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Gift Ideas for Kids

From toddlers to pre-teens, shopping for kids gifts can be a challenge, especially if you don't often shop for kids. Read on to find our top tips to find great gifts for any little one on your list, whether you're shopping for a birthday, Christmas, or other special occasion.

Buy Age-Appropriate

Look to age recommendations as guidance for the kids you're shopping for. This will help you find toys that are not too simple or advanced for the child to enjoy. If in doubt, err on the side of toys for a slightly older child as then the gift can be kept until kids are old enough to play with it. Be sure to pay careful attention to age recommendations on toys with small parts or any safety-related concerns.

Inspire Creativity & Curiosity

Children may just see toys as fun, but adults know that play is a critical part of child development. Any toy that prompts make-believe play such as dollhouses, play kitchens, and playhouses keeps kids entertained for hours as they weave stories and develop social skills. Science and tech toys are also popular picks because they provide hands-on learning that helps strengthen problem-solving skills, fine-motor skills, and critical thinking.

Get Them Moving

Active play is just as important as creative play, and fun toys such as bikes, kid-powered ride-on toys, trampolines, and swing sets help make it easy for children to get their recommended 30 minutes a day of physical activity. For outdoor toys, be sure the recipient has adequate yard space to avoid disappointment after unwrapping.

Consider Practical Picks

While toys may be at the top of their list, don't shy away from functional items when you're looking for a gift for kids. Table-and-chair sets, desks, and toy storage are great selections, especially when paired with a fun item to go with them such as an art set or a new stuffed animal. Or make them feel extra special with a personalized item such as an upholstered chair, play kitchen, or toy box featuring their name.

With Hayneedle's wide variety of gifts for kids, you'll find just the right thing to make them smile. Shop by age, category, price, and more, or get inspired by our holiday gift guide for unique, fun ideas for your favorite little ones.

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