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Christmas 2022 gift guide: Best last minute gifts for kids

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Still haven't found that perfect gift for the young one in your life? CBS Essentials rounded up the best gifts for kids of all ages, babies to teens, including these hot items.

Top products in this article:

Apple iPad 10.2-inch 9th generation, $400 (reduced from $449)

Little Live Pets Mama Surprise, $64

Dance and Play Bluey, $30 with coupon (reduced from $50)

Lego Classic Build Together, $100

Even though you have just days left to shop for the perfect present, don't stress. Lots of amazing gifts can be purchased and shipped to your home or final travel destination by Christmas Eve or ordered online and picked up at your local store. 

From the hottest tablets, including the Apple iPad and Amazon Fire for kids, to age-appropriate makeup sets and the hottest toys of the holiday season, these presents will please even the most discerning of children. 

Before you press purchase, make sure to check the shipping specifics. While most Amazon Prime orders ship within two days and Walmart offers one-day shipping on many items, expedited shipping may be required in order to get gifts in time for the holiday. 

Apple iPad 10.2-inch 9th generation


This 10th-generation 10.9-inch iPad, available in a range of colors, gets the job done without breaking the bank. 

Apple iPad 10.2-inch 9th generation, $400 (reduced from $449)

Little Live Pets Mama Surprise

Little Live Pets

One of the hottest toys of the holiday season and a top pick of CBS Essentials staffers, Little Live Pets Mama Surprise offers a fun, interactive experience for kids of all ages. In addition to coming alive with cute sounds, reactions and noises the mama guinea pig, who comes in a cage, "delivers" little babies every day for three days after being properly cared for. Adding to the fun, babies are delivered with their own care package and fun accessories to dress up in. Ages 4 and up. 

Little Live Pets Mama Surprise, $64

Petite n' Pretty Clearly Cute makeup set

Petite n' Pretty

For anyone just getting into makeup, Petite n' Pretty gift sets introduce the art of face painting in an age-appropriate manner. The Clearly Cute makeup set offers sheer, shimmery eye shadows, a pink lip gloss and clear mascara, all pediatrician-approved, cruelty-free and nut-free. A favorite of CBS Essentials staffers' kids!

Petite n' Pretty Clearly Cute makeup set, $39 (reduced from $55)

Dance and play Bluey


Little fans of "Bluey" enjoy dancing and singing to four songs and with an interactive plush version of the adorable dog, which also says over 55 phrases, provides fun games and performs activities, like jumping on one leg. Ages 3 to 6. 

Dance and Play Bluey, $30 with coupon (reduced from $50)

Lush The Art of Christmas Bathing


If your young one spends a lot of time at the local Lush store, indulge them with a Christmas-themed box filled with 17 limited-edition holiday bath bombs and bubble bars.

Lush The Art of Christmas Bathing, $150

Snap Circuits Discover Coding

Snap Circuits

Get them coding before they hit middle school with this new Snap Circuits set. The included manual and accompanying app teach graphical coding and BLOCKLY. Projects can be controlled with the Snap Circuit app on a smartphone or tablet, as builders can control lights, sounds and even the motor. 

Snap Circuits Discover Coding, $60 (reduced from $80)

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet


The all-new Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet offers an eight-inch HD display and all-day battery life for up to 13 hours of entertainment and learning activities, like book reading, educational games and access to their favorite learning shows. Includes a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ curated content and a kid-proof protective stand. 

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet, $160

Lego Classic Build Together


This big box of 1,601 Lego bricks offers hours upon hours of creative and imaginative play, teaching problem solving skills. Includes a sorting box, instructions for various builds and building guides. 

Lego Classic Build Together, $100

Amazon bookmark gift card


A great gift for any young reader? An Amazon gift card in the shape of a bookmark to fuel their love of reading. You can even buy a book for them and slip the gift card inside.

Amazon bookmark gift card, $25 and up

Nintendo Switch OLED white model


Age-appropriate gaming for tweens, this brightened-up version of the Nintendo Switch OLED features a vibrant seven-inch OLED screen and 64 GB of internal storage and easily docks for HD gaming on the television set. Pair the console with a Nintendo gift card so they can select their favorite games. 

Nintendo Switch OLED white model, $332 (reduced from $350)

Nintendo gift card, $10 and up

Fisher-Price Linkimals Light-Up and Learn Owl


Toddlers ages 18 months and up will love pressing the buttons of the owl's belly and watching him light up and play over 90 songs, sounds and phrases, teaching the alphabet, counting one to 20, weather, emotions and more. Like all Linkimals products, when the owl meets up with other "friends" they light up and interact together. 

Fisher-Price Linkimals Light-Up and Learn Owl, $16 (reduced from $33)

Calico Critters Pony's Stylish Hair Salon

Calico Critters

Calico Critters goes to the salon! Sally, a poseable pony figure with silky, blonde hair, comes in this set styled after a real hair salon with a reception desk, shampoo station and styling station with vanity. They can switch out hairstyles, accessories with clips, ties, headbands and tiaras. Ages 3 and up. 

Calico Critters Pony's Stylish Hair Salon, $60 (reduced from $80)

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad


Put screen time to good use with this Osmo starter kit, offering an interactive approach to learning. Includes tools like sticks and rings and costume pieces, encouraging play while teaching about letter formation and phonics, numbers and shapes and colors. Available for Fire and iPad and four or six game options. Ages 3 to 5. 

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad, $42 (reduced from $80)

Monster High Draculaura with Pet Bat


Order a doll from Monster High, one of the hottest toy franchises of the year. Draculaura comes with a pet bat and lots of fun accessories. 

Monster High Draculaura, $45

iPlay iLearn Bouncing Unicorn


This hopping unicorn is made of soft plush cloth that has zero friction on the skin and helps kids develop motor skills as well as full body balance through play. 

iPlay iLearn Bouncing Unicorn, $35

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