The Holiday Gifts Our Editors Are Buying Their Kids This Year

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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!

Do you go for practical items for newborns? After all, the baby does need a winter hat and most certainly won’t notice they didn’t get new toys. 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!), The Everymom editors are here sharing what they’re excited to be gifting to their little ones this year, with ages ranging from babies up to 9 years old, and interests that span from car-obsessions to future musicians.

For creative, practical, and unique gift ideas, check out our list below.

 

Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

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KiwiCo

Baking and Fractions Wooden Toy

I’ve had my eye on this adorable (and educational!) wooden baking toy for my toddler daughter—it would make the perfect addition to her play kitchen and she’s so into imaginative play right now. This toy includes ingredients, spoons, a stand mixer, and a candle-topped cake, plus recipe cards to encourage math skills like counting and fractions. —Amanda Shapin Michelson, Senior Manager of Brand Partnerships

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Noggin

Noggin Subscription

Every day my toddler daughter says, “me watch show?” and it’s hard to say no (though I promise I often do). I’m looking to make screen time more educational and beneficial for her, so I’m going to get her set up with a Noggin subscription—an awesome platform for littles age 2-6—which can help with learning through games and shows. Plus, Peppa Pig is on it so I know she’ll love it. —Amanda Shapin Michelson, Senior Manager of Brand Partnerships

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Maisonette

Safari Zebra Wooden Toy

My son will be 10 months old during Christmas (times flies!) and is in explore mode. He loves animals, so this cute interactive gift is sure to keep him entertained. —Jasmine Williams, Contributing Writer

Nordstrom

HABA Kullerbu Construction Car and Track Playset

I picked this up for our 1-year-old so that he has a more age-appropriate vehicle set of his own. My kids are both obsessed with anything cars/trucks and I know he will love building and destroying this set. —Ally Pagar-Wolf, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Crate & Kids

Deep Space Activity Chair

Since my son loves to sit in his high chair, this activity chair is a great option for him. It allows him to sit while encouraging him to also play with the activities on the removable tray. —Jasmine Williams, Contributing Writer

Kohl's

PAW Patrol Movie Ultimate City Tower Playset

I showed my 2-year-old son The Everymom’s Toddler Gift Guide, and while he said “I want that” to every single thing on the page, the item he kept asking to “see again” was the PAW Patrol movie tower. I had most of his shopping done but just knew THIS was the number one thing on his wishlist, even though he couldn’t quite articulate that. I purchased it later that night. I can’t wait to see the look on his face Christmas morning. —Alaina Kaczmarski, CEO

Amazon

Star Projector Night-Light

My 3-year-old loves outer space so I thought this would be a super fun addition to his room. It has 17 color options or can function as a normal night-light. —Alaina Kaczmarski, CEO

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Amazon

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Floor Puzzle

My two boys are really into vehicles now, so most of their gifts have something to do with that theme. They have two of these giant floor puzzles from Melissa & Doug so I am excited to add to their collection with a new picture of diggers and construction trucks. —Alaina Kaczmarski, Cofounder

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Maisonette

Janod Musical Table Toy

When I saw this musical toy, I immediately knew it’ll be perfect for my son. He loves anything that involves music, hence his love for CoComelon and Frozen. —Jasmine Williams, Contributing Writer

Target

Disney Pixar Cars Mini Racers Mack Transporter

My 3-year-old son is obsessed with Disney's Cars franchise and especially the mini racers that you can collect. He has been asking for these since last Christmas and I can’t wait to see his face when he sees Mack holding all of the mini racer cars (sold separately here)! —Ally Pagar-Wolf, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Retrospec

Baby Walker Balance Bike

As a family, we are big on spending time outside so we got the kids matching Retrospec bikes as their big present this year. Our older son already has a balance bike, so we aged him up to one with training wheels! —Ally Pagar-Wolf, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Crate & Kids

House-Shaped Garment Rack

My 2-year-old daughter is really into Frozen and Moana and I want to create a dress-up area for her in our playroom, complete with outfits from her favorite movies. I’m excited to set up a whole little pretend play station with this adorable clothing rack. I plan to add fun baskets to it as well. This is also something my baby will get to use as he gets a little older (so it’s a gift for both of them because I really struggle to figure out what to gift a baby that already has everything from his big sis!). —Amanda Shapin Michelson, Senior Manager of Brand Partnerships

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Piggy Paint

Scented Silly Unicorns Set

I wasn’t super thrilled when my mom introduced my toddler to nail polish, but here we are. I’m going to get her this Scented Silly Unicorn set of non-toxic, water-based nail polish to use on her toes. Sets are available at Target but I needed to get this specific set because it features her favorite color (yellow!). —Amanda Shapin Michelson, Senior Manager of Brand Partnerships

 

Gifts for Little Kids and Big Kids

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The Stairslide

A fun pick for our newly-renovated basement, this multiple-piece set literally turns your stairs into a slide. With another long winter on the horizon, I’m hoping this curbs the Kevin McCallister-style “sledding” they’ve been doing down the newly-carpeted basement stairs. —Kathy Sisson, Assistant Managing Editor

Amazon

Superhero Costumes Set

If there is one thing my 5-year-old loves more than superheroes, it’s playing dress-up. This set of capes, masks, and slap bracelets is the perfect gift for him, and I know it will give hours and hours of imaginative play that will last years. —Roberta Correia, Editor-in-Chief

Little People, Big Dreams

Ayrton Senna Book

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian icon, and one of the first athletes to really focus on charity and giving back to his community. My son is so curious about his Brazilian roots and I can’t wait to read to him about Senna and what an amazing example he was as not only an athlete but a human. —Roberta Correia, Editor-in-Chief

Target

Mario and Luigi Racing Set

My 5 and 4-year-old boys are obsessed with Mario and Luigi LEGOS, and since we don’t want to add another pound of LEGOS to the extensive collection they already have, we think this is a nice alternative that they will enjoy together. —Melissa Guida-Richards, Contributing Writer

Amazon

Tomas & Friends Toy Trains Multi-Pack

Both of my boys (ages 4 and 7) are obsessed with all things Thomas & Friends. At this point, they practically have all the wooden trains thanks to birthdays and holidays. To put a new spin on their choo-choo fun, I am going to give them this set of Thomas & Friends motorized trains to electrify their train-racing experience. —Carmen Garcia-Shushtari, Contributing Writer

Amazon

Round World Map Puzzle

I like to give my boys something educational for Christmas beyond books. I also value teaching them about the world outside of their world. Maps are a great way to facilitate these conversations, so I am going to buy two different versions of world map puzzles that are age-appropriate for each so they can have fun discovering the world one piece at a time. —Carmen Garcia-Shushtari, Contributing Writer

Target

Beginner Acoustic Guitar

My youngest child is discovering the beauty of making music through instruments. He’s become fascinated with guitars, but only has the toy ones. I will be surprising him with this acoustic guitar that is just right for his size and development. It also comes with a starter kit to get him fully prepared to start jamming. It’s bright and fun just like the music I hope he will play on his new guitar. —Carmen Garcia-Shushtari, Contributing Writer

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