Black Friday and Cyber Sales are starting EARLY THIS YEAR so the time to start shopping is NOW! The shopping frenzy is officially ON with shipping delays galore and shortages all over the world. The time to finish your Christmas shopping is more urgent than ever before. We wanted to give you ample time to buy what you need (and what the kids will actually want) before everything is sold out. Don’t get left out in the cold!
Get your holiday cheer ready and start clicking that “add to cart” button like you mean it! Don’t forget to peruse our Ultimate List of Gift Ideas For Women too!
Birth – 24 Months Old
Lovevery Play Kits
Lovevery is a great gift for any child from 0 months up to 3 years old. Each Montessori Playkit is catered to the developmental age of the child.
We are a HUGE fan of Lovevery and my children play with the kits well beyond the intended age range. Although the price range may be considered on the steeper side for grandparents, you end up getting at least 4+ toys in each kit that are made from 100% FSC-certified, sustainably sourced wood and at least one book that helps to foster growth in your child.
The Toddler Play Kits by Lovevery are now available and there is nothing better to help your child grow and learn this winter than Lovevery Montessori play kits!
If you aren’t sure which Lovevery Playkit to get, there is also a play tunnel made from organic cotton, the legendary Block Set that is great for a wide range of ages, the organic cotton nap mat, or the Baby Gym that is perfect for newborns and up. They all make excellent gifts!
Some select items and toys can even be found at Target now! Click here to read more about our favorite playkits from Lovevery.
Fisher Price Little People
One of the most popular toys for kids ages 1-5 is Fisher Price Little People! There are so many fun sets to choose from and you really can’t go wrong with these easy to clean, colorful toys that promote pretend play in younger children.
We especially like the electronic home playset with 3 figures and 7 additional play pieces for toddlers and preschool kids. They will love the 3 Smart Stages learning levels with songs, sounds and phrases about the alphabet, counting, opposites and greetings too!
6 activation points including light-up radio, light switch, front door, kitchen “tablet,” refrigerator, oven, and toilet that “flushes” will keep kids entertained for hours.
Lots of playtime for kids to discover including 4 rooms in the house, outdoor patio with swimming pool and working tree swing. A sure hit for any child on your list!
HAPE Musical Train
Hape is a household name for parents that appreciate great quality toys that enhance their baby’s creative and social skills while promoting fun.
This is an excellent first train set for younger children that offers delights at every turn! A beautiful melody plays as your child drives the jungle train over the colorful xylophone track. Then cheeky little monkeys pop up as you pass the bushes on the other side! A delightful and fun toy for children 18+ months.
2 – 4 Years Old
Swagtron K7 3-in-1 Balance Trike
Ditch the training wheels. Those are SO last year. Teach your toddler the proper riding technique and safety, now rather than later.
With the K7 Balance Trike you get 3 RIDE-ON TOYS IN 1!
Go from a classic balance trike to a fun tricycle to a full-on balance bike, quickly and easily with this kid-safe design that parents are raving about.
We also love that the solid wheel hubs prevent tiny feet and laces from getting tangled up while riding or pedaling down the street. Plus, these smart wheels won’t scratch or damage your expensive kitchen floor or hardwood, thanks to their durable, soft EVA foam construction.
If that doesn’t convince you that you need to run out and buy one of these trikes, rest easy knowing that it’s extremely simple to assemble out of the box and will make a big impact Christmas morning when you have it ready to ride under your Christmas tree. No complicated instructions or hard-to-find tools are needed for this baby! This is the ideal gift for Christmas for all kids, boys and girls, between the ages of 10 months old to around 5 years old!
Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia at Target
Celebrate the simplicity of everyday with Hearth & Hand, the collection created exclusively for Target by the beloved Chip & Joanna Gaines.
You can finally get beautifully designed children’s toys at prices you can actually afford. Most of them are so nice to look at, you will want to make sure you have a special place to display it in your playroom.
From the stunning Wooden Toy Kitchen to the adorable Farm School Bus and cute Farm Animals Set to go for a ride, you’ll quickly fall in love with this collection of irresistible toys that both adults and children will love. We bought a lot of Hearth & Hand toys last year for Christmas and there will be a lot of them under our tree this year too! I was lucky enough to score the Coffee Barista Station for my 4-year-old as well as the adorable Toy Bookshop and we plan to build them after the kids go to sleep on Christmas Eve for a big impact on Christmas morning!!
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The Yoto Player is a great gift to ask grandma or another person who actually cares about your children hearing more stories and having less screen time. My sons have a growing library of Yoto cards and they all love the Yoto Player so much, they fight over who’s turn it is to take it to bed! Yoto has become an important step in our bedtime routine with their amazing Bedtime Story cards and soothing nighttime music. Yoto cards also make EXCELLENT stocking stuffers. They even have a new subscription program so you can get two cards delivered every month at a big discount. Once you get a Yotto, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one soon! Highly recommend!
On a tight budget? Grab the Yoto Mini starting November 24th for only $59! This teeny powerhouse is just as fun as the original Yoto, just in a compact size for tight budgets and small hands. Geared for ages 3 and up, the Yoto Mini has up to 20 hours of play per charge, has sleep sounds, white noise and more, works with 3.5mm headphones and tiny lanyard handle for easy traveling. A great stocking stuffer!
Young gamers will love to receive one of the many 2021 titles from Outright Games. Transformer Battleground, PJ Masks: Heros of the Night, Paw Patrol Mighty Pups: Save Adventure Bay are only four of the large selection they have to offer. All of the games are suitable for all ages, so you don’t have to worry about questionable content.
Most children will be able to tell you which game they would want to find in their stocking, but I assure you they will be excited to play any of these fun and exciting games available from Outright Games! It’s a sure-fire crowd pleaser!
5 – 8 Years Old
Osmo Math Wizard
They won’t even realize they are LEARNING with Osmo Math Wizard! Designed for ages 6-8/Grades 1-2, Math Wizard is curriculum-inspired learning that works on both Apple iPad and Fire Tablets and the rest of the Osmo system.
Kids quickly build addition and subtraction confidence through active, hands-on learning and story-based gameplay. It’s so much fun!
Here are just a few of our favorites from Osmo, and there are so many more! Osmo makes a GREAT gift for kids because it’s fun and educational at the same time!
No, they aren’t Magna-tiles. They are better. Connetix looked at all the complaints parents and kids had about Magna-tiles with their weak magnets and poor designs and they decided they could do things better. So they did.
If you have Magna-tiles, go ahead and list them on the Facebook Marketplace or eBay right now because you NEED to get your kids Connetix for Christmas. They can finally build all the things they wanted to build and couldn’t. So many more possibilities with Connetix’s ultra-strong magnets and unique design. I did an unscientific test comparing the two brands and the difference is INSANE. You can look up other people’s tests on YouTube if you want to see them for yourself. Once you realize how insanely awesome Connetix Tiles are, you’ll want to buy them all.
I highly recommend at least getting the
Price: $40 and up
If you are looking for a great STEM toy for your budding you’d engineer, look no further than Snap Circuits! You can build over 300 experiments with 60+ parts with just their classic kit. Some of the fun experiments you can do include photosensitive electronic organ, a Lie detector, an AM radio, and a two-finger touch lamp and much more! Some of the cool parts included in the kit snap wires, a slide switch, a resistor, a microphone, and capacitors!
No soldering – no tools – it’s a snap! Snap Circuits parts require no tools and they click together to ensure solid electrical connections.
Our AWARD-WINNING product line of Snap Circuits supports a vigorous STEM/ STEAM educational curriculum where kids can learn by DOING. Snap Circuits are great for ages 8 and over!
Coconuts – A Fun Family Game
Kids love family game night so they will go coconuts over this fun family game that is easy to learn (takes less than a minute) and doesn’t last too long (game play is 10-20 minutes).
Kids ages 6 and up will love this game and I’m not gonna lie, you might find the coconuts laying around the house days after playing this game as things can get a little crazy once the monkeys start chucking the coconuts!
Price: $30 ($12 off coupon on Amazon right now!)
8 – 12 Year Olds
Gathre World Map
Wipeable, water-resistant, and ready to play, the Gathre World Map is beautiful enough to hang on the wall of your homeschool room or playroom, big enough to lay on the floor for playtime, or spread on your table for lunchtime. It’s no wonder why Gathre mats are gaining a cult following and are so popular they are selling out before our eyes.
If your child loves learning about geography, like my son does, they will love this gorgeous World Map hanging on the wall so they can investigate and learn about the countries at their own pace. Gathre has a Canadian map and a USA map too!)
Don’t buy them more plastic toys that will break and end up in the landfill. It’s time to get REAL toys! Candylab Toys line of exceptionally beautiful wooden toy cars are sustainable, eco-friendly, and will last the test of time. Combine them with the WayToPlay flexible roads for an epic gift for the car-loving child.
With Candylab cars starting at just $10, they make a great stocking stuffer without breaking the budget. They come in the most adorable and giftable boxes too. I have 4 boys, ages 2 to 11 years old and all of them LOVE playing with their “rubber roads” and “candy cars”. A sure hit for any child!
Price: $10 and up
Lego Star Wars
I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t like either Legos or Star Wars! What could be better than Star Wars Lego Kits? Mandalorian Lego kits of course!
My 11 year old is obsessed with Legos AND The Mandalorian. He thinks he IS Mando. We had to get him the Mandalorian costume, the Mandalorian electronic helmet and the Nerf Amban Blaster too. So of course when I saw the new Lego Star Wars – The Mandalorian lego kits, I had to get… a few.
Highly recommend the following Lego kits and there is one for every budget!
Loog Pro Acoustic Guitar
Give your child the gift of MUSIC! Loog is the best acoustic guitar for kids and beginners as it has been expertly designed for children as young as 8, but good enough for pros.
Playing songs on a guitar can be a daunting task for beginners. Loog solves this with their genius 3-string guitars that reduce chords to the basic triad, allowing for an easier and faster learning process. With a Loog Guitar, kids can play songs on day one, feeling rewarded and encouraged to keep on playing and learning!
When you get a Loog Guitar for your child, you get more than just a guitar made for kids: you get an instrument that is bundled with flashcards and an app that has everything your child needs to learn how to play guitar quickly and easily. You can even access FREE live lessons via Zoom to learn guitar basics. This is an excellent gift for any child who has shown an interest in learning to play an instrument! We highly recommend Loog!
12 – 15 Year Olds
Trekking The National Parks
Elevate your family game night with Trekking The National Parks.
- Best-Selling & Award-Winning National Parks Game: Winner Of The Mensa And Parent’s Choice Award. See the many 5-star reviews on Amazon!
- Created By National Parks Enthusiasts: This couple traveled to every single national park and then worked with their son to make the game.
- Fun + Educational: It’s the perfect recipe for a family game night! Appeals to a wide range of people: outdoor lovers, board game players, and gift givers.
- Share the Joy of the National Parks: Share your memories, and dream about where you’ll travel to next.
This is one of our family’s favorite games for family game night with our kids 7, 11, and 14. They love playing this game with their aunt and uncle too. It’s the perfect game for the whole family, especially if you are getting tired of Catan and want a change!
Sword And Serpent
If your teen loves reading, then this book series is a must-get!
Author Taylor Marshall is the author of 8 books, including the #1 Best-Selling fiction series, Sword and Serpent. The three books in this series will keep your teen turning the pages, riveted by these captivating tales. Geared for ages 12-17, you won’t regret buying these books or have to worry about what your teen is reading.
My 14 year old daughter read the first book in less than a week and was begging for the second book. The third book is as big as the bible and she consumed it with the same hunger she did the first two. She’s now insisting I ask Taylor Marshall when he will release the 4th book because, “Mom, there HAS to be a 4th book! The story isn’t over yet!”
Just Dance 2022
Don’t let winter weather stop you from getting your sweat on!
Let your teens exercise while having fun with Just Dance 2022! They can break a sweat while learning some new moves to all their favorite songs and even start their own routine with Just Dance Unlimited Sweat mode.
You can even team up with dance-on-demand streaming service for even more fun!
Don’t worry, there is fun for the whole family with this game. You can engage the little ones and get them off the couch with eight kid-friendly songs and choreographies with Kids mode.
Just Dance 2022 is available for Nintendo Switch, Playstation, and Xbox. Grab it on Amazon while it’s still on sale!
Swagtron K8 Titan Folding Kick Scooter
Upgrade your ride with the sleek, stylish Swagtron K8 Titan. Goto places to go and people to see? Want to skip the Covid-filled bus?The K8 Titan will get you where you want to go. Fast.
Why the K8 Titan? Because it’s light enough to be carried when you don’t need it but fast as lightning when you need to make a getaway!
Heading into the library? Just fold, lock, and carry. Plus it has extra-large wheels with extra-precise ABEC-9 bearings for a super smooth ride that all other scooters just can’t match. (and they cry about it when no one is looking.)
It’s a great gift for teens, college students,… and the young at heart.
Price: $79.99 (currently 44% off at Amazon!)
Other Hot Gift Ideas
Toy Storage Bag
Wondering what to do with all those stuffed animals and dolls in your kid’s room? Get them a stuffed toy organizer that you fill up with all your soft, plush toys and it turns into a bean bag!
Its unique triangular shape creates a comfortable seat with a backrest for reading a book, playing video games, or sitting and listening to your Yoto (linked above).
Price: Starting at $26.98
Plush Toy Storage
Want to hide your kid’s toys in style? Hide it away in these beautiful faux fur storage organizers! You can easily change a mountain of clutter into a fashionable plush chair.
Perfect for soft toys, throw pillows, blankets, dress-up costumes, and more!
High-quality materials and a heavy-duty zipper make these bags built to last.