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Wondering what to gift your child or their friend? Well, these are the gifts kids really want

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Whether it’s your brother’s baby, your friend’s preschooler or your neighbor’s tween, these gifts have you covered

Infant to Pre-teen
Wondering what to gift your child or their friend? Well, these are the gifts kids really want

Do you spend hours trying to figure out what to gift your friend’s toddler for his birthday or your niece who is in high school?

Ever wondered if your friend would approve of the gift you bought for her child?

Are you worried that the puzzle you got for a 7-year-old may not be age-appropriate?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then this article is for you.

Picking the perfect gift for a kid is not an easy task; in addition to being safe, the gift should match the child’s stage of development and their developing skills and capabilities. There are options galore in the market, and that makes choosing a gift all the more confusing. Moreover, kids’ interests are wide and varied, which makes everything even more challenging. Here are the best gifts for kids of all ages—from newborns to teenagers and a little something for the parents, too!

AGES 0 TO 1

An ideal time to focus on the new parents, as the baby doesn’t know the difference and doesn’t care. All new parents deserve a break and a bit of pampering (especially the mother), as their lives have taken a 180-degree turn. Some of these gifts will help them care for their new baby, while others are for the mother to enjoy:

  • A gift basket with postpartum self-care items
  • A gift card from their favorite store
  • Nursery gear and on-the-go essentials for babies
  • Diapers, diaper bag
  • A baby record book
  • A keepsake gift like a picture frame with the family photo
  • Baby handprint or footprint DIY home kit
  • Baby night light
  • Neck and back massager pillow
  • Feeding pillow
Want To Do Something Different? Offer To Babysit
Offer to babysit your sister’s baby for a couple of hours so that the stressed and tired parents can enjoy some time together. As they say, the greatest gift you can give someone is your time!

AGES 1 TO 2

Babies at this age are all for crawling adventures; exploring different textures, sights and sounds; and moving around. So, our top gift picks for this age focus on interactive learning, sensory play, and the development of gross motor skills.

  • Stacking rings
  • Nesting cups
  • Wooden blocks (big)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Push toys
  • Pull-along toys
  • Shape sorter toys
  • Board books with photographs
  • Nontoxic, washable markers, crayons
  • Toy mobile phones
  • Activity play mats

AGES 2 TO 4

The gifts for toddlers of this age group should spark their imagination and develop their fine motor and problem-solving skills. Toys that expend some of the endless energy of these toddlers would be perfect.

  • Pretend play toys like furniture playsets, baby carriages and strollers, and dress-up accessories 
  • Wooden puzzles (with 4 to 12 pieces)
  • Blocks (small)
  • Construction sets
  • Kitchen sets, chairs, play foods
  • Clothes for dolls with accessories
  • Puppets
  • Sand and water play toys
  • Coloring book
  • Toddler-safe craft scissors
  • Chalkboard and large chalk
  • Large play vehicle Toys

AGES 4 TO 6

From the age of 4, kids love exploring a wide variety of materials. They’re also developing their memory and problem-solving skills through trial and error. They have longer attention spans than toddlers and like to use their developing physical skills. They’ll be able to handle slightly more sophisticated toys and play games.

  • Puzzles (12 to 20+ pieces)
  • Snap blocks
  • Modeling clay and playdough
  • Picture storybooks
  • Wooden educational toys

AGES 6 TO 10

During the early preteen years, children’s social skills, logic, and understanding of concepts continue to grow and develop. Kids in this age range are more interested in complex activities like sports, art or a hobby.

  • Mechanical toys
  • Art and craft sets
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Puzzles and workbooks
  • Science kits
  • Gardening kits
  • Magic trick sets
  • Roller skates/Bikes

AGES 10 TO 12

Tween years are all about transformation, as everything changes—the body, hormones, feelings, social circle and skills. It’s a period where they start developing specific interests and tastes. So, choose gifts that cater to tweens’ interests, preferences, and unique personalities and are challenging and fun at the same time. Make sure that they can enjoy these gifts on their own or with friends.

  • Card and board games
  • Musical instruments
  • Science kits
  • Sports kits
  • Art supplies

AGES 12 AND ABOVE

Young teens prefer to make their own choices and become more independent, with their own personalities and interests. So, look for specific gifts that are to their liking and preference. If in doubt, the gifts listed below are suitable across all ages and great for all occasions.

  • Books
  • Gift cards
  • Age-specific DIY kits
  • Art supplies
  • Sweet treats

Now, take your pick, gift it to a child and watch their face light up with joy!

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