Thanksgiving has come and gone, Black Friday is over, and Cyber Monday is now a thing of the past. With only a few short weeks until Christmas Day, you have probably already invested in those must-have gifts that they cannot live without this year. Now is the time to invest in the gifts that they don’t even know exist yet, gifts that can help them not only have fun in unexpected places, but also learn a lot in the process. From the future programmer on your nice list to the "Paper Towns" fanatic who always has his or her nose in a good book, here are some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for every kid on your list.
For the Disney Guru
If you have a Disney lover on your list, this Caldecott Medal Book winner will give them a brand-new appreciation for their favorite honey-loving bear. "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear" is the heartwarming tale of the real-life friendship between a solider and a real, flesh-and-blood bear who inspired "Winnie the Pooh."
For the Future Programmer
Tynker is a 36 million growing-and-strong community of future programmers learning to become Minecraft modders, which ultimately help them to code and program in the real world. The payoff is almost instant, allowing your kids to create Minecraft mods and skins while also playing mini-games with friends. They will love the Minecraft street cred, and you will love the real-world payoff.
For the Star Gazer
Whether you have a future astronomer or just a free-spirited somebody, the Deep Space Planetarium and Projector gives your child a 360 degree look at the world from way up high. From realistic star-gazer mode to constellation slides and even nebula pictures, they will be eager to hit the hay when bedtime is this fun.
For the Reader/Tech Buff
Technology and innovation combine in the new Nook GlowLight Plus that makes reading from bed, or on the go, easier than ever. The highest resolution offered by Barnes and Noble yet, this reader is made for adventure. Oh, and it’s waterproof! That’s right. Say goodbye to panicking every time they reach for that water bottle with their reader in hand. Best of all, they can read their Nook books across all devices by simply installing the accompanying app.
For the Intellectual Baby
A is for apple, but it is also for atom. This Etsy-made science flashcard set set is perfect for expanding your child’s mind and having the sheer delight of seeing just how early on they really can learn, maybe even much more than we give them credit for. Beautifully illustrated, you can frame the flashcards for their favorite reading spot and keep getting the most out of this unique gift.
The Lego Enthusiast
If you cannot walk three feet without stepping on at least one Lego, then your child will love this build-on Christmas wreath that invites you to “Deck the halls with something geeky!” This creative, holiday set is compatible with Lego, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O and K’NEX Bricks. It basically works with everything you already have while boosting cognitive skills and creativity. Once they finish their creation, you can showcase it on the door for the neighborhood to enjoy. Then, they can take it apart and imagine up a new, festive design.
The holidays are all about wonder and giving. Giving wonder, now that’s the gift that keeps on giving. When you give the gift of toys and devices that give back, you will receive much more than hugs, and, maybe even one day, be the very first recipient of their debut novel, the first tester of their BETA game app, or the all-around proud papa or mama in the front row as they take home the Pulitzer Prize.