So happy to hear this year’s stripped-down gift guides are helpful! Two things I wanted to note before we dig into kid ideas today:
First, they’re not as conducive to internet gift guides, but don’t discount the joy in giving experiences. I actually went back and added a few ideas to yesterday’s grown-up guide, and have included a few here! Some of the best gifts I’ve ever given or received have been carefully-selected adventures (bonus points for a surprise element!).
Second, if it’s important to you, shop local when you can! Of all the categories, I find kiddo gifts especially easy to score at my favorite local boutiques (because everything is just so cute!!). Similarly to shopping from an online small business, your local purchase makes SUCH a difference to those business owners, especially at this time of year!
If you’re in the Triangle, head to my faves:
Parker & Otis
The Museum of Life & Science gift shop
Quail Ridge Books
And now, for the gifts…
My favorite kiddos :)
Gifts for your favorite boys:
— A high seas sweatshirt or dinosaur pants (both on Shep’s wish list!)
— A basketball that glows in the dark and gets brighter the more you bounce it!
— A sweet little Weekender bag
— A Harry Potter sweater!! Perfect for an older kiddo getting into the books. Or, a handsome Fair Isle sweater if he’s not yet hooked.
— Star Wars socks
— A sharp rain coat (love the red, too)
— An adorable tool box
— Cute plaid jams
— An Arctic explorer shirt
Gifts for your favorite girls:
— A caboodle. What is it about storing treasures neatly that gets kids so jazzed?
— Dreamy castle pajamas
— A beautiful blanket for her bed or a picnic in the yard (unicorn-esque colors but amenable to mama, too!)
— Herd Your Horses, a board game I was OBSESSED with as a girl! If you have an equine lover in your fam, this is a slam dunk.
— THE CUTEST slippers! June has the rainbows and I also love the shooting stars!
— A friendship bracelet making book. You had and loved this as a kid, yes??
— A perfectly pink fleece
— A horse-print top
— The most MAGICAL play mat. The price is hefty – maybe a good grandparent gift? Or maybe they’ll have a Black Friday sale? June would flip over this.
— Non-hideous light-up sneakers. One of the three things on June’s dictated Christmas list this year, ha!
— A fabulous red cape for dress-up
Gifts for everyone:
— A sweet peg nativity set
— A rock tumbler. This is one of June’s gifts this year :)
— A marble race track
— A play kit or subscription to Loveverybaby. A few family members chipped in for the 13 to 15-month kit for Shep for his first birthday and it was a HUGE hit!
— A book – always a book! Lots of favorites here.
— A cooking class, sewing workshop, or other fun activity
— A doctor play kit (on June’s wish list!)
— June and her weather-loving daddy would love this weather station. I could see us doing it at the breakfast table!
— A children’s museum membership (the Museum of Life and Science, if you’re in the Triangle!)
— A cute hat. I just bought a pom pom number for Shep from this company at Tiny!
— A checkout register with endless possibilities but no beeps
— A Kiwi Co. Crate box or subscription. (June would LOVE this and we are considering getting for her birthday!) There’s a Black Friday sale, too!
— An ice cream scooper set. June’s cousin has this and she has spent HOURS and HOURS and HOURS playing with it every time we’re in the vicinity.
— Tickets to a performance, like a ballet, concert, or ice skating show
— Sleeping Queens, a card game you’ll actually enjoy playing together :)
These are loose categories (mostly just to break it up a little!), so of course feel free to mix and match for your favorite kiddos! And check out my past kiddo gift guide for even more ideas.
I’ll be back with kiddo stocking stuffer suggestions on Friday, but until then, Happy Thanksgiving, friends!! I am thankful for your thoughtfulness, good humor, and smart ideas each and every day! I’m lucky to have you here.
Psst–gifts for your favorite grown-ups are here! Affiliate links are used in this post!