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Gifts That Grandparents Can Give to Totally Upstage Everything Else Under the Tree

Christmas is not a competition to see who can make the kids run around screaming for joy...Except it totally IS a competition, and Grandma and Grandpa are here to win.

Megan Baldwin and Margo Gothelf



Grandparents think they have no rules when it comes to giving gifts to their grandchildren. To them, everything is on the table. Who cares if it's noisy or if it takes up over half the room? They don't care — as long as they can cement their status as the best grandparent of all time. Ahead, a look at all the ways parents should be prepared to be upstaged this holiday — and’s your hit list.

KidKraft Bianca City Life Dollhouse

Just like the one Grandma grew up playing with...almost. This upgraded urban dollhouse (yes, there’s a rooftop pool) is probably too large to fit comfortably into a city apartment, but Grandma doesn’t care about details like that.

Micro Kickboard Scooter Mini Deluxe

On this souped-up scooter, your kid will feel like the king of the playground. And Grandpa can use the moment to remind you that you couldn’t ride a bike until you were 15.

Melissa & Doug Giant Elephant

What you hear: We got her a stuffed animal! What your parents actually got: A giant, almost-too-realistic elephant that’s just as big as your toddler.

Scholastic Harry Potter Hardcover Book Box Set

We all know who this luxurious hardcover Harry Potter gift box set is for...and it’s not your 4-year-old. This set, designed for everyone who loves the world J.K. Rowling created, features the hardcover American editions of the books from Scholastic and comes in a Hogwarts trunk. Thank your parents later.


Your parents never listened when you asked for a pony, but that has nothing to do with this gift. Try not to feel triggered by this awesomely lavish ride-on pony — the first to be powered by human motion simulation, which means you won’t need batteries.


Kinoo is an award-winning new tech toy that brings families closer — even when they’re far apart. Designed to help kids play with beloved elders (like Pop-Pop and Nana — or any loved one doesn’t share your zip code), Kinoo’s interactive games and activities make awkward video chats a thing of the past. It’s even better with the Kinoo controller, a satisfyingly chunky magic wand (or a joystick, or a fishing rod, depending on the game) that makes the interactive experiences even more immersive. (Plus, use promo code CAMP10 for $10 off through 12/31!)

LEGO Rise of the Domo Eternals

Grandma and Grandpa might not be able to keep up with the MCU (can anyone really?), but they do know that a new LEGO set from the latest Marvel movie is sure to be a hit. With over 1000 pieces in the Eternals ship, your littlest one might need some backup in the building department to make sure the ship is stable enough to fly throughout all of those centuries. Just don't let the Deviants get too close and ruin all of your hard work. 

Snap Circuits Jr. Electronic Projects Kit

In 20 years, when your little one is designing the latest chip for the iPhone 67, you can thank Grandpa and say it all began with the Snap Circuits Jr. Electronic Projects Kit. The electronic kit will give you an inside look into all different types of gadgets, just on a much smaller scale. Don't worry about all the rouge wires and circuits flying about either — Grandpa sure didn't — as they are all extremely safe and won't send shocks flying throughout. 

HearthSong Jump It Indoor Trampoline

It's a good thing the holiday season is in the middle of winter. Otherwise, Grandma and Grandpa probably would have splurged and gotten the full-size trampoline that would have taken over your backyard. Luckily, the HearthSong Jump It Indoor Trampoline proves to be a pretty good alternative — or a placeholder until the summer, knowing their thinking.

KidKraft Farm to Table Play Kitchen with EZ Kraft Assembly™

It's a good thing you know the chef in the kitchen, otherwise, you'd be on the waitlist for months trying to get a reservation to the hottest restaurant in town. And by the hottest restaurant in town, we mean the farm-to-table kitchen that's currently being run out of your playroom, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa. This kitchen comes with all of the fixings needed to run a Michelin star restaurant, including top-of-the-line appliances. If you play your cards right, the chef might even invite you back after service for a full tour of the kitchen. 

Petite 'n Pretty 9021-Glow! Eye & Cheek Palette

Grandparents are the kings and queens of rule-bending. Bedtime at 8? Stay up until 10! Nothing sweet after dinner? A little piece of cookie never hurt! No makeup until you're a teenager? Whoops, we have no idea how this Petite 'n Pretty 9021-Glow! Eye & Cheek Palette got under the tree. Santa may work hard, but grandparents sure work harder. 

Franklin Sports 36" Soccer Goal with Ball and Pump

Sure, the kids may have just mastered the whole running-without-falling-down thing, but that's just a small detail to the grandparents, who are ready to cheer on their grandkids like every day is the World Cup.

Mukikim Rock & Roll It Code Drum

According to grandparent logic, all the rules about noisy toys go out the window when there's some learning involved. Enter the Mukikim Rock & Roll It Code Drum. The portable drum kit uses a color-coding system to teach anyone how to play the drums. Kids can drum along on their own, or play along with their favorite tunes. There's even an option to play along with headphones...hint, hint.

3Doodler Create+ Essentials Pen Set

"Back in my day, we had to draw with a pencil and a piece of paper!" — Every grandparent, after gifting the 3Doodler Create+ Essentials Pen Set to their grandchildren. The nifty doodler welcomes grandparents into modern tech with 3D doodling that makes kids' drawings literally jump off the page. Hanging the kids' artwork on the refrigerator just got a futuristic update.