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.
Spin to Survive Adventure Book
As a kid, choose your own adventure books were always a win! This is a new spin, literally on determining your own journey. Give the pop-out spinner a whirl, and see where you’re headed next!
Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies!
If you need to send a gift across the miles, Levain cookies are a great option. Available in gifts of four, eight or 12 cookies, you can choose from a variety of flavors, including seasonal favorites. They come wrapped in cellophane bags, tied with ribbon.
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.
$39.99 (33% Off!)
Let the imagination and creativity flow! These magnetic tiles have been a staple for so long, and last for the long haul. Whether it’s castles, flowers, rocket ships and more, limitations be darned.
Zingo Bingo Game
$19.99 (9% Off!)
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.
TeeTurtle – The Original Reversible Octopus Plushie
$10.00 (33% Off!)
Octopuses (octopi?) are still having a moment. These cuties come in a wide variety of color combos and are reversible! In a great mood? Flip them into their happy face. In a not so good mood? Flip them into their angry face. If only it were that simple for us as humans.
The “Sun and Planets” Puzzle
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
$36.75 (6% Off!)
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
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
$39.93 (20% Off!)
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
$16.99 (15% Off!)
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.
$21.52 (26% Off!)
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
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
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
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
$20.99 (36% Off!)
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
$10.98 (45% Off!)
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
$26.99 (13% Off!)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
$14.32 (47% Off!)
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.
$11.99 (40% Off!)
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
$29.99 (40% Off!)
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
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
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
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 is available in round as well.
Create Your Very Own Comic Book
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.
Tabletop Tennis To Go
$17.99 (28% Off!)
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
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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