll but she’s still very relevant. Mattel finally got Barbie right with this one! Game Developer Barbie opens young techies to the world of game development. Young techies can play out the creative fun of this exciting profession. You can buy your own Game Developer Barbie here. She makes a great gift for your little techie!

I love her industry-inspired outfit with graphic decal t-shirt, faded denim pants, a dark green jacket and white sneakers. Her bright red hair and eyeglasses seem fashion-forward with techie style! Accessories are also included — a laptop, a tablet with picture of a game showing and a headset. A great way to expand the career exploration and storytelling fun!

There is an entire line of Barbie Careers Dolls to choose from — from Political Candidate to Judge, Music Star to Soccer Player, Robotics Engineer to Astronaut, Chef, Dancer, Photojournalist, Teacher, and so much more! The possibilities are endless! Barbie Career dolls and playsets are a FUNtastic way to explore all of your child’s dreams because when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become. Check out the entire Barbie Careers line here and chose the one that best fits your little girl’s BIG dreams!

The Robotics Engineer Barbie doll was the Career of the Year Barbie for 2018.

Barbie Surprise Careers Doll and Accessories

I love the Barbie Surprise Careers with Doll and Accessories, career looks are hidden inside — four compartments in the box and each holds different pieces for so much unboxing fun! Which careers will you find? The possibilities include a scientist and a musician, a soccer player and a chef or a veterinarian and artist. The looks inspire role-play fun with items like a guitar and microphone for the musician, an apron and cupcake for the chef and a puppy and stethoscope for the pet vet, plus so much more! Also great is that they come in different skin tone choices — blonde, brunette, or brunette curly. For under $20 this makes a great gift for kids 3 to 7 years old! Especially for those little girls that are into unboxing new toys!

Images from Amazon

Pokemon My Partner Pikachu

I have a huge Pokemon fan on my hands! Do you? Now your Pokemon obsessed kiddo can engage with Pikachu like never before! My Partner Pikachu features 3 touch sensors that let you and Pikachu communicate in a new and fun way. Watch Pickachu’s arms and ears move, his cheeks and tail light up or hear one of his iconic Pikachu expressions or sound effects. What’s great is that two modes of play create over 100 interactions along with 20 sounds and expressions for you to experience! A great gift for just under $20 that your little Pokemon trainer will love, I’m sure! Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Cabbage Patch Kids Lil’ Surprise Reveal

As an 80s kid, I feel all nostalgic each time I see my little one playing with her Cabbage Patch Kids. Boy or Girl? Find out with the CUTEST gender reveal ever! Little ones will love the Cabbage Patch Kids Lil’ Surprise Reveal dolls! Check under the pajama flap to reveal a pink or blue iconic Xavier Roberts signature! For an added surprise, find the hidden bottle that matches the signature color. Use the bottle to feed your sweet little one and provide lots of love. Also included is a customizable birth certificate where you fill in a name and special birthdate. For just $17.99 this makes an adorable gift for the dolly loving girlie in your life! Celebrate with Cabbage Patch Kids by using #CPKGenderReveal to share your reveal!

NEW Hairdorables Shortcuts

They’re short, sweet, and have “big hair, don’t care” attitudes, just like their big sisters, the Hairdorables! The NEW Hairdorabes Shortcuts come in adorable shampoo shaped bottles and feature peel pad layers — with 8 surprises inside! They also come with “pigtails’ and barrettes that are interchangeable so you can customize your shortcut’s hair any way you want. Collect all 24 shortcuts to create loads of custom shortcut looks! Super cute!

“Big hair, don’t care!”

We recently unboxed a set of Hairdorables Shortcuts on our IGTV channel and my little girlie is loving them! You should probably run and snatch some up at your local Walmart or order them on Amazon before they’re all gone! I think they’ll make great stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Hairdorables Shortcuts make great little stocking stuffers this holiday season!


My family is spread out across the East Coast so when I heard about this neat subscription box I knew it would make a great gift! KIDVELOPE is a fun and interactive mission adventure game that connects kids and their faraway adults—grandparents, long-distance or deployed parents, aunts, uncles, etc.—with an extraordinary combination of physical hands-on activities and online engagements.

The perfect gift for kids ages 7-10, Space Rescue Mission ($21.95*) begins with a mailed activity kit. Kids initiate the mission and team up with (parent approved) adult partners to complete mission challenges through a combination of hands-on activities, back-and-forth mail correspondence, online interactions, and phone conversations. Whether kids are communicating with a grown-up who is across town or across the ocean, Kidvelope creates a genuine and collaborative bonding experience.  

Kidvelope was created by media, technology, entertainment, and education veterans who are parents with kids who have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family scattered across the country. Each Kidvelope mission features a mix of offline hands-on inventing, creating, and problem-solving by kids plus online sharing and communicating by both partners. 

Kidvelope Space Rescue Mission is available for purchase at


And last but not least, I love gifting experiences and this is an experience that can be enjoyed many times over! Buying a gift for your family around the holidays can be tricky, but with BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming platform for theater lovers, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Whether you’re a family of theater fanatics or just looking to jazz up family entertainment night, it’s a great way to share the magic and thrill of theater through the holidays and beyond! Now Broadway fans can enjoy the magic of theatre anywhere you can access internet streaming content — including a computer, phone, tablet, and TV. Check it out here.

BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic performances like The Sound of Music and Peter Pan to spellbinding productions like Hetty Feather and Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight.  For a monthly subscription of $8.99 USD or an annual subscription of $99.99 USD, fans can also expect to see the full works of Shakespeare and a selection of the world’s greatest musical including Kinky Boots42nd Street, The King and I, An American in Paris, and She Loves Me.  All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience.   

“PIN” this to make your holiday shopping easier with our list of TOP HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS for kids and don’t forget enter our GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

Here are the TOP HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS for kids that made our wishlist this year!

How to Enter to Win a GOTRAX GKS Electric Scooter

Leave a comment below letting me know who you would love to win this GOTRAX GKS Electric Scooter for — your own child, a niece, a nephew, grandchild, etc.? Comment must be completed before other entry options are counted. NOTE that this giveaway is for (1) GOTRAX GKS Electric Scooter for Kids (valued at $120). This giveaway starts Wednesday, November 13th at midnight EST and ends Wednesday, December 4th at midnight EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected by from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from [email protected] The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!



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