14 Gift Ideas for the Coolest Little Kids Around
Shopping for a little one doesn't have to be difficult. Some of the best gifts for kids are all about simplicity — like a classic puzzle that spells out their name or a funky pair of light-up sneakers that will make them feel like the coolest kid on the playground.
There are some educational gift ideas out there that will teach them about the world without feeling like they're receiving a lecture. One of our favorite, smart holiday presents for elementary-aged kids is a kit from Little Passports. Each one gives the young ones a glimpse at different parts of the world with easy science activities to complete. We've dropped a Coral Reef kit here for a fun way to teach them about underwater ecosystems.
Whether you want a warm-weather layer for your cousin's toddler, or the most fun toy a pre-K kid could ask for, we've got our editor-approved gifts for kids right this way.
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Kids Treehouse
A backyard upgrade they definitely will not see coming. Any kid would be lucky to get this monumental tree house / play house situation as a gift.
Pop Shoes St Laurent Sneakers
Every kid wants light-up shoes, and everyone dressing a kid wants shoes that look cool and fun with the rest of their wardrobe. Consider this a crowd-pleasing option.
State Rodgers Lunch Box
For the girly-girl's school lunches to look a little more glammed up, or even for a tween who needs a new makeup case.
BloomOwl Wooden Name Puzzles
An absolute classic that a 1-year-old will adore, and grows with them through learning to spell, and then serves as cutesy room decor.
Crayola Signature DIY Trinket Tray Craft Kit
This kit is perfect for young artists who still want to be creative but are too old for typical arts and crafts projects.
Stella McCartney Kids Sunglasses
If you're really vying for that Cool Aunt award.
Drew Barrymore Flower Kids Lamp
The only thing that would make this kids-room lamp more fun would be Drew Barrymore herself delivering it.
Bumkins Unicorn Grip Dish
We're not sure how it happened but unicorns are pretty much THE thing among kids in the preschool set (and older!) right now. For your younger trendsetters, this uni plate will make dinner time a delight.
Mini Rodini T-shirt
Okay so the parents may not love their kid wearing this, but it's cool and fun!
A cool carryall for anyone stepping into the big time this year — elementary school.
Little Passports Coral Reef kit
Let them learn all about ocean ecosystems with this fun set. We can use all the tiny environmentalists we can get.
Oeuf Hooded Sweater
An absolutely darling top layer for the 2-and-under crowd.
Areaware Blockitecture Big Apple Building Blocks
A stunning building blocks set that even the budding architect in your family probably doesn't already own. The best part? Building your own NYC together after the gifts are unwrapped.
Janie and Jack x Juno Valentine Puffer
It would be a lucky kid who gets a warm and cozy winter coat like this one for the chilly holiday season.
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7" Display, 16 GB
Gift this tablet to a child and rest assured they will never ask to use your device again. Created with children in mind, the tablet works with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, an all-in-one subscription offering over 20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and games for kids 3-12.
Apple Park's City Pals Plush Toy: Allistor Alligator
Every stylish kid deserves a stylish plush toy. Meet the City Pals – a cute, cuddly, cosmopolitan crew of soft plush toys made from 100% certified organic cotton. Each City Pal comes from a different global locale and has a unique profession and interests.