Not sure what to get the older kids on your holiday shopping list? Toy Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik stopped by NBC in Indianapolis to show off some of the best gift ideas for hard-to-shop-for older kids. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Bridges the gap between physical and digital play!
  • With more than 800 parts, the stunning Bionic Blast Roller Coaster set includes made-in-the-U.S. Rods & Connectors, roller coaster track, a coaster car, a chain lift, a cardboard VR viewer, and eye-catching graphic panels.
  • A motor moves the roller coaster car through two Ferris Wheels before the car rushes from the top of the coater back to the bottom.
  • Kids can use the K’NEX Ride It! app to ride the Bionic Blast (and 8 other K’NEX Thrill Rides) with the included cardboard VR viewer or in 2-D.
  • Kids can also build your own custom, digital roller coasters in the app.
  • Ages: 9+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart


  • The Air Storm Z-Tek Bow is the ultimate “parent-approved” foam bow and arrow combo!
  • The Z-Tek Bow features a sleeker shape, storage ammo clips located right on the bow, and lower profile bungee cords that deliver launching distances more than 100 feet.
  • Just hook the Zonic screaming whistle arrow into the fast-load loops, then pull back and it’s “Ready, Aim, Fire!”
  • Set up some cans for target practice, or shoot against a wall for bounce-back action!
  • Zartz Suction-cup Arrows stick to almost anything and each arrow is safe for indoor or outdoor play.
  • Each comes with two Zonic screaming whistle arrows and one Zartz Suction Cup Arrow.
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart


  • KiiPix is an affordable instant film printer that lets you take your favorite smartphone photos and turn them into hard-copy keepsakes.
  • KiiPix requires no special app or battery.
  • Place your smartphone on the instant film printer and print your favorite photos right from your phone.
  • KiiPix lets you create vintage-inspired printed photos to share special moments with family and friends or to frame and display.
  • Available in three colors: pink, blue, or black.
  • Film is sold separately.
  • Ages: 13+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Paper Source, Scheels,