10 Best Gifts for Kids this Holiday Season

janod magnetic bookThe holidays are among us! Looking for some ideas for great holiday gifts that will surprise and delight the kids in your life?

Most of these gifts are good for both boys and girls and have no flashing lights, loud sounds or dimensions that will make you wonder what you were thinking buying it in the first place.

Here are the 10 Best Gifts for Kids this Holiday Season:


1. Safari Limited Toobs – these reusable tubes come filled with hand painted miniatures in a range of themes to suit whatever your kid’s latest obessesion might be from dinos to dragons. Ages 3+, $11.99. Pictured here, horses.

 Safari Limited Toobs



2. Janod Magnetibook – a perfect toy for travel, each set has boards and magnetic pieces which can be arranged and re-arranged. Various options available, including boys outfitsgirls outfits and vehicles. Ages 3-8, $14.99. Pictured here, crazy faces.

janod magnetic book



3. Frozen – the latest film from Disney will be released on November 27, and I love the idea of pairing a gift with a trip to the movies. Not surprisingly, the Frozen toy line is extensive, so you’ll have plenty to choose from like the Frozen Complete Story Playset (3+, $19.99) or the Toddler Frozen Doll/Dress Combo ($39.99), pictured here.

Frozen doll and costume



4. Rainbow Loom – many kids will already have a Rainbow Loom Bracelet Kit ($16.99), the latest fad to sweep the elementary school crowd, but kids will appreciate more (and more and more!) looms, which come in all kinds of patterns and colors from glow-in-the-dark to sparkles. For more expert loomers, there is also the recently released book The Loomatic’s Interactive Guide to the Rainbow Loom. All items available at Learning Express stores.

Rainbow Loom gift pack



5. State Quarter Map – a favorite with my kids, young numismatists can collect all of the state quarters and put them in the designated spots on the map. A great gift even once the holidays are over, as you can continue to help the kids find all the quarters until the map is filled. Ages 3+, $12.95 (plus quarters).




6. Magna Tiles from Valtech – these ingenious magnetic tiles provide endless hours of building and creative fun for kids ages 2 to 10. Available in solid colors and clear colors, as 32 pieces ($65)  or 100 pieces ($120). While an expensive purchase, this is a present kids can use for many years.

magna tiles



7. Hot Wheels Car Maker from Mattel – kids can create their own customized Hot Wheels vehicles with this super-cool car maker. The set includes molds, car chassis, color wax sticks, stickers and everything else needed for kids to make truly one-of-a-kind cars. Ages 5+, adult supervision required. $49.99, available at Kmart.com.

Photographer John Fitzpatrick Stylist Cheril Joe



8. Where’s Waldo? The Magnificent Mini Book Box – recently released this year from Candlewick Press, this set of five small Where’s Waldo adventure books comes with its own magnifying glass for added searching fun. Ages 5+, $19.99.




9. Custom Letter Tee from Grass & Clovers – a favorite of celebrity kids, these custom tees come in light pink, lavender or heather grey with your choice of letter created in handmade fabric. Made in the USA, $48; available in sizes 2T to 8.

Letter Tee

10. Cash. I know it’s not the most creative gift, but with tweens and teens it is sometimes the best gift. Package bills cleverly as a box of candy or origami (you can find directions for a Christmas Tree and a Mogen David), and you have a gift that’s sure to please even the most picky of recipients.


So there they are, my picks for the ten best gifts for kids this holiday season! What are your favorite gifts to give at holiday time?

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