2015 Gift Guide: Toys for Older Kids

2015 Gift Guide: Toys for Older Kids

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The holidays are quickly creeping up on us! Whether you are juggling end-of-year projects at work or shuttling kids to and from holiday activities, busy schedules make time fly even faster. We all scurry to take care of holiday decorations and plan meals so having some shortcuts on the gift-giving front is always useful. Over the past couple of weeks we have shared ideas for family games, home and electronics and even catered a list towards the Star Wars fanatic. We have tweens (one soon to be a teen!) so we know the struggles that come with finding something that they will like. As they mature, they no longer have the same interest in traditional toys, so today we are focusing on gifts and toys that go well beyond the age marked on the box. Keep in mind that it is okay for the big kid (AKA adult) to buy these for the child on their list then need to “test it” before the child plays with it. Really. It’s okay. We’ve all done it.

As with the other guides, some of these gift ideas are included in our 44 Days of Giveaways! Watch for a new contest every single evening at 7:00pm Central!

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

LEGO Dimensions merges physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay. Featuring worlds from 14 iconic entertainment franchises – including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, The Simpsons and more – LEGO Dimensions demonstrates a unique convergence of outstanding entertainment brands, video games and the inherent fun of physical LEGO brick building.

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Code Master

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Code Master is a new puzzle board game that takes kids on the ultimate coding adventure. The big brother to Robot Turtles, Code Master is easy enough for any kid to play, but challenging to master. Albeit a single-player game, friends can collaborate to solve the puzzles while learning coding logic and computer programming. Available exclusively at Target. (Ages 8+).

Buy from Target

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Skylanders SuperChargers

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Skylanders® SuperChargers introduces vehicles-to-life, an entirely new way for fans to experience the magic of Skylands. Using powerful, tricked-out land, sea and sky vehicles, Portal Masters can speed across Skylands’ roads in vehicular combat, race down roaring rapids and engage in aerial dogfights as they barrel-roll through enemy swarms for the first time. Skylanders SuperChargers offers players a rich story-driven gameplay experience, with combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming, set within a variety of all-new compelling environments..

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RC Explorers Quad Copter

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Let your older kids take flight with the radio controlled Explorers Quad Copter equipped with a 2.0 MP camera and 2GB SD memory card. They can hone their skills as they maneuver forward and back, left and right sideways, turn left and right and 360° 3D eversion. Recommended for ages 14+.

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Nail Art Pens

You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Is your tween or teen finding it hard to create a wish list of “toys”? Here is an idea that inspires creativity! Encourage them to get artistic using nail polish pens designed specifically for adding details to their nails. Available in a variety of colors, use these pens to compliment the polish they already own or create a gift package that includes nail care products, polish and art pens.

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Slideways

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Move over tic-tac-toe, there’s a new game in town! Slideways is the puzzle game of strategy and skill that raises the bar on fun as players try to outwit their opponents. Flip colors or move the bar on the magnetic board to be the first to get four in a row. Perfect travel game. Recipient of the 2015 FIGGIE Award for Most Innovative Game. Ages 8+.

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Scientific Explorer Super Nova Telescope

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Look to the stars! Magnifies up to 225X, the Scientific Explorer Super Nova Telescope is great for looking at stars, the moon and the planets! Compact Refractor Telescope with a F300mm focal length, 70mm objective lens, finder scope and heavy duty three stage tripod. Also comes with 3X Barlow Lens, 45 degree diagonal mirror, H20mm eyepiece, H4mm eyepiece, tripod and instructions.

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Mighty Makers Building Set

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Build your dream house from the ground up with Brianna and Sophia in the Home Designer™ Building Set. Sophia loves building, while Brianna helps with the finishing touches of the interior. These best friends are a dynamic duo when it comes to building and decorating houses. Help them build different styles of houses – a colonial, a brownstone, and a ranch. Decorate the houses using the included accessories and make their home, your home with the Home Designer™ Building Set from Mighty Makers®. Most models can be built one at a time.

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Connect 4 Twist & Turn

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

A new twist on the Classic 4-in-a-row game! Just like the classic game play of Connect 4, players get four discs in a row to win the game. But with Connect 4 Twist & Turn there is a new twist! Each level of the Connect 4 tower turns to add a new level of gameplay. Drop a disc, give a twist, line up four of your colored discs and win the game!”

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Project Mc2 McKeyla Kit

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You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

Based on the Netflix Original series of four super-smart and seriously cool girls who use their love of science and their spy skills as they go on missions for secret organization, NOV8 (that’s “innovate”), Project Mc2 introduces kids to science through play. Dolls include science kits while full sized science kits are sold separately. With Project Mc2 leader, McKeyla McAlister, make your own lava light just using safe household ingredients. Doll Set Features: Premium articulated McKeyla doll, dressed in a totally cool outfit that reflects her personality and individual style.

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Stay tuned for more great gift ideas.  Keep an eye out for the tiny SR Tiny logo for details on items we have previously discussed in more depth. Plus, we’ll have more giveaways in our 44 Days of Giveaways including some of the items featured here!

You can complete all your holiday shopping just by perusing our various gift guides! These gift ideas and toys for older kids should help you check a few things off your list! - SahmReviews.com

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26 comments on «2015 Gift Guide: Toys for Older Kids»

  1. Dandi D says:

    My son loves K’Nex and I’m really glad they make them for girls now too.

  2. harriet says:

    That is a good list. My kids are grown but, I often think about buying them something fun like these ideas.

  3. Stephen says:

    Nice to see a smart girl doll and the k’nex could be fun to have. Personally I’d like the quad copter.

  4. CourtneyLynne says:

    These are some great suggestions! My daughter is only 3 but omg those nail art pens! Swear it doesn’t matter how old your daughters are nail art pens will always be a hit!

  5. Adriana says:

    WOW so many good option difficult to choose one. Thanks for sharing the recommendations just in time for black Friday =)

  6. Ronnie says:

    Does ‘older kids’ count my boyfriend? 😀 He wants at least 3 of the items you featured here. Loving that telescope myself.

  7. Older kiddos can be much harder to buy for! I love the idea of nail art pens for my oldest! She will love these!

  8. Elizabeth O. says:

    I love the idea of giving them board games or games that they can build stuff with! It exercises their brain and their creativity! Thanks for the ideas. Really awesome!

  9. Erinn S says:

    My son is going On 8 and loves games and science kits

  10. Code Master looks like such a fun game! It can be tricky to find toys for older kids that they will really get into, and these are all really great suggestions.

  11. These are great ideas and pretty well spot on. My boys love legos and skylanders. Then my daughter would be happy with the nail art pens.

  12. mya.k says:

    I was trying to find something for my cousins, and I just found the perfect gift for them.

  13. mya.k says:

    I was trying to find something for my cousins, and I just found the perfect gift for them.

  14. Patty says:

    That telescope gives me an idea for my nephews. I’ll have to check with my sister in law to see if they have one already. They are very lucky boys and I don’t want to duplicate.

  15. We are definitely getting my 11 year old the Lego Dimensions. I think I might need to get him that Code Master game. He loves that kind of stuff.

  16. Nicole Escat says:

    This is a great list to consider. Sometimes I am running out of gift ideas for older kids so I resort to giving them a few bucks. But I think some older kids wants toys like the ones listed above 🙂

  17. I definitely want the coding game to play with my 11-year-old. I’m on a mission to incorporate coding into our science and math play this year and this would be really fun

  18. Sarah L says:

    That telescope is something my niece would love. She loves the stars in the sky.

  19. Marcie W. says:

    These are awesome older kid gift suggestions! My children are 11, 9 and 7 and they are becoming quite difficult to shop for.

  20. James says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  21. MyTeenGuide says:

    These are cool toys for the older kids. The Skylanders are quite popular with my nephews. I will check out the Skylanders SuperChargers.

  22. Sandra Watts says:

    My son likes the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack. He also likes Minecraft.

  23. crystal frey says:

    i will know where to look next year

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