Kids can be hard to shop for, especially when they hit grade-school age. You want to buy them something fun, possibly educational, and hopefully not junk. But most of all, you want them to like it, and you want it to last. Many of the toys on the market are mass produced plastic that they lose interest with quickly. Not with these best unique gifts for kids!
Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or just because, it’s not always easy finding the perfect presents for kids. We’re here to help you find that “just right” gift for the children in your life with this list of unique & uncommon toys.
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Unique Gifts for School-Aged Kids
We’ve pulled together for you some truly unique and one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to please both the gift-giver and recipient. Several of the toys on this list are made by independent makers on Uncommon Goods with some truly remarkable designs.
We’re proud to showcase the work of these talented independent designers and love that each one has a story to tell. We’ve also included great learning & logic games and STEM activities from National Geographic & Discovery, as well as creative crafts to keep them entertained for hours.
Learn geography and world facts by coloring the globe with this illustrated tablecloth.
Wash it in warm water and the ink completely disappears, so your tiny traveler can create their own colorful art again and again.
It’s fun to get lost in a good book, but sometimes finding yourself in one can be even more magical. The book is personalized with the child’s name on the cover, and appearing throughout the charming illustrations inside.
A dollhouse that’s “just right” for boys and girls to enjoy together, this whimsical set brings the classic fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears to life. Build Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear and their tree house with a working swing and a tree for for Baby Bear.
This new twist on our popular Craft-tastic string art kits combines the cuteness of a panda with the magic of a unicorn in one pattern, and a magical starburst in the other. Colorful 3D elements and glitter add even more fun!
Kids Against Maturity is the perfect way to approach playtime and family time. With age-appropriate toilet humor and funny innuendos for the adults, that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Get up and get moving with Pictionary Air, a hilarious twist on the classic drawing game. Download the free Pictionary Air app, point the in-app camera at the illustrator and they’ll appear, along with their sketch, on the screen of your smart device.
A just-for-you version of one of childhood’s greatest gadgets: the reel viewer. Assemble snapshots of your favorite memories and add them to your very own reel, pop it in the viewer and marvel at your past adventures.
Rock collection for kids – This kit is a perfect standalone collection or addition to any kid’s rock collection, with the included rough and polished samples of Aventurine and rose quartz and stunning snowflake obsidian, Desert Rose, red jasper, blue quartz, pumice, and meteorite specimens as well. Genuine fossils – real fossils include Prehistoric shark teeth, gastropods, ammonites, clams, brachiopods and more. Use the included magnifying glass, full-color learning guide and identification sheet to help you sort and identify every rock, gemstone, mineral and fossil in the kit. Real geodes – discover crystal treasures, each kit contains one broken geode and two unbroken geode specimens for you to crack open yourself.
8 Vibrant Colored Crystals To Grow with Light-Up Display Stand & Guidebook – Includes 5 Real Gemstone Specimens Including Amethyst & Quartz. Show off your 5 favorite home-grown crystals on the included light-up display.
Super Magnetic Putty
Made with micron-sized iron-based particles, the astonishing moldable magnetic putty acts like a magnet when placed in close to the included Neodymium Iron Boron magnet. Put it near the magnet and within five seconds, the putty will stretch itself out to reach the magnet almost as if it were alive. Press the magnet into it and the whole piece of putty becomes magnetic, able to lift tacks and paperclips on its own after charging in a magnetic field.
Gravity Maze is a combination logic game, marble run, and STEM toy that’s one of the best gifts you can buy for boys and girls age 8 and up. It contains 60 challenges from beginner to expert, a game grid, 9 towers, 1 target piece, and 3 marbles. This game builds spatial reasoning and planning skills, and is partly an engineering and building toy that provides a great stealth learning experience for young players.
Grow N’ Glow Dinosaur Habitat
Glowing Dinosaur Lamp
Not all dinosaurs are extinct. These prehistoric pals shine on as intriguing table lamps.
Hand-launched paper planes gets a steampunk-inspired upgrade with this build-it-yourself model plane launch. Get ready for takeoff by winding up the hand-held launcher’s rubber band motor, then pull the trigger to launch one of three included planes (one plywood glider and two paper airplanes) or your own lightweight creation. Send your aircraft almost 100 feet in loops or barrel rolls by adjusting the angle of the wings.
Get your mini rock star strumming with their own three-string Loog® Guitar. The design takes the classic six-string design and simplifies its chords to a basic triad of three strings. A three-string guitar can play any song ever written (yes, even “Thunderstruck”), but makes the learning process faster and easier. Including helpful flashcards to guide their every strum, the Loog® will have them primed for a six string in no time.
3D Coloring Puzzle Set
5 different large 3D puzzles with 12 dual tip brush & fine line pen set to make your own 3D model. Kids can assemble and color these puzzles themselves. Hours of educational and creative fun that is exciting and hands on for kids and adults alike. One of the best STEM gifts for 6 to 12 year old girls and boys.
You just found your game night’s pot of gold. This 326-piece jigsaw puzzle, after a fair amount healthy brain exercise, reveals a vivid rainbow image so striking you may want to hang it up on your wall. Laser cut from birch and basswood ply and neatly packaged in a glossy box, a great gift for puzzle-loving kiddos.
This knotty little puzzle is all about thinking inside the box. Elastic bands connect colored buttons on opposite sides of a clear, plastic case. Your challenge is to group the buttons by color, sliding them along the slots cut in the clear plastic, without getting yourself (and the cords inside) all tied up in knots.
'Tis better to give than recieve
I’ve always loved finding people the “just right” gifts, to truly bring them some joy. As an Auntie to 7 nephews and a niece, I know how hard it can be to find something truly special, especially as they get older. We hope you enjoyed these unique gifts for kids, and maybe found the perfect gift.
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