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Every year, before the first snow hits, I start brainstorming gifts for my daughter and other kids on my list—it’s daunting to find something memorable yet useful that little ones get excited about. Do you go for big-ticket items for toddlers that will be played with for years to come? Books are always a sure bet for toddlers and little kids, but what else? I love educational items for older kids—but would they find them fun, too? In an effort to help with gift planning (so you don’t have to!), we’re sharing the gifts our editors are buying their kids this year, with ages ranging from toddlers up to tweens. For creative, practical, and unique gift ideas, check out our list below!
The Holiday Gifts Our Editors Are Buying Their Kids
After doing a ton of research on the best bikes for kids, I ordered my 3-year-old son a Guardian Bike. I love how Guardian makes it so simple to select the right bike size for your child and that it ships 99% assembled, so putting it together is a breeze. The bike itself has so many great details, including an adjustable seat so it can grow with my son. I can’t wait to give him this gift—he’ll love it! —Ally Pagar-Wolf, Chief of Sales
Our toddlers’ playroom is getting an upgrade this year with this gorgeous play kitchen. I love that it’s realistic yet beautiful, has multiple compartments for play food, and it even has a working ice dispenser! My kids already have a few Melissa & Doug pretend play sets they use constantly, so they’ll be able to combine them with the Chef’s Kitchen to maximize their imaginative playtime. —Steph Alleva Cornell, Branded Content Editor
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Now that my son is in second grade, he’s super into writing notes to everyone for every occasion. Thank you notes, birthday cards, just because messages—he’s always scribbling something to friends and family. It feels like the perfect time to get him his very own personalized stationery, especially since his Christmas list is very big kid-themed this year. Plus, I love these Minted cards’ checkerboard design for my little skater boy! —Roberta Correia, Editor-in-Chief
Squishmallows are the new Beanie Babies, and my kids are not immune to the trend. Even though they each have a collection started and don’t need another one to add to the pile, I’m grabbing some seasonal winter Squishmallows for Christmas. They bring so much joy and my kids sleep with them every night. —Kathy Sisson, Editor
This toy beautifully merges two of my son’s biggest interests right now—LEGOs and Minecraft. Even though it says it’s for kiddos age 8+, my 7-year-old puts these sets together entirely on his own. I love that it’s fun for him to play with but also utilizes a lot of problem-solving skills and teaches him to follow step-by-step directions. —Trisha Sprouse, Branded Content Editor
This was the first item my daughter circled in the Amazon catalog this year. She loves coloring and this play set comes with an assortment of animals she can use with washable markers to customize and make her own. Plus, it comes with a washable tub, so she can rinse and reuse. —Nyla Montanez, Social Media Editor
My 5-year-old has been talking about getting a skateboard for Christmas since December 26, 2022—so I had to make it happen for him this year. I love how this board is targeted towards beginners, comes in a bunch of cool color combos, and is both size and age-appropriate for learning. The nearly 500 five-star reviews were also a huge selling point! —Ally Pagar-Wolf, Chief of Sales
Both of my kids are entering their tween eras, so the big kid rooms I put so much time and thought into when they were little are both getting some upgrades as their styles have changed. Christmas is a great excuse to get them a big-ticket item they need anyway, so I’m swapping our beloved nursery glider (cue the tears) with a more tween-appropriate chair. —Kathy Sisson, Editor
This pillow set includes a book that centers around building a child’s confidence, plus adorable stuffies of the story’s main characters. Both of my kiddos started school this year, so I’m excited to gift them a cuddly play set that will provide them with both comfort and skill-building knowledge. —Steph Alleva Cornell, Branded Content Editor
My son loves any and all things art-related, and this 3D pen is probably one of the coolest gifts for bigger kids. It’s 3D art made easy—plus, it’s designed with no hot parts, so that means minimal supervision (a mom win!) while he doodles. This item will not only encourage critical thinking, but it’ll tap into his creativity too. —Nyla Montanez, Social Media Editor