Gifts for kids 2018: Holiday presents for grandchildren, nieces, nephews and any other kid on your list

Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, even your own kids -- no matter how well you know 'em, it can be surprisingly hard to holiday shop for little ones. And things get even trickier when those little ones aren't so small anymore.

Whether they're into tech, fashion, sports, science or all of the above, there are endless options, but that can make the shopping process feel all the more overwhelming.

Some parents are turning to personal shopping services like Jetblack, which allows users to simply text their gifting information -- "I'm looking for a Christmas gift for 9-year-old boy" -- and a gifting expert will respond with cool, curated ideas. (Oh, and gift-wrapping and delivery are free.)

If you're on the hunt for a few perfect gifts for the kids in your life, take a look in our gallery below for some much-needed inspiration.

Holiday 2018: Gifts for kids of all ages
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Holiday 2018: Gifts for kids of all ages
Juniper Books creates beautiful book collections suited for any age range, from children's stories to adult literature. The Chronicles of Narnia, $195, is a classic set, and older readers will love the "Game of Thrones" Armor set, $250 (or jackets only, $50). Other options include "Harry Potter," 20th century classics, poetry, philosophy and more.
Whether your budding musician is 6 or 16, he or she will be thrilled with this ultra-portable amp. At only 2 lbs, it can easily be tossed in a backpack for jam sessions on the go -- and it has a headphone jack so you don't have to stay awake while they practice late into the night. ($199, buy it here.)

Soft pink is one of the trendiest colors for women in 2018, and ultra-warm winter boots never go out of style. These Bailey Bow II Shearling boots are available in sizes for both "little kids" and "big kids" at Nordstrom for $160.

You've seen plenty of train sets before, but none quite like this glow-and-the-dark creation from Mattel. Younger children will love zooming Thomas the Tank Engine over the playful track -- his rail lights even illuminate. It's only available at Target, $36.

If your kid's already begging for it, then you know: It's the gaming gift of 2018. It's portable, which means once you have it, it's going everywhere with you. You might be able to snag it with a discount on Black Friday, but if not, it's on Amazon for $299.

Armitron created an '80s-inspired collection of durable, cool-colored watches suited for any age, child to adult. The mint and pink combo is perfect for girls on the go. Get it at Kohl's, $35.

Yup, they're back in style, and they're way more fun than iPhones. Kids (and adults) of all ages are having a love affair with instant cameras. The Polaroid One-Step 2 Analog Instant Camera ($99, Nordstrom) will do the trick.

One of those "big gifts" that no one will be able to stop talking about! This pink and white wood kitchen by JANOD is great for kids under 5. It's under $100 from Nordstrom.

Marvel movie fans can grow their own baby Groot! If this little guy doesn't look familiar to you, it's time to watch "Guardians of the Galaxy," one of the biggest superhero films of the past few years. Get the Grow and Glow Groot from Amazon for under $20.

This overnight bag with reversible sequins is perfect for slumber parties. Thick straps make it easy to carry. It's by J. Crew's Crewcuts line -- you can get it at Nordstrom on sale under $50.

This awesome science kit is an unexpected gift for guys and girls. Who wouldn't want to grow their own colorful crystals? It's on Amazon for under $20.

They can never have enough sports gear for their favorite team. Jerseys, tees, hoodies, socks -- keep the spirit going. Nordstrom has a huge NFL kids collection with items ranging from $25 to $80.

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Not your typical Barbie doll! No matter how many Barbies she has, the iridescent Unicorn Goddess Barbie is sure to make things sparkly during playtime. Buy it from Nordstrom for $75.

Jenga is one of those can't-go-wrong games -- it's fun for kids of just about any age. (And parents too!) You might just find everyone playing it together later on Christmas Day. It's on Amazon for under $8.

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