The 11 Best Gifts For All the Little Ones in the Family

by The Texas Lifestyle Magazine team on November 18, 2021 in Gift Guides,

Stop hunting and start shopping — we’ve got your kids’ holiday shopping needs covered. From puzzles to PJS, from Koosh to cards, from STEM solar-powered toys to dino sheet sets, you’ll find them — and love them — here.


My TreePod Canopy

Let’s help kids get outside in one of the most peaceful settings. My Treepod Canopy is their very own hanging habitat with the luxury of a cabana and the convenience of a hammock.  Find the perfect spot in the yard and your kiddo will get cozy in this UV-protected sanctuary. Options include a stand, a mattress, bug nets, and LED lights for decoration. This provides such a great spot for reading, napping or just chilling. From $275

Zing’s Go Go Butterfly

The Go Go Butterfly by Zings, shaped like a monarch butterfly, soars, powered by a remote control. This is a great hybrid gift option between something that blends technology but not in front of a screen. Kids are able to gain a greater appreciation for flying insects and have a blast doing so! $29.99

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Build Memories Together, Red Toolbox’s Stanley Jr. Construction Kits

From the aspiring chef to the monster-truck lover, Red Toolbox has your holiday shopping needs covered. We particularly liked two from Stanley Jr. — the Front Loader Kit ($18.99) is aimed at ages 5+. For  younger littles, then pick up the Stanley Jr. Take Apart Bulldozer ($24.99), great for ages 3+. These kits are quality time in a box. Red Toolbox is a family business that has created a complete world of tools, wood building kits and toys specifically designed to suit a child’s developing mind and skill set. $18.99-$24.99

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Zuru Smashers Lava Light Up Dino Mega Surprise

Stand by for ginormous dinosaur play with the all-new Series 4 ZURU Smashers Lava Light Up Dino Mega Surprise, which was named as one of the best new toys of 2021 by Good Housekeeping. Offering extended play, the latest in the Texas-sized Smashers egg allows young explorers to discover different dinos to build, which then light up and are ready for battle – complete with dino sounds. They’ll find over 20 different surprises in each egg including a Light-Up Smash-O-Saur, four Smasher eggs, multiple compounds and more. (Available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.) Ages 4+. $24.99

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Gorgeous Designer Puzzles from Piecework

It’s hard not to resist when you know that the uber-chic FastCompany named Piecework Puzzles The trendiest, coolest, designer puzzles of 2021. This holiday season, they’ve added to their reputation for unique, beautiful images with new kids’ puzzles, a zodiac collection, and their first 1,500 piece puzzle. Help the littles keep the whole family entertained with a modern take on an old tradition. From $22

Tenzi, Buildzi + Slapzi — Fast, Fun Fames For All the Family

You can’t go wrong — whatever age you’re shopping for — with this trio of affordable, fun family-time toys. TENZI ($14.95) is a fast frenzy of a dice game. BUILDZI ($24.95) is a fast-stacking block game. Then there’s SLAPZI ($19.95), a quick-thinking and fast-matching card game. Tenzi $14.95; Buildzi $24.95; Slapzi $19.95 

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Boys & Girls Build Their Own Solar-Powered Car

This STEM car kit for boys and girls from Teni and Tayo Creations guides young inventors as they build and paint their very own wooden solar-powered car that runs when complete! Through the construction process, kids learn problem-solving and attention to detail. They’ll also get to witness solar and electrical energy at work firsthand. Plus, there’s a secret mission from African superhero, Captain Nosa, inside the box that will make the kids feel empowered and energized to complete their task! This toy will help spark a child’s imagination, improve their critical thinking, develop their fine motor skills, and inspire their creativity. The kit includes all parts to build the model car, including a 6-color non-toxic acrylic paint set. No need for screws or tools, and no need for batteries! $24.99

Koosh With Dude Perfect

From Texas guys Dude Perfect, the latest Koosh® products to hit shelves include the Koosh® Sharp Shot, Koosh® Mondo, Koosh® Flingshot, Koosh® Woosh, Koosh® Double Paddle, Koosh® Hoops!, and Koosh® Minis 3-Pack. Tweens (who are the big fan base of Dude Perfect) will also see the return of the award-winning Koosh® Classic, which first made its debut in 1986. We like this small (could even be a stocking stuffer) gift for its versatility and hours of endless indoor and outdoor fun. From $5.99

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Time to Get Cozy in Nauseni Slippers

Whether you’re keeping kiddo’s toes warm, or going for the Mini Me look, these cozy and comfy wool felt slippers will do the trick. And look so good! NAUSENI slippers have a minimalist, modern look and are made from 100% natural wool with felt mid-soles and genuine Himalayan buffalo suede leather outer soles for extra comfort and durability. A socially conscious and sustainable brand, NAUSENI was created to employ women in Nepal by giving them a way to earn a living handcrafting slippers inspired by their cultural heritage and natural landscape. Available for adults and children. $55 (adults $75)

Mightly Kidswear — Certified Organic and Fair Trade

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how to dress your favorite little ones. Get festive looks for your littles from Mightly, along with clothes for playtime, nighttime (we love the Penguin footless stretch PJs – so cute for the holidays) , daytime, any time. This new source for certified organic and fair trade kidswear makes holiday shopping easy and sustainable as it’s a one-stop-shop for boys and girls with an array of styles for ages 2 to 14, including graphic tees, leggings, hoodies, dresses, PJs, and masks. From $24.95

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Organic Cotton Jurassic World™ Duvet Cover by Morning Bird

Your kids will love the Organic Cotton Jurassic World™ Duvet Cover by Morning Bird. This dinosaur duvet features a cool camouflage pattern and Dino art. This set surely will bring cozy comfort to your little Dinosaur lover. And there’s more — from Batman to My Little Pony to Disney’s Frozen 2, there’s plenty of other character bed sets to choose from that your kids will also love. $48

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