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The best gifts for children ages 0–5

The best gifts for children are right under your nose! Check out our top pick for trinkets, toys, apparel and more for little ones

By Allie Early

Don't miss out on the best gifts for children this season! These beautiful picks will please any kid, and there's really something for everyone—gear, apparel, toys, teethers...you name it!

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to holiday gifts for children

Looking for other spots to find the best gifts for kids? Visit our favorite toy stores, kids' consignment stores and our favorite holiday markets.

Gifts for kids ages 0–5

Trucks and a Bus Matching Game

Help boost your kid’s memorization skills with 24 easy-to-hold cards just waiting to be paired. $16, shop.eeboo.com 

Dump truck and loader

Nothing says “Let’s move stuff!” like supersized construction vehicles—especially with ridged tires for easy rolling (loader not pictured). $50, overstock.com 



Wooden baby key set

Let the littles chow down on colorful, vegetable-dyed rubber-wood keys that are a cleaner alternative to the ones in your pocket. $9.95, landofnod.com 

Reindeer jumper

This cute reindeer design is supersoft
and luxurious (10 percent cashmere!) for festive occasions. $49, jojomamanbebe.com 


Airplane Ride-On

Navigate the air (well, floor) with this handcrafted wooden airplane. $99, landofnod.com

Fluff hat

This navy pom-pom hat is tres chic, plus acrylic yarn makes it easy to throw in the wash. $33, appaman.com


Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada

Will the baby’s first word be
Mama? No way! Jimmy Fallon’s illustrated board book gives dads the leg up. $8, landofnod.com 

Wooden ship puzzle

Cuddle up on the floor with this 16-piece narwhol-ship puzzle. The wooden pieces are easy for little hands to assemble! $14.95, landofnod.com

Multi Stripe Hoodie Sweater

Lambswool makes this cute hoodie especially soft on sensitive skin. We're in love with the little pom pom hood. $45, jojomamanbebe.com

Sheepskin bootie

Keep little toes warm with moosehide leather booties lined with soft sheepskin. $50, minnetonkamoccasin.com



Teething just got fashionable. Wear these sturdy 100% silicon beads to soothe little ones with emerging pearly whites. $36.50, chewbeads.com

Plush sloth

Your average teddy ain't got nothin' on this adorable sloth. He's pretty much the softest thing in the entire universe! $29, landofnod.com

Penguin Knitted Hat

Boys and girls can cozy into this fleece-lined wool and acrylic penguin hat—it even has a convenient chin strap! $25, jojomamanbebe.com

Alphabet Learning Locks

Help your kiddos navigate their ABC’s with these matching keys and locks! $40, lakeshorelearning.com


Pretend & Play tool belt

Four wooden tools and eight nuts and bolts and a sturdy tool belt are perfect for your kid’s pretend construction projects. $20, lakeshorelearning.com

Book of Tails

Tell tall (and short) “tails” with this soft book that crinkles and rustles while you read. $16.00, momastore.org


Magnetic Submarine

Connect five wooden pieces to build a seaworthy submarine. Ahoy, adventures! $20, perfectlysmitten.com


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