As parents, most of our holiday shopping is finding Christmas gifts 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 kids gift ideas 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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Here are some awesome Christmas gift ideas for kids, tweens, and teens…
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.
We always give our girls some type of art supplies for Christmas. As kids get older, they still love to be creative… just buy them more advanced art supplies.
These iHeart Art Packs are perfect Christmas gifts for older kids and teenagers.
These art packs are such great deals. For instance, the Art Pack Glitter FX comes with 12 metallic watercolors, 8 glitter gel pens, 8 glitter markers, 2 paintbrushes, 25-page art pad and a Techniques Guide.
Kwik Stix Tempera Paint Sticks
Kwik Stix Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! Simply uncap, twist and paint!
Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allows them to dry in 90 seconds while still leaving a paint-like finish! No cups, smocks, water or brushes required. Kwik Stix come in assorted vibrant colors with coverage that won’t crack.
Great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas. Kwik Stix are also washable!
Young Art Lessons have classes for as low as $1 per day.
You can give you child access to a month of unlimited classes for only $30.
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.
HOMER Explore Kits
The new HOMER Learn & Grow app takes kids on a personalized playful learning journey.
HOMER also just introduced a set of three new play kits to take learning off screen, supporting skills development around Letters, Numbers and Feelings through storytelling, pretend play, activities and games IRL.
Each kit takes place in a fun, whimsical world for kids to support play and imagination and are available for $29.95 each (or $79.97 for all three).
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.
Educational Board Games
I’m super impressed with these clever new games from Adventerra Games. They have a variety of puzzles and games for preschoolers as well as cooperative and competitive board games for older kids and teens that make perfect gifts for kids.
With rich content and attractive designs, kids and families will have a blast while they learn how to protect the planet.
Balance Board For Kids
One of these balance boards is a brilliant gift idea for kids who like to keep moving all the time.
It’s especially awesome for kids with ADHD to use a balance board while reading or doing school work at home.
Fluidstance makes this product called Grade® For Kids that is available in kid-friendly colors and recycled plastic.
Gifts for Pretend Play
Gifts that encourage pretend play such as costumes, dress up clothes, and puppets are perfect Christmas gifts for kids of all ages.
Costumes are a wonderful way to get kids to make up stories and plays to act out.
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.
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.
DIY Plush Toy
Ravel Tales DIY Collectible Plush Toy is a unique gift idea for kids. They’ll have fun discovering all the activities that are part of this cute collectible. They start by unwinding the yarn ball and uncovering 12 fun surprises along the way.
A super sweet plush pet and fun DIY activities get kids happily busy creating 3 braided charm bracelets, 1 braided pet collar, 2 pom poms and a pillow bed.
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.
We think this puzzle globe is a fantastic gift idea for kids.
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 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.
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.
Harry Potter Toy
Harry Potter Bendyfig is a Toyllectible™️ line of figures with highly-detailed sculpts in a bendable form factor to pose and display.
Harry Potter™️, Hermione Granger™️, and Albus Dumbledore™️ feature fabric cloaks and include their wands. Each figure includes a removable display stand and measures approximately 7 inches tall.
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.
KLASK – Magnetic Game of Skill
You and your kids of all ages will have a blast battling in the game of KLASK. It’s like half foosball, half air hockey.
This clever game board is magnetic and shaped like a ball field with two holes functioning as goals in each end of the field. The purpose of the game is to push the small, red ball around on the eld with your magnet/gaming piece, shoot the ball past the obstacles and your opponent and into the goal hole – Klask!
This is a great way to encourage family fun as you all put your reflexes and instincts to the test. You can get a 2 person or 4 person version of KLASK. On Amazon.com, the 2 person is out of stock, but you can get the KLASK 4 person. In Canada, you can get the 2 person version on Amazon.ca.
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…
Selfie Ring Light
A selfie light ring works on phones, laptops, and tablets to give better lighting on photos and videos. It is easily recharged with a USB cord so they won’t be wasting money on batteries.
They’ll love that the light is compact and light weight so they can toss it in their bag and take it anywhere.
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.
Inspire your teenagers with a cool graphic t-shirt.
A slogan like “Be The Good” shows your tweens and teens you recognize their positive role in the world.
Especially these days, teens are feeling the importance of taking action to be part of the change our world needs.
Help them project their positivity with this graphic shirt.
Award Winning Board Game
Catan is the incredibly popular, multi award winning civilization building board game of harvesting and trading resources.
Get your teenagers off their devices and gaming IRL with this incredible multiplayer board game.
Players control their own civilization and look to spread across a modular hex board in a competition for victory points.
This intellectually stimulating game is designed for tweens 10+, teens, and adults. You play with 3 or 4 people and each game takes about an hour to play. You can play with 5–6 players if you get a game extension.
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