Bring some jolly into kids’ holiday season with these gifts
It’s been a rough year for kids — modified school, toned-down celebrations and lots of indoor time. Here are some ideas for gifts that may bring a smile to this year’s holiday festivities.
AMONG US MERCH
Among Us is a multiplayer video game that’s so popular, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played it on the streaming platform Twitch as a way to reach young voters. Basically, the game is like an escape room set in a spaceship and players work together to identify an “impostor” who is secretly sabotaging the journey 比特币交易网home. You can find a variety of Among Us merchandise, from colorful stuffed toys and throw pillows to hoodies and face masks. Prices start at $7 for sticker packs and go up to about $40 for sneakers, available via the online shop store.innersloth.com.
LET IT SOAR
Since the pandemic, kids are on screens pretty much all day — whether it’s for school, video games or scrolling social media. But if you’re looking for a way to get them excited about going outside, check out Stomp Rockets. Using STEM principles, kids assemble a rocket that’s relatively easy to put together then launch it by stomping on the foot pad. There are various kinds of rockets — some that glow, others that let you compete with your friends or siblings. From $14.99 to $29. amazon.com
GOING BACK IN TIME
It’s been three years since American Girl put out a historical doll, but this year, the company unveiled Courtney Moore, a girl from 1986. While she may make her parents and grandparents feel ancient, Courtney is a modern girl who designs video games. She also has a ton of authentic accessories, from scrunchies and neon outfits to a Walkman complete with a mix tape and Care Bears pajamas. Courtney and her companion book is $110, plus extra for accessories. americangirl.com
Susie Ghahremani is an award-winning artist and illustrator from San Diego whose gifts are popular for both kids and adults. She recently added a new collection of organic onesies featuring her whimsical animals, like a fox and a stack of cats. She also has a picture book, “Little Muir’s Night,” that explores the magic of the night sky. Proceeds from that book benefit Yosemite National Park. Her site also includes pins, stationary, prints and more. Onesies are $22; “Little Muir’s Night” is $8.99. Etsy or boygirlparty.com
After-School-In-A-Box is a company that ships over everything a kid needs to build and code their own robot. The Smart Buddies kit includes an action figure/doll and a scooter that kids can program to race, spin and dance. Included in the price is a four-week, live Zoom class with teachers and other students to guide the young coders along. $249.99. smartbuddies.com
Roller skates are cool again! Though skating never really went out of style in Black communities, social media has made skates — the quad style, not the inline — a must-have holiday item for tweens and teens. You can find a variety of styles and price points, starting at about $35 on Amazon and going up to $300 for trendier options from companies like Impala and Moxi Skates. Don’t forget the elbow and knee pads! Find skates on sites including Amazon, Zappos, Impala and Moxi Skates.