12 of Our Favorite Big-Ticket Holiday Gifts for Kids

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I find it tricky during the holidays to find the right balance between giving my 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 12 of our favorite big-ticket items to consider for holiday gifts this year.

Etsy | Domestic Objects

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.

multiple colors available


4-Piece Foam Climber

If your kids like climbing all over and/or deconstructing your furniture the way mine do, these are a great solution to that.

Happy Mango

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.

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.

also available in pink

woom bikes

A New 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 required!

Etsy | WndrOne

Light Sensory Activity Table

This multifunctional 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.

Pottery Barn Kids

Chelsea All-in-1 Play Kitchen

This kitchen is truly more beautiful than my actual kitchen. It also comes in white, pink, and black.

For a more budget-friendly dupe, try this kitchen from Teamson.


Classic Train Set and Table

This classic railway set will help little ones get creative while they build and play.

Etsy | Happy Tower

Montessori Helper Tower

This helper tower also comes in white, and you can add personalization. Unlike some other helper towers, this one can be transformed into a table with chairs and comes with a chalkboard for drawing.


Step 2 Roller Coaster

The Step2 Roller Coasters were sold out everywhere last year, but this year, they've added new characters to the mix, like this rainbow unicorn.

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.

The Tot

Plan Toys Wooden Dollhouse

This classic wooden dollhouse is ready for your little one's imagination.


Deluxe Bouncehouse

We splurged on one of these as a big-ticket birthday gift this summer, and I can 100% say it was worth it. And for winter? We'll be putting this in our basement.

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