Best gifts for your grandchildren
The only experience better than being a parent is being a grandparent. You've done all the hard work of raising your own kids, and now you reap the rewards. In other words, it's time to spoil the youngest members of your family. During the holidays, you have the perfect opportunity to watch their eyes light up as you give them exactly what they want for Christmas. But tracking down that perfect gift can be tough, especially for the kids who already have everything.
The below gifts are hand-picked for their uniqueness and versatility. There's a little something for every personality, whether you have a science enthusiast, an outdoorsperson, or a Star Wars fan on your hands.
If you've ever winced as you've handed your smartphone or tablet to your young grandchildren, you already understand the value of a tablet specifically designed for kids. The new Fire HD 10 is equipped with a kid-friendly case built to help it withstand drops, along with a two-year worry-free guarantee. But the tablet itself is far from a toy. It features a 1080p HD display, 32 GB internal storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Your grandkids will also have access to more than 15,000 apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from top providers.
You can't go wrong with a board game, especially when it's one that helps with cognitive development. Cranium lets children show off their talents at word play, sketching, sleuthing, acting, and more. There are more than 600 different challenges for both the mind and body. This game is designed to play in teams, so it's ideal if your grandkids have plenty of family members or regularly have large groups of friends over.
Not only does this 56" L X 36" W playhouse provide plenty of room to play, but your grandkids can color the exterior exactly as they want. It assembles and disassembles in one easy step, making it easy to store when it's not in use. It ships with eight washable markers, is made from formaldehyde-free materials, and is completely recyclable.
There's no need to go to the family fun center when your grandkids can have fun at home. This polka-dot patterned tent, when paired with the Click N' Play Pack of 200 Pit Balls, creates the perfect ball pit. The tent provides a private space for kids to play while allowing parents to keep an eye on them.
With just a bottle and some water, your grandkids can use this kit to create a rocket. Water pressure helps them propel the rocket as far as 30 feet high. This is the perfect gift for your older grandkids since it contains little parts that can be a choking hazard to those younger than three years of age. You will need a bicycle pump for this one (you can add on the Bell Air Attack High Volume Bicycle Pump for less than $10).
Train sets have been a treasured gift for generations, making them the perfect grandparent gift. This train set combines classic design with modern technology, with an EMD GP40 diesel locomotive that has an operating headlight. The train runs straight out of the box and includes a steel roadbed track. This set is ideal for a first train, but it's recommended for children ages 14 and up.
Kids love to simulate adult activities, especially in their toddler years. This kitchen playset features everything they need to "pretend" cook a meal, just like they've seen their parents do. The electronic Stovetop burner lights up and makes sounds, and the refrigerator has a window so it's easy for them to view what's inside. It ships with 24 accessories including cooking utensils, groceries, pots and pans, and baskets to store the play food.
If one of your grandchildren is a Star Wars fan, this lightsaber makes a great gift. It's designed to match the one in the movie and includes lights and sounds to take playtime to the next level. Accessories include connectors and an expansion hilt to allow your grandkids to customize it.
Disney Princess Costumes
If your grandchild is fascinated with Disney princesses, there are a wide variety of costumes to choose from. There are classic costumes like Cinderella and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as well as ones from newer movies, such as Brave and Moana.
If your grandkids are into gaming, check with Mom and Dad on what game console they use. You can find a wide selection of games for every console available. For PS4, there's UbiSoft, FIFA 17, and Shadow of War. Nintendo gamers might enjoy Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8, or Splatoon 2.
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