We've found the best gifts for kids of all ages!
You know the old saying, "It's better to give than receive." We wholeheartedly believe that's true, as there's nothing like the joy of knowing you totally hit the mark when it came to giving the perfect gift.


But just how do you go about giving the perfect gift? How can you find the best gifts for kids and know that you're choosing responsibly and ethically at the same time?

Easy! Just check out some of our favorite gifts for kids of all ages--all SCREEN-Free because hasn't this year been ENOUGH about screens as it is?

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Brio Smart Tech Sound Action Tunnel Circle Set

This year, BRIO introduced a new layer to their Smart Tech line - BRIO Smart Tech Sound. This interactive, battery-operated toy train can be programmed with SmartTech Sound actions such as motion, colorful lights and Record & Play functions. Additional ways to customize playtime are available through the SmartTech Sound app. Kids can experience the new BRIO Smart Tech Sound line with this new 14-piece starter set that features both the battery-powered Record & Play Engine and Action Tunnels. Which is super cool because what's a train without "Choo Choo?"

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Would You Rather? Challenge Books

Wouldn't it be nice for our kids and their friends and family have some screen-free belly laughs? We think so, and that's why we love these books! The Would You Rather? - EWW Edition Our Would You Rather? - EWW Edition includes 160+ hilarious, creepy-crawly, ooey-gooey, and smelly questions that are guaranteed to make kids stop, think, and giggle! Whether it's a conversation starter, ice-breaker, or party game… this book is guaranteed hours of screen-free FUN!!

The Don't Laugh Challenge Joke Book is designed to be read around friends, family, on Zoom--whatever--but the challenge is to tell jokes without LAUGHING. Which, of course, means there'll be tons of laughing! Again, screen-free fun for the entire family and your gift-getter will feel like a comedian.

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Home Grown Cactus and Succulent Kit

Dreaming of a beautiful patch of succulents right at the tip of your windowsill? Guess what? You can have them, and your kids can become the master Zen-gardeners! Now you can easily cultivate that stunning Zen-garden, even as a beginner. This at-home kit comes with everything you need including 10 cactus seeds, 10 succulent seeds, EASY instructions and more. There's something super satisfying about watching a plant start from seed, and these are perfect for your kids to learn about a life cycle, patience, persistence and beauty all in one.

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Cuddle Clone Plush Toy

What better way to celebrate the love your children have for their furry friend, past or present, than in the form of a custom-made plush duplicate from Cuddle Clones? We LOVE this concept and what it can do for your child's relationship with their best furry family members. Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits ... all of those and more can be transformed into stuffed animals or even slippers that are exact replicas from photos you provide, or their images can be emblazoned on comfy blankets and T-shirts, mugs and more.

And know that each purchase helps to buy meals for hundreds of cats and dogs waiting in shelters to be adopted. It's a win-win and it's incredible how lookalike your Cuddle Clone will be!

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Home Grown Cactus and Succulent Kit

Dreaming of a beautiful patch of succulents right at the tip of your windowsill? Guess what? You can have them, and your kids can become the master Zen-gardeners! Now you can easily cultivate that stunning Zen-garden, even as a beginner. This at-home kit comes with everything you need including 10 cactus seeds, 10 succulent seeds, EASY instructions and more. There's something super satisfying about watching a plant start from seed, and these are perfect for your kids to learn about a life cycle, patience, persistence and beauty all in one.

What better way to celebrate the love your children have for their furry friend, past or present, than in the form of a custom-made plush duplicate from Cuddle Clones? Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits ... all of those and more can be transformed into stuffed animals or even slippers that are exact replicas from photos you provide, or their images can be emblazoned on comfy blankets and T-shirts, mugs and more.

And know that each purchase helps to buy meals for hundreds of cats and dogs waiting in shelters to be adopted.

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Play Wild Saucer Swing

For many reasons, American kids have lost touch with the outdoors and nature, as well as the idea of "play". Notwithstanding being forced to use screens as basic lifelines due to a Pandemic.In fact, the term "Nature Deficit Disorder" (NDD) is frequently used now by American Pediatricians.

When Ross and Sarah founded Play Wild, they had a very clear mission - to get the children of the USA away from their electronic devices and re-engaged with nature (Vitamin N) and active play.

They created amazing, durable products like the Saucer Tree Swing (which can also be anchored in the ceiling inside) and their Climbing Dome, and they offer portions of profit to charities for families who may not have the privilege of backyards and fun equipment for it.

So you're really buying not just for your kid, but kids everywhere.

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Ninja Slackers



And if you've got adventurists looking for some wild outside time, look no further than the Slackers Ninja Line! It's something you can use just about in any configuration you want and and your kids will learn endurance, bravery, perseverance and more--while having the times of their lives OUTSIDE and AWAY from screens! Great for strength building and working on gross motor skills, but your kids will just feel like bad-a$$ warriors!

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Active Chairs Adjustable Chair


Aren't you tired of watching your kiddos squirm and fidget and struggle when they're doing school or anything that they have to be at a table desk for? Us too. And it's not their fault; their sensory systems NEED input. That's why we LOVE this chair and your kids will DEFINITELY think it's a gift too.

It helps strengthen core & corrects posture. Regular chairs allow children to slouch and encourage poor posture that can cause back problems later in life, but this wobble chair for kids ensures boys and girls maintain good posture while naturally engaging their cores for stronger, healthier backs.

It also helps fidgety kids with concentration. Kids are naturally wiggly. This lets them be, while also letting them be productive. They'll just think it's fun.

Kids love this chair that transforms boring, sedentary sitting into a fun, calorie-burning activity. The constant movement keeps blood flowing to back and core. It's both ergonomic and engaging for kids who need to move constantly.

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Star Stable Soul Riders Series Books
Soul Riders is a new book series from Star Stable (the massively popular online adventure game for girls) for young girls who enjoy horses, magic, friendship and adventure. The first two books in the series Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling and Soul Riders: The Legend Awakens are available on Amazon.

  • Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling: When Lisa and her dad arrive on the mysterious island of Jorvik, she finds herself in a new city and at a new school trying to make new friends. This isn't the first time Lisa's moved because of her father's work, but this time it's without her mom. She died in a riding accident, and Lisa hasn't gone near a horse since it happened. Despite her fears, it's not long before Lisa is drawn to the stables, where she meets Starshine, a blue-maned steed with whom she shares a special bond. Alongside fellow riders Alex, Linda, and Anne, Lisa learns she has a secret destiny. However, will the Soul Riders be able to come together as a team before it's too late

  • Soul Riders: The Legend Awakens: According to ancient myths, when the Soul Riders and their horses are gathered together, they will be able to defeat the evil that threatens the island, but with Lisa's horse, Starshine, having been stolen, and her father disappeared, there's no time to think about old stories. Together with Alex and Linda, Lisa embarks on a dangerous journey, while Anne finds herself on a separate path, lost in the mystical dimension of Pandoria, where darkness lurks and fills her with doubt. Will the four Soul Riders reunite and discover that they're most powerful together?
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Man Crates DIY Project Crates--KnifeMaking



We know. This is NOT your traditional 'kids' gift.
But hear us out.

Because many of us have sons and daughters who thrive on survivalist books and skills and adventures, and really enjoy having and (safely) using knives for lots of natural projects and outdooring.

So how cool to give them a kit that lets them make their OWN?
No, not for every kid.
But for some? It'll be their most epic gift this year

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Madame Alexander My First Mint Baby Doll


This is not your grandmother's doll! (Although of course, we love Grammy's dolls!) We also love that Madame Alexander has this sweet little gender-neutral baby doll is a huggable friend for any little boy or girl. Baby dolls are the perfect way to develop nurturing skills and emotional intelligences in boys and girls, and we're glad that there are finally some doll makers that realize not every little girl (or boy) fits in pink or blue. Sure to be a fast friend and playmate for many years!

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PlayZone Fit Tri-Flyer


Playzone-fit is a Colorado-based company that focuses on active kid's toys that will inspire children to get moving and stay active. The Playzone-fit Tri-Flyer is excellent for improving core strength and balance. The wheels will give kids 360 degrees of spinning motion and is great for indoors and out, and the unique triangular design makes it easier for kids to use arms and legs simultaneously. Incredible for gross-motor development too!

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Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run

The Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble run includes 14 magnetic foam track pieces, 4 marbles, and 10 activity cards filled with STEM challenges. Your kids will create a course and send their marble tumbling through--all the while, learning about physics and STEM activities but only feeling like they're having fun. It's a great time-filler that also helps build their critical thinking, their problem-solving and early engineering skills, and it does so without a single screen (and a whole lot of giggling).

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Non-Toxic Piggy Paint

Talk about chemical-free for girls--that's Piggy Paint. 100% water-based and chemical-free (7-Free) it's kid-friendly polish that comes in full-size bottles for those who like their 'nails done' to have the chance in a non-toxic way. Fun Colors and makes a great stocking stuffer too.

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Pottery Awesomeness

These super cute new kits from Pottery Awesomeness are the perfect project for kids and families to enjoy together. Especially with COVID keeping us out of DIY pottery-places, these themed-subscription boxes (like back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, Valentine's Day and more) make an excellent gift. They come with everything kids need to create their masterpiece! Each box includes three cute figurines, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, a glossy sealer and an instruction card with QR codes that will direct painters to painting tutorials and instructions. These are fun, screen-free activities created by a mom who owns a "paint your own pottery" studio in the Northeast.

But better, for every kit purchased, Pottery Awesomeness donates a painting kit to sick children in hospitals. They work directly with the lead art therapist at each hospital to determine what supplies are needed. Subscription boxes cost $30, or may be purchased individually for $32.

SlumberKins Maple Fox Snuggler and Book


Slumberkins is a leading children's educational brand on a mission to promote early emotional learning. As a family therapist and an educator, the mom founders knew there was a need for intentional children's products. While the friends were on simultaneous maternity leaves, they started the Slumberkins mission of preparing children to thrive in this modern world. Their stories use research-based techniques to teach little ones important social-emotional skills. Through pro-active and supportive narratives, each collection is intentionally crafted to build resilient, caring, and confident children. And the stuffies that come with are life-long friends. Couldn't every kid use a bit of that this holiday season?

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Guardian Bike-Ethos

It's a gift as old as time for a kid--a new bike! There's nothing more exciting than seeing fun and freedom decking the halls, and we love Guardian Bikes! They were created specifically to prevent head-over-handlebar accidents, and they have Sure Stop Braking that does this. It allows one brake lever to control both wheels and it can seriously save their lives. Founder Kyle Jansen says that at the core, Guardian Bikes are about kids enjoying the great outdoors and being safe while they do so.

You can find out the exact size you need with the RideSizer feature-a unique algorithm that is based on the inseam and physical attributes of thousands of similar children. Every kid needs more outside this year and bikes are the way to go.

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GraviTrax XXL Starter SetGravitrax are hours of fun that's screen free

Say, "Hello!" to hours and hours of engaging screen-free time with this marble set that's made with high-quality components! The innovative GraviTrax interactive track system lets kids design and build race tracks. They think they're having fun and they are--but they're also experimenting with magnetism, gravity and kinetics as well as developing critical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Oh, and we're not kidding about the hours of time kids devote to creating the perfect tracks...over and over again!

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The Best Games and Puzzles For Kids This Holiday Season

Look we know it's been HARD. Whewwww boy, has it been hard. The abundance of screen-time this year practically forced us into just to have our kids 'go' to school or socialize safely or work is overwhelming. So we again believe a return to old-school puzzles and games is a MUST-DO this holiday season and the whole winter through. Here are some of our favorites.

Color Code from Smart Games
  • This SmartGames Color Code Cognitive Skill-Building Puzzle Game features 100 Challenges ranging from easy to expert for kids and adults to enjoy! Since March, we've been inundated with visual overload, whether it's for school or socialization or work and our kids' vision will pay the price (if it isn't already starting). So we love this game because it's not just fun for the whole family, it's a great way to help strengthen visual processing skills and keep kids up to the challenges they face in this day with visual demand. They don't even know it's helping; they just think they're having fun.
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Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game
  • Attention Skippers! Get ready for mystery and misfortune in this adventure along the perilous jungle river to the Jungle Navigation Headquarters in Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game. Kids will keep their cargo and passengers safe from the jungle dangers that await them and find out which families have fallen out of Company owner Alberta Falls' favor. Present the most valuable freight of cargo and passengers, and the jungle cruise will get you right back...home!

Kabammm!

Elevate your reflexes and visual perception to superhero level when playing Kabammm! Get rid of your cards quickly by matching icons and take advantage of powerful combo moves! The more you play Kabammm! the faster you will become.

Oversight
  • The whole family will love this abstract strategy game that pits 2-4 players in a race to be the first with 4 tokens in a row as players choose to place a token on the board, or slide an entire row or column by one space. It's logic and visual thinking and perception, all wrapped up in a fun, colorful board game kids can't get enough of.

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game

Race through the Cliffs of Insanity, navigate the Fire Swamp, and help Buttercup, Westly, Fezzik, and Inigo survive the dastardly machinations of Prince Humperdinck, Count Rugen, and Vizzini in The Princess Bride Adventure Book! Six chapters immerse players in the movie as they work together to complete the story without throwing the plot off course despite shrieking eels, ROUSs, and constant interruptions. Will the forces of evil or true love prevail? Even more fun, watch the movie first and then play!

Brain Flip

We love this game for helping kids thing OUT of the box by giving WRONG answers and trying to figure out clue cards. Even young family members can play because it's at their level of language development, and that sometimes even makes it more fun.

Strike


Strike is a classic dice game with an established following where players push their luck and keep rolling for a chance to make more matches. Players roll their dice into a unique in-box arena and try to collect matching sets. Play it safe by rolling one die or push your luck to try for more matches - the last player with remaining dice wins! Kids love the risk involved.

Disruptus

Another family game that makes kids of all ages think about fun, unique ways to look at objects and life, the object is literally to be creative for points. Who knows, you may be fostering the next inventors!

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