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Believe it or not, the holidays will be here before you know it. Are you ready? Probably not, but luckily it’s not too late to start. And what better way than by making a gift list for everyone you’re shopping for?

Chances are, some people on your list are harder to buy for than others. This may be especially true if you’re shopping for kids this holiday season. It’s tough to keep up on the hottest toys and gadgets when you’ve been out of Garanimals for decades. That’s why we created this guide. Here are five gift ideas kids and parents will love. 

1. Kids Smartwatch 

Smartwatches are very popular, and that’s because they offer really cool features. You can make calls, text friends, and even check social media and the web. Unfortunately, these last two capabilities mean standard smartwatches aren’t exactly kid-friendly. You don’t want your child accessing inappropriate content or getting caught up in Instagram FOMO. That’s where a kids watch comes into play. 

These watches are designed with children in mind and work as both a cellphone and a GPS-tracking device. While kids can make calls with this watch, it’s a stand-alone device with no internet access. This means your child can’t scroll through social media or come across unsafe websites. That makes a kids watch a win with both you and your kids. 

2. Potty-Training Paraphernalia 

Sound far-fetched? Hear us out. While this gift idea may seem to land squarely on the parent-pleasing side, it can make your potty-training little one smile as well. Face it: Toilet training is a big part of a toddler’s life, and it can be an anxiety-inducing one at that. Books like “Everyone Poops" and drink-and-wet dolls can make the process less intimidating and more appealing. 

Has your child already started their toilet-training journey? Consider giving them a colorful reward chart to help them along. This interactive chart lets kids partner with their parents to set potty-training goals. It comes with stickers kids can use to track their progress and visibly acknowledge when they reach a milestone. Then you can reward them with a toy or treat for their efforts — and that will earn a grin for sure.

3. Puzzles 

In today’s technological world, it’s rare for children to spend time playing games that aren’t on a screen. And while technology can be a great resource, it’s important for kids to know how to exist without it. To help them, consider buying the child in your life a puzzle this holiday season. 

This suggestion may sound a little old-school, but there are ways to zazz it up. You could customize the puzzle so it features an image of your choice. For example, maybe your little one likes dinosaurs. If that’s the case, the puzzle could sport every dino from the allosaurus to the tyrannosaurus rex. Or you could send in a picture of you and your child and have a puzzle created from a favorite memory. 

Puzzles aren’t just a fun activity; they can also help with a child’s development. Puzzles help children learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They can even improve memory and fine motor skills. It’s for these reasons you’ll love seeing your kids play with a puzzle or two.

4. Book Subscription

Why give a gift that can only be used once when you can give a subscription? It’s no secret subscription boxes have become quite popular in recent years. And while there are boxes for makeup lovers, fashionistas, and wine enthusiasts, not many people think about subscriptions for children. But there are many options available that are both fun and educational, such as book subscription boxes.

Remember how excited you’d get when your teacher handed out the Scholastic order forms? A book subscription brings that same thrill to your kids, regardless of their age. The selections in each box are curated by experts who know what children enjoy reading. Not to mention, subscriptions are a gift that keeps on giving. Your child will eagerly anticipate each box’s arrival, and you’ll enjoy seeing them with their nose in a book — not pointed at a screen. 

5. Gift Cards

Sometimes, the best gift you can give is the freedom of choice: That’s why gift cards are perennial go-tos. Although some gift givers think gift cards are a cop-out, they’re actually a really great purchase. Not only do they give your children control over what to buy, you retain some influence as well. 

You don’t have to give your child a Visa or Mastercard gift card, which grants them entirely free rein. Rather, pick a gift card based on the child’s interests. For example, maybe you’re shopping for a daughter who loves dolls, so consider a gift card from American Girl. On the other hand, maybe you’re shopping for a son who loves video games. Rather than purchasing a gift card from Best Buy, get one from Toys’R’Us so you’ll know the entire selection is kid-appropriate. 

The holidays are coming your way, and the last thing you want is to be unprepared. Instead of waiting until the last minute, start shopping — or at least brainstorming — for presents now. Whether you’re shopping for your two-year-old daughter or your teenage son, something on this list is bound to make their holiday. 

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