21 Clever and Cute Gift Ideas for Kids This Holiday Season

Updated 10/30/18
Christmas Gifts for Kids

One of the best parts of the holiday season is being able to watch kids bask in the pure joy of Christmas morning. All the careful planning that goes into that moment, however, can be a little more stressful. There's a lot to juggle, from trying to fulfill all their adorable but lofty gift requests to the hours of wrapping. 

In an effort to help out Santa and his elves this year with a little more guidance outside of the pony and puppy realm, we created this wishlist of 21 Christmas gifts for kids that will make them very happy. If you, too, could use a little help coming up with kid-friendly gift ideas this year, read on below. Warning: Our selections might make you want to go back in time to rewrite your own letters to Santa. 

K'nex Ferris Wheel Building Set $500

Now this is one of those toys that's so awesome we wish we could have played with it as a kid. Complete with 8550 pieces, this motorized Ferris wheel will offer hours of constructive fun for the whole family.

FAO Schwarz Toy Jewelry Kit With Carrying Case $50

If your child loves jewelry and art and crafts, help them learn how to create their own while having fun with this kit. 

Janod Doctor Role Play Toy Set $30

For whatever reason, kids love to pretend they're grown-ups. This doctor kit will their role play adventures to the next level. 

OMY Memory Game: Cities $20

Here's a card game that will actually help them sharpen their memory skills while also igniting a sense of wanderlust. 

Mattel 35th Anniversary Barbie $45

For the little one who cannot have enough dolls, this vintage doll from the 1990s inspired by the original Barbie from 1950s is going to enhance their collection big time.



Schoenhut Pink Toy Piano $95

If you want to gift them something more that's more than just a toy but just as fun and exciting, opt for this pretty pink piano. 

Kid Made Modern Comic Book Kit $20

For the kid who loves art, storytelling, and goofing around, a comic book kit will be a fun, exciting gift they can actually use. 

Jellycat Big Odette Ostrich $50

Give your child something soft, quirky, and adorable to cuddle with that can also double as room décor. 

Replogle Globes Intelliglobe™ II $165

This interactive globe is designed to let kids explore the world and learn through trivia games, challenges, and more. 

Steiff Rocky Riding Dragon $575

You may not have delivered on that real-life unicorn request, but this rocking dragon will definitely do the trick. 

Andaman Underwater Camera
Sunnylife Andaman Underwater Camera $20

Though this camera may not feel like a throwback to us, it will definitely offer some nostalgic fun for the iPhone generation. 

Arts & Crafts Library
Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Library $40

There will never be a dull moment with this fully loaded arts and craft set. It comes with fuzzy sticks, sequins, pom-poms, stickers, and more. 

Juniper Books The Hardy Boys 5-Book Gift Set $125

For avid readers with a thirst for adventure, gift them this set of Hardy Boys books. Juniper Books makes gorgeous slipcovers and offers a huge range of customized sets, too.

Londji Je Suis Magique Puzzle $30

Educational, fantastical, and meditative, this puzzle is the perfect stocking stuffer. It's something the whole family can work on together, too. 

Banwood Bikes First Go Balance Bike $215

This charming blue bike boasts a handsome leather seat and includes a wicker basket as well as a silver bell, making it the picture-perfect bike for toddlers learning how to keep their balance. 


Potting Shed Kids Hummingbird Habitat Garden $18

For the kid who loves getting their hands dirty and learning about animals, gift them this hummingbird garden set. 

Eco Kids Eco Finger Paint $30

The messier the better… Well, maybe not for those of us cleaning up, but there will be guaranteed smiles with this finger paint set. 

Schoenhut Oak/Mahogany 6-string Guitar $65

This classic guitar is the perfect gateway instrument for aspiring rock stars ages 3 and up.

Kara Dryer Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House $30

If your child loves storybooks and make-believe, opt for something that brings their favorite fairy tale to life, like this Goldilocks toy house. 

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Black Light Putty $15

Put this black light putty in their stocking stuffer for a colorful, fun de-stressing tool. 

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