15 Cool Gifts Every Kid Will Want This Year

Updated 09/18/17
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.

Steiff Rocky Riding Dragon $575

Why ride a horse when you can ride a dragon?

Uncommon Goods Game of Phones $20

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.

Land of Nod Planetarium Playhouse Canopy $189 $149

Can you imagine having a cooler playhouse as a kid? It nearly beats Jude Law's play tent from The Holiday.

Fredericks & Mae Flag Dominoes $40

Design-worthy and ready for hours of fun—these nautical flag dominoes are a sure hit.

AuraBox Clock Speaker $65

Your teenager in becoming will love this Bluetooth speaker-meets-clock, which displays colored LED designs that move to the beat of the music.

MoMA 642 Things to Draw $17

Offering endless hours of fun for your budding artist, this book will prompt them to draw anything from a robot to a wasp.

MoMA Cat in a Box Bank $38

This nontraditional "piggy" bank will teach the virtues of money in a fun way. 

IPG We Love Each Other $10

This adorably sweet book introduces animals, colors, and shapes through beautiful cutouts depicting love and togetherness.

Poketo The Patterns of Frank Lloyd Wright Constructibles $14

Give your budding architect 3D puzzles of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic designs.

Jellycat Corduroy Fox $26

Skip the teddy bear this year and opt for the sly corduroy creature.

Mio Wooden Doll House Set $100

Parents and children alike will appreciate this design-worthy 41-piece dollhouse set that's anything but conventional.

To the Moon by Sarah Yoon $15

This book folds out into a 15-foot coloring tower featuring everything from flying elephants to an airborne circus.

Kid Made Modern Ukulele Kit $36

For your future rock star or artist, this ukulele comes with a customizing art kit. 

MoMA Jungle Tea Set $34

Not your grandmother's tea set. So cute, everyone will want to partake.

Wide Eyed Technicolor Treasure Hunt $13

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.

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