As parents, most of our holiday shopping is usually for kids and teens. Shopping for younger kids is my favorite! Picking out holiday gifts for children is so much fun, but it gets a little harder as your kids get older.
We’ve gathered fantastic gift ideas for all the kids and teens on your holiday shopping list. Some of these items use affiliate links, some are from our sponsors, but all are perfect for the kids and teens on your Christmas shopping list.
Check out these awesome gifts for kids, tweens, and teens…
Magazines for Kids and Teens
Our kids love magazines about animals!
You can give your kids the gift of a magazine subscription and it will keep giving all year long… or even for 2 years depending on which subscription you get.
Brain Blox Toys for Happy Brains
At Brain Blox, they believe the happiest, healthiest kids are the ones who PLAY!
Their mission is to empower families to turn screens off and engage in meaningful play that brings joy to the child and nurtures healthier brains.
Brain Blox planks help build healthier, happier brains. This thoughtfully designed, open-ended toy builds confidence & creativity, teaches math & engineering concepts, and develops problem solving & reasoning abilities. See Brain Blox in action on their YouTube channel and buy it on Amazon.
Turn rocks and stones into pieces of art with Stone Garden Transfer Art. This kit guides you through transferring and painting images onto stones of all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.
This kit for making Handcrafted Lip Balms includes the pods, beeswax, and mold to make all-natural lip balms, with instructions to make 12 different types, each with its own flavor and benefits.
Bitsbox teaches kids to code by sending hilarious app projects in the mail every month.
Kids use the projects to build apps on our website, and they can then play with the apps on any mobile device.
Since Bitsbox is a subscription gift, it will keep on giving.
Educational Yoga Mats For Kids
Teach My Yoga Mat Sets are the world’s first educational yoga mats!
Research has shown that children who move while learning may absorb more. Plus, physical activity is important for a healthy mind and body.
The mats have just won the NAPPA Parenting Product Award, Academic’s Choice Award and the Tillywig Brain Child Award.
You want your kids to be moving and learning… these fun yoga mats encourage both!
Logitech Crayon is Logitech’s first digital pencil designed specifically for the new 9.7-inch iPad, and the perfect tool for your kids to unleash their creativity. The Crayon features Apple Pencil technology to deliver an ultra-responsive, precise and comfortable handwriting experience that makes it easy to markup and highlight work, take notes, or simply draw using your favorite iPad apps from the App Store.
This is the perfect gift for tweens and teens on your list who have a 6th generation iPad.
The smarTfold 500 is a compact folding trike by smarTrike.
It’s an impressive 7-in-1 tricycle that’s perfect for families on-the-go.
It folds up and is so easy to transport. You can easily put it in your car trunk to take on outings. There’s no stumbling, fumbling, or making a mess. Just fold and go. Take a closer look at Lisa’s son testing one out…
A smarTrike is the perfect gift for your toddler and you!
Polly Pineapple Teether
Polly Pineapple is an all-natural premium rubber teething toy that soothes a child’s gums through all stages of the teething process. She is completely free of dangerous chemicals like BPA, PVC and phthalates.
Each Polly Pineapple is hand-painted with food-grade paint, so she is safe for babies to chew on to their heart’s content. Polly is multi-textured – her crown and feet can be used to soothe those hard-to-reach back molars and her textured fruit body and smooth hands are perfect for front teeth.
For every Polly Pineapple sold, gnomgnoms pledges a donation to a leading national hunger non-profit to feed a hungry child for a week – which is equivalent to 21 meals.
Oh Goodie Goodies is a new online store started by a mother with a passion for wooden toys, books, boardgames, crayons and puzzles.
You’ll find an endless list of gift ideas for your little ones to inspire their imaginations.
This mural wallpaper is a simple way to bring together stunning imagery and design to a room.
You can create any type of creative design for any age… from a nursery for your new baby to a stylish room for your teenager.
Toydle Kids Forts
Kids love building forts! The Toydle Kid’s fort kit was created by a father of fraternal twins who was determined to make high quality construction toys.
These Fun kids forts are made in America and they are the only kid’s fort with a lifetime warranty. They guarantee every Toydle product and will replace any product or piece that fails for any reason.
You and your kids will love how the fort kits are so easy to use and keep kids playing for hours and hours.
Arctic Paw Hooded Bathrobe
Aren’t these Arctic Paw Hooded Bathrobes the cutest?
These soft plush bathrobes for boys and girls are perfect for Christmas gifts.
Kids will love how cozy the plush terry fabric is. They’ll be warm and happy after their bath or swimming at a pool.
You’ll love how durable the bathrobe is and that the detailed embroidery holds up excellently even with daily use.
Available in several adorable styles including Bear, Cow, Dog, and Panda.
Gifts for Pretend Play
Gifts that encourage pretend play such as costumes, dress up clothes, and puppets are perfect Christmas gifts for girls and boys of all ages.
Costumes are a wonderful way to get kids to make up stories and plays to act out.
Soft’n Slo Squishies™
Soft’n Slo Squishies™ is the latest release from ORB and is flying of the shelves.
Squishies are a super popular online trend that, up until now, has been very difficult to find in stores.
These super slow rising squishies have a North American twist, with themes that include peanut butter sandwiches, pancakes, s’mores, and more. Squishies make a great stocking stuffer.
Dork Diaries is one of my girls’ favorites.
For Christmas, either get your kids the latest in their favorite series or get them started on a new series of books.
There are so many different series available these days. If your children are reluctant readers, one strategy I’ve used is to read the first book in a series aloud with my kids to get them interested. Then they are more likely to keep reading the other titles on their own.
Little Tykes Push & Ride Racer
The Little Tykes Push & Ride Racer is perfect for new walkers or steady toddlers.
Even once kids can walk unassisted, they often love to push around their walking toys.
Featuring a low seat this racer is easy to get on and off.
Plus, there’s a seat for their favorite stuffed animal to ride along with them. Perfect for children 9 months to 3 years old.
Learning Resources Puzzle Globe
This Learning Resources Puzzle Globe is a fun, engaging way to encourage children (as young as 3) to learn more about geography.
Challenging puzzle, teaches continent names, the oceans famous landmarks, and more!
Mega Fossil Mine
This Mega Fossil Mine is from National Geographic and is great fun for kids.
They will be so excited to excavate REAL 15 million-year-old fossils.
I love giving these types of activities as Christmas gifts because kids can spend time during the holiday working on the project.
It comes with a learning guide so you know exactly what you dig up!
Magic Imagine Mermaid Bracelet
These Magic Mermaid Bracelets are made with reversible sequins and velvet lining.
“Move over fidget spinners, mermaid bracelets are set to be the newest schoolyard accessory that can provide some sensory distraction for kids who need it, and they are way less annoying.” – Red Tricycle
Parents say these bracelets are calming; relaxing; focuses him/her; a heathy alternative to screentime; addictive; fashionable and fun.
Smart Games That Get Kids Thinking
We love to give games that get kids thinking!
Code Master is a puzzle board game that takes kids on the ultimate coding adventure.
The big brother to Robot Turtles, Code Master is easy enough for any kid to play, but challenging to master.
Albeit a single-player game, friends can collaborate to solve the puzzles while learning coding logic and computer programming. Available at Amazon. (Ages 8+)
Your teen will love how easy it is to unlock their locker at school with a Bluetooth Smart Padlock.
These locks turn your smartphone into a key. And since teenagers all always have their smartphones with them, it’s a perfect way to open a locker.
Check out our video to see how it works…
Physics Workshop Kit
With the Physics Workshop Kit, your tween or teen will learn how to build a wind-powered generator, robot, pinball game and more.
With 305 pieces, 37 different experiments and 36 building projects, this is the perfect introduction to the basic laws of mechanical physics.
This Face and Body Brush Cleansing System might not be the most exciting gift you give your teenager this year, but it might be one of the most helpful.
Many teens struggle with acne and this Face and Body Brush Cleansing System from Essential Skin Solutions is an exfoliating facial brush that uses microdermabrasion to minimize pores and clean skin.
It can help get rid of acne and blackheads.
The ultimate gift you could give your teenager is an overseas student service trip with Rustic Pathways.
Janice’s son Jackson recently went on a Rustic Pathways trip so that we could find out more about the program and share it with you.
More Gift Guides
Find more gift ideas, see all our guides…
- Holiday Gift Guide for Women
- Holiday Gift Guide for Men
- Holiday Gift Guide for Kids and Teens
- Holiday Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers
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