Best Gifts For Kids - Part 2

School-age kids have defined tastes and preferences and will have much more to say about what they want. You can still surprise them, especially if you have a good general idea of what they like!

The Munschworks Grand Treasury – Price $
Books are never out of fashion, but many modern kids have a hard time connecting with traditional children’s stories. Canadian author Robert Munsch is famous for his quirky, funny tales of children solving unusual problems in ways that are educational without ever sacrificing humor and a dose of entertaining plot twists. The stories are easy to read aloud and just as easy for early readers. Munsch’s ability to develop female characters that are adventurous, clever, and real is something that parents of girls and boys alike can appreciate!

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VTech Kidizoom Action Cam – Price $
If your child’s shopping list says GoPro but your budget says amateur, don’t despair. The Kidizoom is a real camera with real capabilities, is tough enough to survive vigorous activity, and will give your budding photographer/videographer an affordable tool for exploring those interests. Don’t expect it to be as sturdy or as capable as the $400 real thing, but this is a quite capable little device that will let your kids explore their creative and active interests without risking high-priced gear.

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Lego Minecraft The Mushroom Island – Price $
Lego and Minecraft are a natural mix, with the massively popular game often feeling like Lego in a computer. If you have a screen-obsessed child that you’d like to see experimenting with more tactile play, Lego’s Minecraft kits are a natural, and this one is both affordable and satisfying. Lego is a classic toy that’s almost indestructible and infinitely expandable, and adding Minecraft to the mix is just the modern touch it needs!

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Sky Viper Video Drone - Price $$
The name sounds like trouble, but what an awesome toy! The Sky Viper Drone is a v950HD video drone, capable of producing footage in 720p HD. The camera was created to capture a bird's eye view of the world around it and comes with a 1-Touch, Panoramic Video Capture feature. When this feature is activated, the drone will enter a controlled spin, capturing footage in a 360-degree view, at a range of 200 feet. How amazing is that? Keep in mind that many drones flown in the United States require registration with the Federal Aviation Administration, regardless of whether the aircraft is for commercial or recreational purposes.

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Royal & Langnickel Premier Sketching and Drawing Deluxe Art Set - Price $$
If you've got an aspiring young artist at home, the Premier Sketching and Drawing Deluxe Art Set by Royal & Langnickel is a must-have. It includes 134 pieces, varying from colored pencils and soft pastels, to graphite sticks and charcoal, pretty much everything a sketch-artist could need. It has quite the list of stuff, and this kit is best suited to a well-organized child who is capable of keeping track of it all. The beautiful cantilevered artist's chest should make that a bit easier! For all that it contains and the quality of the items, this purchase is good bang for your buck.

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HTC VIVE - Virtual Reality System - Price $$$$
This "gift" might end up in your hands on a regular basis! The HTC VIVE was designed from the ground up to create an immersive, room-scale virtual reality, allowing you...I mean, your kids...to experience unimaginable worlds from the comfort of their home. Talk about game-changing technology! Most of us will remember dreaming about this type of stuff as kids. This device is not just for video games. You’ll get jaw-dropping, mind-blowing video game content, but educational and medical programs are available too. It's expensive, but if you’ve just won a lottery or scored a big tax return, this one will make you a superstar in your child's eyes. And come on, you know you're going to enjoy it too. Do remember to look up the computer and graphics card requirements first. HTC's website will tell all! Keep in mind, this is still one of the first devices of its kind, and like anything that spearheads a new era in technology, there will be bugs. Check the reviews before buying and decide whether the positives outweigh the negatives for you!

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Final Word
So there you have it, a life-saving list that could make all the difference when shopping for children's gifts. Remember, this list is just a tiny fraction of what's available today, but it's a good reference point for the kind of items you might be seeking. You also don't need to ask your piggy bank to write its last will and testament. Many of the items on this list are snazzy, practical, high quality, and don't cost a fortune.

Whatever you end up buying for your children, we hope it brings the biggest imaginable smile to their faces and yours. Happy shopping!