8 Imaginative Holiday Gifts for Kids

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by: Kelly Sundstrom
In a world filled with commercialized toys and violent video games, providing your children with toys that encourage imaginative play can help you preserve their innocence and help develop their creativity. This holiday season, look for creative gifts that will stimulate your child's mind and provide hours of wholesome fun.
Magnetic Marble Set by Qvolution
Magnetic Marble Set by Qvolution
Make way old-fashioned marble sets! The Qvolution Magnetic Marble Set has taken playing with marbles to a whole new level. By utilizing magnetized cubes, your kids can engineer tracks to send marbles through mazes that seem to defy gravity. Choose from the Basic Set, which includes 25 pieces, the Standard Set, which includes 38 pieces, or the Advanced Set, which includes 64 pieces.

Recommended for ages 3 and up

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Play Silks by Magic Cabin
Play Silks by Magic Cabin
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Play silks can transform into countless playtime accessories. Little did you know that one toy could become a costume, doll carrier, superhero cape, roof for a play fort, and fairy skirt. Play silks some in a wide range of colors and sizes, and truly exemplify the idea that with simplicity comes innovation and creativity. Your little one's creativity will explode when you give them a pile of soft, colorful play silks this holiday season.

Suitable for all ages

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Craft-Struction Box by Goldie Blox
Craft-Struction Box by Goldie Blox
When looking for that perfect rainy day activity for your kids, nothing keeps them busier than the Craft-Struction Box by Goldie Blox. This inspiring kit encourages children to use their problem-solving skills to construct amazing creations using over 275 different pieces. After spending a little time with this kit, you might have a little engineer on your hands.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

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Game Builder Kit by Bloxels
Game Builder Kit by Bloxels
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Let's face it, children sometimes spend way too much time in front of video games. Instead of buying them a new game for Christmas, give your children this cool game builder kit. This one-of-a-kind kit allows your kids to generate their own unique video games using a hands-on, interactive platform. Creative gifts like this allow your kids to spend more time in the creative zone when they game.

Recommended for ages 8 and up

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Young Architect 3-D Building Kit
Young Architect 3-D Building Kit
Your child is never too young to start designing, and no toy will satisfy his creative spirit like the Young Architect 3-D Building Kit. This innovative gift provides your child with nine different room templates to map out his own floor plan, decorate using the included supplies, and complete by constructing an actual 3-D model with acrylic wall systems.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Mechanical Music Box Set
Mechanical Music Box Set
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If your child always seems to try to open up music boxes to see how they work, he will love the Mechanical Music Box Set. Using a speicalized hole puncher and following an included instruction manual, children can create their own original melodies which they can feed through a hand-cranked music box.

Recommended for ages 12 and up

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LegoCamper
LEGO City Camper by LEGO
LEGOs are a classic creative toy loved by both boys and girls. They were even named Forbes Magazine's Toy of the Century. Any set will get your child thinking and building. This camper kit gets kids imagining the travel adventures of their Lego people. Print out a map for your child to plot the road trip (and learn state capitals)!

Recommended for ages 5-12

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FriendshipBraceletKit
Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit by Alex Toys
Teens, tweens, and even younger kids will get hooked on the crafty pastime of making friendship bracelets. The color combinations and bracelet patterns are endless with a kit like Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever suitcase, which comes with a rainbow of string, round and square looms, and beads.

Recommended for ages 8 and up

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