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Parent Guide: Hottest Birthday Gift Trends

Are you stuck in a gift-giving rut? Don’t reach for that gift card just yet. Jazz up your gift-giving prowess with some of the hottest toy trends.

We’ve rounded up the best birthday gifts to give this year, all of which are guaranteed to make you the most popular parent on the party circuit. Scroll down to see them all.


Pretend Play

If your imaginative tots love to build forts, but you’re short on space or energy, check out The Door Fort, which turns any doorway in your home into a playspace. The play tent comes in a few themes, including a castle and firehouse.Ages 3 and up.Available on Amazon, $49.99.Play Date in a BoxNeed something fun to do when friends come over? Give the gift of a Playdate In A Box. These kits, which come in five different themes including Pirates, Rock Star and Super Powers, include costumes accessories and supplies for an imaginative playdate for two.Ages 3 and up.Available at Play Date In A Box, $29.95 and up.Jurassic World Dinosaur Action FiguresDino fans can pretend they’ve traveled back to the Jurassic Age with these incredibly detailed new Jurassic World Dinosaur Action Figures from Mattel.Ages 4 and up.Available on Amazon, $12 and up.

Gears! Flight gears Get those creative gears turning with actual gears. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! FlightGears is a 44 piece set of gears that young engineers can tinker with to build different vehicles.Ages 4 and up.Available on Amazon, $14.99. Design & Drill SparkleBotFoster a love of STEM and robots from an early age with the Educational Insights Design & Drill SparkleBot. Using plastic bolts and a kid-safe screwdriver, kids as young as three can customize their own mini bot.Ages 3 and up.Available on Amazon, $12.99.Uno FlipThe traditional UNO game the whole family loves gets flipped around, literally. UNO Flip is the latest version that turns the game upside down when players hit on a flip card that causes the entire deck to be turned around revealing different numbers and colors on the other side.Ages 7 and up.Available at Target, $5.99.