The 41 Best Gifts for Kids (Boys and Girls) in 2023

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Kids are the light of our lives (most days?) and when it comes to giving the perfect gift, they’re not shy about telling you exactly what they want.  But if you need to go rogue and find something on your own, we’ve got some ideas below.

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We all want the best for our kids, but sometimes pleasing them can be…less than pleasing.  When it comes to gifts, we rack our brain to try and think of something different, find something that’s not over-the-top, keep it fun and sneak in something practical.  It’s no easy feat.  So let’s tackle this together and make this the gift ever!

We’ve rounded up our favorite gift ideas for kids (boys and girls) in 2023 they’re sure to love you for.  Buy their happiness!

Shape Shifter!

Shashibo Shape Shifter Box


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This best seller combines the fun of a fidget toy, with the cool factor of shape shifting.  Available is 11 different colors and patters, this features 36 rare earth magnets that transform your cube into over 70 shapes.  It also comes in a 4 pack if you need to gift a whole slew of kids.

Zingo Bingo Game

Zingo Matching Game

$19.99 (9% Off!)

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Bingo night has never been so cute!  This award winning game is prefect for pre-schoolers, pre-readers and early readers.  Helps build language and matching skill, but the fast paced nature keeps them from getting bored quickly.

Cuddle + Kind Knitted Dolls 

Cuddle + Kind Knitted Dolls


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This cutie is 20″ high, and is used for good! For every doll purchased, cuddle + kind will donate 10 meals to children in need in the USA, and around the world.  The hard part is choosing which one to get, because they’re all so stinkin’ cute.  Options include a variety of animals, unicorns, mermaids and more.  There are also 13″ options available, which are just as cute – but in a smaller size and price!

The “Sun and Planets” Puzzle

Sun and Planets Puzzle


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Let’s hear it for old school puzzle making!  This super cute 60-piece art puzzle is made of high quality chipboard and is fun for kids anywhere between 5-8 years old.  They’ll love the sense of accomplishment they’ll feel once it’s completed!  Other options available like rainbows, sunsets and more.

“The Super, Incredible Big Sister” Personalized Book

The SUper Incredible Big Sister/Big Brother Book


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Because including the new big sister is always a good idea when a new baby comes into the picture!  And not to be outdone, there are also personalized big brother books available.

Glowing Bath Time Buddies

Glowing Bath Time Buddies Light Up Bath Toys


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Bath time is lit (literally)!  Buddies float, and feature bendable arms and legs. When dry, the light cube goes out. These bright pals are available in 5 colors and sold individually.

The Cutest Eyeglasses Holder

Moko Eyeglasses Holder


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Maybe they’ll stop tossing them on the floor by the bed.  Sure, that’s big maybe – but it’s worth a shot.  We found that kids actually used these on their night stand.  The fur holder and leather base are connected through magnets.  Choose from several different colors and patterns.

Vintage Countertop Snow Cone Maker

Nostalgia Vintage Counter Top Snow Cone Maker

$76.95 (14% Off!)

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The kids will enjoy snow cones as often as they like – all year round.  Crank these out any old time and for some old-timey fun.  Sure, you’ll probably have to do the work – but you’ll be a hero.

Kids Global Adventure Cooking Kit

Kids Global Adventure Cooking Kit


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Now you can ask your kids “What’s for dinner?!”  These around the world cooking kits include key ingredients, a country flag pin, collectible utensil, and a foodie passport with stickers, shopping lists, and recipes for three family-sized meals (with vegetarian options).  Perfect.  When are we eating?

Casio Casiotone Portable Keyboard

Casio Casiotone Portable Keyboard


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This is a great option for a beginner who’s looking for a legit keyboard – It’s not a toy, but it is at a great price point – especially if you’re shopping for an older kid who’s exploring their talent! Features 61 key touch sensitive keys, with 400 tones, 100 rhythms and auto power off.

The Super Fun Sit-n-Spin

Playskool Sit n Spin Classic


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Kids ages 18 months and up, can spin their way to Fun Town.  Wherever that may be.  While most of us adults can’t spin like we used to, kids live to spin excessively – for reasons that are unknown.  Not to mention, you can’t go wrong with a classic.

Kids Magic Bath Fizzies

Kids Magic Bath Fizzies


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This set of 5 bath fizzies, features a surprise inside.  Bath time just got real!  Made from natural ingredients, these fizzies will reveal a cool toy, as well as a fun fact.  These are perfect if it’s mission impossible getting them into the bath.  If it’s almost impossible getting them out of the bath or shower, check out our next idea below.

Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Clip 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker


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They can enjoy their music wherever they go – even in the bathroom!  This little bluetooth speaker comes in several colors , is wireless, waterproof and has up to 10 hours of play time.

3D Night Light

3D Illusion Color Changing Night Light with Remote


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This little 3D night light features a remote control that allows the light to cycle through 16 colors.  They look so cool and it’s easy to find options that suit every interest – from animals to sports.

Pretend Campfire

Fisher-Price S'More Fun Camp Fire

$11.41 (61% Off!)

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The cutest campfire set for kids who love to use their imagination and make believe. Includes a 2 sided mat, s’mores, stuffed log with crinkle fire, bear paws and felt axe – because it’s not a party until someone pulls out the felt axe and bear paws.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

Crazy Aarons Illusion Thinking Putty


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Thinking Putty comes in different colors, illusions, glow-in-the-dark, heat-sensitive, (remember Hyper-Color shirts?!) and more.  Stretch it, roll it, and bounce it.  Sure, it’s sort of a toy, but the satisfying addictiveness and stress relief is a total win.

Pond Life Coloring Tablecloth

Pond Life Coloring Table Cloth


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The kids’ table just kicked it up a notch!  Includes 10 washable markers and the tablecloth itself can be washed –  making the fun an endless “cycle.” Also available in the U.S. map.

The Clue (Retro) Game

Retro Clue Board Game

$19.95 (9% Off!)

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Back to the 80’s!  Simpler times.  Old school family fun for everyone with this retro, 1986 version.  Let’s hear it for Professor Plum, in the Billiard Room, with the wrench!

Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Jenna 12-Inch Soft Body Baby Doll

Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Baby Doll

$23.99 (27% Off!)

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This 12 inch soft body doll features eyes that open and close, wipe clean arms and legs, and  can suck her thumb or pacifier.

The Giving Tree Hardcover Book 

Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree

$9.66 (46% Off!)

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Shel Silverstein’s classic picture book that shines a light on the gift of giving and  acceptance.  It’s a book they can keep forever, and probably will!

Crayola 140 Count Art Set

Crayola Inspiration Art Case

$27.90 (5% Off!)

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Truth be told it’s probably time to replace the broken crayons, uncapped markers, and used-within-an-inch-of-its-life scrap paper.  This storage case includes crayons, washable markers, short colored pencils, and paper.  Let the creativity flow.

The Anti-Bullying ‘Choose Kindness’ T-Shirt

Choose Kindness T-Shirt


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A super cute way to send a positive message during the school year and outside of school too! It’s great for the little ones, but even a great gift idea for the teen girl or boy in your home!  Check out the variety of color options as well.

MyBookmark Handmade Bookmark

Handmade Bookmark


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These cute, handmade bookmarks come in some of their favorite literary characters.  Because who doesn’t want Harry Potter, or Dorothy’s ruby slippers peeking out of their book?

The Cutest Emoji Pillow

Emoji Pillow

$12.99 (19% Off!)

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Because #Goals.  These emotive little pillows are available in tons of classic emoji faces, from everyone’s favorite eye roll to the right on brand unamused – and all the heart eyes in between!

Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike



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Perfect for kids up to 5 years old, this balance bike comes in tons of several colors and helps them make the transition to a regular bike.

Fujifilm Instax Mini

Fujifilm Mini 11 Instax Camera

$59.98 (22% Off!)

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What’s better than taking pictures you ask?  Getting them developed immediately!  Available in other colors, along with a selfie mode.  Grab some extra film, here.

All-New Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Tablet

Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet

$199.99 $149.99 (25% Off!)

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Yep, even your kids are asking for the latest tech gadget gifts this year!  Geared toward ages 6-12, this is a total must have (according to them, that is).  Features an octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 10.1″ Full HD display, dual cameras, USB-C (2.0) port, and up to 1 TB of expandable storage – and a screen made with strengthened aluminosilicate glass.

Carousel Classic Jr. Gum Ball Machine Bank

Carousel Classic Gumball Machine Bank


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Fill ‘er up with candy, gum balls, nuts.  Features a real glass globe and a cast metal base, lid and coin mechanism.  Accepts quarters, nickels, pennies or dimes – or you can set it to free spin mode to work without coins.  Although if there’s gum and candy in there, maybe they don’t need to know that?  Kidding.  Sort of.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

$15.69 (42% Off!)

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Introduce them to a new book series that they probably won’t be able to put down.  Get them started on book one of a best selling book series.

Hysterical ‘Speak Out’ Board Game from Hasbro

Speak Out


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Lolz for days.  Players simply put in a game mouthpiece, pick a card, and try to say the phrase on the card until someone guesses it.  You look funny, while being funny.  Completely ridiculous.  It’s a win-win.

The Mega Prank Kit

The Mega Prank Kit

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Bring it back to basics with this classic joke set.  Your kids will love to play jokes on you –  and their unsuspecting friends.  Frankly we’re just happy it’s not connected to Wi-Fi or part of an app.  Victory!

Lite-Brite New-and-Improved


$13.78 (31% Off!)

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You’ll have just as much fun reliving your youth, as they’ll have playing and creating all over again.  This updated classic is brighter, with a bigger screen and more pegs!  Just don’t forget the extra templates.

Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

$29.99 (40% Off!)

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Let your kids become the stars they already know they are.  Lucky for you, they’re now amplified!  You’re welcome.  You can connect via bluetooth or cable connection and the portability means they can perform just about anywhere.

Sound Activated Light Blocks

Sound Activated Light Blocks


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Add the blocks to the (battery or usb powered) base and each one lights up when connected!   Also features a sound activated mode.  You can all sit around and laugh, while reminiscing about a time when blocks were made of wood, and actually did nothing!  Comes in a set of 50 or 240.

Mini Basketball Hoop

SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop with Ball


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They can hoop it up without ever leaving their bedroom.  Includes door mounts, and all tools necessary for set up.  Comes with a ball and shatterproof backboard (which comes in handy with sibling rivalry being what it is).  It’s a slam dunk.  

Collapsable Beach Buckets with Storage Bag

Collapsable Beach Buckets with Storage Bag

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If they’re over the sweaters and puffy jackets,  get them something that looks forward to spring and summer!  Plus, this comes in handy if you’re taking the kids away during school vacation (super easy to pack).  Comes with 3 foldable buckets and a storage bag.

Canvas Play Tent with Paint Set

Cotton Canvas Play Tent with Paint Set


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Let them play and imagine all day in their very own space!  It also comes with a paint set, so they can customize their new digs and not your walls.

Create Your Very Own Comic Book

Create Your Own Comic Book Kit


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The perfect DIY gift, allowing kids to draw, illustrate and create their very own comic book.  Once completed, simply send it in and you’ll get a professional looking comic book back.

Googly Eyes Drawing Game for the Whole Family

Googly Eyes Drawing Game

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Simply put on the vision-altering goggles, start drawing, and have your team try to guess what exactly it is that you’re drawing.  We used to play this in college with beer goggles, but this is the kid-friendly version and really fun for the whole fam.

Tabletop Tennis To Go

Franklin Sports Anywhere Tennis Game

$17.99 (28% Off!)

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Play it at home, or take it on the road and keep the kiddos entertained for hours at a time.  Includes 2 paddles, 2 balls, and a net.  Just find the table!

Mr. Potato Head Set

Playskool Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase Parts and Pieces


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Contains 35 pieces, all easily stored in a case.  And yes, it’s still funny to put the ears in the eye and hat holes.

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