As parents, most of our holiday shopping is usually for kids and teens. Shopping for younger kids is my favorite! Thinking of Christmas gift ideas For kids 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.
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Last year we tested out four different types of play sand to see how they compared. Check out our Kinetic Sand comparison and to see what they’re all like.
Your kids will play with it for hours! We love that it’s surprisingly not messy and allows good sensory input and creative output.
This set is great because it comes with 2 lbs of Kinetic Sand, 5 molds, 2 tools, and a folding sand box.
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.
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!
Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog is a perfect stuffie to give your kids because they know and love him from current Muppets movies and you can share your memories of the classic TV show.
I was recently searching for a Kermit stuffie to give as a gift and found this Kermit the Frog plush toy on Amazon.
Kids will love the soft material and stuffing that makes him easy to hold, squeeze, or hug.
He’s a perfect size… 16 inches in length, 5 inches wide at the torso, 13 inches with arms spread out and he weighs 7 ounces.
Tree House Play Set
This Schleich Adventure Tree House is a high quality play set that you’ll be proud to have out on display in your family room where your kids can play with it every day.
The 28 piece set has a slide, tire swing and rope ladder with a tray can be pulled up to the tree house using the pulley. The Hedgehog has a home in the hollow of the tree trunk.
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!
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.
Doesn’t every girl wish she had a unicorn? Girls of all ages will love one of these magical Schleich Rainbow Stallion Unicorn Toy Figures.
The rainbow mane and tail are fade resistant. The haunches are adorned with real rhinestones.
Our girls have collected Schleich horses for years. They love adding to their collection and have played for countless hours making up creative stories with these toy figures.
The intricately detailed design of the Schleich animal figures really sparks kids’ imaginations and allows kids of all ages to love them.
Even teenagers will love to display this unicorn on a dresser and enjoy a little magical inspiration each day.
Here is the ideal gift for your kids that will bless the whole family… a subscription to BroadwayHD.
This premiere streaming platform is perfect for everyone from theater fans to complete newbies.
The whole family will love to jazz up family entertainment night and experience the magic and thrill of theater together… at home!
BroadwayHD offers award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic performances like The Sound of Music and Peter Pan to spellbinding productions like Hetty Feather and Cirque du Soleil.
The performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience.
BroadwayHD is truly a brilliant gift idea.
Fitbit for Kids
The Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker for Kids tracks their steps & active minutes to help motivate them to get moving and stay healthy.
Kids earn virtual badges and fun on-screen celebrations when they reach their goals.
It’s swimproof (water resistant to 50M) and has a 5 day battery life. You can pair the Ace 2 to a child account to access a limited Kid View. Kids can also challenge their friends to step competitions & send each other messages or cheers in-app.
You’ll love that it will inspire kids get the ZZZs they need with sleep tracking, bedtime reminders and silent alarms.
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.
Get your kids inspired to eat healthier with the free HuePets app and then get this HuePets bundle with the HuePets stuffie, coloring book, and lunch bag.
We’ve shared before about HueTrition and their fun HuePets app that turns healthy eating into a game for kids. The HuePets stuffie is an awesome way to bring the game to life.
The HuePets coloring book that comes in the new HuePets Bundle is a wonderful way to explain how colors are related to vitamins and nutrients and get kids excited to eat healthier foods.
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.
But the good news is they don’t need to share yours. You can give them their own laptop for about a couple hundred dollars.
Yes this Aspire 3 laptop is a lightweight laptop that teens can carry easily in their backpack and it’s shockingly affordable. It combines powerful tech and thoughtful design features in a sleek design.
It weighs only about 2 kg and has a battery life of up to 9 hours.
The Aspire 3 Series features a 180 degree lay flat display, to allow for multiple viewing perspectives. This model has an MSRP of $279.99, but I’ve seen it available at Walmart for $219.99 at times… and right now it is only $199 at Walmart.
The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book
The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book: 60 Easy and Fun Dessert Recipes for Every Holiday, Birthday, Milestone and More
Your kids will absolutely love how this unique cookbook puts them in charge of making dessert. It teaches them how to bake independently by covering everything bakers need to know. The book guides them through learning each important baking skill from separating eggs to creaming butter and sugar together and even rolling your own cookie dough.
And they’ll also master decorating their desserts as their confidence and baking skills grow.
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.
Check out the amazing magazine subscription savings up to 90% off retail.
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.
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.
Soft’n Slo Squishies™
Kids these days are obsessed with Squishies!
Squishies are a super popular online trend that are actually a fantastic toy that kids can use as a calming tool that can help them relax and regulate their mood.
I find they are perfect to use as a fidget toy for my child with ADHD while she is doing homework.
Kids love to collect tons of squishies so go ahead and you might want to get them a bunch.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
Selfie Ring Light
A selfie light ring works on phones, laptops, and tablets to give better lighting on photos and videos. This QIAYA Lighting Clip is easily recharged with a USB cord so they won’t be wasting money on batteries.
It’s even great to use as a make-up light.
They’ll love that the light is compact and light weight so they can toss it in their bag and take it anywhere.
Since it’s simply clicked on to the phone, they can share it with their friends too.
Photography Crystal Lensball
If your teen loves posting photos on their social media sites, encourage their love of photography with fun accessories like ones of these crystal balls.
Lensball is made for beginners as well as for professional photographers.
To make this accessible for all levels of photography, Lensball works with professional cameras and any smartphone camera.
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.
Teen girls will love a stylish purse to carry their phone and makeup. This Nautica Crossbody Bag has a quilted body and wide grosgrain striped strap.
It’s light and comfy to carry with an interior zip and slip pockets to hold I.D.’s, cards, phone and extra necessities.
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.
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