Buying a gift for a kid no matter the occasion or relationship can be tough. It is important to always consider age and interests first and then go from there. Gifts for kids don't need to be expensive or over the top, it is really the thought that counts. When you are really stuck, the gift of books is always appreciated.
Whether you're the parent, grandparent, or attendee at a birthday party, our guide to the best gifts for kids will make your present memorable.
Here, our comprehensive list of the best gifts for kids.
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Moose Toys Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball
Young girls and boys alike will love the magic and mystery involved in this toy. They can wave the light up wand to cast spells and reveal the talents that their Magic Mixie has to offer. This crystal ball also features interactive games and can be used as a night light for a magical bedtime experience.
No longer a baby, gift the toddler in your life with toys that hone their growing skills. Gifts that focus on movement and learning are always ideal. Or if you want something extra special, something personalized could be a thoughtful gift for their first birthday.
Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi Color Tunnel
This crawl tunnel from Pacific Play Tents is a fun motor skills toy that will keep toddlers moving and grooving around the playroom. It measures 6 feet long and has interior padding around the wires to protect crawling knees and elbows. This tunnel can also be wiped clean with a damp cloth and mild soap, so you don't have to worry about mud or spit-up dulling its fun colors.
At two years old, children are growing their independence and imagination. Toys that will be a hit are anything that allows them to explore pretend play at home and will spark their creativity (bonus if it gives parents a few free minutes of downtime).
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck
The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck is complete with more than 20 removable toy pieces, so children will never get tired of using their imagination. The truck also plays over 125 different songs, sounds, and phrases. We recommend offering adult supervision with this toy as it is lightweight and may tip over.
At the age of three, children are working on problem-solving and lots of social skills at home and perhaps at school. Blocks are always a win, and can include stuff like LEGO sets and Magna-Tiles. These gifts will last for years to come and can get parents in on the building action.
Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Clear Colors Set
These bright and colorful building tiles allow children to not only learn shapes and colors but also try their hand at basic building skills. The possibilities are endless in this 100-piece set that's easy to clean and fun to use. Be mindful that some shapes, like the triangles, have weaker magnets than others in the set.
To inspire a four-year old, look for toys that are both educational and collaborative. Puzzles, board games, pretend play toys, and craft kits are always a winner.
Bluey Scavenger Hunt Game
Almost every 4 year old knows who Bluey is, so they'll adore this adventure scavenger hunt, where they work with other players to collect toy tokens. They can even choose to be Bluey, one of her family members or friends. Just be sure to keep track of all the small pieces that this game comes with!
The five-year-old in your life probably has a lot of interests and hobbies, so choose a gift off of that. If you're stuck a book is ideal to help grow their reading skills or any educational toy can work.
HOMER Explore Kits
The HOMER Explore Kits are great tools for aiding children in understanding their feelings, being exposed to new learning topics for their age, and even exposing them to more information about their favorite interests like sports, princesses, animals, or vehicles. Every kit comes with activities specific to the topic and allow children to discover independence through learning.
Seven-year-old girls are all about using their creativity to interact with new concepts—whether its STEM-oriented science kits or sparkly fashion design sets. Any gift that offers interactive features, encourages creativity, or challenges their developing mind is a great option.
Spin Master Wizarding World Harry Potter, Magical Minis Diagon Alley 3-in-1 Playset
For the Harry Potter fan, this Diagon Alley playset has lights, sounds, and figurines that will delight any 7-year-old girl's wizard world imagination. They'll love creating their favorite Diagon Alley scenes with this set that features Ron and Hermione, plus three owls and accessories for Florian Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour.
Similar to 7-year-old girls, boys at this age are all about exploring new concepts and keeping their minds busy with engaging tasks. Consider a craft set or any sporting toy that will keep active boys busy for hours.
Osmo Coding Starter Kit
This Osmo Coding Starter Kit is compatible with iPads and Amazon Fire Tablets, and exposes children to coding concepts through three different game levels. Hands-on blocks and coding commands control the interactive character Awbie on an adventure. This gift is especially great for exposing children to a controlled technology outlet that's still interactive separate from the screen.
Keep 8-year-old girls engaged with toys that are versatile and interactive. Whether they're using their imagination to create a world a fairies and mythical beings or building electronic switch boards, they'll love the independence involved.
WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder
This Fairy Finder toy has over 30 virtual fairies to discover. Young girls will love bringing this magical jar around their homes and backyards as they search for different fairies. They can also play interactive games on the screen to increase their likelihood of finding more fairies.
While some boys may be all about sports, it's great to tap into their curious and intuitive sides as they grow older. Puzzles, challenge games, and logic games are all great gifts for this age group.
ThinkFun Gravity Maze
This gravity marble game challenges a player's logic and spatial reasoning. It also exposes them to simple concepts from engineering while they work to build a tower maze that gets their marble from the start point to the end point. Challenge cards direct them where to set up their start and end piece on the grid and then they have a select number of additional pieces to build their maze.
Shopping for a 9-year-old girl can be challenging as they're now more inclined to look for challenges and reasoning in their activities, rather than use their imagination. Any activity that requires them to finish a project, to create an experiment, or to use reasoning and logic is a great option.
Klutz Make Clay Charms Kit
We love this clay charms kit because it can be as an activity for a group of girls or offer an individual endless design opportunities. While there is only one charm bracelet in the kit, you could easily purchase more from a craft store for a larger group of girls. This kit comes with 9 colors of clay and can be used to design over 35 different charms to wear.
It might be challenging to find a toy that keeps active 9-year-old boys occupied, but we recommend tailoring any gift to their current interests. Shopping for a boy who loves science? There are plenty of STEM-oriented kits on the market. Know a boy who loves sports? Shop for a sports trivia game or give them collectible cards from their favorite team.
Skillmatics Marvel Card Game : Guess in 10
This Guess in 10 card game is for the super hero-loving kids. They can play one on one or divide into teams and take turns guessing the super hero on the card through a series of questions. If they guess in 10 questions or fewer, they get to keep the card. The first player or team to earn 7 cards wins the game.
To keep constantly curious 10-year-old children engaged, look for games that offer them some sort of mastery and success by the end. While games that tap into their language and communication skills are also great, brain games and puzzles will keep them excited and challenge their growing brains.
Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science
Almost every kid has the desire to be a scientist at one point in their life, so why not tap into that curiosity with an at-home science experiment kit? This set introduces children to simple concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, and math while allowing them to conduct fun experiments with real lab tools.
Inspire the tween in your life to try new things and learn along the way. While tweens can be one of the hardest age groups to shop for, they'll be pleased with any gift that allows them to explore their newfound independence.
Uncommon Goods Kid's Global Adventure Cooking Kit
This age group is all about exploring new concepts, so a cooking kit that allows them to test their skills in the kitchen is a great option. This is also a great way to challenge picky eaters to try new foods and learn about their origins.
Teens tend to be even more fiercely competitive than their younger selves, so tapping into that mindset with fun group games and activities is always a great option. Whether you gift them a multi-player video game or a new sports game, they'll be sure to have a blast.
Spikeball 3 Ball Kit
Spikeball is one of the most popular games you see on college campuses and at the beach. Teens love the competition involved and it will keep them active and outside for a long period of time.