The holiday season is almost here (we can’t believe it either!). And while there are some toys that always make the cut (we’re looking at you Lego and art supplies), we searched the internet to find unique toys you might not even know exist. From coding robots to games and beyond, these are the best gifts to get your school-age kids this winter. Get ready, get set, get shopping.
$39.99 | mastermindtoys.com
We love that the tagline for this line of fashion dolls is “All welcome.” Each smiling friend can be customized in more than 100 different ways: with long or and short hair, and in a range of tops, bottoms, shoes, and other accessories. These stylish friends are as versatile and changeable as kids themselves!
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Tabletop Vehicle Set Town
$39.99 | chapters.indigo.ca
Let your kids’ imagination be in the driver’s seat with this set you can take with you anywhere. The sturdy wooden case with built in roads unfolds into a world of possibility. It includes a police car, ambulance, fire engine and helicopter so your kids can race to the rescue. Did we mention it’s easy to clean up for when you need to go?
Nintendo Switch Lite
$259.99 | nintendo.com
Gaming on-the-go just got easier. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a mobile-only console which means you can only play games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in handheld mode whether you’re travelling or chilling on the couch at home. Plus it comes in three colours: grey, turquois, and yellow, so everyone in the house can have their own. Even you.
Artie 3000 The Coding Robot
Ages 7 – 12
$95 | amazon.ca
Coding meets creativity with Artie the Coding Robot. This amazing little robot will get your kids to code without them even knowing. Simply connect Artie through a tablet or computer and drag and drop blocks of code to tell Artie what to draw. Test the program online first and then have Artie draw it out!
Air Hogs, Zero Gravity Laser, Laser-Guided Real Wall Climbing Race Car
Ages 8 – 12
$39.97 | toysrus.ca
Your kids will be beyond excited when they realize they can defy gravity and drive this race car up a wall. Just point the controller’s LED light on any smooth surface within a 1-foot radius of the vehicle and let the wall-crawling magic begin.
$20 | Amazon.ca
These little plush stuffies are exactly what they say they are: cute! Packaged in a mystery bag, Cutetitos are stuffed animals wrapped in a soft, plush burrito blanket that includes a pet collector card. Unroll to reveal your new soft pet and everything about it!
Craft-tastic DIY Mythical Pom Animals Kit
$24.99 | chapters.indigo.ca
It’s time to get crafty! From far away lands to the deepest oceans, no sewing is required to make these mythical creatures. Think of it like paint by numbers for pom poms. Each kit comes everything you need to make pandacorn, a meowmaid and a narwhal. The hardest part will be deciding which one to make first.
Boomtrix Showdown Set
$49.99 | mastermindtoys.ca
Catapult your kids into hours of fun when they defy gravity with BoomTrix! Kids will have a bouncing good time creating obstacle courses that launch balls with mini-trampolines. Will a spring in the wrong direction set your ball off course? BoomTrix is fun to play but also requires planning skills and imagination. Win/win.
$24.99 | toysrus.ca
Pictionary but without the pen and paper? Yes, please! Pictionary Air is a cross between Pictionary, charades, and the Matrix. Instead of a pad of paper, family members use augmented reality technology to sketch in the air and interact with sketches they can’t see.
Nerf Fortnite AR-L Blaster
Ages 8 – 12
$49.97 | toysrus.ca
Raise your hand if you have kids who love Fortnite. Now one of the world’s most popular video games comes to life and brings Nerf wars to a whole new level. The Nerf Fortnight AR-L Blaster replicates the look and colours from Fortnite and has an acceleration button to make sure you can shoot far. It comes with a 10-dart clip and 20 Official Nerf Fortnite Elite darts, enough to defeat the competition.
Ages 7 – 14
$24.99 | chapters.indigo.ca
This will probably be the best building block set you’ll ever buy. What sets it apart is every wooden plank is the same size and weight. Whatever you build is held together by balance and gravity. The set comes with an 18-page idea book but really the only limit is your imagination.
Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker
$20 | well.ca
Yes, you want to encourage your kids to create art. No, you don’t want to clean up glitter for the next three years. Now you can have the best of both worlds. With the Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker, your child’s art projects are housed in an enclosed case. Layer on the glue and glitter to make 3D images, but, and this is the best part, the glitter stays in the case, where it can be collected in tubes to be re-used again.
Age 4 – 9
Shifu Plugo STEM Pack – Math & Construction (both Link & Count Games) $110 | Amazon.ca
This augmented reality educational gaming system comes with a foldable Gamepad and several physical play kits for lots of fun that will help your kids learn, too! Put your device onto the gamepad on one end and place your play kits on the magnetic play area on the other. From block-building to math and music-making, you control the games and in-game characters on the screen with the play kits. playshifu.com/plugo
Bakugan, Dragonoid Maximus
$70 | walmart.ca
The most powerful Bakugan in the universe has arrived: Dragonoid Maximus! Standing at 8 inches tall, this ultra-powerful Bakugan dragon figure roars to life with an epic transformation, lights, and sounds. Dragonoid Maximus comes with the exclusive Titan Dragonoid Bakugan ball that you can drop on top of Dragonoid Maximus and watch as he explodes into his most powerful evolution.