It’s time for another holiday gift guide! I always love putting these together because I love gift shopping – this time around, we’re focused on gifts for the kids.
I don’t know how it works in your house, but in our family, the kids usually tend to request toys each year that fit whatever their interests are. Jackson loves LEGO, Minecraft, and all the other things most 6-year-old boys love. Grant loves anything with wheels. We’re happy to accommodate their interests when it comes to gifts, but I always like to also get a few gifts that encourage creativity, learning, and collaborative play. These are generally the toys that last year after year, and that both boys love playing with!
For the most part, I try to get them things that they’ll both be excited to play with and that I know they’ll use for a long time! So, this gift guide will mostly feature gifts that would appeal to boys and girls at a wide range of ages. I’ve broken it down by price, and most of the gifts are on the cheaper side, with a few special gifts you might want to splurge on!
Gifts under $25
- Cat’s Cradle: Just me, or did you play with this for hours upon hours as a kid, too?!
- Paint by Sticker Book: For the creative kid who loves a challenge!
- Chunkies Paint Sticks: Because they love to paint but you hate the mess.
- Let’s Play House Kit: My children are always fighting over my real mop and broom, so it’s time for a toy set!
- Alphabet City Coloring Poster: Why not let them make their own art for their walls? Plus, it’ll keep them busy for hours.
- Crazy Crafts Case: For those rainy days when you want to just set out a bunch of art supplies and let them go to town.
- DIY Window Cling Art Kit: Jackson will play with these kits for the longest periods of time – and he’s always so proud of his hard work afterwards!
- Little People, Big Dreams Matching Game: They can practice their memory skills and learn about some incredible people in the process!
- Mini Grocery Basket Kit: Because every kid loves playing with fake food.
- Mini Cooking Set: A perfect match for the grocery kit!
- Build a Snowman Kit: We’ll never get to use one of these here in Texas, but man, it sure looks like fun!
- Kid’s Digital Camera: Jackson has been begging for a digital camera for months, so he’ll definitely be finding one of these under the tree this year!
- This Land is Your Land Puzzle: We love puzzles in our house, and when they’re actually cute like this one, it’s even better!
- Build & Color Puppet Theater: Talk about encouraging creativity and keeping them busy for days!
Gifts Under $50
- Wooden Cash Register: So they can play grocery store in style.
- Kinetic Sand Kit: It may be messy but you’ll enjoy playing with it almost as much as they do.
- Dino Convertible Sleeping Bag: Perfect for backyard camping trips (or even the real thing!)
- Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Kit: I love any activity that combines learning with fun, and this little coding set is such a great idea!
- Crazy Forts: Everything you need (except some spare sheets) to make the most epic fort ever.
- Maps Book: I could see Jackson pouring over this beautiful book before bed every night.
- Planetarium Projector: The most fun gift for the space lover!
- Camping Gear Set: This would be a great joint gift for all of your kids – bonus points if you let them camp out in the living room on Christmas night!
- Snap Circuits: Jackson has one of these kits and brings it out to play with constantly. It’s a great learning activity and Corey loves to do it with him!
- Weighted Blanket: Jackson is in love with his, and it’s perfect for the kid who struggles to fall asleep or has some anxiety!
- Shifu Plugo Count: This STEM-focused game connects to your tablet and is good for a wide range of kids. I know Jackson would adore this one!
Gifts Under $75
- Doorway Bean Bag Toss Game: This game is so beautiful you won’t mind it sitting out all the time, and the kids will love playing!
- Goldendoodle Stuffed Animal Adoption Kit: For the kid who takes their stuffed animals seriously.
- Rock Tumbler: I’ve been talking about getting Jackson one of these for years. He’d love it so much.
- Indoor Bowling Set: Perfect for those cold winter days when they need to get the wiggles out!
- Etched Wooden Blocks: Hold onto these gorgeous blocks and they might just become a family heirloom!
- Tabletop Art Studio: This little tabletop art kit is so versatile, should keep multiple kids engaged and happy, and doesn’t take up a ton of space. Win-win-win!
- Quad Powered Ride On: It’s just for the younger ones, but I think Grant might find on of these waiting for him this year. He’s obsessed with anything with wheels, and I know he’d love it!
- Dog Luxe Lounger: Both of my boys would adore one of these huge cozy pillows!
- Bean Bag Shark Chair: The cutest addition to their room, bonus points if your pair it with a good book and a blanket for cuddling! There’s also a unicorn version.
- Plugo Tunes Music Learning Kit: Have your kid learn the basics of playing piano without the giant keyboard!
Gifts Over $75
- Large Playhouse: You won’t mind this thing being out all the time, and you know they’ll use it every day!
- Jump & Slide Bouncer: I’ve been keeping an eye out for a used one of these for a while to no avail – maybe we should splurge this year?!
- Radio Flyer Ultimate Family Wagon: We have a smaller version of this and Jackson (at almost 7) still gets just as excited as Grant does when we pull it out for a walk!
- Outdoor Double Chaise Lounge: I’m always a fan of kid-focused furniture that’s this beautiful, and your kids will feel so special with their own outdoor lounge chairs!
- Ultimate Art Easel: The best way to encourage your little budding artist.
- Realistic Play Kitchen: If you’re going to buy a play kitchen, I always recommend getting a cute one like this so you don’t side eye it all day every day!
- Magnetic Wooden Blocks: This will last you forever and you’ll love to see what creative towers your kids come up with!
Subscription/Experience Gift Ideas:
- Kiwi Crate: My boys have been getting these for about a year now and it’s always such a thrill for them when their boxes arrive! I’m always so impressed by how many activities are included within the boxes, and the educational component is always a win for me, too. We can’t recommend them enough.
- Raddish: This is such a great idea for kids who love to cook, are willing to try new foods, and if you want to expand their taste buds a bit!
- Highlights Subscription: Jackson loses his mind every month when his Highlights magazine gets here – and I remember doing the same as a kid! National Geographic for Kids is another great option!
- Little Passports World Edition: Explore the world with your kiddos, one country at a time!
- Bitsbox: This subscription box is all about teaching kids to code, and is good for kids as young as 6!
- Highlights Top Secret Adventures: Each box comes with a collection of puzzles to solve in order to solve a mystery! It’s fun, educational, and you might just want to join in too!
- Little Workbox: Similar to KiwiCrate, this is a monthly STEM box for kids with 2-3 projects per box!
- Mysteries in Time: Each box takes you back in time with some time traveling adventurers to solve a mystery! Perfect for the kid who likes learning about history and solving a good puzzle!
- Little Passports Science Expeditions: Perfect for the older child who is interested in science!
- America’s Test Kitchen: Young Chef’s Club: This box includes kid-friendly recipes, STEAM activities, and access to a ton of digital extras!
- Toy Box Monthly: That’s right, a box of random toys your kid will love every month! Talk about the perfect surprise.