Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids
A collection of gifts perfect for kids, specifically toddlers and preschoolers – everything from books, art supplies, clothes, gadgets, stocking stuffers, and more. If you have a little one on your buying list, you’ll be sure to find something for them here!
It’s the last gift guide of the season and I’m talking all about kids in this one! Most of these gifts are geared towards toddlers and preschoolers, but if you’re looking for more baby gifts, be sure to check out my previous gift guides: 2015 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, 2016 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, and 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Babies & Toddlers; all of those are a little heavier in the baby/toddler category.
These are alllll of the things that we love in our house, that the kids play with or use over and over and over, and some apparel that gets really great wear and is worthy of gifting to your favorite little person!
Holiday Gifts for Kids
The North Face Toddler Glacier Full Zip Hoodie – Joseph and Dominic have had one of these every year since they were babies, and now Isabelle has one, too. They are warm and soft and perfect for just running in and out of the car in the fall, winter and spring.
BOOKS! Everyone loves books at our house and they are literally EVERYWHERE. I grew up loving to read, so I am always happy to oblige when someone wants to read a book! Here are some of the favorites at our house:
Isabelle received this soft Noah’s Ark book as a baby gift and she literally SQUEALS and claps when I pick it up to read it, she loves it!
And Joseph absolutely loves all of the old Berenstein Bears books that my husband and I had when we were kids. So glad our parents kept them and gave them to us!
Infantino Flip and Peek Fun Phone – This phone has been in our house since Joseph was a baby and both he and Dominic still play with it. Actually they will turn just about anything into a telephone and pretend to call our parents, aunts, uncles, etc. A great stocking stuffer and seriously the gift that has kept on giving!
Just Like Home Workshop Big Builders Pro Workshop Playset – Our friends bought this for Joseph’s 2nd birthday and it is one of the most-used toys in our house. Both of the boys play there every.single.day. They love it, and when my husband gets out a drill or screwdriver, they find their own tools and “help” him. They even uses it as a kitchen occasionally and stir up pasta, chicken, bread, or coffee with the tools and paint bucket
Hanna Andersson Pajamas – Jessica introduced these to me a couple of years ago, and I cannot recommend them enough. I resisted them for awhile because they are PRICEY, however, they have sales frequently and they have more than paid for themselves. I bought one size up for Joseph when I bought them initially, after flying through tons of Carters pajamas and being tired of how quickly they wore out. He JUST wore out those same pajamas, even though he’s gone up three clothing sizes in that time span. They’re insanely soft and stretchy and I just love them. Hanna’s are the only pajamas that I buy for the kids!
Playskool Flash Cards – These were something we got for Joseph two Christmases ago, and he was probably about 2.5 when he really got into them, he would beg to “do my cards!” all the time. He actually just found them again and wanted to sit and go through them, and now Dominic is using them. They’ve been amazing for learning colors, shapes, letters, and basic items. A great stocking stuffer!
Crayola Color Wonder Markers + Coloring Pads + Fingerpaints – A little over a year ago when our friends visited, they brought these for Joseph and Della to color together and Joseph fell in love with them. Since then, my grandparents got him the fingerpaints set and he will sit and make pictures for ages. He loves it! The markers and fingerpaints are invisible on everything except for the special paper and coloring pads that go with them. GENIUS!
Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cups – These are the only sippy cups the boys have used and they’re fantastic. There is no spout (which some say can cause speech and dental issues), it’s spill-proof (unless thrown repeatedly from a high chair, AHEM), and both boys learned how to use them very, very quickly. Joseph has been drinking milk from a regular cup for a while now, but these are still our go-to for the car.
Melissa & Doug Food Groups – My aunt bought these for Joseph last year when he started taking an interest in making food at school, and boys both love playing with them. They brings us food, pretend to have picnics, and it’s good practice in naming the different foods. I’m a big, big fan of anything Melissa & Doug – they make such great toys!
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn A to Z Smart Pad – Joseph got this for his 2nd birthday, and it was amazing as he expanded his vocabulary and learned the alphabet. Now Dominic is playing with it; one of our favorite learning toys, for sure.
Sticker Books – I stash at least one of these in the diaper bag; they come in handy whenever we have to sit and wait somewhere, like the doctor’s office. The boys both love stickers!
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Crayons – These are the only crayons we buy and they truly wipe off of everything!
Babiators – We have two pair of these sunglasses and they’re virtually indestructible. Over the summer, I bought Joseph a pair of the slightly bigger ones made for 3 to 5 year olds, and I’ll be getting Isabelle a pair for the summer, too!
Double-Sided Easel – This was a birthday gift for Joseph last year and both boys love using it. It has a chalkboard side and a dry erase side that you can also clip paper onto. The boys love the chalk side and Joseph especially loves practicing the letters that he’s learning to write at school.
L.L.Bean Boys Ultralight Down Jacket – It was SO difficult to find a winter jacket for Joseph last year! In past years, we had been using The North Face Toddler Glacier fleece, which worked well when just getting in and out of the car. However, last year we needed something heavier since he is playing outside at school when it’s above 32 degrees, and playing in the snow here at home. I ordered nearly a dozen jackets for him from different brands, and none fit him well (some were too snug, too big, insanely long sleeves, etc.) except this one. It seriously fits him like a glove, it keeps him warm, and he loves wearing it.
PLAE Shoes – Joseph got two pairs of these last fall, and they instantly became a favorite of his and ours, as well. They fit so well, go on easily (he can put them on and take them off himself), and have worn extremely well. He has a pair of the TY model and another that has since been discontinued. The company also sells tabs separately so if your child happens to have wider feet or a high arch, you can buy larger tabs without needing to buy bigger shoes.
CARS! – Seriously, our boys are obsessed with any and all vehicles. Traditional Hot Wheels are the most played with toys in our home, and we got Joseph a track set for his birthday last year that both boys love using. They’re also big fans of these soft pull-back cars that we’ve had since Joseph was a baby.
Every Child is an Artist Art Holder – My aunt bought this for us when Joseph started bringing home a lot of artwork from preschool, and we LOVE having somewhere to hang and display his projects, and he loves looking at them and talking about the different pieces. She said she got it from Kirkland’s, but it appears to be sold out online, however there are tons of them on Etsy!
VTech Kidizoom Camera – This camera was a Christmas gift for Joseph last year and it has been the gift that keeps on giving. He used to pretend to take pictures with random things, so my mom got him this camera and he and Dominic both LOVE it! They use it every single day and it actually takes decent pictures. They can put filters on pictures and play around with frames. They actually know how to use it way better than I do. It does have games on there, but there’s a parental control feature and I removed them from the main menu.
Magnetic Tiles – These were new to us this summer and we LOVE them! Our friends gifted the boys with a Magformers Vehicle Set and PicassoTiles; Joseph and Dominic will stack them, try to build cars or houses, and Joseph loves identifying shapes. I really enjoy how they invite creativity and are basically limitless in how you can play with them.
Puzzles – The boys both love puzzles, Joseph especially will sit for a long time and do one after another. His favorite is this 7-in-1 set of Peppa Pig puzzles.
TELL ME! What would you add to this list? Are there any items that your kids or grandchildren absolutely love?