Best Gifts for Older Kids Shopping Guide


Today we’re highlighting a few of our favorite items from the Best Gifts for Older Kids Shopping Guide. Whether you’re buying for your own children or a distant relative you barely know, our Shopping Guide has you covered with some of the top toys of the season. If you’re ready to start checking names off your list, look no further.

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The following are five of our top favorite gifts for older kids.

  1. Fan Favorite – We polled our readers and the Table Top Air Hockey game received the most votes. It’s easy to imagine this being the whole family’s favorite gift. It would even be a fun one for older kids to take back to college. The Air Hockey game has a high output fan which gives the game an arcade-like feel. It’s compact and portable and even has a satisfaction guarantee.
  2. Scottsdale Moms Blog Writers’ Favorite – We polled our writers and the winner was the classic Game of Life. During the game, you and your family will make choices as Life presents you with different options. You may be surprised to see how your kids choose their paths!
  3. Perfect for Any Older Kid Apples to Apples Junior is a great option for any kid who can read. The hilarious comparisons will be fun for family game night or if your older kid is having some friends over.
  4. Best Splurge Gift Apple AirPods are a splurge at nearly $200, but if you have a pre-teen who’s all about their music, this could be the perfect gift. The AirPods even charge conveniently in the storage case.
  5. Best Gift Under $10 – If your kids are missing their friends over winter break and are always “bored,” Melissa and Doug’s Friendship Bracelet Set is a great option without breaking the bank. (Amazon prices may vary by the minute.)

Looking for More Gift Ideas?

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the other kids on your list, check out our Shopping Guides for Best Gifts for Babies and Expecting Parents, Best Gifts for Little Kids (ages 2-4), and Best Gifts for Kids (ages 5-7).  

If you’re looking for something more specific, like STEAM or Sensory Activities, Stocking Stuffers, “Welcome to Arizona” gifts, or Travel Essentials, we have you covered for those as well.

If your family is a fan of the: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read plan, you should find lots of great options in our Book Shopping Guides. We even have books lists broken down by ages.

We also have you covered for the Moms, Dads, Grandparents, and Teachers on your list. It doesn’t get much easier than browsing a page, finding the perfect gift, and having it delivered to your doorstep. 

This holiday season, avoid the lines and stress at the stores and focus on what really matters – spending quality time with your friends and family!

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