As kids age and their personalities shine through, there’s no greater feeling than finding that perfect gift that meets them where they are. But creating warm and lasting holiday memories without breaking the bank can be tricky these days.
That’s why we’ve hand-selected the best toys for kids ages eight to 11 for every budget. Whether you’re looking for hot new electronics, fun and educational toys, or trendy must-haves, these picks cover the gamut for holiday memories that will stay with them throughout the year.
This affordable learning set is among the coolest toys for eight-year-olds (and older) because it allows you to grow real crystals in your home. The science-based kit begins working within 20 minutes of setting it up, helping kids unlock facts about crystals in a fun and hands-on manner.
If your kid loves doing their nails, this affordable kit helps them get innovative with their designs thanks to the variety of metallic polish colours, stickers and adornments. It’s a fun way to boost creativity while allowing children to express themselves and feel glammed up for the holiday season.
Not everyone can have a full pool table in their house, but sporty kids can start practicing their skills with this mini set. It’s perfect for kitchen tournaments or solo play following homework, and teaches the game’s basics for when they’re old enough to do the real thing.
Kids can create the ultimate friendship bracelets with this colourful set. It comes with all the threads, beads and charms you need to craft unique jewellery. Plus, parents will enjoy the accompanying unicorn-shaped storage case the keeps it all neat and organized.
Budding paleontologists or hands-on kids will get a kick out of this dino-digging set. Each box comes with all the tools your child needs to excavate a life-sized T-Rex tooth replica. It’s a hands-on learning tool that even includes dino poop for extra gross (but engaging!) fun.
Another card game that slips easily into a stocking, this is a cool toy for nine-year-olds (and older) because what kid that age doesn’t think farts are funny? It’s also an easy game to learn and accommodates three or more players, making it the ultimate kids party game over the holidays.
The classic game comes with a fun flip twist to help teach competitive play and strategy, plus the compact design slips easily into a stocking. The game is also designed for two to 10 players, so it’s something kids can bust out after Christmas dinner to create more memories if extended family is over.
Lego are always hot toys, but these bracelets are small and inexpensive, which makes them perfect stocking stuffers. Kids can easily customize their bracelets with the included pieces, allowing them to express themselves and practice their fine motor skills all at once.
Budding scientists will be busy for hours with this comprehensive science kit. It comes with more than 40 experiments and projects, from volcano eruptions to clocks powered by lemons. Each experiment comes with colourful instructions and explainers, fostering group and individual play.
This fast and powerful remote control buggy can be used indoors or outdoors thanks to the all-terrain grip tires. It’s also got cool details like working taillights and on-board proportional steering, plus parents won’t have to worry about grabbing batteries since it comes with a handy USB charging cable.
Budding gearheads will love the challenge of maneuvering this unique race truck, which features a high-output motor and suspension. It’s also made with hyper drift technology to perform cool side-to-side and 360-degree tricks, keeping kids thoroughly entertained.
Kids can capture all the memories of the holidays in this customizable scrap book, which may inspire you to finally print off a few of those family photos as well. It comes with 40 pages and everything kids need to put together a unique and colourful memory book.
Share the same toy you loved as a kid with a budding baker this holiday. The oven is one of the best kids toys to inspire independent kitchen skills in a safe (and supervised) way. Plus, you can share the delicious results together as a family.
If you’re tired of kids grabbing your phone to snap photos but aren’t ready to get them their own device, an instant camera is a fun and crafty solution. Kids can practice their photography skills with instant results, leaving you more time to scroll.
Looking to minimize screen time while encouraging problem solving and creativity? That’s where Lego kits inspired by popular video games come in handy. This Minecraft set features nearly 500 pieces and all the characters your kids love for a fun, screen-free play session.
With Wakanda Forever hitting theatres in November, Black Panther is a hot toy this holiday. Superhero-loving builders will have lots of fun with this 355-piece set, which features a memorable scene from the film.
If it’s too cold to play soccer outside, you may as well plan some fun family time playing Mario’s version of the sport indoors. Battle League dropped over the summer and features a fun, five-on-five take on the sport—only in this version, there are no rules.
If it’s time to upgrade your kid’s tablet, this straightforward eight-inch model is perfect for everyday use. It comes with 10 hours of battery life and runs on an Android operating system, and features a smartphone-like feel that’s perfect for TikToking or catching up with friends
This family friendly game continues to be a popular gifting pick and for good reason: it teaches problem-solving, strategy and spatial awareness. Each game takes about 30 minutes and can involve up to four family members, giving you some quiet time together after a busy holiday season.
Whether you’ve got a Harry Potter-obsessed kid or one who just loves magic, this collectible wand is a sweet gift to unwrap over the holidays. Plus, if Hermione isn’t their favourite character, you could always grab a Dumbledore or a Harry Potter wand instead.
L.O.L. Dolls continue to be a hot toy for many kids. So if you’ve got a collector, this fashionista model may be on his or her list. Each doll comes with new mix-and-match fashions and unique character traits, not to mention those coveted surprises.
Car and robot-loving kids will get a kick out of the Transformers: Legacy! line, which includes characters from across the multiverse. This Diaclone model converts from a robot to a turbo car in 15 steps, helping kids with imaginative play as well as following instructions and building.
You’re never too old for a collectible stuffy, especially when it’s one celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight. This Batman doll pays homage to all of the character’s styles over the decades, making it the perfect thing for young collectors.
These dart-shooting blasters encourage lots of physical activity, whether kids are building forts outside or running around the basement below. Each one comes with 16 darts for continued play and are also good for improving hand-eye coordination and strategy.
Help kids get extra energy out whether they’re inside or out with this boxing starter set. It can be weighted with water or sand and is adjustable for maximum comfort. It’s as good for working on hand-eye coordination as it is for working out frustrating feelings, making it a fun and practical toy.
Parents can feel safe getting their kids into football with this flag-set, which encourages less tackles and more strategic play. It contains enough flags for 10 kids to play at once, and includes a mini playbook to start young footballers thinking about how to put a play into action.
Introduce kids to Canada’s other national sport with this starter lacrosse set. It comes with two nets and two sticks so siblings or parents can get in on the action. Set it up inside and use a plush ball, or upgrade to a harder ball and bring this set outside during warmer weather.