Best Holiday Gifts for Boys in 2017

by: Corrie Kerr
If you still have to buy some toys this season, look no further. Family Education editors have curated some popular toys and old favorites for boys (and girls, of course) that are sure to delight! Bonus: you’ll definitely find quite a few gifts that will also help kids learn as they play.
Best Christmas Presents for Boys

 

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn First Words Smart Puppy

 

Laugh and Learn First Words Smart PuppyThis puppy is not only adorable but he'll help kids learn. Babies and toddlers can take the puppy's blocks and place them on the toy to activate different learning activities including learning vocabulary and concepts through various songs, phrases and sounds. Little ones can learn about colors, shapes, & counting and the toy has three stages to grow with them as they get older. Good for: Ages 9 months to 3 years.

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Fisher Price - Interactive Learnin' Lights Dance Mat

Bright Beats Learnin Lights Dance MatHe’ll be dancin’, yeah! It’s like having a learning disco in your living room. Babies and toddlers can learn songs, music, their ABCs, phrases, colors, numbers, dance moves, and more. Good for: Ages 12 months and up.

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Little Tikes® 2-in-1 Food Truck Kitchen

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food TruckThis toy food truck should have been around years ago! We definitely would have had one when we were growing up. This is all the fun of a play kitchen but with the added fun of having your own commercial enterprise. Little culinary entrepreneurs will enjoy selling ice cream and hot dogs. Good for: Ages 2 years to 5 years.

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VTech Click and Count Remote

VTech Click and Count RemoteGet your remote "stolen" on a daily basis? Exchange the television remote for this realistic toy and you'll win back your tv time and keep your guy busy. Since it’s made by VTech, you know that there will be lots of learning opportunities. There are songs, sound effects and phrases and children can press channel buttons and explore colors numbers, shapes and more. Good for: Ages 6 months to 3 years.

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VTech Drill and Learn Toolbox

VTech Drill and Learn ToolboxJust try to get a kid to stop playing with this realistic working toy drill and tool set. Allow them to practice their hand-eye coordination skills with the drill, hammer, wrench, nails, screws and fix it tray. They can practice making repairs and learn colors and numbers from the included instruction cards. Good for: Ages 2 to 5 years.

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Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

PJ Masks Headquarters PlaysetYou’ll no longer hear requests for another PJ Masks you when you buy the crème de la crème — the Headquarters Playset. You will, however, possibly still hear the PJ Masks theme song a few time as the kids really get into playing with it. It's still a win. Good for: 3 years to 6 years.

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Little Tikes 3 Foot-Indoor Trampoline

Little Tikes Indoor TrampolineThis trampoline is especially good to use to burn off energy during the winter months when kids are cooped inside. While the trampoline is fairly sturdy, kids should still be supervised while using it. Good for: Ages 3 years to 6 years.

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Marble Run Maze Ball Game

Marble Run Maze Ball GameWhile four-year-olds will love this toy, it’s one of many on our list that kids of all ages enjoy. Who knows, maybe a marble maze master will grow up to be a future physicist? It has 50 marbles and 35 additional pieces for hours of STEM-focused play. 

Good for: Ages 4 and up.

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Magna-Tiles

MagnatilesMagna-Tiles have been around for 20 years and we hope they never go out of style. Kids can spend hours using the magnetic tiles to build architectural wonders and so much more. The clear colors set is even more fun to use on a light table or on a window. They don’t hurt when you step on them either! Good for: Ages 2 and up.

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Fingerlings Baby Monkey by WoWee

Fingerlings Baby MonkeyEveryone wants a Fingerling this holiday season. These toy monkeys cling to a child's finger, fall asleep and engage in dozens of other interactions. Good for: 3 years and up.

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Little Tikes Hot Hoops Game Toy

Little Tikes Hot Hoops GameEncourage some friendly non-screen competition with this Little Tikes toy. Kids can play a quick game of tabletop basketball against each other. It’s even portable for easy transport, so you can take it on day trips or vacation. Good for: Ages 5 and up.

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Star Wars First Order Judicial Stormtrooper Costume for Kids

stormtrooper costume - star warsAmaze a kid whose biggest wish is to go to see "The Last Jedi." Get him tickets to the movie and this awesome Stormtrooper costume. Good for: Ages 5 and up (Make sure you select the right size).

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Hatchimals

HatchimalsHatchimals were popular in 2016 and there are plenty of kids who didn’t get one last year who would still like one. A cute, hatching fuzzy "animal"--what could be more fun? Good for: Ages 5 and up.

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Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Dx2

vtech kidizoom smartwatchThis is a great watch to help kids keep track of “homework time,” “play time” and more. Encourage independence and cut down on the whining about what time it is. Good for: 4 years to 12 years.

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Stikbot Stop Animation Studio

Stikbot Animation StudioKids who use the Stikbot Studio will create their own worlds and stories and get to entertain their friends. Make movies and explore the career of animation. Good for: Ages 5 and up.

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LEGO Minecraft - The Iron Golem

LEGO Minecraft Iron Golem PlaysetAlmost any LEGO Minecraft toy is a good gift idea. This playset is one of the newer creations and has more than 200 LEGO bricks. This set includes Alex and zombie figures along with an iron golem and a baby pig Good for: 8 years to 15 years.

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