The season of giving is officially here, complete with a to-do list that’s practically a mile long. If the thought of gift shopping has you feeling holi-dazed, you’re not alone! Lucky for you (and the little ones in your life), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for the kids, babies and toddlers on your list. The best presents inspire curiosity and speak to who they are on a personal level – so we’re giving you a head start with curated picks for stocking stuffers and big-ticket items alike. Ready to earn the title of gift giver extraordinaire? Read on.
For the Foodie Cutie
Picky eating is never on the menu here. Pint-sized gourmands will be delighted by foodie gifts that celebrate their love for all things delicious. Munchkin’s new Food Adventures Splash™ Big Kid Dining Set helps them mark new culinary territory by encouraging exploratory eating. Shopping for younger connoisseurs? They’ll appreciate the adorable Be Happy Toddler Dining Set as they graduate from baby spoons and pull up a seat at the big kid table. Whet their appetites and whip up some fun with a beautiful Wooden Play Kitchen courtesy of FAO Schwartz. With a sophisticated, grownup-approved twist on more typical toy designs, it has room for two to play and would make a lovely gift for siblings or twins. Every little foodie needs some good play food to test out his or her culinary skills, too – and the smorgasbord of options from Melissa & Doug will ensure they’ll cook up a blast. Do they love helping Mom and Dad in the kitchen? Outfit budding sous chefs with their very own kids’ chef coat, hat and oven mitt courtesy of Williams Sonoma’s true-to-life Junior Chef set. Bon appétit!
For the Creative Genius
Creativity and imagination are synonymous with childhood, so your shopping list likely includes gifts for kids who love music and art. Instill a love for classical music at a young age with Munchkin’s award-winning Mozart Magic Cube, the perfect interactive musical toy for babies and toddlers (parents, too, as it creates beautiful music instead of the usual cacophony). Step things up with a Giant Floor Piano Dance Mat, which encourages kids to make music and move to their heart’s content (no dancing shoes required). Mini composers will be inspired by a state-of-the-art Schoenhut toy piano, which looks and feels like a baby baby grand. Shopping for a more artistically inclined child? We love that the Color Me Hungry Splash™ Dining Set comes in an adorable gift box that doubles as a coloring surface for little artists (bonus: no need for gift wrap!). And if you’d rather give the gift of experience, art or music lessons would surely strike a happy chord for all.
For the Mini Jet Setter
For tiny globetrotters, exploring is the name of the family game. Upgrade their vacation experiences with kid- and baby-friendly travel gifts that go the extra mile. Air travel can be particularly germy, but Munchkin’s new battery powered UV Mini Sterilizer keeps the littlest travelers healthy on the go, safely sanitizing pacifiers and nipples in less than a minute. A lightweight, packable travel bassinet is a vacation must, ensuring baby’s naps are never compromised, and dining out on the road is a breeze with the Brica® GoBoost™ Travel Booster Seat. Toddler trekkers will love packing essentials in their very own rolling kids’ suitcase from Trunki – part ride-on, part luggage, and all playful, packable fun. And a kid-friendly instant digital camera like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 (it looks like a toy and comes in fun colors!) will help them capture memories from their own personal lens. Let the passport stamping commence!
Mini Sterilizer Portable UV Sanitizer ($20)
Brica® Fold ‘ Go™ Travel Bassinet ($40)
Brica® GoBoost™ Travel Booster Seat ($33)
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Digital Camera ($60)
Trunki Rolling Luggage for Kids ($50)
For the Wild Child
We all know at least one kid who’s obsessed with animals. Spark an interest in wildlife conservation and give that little animal lover a meaningful gift at the same time. Each beautifully detailed cup from Munchkin’s WildLove collection features a beloved at-risk animal and a child-friendly story to help start the conversation in an appropriate way. Similarly, Munchkin’s Project Orca apparel raises awareness about whales in captivity and features an empowering message on matching tees for toddlers and adults – a fun animal-themed family gift. Educational children’s books from National Geographic Kids allow them to expand their already curious minds and learn about their favorite animals on a deeper level. And you can never go wrong with realistically detailed wildlife toys. Kids who love collecting and assembling a menagerie will roar with delight over collectible wild animal figurines. Toddlers can get up close and personal with wild animals, too – at least the stuffed plush kind. Prefer an experiential gift for kids who love animals? We’re wild about gifting family memberships to the local zoo or wildlife park, which can be enjoyed year-round.
WildLove Miracle® 360 Cups ($7-14)
Project Orca Collection ($20-48)
National Geographic Kids Books (prices vary)
Schleich Wild Animal Toys (prices vary)
Wild Republic Stuffed Animals (prices vary)
For the One of a Kind Kid
Kids LOVE seeing their names in print. And nothing says “especially for you” like a personalized baby or toddler gift. Did you know you can add a bespoke touch to several of Munchkin’s bestselling products, including stainless steel Snack Catchers and Miracle cups, Polish™ utensils and more? Let’s face it, when it comes to kids, sharing is not always their strong suit – but this holiday season, there’s no mistaking which cup or utensil belongs to whom. Put an end to the bickering and engrave their names (up to 12 characters) to create thoughtful and always useful gifts for kids. Personalized food containers are perfect for preschool lunch boxes and siblings who like to put their own stamp on things! If you want to take custom gifting a step further, personalized books from Wonderbly or Put Me in the Story are both magical and unique, making kids the star of each tale.
Personalized Stainless Steel Snack Catcher ($20)
Personalized Stainless Steel 10 oz Miracle® Cup ($25)
Polish™ Personalized Stainless Steel Utensil Set ($25)
Wonderbly Personalized Kids’ Books (prices vary)
Put Me in the Story (prices vary)
Giving is always more fun than receiving – especially when they unwrap something that elicits sheer joy. Here’s to a wonderful season of giving and gratitude!