Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids
Whether you’re shopping for your own child, a niece or nephew, grandchild, or family friend, it’s not exactly child’s play coming up with the perfect holiday gift ideas for kids. Sooo many things to keep in mind: age, stage, interests, and budget. Not to mention … what if the child already has this set? Or the noisy toy you give goes off in the middle of the night and wakes everyone up?
We’d like to simplify your holiday shopping this year. That’s why we put together this list of 15 great gift ideas for kids, based on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List of top-rated items and suggested age ranges. We’ve even included key quotes from real parents who gave these items a thumbs up in their reviews.
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Top gift ideas for kids: Ages 0-2
Little ones will practice motor skills and develop hand-eye coordination as they rock, stack and play. With five unique play pieces, this owl friend features click-clack rings, rattle beds, teething textures and more.
My six-month-old grandson adores this toy! Although stacking toys tend to be basic, this one has a lot going on.
Start baby’s day with a blend of fun breakfast time activities, from a blender that lights up to color-changing beads that mix and spin. Baby controls the menu with fruit buttons that control the blending color. Press the toast down and when it’s done, the roller ball will cause it to pop back up again. Switches slide back and forth for silly sounds and clicking noises.
My baby took to this right away. She loves anything with buttons, lights, and the songs are short and cute. So it saves my sanity from hearing the same song over and over again.
This safer alternative to walkers includes a variety of age-appropriate toys that help baby achieve important developmental milestones, from newborn to 24 months. Rock, spin and bounce actions provide baby with plenty of exercise to strengthen legs, back and neck muscles.
I’m extremely pleased. Nothing is coming off that isn’t supposed to, no springs have snapped, no paint is chipping off, and it’s providing many, many hours of entertainment for our baby—plus us watching her!
Top gift ideas for kids: Ages 2-4
This mechanical marvel makes use of that most inexhaustible of energy sources, kid-power, by harnessing the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity, and friction. It’s super easy to operate; all it needs is a driver and a smooth, flat surface.
This is a life saver in my house! I have three children that vary in age from 1 to 10 years old. All love this car!
Play, store, and take ’em with you wherever you go. This set includes 80 big building blocks to stimulate kids’ imagination and learning skills while encouraging discovery, fine motor skills and open-ended play.
I bought this for my then 1-year-old granddaughter. She loved it and still plays with these blocks at 4. Her sister, now 2 enjoys them even more! These blocks helped both girls learn their colors, spacial concepts and construction. AND the bag makes for easy clean up!
This six-piece play set gives kids all the housekeeping tools they need to keep it clean! Sized just for kids and built to last, the broom, mop, duster, dust pan, and hand brush are comfortable to use and easy to store—just hang them from the sturdy cords onto the included stand for neat, compact storage.
This is all that my grandson has been playing with. My daughter told me this morning that this was definitely the best gift I could have gotten him.
Top gift ideas for kids: Ages 5-7
The original kick scooter, the Razor A is a handy little ride for kids. Built of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Razor’s T-tube and deck fold up into a compact footprint. And thanks to the 98mm inline-style urethane wheels, ABEC 5 bearings, and patented rear fender brake, riders will always feel smooth and in control when kicking along the sidewalk.
My son started kindergarten this year, half a mile away from our home. He didn’t enjoy walking the distance, but the scooter solved the problem. He just LOVES scooting around the streets, and mastered the technique within a week. Now getting home is fun.
Some classics never get old. You remember how it works: To make a sketch, simply turn the vertical and horizontal drawing knobs and watch the line appear on the magnetic screen. To erase your doodle and start again, simply shake the toy. Kids can bring it along on a car trip for mess-free fun in the backseat.
Don’t you just love toys that span generations? I loved Etch-a-sketch when I was a kid, and to my delight so does my 9-year-old nephew.
This unique educational, make-it-yourself kit teaches about the science behind magic, your wizard heritage, famous fellow wizards and unleash a magician within to spark your interest in magical science. Activities include creating a Wizard Wand, Magic Hat, Fizzy Frenzy, Hocus Pocus Powder, Frothing Color-Changing Potion, Test Tube Crystal Ball, Magic Wand Lava, Feverish Fizz and Glow-In-The-Dark Bubbling Potion.
Anything that gets a 7-year-old kid this excited about chemistry is—in her words—’awesome.’ She wants everyone reading this to know she just did a really cool experiment.
Top gift ideas for kids: Ages 8-11
Since it was first introduced in 1965, Spirograph has made it possible for aspiring artists of all ages to create beautifully intricate designs. Originally developed as a drafting tool, the distinctive wheels and rings of the Spirograph cleverly combine the principles of art and mathematics in a way that’s inspired and delighted generations. Create your own cool designs and awesome pictures with the help of this fun and classic Spirograph drawing accessory.
The kids and the adults in the house all love drawing with this…Totally recommend!
This intriguing game allows you to create a series of mazes to move through. The objective is for each player to collect all seven treasures on their treasure cards as quickly as possible. Players only know what their next treasure is after they find the one before it. And before each turn, a maze card is played into the maze, which means the maze constantly shifts and changes after each turn, helping some and leaving others lost.
This is one of the few games that we all enjoy playing together because it is challenging enough for our overachieving 8-year old, and also interesting for our 6-year old.
Create your very own treetop hideaway with the 3-in-1 LEGO Creator Tree house. Open the secret trapdoor and climb up the fold-down ladder. Use the gray bucket to lift supplies up with the winch. Fill the red bucket with water and tow it up to keep unwanted guests away. This detailed playhouse includes a yellow wagon for transporting all your favorite things to your treetop hideaway, a hollow tree for storing your secret treasure map and a dog.
This LEGO set has tons of play options after it’s built. The build itself is fun, and it’s cool to have three different options—I really like that about the creator series.
Top gift ideas for kids: Ages 12+
Eradicate entire hordes of zombies at one time with this hardcore Zombie Strike Doominator blaster. The blaster’s four flipping drums hold six Zombie Strike darts apiece and they rotate as you fire so you can fire up to 24 darts without reloading. Load up all your drums with the included 24 Zombie Strike darts and hit the streets to wipe out those lurching, staggering zombies.
My 14-year-old son LOVES this blaster. Our Nerf collection is filled with so many yellow, blue and red blasters. This green one is such a cool color, which is my son’s favorite by far. Between the Zombie colors, the 6 shooter on steroid like design and it not being battery operated, this Zombie Strike blaster has quickly become the most used Nerf gun in our family.
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition now welcomes Star Wars to the ever-growing collection of Marvel, Disney and Disney Pixar characters, stories and worlds. A perfect gift this holiday season! Together new heroes can join forces with characters from previous editions and embark on adventures as big as your imagination in the 3.0 Toy Box. Disney Infinity encourages you to play your way, whether you explore open-world creation in the Toy Box or story-driven gameplay inside Play Sets.
I was curious about the reception it would get from a 13-year-old that is understandably enthralled by most every element of Disney. …We spent most of our time in the Toy Box, in the true spirit of Disney, allowing our imaginations to lead us to build all kinds of crazy contraptions. Without any exaggeration, it is a blast! To me, this is the newest generation of an “erector set” that we had as kids. The tutorials were good, and helped get both veterans and new gamers alike going without any struggle.
The Blade Glimpse drone is the ideal platform for getting started in aerial cinematography. It’s also a very popular gift! Despite its nano-size, the durable design can fly indoors or out and features an integrated camera with HD recording plus FPV video down-link capability. SAFE technology helps keep the drone steady and you in control from hover to forward flight and back again. Li-Po power allows up to seven minutes of video while the included USB charger can have you ready to fly again in no time.
The Glimpse is seriously rugged in every aspect but the props, which get shredded pretty quickly while you are learning to fly. If you are looking for a good trainer that can record videos of your flight, I suggest also purchasing two extra batteries and 4 sets of replacement props.
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