Party invitations are again on your fridge. Now, it’s just time to get the perfect gift. Looking for some new ideas — whether it’s for your child, family member or child’s friend? Here’s some ideas from preschoolers and beyond. The National Parenting Product Awards shares parent-tested products to help get you started.
1. Disney Villains Labyrinth
The Villains and their Henchmen find themselves trapped in a magical maze. Become Ursula, Maleficent, Scar, or Hades to help escape. $36.99, ages 7+, Found at various retailers.
2. Train of Thought
A card game that inspires connections and conversations. Set includes 110 Thoughtful Question Cards, 20 Wild Cards, 20 Action Cards, an instruction manual and a box to store it all. $16.97, ages 6+, Found at various retailers.
3. Fashion Fidget
Styled & accessorized in totally fierce fits that double as fidget toys. Will your fidget doll pop, twist, pull or spin? 18 dolls to collect in Series 1. $9.99, ages 5+, Found at various retailers.
4. Sketch Pals
Clippable doodle board characters perfect for backpacks, lunch boxes and more. Doodle with anything, including the attached stylus or a fingernail. With the push of the Ocean Friend’s nose, the doodle board instantly clears itself. $19.99-$34.99, ages 4+, myboogieboard.com
5. Bubiloons Confetti
Collectible animals that make bubbles with their mouths. Pop off the top of the cupcake and watch an explosion of confetti. Each one comes with eight surprises. 12+ characters to collect, including one rare. $9.99, ages 5+, imctoys.com
6. Kanoodle Fusion
This light up, color-blending game offers hours of endless fun as players challenge themselves to strategize and solve over 50 brain-bending puzzles by mixing primary and secondary colors. $21.99, ages 7+, educationalinsights.com
7. Craft-tastic Nature –Make a Bug Hotel
Give bugs and insects a place to rest and nest. Easily snap the wooden panels together and personalize it with fun water-proof hotel themed stickers. Fill it with leaves, stickers, flowers and more. Comes with a identification guide booklet. $19.99, ages 4+, playmonster.com
8. VIP Pets Cats
Arrives in a cat-shaped perfume vessel that has a unique UV light reveal, shine the UV light on the doll for glowing neon hair and designs. Six neon cats to collect, each with 11 inches long hair and eight accessories. $19.99, ages 5+, imctoys.com
9. Clay Sculpting Station
Build, sculpt and paint three animal sculptures or a mini clay pot. Featuring step-by-step instructions and a built-in kid-powered turn table, young artists can easily sculp and paint all sides of their creations. $24.99, ages 5+, crayola.com
10. BrainBolt Genius
A mind-melting memory game. Watch the lights flash across the 21 buttons, use your memory to recreate the pattern without missing a beat. Features five different levels, a head-to-head and solo mode. $23.99, ages 7+, Found at various retailers.
11. Dinosaur Adventure Backpack
Enjoy hours of prehistoric play. Comes with eight realistic dinosaurs, accessories and a large foldout prehistoric play scene. The roomy, zippered compartment has space for all the pieces and kids’ extra belongings—making it easy to pack up and go. $59.99, ages 3+, lakeshorelearning.com
12. Spidey & His Amazing Friends Web Spinning Hauler
Join Spidey, Ghost-Spider and Miles Morales: Spider-Man as they chase down villains. $27.99, ages 3+, jazwares.com
13.Fur By The Foot Bubblegum Besties
A menagerie of rainbow-hued stuffed animal plushies named for favorite bubblegum flavors like Double Mint, Berry Twist, Rainbow Ice, and Arctic Chill. Animal plushies can be reloaded and rewound into their dispenser packaging. $20.99, ages 3+, justplayproducts.com
14. 5-in-1 Wood Gift Set
Five colorful and fun wood toys that introduce children to animals, colors, letters, numbers, telling time & more. Set includes: 12-piece Jigsaw Puzzle, Shape Sorter Clock, Counting Worm, Llama Stacker, and Rolling Vehicle. $49.99, ages 3+, tcgtoys.com
15. Marvel Universe with Marvel Eye Found It
Search for hundreds of hidden illustrations. Visit Wakanda, Asgard, and everywhere in between on a huge, illustrated game board. $24.99, ages 4+, Found at various retailers.
16. Disney Doorables Let’s Go! Around The World Multi Peek
Open the airplane doors to discover an exciting destination – all with a unique collection of 5, 6, or 7 figures and collector cards. These surprise toys take kids around the world. $12.99, ages 5+, justplayproducts.com
17. Koosh Flix Stix
Plays like lacrosse and is easy to flick, catch, and hard to put down. Perfect for hours of outdoor fun. $24.99, ages 6+, playmonster.com
18. #Boneless Skaters
Electric-powered mini skateboards come with hyper-poseable skaters that do stunts. Stunt sets sold separately and include the Big Air Mega Ramp — the ultimate vert ramp for monster jumps — and Super Street Sk8Prk, where skaters ricochet off fencing. $12.99, ages 6+, skateboneless.com
19. Playfoam Sand Sensory Set
Everything you need for irresistible, tactile fun you can feel while building on imagination. Kids develop number recognition, counting and fine motor skills through every sculpting and squishing fun. $21.99, ages 3+, educationalinsights.com
20. Pokémon Flame & Flight Deluxe Charizard
Fully interactive with over 30 unique lights, sounds and movements. Includes a 2˝ Pikachu figure & launcher for training. $29.99, ages 8+, jazwares.com
Correction: Oct. 19, 2022 Because of an editing error, in the October print version of this story, the price of the dinosaur adventure backpack from lakeshorelearning.com was incorrect.