Finding cool gifts for nieces and nephews is a tough job. You might want to be the cool Uncle or Auntie, but what’s happening in the world of kids toys can be a minefield for adults.
It’s hard to pick family gifts as you don’t want to get children something they already have or a present for kids that their parents will disapprove of.
Walk away from boring gift cards and bubble bath sets, and set your sights on some new tech gifts.
Kids love new technology, and a cool new tech toy will make any celebration fun and exciting. Our list gives plenty of food for thought. STEM building toys, bright artistic sets for coloring or creating bracelets, and exciting hover-boards are all great ideas at any price point. Even the fussiest niece or nephew will enjoy the best new tech toys around.
Here is a list of toys for all ages and learning levels that both nephews and nieces will love. Sometimes you just need a few ideas to get you thinking about what someone would like!
1. Melissa and Doug Suspend Family Game
Great for the family, the Melissa and Doug Suspend Game is sure to have everyone hanging on the edge of their seats. This game is simple to play, just roll the color coded dice and place a wired stick on the base. With each turn players will build onto the wobbly structure until someone makes it fall apart.
2. View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
Choose fun gifts for nephews or nieces that will take them places without having to leave home, with the View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. This neat virtual viewer lets them explore 360 degree environments from the comfort of home. Simply download the app to your smartphone and then load it into the viewer to explore.
3. Lift it! Deluxe Game
Use your head in more ways than one with the Lift it! Deluxe Game. This hilarious game comes with four head cranes that have magnetic attachments on the end. To play you will go head to head with another player to use your head crane and try to build a structure before they do. This is a unique and fun family game that is sure to have everyone laughing.
4. Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run
Create a fun vertical marble run on your fridge with the Magnetic Marble Run. The tracks come in various shapes and sizes, that have a clear plastic screen to hold the marble in place while it travels down. Use the ten activity cards to make different marble runs and watch as it drops down to the target area. Read our full review of the Tumble Trax
5. Rory’s Story Cubes
Play a game that everyone can be involved in. Rory’s Story Cubes is a dice based storytelling game. Roll the detailed dice to see what elements pop up, then take turns creating stories using the dice or have everyone create a story together line by line. The imaginative play in this game is limitless.
6. Gravity Maze
Challenge yourself in new ways with the Gravity Maze. This problem solving game is played with a marble, plastic towers and target cards. The cards range from easy to difficult and show you where the marble should begin and where it should end. You then will need to add other towers to the maze to get the marble to reach its destination.
7. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar
Great for young minds and small hands, the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar is a fun way to jumpstart problem solving skills. Kids can code the caterpillar toy by removing and adding the segments together to create a certain path. Read our full review of the coding caterpillar.
8. Laser Pegs 6 in 1 Monster Truck Building Set
Let them build exciting toys that glow in the dark with the Laser Pegs 6 in 1 Monster Truck Building Set. This set includes one laser peg, 66 tinted interlocking blocks, an instruction manual and batteries. With this kit you can build a monster truck, a trophy truck, a pro stock puller, an all terrain rover and more.
9. Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set
Make your own maze and then help the mouse find the cheese with the Code & Go Robot Mouse Set. This set comes with the tiles, wall pieces, three tunnels, flash cards for directions and a battery powered mouse. Once you build the maze, lay out the directions on the flash cards, then press the matching directional buttons on the mouse to code him. You can then watch as he completes the maze to find the cheese.
10. Bloco Toys Ogre and Monster Building Kit
Build cool monsters with this fun gift for nieces and nephews. The Bloco Toys Ogre and Monster Building Kit lets kids use high density foam pieces and plastic connectors to create fun monsters to play with. There are step by step instructions included for building a dragon of the light character.
11. Crayola Virtual Design Pro-Fashion Set
Bring your fashions to life with the Crayola Virtual Design Pro-Fashion Set. This all in one set comes in an easy to store carry case. Kids can create fashion with the included coloring pad, then scan the finished design into a smart device via the app and watch as the outfits come to life on 3D models.
12. Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer
Print out your photos on the go with the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer. This no ink printer uses zink zero papers to print photos directly from your mobile phone. The printer makes 2×3 photos that are full color and smudge proof. There is a free app that pairs with the printer for ease of use.
13. FurReal Friends Torch
Light things up with this adorable dragon. The FurReals Friends Torch Dragon
is a fun option when buying gifts for nephews or nieces. Torch responds to touch with over fifty sounds and motion combinations. He has a water tank that you can fill to make fire breathing mist. Also included is a color changing marshmallow for him to munch on.
14. Meccano Micronoid
Build and program your own robot who loves to dance with the Meccano Micronoid. This robot is one of three who will interact and dance with one another. Ask him yes or no questions to interact with him. This little robot can walk, talk and dance providing hours of fun and interactive play.
15. Nerf Walkie Talkies
You can hardly go wrong with walkie talkies when choosing gifts for nieces and nephews. The Nerf Walkie Talkies set comes with two rugged designed communicators that clip onto you when not in use. They have a range of 1000 feet and also include a morse code button.
16. Tegu Blocks
Build up the fun with these unique wooden magnetic blocks. The Tegu Blocks are made from real wood and have magnets embedded inside them for easy and sturdy building. The blocks come in various basic shapes and are durable to last through the years. These blocks are naturally safe with no lead, no plastic, non-toxic and no small parts.
17. Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit
Fun gifts for nieces should encourage fun and creativity. The Loopdedoo Spinning Loom uses ordinary colored floss to let kids weave to create unique friendship bracelets, necklaces, anklets, belts, zipper pulls and much more. Included is the loom, a drawer for storage and 18 skins for thread.
18. Smart Scan Word Dash
Keep little ones busy and learning with the Smart Scan Word Dash. This fun toy comes with a multi play wand, 9 smart discs and a storage case. Kids can scan to learn the words, play seek and find games or scan the discs to play music. The wand offers three different play modes to encourage kids to get involved.
19. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi
Meet Movi, the new learning robot from Fischer-Price. This small robot is a great playmate and will help your child learn how to take direction, about the alphabet, shapes and will have fun playing games. The Fisher-Price Teach ‘n Tag Movi has 360 degrees of rotation and he has many facial expressions while playing.
20. GoldieBlox and the Builders Survival Kit
Empower your nieces to build with the Goldieblox and the Builders Survival kit. This fun set includes 11 building ideas, over 190 pieces, 50 stickers, paper construction pieces, and a storybook. With GoldieBlox you can build a doghouse, a teacup ride, a derby car, a guitar and more.
Last update on 2018-02-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API