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Erupting Volcano Cakes Kit

Parents will love this baking kit because it helps teach the science of chemical reactions, and kids will love it because it erupts like a real volcano. -Yolanda Wikiel, Food & Lifestyle Director,
Parents

To Buy: $39; imthecheftoo.com

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Quip Mini Cruiser Skateboard

I'm not saying we should buy our kids gifts to force them into hobbies we never managed to pick up in our youth, but I'm not NOT saying that either. When I look at this mini-sized skateboard (with its grippy deck, soft wheels, and outfit-worthy colorways) it makes me want to buy it...not for myself, I swear.
-Laura Norkin, Digital Deputy Editor,
InStyle

To Buy: $30; retrospec.com

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Duracell Optimum AA 12 Pack

Chances are, some of your child’s favorite toys (and the new ones on their holiday wish list) are battery operated. Slip a fresh pack of Duracell batteries into your kiddo’s stocking so those toys and gifts can truly shine during playtime.

To Buy: $12.78; walmart.com

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Operation Electronic Board Game

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how this game from my childhood would hold up with my screen-obsessed kids, but when my then-kindergartener received it as a gift from her grandparents it instantly became a hit (even her picky older brother couldn’t stop playing it). I loved that the game got us all sitting around the table together, and the laughter every time the buzzer went off couldn’t be beat! This nostalgic game has definitely stood the test of time. -Heather Morgan Shott, Senior Director Content Strategy (Home),
Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Southern Living, Martha Stewart

To Buy: $20; amazon.com

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Super Smalls Black Tie Mega Jewelry Set

Founded by a former fashion editor, Super Smalls creates fun, over-the-top accessories for kids that take a cue from grown-up gems. Each bauble feels like something straight out of Pretty Pretty Princess, and the whimsical, maximalist pieces will up any kid's inner sparkle. I bought this set for my niece so she can finally stop borrowing her mom’s jewelry, and it’s sweet how much she appreciates having “jewels” of her own. -Rachel Sylvester, Senior Editor,
Real Simple

To Buy: $39; supersmalls.com

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Harry Potter Illustrated Collection

This is great for younger readers who are just getting into the magic of Harry Potter. The illustrations are gorgeous and really bring the stories to life—especially for little ones who don’t have the attention span for the real thing. -Penelope Wall, Digital Director,
EatingWell

To Buy: $200; amazon.com

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Ooly Chroma Blends Travel Watercolor Palette

My kids love this paint set! The best part for me is the brushes have a barrel to fill with water, so you don't need a separate rinsing cup—that will inevitably spill everywhere. -Penelope Wall, Digital Director,
EatingWell

To Buy: $30; ooly.com

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Clixo Rainbow 42-Piece Magnetic Building Toy

I love giving Clixo as a gift to the kids in my life because it’s a fun twist (literally) on building sets. The pieces are bendable and magnetic, which means they can build outside the straight-lined constraints of blocks. I like knowing that this set might inspire them to build something they probably haven’t been able to before. -Rebecca Rakowitz, Editorial Assistant,
Parents

To Buy: $60; amazon.com

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Plus Plus Construction Building Stem Puzzle Toy

My 6-year-old loves using these blocks to build animals, rainbows, anything really. And this Dad loves a mini STEAM toy that encourages screen-free creativity that is easy to store -Lavinel Savu, Executive Managing Editor,
InStyle and Real Simple

To Buy: $15; amazon.com

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Kitchen

My best friend is a chef and her toddler daughter insists on being in the kitchen to help her with meals. This kitchen keeps her busy for hours because it looks so realistic she feels like she’s actually cooking.
-Jasmine Purdie, Photo Editor,
HelloGiggles

To Buy: $123; amazon.com

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OSMO Little Genius Starter Kit

My dad bought this for our toddler daughter and, despite the fact that there’s screen time involved, we absolutely love it. Even though her attention span is virtually non-existent, it manages to keep her extremely engaged with a variety of fun, educational games that have an offscreen component (this is what makes it different from all the other kid-friendly apps out there). I’ll be asking him to order more games to add to our set for both Christmas and her birthday! -Cris Pearlstein, Freelance Digital Editor,
Real Simple

To Buy: $79; playosmo.com

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Hanna Andersson Shimmer Star Dress

If you know a parent who is in the phase where their kid insists on wearing a tutu to school every day, then this is the gift for them. It’s a tutu, yes, but since it’s actually a real dress and not a costume, the parent will win the battle over getting dressed without the kid even knowing. -Cris Pearlstein, Freelance Digital Editor,
Real Simple

To Buy: $64; hannaandersson.com

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LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle Kit

I have a LEGO-loving, outer-space-obsessed niece, and this is perfect for a kid like that. First they can build the NASA-inspired space shuttle, with sides that open up, then a rover with a working claw. After everything is put together, the set lends itself to endless pretend play with the two astronauts, one of whom sports a gold visor for space walks. -Jessica Hartshorn, Entertainment Editor,
Parents

To Buy: $32; amazon.com

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Play On Table Tennis

Screen-free fun, coming right up! Kids can ping-pong their hearts out and you won’t have to deal with bulky equipment clogging up your home. This portable set takes seconds to put up on any old table, but is guaranteed to provide hours of spirited family competition at your next party. -Yolanda Wikiel, Food & Lifestyle Director,
Parents

To Buy: $40; bando.com

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