best unique gifts for kids

Best Unique Gifts for Kids

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.

World Map Coloring Tablecloth

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.

I Can Change the World Book

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.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House

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.

My Miniature Library

Create an adorable collection of 30 miniature volumes that you can really read. From illustrated fairytales like The Frog Prince to well-loved nursery rhymes like The Owl & The Pussycat, this doll-sized library also comes with a sweet little bookcase.

Pandacorn String Art

 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!

Glow in the Dark 
Rock Painting Kit

Create unique glow in the dark painted rocks with this arts and craft set for boys and girls!  10 rocks are included in this Rock painting kit! Great for beginners and kids.

Kids Against Maturity Card Game

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.

Pictionary AIR

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.

Stello Connect Game Set

Like a colorful version of dominoes with an extra dimension. With more than five ways to play Stello, players need to match their tiles to the ones already on the table—before anyone else does. It’s simple for kids to understand, but has a challenging element to keep them engaged.

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

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.

Light-up Terrarium Kit

 It’s not often that a science project can be fun and engaging, but this terrarium kit achieves both! It fascinates children as soon as they pull it out of the box. With the freedom to layer the rocks, sand, soil, and stickers as they please, every child is guaranteed to have a blast. Let your child discover the beauty of nature by creating their own beautiful terrarium with this all-inclusive kit. Watch as it grows by day and glows at night with the innovative LED light under the lid.  Includes: Terrarium jar (4″x6″), light-up jar lid, Micro-USB charging cable, step-by-step instruction booklet, vermiculite soil, blue sand, river rocks, wheatgrass and chia seeds, small bunny and mushroom miniatures, removable stickers for decoration, spray bottle, and wooden stick to aid in planting the seeds.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Rocks & Fossils Kit

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.

Arts and Crafts Garden Kit

Unleash your child’s creativity by letting them paint, plant, grow, and personalize their very own flower garden!

Kid’s Magic Bath Fizzies- Set of 5

Make bath time a little more magical with these surprise-toy-filled fizzies, complete with fun fact and short story with each.

Build Your Own Robot Kit

Follow instructions to make 3 different robots per kit, then use your own creativity to make more.
 

Sound-Activated Light Blocks

Build your own imaginative block sculpture and then make it glow with sound.

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Smart Globe with Interactive App & Illuminated Constellations

This interactive globe is a 3 in 1 STEM learning toy. Discover over 1000 Educational Facts that allow children to test their knowledge. With Click World Atlas, you can take a shot of SJ Smart Globe to explore the wonders and features on our planet. Browse through hundreds of breathtaking photographs & animations. Turn out the lights and wonder at the constellations of the world.  
 
 

Robot Domino Building Set

Your little tinkerer probably hasn’t heard of Rube Goldberg, but this “STEAM-powered*” kit is a great introduction to madcap, kinetic creations. The robot-themed set of colorful dominoes, ramps, tipper car, and ball track—122 pieces in all—invites endless configurations as fun to set up as they are to topple down. *Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.​
 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab

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.

Glowing Slime Kit

Let your little slimemaster explore the cool chemistry of gels, polymers, and glow-in-the-dark stuff with this set of 15 experiments. Follow the simple instructions and they’ll be creating mad-scientist matter in no time, like glowing gel, fizzing eco-foam, and of course, slime. Think it’s just one big gross-out? Guess again: It encourages hands-on creativity and problem solving along with serious science. 
 

Gravity Maze Marble Run

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.

My Comic Book Kit

This set contains everything you need to turn your original comic book drawings into a bound book.
 

Color Your Own Super Hero Cape

Give your junior avenger a creative KAPOW with this color-your-own cape kit.
 

Grow N’ Glow Dinosaur Habitat

This garden kit comes with everything you need for two full plant life cycles. Kit includes toy dinosaurs, dinosaur fossils, light up volcano, lava paint, glowing stones, planting container, potting mix, quick grow chia, wheatgrass and bean seeds, soil scoop and plant mister.
 

Discovery Crystal Growing Aquarium

A fun, hands-on way to encourage children to explore science with simple chemical reactions and encourage curiosity and observation. Watch as the crystals grow before your very eyes into exciting colorful formations! 
 

Shark Duvet and Pillowcase Set

Aye, there’s a mighty shark in the waters o’ dreamland. Good thing its a friendly bedding set.
 

Mermaid Duvet and Pillowcase Set

Guide your little swimmer into a deep blue dreamland with this whimsical bedding set.
 

Dinosaur Duvet and Pillowcase Set

Turn bedtime into prehistoric fun with this T-Rex Duvet and pillowcase set.

Glowing Dinosaur lamp

Glowing Dinosaur Lamp 

Not all dinosaurs are extinct. These prehistoric pals shine on as intriguing table lamps.

Walking Dino Kit

Build your own moving T. rex. or Triceratops with this easy, wooden pop-together kit.

Color Your Own Dinosaur Pillowcase

Little ones rest their heads on a Jurassic scene specially colored by them.

Mechanical Paper Plane Launcher

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. 

Acoustic Mini Guitar

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.

Joyful Rainbow Wooden Puzzle

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.

Taco vs Burrito

The Wildly Popular Surprisingly Strategic Card Game Created by a 7 Year Old. Easy to learn and quick to play!  Takes only a few minutes to learn. Gameplay runs 10-15 minutes. Optimal for 2-4 players.

 

Brainstrings

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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