Advent calendars tell us December 25 is right around the corner: Check out these Christmas gifts for kids and prepare to give 'ol Saint Nick a run for his money.
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You're bound to find the perfect present for your lilttle with our selections from the best New York toy store locales and kids clothing stores. From sweaters and hats to stuffed animals and dolls, our list has a little bit of everything.
Until the big day arrives, make sure to take advantage of the best Christmas events for kids happening throughout the city! Happy holidays!
Best Christmas gifts for kids
What Christmas tree is complete without little locomotives beneath? Let your conductor set up shop near your Douglas fir with a 33-piece kit that includes a small wooden track and decorative trinkets. $45, fao.com
Car enthusiasts can store their favorite toy automobiles in the gnarly Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage before sending their speed machines down winding slides! The set features 36 parking spaces, as well as lights, sounds and other cool components for toy vehicles! $200, play.hotwheels.com.
Now your Disney princess can cruise around in style! Decked out in decals of Moana, Ariel and other popular characters, this white Vespa can take your little ones up to 2 mph while you roam your neighborhood park together. $147, amazon.com
Entomologists and aritsts alike will love assembling these vibrant pieces of recycled cardboard into a 3-D beetle sculpture. When finished, the colorful creature will deserve a prime spot on your kiddo's bookshelf or desk. $20, store.moma.org.
Add a little mystery to your Christmas season with Rainbocorns, one of the latest surprise toys to hit the shelves. Once the egg hatches, kids will discover a brightly hued, scented plush, plus trinkets such as a birth certificate for their new friend and a charm bracelet. $25, target.com
If you can’t order a Krabby Patty straight from the Krusty Krab, your next best bet is snagging a SpongeBob-themed popcorn maker. Put this kitchen gadget to good use during your next family movie night. $36, walmart.com
Saks Fifth Avenue is on a roll with its pint-sized clientele thanks to its super-cool Frozen II merch and an adorable Care Bears collection, which debuted on Dec 14. The pastel-clad lineup is perfect for the little bears in your life: Expect comfy sweatshirts, t-shirts, onesies and more options to keep your little one stylish and happy, courtesy of their favorite characters. Various prices.
Folks can't wait to get their hands on these furry friends, and for good reason: They light up, purr and tell you when they feel tired, cold or hungry. Did we mention that they're beyond cute? $15, amazon.com (and other retailers)
This hilarious strategy-based card game for older kids pits up to six friends against each other to build a unicorn army and attack other players with the help of magical creatures. $20, barnesandnoble.com
This isn’t your usual jewelry-making kit: Kids use stickers and surprise charms to customize homemade bracelets and necklaces with secret messages. All kits include a secret-message decoder. $11, amazon.com
Move aside, building blocks. Aspiring architects can craft their next creation with the help of 144 magnetic rods and 104 non-magnetic steel balls that join together to create all kinds of shapes. $33, amazon.com
Pet lovers can now adopt a scruffy stray of their own! Each pup comes with pretend fleas, dirty paws and tearful eyes. New pet parents can use the included grooming kit to clean up their furry friend. Various prices, walmart.com
Psst: You don’t have to leave home to try an escape room. Players have to solve 19 physical and mental puzzles to unlock clues before the one-hour timer runs out and you’re all turned into werewolves! $22, target.com
Get your glow on with these do-it-yourself flashing-LED bike lights. The kit comes with everything your child will need to build their own lights, which will make their time on the road safer. $15, techwillsaveus.com
This collectible unicorn actually poops rainbow slime (to a parent’s horror and a kid’s delight). The slime-making kit comes with a unicorn, unicorn food, a scent dropper, a keychain and 10 mysterious surprises. $48, target.com
Tend—and eventually hatch!—an egg with a baby boy or girl Hatchimal inside, then use the included gear (brush, bottle, food and other tiny trinkets) to care for them. Various prices, walmart.com, target.com, amazon.com
This is no ordinary soccer ball! It can connect to phones and tablets to measure and record movements, keep track of skill and training progress, and act as a virtual coach to help kids improve their game. $76, buy.dribbleup.com