December 7, 2021

The best gifts for kids and parents of 2021

Looking for something for the parents and kids on your list? Here are the best gifts for kids and parents for 2021. From all-ages board games to kayaks, it's safe to say there's something fun for every household on the list.

A new Fire Kids tablet

All-new Fire HD 10 Kids tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet

The all-new Fire Kids tablet features an updated design that has the look and feel of a regular tablet. It's specially designed to give kids access to educational content and age-appropriate entertainment, plus it has easy-to-navigate parental controls. 

A car seat that grows with kids

Diono radian 3QXT Ultimate 3 Across All-in-One Convertible Car Seat in Red

Diono Radian 3QXT All-in-One Car Seat

The Radian 3QXT car seat converts from birth to toddler years, and it accommodates youngsters ranging from 4 to 120 pounds. It’s engineered with next-generation safety in mind with ultra-protective side panels. Also available at Amazon and Kohl's 

A Disney-themed Monopoly game

Monopoly- Disney Villains Edition Board Game

Monopoly: Disney Villains Edition Board Game

In this unique Monopoly edition, players get to celebrate Disney's iconic villains — from Cruella to Scar. The board and cards feature stunning artwork in rich color and finely-detailed silver game tokens. 

A unique new Play-Doh set

play doh compounds

Play-Doh Sand Variety Pack

This Play-Doh isn’t quite like what you remember from your childhood. It’s mixed with sand! The six-piece set is part of the brand’s well-received Compound collection that takes kinetic and creative play to a whole new level.

A kid-friendly instant camera

Fujifilm instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Not only does this instant camera print wallet-size pictures within seconds, it's equipped with a convenient selfie mode. The camera is easy to use and lends itself to plenty of use for photography and crafting projects. 

A pair of NERF blasters

NERF Roblox Jailbreak

NERF Roblox Jailbreak: Armory Hammer-Action Blasters

Kids and adults can face off in NERF battles with these Roblox-themed blasters. The blasters come with 10 darts, as well as a virtual item code that kids can redeem within the game. Also available at Macy's.

A toddler bike trailer

Instep Bike Trailer

Instep Bike Trailer for Toddlers

It's easy to bring kids along for casual rides with this bike trailer, which is available in single- or double-seat styles. The trailer has a folding frame design that is travel-friendly and easy to store when it's not in use.

An all-in-one baby food blender

Beaba Baby Food Maker

Beaba Babycook

The Babycook defrosts, blends, steams and keeps food warm, all in a compact appliance that fits nicely on a countertop. It's uniquely designed for one-handed operation, too. 

An inflatable kayak

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

An ideal beginner model, this inflatable kayak seats two and comes with oars, as well as a manual pump. The seats are contoured to keep occupants comfortable and supported while they row.

A tidy travel activity set

Water wow tablet bundle

Melissa & Doug On-the-Go Water Wow! Activity Pads

A popular travel or road trip toy, these Water Wow! pads work with special water pens to reveal colorful images. Because they're mess-free and reusable, they pay for themselves over and over again in convenience and fun.

A friendly little sleep trainer

Mella training alarm

Little Hippo Mella Ready to Rise Sleep Training Alarm Clock

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 BuyBuyBaby.

A jumbo Jenga game

Jenga Giant JS7

Jenga Giant JS7

Suitable for indoor or outdoor play, this mega Jenga game gets everyone involved. While the game starts low to the ground,  stakes only get higher as the tower grows — which may reach an astounding 5 feet if you stack your blocks right.

A high-intensity board game

Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens

Throw Throw Burrito

In this rousing all-ages game, players compete to match cards — and dodge flying burritos. It's an action-packed game that calls for quick reflexes and fancy footwork. Best of all, it can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. 

A kids' basketball hoop

Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Thanks to the adjustable design of this toddler-friendly basketball hoop, it's easy for it to grow with kids between 18 months and 5 years. It has soft, rounded edges for safe play, and the base can be weighted with sand for extra stability. 


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A timeless favorite

lincoln logs

Lincoln Logs 100th Anniversary Tin

Lincoln Logs have been a favorite childhood toy for generations, which is why this deluxe set makes a great gift for parents and kids to share. It includes 111 pieces and an anniversary tin for storage.

A keepsake to cherish for years to come

baby mushroom

Baby Mushroom Handprint & Footprint Keepsake Frame

Capturing baby’s handprints and footprints makes a timeless keepsake. This impression kit includes baby-safe nontoxic clay for casting tiny prints and a photo frame for displaying these priceless memories.


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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