Let’s face it. Finding the best gift for your tiny tyke is anything but easy. Do you go with the creepy (possibly sentient) toy or the classic toddler trucks? With so many options available these days, the whole process is really overwhelming.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! We’ll guide you every step of the way. Whether you’ve got a teething baby (my condolences), a giddy gamer, or an aspiring architect, there’s something for every type of kid and baby on this list. These are the best gifts for kids of 2018, according to Reviewed:
1. For the budding engineer: An introductory robot toy
If your child loves to take apart remotes and other electronics, they’ll probably love the Wonder Workshop Dash robot. It can respond to voice commands, sing little tunes, draw pictures, and move all around. You can also attach a xylophone and teach it to play. The possibilities are endless and user reviews on Amazon back it up with nearly 5-star ratings overall. It’s an excellent introduction to robotics and programming for any kid who’s interested in coding and tinkering.
2. For the doll lover: Trendy collectible dolls
My niece absolutely loves these weird little dolls. Almost every time I visit her house, she comes galloping down the stairs with dozens of L.O.L dolls in her arms. If your kid enjoys collecting things, these miniature figures are perfect for just that, as there’s well over a hundred of them. The plastic ball they come in can even be used as a carrying case, too.
3. For the Nintendo nut: A popular Nintendo Switch
I can’t recommend the Nintendo Switch enough. Not only does it work as a home gaming console, you can use it as a handheld as well. Between the versatile hardware and the wide variety of games that are great for kids and the whole family, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Nintendo is the most family-friendly console, too. Plus It’s the only console that doesn’t support voice chat, so you don’t have to worry about your kids chatting with strangers online when they play.
When it comes to games, popular titles like Mario Kart 8 and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are classic options to start with. Plan on taking the Switch with you on a plane? We’d recommend packing it inside the RDS Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case, which is our favorite Switch carrying case, as it’s super rugged.
4. For the destructive kid: A kid-friendly Amazon Fire tablet
Whether you’ve got a messy or destructive kid on your hands, the Amazon Fire Tablet Kids Edition is great for the accident-prone, and our top choice for the best tablets for kids. Not only does the case protect against bumps and drops, but the parental controls are robust as well. You can set daily limits and educational goals and even block access to games. There’s also a two-year, no questions asked guarantee, meaning Amazon will replace the device for free if anything or anyone happens to it.
5. For the chef-in-training: A fun Playdoh baking play set
Does your kid like to make pretend cakes and pastries out of Playdoh? If so, you’ll want to check out this Playdoh kitchen on Amazon. It includes everything from cake molds to frosting tools. Not only does it make for a great rainy day activity, it will keep younger kids entertained for hours.