61 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids and Toddlers

Hunting for the smartest, cutest, newest toys for your children? The search is over. We’ve rounded up the best holiday gifts for toddlers, preschoolers and big kids.
ByKate Traverson
Updated
Oct 2020
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It’s that time of year again—holiday shopping! (Ho, ho, ho.) Overwhelmed by the endless options of Christmas toys? To keep the holiday cheer afloat, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, curating the latest and greatest toddler Christmas gifts for girls and boys. But if you have an older child, don’t worry: We’ve also outlined the very best Christmas gift ideas for kids as well. Now, finding the perfect holiday presents won’t call for making a list and checking it twice. Get ready to call your holiday shopping a wrap, STAT, so you can be your jolly, festive self again.

Best Toddler Christmas Gifts (Ages 1 to 3)

Your little angel isn’t a baby anymore but not exactly a big kid, either. So what Christmas toys are the best for this in-between stage that will thrill and delight (and even boost development)? We’ve figured it out for you. Here are the top Christmas gifts for toddler boys and girls.

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HABA Symphony Croc Music Band Set

Toddler Christmas gifts that are music to the ears? Found! Your little one’s first music class is in session! This all-in-one crocodile instrument includes a drum, metallophone, guiro wooden block and bell. It comes with two mallets, making it perfect for play date duets.

Ages: 2 years+
Buy it: $40, Walmart.com

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LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book

Learning new words has never been more fun. Guided by pals Turtle, Tiger and Monkey, toddlers can broaden their vocabulary by touching the words on the pages to hear them spoken aloud, along with exciting sound effects and fun facts. Bonus: The words and songs can be heard in both English and Spanish, making it one of the best toddler gifts for bilingual families.

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Ages: 18 months to 4 years
Buy it: $18, Kohls.com

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KiwiCo Panda and Koala Subscription boxes

For toddler Christmas gifts that keep coming all year, sign up for a subscription. KiwiCo’s monthly or bi-monthly boxes are packed with fun, educational toys and projects designed to promote language development, math skills and more. The best part? They even include tips on how to continue to use the products as your child grows. Kick things off with the Panda Crate for 0- to 2-year-olds or advance to the Koala Crate if your child is 2 to 4 years old.

Ages: 0 to 4 years

Buy it: Starting from $17 per crate depending on the plan, KiwiCo.com

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Janod Essentials Box with Keys

The traditional toddler shape sorter gets upgraded with extra skills in this lock and key box. Once your little one matches the wooden shapes and colors, they can retrieve them by unlocking the box with a special key, a fun way to develop fine motor skills, memory and color recognition.

Ages: 18 months+
Buy it: $33, TheTot.com

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Melissa & Doug Frolicking Frog Wooden Pull Toy

Toddlers will love to hop to it with this happy frog that bounces and bobs as he rolls along. Pull toys are just the type of toddler Christmas gifts to delight little ones as they learn to walk and strengthen their gross motor skills.

Ages: 18 months+
Buy it: $20, MelissaandDoug.com

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Learning Resources Smart Snacks Number Pops

Among our best toddler Christmas gift ideas, consider this the perfect multi-purpose toy. It’ll give little ones practice counting and recognizing numbers and colors. Each pop shows a number of dots, while the cover shows the numeral and color. Plus, as your toddler slides the covers on and off, their fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination get a boost.

Ages: 18 months+
Buy it: $25, Kohls.com

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Cubcoats Hoodie

Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas for kids? This pick is actually two presents in one—a cute character hoodie and a cuddly plush toy. Made with super-soft cotton, the lightweight jacket folds up into a zippered pouch to form a fuzzy friend that they’re sure to love long after they outgrow the sweatshirt. Plus, with a huge selection of designs featuring adorable animals and popular characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and more, you’re sure to find one any toddler will love.

Ages: 2 years+

Buy it: $45, Cubcoats.com

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Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center

You know those awesome wooden activity stations they have in preschools? They make some of the best gifts for toddlers. Here’s the colorful, at-home Christmas toys version. Four learning quadrants offer different tot-favorite activities, such as bead runs and gliders.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $116, Maisonette.com

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Just One You Personalized Book and Cookie Monster Gift Set

Here’s a suggestion for those family members clamoring for your wishlist of toddler Christmas gifts. Grandparents will love choosing the special message in the front of this book personalized with your child’s name. Bonus: It features all of their favorite Sesame Street characters and a cuddly cookie monster to snuggle while you read.

Ages: 1 year+

Buy it: $55, PutMeintheStory.com

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Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug in Small Pig

If you put this on your little one’s wish list, be prepared for the grandmas to duke it out over who gets to buy it. A truly wow-worthy toy, it’s at the pinnacle of top toddler Christmas gifts. Multi-directional casters roll in all directions, so it’s easy for kids to work on gross motor skills and balance. The cushioned, comfy body of this pretty porker can be wiped clean (bonus!).

Ages: 18 months+
Buy it: $70, Walmart.com

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LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

All the kids will be screaming for ice cream this holiday thanks to this sweet play cart. Toddlers can use the magic scooper to create tasty sundaes, all the while learning the names of colors, flavors and toppings, and how to count to 10. The cart even has wheels, so kids can take their burgeoning ice cream business on the go (and work their gross motor skills as they push). Hooray for educational Christmas toys for toddlers!

Ages: 2 to 5 years
Buy it: $40, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Tender Leaf Toys Foxy Magnetic Stacker

The best kind of toddler Christmas gifts are the ones that are both beautiful and entertaining, like this heirloom-worthy 3D puzzle. Part of the charm of this wooden gem is that it features an ever-trendy fox. Plus, there’s nothing like a toy that teaches problem-solving and hand-eye coordination, all while sitting pretty.

Ages: 18 months+

Buy it: $18, Maisonette.com

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Hape Roller Derby

Sometimes, the simplest Christmas toys for toddlers are the most enduring. The tykes we know would love to watch balls bob and weave through the holes and over the rails on this track to ring the bell at the end.

Ages: 1 year+

Buy it: $40, Maisonette.com

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Green Toys Sesame Street Elmo & Friends Dough Activity Set

When it comes to toddler Christmas gifts, toys that feature Elmo are sure-fire winners. With this set, kids can recreate their favorite Sesame Street faces out of (organic) dough. Use the tools (made of 100 percent recycled plastic) to stamp out the shapes, then accessorize with the pop-out features and have fun with the double-sided activity card.

Ages: 2 to 8 years
Buy it: $22, Amazon.com

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Chewbeads Stack and Play Peace, Love, Star

If you thought Chewbeads, the baby-safe jewelry for moms, were a smart idea when baby was teething, you’ll love this equally genius older-kid version among our Christmas gifts for toddler girls and boys. Not only does this stacker look nice enough to leave out when company comes, but the pieces are chewable, medical-grade silicone, BPA-free and can be popped in the dishwasher.

Ages: 1 year+

Buy it: $25, Maisonette.com

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DJECO Pi Pop Pidoo Popping Toy

This colorful wooden toy features three different animal figures that pop out of their holes when little ones press on them. This simple activity promotes finger strength and is sure to get your tot laughing with glee everytime their critter friends hop into the air.

Ages: 1 year+

Buy it: $20, Nordstrom.com

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Radio Flyer Scoot About Sport

Few Christmas toys for toddlers are as cool as this ride-on, which is just the mode of transportation to get your little one to wherever their imagination leads them. This toddler gift is easy to steer, has wide-set front wheels for safety and includes built-in storage under the seat. Score!

Ages: 1 to 3 years
Buy it: $30, Walmart.com

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LEGO DUPLO My First Bricks

When it comes to choosing the perfect Christmas gifts for toddler boys or girls, you can’t go wrong with a classic blocks set. Designed specifically for tiny hands, this building kit from LEGO lets little ones create to their heart’s content. They’ll have so much fun building, they won’t suspect they’re honing their motor skills and critical thinking while they’re at it.

Ages: 18 months+

Buy it: $30, Kohls.com

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PlanToys Green Dollhouse with Furniture

Dollhouses make great Christmas gifts for toddler girls and boys alike, as it encourages imaginative play and emotional intelligence. This stylish wood and felt design is not only nicely gender-neutral, but it also boasts up-to-date, eco-friendly elements like a wind turbine, solar panels and a rain barrel. Plus it comes fully furnished, so your tot’s dolls or figurines are ready to move right in.

Buy it: $250, Maisonette.com

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Melissa & Doug Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy

Another wooden stunner, this well-made toddler Christmas gift encourages kids to push (and in turn, develop motor skills and coordination) with its cheerful clacking noise.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $50, MelissaandDoug.com

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The Story Box

Fostering a lifelong love of reading starts now, and what better way to introduce new books to your toddler than a monthly subscription box? The Story Box sends two board books (recommended for ages 0 to 3) or two picture books (for ages 3 to 6) and a tip card geared toward getting little ones involved in the story, making this a good Christmas gift for kids of all ages.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: Packages start at $15 a month, JointheStoryBox.com

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Learning Resources 1-2-3 Build it! Car, Boat, Plane

Sure, toddlers love playing with cars, boats and planes. But what’s even better? When they can build the vehicles themselves. These Christmas toys are perfect for budding engineers, who can mix and match the pieces with the help of the play screwdriver.

Ages: 2 years+
Buy it: $20, Walmart.com

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Lily & River Little Surfer

This seemingly simple piece of wood can be a surfboard, a bridge, a slide or a mountain—the only limit is your little one’s imagination. When standing, sitting or sliding on the board, toddlers will improve their balance and strength too, making this one of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids to work on their gross motor skills.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $130, TheTot.com

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Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set

These may look like traditional blocks, but small magnets are safely hidden inside, so they click together irresistibly. This 42-piece set has columns, short and long planks, cubes, parallelograms and even wheels. It’s age-graded for the youngest of toddlers but is sure to be played with for years to come, making it one of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $120, Maisonette.com

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Boon Jellies Suction Cup Bath Toys

This year, the Christmas toys are headed to the bath! These translucent jellyfish suction to the tile, tub and each other. ‘Nuff said.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $11, Walmart.com

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HABA Doll

One of the sweetest Christmas gifts for a toddler girl or boy, these classic soft dolls sport chenille hair, embroidered features and clothing that’s easy to take off and put on. Handily, they’re also machine-washable, since your little one will be taking their new baby everywhere they go.

Ages: 18 months+
Buy it: $30 each, Amazon.com

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Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

Be prepared: These toddler Christmas gifts can be as addicting for parents as they are for kids. Each of the six spheres is weighted differently, so they balance, nest and spin in many more ways than you first imagine. It’s a good way for your tot to work on fine motor skills and coordination.

Ages: 6 months to 2 years
Buy it: $27, Kohls.com

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Green Toys Wagon Outdoor Toy

If you have a few small Christmas toys stashed away but are still looking for the big present for under the tree, this may well be it. The wagon is the perfect size and shape for toddlers and preschoolers to tote by the 100 percent cotton rope handle. Made in the USA, it’s supremely sturdy.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $22, Walmart.com

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Janod ABC Walking Trolley with Blocks

Steady your new little walker (okay, runner) with this unique learning cart. It’s tricked out with 20 wooden alphabet blocks with upper and lower case letters, an abacus, wooden wheels with colorful pinwheel designs and rubber grips.

Ages: 1 to 4 years
Buy it: $88, Maisonette.com

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Balu Organics Large Premium Ball Pit with 400 Balls

If you’re stuck inside and searching for Christmas gift ideas for kids that are sure to see daily play, look no further than a ball pit. We love the soft organic fabric and neutral color scheme of this one (you can choose the ball colors!), so that it doesn’t look completely out of place in your living room.

Ages: 7 months+

Buy it: $289, TheTot.com

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Lovevery The Organic Cotton Play Tunnel

We’re always amazed at how big of smiles these simple tubes put on tots’ faces. But what sets this special version apart? It’s made using organic cotton and comes with its own carrying case, so you can tote fun around wherever you go.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $50, Lovevery.com

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Moonlite Storybook Projector for Smartphones

Calling all bookworms! Rounding out our list of favorite toddler Christmas gifts, the Moonlite story projector offers a whole new way to experience stories. This pint-size projector clips onto your smartphone and using its flashlight casts amazing illustrations from classic books onto the walls or ceiling. It’s a sweet addition to any kid’s bedtime routine.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

Best Christmas Gifts for Kids (Age 3-5+)

Your blossoming big kid is likely starting to voice plenty of ideas (read: opinions) about the Christmas toys that show up under the tree. No matter: We’ve put together a list of good Christmas gifts for kids that won’t disappoint your little elf.

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Magna-Tiles

These toys are one of our top picks for children ages 3 and up, which means they’re also one of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids you can come up with. That’s because they really let your kid’s imagination run wild—there’s an endless combination of things to create and build—and they’re also surprisingly chic.

Ages: 3-8 years

Buy it: $120, Maisonette.com

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Educational Insights Design & Drill My First Workbench

Now that your child has those fine motor skills down-pat, let your little builder get busy with a workbench. Christmas gifts for kids like this are perfect for introducing STEM concepts at a young age. Kids can hammer in nails and drill bolts into the bench to create colorful patterns.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $50, Kohls.com

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Melissa & Doug Slice & Toss Salad Set

Preschoolers often love helping out in the kitchen, so something that’ll make them feel included is one of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids. Give them a thrill by wrapping up this show-stopping pretend play salad kit. The 52-piece set includes felt salad greens in realistic hinged containers, sliceable wooden veggies, proteins, toppings and two dressing bottles that squirt string!

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $30, Nordstrom.com

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Light Stax Light-Up Building Bricks Mega Set

Building with bricks is cool. Even cooler? Building with light-up bricks that glow in the dark! If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas that’ll make your kids’ eyes light up, this is it. There are no wires to hassle with—children simply turn on one of the base bricks, start stacking and bask in the glow of their unique creations.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $80, TheGrommet.com

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Selfie Clothing Co. Christmas PJ Set

Cute pajamas are one of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids (and adults!). But this set is extra-special because they get to color in the reindeer and gingerbread-themed design. Believe it or not, the marker ink will withstand the washing machine too, so they can wear their artwork over and over again.

Ages: 3 to 8 years
Buy it: $38, TheTot.com

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LEGO Juniors Emma’s Mobile Vet Clinic Building Kit

Your kids probably love animals, and they may already be saying they want to be a veterinarian when they grow up. Get them started with this adorable LEGO set meant for junior builders, which comes with pieces to build a mobile vet truck (and a little pug named Toffee!). When you’re still searching for good Christmas gift ideas for kids, LEGO is a go-to brand.

Ages: 4 years+
Buy it: $10, Kohls.com

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Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot

When it comes to Christmas gift ideas for kids, you want to give them something that’ll keep them entertained but is also educational. Look no further than Dash, a diminutive robot that responds to voice commands. Dash (with the help of the real mastermind: your kid) powers DIY projects that involve problem-solving and storytelling. The possibilities are truly endless.

Ages: 6 years+
Buy it: $150, Amazon.com

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Kinetic Sand Folding Sand Box

Trust us, this is one of those Christmas gifts for kids that’s equally enjoyed by adults. Like magic, this special sensory sand sticks to itself (meaning you don’t have to vacuum up bits of sand after playtime). Perfect for building sandcastles and more, without the need to hit the beach!

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $30, Walmart.com

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The Grinch Stuffed Animal

As your child gets older, they’ll start to develop a deeper understanding of their favorite movies. So when it comes to good Christmas gifts for kids, why not give them a stuffed version of one of their favorite Christmas characters: Mr. Grinch! This holiday-hating Grinch is super-soft and plush—not to mention he has some seriously gorgeous eyelashes.

Ages: 1 year+
Buy it: $30, HannaAndersson.com

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Fat Brain Toys Dado Cubes

Every bit of artwork your preschooler produces is a masterpiece to you. And each configuration of these blocks, no matter how your kid puts them together, will look like a masterpiece to everyone else too. The slits on each cube interlock to make any number of museum-worthy structures, all while boosting visual-spatial development, making them a great Christmas gift idea for kids.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $29, Macys.com

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Tender Leaf Toys Breakfast Tray

It’s the classic preschooler pretend game: serving up a piping hot meal to family and friends (and their favorite dolls). Let your child present you and your partner “breakfast in bed” with this adorable wooden tray filled with toast, eggs and all its accoutrements.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $29, Maisonette.com

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VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine

Looking for Christmas gift ideas for kids they won’t tire of as they grow? Look no further than this stand-up karaoke machine and microphone. Your child can take center stage (with you as their rapt audience, of course) and sing along to eight original songs. They can also record their own musical masterpieces for up to five minutes.

Ages: 5 to 9 years

Buy it: $16, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Thames & Kosmos Robot Engineer

For Christmas gifts for kids who are into robots, pick up this engineering kit with a companion storybook. First, read the funny tale of two kids on an adventure in a candy factory, and then build the robot models.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $50, Walmart.com

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Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket

Have a little daredevil on your hands? These Christmas gifts for kids are sure to keep them occupied. The planes are designed to perform amazing tricks. Just run, jump and stomp to launch them! Kids can change the launch angle and decide to fly with a head or tail wind to adjust how these planes fly.

Ages: 5 years+
Buy it: $20, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Zoo What’s For Lunch? Game

Memory games are fun for children of various ages. This cute lunch-themed game features large, colorful pieces, encourages matching and memory skills and includes four different ways to play, so you can switch the games up as your child gets older.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $20, SkipHop.com

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Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kit

As a lesson in surprising sources of electricity, you child can follow the recipe to make conductive dough (yes, there is such a thing), and then use the parts in this kit to create simple circuits and fun dragon or penguin shapes that light up.

Ages: 4 to 7 years

Buy it: $20, Walmart.com

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Melissa & Doug Chef’s Kitchen

For the kid who loves to cook, why not get them a kitchen of their own? This gorgeous kitchen set—one of our all-time favorite Christmas gifts for kids—boasts incredible attention to detail. It features a fridge, freezer, microwave and cabinet doors that open and close, oven knobs that click and turn, raised burners, an ice maker and ample storage space for easy cleanup.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $92, MelissaandDoug.com

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KidKraft Ocean Front Playhouse

Give your kiddo their very own cottage. This wooden playhouse—complete with a working door, mailbox and doorbell—is one of the best Christmas gifts for kids. Whether you set the playhouse up indoors or out, it’ll make for hours of fun pretend play. Prepare for all their preschool friends to be jealous.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $270, Target.com

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Pottery Barn Kids Art Easel

For emerging artists, this multi-use easel is a must-have among Christmas gifts for kids. It includes a chalkboard, a white magnetic board, chalk, paint and paint brush and an eraser. All that’s left is for you to stand back and watch your little Picasso go to work!

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $199, PotteryBarnKids.com

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Crate and Kids Doorway Bean Bag Toss Game

Whether for a playdate, birthday party or just a Sunday afternoon, this retro-looking bean bag game sets up in a doorway in a cinch. Instead of balls, kids toss stuffed birds for a dose of silly fun.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $59, CrateandBarrel.com

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Vilac My First Chess Set

All hail the king and queen…of the jungle, that is. Looking for good Christmas gifts for kids that check off problem-solving, memory building and concentration? This animal-themed chess set does all three. It’s time to challenge your child to a match.

Ages: 6 years+
Buy it: $32, Store.MoMA.org

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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

With this rockstar of Christmas toys, kids are in control of their musical creations. They can add or subtract instruments, adjust the tempo and add sound effects, and the Rocktopus will respond to every musical instrument as kids insert or tap them.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $60, Kohls.com

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Boon Marco Bath Toy

A bath can be as much fun as jumping in the pool, if your child washes up with Marco (as in Polo). His diving helmet sports a water-activated light that changes color as he bobs along with his head peeking out of the water. Your child will actually start to look forward to bathtime, making Marco one of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $15, Nordstrom.com

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Learning Resources Puzzle Globe

When it comes to good Christmas gifts for kids, you’ll want to pick something that’s both fun and educational. That’s where this puzzle globe comes in. It’ll teach your child the continent names, oceans and some famous landmarks, but makes learning fun with an engaging puzzle concept.

Ages: 3 years+

Buy it: $35, Kohls.com

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Lakeshore Let’s Go Shopping Cash Register

Christmas gifts for kids that encourage imaginary play are always a smart bet—and this cute talking cash register is just the thing for little cashiers to ring up their customers. It has all the features of the real thing, from a barcode scanner that beeps and flashes to a scale that plays a tune as kids load it up with pretend product. It even offers a quiz mode that tests kids on their numbers, letters, math skills and more.

Ages: 18 months to 8 years
Buy it: $40, LakeshoreLearning.com

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ALEX Toys Little Hands Paper Tube Ocean

Want Christmas gifts for kids that celebrate crafting? This kit includes everything to make fun ocean creatures using paper tubes. Each project comes individually wrapped, so hearing “I made it myself!” has never been faster or simpler.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $17, Walmart.com

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Caroline & Co. The Bella Personalized Tea Set

When it comes to good Christmas gifts for girls, we love a pretty little tea set. This ceramic one is handmade, hand-painted and can be personalized with your child’s name. It comes with a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and two cups and saucers on a tray: The ideal setup for your child’s real or imaginary tea parties.

Ages: 3 years+

Buy it: $160, TheTot.com

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Melissa & Doug Harmonica

There’s something about harmonicas that kids absolutely obsess over. This easy-to-learn instrument makes the perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. Just be warned: you’re about to hear it playing nonstop.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $6, MelissaandDoug.com

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Rockin’ Rider Wally Riding Horse

Looking for some Christmas gifts for kids that make a big impression? If your kids have been asking for a pony, here’s your solution. This ride-on toy talks and sings: Press his left ear to hear “I’m a Little Pony” and his right to hear six different phrases and sound effects. Your horse-loving kiddos will never want to get off.

Ages: 3 years+
Buy it: $190, Macys.com

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