Warning: you are about to enter kid zone! Admittedly, it’s one of our favorites of the holiday gift guides. Jen is a (boss) Mom; as well as two other ladies on our editorial team. So you can imagine us Mamas take this research very seriously!
Whether you’re gifting for your own little ones – nieces, nephews or your bestie’s baby, we’ve got you covered today! Here’s a little insight to our toy shopping criteria: 1) something they’ll actually play with, 2) something they’ll be excited to open, and 3) something that doesn’t contribute to a home full of ‘stuff.’ Also, although not every product we love for kiddos is based on the STEM concept…it’s defiantly a perk! STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating in four specific areas — science, technology, engineering + math.
Let the adorable gift-giving begin:
Gift Ideas for Kids
She is fierce! Piccolina has a huge collection of inspirational t-shirts that feature female leaders throughout history. We love this cute one featuring RBG!
From Jen, “Both my girls LOVE and LOVED their play kitchen”. Perfect for kids ages 2-7. Comes in a few different colors as well. This is a present they will be SO EXCITED to open on Christmas morning!
BUY IT @ Wayfair: Wooden Play Kitchen Set
Kids LOVE sidewalk chalk and these are some of the raddest we’ve seen! The set includes 9 round chalk pieces inspired by our solar system’s planets (plus one extra for our old pal Pluto). Inside each piece, you’ll find multiple colors meant to represent the cores, layers and crusts of the planets. And the whole set is biodegradable, including the recyclable packaging, so it’s good for our home planet, too.
Remember making forts as a kid?! The excitement behind that activity hasn’t lessened with time. Our kids love fort making; and instead of using hair ties + rubber bands (like we did back then), you can get kids this fort making kit! All they’ll need is a bedsheet to create the clubhouse of their dreams.
BUY IT @ Amazon: Crazy Forts
Create lovely works of art that everyone can do! Capture their imagination with this unique swirl art machine that includes fun 3D-glasses that makes your painting come to life using glowing, neon paint. Perfect for creators ages 6 +up!
BUY IT @ Target: FAO Schwarz 3D Spin Art
Jen got these magnetic tiles for her girls two years ago, and they’re still a huge hit! Building blocks meet magnets meet Legos. Great STEM activity that even adults enjoy creating along with.
Because the kids can’t enjoy cool field trips right now – bring the Planetarium to them! Stargaze with this augmented reality galaxy viewer and study planets, stars and constellations with guided audio.
BUY IT @ Uncommon Goods: Personal Planetarium
Finished with satin stitching and playful animal details, our Shaggy Head Sleeping Bags are perfect for any type of overnight adventure. With a whimsical puppy design, they’ll get to tuck-in with their favorite animal. Our bags secure with straps to make for easy storage and are lined with polyester for added warmth.
This is a great kit for kids who love their screen time. Osmo is filled with learning games + puzzles that promote education, problem-solving, creativity and real life skills. Both Jen’s girls love Osmo! Dakota (4 year-old) loves this Osmo princess one and this costume one as well. A gift that any WFH parent will also thank you for!
The stage-based play kit from Lovevery is ALL A CHILD NEEDS for play! Our Editor, Britt, subscribed her 2 year-old daughter and hasn’t bought her a toy since. You can give a gift card or select a single item depending on the child’s age.
BUY IT @ Lovevery: The Plat Kits
Our Editor, Danielle, says her 4 and 3 year-olds go nuts for these paint yourself big, sweet squishies! Although they come in a variety of themes, this kit is tough to beat with the trio of desserts. Kiddos enjoy every aspect of this gift from the crafty paint time to the mega squish sessions.
BUY IT @ Amazon: Paint Your Own Squishies
Kamala Harris most recently taught us that girls can be superheros! Celebrate the magical kiddo in your life with this empowering designer doll. It’s the perfect sized new BFF to take with them anywhere—from sweet sleep to daydreams.
Here’s a Lego brick-built version of the famous Central Perk café packed with authentic details to inspire hilarious memories of the classic Friends TV show. Perfect gift for a teenage girl!
Celebrating the one year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, this 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is a beautiful gift for feminists of all ages (mainly 12 years + up)!
BUY IT @ Anthropologie: Women’s March Puzzle
If you’re looking for the dollhouse of her (and your!) dreams, look no further. This Victorian Dollhouse has three floors (including an attic), front doors, and even windows that open and close…when can we start playing!?
BUY IT @ Crate & Kids: Victorian Dollhouse
STEM/Science Kits from Kiwi Co are truly the best! You choose their age, how long you want the subscription to be, and they’ll get a monthly project sent straight to their door. Age appropriate selections through ages 14+!
BUY IT @ Kiwi Co.
This book celebrates acts of kindness big and small.
BUY IT @ Amazon: Kindness Makes Us Strong
Hallelujah! A 3-wheeled scooter means more sturdy and less stress for parents. With a lean-to-steer frame and ultra-wide, three-wheel design, Birdie is easy to control. Moving left or right is as simple as shifting body weight—providing more stability, enhancing balance, and improving coordination. It comes in a few cute colors, too!
Love this beautiful set of crayons that are custom to the child’s name! Even with the littlest fingers, these crayons will inspire much creativity at home.
BUY IT @ Etsy: Alphabet Name Crayons
For the tiny dancer, these dolls are too cute.
BUY IT @ Anthropologie: Starry Ballerina Doll
For the tiny dancer, these dolls are too cute.
My 7 year old LOVES escape rooms! Since we haven’t been able to get to any this year, this is such a great gift for a child who loves escape rooms and treasure hunts. They have 3 different kits – perfect for kids between the ages of 5 – 9. Each kit comes with 45 escape room games!! My daughter is a fan – and this would be perfect for the long winter at home we are facing!
BUY IT @ Blimey Box
Finally, a trifecta gift that can scale for any age: art supplies, a book, and a puzzle!
- Baby: Crayola Washable Palm Grasp Crayons $5.99, First 100 Words $4.99, Hape Creative Peg Puzzle $21.95
- Toddler: Ooly Chunkies Paint Sticks $12.99, Kindness Makes Us Strong $10.79, Safari Social Jumbo Floor Puzzle $24.99
- Big Kid: Twistable Colored Pencils $6.99, Milk Bar: Kids Only Cookbook $16.45, This Land is Your Land USA Puzzle $15.75