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Holiday gift guide 2013: The best gifts for kids of all ages

Shopping for presents this season is a snap thanks to our holiday gift guide 2013, which features the must-have toys for all of the kids in your life.

Whether you shop downtown on the weekends or online from the comfort of your couch, you'll find great ideas for kids of all ages in our holiday gift guide 2013. To make your life as easy as possible during this busy season, we've broken down our favorite gifts into age categories: Best for babies, best for preschoolers, best for grade-schoolers and best for tweens. We've also found cool stocking stuffers (all for under $15) and NYC-themed gifts for little urbanities (we can't get over the mini taxi). Happy shopping!



Holiday gift guide 2013: The full list

Scroll through the slide show below to see our full list of best holiday gifts for kids in 2013
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    Click the right arrow on the image above to see all of the best holiday gifts for kids in 2013.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Musical Gator, $36; at alextoys.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Grimms Spiel und Holz Design Moon House blocks, $63; at Norman & Jules, 158 Seventh Ave between Garfield Pl and 1st St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-987-3323, normanandjules.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Maileg soldier skittles bowling set, $78; at mysweetmuffin.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Sourpuss punk baby bibs, $12–$14 each; at Babesta Threads, 66 West Broadway at Warren St (212-608-4522, babesta.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    The Frye Company Rodeo booties, $38; at Babesta Threads, 66 West Broadway at Warren St (212-608-4522, babesta.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Rocking zebra ride-on, $265; at Giggle. Go to giggle.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Melissa & Doug nesting and sorting farmhouse, $25; at melissaanddoug.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Vilac Babar wooden pull toy, $35; at Kidding Around, 60 W 15th St at Sixth Ave (212-645-6337, kiddingaroundtoys.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Della Slowik fortune-cookie baby slippers, $28; at uncommongoods.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels train station playset, $50; at vtechkids.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Blabla knit cloud pillow, $85; at Yoya, 636 Hudson St at Horatio St (646-336-6844, yoyanyc.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Donkey Rock Star sponge set for the bath, $16; at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, 232 Fifth Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.net)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Oeuf Wild Things baby-alpaca crown, $38; at Sprout San Francisco, 1375 Third Ave between 78th and 79th Sts (212-861-0670, sproutsanfrancisco.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for babies

    Rubbablox building blocks, $50; at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (800-662-3397, store.metmuseum.org)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Plan Toys rubber-and-wood play house, $69; at giggle.com. Go to giggle.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Silly Me Photo Booth mask kit, $14; at alextoys.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Kidsonroof Totem Book of Animals, $34; at Norman & Jules, 158 Seventh Ave between Garfield Pl and 1st St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-987-3323, normanandjules.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Kukkia Dino Ashiato wooden sand-print beach sandals, $30; at Honey in the Rough, 161 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts (212-228-6415, honeyintherough.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Leapfrog Creativity Camera, $20; at leapfrog.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Lille Huset Shop recycled paperboard build-up houses, $35; at uncommongoods.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Mamas & Papas two-toned hobby horse, $35; at mamasandpapas.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    YBike Evolve 3-in-1 training bike, $150; at amazon.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Hape wooden sushi set, $25; at landofnod.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Big Hugs Elmo, $60; at hasbrotoyshop.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    eeBoo About Face object pairing game, $15; at eeboo.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Moulin Roty circus shadow puppets, $22; at Lulu's Then and Now, 75A Fifth Ave at Prospect Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-398-5858, lulusthenandnowblog.tumblr.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    John Murphy Intergalactic Space play set, $100; at landofnod.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Plan Toys wooden breakfast set, $28; at Kidding Around, 60 W 15th St at Sixth Ave (212-645-6337, kiddingaroundtoys.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Kukkia bubble maker set, $35; at Honey in the Rough, 161 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts (212-228-6415, honeyintherough.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Doiy Design landscape dinner set, $50: at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers

    Donkey I-woody chalkboard phone, $20; at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St at Water St; Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049, powerhousearena.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Barbie digital makeover iPad vanity mirror, $70; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Littlebits base kit, $89; at AC Gears, 69 E 8th St at Broadway (212-260-2269, acgears.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Moulin Roty botanist box kit, $72; at Norman & Jules, 158 Seventh Ave between Garfield Pl and 1st St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-987-3323, normanandjules.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RC Control Shellraiser, $50, and figures, $13 each; at Target. Go to target.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Uncle Goose United States blocks, $100; at uncommongoods.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Zoomer robot dog, $100; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Crayola wide-screen light designer, $40; at Target. Go to target.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Lego Friends Heartlake High set, $50; at shop.lego.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Hot Wheels Car Maker play set, $40; at amazon.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Fuuvi Nanoblock Customizable Toy Cameras, $60 each; at AC Gears, 69 E 8th St at Broadway (212-260-2269, acgears.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Hexbug Nano V2 Black Hole set, $50; at hexbugs.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Kid O Memory match game, $36; at Doodle Doo's, 11 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-627-3667, doodledoos.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    The Children's Place monster beanies, $13 each; at The Children's Place. Go to childrensplace.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Sock Monkey headphones, $25; at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Motorworks convertable wooden cars and accessories, $12-$30; at manhattantoy.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for grade-schoolers

    Crayola Marker Maker, $18.50; at Target. Go to target.com for city store locations.

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Keith Colorblock roller skates, $148; at fredflare.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Lego Batman alarm clock, $42; at fredflare.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Crosley Cruiser record player, $98; at urbanoutfitters.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Namco Nano-Falcon World’s Smallest remote control helicopter, $89; at AC Gears, 69 E 8th St at Broadway (212-260-2269, acgears.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Globe Bantam Cruiser skateboard, $100; at Blades, 659 Broadway at Bond St (212-477-7350, blades.com); 156 W 72nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves (212-787-3911)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Elecom PlayGame iPhone 5 cases, $39 each; at AC Gears, 69 E 8th St at Broadway (212-260-2269, acgears.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Djeco Draw Tags graffiti set, $36; at Lulu’s Cuts and Toys, 48 Fifth Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-832-3732, luluscuts.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Jenga Tetris, $15; at hasbrotoyshop.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Lomography La Sardina Möbius camera, $90; at alexandalexa.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Bombinizz pillow carrier sleepover bag, $30; at mybombinizz.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Scented Gummy Bear earbuds, $14; at fredflare.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Kid Made Modern Basic Studio in a Box, $15; at Target. Go to target.com for city store locations.

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    Paul Frank striped winter set, $45; at loungefly.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for tweens

    LeSportsac cosmetic case in Dylan's Candy Bar pattern, $38; at lesportsac.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Areaware Cubebot, $9; at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, 232 Fifth Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.net)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Lavishy vegan-leather bunny coin purse, $12; at modcloth.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Suck UK drumstick pencils, $8; at uncommongoods.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Playmobile mystery figures, $4.50 each; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for city store locations.

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Shwings shoelace accessories, $9 a pair; at shwingsonline.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    RUBR animal slapband watches, $15 each; at rubrwatchnation.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Kikkerland Space Invaders crayons, $11 for pack of eight; at Area Kids. Go to areakids.com for city store locations.

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Maileg tooth boxes, $4 each; at Pink Olive, 439 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-780-0036, pinkolive.com); 167 Fifth Ave between Berkeley and Lincoln Pls, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-398-2016)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    David Turns Bowls hand-turned spinning tops, $13 each; at Norman & Jules, 158 Seventh Ave between Garfield Pl and 1st Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-987-3323, normanandjules.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Whooz Iz It vinyl iPhone charger label set, $13; at whoozizit.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Apple Park organic farm buddies rattle, $10; at amazon.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Cupcakes & Cartwheels owl flashlight, $10; at Kidding Around, 60 W 15th St at Sixth Ave (212-645-6337, kiddingaroundtoys.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Bag of Jokes, $15; at Lulu's Then and Now, 75A Fifth Ave at Prospect Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-398-5858, lulusthenandnowblog.tumblr.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Eco Crayons, $12; at Hiho Batik, 184 Fifth Ave at Berkeley Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-622-4446, hihobatik.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Wear Your Music guitar string bracelets, $7 each; at uncommongoods.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Macbook novelty mirror, $12; at AC Gears, 69 E 8th St at Broadway (212-260-2269, acgears.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Princess charm necklace, $6; at The Children's Place. Go to childrensplace.com for city store locations.

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Play-Doh Grab N' Go color sticks, $11 for pack of six; at hasbrotoyshop.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Skip Hop Flip & Play Turtle, $10; at skiphop.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Fred Good Fortune chopsticks, $8; at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: Stocking stuffers

    Baby Banana toothbrush, $10; at Kidding Around, 60 W 15th St at Sixth Ave (212-645-6337, kiddingaroundtoys.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    American Retro taxi pedal car, $299; at Babesta Threads, 66 West Broadway at Warren St (212-608-4522, babesta.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Cate and Levi fireman puppet, $25; at Sprout San Francisco, 1375 Third Ave between 78th and 79th Sts (212-861-0670, sproutsanfrancisco.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Kira Left My Binky in Brooklyn onesie, $32; at Pink Olive, 439 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-780-0036, pinkolive.com); 167 Fifth Ave between Berkeley and Lincoln Pls, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-398-2016)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    One to Ten NYC, $10; at Doodle Doo's, 11 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-627-3667, doodledoos.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Kstudio embroidered city icon pillow, $150; at uncommongoods.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Marc Tetro Pop-Out! cardboard cab, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, $14–$15 per set; at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049, powerhousearena.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Modern Twist New York Mark-Mat coloring place mat, $35; at Yoya, 636 Hudson St at Horatio St (646-336-6844, yoyanyc.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Appleletters word game, $13; at bananagrams.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Libby Statue of Liberty purse, $18; at Kidding Around, 60 W 15th St at Sixth Ave (212-645-6337, kiddingaroundtoys.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Oeuf Brooklyn Brownstone pillow, $81; at oeufnyc.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Yellow Owl Workshop New York stamp set, $13 at Cursive in ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway between 18th and 19th Sts (212-473-3000, cursivenewyork.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Hachette New York City 1000 piece puzzle, $20; at Doodle Doo's, 11 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-627-3667, doodledoos.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2013: NYC-themed gifts

    Tattly MTA subway temporary tattoo set, $15; at Doodle Doo's, 11 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-627-3667, doodledoos.com)

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

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