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The Best Gifts For 10-Year-Old Boys and Girls

They're hard to shop for, but we've got you covered.

Ask any 1o-year-old boys or girls what toys they want, and you’ll be met with a disgusted eye roll, a huff, and a demand for the latest iPhone. Choosing gifts for this age group is no easy feat. The best gifts for 10-year-old boys and girls treat them less like solitary children in need of entertainment and more like socially adept mini-adults, which is what they should be becoming as they enter what developmental experts call “middle childhood.”

The notion is to empower 10-year-olds to create and share, ideally with their friends, while celebrating their newfound agency. Is that as tricky as it sounds? Not really. There are great gift options, even for 10-year-olds who seem to have everything.

The main caveat to be aware of with 10-year-olds is that these pre-pre-teens are often developing specific interests (or obsessions) and starting to focus on defined strengths. Given that, it’s critical to meet these kids where they live rather than just getting them a new and shiny toy, which may be of no particular interest despite the novelty factor. Given that, our list of best gifts for 10-year-olds should be filtered through an understanding of an individual child’s interests. Which means: You need to cater to your audience.

A Switch coupled with the most addictive game you can play? Sold. The console is decorated with images of characters Tom Nook and Nooklings Timmy and Tommy

All that glitters...are shimmering soaps and bath bombs. Kids learn the concept of cosmetic chemistry as they follow step-by-step instructions and have all the ingredients and supplies they need, including biodegradable glitter.

This stunning 1,023-piece construction set lets kids build the starship from The Mandalorian, complete with a dual cockpit, two spring-loaded shooters, a cargo hold with opening sides/access ramps, and carbonite bounty.

Get her a keepsake now that she's in the double digits: You can customize this delicate plate necklace with initials, a significant date, or a quote.

These deceptively simple yet uniquely challenging sets are made up of interlocking bricks. This set lets kids build a football field, a hockey rink, a soccer field (of course, given that the brand hails from Denmark), and a basketball court. It comes with 380 bricks and two base plates.

For kids with more refined tastes, get them a personalized leather case for their AirPods. It encases existing AirPods cases for a sleek, personalized shell that features their initials.

One of the coolest toys we've seen: This kit of 28 pieces, in seven shapes, with two spinners, let's kids build anything and everything they dream up. The magnets connect, and the shapes are flexible enough to be twisted into a slew of shapes.

If you're not ready to spring for a phone but want to communicate with your kid, this is the answer. The watch, which runs on the Verizon network, lets you text with and call your kids. It tells you where they are, at any given time. And it alerts you if they don't show up where they're supposed to be. And it's a fitness tracker to boot.

At last, the Nerf Halo line is out. This motorized blaster is inspired by the one in Halo Infinite. It includes a 10-dart clip and 10 Nerf Elite foam darts to take out your enemies.

We'd never encourage kids to play with fire just for fun, but this chemistry set teaches them stuff like how to extinguish a flame with invisible gas. So yes, it's fun. Plus they make bubbling lava or have chemicals change colors. It comes with a beaker, test tubes, a graduated cylinder, lab glasses, dropper, funnel, and stirring rod.

This programmable robot ball comes equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and colorful LED lights, and lets kids drive, play games, and code using the brand's free apps. It comes with three traffic cones and six bowling pins for an obstacle course, and can be used as a game controller for arcade-style games.

So the Rubik's cube has been deemed too simple, has it? Here's an upgrade. This app-enabled Rubik’s cube tracks your kids' moves in real time, and lets him or her connect with a community to compete against other cubers. It's the ultimate brain-teasing game that levels up, so kids don't get bored.

Here's an idea: Watch the classic comedy with the kids and then build this time-traveling car together. After all, we can all agree that 2020 pretty much sucks. The set includes the DeLorean, Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett Brown, Einstein the dog, the skateboard, and of course the flux capacitor.

Kids can upload their own custom designs to personalize these classic kicks and make them uniquely their own. Creativity coupled with practicality is a win-win. Choose between the beloved slip-ons, or whatever other style works for your child.

This battery-operated thought cloud message board lights up and illuminates what's written on it, whether it's an inspirational quote, a reminder, or just whatever comes to mind.

Yes, this can be used for remote learning or note-taking. But it's also a pretty fantastic drawing pad for artists. It's a 32 page dotted grid notebook that can be used endlessly; you just wipe it clean when you're done. As for what's in it? Save it forever using cloud services like Google drive, Dropbox, Evernote, box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, or email using the free Rocketbook app.

The ever-popular board game gets a superhero twist. This time, Thanos, Hela, Ultron, Taskmaster, and Killmonger face off against Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Captain America. The goal: To fulfill one's dark destiny.

This time, kids can build something they can actually use: A desk organizer. They wind up with a funky box with two compartments, a photo holder, and an opening drawer. It's next-level crafting.

A gorgeous, modular two-in-one tablet and laptop, this one is built by kids. Once they have it set up, they learn to code using logic, Python, Javascript, and terminal commands. And best of all, it levels up with them, so they never get bored.

Sometimes the best toys are the simplest. This pogo stick has a weight limit of 160 pounds. It's foam-covered for extra grippiness.

Paracord bracelets, by virtue of how they're made, are durable and can be used as survival bracelets during hikes or campouts. We're not saying these particular bracelets will save your life during an emergency. But the set is pretty damn cool. It includes 50 feet of type III survival grade 550 paracord, which is enough to make eight unique bracelets. Kids choose between multiple colors and five charms.

A perfect starter drone, this one is easy to fly while also shooting beautiful photos and videos. Its camera shoots 5MP (2592x1936) photos and HD720 videos at a maximum flight time of 13 minutes.The flight controller powered by industry leader DJI, so kids can perform cool tricks.

None of the extraneous bells and whistles. All of the retro cool. The new Polaroid has autofocus, which makes for much better photos. And they're keepsakes.

As with Legos, kids can create endless robotic objects with this one single kit. They build robots with 10 challenge cards, wood, electric motors, and hardware.

Once your kid outgrows the scooter, get him or her this skateboard. It's a cruiser-style skateboard, so it's easier to balance on it, and the 62mm x 51mm poured urethane wheels and ABEC 5-speed bearings provide a smooth ride. The weight limit is 110 pounds.

The point of this game is to colonize the island of Catan. Kids do so by acquiring resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice. It's a strategy game requiring planning, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Plus, it's fun and great for group engagement.

Here's a great jewelry kit that lets designers make their own personalized necklaces, rings, or bracelets. It includes everything they need to spell out names, words, quotes, and phrases.

Snap Ships is a building system for building aircrafts of various shapes and sizes, and all sets and pieces are interchangeable. This specific battleship is armed with CL-ARM rockets, a stealth drive for secret missions, and a railgun with hyper velocity. Because of course you need hyper velocity.

The challenge: Beat your opponents at collecting cards while dodging burritos being hurled at you. Hours of fun. No seriously. This is a blast.

Aspiring engineers can build nine working bridge models such as a suspension bridge, a truss bridge, and even a standalone house. Detailed instructions make this set easy to follow, and because there are so many build options, it doesn't get old.

Quite possibly one of the best and most innovative rainy-day crafting kits we've ever seen. If your kids prefers another critter, there's plenty to choose from. He or she pushes pins right into the pre-patterned foam bases and creates their own string masterpiece, either based on the pattern one pictured or something else entirely.

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