Gift Guide: For the Kids (Categorized by AGE!)

One of the hottest requests in my inbox for gift ideas this year is for the KIDS – but categorized into a few age groups. I’ve got about 40 gift ideas for the kiddos here, ranging from about age two-ish to ten-ish depending on their interests, obviously. At first I had it broken down even MORE, but so many gifts really do span a few ages, and I wanted to keep things as clear as possible for you! SO, we’ve got gifts up top that work for a pretty big span of ages, then have it broken down into ages 0-4 (so, babies/toddlers), and then 4-5-ish through age 10. The collage below is clickable, too, so you can click any gift and it will open in a new tab to add to cart directly!

 

ALL AGES:

  1. Cleaning set – Liv loveloveLOVES this set. She’s had it for so long now and breaks it out to this day…lowkey helps them learn the importance of helping out around the house at an early age. Ha! The other day, Liv saw something on the floor and goes “WAIT I’LL GET MY DUST PAN” and goes to, I kid you not, clean up the floor with her broom set.
  2. Sumblox – OK OK OK THESE ARE INCREDIBLE – and they’ll grow with them as a learning tool. This is an *incredible* gift idea for littles learning counting, numbers, the whole nine yards. Basically, the blocks are stackable on each other to help teach basic math; the numbers help kids visualize math so that no matter how you stack it, stacks of smaller numbers will total their sum in size. For example, putting the 4 block on top of the 5 will be the same height as the number 9 block; putting the 1 and 2 and 3 on top of one another will equal the 6 in height (and weight), etc. SUPER cool concept, and one used + approved by educators, too…and it comes with an activity booklet!
  3. Squishy soft pajamas – These jammies are absurdly soft + squishy – favorites of Olivia’s, with all sorts of colors, gender neutral, short sleeve AND long sleeve options, and a SOLID 5-star rating with 4,000+ reviews on Amazon!\
  4. Crocs – The OG *always* has Crocs in her shoe collection. They’re a truly great toddler shoe, from just being able to slip on and go to being waterproof. Get the sherpa-lined ones for Christmas!
  5. Fidget poppers set – Because these things are apparently never going out of style.
  6. Jumbo fidget popper – A *massive* popper with 100 bubbles!
  7. KidPix clothing subscription – Such a cool gift that keeps on giving!
  8. Little Sleepies pajamas – These just might be the SOFTEST squishest jammies I’ve ever seen…Olivia got a pair for her birthday and prompty changed in the middle of the kitchen to wear them. 10/10. (And they have them for the whole family, too!)

 

 

AGE 0-2: Baby + toddler

  1. Lovevery kits – For a meaningful, lasting gift for ages 0-4, Lovevery kits are where it’s at. They’re without a doubt my FAVORITE subscription box we’ve tried and one I’ve gifted to multiple girlfriends’ toddlers already. Lovevery makes stage-based kits designed to complement their development. From the start I’ve been nothing but impresed at both the thoughtfulness and intentionality behind each box, as well as the quality; some other subscriptions we’ve tried were made with literal cardboard or just felt flimsy and didn’t keep interest, but Lovevery is actually heirloom quality pieces that are built sustainably AND last multiple kids. We can get weeks worth of new play + exploration from just one box, and Liv REPLAYS with all of the activities because they’re just that good. One of my favorite parts: each play kit comes with an activity book to help you get the most out of each thing inside, and they have *creative* ways to play with everything that always blow my mind. My top two Lovevery recommendations: an age-based play kit, or the blocks set. It’s an INCREDIBLE set – I’ve gifted to girlfriends’ kids for their first birthday, but we’ve had 8-year-olds playing with it at our house before. Truly stands the test of time!!! I cannot recommend Lovevery enough!
  2. Slippers – These are SUCH cute #1 Amazon bestsellers – but the best part is having grippers on the bottom so little feet don’t slip! How freaking cute is this smiley face pair?!
  3. Radio Flyer wagon – A timeless classic!
  4. Build your name train set – This is just a precious personalized option to help with gross motor development, too!
  5. Washable finger paint – Because washable is a must. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. Petite Keep trunk – A pricier option, but one mom will appreciate for cutely keeping her kiddo’s memories forever!
  7. Teddy hat – HOW FREAKING CUTE. Any little head in this would just be the most adorable.
  8. Toddler busy board – I lovelovelove this idea for littles with a million and one neurons firing…it works on their fine motor and other developmental skills while keeping them (safely) occupied and being fun for quite awhile. Would be cute in a playroom or even in a nursery or bedroom!

 

AGE 2-5:

  1. Tonie box – Gifting this to the OG this Christmas…ssssh, don’t tell her! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tonies are AWESOME. It’s a soft-sided box that can sing songs or read stories through their favorite characters; you just interchange the character figurine at the top of the Tonie box, and they’ll read your child a story, play music, etc. Great for listening skils and for keeping them entertained + engaged in a screen-free way!
  2. Magnatiles – Another one coming to Olivia this year! Great for their dexterity while building the next generation of engineers. But really, a good gift for a RANGE of ages, and a buildable collection!
  3. Cleaning set – Liv loveloveLOVES this set. She’s had it for so long now and breaks it out to this day…lowkey helps them learn the importance of helping out around the house at an early age. Ha! The other day, Liv saw something on the floor and goes “WAIT I’LL GET MY DUST PAN” and goes to, I kid you not, clean up the floor with her broom set.
  4. Cash register – Anyone else’s kiddos OBSESSED with playing store??? This register set is adorable – helps them learn how to do Target runs like mommy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But really, also good for practicing positive money talk, counting, sharing, giving to others…the whole nine yards.
  5. Balance beam – HOW COOL for their core strength, balance, and all that jazz?! And from a small shop!
  6. Baby doll – Such a precious dolly!
  7. Magic Doodle water mat – This is the GREATEST GIFT for little toddlers learning to draw – a water mat lets them explore their creativity but with ZERO mess or clean up required! Bless up! Just fill the pens with water and it “magically” creates the color on the mat (and goes back to a blank slate once dried for endless use)…and the mamas said amen.
  8. Foam pogo stick – For ages 3+, this bugger is GREAT for getting out energy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Liv got one for her birthday…it takes some practice to coordinate but MAN, what a fun way to blow off steam!
  9. Sticker earring set – Olivia got these in her stocking from Santa last year. …she’s STILL all about them.
  10. Bubble bath bombs – These are fun bath bombs with surprises inside! The toys inside are little squishy friends that make cute tubby toys after.
  11. Frozen LEGO DUPLO set – The Duplo sets are GREAT intros to the LEGO world. Liv has a Minnie/Mickey set that she’s obsessed with, and I’ve got a feeling Frozen is next.
  12. Baby Alive Lulu Achoo doll – Got this for Liv last Christmas and she’s still so into playing mommy to her! It’s another “hot toy” this year that will probably become very hard to find as time goes on…carpe diem!
  13. Crayola easel – Once they “graduate” to markers etc…they’re still waterproof + dry erase in my house. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Liv loveloveLOVES her easel, and it keeps things less cluttered (less paper everywhere!) + focused on the easel and not the wall. Ha!
  14. Pretend kids makeup –  For little girls like mine who so desperately want to break into your makeup bag. HA. After catching Liv doing a full contour/blush/highlight routine from one of my palettes, I think it’s soon time for some pretend makeup sets!
  15. Spelling puzzle – We loveloveLOVE this – and so does Liv! It’s a GREAT learning tool to help your little learn sight words in a fun way…and I swear it’s REALLY helping Olivia already learn how to spell, especially since she’s all about good puzzles. Speaking of…
  16. Large floor puzzle – Homegoods usually has a bunch of good ones, but a good BIG floor puzzles is so much fun to break out together on the kitchen floor!
  17. Pip Squeaks washable marker set – Again, washable always. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  18. ABC What Can They Be book – We have a variation of this book and it’s a cute way to learn the alphabet as well as different “jobs” and roles out there!
  19. Dress up princesses – May or may not be in Santa’s sack this year…
  20. Princess dresses – If your daughter is at all like my daughter, buy her princess dresses from the Costco or Sam’s Club Halloween clearances. Or ones like this or this from Amazon!
  21. Bounce house – ALSO coming to the OG. A blessing for every parent with a kid who needs to blow off some steam…ha!
  22. Little Tikes drum set – Love that this set isn’t separate drums that can get lost from one another!
  23. Highlights subscription – Another other fellow millennial mama remember reading Highlights as a kid?! My parents gifted OG a year subscription LAST year and she is still obsessed – looks forward to it every single month. It’s another gift that keeps on giving while encouraging good reading skills, etc!
  24. Time teaching wristwatch – I lovelovelove that this little kid watch actually teaches how to tell time…Olivia might need the butterfly one!
  25. Search & find adventure book – Always good to keep their attention locked for a hot second. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

AGE 5-10:

  1. Flower garden – Liv received this for her birthday and it’s SO CUTE – a nice little way to use gross motor skills and build your own flower garden any time of year.
  2. Initial piggy bank – How cute would this be for kiddos who are in the tooth-losing stage?? They can start collecting coins from the Tooth Fairy in their own name bank!
  3. You Are Special book – Perhaps my favorite children’s book of all time, and such a sweet, special, sentimenal gift. J + I EACH cried the first time we read it to Liv respectively. It’s actually probably best for kids older than Liv since it’s longer and not as simple a story, but we plan on reading it to her for years to come. A beautiful, heartfelt story with Christian undertones.
  4. Waterproof camera – For older kiddos who’ve got adventurous spirits. 
  5. LEGO Harry Potter chess game –  HOW COOL IS THIS?! For the older Muggles.
  6. STEM electronic memory game – Another top-rated game this year – and one recommended for ages 6-12. It’s a 5-star memory + speed game that develops hand-eye coordination, and is apparently also fun for adults. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  7. Barbie Dreamhouse – Always a top gift recommendation! 
  8. Positive affirmation colored pencils – I MEAN.
  9. Give save spend money bank – What a cool way to start teaching money and some responsibility!
  10. Barbie makeup train case – I think most five-year-old girls would lose their ever-loving MIND over a Barbie makeup case.

 

Do you have any best toddler gifts or gift ideas for kids that you’ve given or received? Hope this Gift Guide for Kids is helpful for the holidays!

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