Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
Making a list and checking it twice have a way of prompting kids to request the most ridiculously outrageous gifts—which doesn't make a Christmas wish list to Santa the most useful gift guide for parents. With requests ranging from a real-life pony to an iPhone 7 Plus (for a 4-year-old) or actual peace on earth, you may not be able (or willing) to grant every wish your kids throw at you this year. But fret not. We found gifts they'll love even better (and you will too)!
From riding dragons to play tents to rival Jude Law's fairy-tale playhouse in The Holiday, there's a little something for every kid from 0 to 13. And while some of these games may not get them off their phones, they'll at least be playing something interactive with each other—IRL. Skip the Apple store this year and give these ultra-cool gifts your kids will die for.
Why ride a horse when you can ride a dragon?
Buy at your own risk. With dares ranging from "Find the weirdest Google image" to "Send a message to your parents—first reply wins," you may need to upgrade your family phone plan, but your kids are guaranteed to love it.
Can you imagine having a cooler playhouse as a kid? It nearly beats Jude Law's play tent from The Holiday.
Design-worthy and ready for hours of fun—these nautical flag dominoes are a sure hit.
Your teenager in becoming will love this Bluetooth speaker-meets-clock, which displays colored LED designs that move to the beat of the music.
Offering endless hours of fun for your budding artist, this book will prompt them to draw anything from a robot to a wasp.
This nontraditional "piggy" bank will teach the virtues of money in a fun way.
This adorably sweet book introduces animals, colors, and shapes through beautiful cutouts depicting love and togetherness.
Give your budding architect 3D puzzles of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic designs.
Skip the teddy bear this year and opt for the sly corduroy creature.
Parents and children alike will appreciate this design-worthy 41-piece dollhouse set that's anything but conventional.
This book folds out into a 15-foot coloring tower featuring everything from flying elephants to an airborne circus.
For your future rock star or artist, this ukulele comes with a customizing art kit.
Not your grandmother's tea set. So cute, everyone will want to partake.
It's a book, it's a treasure hunt, it's both! A fun interactive tome for the toddler who's learning to count and write.