If you’re on the hunt for the hottest, funnest, and most educational gift ideas for kids from tiny tots all the way to tweens, I’ve got you covered! Read on to discover 30 fantastic holiday toys for kids of all ages! Plus, head to my Holiday Gift guide for more ideas for your entire family (including your pets).
*Heads up: I received many of these toys for kids in exchange for sharing them in my gift guide. This post also uses affiliate links so that I can earn a tiny commission to use towards my own holiday shopping. 😀
1. Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds
From Peter Pan to 101 Dalmatians, three-year-olds will be introduced to wonderful Disney adventures in bite-size versions crafted specifically for a preschooler’s shorter attention span. This beautiful hardcover book will definitely become a favorite at bedtime!
Art kit meets story time in this fun subscription box for kids! Each month, they’ll receive a hardback children’s books & themed projects to go along with it. I love how it helps connect stories to real-world adventures. It’s a great way to encourage a reluctant reader to explore the world of literature.
3. My Audio Stories
Another fantastic gift to help encourage reading in kids, each My Audio Stories set comes with a beautifully illustrated book and a fun Bluetooth speaker pet. Read the story together or download the app and listen to the audio version. My favorite is You Silly Little Raccoon, but they have a few other great books here.
4. GEOMAG Magicube Safari Park
GEOMAG is best known for their super cool sets for older kids, but did you know they have a Magicube line just for the tiny tots? The blocks connect on all sides, making for some crazy fun & creative combinations! This set comes with 16 “safari” themed cubes.
5. GEOMAG Magicube Princess
Like the Safari set, each Magicube connects on all sides, but the Princess set is designed for slightly older kids (3+). It includes 11 cubes plus “magic clips” to take the creative experience to new levels of fun.
6. Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Puppet
WowWee is back with another fun Baby Shark toy! This time, it’s a singing puppet that plays the earworm tune. The neat part: you can speed up or slow down the song depending on how fast you move his mouth.
7. The Toothless Monster
A fun book, a cuddly plush, and a set of glow-in-the-dark teeth…what’s not to love about this adorable gift idea for kids? The award-winning set teaches kids about diversity and helping others while letting them track their own toothy journey. Don’t worry, the Tooth Fairy isn’t getting replaced. She’s just getting a little help.
8. Bambi Scentsy Buddy
Scentsy has some crazy cute licensed Disney products (including Pooh Bear!), but I am in love with the Bambi Sidekick! Designed for the tiniest tots, Bambi comes with a special Twitterpated scent made just for him! He’s perfect for kids of all ages, including babies.
9. Magic Painting World – Things that Go
Tiger Tribe is an Australian-based parent-run company that makes the cutest (& super affordable) arts & craft sets for all ages. This set is just right for kids ages 3 and up. It includes 4 fun designs that magically appear when kids use the included water brush. When it dries, the scene vanishes, so they can play over and over with it. Since there’s no actual paint, there’s no mess to clean up later.
10. Melissa & Doug Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Let kids play store owner in style with this fun playset. It includes a hand cranked conveyor belt, a bagging area, card swipe machine, a realistic beeping scanner, and cash drawer. Melissa & Doug’s grocery store is made from wood, so it’ll last throughout years of imaginative playtime fun!
11. LeapFrog’s RockIt Twist
When Jacob was little, LeapFrog was a major part of every holiday. I was sad when he outgrew them. Now that I have a young niece and nephew, they’re back on my shopping list again! RockIt Twist is part gaming device, part MP3 player for kids age 4-8. Hatch and grow adorable RockIt pets, then play puzzles, music and more to help them grow. As with all LeapFrog products, the entire experience is highly educational without being boring. In other words, kids have so much fun they don’t know they’re learning!
12. Learning Resources Coding Critters
Learning Resources Coding Critters give kids as young as 4 a head start on learning coding. The 23-piece pet playset lets them design endless hours of fun with simple code, or they can just play with their pals in Play Mode right away.
13. Unicorn Dream Box
Unicorn Dream Box is a monthly subscription box full of magic and pixie dust! Depending on the size that you choose (there are three options), your unicorn-loving recipient will get 3-9 fun surprises each month!
14. Stikbot Zanimation Studio
Grab your budding movie maker the Stickbot Zanimation Studio and a couple of add-on packs, then watch them create animation magic! Teaches the art of stop animation, video editing, and how to use a green scene.
15. Playmobil Crystal Palace
Playmobil has really outdone themselves with this stunning playset! It comes with a whopping 266 pieces, including interchangeable outfits for the Princess, and a Queen that sits on a sparkling illuminated throne. The whole set is just gorgeous. I can’t wait to play with it with my niece!
16. Stargazer’s Journal
Encourage kids of all ages to look to the stars with this beautiful illustrated journal. Along with space for jotting down their own notes, they’ll find intriguing astronomy facts, mythology stories, and tips for identifying constellations. It even includes a list of reputable websites to help budding astronomers learn more. Check out more great ideas from Usborne here!
17. Educational Insights Artie 3000
Artie 3000 is a fantastic little coding robot for kids that lets them design the code, and then Artie draws the lines. He comes with preprogrammed designs, so beginners can start coding right away. No internet connection required, as he actually has his own built-in Wi-Fi server,
18. Hot Wheels id Smart Track Kit
Of all the things I miss about Jake’s childhood, playing with Hot Wheels sets ranks pretty high up there! I thought the sets were advanced and cool when he was smaller, but this one is miles beyond anything he ever had. It’s pricey, I won’t lie, but it’s also far more diverse than other sets since you can configure it 20+ different ways in the “real world,” and infinite ways through the free Hot Wheels id digital App.
19. Tiger Tribe How to Draw Set, Wild Kingdom Arts and Crafts Kit
Another cute arts & crafts set from Tiger Tribe, this one is perfect for kids ages 5 and up. It comes with everything they’ll need to learn how to draw adorable animals, including a sketch pad, colored pencils, a “how to” booklet and more.
20. Monopoly Unicorns vs. LLamas
Out of the bazillion Monopoly games available right now, this Amazon Exclusive version has to be my favorite ever! It pits the two trendiest and cutest creatures against each other to find which beast is the best. The darling pastel game pieces alone make it worth the purchase!
21. VTech Kidi Star Dance
Like LeapFrog, we owned pretty much every VTech toy made during my son’s younger years. I know my niece is going to LOVE the Kidi Star Dance! She can play four games with the motion-activated bands, learn 20 new dance moves, dance along to 8 original songs, or dance to her favorite songs with on an MP3 player (not included). It’s perfect for kids ages 5+.
22. Tiger Tribe Top Secret Missions Detective Set
One last great gift idea from Tiger Tribe, this one lets your kids become top secret detectives. It comes with everything they need to solve 48 different secret missions and training tasks, including a spy pen, code ring and more. It’s great for ages 5+.
23. WowWee Lucky Fortune Collectible Bracelets
One of the top toys of the year for older kids, the collectible WowWee Lucky Fortune Bracelets are selling like hotcakes, so get them before they’re gone! This set comes with four mystery cookies & bracelets in 4 levels of rarity (Lucky, Very Lucky, Very Very Lucky, and Ultra Lucky).
24. Hatchimals Wow Llalacorn
Kids who love llamas and unicorns don’t have to choose between the two thanks to these crazy cute Hatchimals! They grow to 32″ tall (which is more than half my height) and are interactive with over 250 sounds and reactions. Forget the kids, I want one!
25. FurReal Plum, The Curious Panda Bear Cub Interactive Plush Toy,
Another one that I secretly want for myself, FurReal Plum, the Curious Panda Bear is an Amazon exclusive, so grab it while you can!
26. LeapFrog LeapBuilders ABC Smart House
LeapBuilders playsets making learning fun by combining upbeat songs and educational phrases with traditional block play. The 61-piece learning blocks and Smart Star cube lets kids build a house and everything inside of it. Plus, it works with all of the other LeapBuilders sets.
27. LEGO Friends Mia’s Tree House
Both girls and boys will love building LEGO Friends Mia’s Tree House set where they can experience roleplay fun and creative adventures inside a detailed tree house toy. Includes a zip wire, attic with opening roof, and a climbing net.
This creative treehouse playset includes 351 pieces. Mia’s Tree House features Mia and Daniel mini-doll figures, plus Mimi, the bunny, and Cinnamon, the bird, pet figures. This is the perfect Christmas or birthday gift for kids!
28. Hot Wheels Toy Story 4 Bundle Vehicles
An Amazon exclusive, the Hot Wheels Toy Story 4 bundle turns all of your favorite characters into car vehicles that are oddly instantly recognizable. It comes with 6 different vehicles and goes great with that track up there in #18!
29. LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander
Kids can build, play and learn to code with this fun STEM toy from LEGO. It features 3 different LEGO Star Wars Droids- R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid- plus over 40 different fun interactive missions and buildable backdrops. Fair warning, though, it comes with over 1,100 pieces all waiting to be embedded in your feet in the middle of the night. 😀
30. Election Night! Board Game
Election Night is an award-winning game from Semper Smart Games that teaches kids ages 8 & up a wide range of skills while showing them what it’s like to run for President. Along with lessons in geography, strategy, and how the Electoral College works, the game uses a patent-pending PlaySmart Dice system to help kids master complex math skills. It’s really quite a neat game with plenty of replay value.
Last update on 2023-10-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API