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Gift ideas for kids

If you're ready to get your Holiday shopping underway, but you're not sure what to buy for all the kids on your list, we've got you covered. From the hottest new toys out this year to old favorites from years past, we tested everything to ensure that every item on our list is something kids will actually want, from toddlers to pre-teens.

For ages 0-10:

Encourage your child's love of reading with a book club subscription from Bookroo. Recommended for kids ages 0 to 10, Bookroo delivers hand-picked books right to your door every month. Choose the appropriate club for your particular kid—board books, picture books, or chapter books—and get ready to explore a whole new world of children's literature.


For a 6-month

Want to raise a math whiz? Start your baby on the path to counting with the Learning Journey Counting Cookie Jar. The adorable red cookie jar comes with 10 chocolate chip "cookies" and two different modes of play that introduce counting and numbers (plus it has a really funny little voice). A great choice for babies as young as six months, this cookie jar will keep them laughing and learning until about age 2.

 For a 9-month

Many of the toys marketed to babies are really boring, but not so this set of Melissa & Doug Pull-back Vehicles. What makes these soft cars and trucks so fun is that you can rev-up the wheels and race them around the house. The set includes a school bus, car, fire truck, and police car, and our Executive Editor, Core Content, TJ Donegan, is a fan because they go fast, don't make a lot of noise, and don't damage walls or furniture.


 For a 12-month

Building blocks are a great way to encourage small motor coordination, but classic wooden blocks can be heavy for little hands. Mega Blocks are made from colorful, lightweight plastic, and can be clicked together to build tall towers and other structures. This set includes 80 blocks—some with curved shapes—as well as a zippered bag for easy clean-up and storage.

For an 18-month

Little ones who love nothing more than a trip to the zoo will be thrilled with PlayMobil's new Zoo Set. Sized just right for toddlers, the brightly-colored set features monkeys who swing from trees, a penguin slide, and enclosures to keep the wild animals away from the human visitors. Expand the fun and purchase the Lion Enclosure, which can be connected to the zoo set for more wild-animal playtime.   

For a 2-year 

If you've spent any time at indoor playgrounds you know that the ball pit is the hot spot for the toddler set, but it's also a cess pool of germs. You can create your very own— less germy—version at home with a Play Tent and Pop-up ball pit. Toddlers and pre-walkers will love exploring the two tunnels, and it comes with a carrying case so you can fold it up and store it when not in use. One thing worth noting: The balls have to be purchased separately and come in batches of 200.  

The long winter months can be torture for kids who prefer life on the sports field. Keep your tiny sports fan entertained during snow days with an Indoor Bowling Set. The pins and ball are made out of rubber, so you won't have to suffer through the cacophony of crashing bowling pins, and it comes with a pin set-up template as well as a see-through plastic backpack so the game can easily be transported out to the lawn once the weather turns.

Learning to read and spell can be fun—especially if your child has a set of Alpha-Bots. With just a few twists and turns, the large plastic upper-case letters easily transform into action-figure robots. Ideal for children ages 3 to 5, the Alpha-Bots are a great way for kids to learn while they play.


For a 4-year

If your kids have been begging for a pet but you're an overworked, exhausted parent who can't imagine taking care of yet another living being, get them a Juno My Baby Elephant. Kids can play games with Juno, feed her, and train her to do tricks;

she even responds to your child's touch and gives kisses. The more you interact with Juno, the more fun she becomes, and kids will love seeing her personality blossom—and will get a kick out of her little giggle.


Hatchimals have been all the rage for a few years now, but the new Wow version is sure to impress even the most jaded toy connoisseur. The new Hatchimal Wow can be hatched over and over and over again, and the giant furry "llacorn" grows to 32 inches tall. With over 250 interactive sounds and reactions, the Hatchimal Wow has become the star of our family dance parties.

Surprise toys may be all the rage this season, but If you want something that's more than a one-trick wonder, opt for a Rainbocorn Sequin Surprise. The adorable stuffed animals arrive in a giant plastic egg, and once they "hatch" you'll discover loads of surprises inside. The one my daughter got came with a cute unicorn headband, two ribbon hair clips, a charm bracelet, glitter, stickers, and three smaller eggs filled with mini unicorns. Plus the detachable heart can be clipped on to a backpack and has flippable sequins.


Pixie Belles are the ultimate take-along toy thanks to the magnetic power pods that enable kids to wear them on their clothing. Sure to be the in-demand tween accessory this Holiday season, Pixie Belles come with interchangeable wearable tails so that kids can use them as bracelets, hair bands, or keychains. The interactive creatures spin around, light-up, and even have a Pixie power dance mode so kids can break out their best moves anywhere they go.

If you want to give your children a gift that will keep them occupied for hours on end, add the new Hot Wheels Colossal Crash Track to your cart right now. The track is over five feet wide and features high speed boosters so that multiple cars can be raced—and crashed—at once. Kids will love the levers that enable cars to crash in the air, and parents will love that it folds up easily for storage.

"Blind bag" toys have been all the rage for the last few years, and Lucky Fortune blind collectible bracelets are the newest entry into the marketplace. Kids will love cracking open the plastic fortune cookie, inside of which they'll discover a fortune and a collectible charm bracelet. There are 100 charms to collect in all, including a rare gold-dipped four leaf clover.

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