The best Christmas gifts for kids of all ages

These Christmas gifts for kids just might inspire Santa to solicit your help in the North Pole

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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

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Unicorn Hat

Bring on those New York winters! When the cold weather hits, your wee unicorns can stay snug (and magical) with some adorable knit headgear. $36, appaman.com

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The Chameleon

Got dealt the Chameleon card? Don't blow your cover—every player is trying to find it! This lighthearted game is a great pastime to tackle after a filling holiday dinner. $20, target.com

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FAO Schwarz Teddy

We're getting some Nutcracker vibes from these posh plush! There's no doublt that this bear will take the task of guarding Santa's cookie plate seriously. $45, fao.com

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FAO Train Set

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

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Dino Shirt

T. Rex and co. may be prehistoric, but they'll never go out of style—and this cozy long-sleeve shirt proves it! $10, hm.com

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Hot Wheels Garage

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.

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JoJo Siwa Rollerskates

Your local roller rink is in for a pop of color: JoJo Siwa's rainbow beauties will make a splash from the moment your kids glide into a skating session. $60, amazon.com

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Dino

Toddlers can take a literal ride on the wild side with a portable triceratops that they can also feed. Who could say no to hanging out with a dino? $79, walmart.com 

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Disney Vespa

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

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DIY Beetle

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.

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Rainbocorns

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 

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SpongeBob Popcorn Maker

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

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BOY MEETS GIRL® x CARE BEARS Clothing Collection

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.  

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Tonka Mighty Builders 80-piece Tote Set

This 80-piece Tonka building set comes with toddler-friendly blocks and Tonka figures to create (almost) anything your child can imagine. $18, target.com

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Pomsies

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)

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Unstable Unicorns

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

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L.O.L. Surprise Secret Message Jewelry

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

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STEM KOR Color Stacking Toy

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

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Unicorn Sidewalk Chalk

Feeling magical? Gift these pastel and shimmering-gold unicorn-horn sidewalk chalks to your kids for their next masterpiece.  $15, uncommongoods.com

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Rescue Runts

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

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Doggy Croquet

Make this classic backyard game fun for the whole family with adorable, puppy-shaped wickets, kid-sized mallets and colorful croquet balls. $30, uncommongoods.com

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Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment Game

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

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Light Racer Kit

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

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DIY Miniature Model Kit: Gracie’s Greenhouse

Pint-size perfectionists will dig assembling this lifelike model greenhouse. It comes with faux flowers and gardening tools, paint and even tweezers to get the details right. $35, fatbraintoys.com

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Panda Pals Mobile

Summon nap time and the comforts of a Zen nursery with a few cute critters who love to relax on bamboo leaves. $35, uncommongoods.com

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Roll Up Rainbow piano

Music time just got a lot more flexible: This roll-up piano comes with a play-by-color songbook and seven different piano tones, as well as recording and playback options. $60, store.moma.org

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Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn

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

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Hatchimals HatchiBabies

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

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Rocketship nightlight

The sky’s the limit! Your kid’s dreams will reach the stars near the glow of this enchanting night-light. $60, uncommongoods.com

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Harry Potter Coding Kit

Accio tech-savvy skills, wand and all, thanks to a tablet that lets young wizards learn the fundamentals of coding with a Hogwarts twist. $50, amazon.com

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Smart Soccer ball

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

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Mini Grand piano

Kiddos can take baby steps toward perfecting their musical chops with a tot-friendly 18-key piano. $56, crateandbarrel.com

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Unicorn Headphones

Groove to the beat while rocking this headband-like set of headphones. We're feeling sparkly. $23, hm.com

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Nintendo teether

Bumkins’ too-cool textured silicone teether will soothe babies’ tender gums and can even be frozen for extra chill-power. $10, piqgifts.com

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Brownstone dollhouse

Treat NYC kids to their own brownstone dollhouse that’s inspired bytherealthing. Take that, Malibu Barbie Dreamhouse! $100, crateandbarrel.com


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