Make shopping for the little ones on your holiday list easier with our go-to picks for the best holiday presents for kids.

By Amy Palanjian
Updated October 08, 2020
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Shopping for kids—your own, or those little friends and relatives—can be a challenge. We may not always know what the kids already have and love to play with. We might be unsure of what the parents actually want to add to their home. Luckily for you, we’ve worked hard to put together a list of gifts for kids that’s diverse, affordable, and fun. Each gift for kids on our list will thrill both the kids and parents—no loud or annoying music in sight! So whether you need a kid's stocking stuffer, a small gift for kids, or are looking for the little kid who seems to already have everything, this gift guide is for you.

two unicorn dolls
Credit: Courtesy of Cuddle + Kind

Hand-Knit Dolls

With dolls including Pearl the Mermaid, Benedict the Bunny, Stella the Polar Bear, Zoe the Unicorn, and many (many!) more, we adore the Cuddle and Kind dolls. Each soft doll is certified Fair Trade, is hand knit with 100% cotton yarn and is filled with hypoallergenic fill for ideal cuddling conditions. The dolls come in two sizes and each purchase donates 10 meals to children in North America and around the world. We love gifts that donate. So very merry!

Buy It: Hand-Knit Dolls (starting at $55, Cuddle + Kind)

rainbow nightlight
Credit: Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Rainbow Nightlight

Forget the too-bright nightlights that turn, twirl, and keep the kids up at night—this sweet and subtle plug-in rainbow nightlight is here to help. It will keep the monsters at bay, guide nighttime trips to the potty, and will look stunning from the nursery years straight through elementary school. (P.S. This also makes a great baby shower gift!)

alpaca toy with book
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Nighttime Snuggler

A consistent nighttime routine is a wonderful time to relax and bond with little ones. This 16-inch faux fur snuggler helps promote stress-relief before bed. Children will find comfort in cuddling and holding their animal. Each alpaca comes with a matching board book and affirmation card. Visit the Slumberkins website for additional resources for helping little ones combat stress.

wooden weather-themed toy
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Weather Station

Help littles learn about the weather with this interactive toy. Made from sustainable beechwood, each set comes with one 12-inch weather base, five weather pieces, a cotton bag, and an instruction card. As they play, the littles will be able to predict and report the weather forecast. It's a great set for children and toddlers who are curious about the world around them.

doll with book
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Selma's Dolls

There’s nothing quite like having a doll that looks just like you. Selma’s Dolls offer dolls of different cultures, religions, and disabilities. Plus, each look-a-like doll comes with a book with conversation starters to help parents talk to kids about difficult topics like culture, religion, and physical and mental disabilities without having to be experts. The dolls are made of jersey knit and each one is over a foot tall—just perfect for snuggling.

Buy It: Selma's Doll Lola ($30, Amazon)

bunny stacking game
Credit: Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Stacking Game

No batteries required for this fun game for toddlers. The animal-themed game is made from sustainable reclaimed rubberwood and finished with child-safe water-based paint. Stacking (and restacking!) the colorful pieces will help your toddler develop cognitive and fine motor skills. The 15-piece set is just over 10 inches wide and 9 inches tall and ideal for little ones 18 months and older.

two drawings with crayons
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Crayons for Left-Handed Kids

If you're looking for art supplies for ambidextrous kids—or for the toddler who simply hasn’t yet decided which hand is best—you need these ergonomic crayons from Ooly. They’re bright, fun to use, and they fit perfectly into little hands. Finding left-handed art supplies can be hard, which is what makes these Ooly crayons so great. Let Santa know to add them to a stocking, or pair them with drawing paper and stickers for a kid's art set for your favorite mini munchkin.

Buy It: Ooly Left Right Crayons, ($8 for a set of 10, Crate & Barrel)

set of three sidewalk chalks
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Unicorn Horn Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk just got way more fun with this super cute unicorn chalk. If your kids love sidewalk chalk—or like to make their own—they'll love this unicorn horn chalk. Each unicorn horn is a unique sidewalk chalk swirl of happy colors that make for endless sidewalk (and driveway … and porch ...) coloring fun. Each set is made to order and includes 3 fanciful swirls. It’s fun to imagine what the kids might create with these!

Buy It: Unicorn Horn Chalk ($15, Etsy)

kids puzzle on floor
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Toy Gears Puzzle

Get those little minds thinking with a cause and effect puzzle. Gift this puzzle to younger kids, who will enjoy the fun and super colorful gears. Even better, they can mix, match, and recreate this wooden toy in endless combinations. The gears spin to teach cause and effect, as well as creativity. This chunky 24-piece set is made from rubberwood and water-based dyes and is a perfect gift for toddlers on up.

set of four bibs
Credit: Courtesy of Heirloomed

Monogrammed Bibs

Whether you're looking for holiday gifts for pregnant mamas in your life or want a gift for a new baby in the family, these beautiful bibs from are a thoughtful holiday present. Each personalized baby bib is made from sturdy fabrics, including canvas and cotton, and this personalized baby gift also has an optional monogram. Bonus: The simple tie-on design helps to ensure that the bib stays put, even when baby won’t!

Buy It: Baby Bibs (starting at $14, Heirloomed)

child plays with four cars made by melissa and doug toys
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Pull-Back Vehicles

This Melissa and Doug toy is made from soft cloth but still has real wheels that work. With a pull-back and let go toy design, this set of four toy vehicles includes a toy school bus, toy car, toy fire truck, and toy police car. It’s a perfect gift set for babies and toddlers who love to explore cause and effect—and is a great gift for kids who like cars.

Buy It: Pull-Back Vehicles ($20, Amazon)

child playing with toy set
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Space Set

Set your sights on outer space with this colorful toy. Complete with astronaut dolls, space towers, and UFOs, this gift encourages creativity and role play. Made from rubberwood and birch plywood, each 16-piece set is painted with non-toxic water-based paint. This battery-free toy is a great way to encourage free play in children ages three and up.


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