15 Kids' Gifts That Are Secretly for You
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By Shannan Rouss
Chances are, your parents did it to you, and now it's your turn to carry on the tradition, buying your kids gifts that are secretly a little bit for you, too. Here, 15 presents that you'll love and your kids definitely won't hate.
In the Bag2 of 16
The kids call it beanbag, you call it cornhole. Once the tots have gone to sleep, you and friends can enjoy a modified version of the classic lawn game.
SHOP NOW: Beanbag Toss Up Game, $99 (set of two), landofnod.com
Fashion Statement3 of 16
This Barbie is definitely one of those look-don't-touch gifts. Packaged with two miniaturized looks from Hérvé Leger, the collectible doll is something that your little one will appreciate when she's older, but that you can appreciate now.
SHOP NOW: Hervé Léger by Max Azria Collector's Barbie Doll, $150, neimanmarcus.com
Please Be Seated4 of 16
Just like the famous Bertoia chairs (only smaller), these adorable seats (available in silver, pink and blue) give any kid's room a little mid-century modern style.
SHOP NOW: Little Bert Chairs (set of two), $178, barneys.com
Alone Time5 of 16
Instead of getting your 10 year old the latest video game, introduce him to marble solitaire, a timeless game of strategy. When not in use, the mahogany board and hand-blown glass marbles will make an eye-catching statement on your end table.
SHOP NOW: Solitaire Di Venezia with marbles, $75, amazon.com
In Bloom6 of 16
Budding artists (of any age) will love the intricate pen-and-ink drawings in this activity and coloring book.
SHOP NOW: Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, $12, amazon.com
Strike a Chord7 of 16
If you've never fully let go of that rock-star fantasy, then this child's size acoustic guitar should help keep the dream alive. It's made with nylon strings (great for kids and beginners) and comes with a song book to help you master your first few tunes—unfortunately Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" probably won't be one of them.
SHOP NOW: Strum & Get It Acoustic Guitar, $59, landofnod.com
Water World8 of 16
It's not quite a puppy but it's far more low-maintenance. This sealed glass pod is a complete self-contained ecosystem, where your kids' new pet shrimp can live—no feeding necessary.
SHOP NOW: EcoSphere Small Pod, $54, target.com
Adventure Time9 of 16
She's no Monster High ghoulfriend, but hopefully your spunky little girl will love Pippi and her magical world as much as you did when you were growing up.
SHOP NOW: Pippi Longstocking book, $8, anthropologie.com
Oui, Oui!10 of 16
Brush up on your high school French, while giving kids an intro to the language with these flash cards that teach basic vocabulary and sentences. Because you never know when a trip to Paris might come up.
SHOP NOW: Eeboo French Flash Cards, $12, amazon.com
Playing House11 of 16
Barbie can keep her Dream House. This one from Lille Huset, which includes paper dolls and DIY design ideas, is made from recycled materials and has a more minimalist aesthetic.
SHOP NOW: Lille Huset Chelsea Dollhouse, $30, barneyswarehouse.com
Curl Power12 of 16
Have a little one with a head of tangled ringlets? Take care of their curls (and your own) with this made-for-kids trio of products. From curl expert Ouidad, the kit includes a sulfate-free shampoo, No More Knots conditioner (it works as a detangling rinse and leave-in conditioner), plus a styling spray to help fight frizz.
SHOP NOW: Ouidad Krly Kids Collection, $38, sephora.com
Temporary Fix13 of 16
Have fun with these playful tattoos from Tattly, makers of whimsical, design-savvy temporary tats.
SHOP NOW: Tattly Zoo Crew Set, $15, amazon.com
Sleep Mode14 of 16
A bedtime classic gets a 21st century update with this tech-inspired parody that's cute enough for kids, and clever enough for their parents.
SHOP NOW: Goodnight iPad, $15, neimanmarcus.com
Good Works15 of 16
Perfect for the holidays: a gift that encourages your children (and you) give back. The World Repair Kit includes quick facts about endangered species and the environment, ideas for volunteering and a guide book to help kids find their passion. Hopefully kids will appreciate the present as much as you'll enjoy giving it to them.
SHOP NOW: World Repair Kit, $25, serenaandlily.com
In the Cards16 of 16
Instill your fondness for modern, graphic design in your kids with these inter-locking cards (great for building), from Charles and Ray Eames.
SHOP NOW: House of Cards Charles & Ray Eames, 1953, $50, momastore.com