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The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts for the Big Kid

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No matter how old we grow, there’s a piece of our inner-child that always stays with us. And while most of us largely suppress this aspect of ourselves in our jobs, relationships, and day-to-day life, there is a right time and place for letting your inner-child shine. There also happens to be a select group of products and gear that help in reconnecting us with our younger selves, and it’s this group of offerings that we’ll be highlighting today in this guide to the best gifts for the so-called “big kid.”

MMX Vancouver Marshmallow Crossbow

Crafted by hand in Canada using old-school woodworking and construction techniques, MMX Vancouver’s Marshmallow Crossbow is a lightweight toy that’s capable of blasting the gelatin-based desert it fires up to 60′. Made using sustainably-sourced timber, this item is available in both blacked-out and bare wood versions.

Purchase: $140

Deus Colouring-In Book

A grown-up twist on the classic kid’s pastime, this coloring book features 44 pages of illustrations of vehicles penned by Deus Ex Machina co-founder Carby Tuckwell. Deus also sells an accompanying box of crayons to go with this coloring book.

Purchase: $10

The 1998 Deck ‘Who Shot Ya’ Playing Cards

Drawn by renowned artist Khia Jackson, this hip hop-themed deck of playing cards replaces the standard suite of royalty with some of the most legendary rappers of the last few decades including the Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac, Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes, and Andre 3000 and Big Boi.

Purchase: $14

Four Point Puzzles The Mars Puzzle

Four Point Puzzles’ the Mars Puzzle is a detailed 1,000-piece set of the Red Planet that measures 26.5″ in diameter. The similarly colored pieces that comprise this puzzle also make it particularly challenging.

Purchase: $25

Benarita Rubber Band Gatling Gun

An even more exciting puzzle, Benarita’s Rubber Band Gatling Gun is a motorized 3D model of the famed rapid-firing multiple-barrel firearm that’s powered via AAA batteries and affords a 23′ range.

Purchase: $50


A fully-motorized NERF Blaster with an impressive range of up to 120′, the ULTRA Select is a rapid-firing gun that accepts two different 10-round clips; one that’s optimized for distance and another that’s optimized for accuracy.

Purchase: $63

D.S. & Durga Portable Christmas Tree

While you might not have the space — or desire — to have a Christmas tree in your home or apartment, you can still enjoy the scent of an evergreen in your dwelling with D.S. & Durga’s appropriately named Portable Christmas Tree candle.

Purchase: $65

LEGO Seinfeld Apartment Set

Unveiled in July of this year, this 1,326-piece, 6″ x 13″ x 8″ LEGO set recreates the iconic apartment from the hit show Seinfeld and comes complete with a mini brick-walled standup set and figurines of Jerry, Kramer, George, and Elaine… and Newman.

Purchase: $80

Playfinity Backyard League Gaming Baseball

Launched through a successful Indiegogo campaign back in August, Playfinity’s Gaming Baseball is a standard, MLB-regulation size ball that conceals a bevy of sensors that allow it to track real-time data — such as throwing speed — and relay it to a smartphone app.

Purchase: $89

TOPS Knives Slingshot

Designed by Leo Espinoza, this premium take on a slingshot features a 1095 carbon steel construction that’s complemented via a set of canvas Micarta scales. Made in America, this item also comes with a leather sheath.

Purchase: $98

SouthOrd Lock Picking School-in-a-Box

This repinnable training kit contains everything needed to learn the basics of lock picking, including multiple locks, four lock picks, and an easy-to-follow instructional booklet on how to use everything in the kit.

Purchase: $100

Evercade VS Console

Backed by a Quad-Core 1.5Ghz processor and featuring best-in-class emulation for classic consoles and arcade machines, Evercade’s VS console takes retro gaming into the modern era, with 1080p Full HD resolution, support for up to four players, and a wealth of legendary old school gaming titles to choose from.

Purchase: $100+


With an effective range of 30′, semi-automatic firing, and the ability to shoot “water bullets,” the SpyraTwo is without a shadow of a doubt the coolest — and most capable — grown-up’s water gun that money can currently buy.

Purchase: $174

Tamiya Lancia Delta Integrale Kit

Constructed around a genuine monocoque chassis, the Tamiya Lancia Delta Integrale Kit is an ultra-lifelike rally-spec RC car that boasts a working belt-driven 4WD system and a fully-functional double-wishbone suspension setup with CVA shocks and a three-piece steering tie-rod arrangement.

Purchase: $280

Victorinox Classic SAK with Gold Ingot

With a genuine one-gram gold ingot inlaid into its set of blacked-out scales, this Victorinox Swiss Army Knife puts an unmistakably premium — and grown-up — spin on the pocket knife that legions of today’s adults carried as kids.

Purchase: $280

Umarex x GLOCK G17 Gen5 Paintball Marker

The first-ever officially licensed GLOCK T4E paintball marker, this Umarex gun is a wildly realistic replica of the .43-cal fifth-generation GLOCK 17 that features a metal and polymer construction. CO2-powered, this GLOCK marker is also made in Germany — just like the brand’s actual sidearms.

Purchase: $350

Nintendo Switch OLED

Equipped with 64GB of internal storage space, the Nintendo Switch OLED represents the Japanese brand’s latest and greatest handheld console, with a 7″ OLED display, improved speakers, and a wired LAN port for connecting to the internet or pairing with a television.

Purchase: $350+

Heirloom Edition Monopoly Set

Made to be enjoyed and then passed down to future generations, the Heirloom Edition Monopoly Set features a game board set atop a cabinet frame and all wooden and metal components and game pieces (with the exception of the game’s paper money).

Purchase: $399

Mongoose Classic California Special

Modeled directly after Mongoose’s 1980s-era BMX bikes, the California Special is a retro-inspired 20″ that’s pieced together around a high-tensile steel frame. Offered in a trio of throwback liveries, the CA Special also sports a DiaCompe MX brake kit and Mongoose Pro Class drilled aluminum rims.

Purchase: $450

Venom Drift Trike

Powered by a 6.5-hp air-cooled 208cc four-stroke engine, this custom-built turnkey drift trike features a powder-coated, TIG-welded, and Mandrel-bent single-piece chromoly frame, a fiberglass race seat, cassette-style bearings, live axle hubs, and a myriad of top-shelf components that have been precision machined from raw billet.

Purchase: $2,300

The 15 Best LEGO Car Sets

Looking for an extra item or two to help coax out your inner child? Then be sure to check out our guide to the best LEGO car sets for adults for a handpicked selection of the company’s latest and greatest brick-based vehicle kits.