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
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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.

Crate and Barrel

Elephant Nightlight

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

Crate and Barrel

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 Crate and Barrel. 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 kids art set for your favorite mini munchkin.

Crate and Barrel

Toy Gears Puzzle

Get those little minds thinking with a cause and effect puzzle from Crate and Barrel. Gift this puzzle for 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.

Rifle Paper Co. Ked's Kid Collection

Zebras, flamingos, parrots, oh my! These fun kids shoes are just what the darling infant in your life needs under the tree… or at least what their parents would love to dress them in! With the bright colors that Rifle Paper Co. is known for, and the durability we love in Keds, these toddler Velcro sneakers are functional and cute. (It’s too bad they don’t come in adult sizes!)

Moosh-Moosh Plush Animals

With almost every animal that you can think of — and some you never would! — the cuddly kids stuffed animals from Moosh-Moosh are loveable and fun. We love Handi Andy the octopus stuffed animal and Gwen the Penguin plush, though honestly, it’s really hard to pick favorites! Where else can you find a dragon, a caticorn, and a giraffe in one place? Plus, they start at only $5.99, which means you can buy one of these affordable stuffed animals for all of the kids in the family without blowing your budget.

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.

Heirloomed Collection 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 Heirloomed Collection 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!

Cuddle and 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!

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 makes 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!

Melissa and Doug via World Market

Pizza Party Play Set

All kids love pizza, and many love to play pretend, which makes this pizza set toy from World Market a perfect holiday present. The perfect gift for pizza lovers, this chilren's wooden toy has a variety of toppings included in the set, with plenty of mushrooms, peppers, and pepperoni to go around, and that it’s a fun, yet safe, way to show off those budding chef skills.

Courtesy of Cost Plus World Market
Cost Plus World Market

Animal-Shaped Coin Bank

Choose from a Llama, a cat, or a unicorn and gift the tike in your life the ability to save up their hard-earned pennies with a children's piggy bank from World Market. Each piggy bank is ceramic and features bright and fun colors, which makes them a fun kid’s room decoration. Gift a set of three and practice different uses for money. You can tell the kids that one’s for saving money, one’s for spending, and the third is money to share with others.

Image courtesy of Target
Image Courtesy of Target

Rocking Goat

Leave it to Chip and Joanna to rethink the classic rocking horse into a … wait for it … goat?! We had no idea that a billy goat could be so cute, but when you add a plaid cushion seat and horns, it’s hard not to gush over Target's modern take on the classic wooden rocking horse. This would be such a fun gift to leave under the tree — whether it comes from Santa or the fun aunt or uncle in the family.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Talk about a go-to children's book gift idea. Eric Carle’s "Very Hungry Caterpillar" is one of the best children's books of all time. The story about the caterpillar who eats his way through apples, oranges, pickles, chocolate cake, and more has been a family favorite for 50 years — which means that it’s almost impossible to over-share this book. We love this sturdy board book as a gift for our expecting friends and families, or the toddlers in our lives who want to “read” their books all on their own.

Melissa and Doug via Amazon

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.


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