November 30, 2020

The best gifts for kids and parents of 2020

Looking for something for the parents and kids on your list? We've got you covered with everything from teething necklaces and building blocks to RC racers and kid-friendly tablets. Get them before they're gone. 

A car seat for all ages

diono car seat

Diono Radian 3QXT Car Seat: $399.99 at Diono

The Radian 3QXT car seat is so versatile, it’s a gift that will keep giving for years. That’s because it converts from birth to the toddler years, and accommodates youngsters ranging from four to 120 pounds. It’s also engineered with safety in mind, so it’s a gift that gives peace of mind too.

For keeping track of kids online


Qustodio Parental Control App: Prices vary

Kids love their devices, but parents’ main focus is keeping the kiddos safe. That’s why a Qustodio plan is the perfect gift for parents of young techies. The user-friendly app allows parents to monitor kids’ social media use, filter websites, and more. The service offers various plan options to suit a variety of family sizes.

A safe way for kids to learn and play

Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids’ Edition: $129.99 at Amazon (was $199.99)

You probably know that Amazon makes a tough kids’ tablet, but did you know the company makes a model with a 10-inch screen? The Fire HD 10 offers the same kid-friendly content and rugged, colorful case, with a large display that’s made for sharing, playing, and learning together. It’s also available at Best Buy.

For family game night

Trivial Pursuit

Hasbro Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Board Game: $19.99 at Amazon (was $16.99)

In these times of social distancing, board games have had a resurgence in popularity. Trivial Pursuit Family Edition has cards for kids and adults so it’s thrilling for every member of the family to play. It’s also available at Macy’s.

Puzzle fun for everyone

Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces Joys of Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles: $13.98 at Amazon

Jigsaws puzzles are fun for kids, parents, and grandparents - the whole family. We love that this 300-piece puzzle has a cozy winter themes that is fit for the season.

A Kids headset parent will love

ekids headphones

eKids Headphones: $19.99 at Amazon

Need a little peace and quiet this holiday season while your kids continue to play? Headphones can be a gift for you and them - sit back and relax while they enjoy their favorite music and shows. This pair offers a comfortable fit for little ears and parental controls for the volume.  You can buy them at Kohl’s too.

Nutrition parents can feel good about

Beaba Baby Food Maker

Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker: $149.95 at Amazon

Parents who like to make baby food at home will love what the Babycook can do. It defrosts, blends, steams, and keeps food warm, all in a compact appliance that fits nicely on a countertop. Available in several color options.

For a comfy night’s sleep


Bearaby Nappling: $149 at Bearaby

Weighted blankets are cozy and calming, and this one is made just for kids. Its relaxing weight comes from layers of cozy organic cotton so it’s snuggly warm and great for Christmas dreaming.

Soothing relief for your teething baby

teething necklace

Teething necklace: $8.97 at Amazon

This necklace may look fashionable, but it’s also a teething device thanks to the food-grade silicone beads that are soothing to baby’s gums. That’s why it’s a thoughtful gift for someone dealing with a teething baby.

For dinosaur lovers

National Geographic

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs: $13.45 at Amazon (was $14.95)

Books are great for curious kids who love to learn and explore. National Geographic offers a collection of fascinating books for children that are educational and fun to read, like this colorfully illustrated book about dinosaurs. 

A toy that helps teach kids how to clean

M&D Clean Playset

Melissa and Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Cleaning Playset: $20.26 at Amazon (was $29.99)

A cleaning playset can teach little ones that cleaning can be enjoyable and keep them occupied while grownups tackle their chores. This adorable 6-piece set features well-made, realistic cleaning tools that are scaled down to kid-friendly sizes. It’s also available at Macy’s, and Kohl’s.

Keep kids entertained while on the go

Water wow tablet bundle

Water Wow! Tablet Bundle: $10.99 at Amazon (was $14.99)

Looking for a unique gift to keep kids entertained while on the go? Water Wow! pads work with special water pens to reveal colorful images. Parents love that they are mess-free and reusable. The bundle can also be purchased at Macy’s, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Best Buy.

For the aspiring photographer

polaroid camera

Polaroid Pop Camera: $142.98 at Amazon (was $149.98)

If your kiddo is always reaching for your phone to take photos, this fun little camera will give your phone a break. True to Polaroid tradition, it prints photos in a snap. It also records video, so it’s fully capable of capturing holiday memories. 

An innovative game for the whole family

castle logix

Castle Logix Game: $30.99 at Macy’s

Castle Logix may be designed for kids, but parents will also enjoy the challenge of turning the durable wooden pieces into castles, buildings, towers, and more. It’s a gift that will result in quality learning time too. You can also buy it at Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond.

For a better night’s sleep

Mella training alarm

Mella Ready to Rise Sleep Training Alarm Clock: $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This training alarm clock may give parents the opportunity to sleep just a little longer. It illuminates a green light that lets kids know it’s time to wake up the family and emits soft sounds and lights to help kids sleep. It’s also available at Amazon.

For STEM enthusiasts


Kiwi Co. STEM Kits: Kits and monthly plan prices vary

Are you looking for a gift to motivate your child to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math? Kiwi Co. offers STEM kits, available in monthly plans, so you can join in on the learning fun. Plans are available to fit all age ranges.

For the imaginative jewelry creator

kid made jewelry

Kid Made Modern Jewelry Jam Craft: $28.49 at Amazon (was $29.99)

This jewelry-making kit is packed with hundreds of colorful beads and the essential materials for making stylish necklaces and bracelets. Chances are you’ll be so impressed with the creativity this kit inspires that you’ll be proud to wear your child’s creations.

A timeless family fave

lincoln logs

Lincoln Logs Classic Set: $39.99 at Amazon (was $41.99)

Lincoln Logs have been a favorite childhood toy for generations, that’s why this 100th anniversary set makes a great gift for parents and kids to share. It includes 111 pieces and an anniversary tin for storage.

For the aspiring chef

lego baking

LEGO Friends Baking Competition: $31.99 at Amazon (was $39.99)

LEGO sets come in so many awesome themes, like this adorable baking competition set that will inspire cooking competition fans to recreate their favorite dishes. You’ll also find it at Best Buy and Kohl’s.

Classic Play-Doh with a twist

play doh compounds

Play-Doh Compounds Sand: $14.99 at Amazon

This Play-Doh isn’t quite like what you remember from your childhood - it’s mixed with sand! The 6-piece set is part of the brand’s Compound collection that takes Play-Doh to a whole new level, making fun for kids and parents who want to check out the new twist on the childhood classic.

A keepsake you’ll cherish for years to come

baby mushroom

Baby Mushroom Hand and Footprint Kit: $19.95 at Amazon

Capturing baby’s handprints and footprints makes a timeless keepsake. That’s why we love this kit for new parents. It includes baby-safe non-toxic clay for casting tiny prints and a photo frame for displaying these priceless memories.

For family adventures

walkie talkies

Cobra MicroTALK Walkie Talkies: $49.99 at Best Buy

Walkie talkies are fun for kids, plus they're practical when your family needs to stay in touch while exploring or vacationing. This set of four is kid-friendly and can cover a range of up to eight miles. Also available at Amazon.

For water sport enthusiasts

sharkool boat

SHARKOOL RC Boat: $54.99 at Amazon (was $69.99)

For families that spend leisure time around water, a remote-control boat is an awesome gift. This model has a speedy motor and responsive remote control, plus it looks sporty too.

For exploring the great outdoors


ESSENSON Outdoor Explorer Set $31.99 at Amazon (was $41.99)

Exploring the great outdoors with youngsters is fun for everyone. This kit has the essentials for teaching kids about the world of insects. It includes a net, binoculars, magnifying glass, and more.

A creative way to answer their many whys

national geographic why book

Why? Learning Book by National Geographic: $17.99 at Amazon

Kids are naturally inquisitive, and this book provides a fun way for parents to answer countless questions. It’s packed with 1,111 answers to questions about the earth, space, animals, and just about any topic a kid can imagine.

For the mystery sleuth on Santa’s list

detective toolkit

Thames & Kosmos Master Detective Toolkit: $28.49 at Amazon (was $49.99)

Aspiring detectives will enjoy solving mysteries with this kit that comes packed with items for gathering evidence and finding answers. It even includes a manual with mock crimes to lay the groundwork for your young sleuths’ investigations. You can also purchase the kit at Macy’s and Kohl’s.

For children who like to count stars while falling asleep


BlissLights Sky Lite Star Projector: $49.99 at Amazon (was $59.99)

With the touch of a button, this star projector can turn any room into an awe-inspiring atmosphere that astronomy enthusiasts of all ages will love. It’s great for a child’s bedroom or playroom, or for any area where families gather to relax and share quality time. It’s also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

For family karaoke night

croove karaoke

Croove Karaoke Machine for Kids: $59.99 at Amazon

Not only will young performers be enthusiastic about showcasing their talents with a karaoke machine, but parents can join in the fun and share their favorite music. We like that this machine is designed especially for kids. It's easy to use, and it includes two microphones.

A safe, creative toy for little ones


UNiPLAY Basic Soft Building Blocks: $29.99 at Macy's

These innovative blocks are fun for kids and exciting for parents to watch as their kids create and develop hand-eye coordination. Plus, they are made of a soft, non-toxic material that’s easy to clean.

For youngsters who like to color and create

easy playhouse

Easy Playhouse Gingerbread Cardboard Playhouse: $34.99 at Macy’s

Playing house is even more fun for kids when they have their own playhouse, but this one can be entertaining for the whole family. It’s made of cardboard that can be colored with crayons, markers, or pencils. The gingerbread house theme is perfect for the Christmas season. It can also be found at Amazon.

For some friendly competition

yesmarks dart ball set

YESMARKS Kids’ Dart Ball Set: $17.99 at Amazon

If you're looking for a gift that promotes a little family competition, this dart ball set is perfect for your family. It’s safe for indoor use thanks to the “dart” balls that stick to the colorful board.

For aspiring cooks and bakers


KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen: $189.58 at Amazon

Kids who love to watch their parents work in the kitchen will appreciate having their very own play kitchen. This well-made set has components that are made to look just like real appliances, and even has working lights and sounds.

For kids with a green thumb

dan and darci


Dan & Darci Paint & Plant Flower Growing Kit: $21.19 at Amazon (was $29.99)

In addition to seeds and soil, this flower growing kit comes with a tin planter, paints, and brushes. Not only can parents teach kids the joys of gardening with this kit, but they can also enjoy decorating the planter together.


Jennifer Manfrin is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 

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