10 of Our Favorite Big-Ticket Holiday Gifts for Little Kids

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I find it tricky during the holidays to find the right balance between giving my little kids a magical, gift-filled season and not adding to the clutter of toys that already makes up their playroom. Of course, there’s more to making the holidays magical than gifts, but there’s no denying that so much of the childhood thrill is tearing into beautifully wrapped presents from Santa and family.

That’s why I’m focusing on fewer, bigger-ticket gifts for my 1-year-old and 3-year-old this year—ones that won’t find themselves carelessly tossed aside when a newer, shinier object enters their world. We believe in investing in quality pieces that can be used for multiple seasons. If you’re also into the less-is-more approach, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite big-ticket items to consider for holiday gifts for your little kids this year.

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Melissa & Doug

Chef's Play Kitchen

This classic play kitchen from editor-favorite toy brand Melissa & Doug will blend into any home decor and has everything your little one needs for plenty of interactive, imaginative play—even a working ice cube dispenser! Plus, it includes a fridge and storage shelf for all their kitchen accessories.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Foamnasium Blocksy + Play Couch

If your kids like climbing all over and/or deconstructing your furniture the way mine do, this suede play couch is a great solution to that. Available in three chic colors, this is a gift your littles will love that you definitely won't mind adding to any living space or playroom.

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Pikler Climber Triangle Set

A kid-favorite, big-ticket Montessori gift recommended for littles ages 6 months to 6 years, this Pikler triangle provides a safe space for children to climb and practice their balance, coordination, strength, and independence.

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AirFort Play Tent

This is a big wow item for kids that thankfully stores in an itty bitty bag. Just make sure you have or purchase a box fan or 18" tabletop fan separately so they can use it right away.

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Woom 2 Bike

My 3-year-old is ready to transition to a big-kid bike, and Woom is the perfect bike to grow with him as he improves his technique. Woom bikes are not your average kids' bikes; they're designed specifically to fit just right and grow with your little one. I know my child's eyes are going to light up when he sees this bright little bike—and a bonus for parents: very little assembly is required!

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Target | Step 2

Unicorn Up & Down Roller Coaster

These fun Step2 roller coasters tend to sell out quickly during the holiday season so get one before they're gone! This is one of those gifts that you'll love for getting out the wiggles indoors this winter, and you can bring it outside when the weather gets warmer.

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Etsy | Domestic Objects

Canvas Play House

Easy to construct and bound to inspire hours of exciting, imaginative play, this canvas playhouse has four windows and an open front door. Plus, we love its simplistic and neutral design.

big ticket holiday gifts for kids
Melissa & Doug

Star Diner Play Restaurant

How fun is this play diner?! A great gift for preschoolers, this wooden play space features a diner kitchen on one side and a booth with seating for two on the other, plus all the accessories little ones need for imaginative, screen-free pretend play.

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Nordstrom | Wonder & Wise by Asweets

Racecar Sleeping Bag

Little ones love to have their own special spot to sleep in, whether it's during traveling, campouts, or just make-believe fun. We love this gift because it's both fun and practical.

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Etsy | WndrOne

Light Sensory Activity Table

This multi-functional light and sensory sand activity table is unlike any I've seen before. It includes a backlit panel with 20 color options, glows in the dark, and can be used with sand, water, coloring, and other sensory activities.


Did you check your list twice and realize you still have more people to shop for? We’ve got you covered! Check out our entire holiday gift guide for even more ideas.

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