Christmas gifts for kids of all ages

We've rounded up the hottest Christmas gifts for kids of every age group to help you get inspired just in time for the holidays.

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Seeking the best Christmas gifts for kids? Look no further than our all-ages holiday gift guide, which includes hot toys and gear for every budget. Expect to see items like Pomsies, L.O.L. Surprise toys and yes—even Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn. We've also added some lesser-known (and equally fabulous) to our list of the best Christmas gifts for kids too!

RECOMMENDED: Full holiday gift guide for kids

Looking for even more gift inspiration? You'll want to shop locally at our favorite toy stores in NYC, kids' consignment shops, bookstores in NYC for kids and these kids' clothing stores

 

Best Christmas gifts for kids

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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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Honeydukes: A Scratch and Sniff Adventure

Get a whiff of the magical world of treats with this Harry Potter–themed hardcover book. Young muggles can explore and sniff out sweets like chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and other witchy confections. $10.39, shop.scholastic.com

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Brainstrings

Prepare to be puzzled by this plastic brainteaser. Can your kids group the buttons by color without tying each button’s corresponding strings up in knots? $17, uncommongoods.com

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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. $19.95, 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. $14.72, 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. $27.33, 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.  $13, 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. $20, walmart.com

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Spin Master Otrio

For this Family Choice award-winning strategy game, players compete to get three game pieces (rings and marbles) in a row of their chosen color. $40, spinmaster.com

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Andy Warhol Dominoes
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Andy Warhol Dominoes

Combining a classic game with a little art history, each of these 28 wooden dominoes is decorated with Andy Warhol’s iconic camouflage art. Collectible wooden box included. $30, store.moma.org

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Cassette notebook

It’s easy to inspire young rockers with a throwback cassette-tape–themed journal. Who knows, they might even dedicate a song to you. $7, yoobi.com (available in November)

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High Tops

This shoe’s sturdy rubber soles, cute limited-edition Mickey Mouse design and cool red bottoms will make them the style centerpiece of your kid’s first day back from holiday break. $30, hm.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. $25, 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. $34.95, fatbraintoys.com

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Arctic Force Snow Blaster Pro

Throwing snowballs has never been more satisfying: Using this cold-resistant toy, kids ages eight and up can rocket-launch snowballs farther than they could on their own. $34, kohls.com

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Blended Designs

Company founder Casey Kelley noticed that very few backpacks feature kids of color and did something about it. This sweet series features empowering messages for youngsters! $26.95, blendeddesigns.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. $50, 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. $50, target.com

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Sleeper Hero Bedtime Buddy

Take on the monsters under the bed with a cute buddy who makes the nighttime seem a little less scary. $50, uncommongoods.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. $54.88–$60, walmart.com, target.com, amazon.com

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Ninja Cookie PJ set

Cozy fleece pants and a soft-knit crewneck tee featuring festive Gingerbread ninjas is the perfect attire for a magical Christmas Eve. $44.95, gap.com

 

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Girls’ jacket

Whether throwing snowballs by day or ice-skating by night, your littles will stay nice and cozy in this star-speckled, quilted polyester jacket. $55, oldnavy.com

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Build Your Own Pinball Game

Using rubber bands, cardboard and magnets, your tweens can create an electricity-free pinball machine. Just follow the instructions, then add your own flair and incorporate obstacles. P.S. The cardboard is recycled! $49.95, uncommongoods.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. $100, amazon.com

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Avengers Hero Inventor kit

This inventor kit allows kids to channel their inner Tony Stark and build their own high-tech superhero gear. Heroes in training can create a wearable, customizable gauntlet and learn more about saving the world with in-app games and videos. $150, shop.littlebits.com

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Yayoi Kusama Black Dots skateboards

Catch some serious air—and show off your impressive art knowledge at the same time—with these dotted maplewood skateboards that are imprinted with replicas of artwork from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. $200, store.moma.org

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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. $89.99, 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. $80, crateandbarrel.com

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Razor Spark 2.0 scooter

Zip through the streets with light-up wheels and motion-activated LED running lights—the most epic way to travel around NYC. $63, kohls.com

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Kids Race Car Ride on Toy

If your kid has a need for speed but no license (yet), this glamorous, zippy ride-on toy is just the ticket. $129.00, crateandbarrel.com

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Pottery Barn Cheeky Reindeer Mug

Leave the cutest glass of milk (maybe ever) for Santa! This earthenware mug pairs perfectly with Christmas cookies. $9.50, potterybarn.com

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Unicorn Headphones

Groove to the beat while rocking this headband-like set of headphones. We're feeling sparkly. $30, hm.com

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Baby Monster Hoodie

Tykes can channel their inner monster thanks to this soft cotton sweater with patch pockets and super cute appliques. $20, gap.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. $10.95, 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! $199, crateandbarrel.com


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