Becoming a parent is a magical and life-changing experience. In my humble opinion, the only thing that can rival becoming a parent is becoming an aunt. After all, we get to enjoy all the cutest, funniest aspects of babies and young children, yet none of the unpleasant stuff, like dirty diapers and discipline. We also get the biggest perk of all: spoiling our nieces and nephews with the coolest, funniest, and often the most obnoxious gifts we can find. These are 16 amazing holiday gifts for kids from the cool aunt, a position you've proudly held since day one.
There are a few different qualities that make a gift worthy of being gifted from a cool aunt. An item should either be something your niece or nephew really wants, something that will make them laugh, something that will keep them entertained for hours, or, if they're a baby, something that will make the people around them smile. Ideally, a gift will check more than one of these boxes. A cool aunt gift gets bonus points if mom or dad wouldn't be likely to buy it for their child themselves. (Sorry mom and dad... but one of the perks of being aunt of the year is giving little ones all the things that no one else will!)
1. Kids Karaoke Machine with Two Microphones & Adjustable Stand
Sure, their parents might not sleep much anymore and most kids are tone deaf... but this sweet karaoke set will definitely make you one of their favorite people. You might want to simultaneously gift a set of ear plugs to the parents.
2. Walter the Farting Dog
3. Inflatable Bumper Balls
4. Funny Onesie
5. Whoopee Cushion
6. Barrel O Slime Mud Sludge Putty (24 Pack)
7. Taco Booties
8. Eye Spy Motion Activated Voice Recorder
When I was young, it was a constant battle to keep my pesky brother out of my room. Obviously, cool aunts understand the struggle. These motion-activated gadgets will play any message you've recorded when they sense motion in your room – I recommend "Get out of my room NOW!"
9. "My Mom is Taken But My Aunt Is Single And Hot" Onesie
10. Reversible Sequins Unicorn Backpack
11. Shark Snuggie Tail Blanket
13. Kinetic Sand
14. Watch Ya' Mouth Mouthguard Party Card Game
15. The Book with No Pictures
16. Build Your Own Robot Kit
If your niece or nephew is detail-oriented and tech-inclined, they'll absolutely love this kit to make three miniature robots. Plus, once they've constructed their robot friends, they'll be able to use what they've learned to construct other things from household items.
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