Children are the most fun to shop for during the holidays but it can get a bit overwhelming, especially for families who have kids in different age groups. We’ve narrowed down our favorite picks — not just for babies, but for older children and pre-teen/teenagers as well. Here is our Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018.
Melissa and Doug Turtle Ball Pit ($79.99) – Buy It
Kids will have a ball with this crinkling, jingling, multi-textured toy! The giant, friendly turtle comes filled with 60 squeezable multi-colored balls that are easy to grasp, toss, and roll. Zipper and self-stick tabs open so baby can sit inside, and close to store balls and to make a fun pillow. Features include holes to push and pull balls through, a non-slip bottom, crinkling feet, squeaking button, textured ring, mirror, silky fabric tags, and attached soft ball rattle.
Dawn Sign American Sign Language Baby Collection ($29.99) – Buy It
A collection of 6 ASL books for babies.
Research shows the amazing benefits of signing with babies! Earlier bonding, reduced frustration, pre-verbal communication and higher IQs! Give the gift of sign to yourself and your child (or grandchild)! Sign with babies, they’ll thank you!
Nuna LEAF™ Grow ($289.95) – Buy It
From newborn. To toddler. To big kid. They keep on growing. One thing that is constant? Their need for comfort and a space to call their own. A gentle nudge from you sways LEAF™ grow from side-to-side. Movement so calming, they may just start snoozing. And if they do? No problem. Down and up they go with an adjustable recline that grows with them. Your child will adore it. No matter how old they are.
HABA Gallivanting Goose Cuddly ($19.99) – Buy It
Gallivanting Goose softly nestles on your baby’s cheeks. She will help them fall asleep, and comforts them when teething.
Shea Terra Organics Banana & Monkeys Baby Oil ($16) – Buy It
This smells DELICIOUS! If you are a fan of banana bread, this is calling your name.
100% Natural body oil made with fractionated Shea Nilotik’ shea butter oil and wild monkey bread oil. This natural baby oil comforts baby’s gentle skin without any petroleum-based ingredients. All natural banana extract makes baby smell good enough to eat.
BB Luv Duo ($12.99) – Buy It
Guaranteed fun from tip to toe with these cute little colored socks! The bblüv Foot Finders stimulate and can help develop fine motor skills. You can also use them as puppets!
- Stimulates and helps develop baby’s fine motor and sensory skills
- Integrated rattles
- Crinkle paper in the wings of the owl
- Bright and contrasting colors
- Ages 0 +
Feltman Brothers Knit Overalls ($45.95) – Buy It
You’ve never seen an outfit as cute, guaranteed. Meet the Feltman Brothers Knit Overalls – a winner and showstopper every time! This utterly adorable outfit features a cute little pocket on the front and two petite buttons attaching the shoulder straps to the body of the overalls. This piece comes in coral, blue, and tan, and is perfect for both boys and girls, and looks precious on either! Go with this adorable baby outfit and watch your little one steal the hearts of everyone around.
Maxi-Cosi Magellan ($349.99) – Buy It
The only car seat you’ll ever need. Once your baby enters the world, the ultimate adventure begins-parenthood. And as you’re ready to embark on this incredible journey, it’s always nice to plan ahead. Introducing the Magellan 5-in-1 car seat that’s ready for 10 years of fun family adventures.
- Designed to grow with your child from birth to age 10
- Transitions between modes of use to accommodate children from 5 to 120 lbs.
- Equipped with Maxi-Cosi’s patented Adjustable Side Impact Protection
- Features signature premium fabrics for a contemporary, yet timeless look
- One-click LATCH system and AutoLock allow for easy installation
Maxi-Cosi Lara Ultra Compact Stroller ($219.99) – Buy It
The Maxi-Cosi Lara Ultra Compact Stroller boasts a lightweight design ideal for day-to-day adventures with your child. Agile and ready to travel everywhere with ease, it folds compactly and can easily be loaded into the smallest of spaces.
- Easy to navigate through your day-to-day travels as it maneuvers with ease, folds compactly with a simple touch and loads effortlessly into the smallest of spaces
- Easily carries over your shoulder with a comfy strap
- Two easy-to-access storage baskets
- Features two riding positions – upright and recline
- Equipped with a convenient leg rest, a breathable seat pad that keeps baby comfy and cool and ultra-padded plush fabrics to provide premium comfort
- Extendable sunshade with UPF 50 to help protect a child on sunny days
- Parent cup holder
Safety 1st RIVA Flex ($299.99) – Buy It
The Safety 1st RIVA 6-in-1 FLEX Lightweight Travel System is the smartest way to travel with baby. It comes complete with an incredibly lightweight stroller, and onBoard35 FLX Infant Car Seat and base. With 6 modes of flexibility, it transitions easily from car, to stroller, and back to car.
- One-hand Lift-to-FoldTM closure that is compact, auto-locks, and stands on its own when folded.
- Incredibly lightweight stroller frame – one of the lightest in its class! (don’t have exact weight)
- Generous storage basket and canopy with peek-a-boo window.
- Two innovative parent cup holders that can double as viewable cell phone holders.
- High-impact frame made from recycled materials, which is rigorously tested to ensure sturdiness and reliability.
- Comes with an American-made Safety 1st onBoard® 35 FLX infant car seat with side-impact protection for children 4-35 lbs.
- Easy-off, machine-washable fabrics.
Safety 1st HD Wifi Baby Monitor with Smart Audio Parent Unit ($199.99) – Buy It
Stay connected with your baby where ever you go with a one-of-a-kind camera that lets you see and hear more than ever right from your phone. This best in class WiFi baby monitor from Safety 1st is the most reliable video baby monitor on the market, staying connected when others don’t. It not only provides both the highest video quality and security available for a video baby monitor, but also includes a feature-rich mobile app that will allow you to confidently monitor your baby, both at home and while on the go.
- Uses less data and Wi-Fi than other Wi-Fi monitors, resulting in exceptional HD video and audio with minimal lag.
- Has built-in physical encryption for enhanced security, and a mobile app that lets parents see, hear and talk to their little one whenever and wherever.
- The portable Smart Audio Unit is a unique, motion and sound activated device that streams live audio without any of the constant white noise of traditional monitors.
- Unlike traditional video monitors, the Smart Audio Unit lasts for 12-hours on its rechargeable battery and features two-way talk.
- One size does not fit all, so parents can adjust the sensitivity levels for notifications to meet their personal preference.
Gymotion® Activity Playland ($79.99) – Buy It
Yookidoo’s revolutionary Gymotion® Activity Playland is a portable patented activity playground for providing baby with developmental play during multiple stages of development. Plush fantasy themed figures constantly ride back and forth on the motorized Yookidoo Magic Motion Track™.
· More than 20 developmental activities and evolves with the baby in 3 stages of play that encourage growth and learning during the critical developmental stages of your child.
· Stage 1: Lay and Play-Baby improves on focus, eye tracking skills, and hand-eye coordination.
· Stage 2: Tummy and Play-This stage promotes head lifting and strengthens baby’s shoulders and upper body.
· Stage 3: Sit and Play-Encourages exploration and curiosity and teaches baby cause and effect principles.
· Age range: Birth-12 months
Johnson & Johnson Cotton Touch Newborn Baby Gift Set ($11.99) – Buy It
Extremely gentle, the Johnson & Johnson Cotton Touch Baby Collection was specially formulated for your newborn’s sensitive skin. Blended with real cotton, this ultralight formula leaves your baby’s skin super soft.
- Blended with real cotton, and gentle enough for baby’s sensitive skin
- Ultra-light, breathable lotion formula absorbs quickly without leaving residue
- Blended with real cotton and provides light and silky moisturization that lasts up to 24 hours
- No More Tears® Baby Wash and Shampoo formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water during bath time
- Light, velvety lather leaves hair and skin super soft; rinses clean
- Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic
- Always mild & gentle
- 1.7 fl. oz. Travel Size Cotton Touch Face and Body Lotion
- 6.8 fl. oz. Cotton Touch Face and Body Lotion
- 1.7 fl. oz. Travel Size Cotton Touch Newborn Wash & Shampoo
- 6.8 fl. oz. Cotton Touch Newborn Wash & Shampoo
- Cotton Nursery Bin
BlueSmart Mia ($69.99) – Buy It
Keep track of the most important baby feeding data – Monitors & records feeding temperature, amount, duration, angle, and warns of possible expiration
Toyota Tundra Ride On 2 Seater Pickup Truck w/ Remote Control (469.99) – Buy It
This Truck has it all! Rubber tires, working head/tail lights, in dash MP3/SD/USB inputs for all of your child’s favorite tunes. This Ride On includes a 2.4 GHz parental remote control. With forward, reverse, left, and right, allowing you to drive your child around. When they’re ready they can take over and drive themselves, via the steering wheel and foot pedal. Just like the real one; this Toyota Tundra has working side doors, and tailgate, so your toddler can haul his/her favorite toys around. Comfortable leather seating, rear spring suspension, (for a softer ride) and rubber tires (for greater grip on all terrain). Large upgraded dual 12V SLA batteries (for a ride time of up to 1.5 hours) With so many great features, your bound to have loads of fun!
Lorena Canals Washable Rug Vintage Map ($325) – Buy It
Koolaburra Kids’ Amarah ($64.99) – Buy It
A pint-sized version of the women’s Amarah, this itty-bitty boot boasts the same edgy buckles as Mom’s. Your little lady will adore the exposed sheepskin and duo of buckles, but it’s the cozy, faux fur lining that’ll have her wearing these boots on repeat.
BITTY BRAH Hats ($38) – Buy It
BITTY BRAH is surf-culture based company that creates the perfect packable hats for any weather condition protection – snow, rain or ocean. These Southern-California inspired water resistant hats block UV rays from the snow and water; their patent pending drawstring is also guaranteed to stay put whether you’re hitting the slopes or braving the ocean.
Melissa & Doug Learn-to-Play Grand Piano ($139.99) – Buy It
Here’s an elegant introduction to playing the piano. Classically styled grand piano features a lifting top with safety hinge, 30 piano keys, songbook with color-coded key chart and a sturdy, non-tip bench!
Koolaburra Kid’s Victoria Tall ($64.99) – Buy It
What’s better than one bow? That’s simple. Three. Just ask your mini me. Undoubtedly, your little one will be charmed by this knee-high boots’ girlie bows, but it’s the cozy sheepskin and faux fur interior of the Victoria Tall that’ll keep her reaching for these sweet boots. Every. Single. School day.
Melissa & Doug Scoop + Serve Ice Cream Counter ($49.99) – Buy It
Scoop up some cool treats with this all-inclusive, 28-piece pretend play ice cream counter! The sturdy wooden tabletop counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavored ice cream, six assorted toppings, two cones, a plastic cup, an ice cream scooper, tongs, and a wooden spoon. The scooper fits into a hole on top of the scoops to lift, stack, and release. Take orders on the reusable menu card, pay with play money, and serve up delicious fun!
RAZOR Jetts Mini Heel Wheels ($28.99) – Buy It
Get ready to roll! The Razor Jetts Mini Heel Wheels quickly turn any pair of sneakers into a blur of glowing LED wheels and awesome gliding action. The Jetts Mini feature our “quick click” hook-andloop strap system that makes it easy to get the perfect fit on shoes from U.S. size youth 12 to adult 12. Just step in, strap down and take off with an awesome new way to roll that’s small in size, but big on fun.
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PADI eLearning Gift Pass (starting at $179) – Buy It
For the gift of a truly unique experience, you can gift a PADI eLearning Gift Pass, and get your loved one a step closer to their scuba certification. The PADIeLearning Gift Pass allows first-time divers to begin their scuba certification with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) at their own pace and schedule, since we know life gets busy—you can log in from the comfort of your snuggie, whenever and wherever and begin. Once eLearning is completed, they’ll be ready to visit a local or destination PADI training center to complete the certification process. No two dives are ever the same; so with over 6,500 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts located around the world, a PADI scuba certification will be a gift that inspires adventures for years to come.
NOTE- a PADI scuba certification is accepted world-wide and does not expire.
Lego Brick Yourself ($45.69) – Buy It
Deep down you’ve always known that you’d look better if you were yellow, made of plastic and really really tiny. You could stick yourself to pretty much anything you fancied; a rocket, a castle, a pirate ship, a..urm tree? Yeah! Why not? Swap those overcomplicated hands for a pair of lovely smooth claws that make a satisfying ‘snap’ when you pick up your favourite axe/torch/flower.
Firebox is here to fulfill that ridiculous childhood fantasy (no, not that one) and pop it into a frame for everyone to admire and desire forever and ever, amen. All you need to do is upload pictures of you and/or your mates/family/office/whoever you want bricked (full frontal photos please!), add a few facts, likes, and hobbies – you can even add a few choice words underneath finish it off. The resultant mini figures are based on the information you’ve entered so make sure you’ve given us a few options just in case there isn’t a piece to match your unique identity.
Spin Master Perplexus Epic ($29.99) – Buy It
Discover the crazy and fun world of Perplexus! Can you make it through a labyrinth of over 125 barriers? Flip, twist and spin Perplexus to move the ball along the numbered path. When you fall off the track (Yes, it will happen!) head back to the start and try again. It’s a bendy, trendy, can’t put it down challenge! There are multiple levels of difficulty to master! Also challenge yourself with Perplexus Rookie, Perplexus Original and Perplexus Twist! They’re all easy to play, but hard to master!
Oculus Rift ($399.99) – Buy It
The BEST in VR sets. Oculus Rift is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.
Lorena Canals Washable Happy Daisies Rug ($325) – Buy It
Oh Joy! For Lorena Canals Delight in a bed of daisies underfoot with our Happy Daisies rug. Place this rug by a crib or by a bed, and it?s sure to make you smile every single day. This washable rug includes White Petals with Lemon Yellow centers on a Warm Gray background.
Color Street Nail Color ($13) – Buy It
Nail strips made with 100% nail polish. These strips are so easy to apply and just like any other nail polish, you just use nail polish remover to clean it off! Best of all? They last well over 2 week!
(I received some items to review, all opinions are my own.)