While it's easy to get the typical things that you know your niece, nephew, or friend's child will like, it's also fun to think outside of the box to and get them something that they might not expect!
Here are a few of the things that I have found to be awesome gifts (some of them lucky little children I know will be getting them). Everything here is currently available and can still arrive before Christmas! You can click the pictures in the image for easy shopping!
Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook: If you have a little one in your life that is anything like my youngest this cookbook will be well received! She is always in the kitchen asking to help me cook, but especially when I am baking!
Weather Station Kit: This thing is so cool! If you have any science-type buffs in your life this would be the perfect gift! There is a rain gauge, a terrarium and other cool tools to help you track the weather!
Mermaid Tail Blanket: To be honest, I would love one of these for myself! They are so adorable and are not only cute but functional, too!
Hoop Shoot Basketball Play Set: You definitely need a little room for this in your house, but what's not to love about it? It's a perfect thing to have around for those rainy, snowy or just too cold to be outside days!
Frosted Donut Snow Tube: I kind of want this for myself, too! For some reason, I feel like sledding would be so much more fun on a donut rather than a plain, boring sled! This would even be a fun hostess gift too if you're headed over to someone's house for a day of sledding and hot chocolate!
My Awesome Book: Ella will be getting this for Christmas this year. I love this kit because it allows your little writer to write, illustrate and create their own hardcover book! This was recommended to me after my daughter mentioned she wanted stories she's been writing at school turned into a book. I like this kit because it gets her involved in the process!
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera: Not only is this camera adorable, the reviews show it actually takes great pictures. To make it a complete set, you can get add a case, more film and even a selfie book! Perfect for the tween on your list! (Ella is getting this, too!)
Street Art Design Your Own Headphones Kit: Kids can create their own designs on these over the ear headphones. How awesome is that?
Unicorn Horn Headband: What little girl doesn't want to be a unicorn? This elastic headband fits kids of all sizes, but stays snuggly in place for lots of imaginative unicorn play!
Create Your Own Fairy Garden: This was on Charlotte's list this year. I love that it's something that can be created, so she can take ownership of it!
American Girl by Williams Sonoma Baking Essentials Kit: This would be a great gift with the Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook! Your little baker would love to have their own set!
Stop Motion Animation Kit: How awesome is this? With this kit, you can use the toys to make different figures, then use the stop-motion camera and software that comes with it to create your own frames.
BubbleLick Edible Bubbles: This would be so fun for a play date or party. This kit gives you everything you need to turn your favorite beverages into edible bubbles. Adults can even use it too with their favorite drinks!
These last two items I found but completely forgot to add into the gift guide! My eight year old daughter is currently obsessed with emoji's. She loves anything and everything about them. While my husband and I aren't as obsessed as she is, we loved the idea of getting her something "emoji" for Christmas. This emoji pillow is perfect-adorable enough but not too in your face!
Lastly, this set of indoor snowballs is a must! I have played with them before and it is so much fun. It's like the fun of a true snowball fight, but in the warmth and comfort of your own home! Don't worry, they are soft enough so you won't get hurt! They just feel like giant cotton balls!
Happy shopping! I curated other gift guides too, so if you need a gift for her, for him or gifts under $25 I've got you covered!