As my kids get older, I find gift shopping so much more difficult than when they were younger. Back then, any new toy used to elicit so much excitement, even if they only played with it for a few minutes and moved on to the next. But now, YouTube has already told them what the newest, coolest products are (thanks, Ryan). They spend more time on their screens than anything else, so the best gifts need to hold their attention longer than their allotted screen time. They compare every gift they receive with what their friends have, so parents, grandparents, and gift-givers—you better keep up.
If you also have big kids to buy gifts for this holiday season—older siblings, cousins, friends, or maybe even a partner who is just young at heart—finding the perfect fit may not be as difficult as you think. We’ve scoured the internet and had our own kids test a few items to narrow it down to gift ideas so awesome, the recipients will think you’re just as awesome for thinking of them.