OK, real talk. While we all want to make our kids happy by fulfilling their present requests during the holiday season, we also know that half the time, even their most sought-after items end up shoved into a closet to gather dust sometime in the new year. Sigh. Well, this year we’ve got a pretty nifty solution: why not get them stuff that we actually want, too? Take a scroll through our list of kids’ gifts we’d like to keep ourselves – and kids, if you’re reading this, remember: sharing is caring.
11 gifts for kids that you’ll want to keep for yourself
Nintendo SwitchAnyone who says video games are just for kids clearly hasn't picked up a controller lately. These days, consoles have just as much to offer grown ups, and the best of the bunch is definitely the Nintendo Switch. The innovative system can be played at home or taken on the go, making it a must-have for long car trips over the holidays. Put one under the tree this year and the kids will have a blast on Christmas morning - come bedtime, you'll be free to spend hours hunting for moons in Super Mario Odyssey.
$399.99 at EB GamesNintendo
3DOODLER START ESSENTIALS PEN SET3D printers are the coolest, but if you're anything like us, a real one is slightly out of the budget. Alternative: 3Doodler's innovative pen lets you literally draw in the air, giving shape to imaginative doodles with a non-toxic plastic that dries quickly and won't burn little (or big) fingers.
$69.99 at DeSerres DeSerres
MECCANO-ERECTOR MICRONOID CODE MAGNA PROGRAMMABLE ROBOT BUILDING KITOur inner geeks are squealing over Meccano's robot-building kit, which teaches kids robot-building basics and how to program their creation to play tunes, move, fight, and otherwise obey their every command. Seriously, though - how cute would this little guy look sitting on your desk?
$49.99 at Toys'R'UsToys'R'Us
COMFORT RESEARCH BIG JOE LUX BEANBAG CHAIRTeenagers and beanbag chairs are a combination as old as time, but Comfort Research's faux fur version takes the concept to the next level with the softest plush and a shape that would blend nicely into even the most grown-up décor. (Good luck borrowing it back, though.)
$162.99 at WayfairWayfair
EXPLODING KITTENS GAMEIf Scrabble, Sorry et al have run their course at your place, pick up this hilarious, slightly twisted card game from comic artist The Oatmeal, which features magical enchiladas, goats, rainbow-barfing cats and yes, plenty of explosions. There's even a NSFW add-on pack you can buy for games after the kids have gone to bed - perfection.
$24.95 at Amazon.caAmazon.ca
FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9 CAMERAGive the kids a chance to play with real film for a change, with FujiFilm's cute-but-mighty Instax: with its built-in selfie mirror, automatic flash and brightness adjustment controls, the Instax actually one-ups an old school Polaroid by making spur-of-the-moment pics look pretty darn fantastic.
$99.95 at IndigoIndigo
CRAZY AARON'S THINKING PUTTY IN SUPER SCARABSick of fidget spinners yet? We're smitten with this very cool, fidget-friendly alternative – a non-toxic, gorgeously vibrant, made-in-the-USA take on classic putty that you (and the kids) will find almost impossible to stop playing with.
$22.97 at Amazon.caAmazon.ca
MERGE VR HOLOGRAPHIC CUBEBilled as a shape-shifting hologram that you hold in your hand, the award-winning Merge Cube uses a smartphone-enabled combination of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies to create mind-boggling, insanely realistic holograms for game play, puzzle solving and tons of fun. Warning: it might be hard getting the kids to give you a turn.
$19.99 at Best BuyBest Buy
KISS NATURALS DIY LIP BALM MAKING KITSure, you could buy some fancy-schmancy, all-natural lip balm at the health food store, but wouldn't you rather whip up exactly the same thing at home? (Hello, shea butter and beeswax!) This made-in-Canada kit makes six jars or tubes of the good stuff – enough for you and the kids to share.
$16.99 at Amazon.caAmazon.ca
POP ROCKS POPPING CANDYFar be it from us to suggest that candy is only for kids. Rather, we recommend revisiting the glory days of your youth (nostalgia! great packaging! totally unnatural flavours!) by gifting an assortment of Pop Rocks to your sugar-loving offspring – then sneaking a few packets for yourself.
$1.99 per pack at Kidding AwoundKidding Awound
WINGSLAND S6 4K30 POCKET DRONEAn easy to operate, all-the-bells-and-whistles drone camera might feel a tad extravagant as a kid's prezzie, but hear us out. Not only will your social media-savvy tween or teen go nuts learning to film everything from above, but you've now got a secret weapon for beautifully documenting all manner of events, family vacations and glorious sunsets. Our verdict: this one's for the whole family.
$399.00 at Best BuyBest Buy