Best Gifts For Kids

Choosing a gift can be difficult and a bit mysterious. You want to put a smile on your child's face, but figuring out what will do that can be a trial to test any parent. Kids have their own ideas about what's cool and what's not, and adults often seem far outside that loop! Add the staggering variety of products on the market, and confusion reigns. You're looking for toys that are practical, durable, and aren't going to end up broken in the bottom of a toy box after only a few days (or hours). You also want something that your child is going to greet with lasting excitement. How do you find the right gift?

Of course, there's no universal answer. Every child is different, and you know your child better than anyone else does. One kid might be in heaven with new art supplies; another might be happier with outdoor toys, another may love both. Whatever your little one's special interests are, we hope you'll find something on this list that will leave you with a house full of smiles! From classic to modern and a few with a foot in both camps, there's something here for almost every young one.

For Babies. Gifts for babies are often as much about keeping parents happy as they are about keeping babies happy, but whatever's good for one is good for the other too!

Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit Microfleece - Price $
The patented Magic Sleepsuit was created by a pediatric physical therapist and mother of four, and is designed to help baby transition from the swaddle and lightly muffle your baby's reflexive startles, helping baby (and Mommy) stay asleep. The Magic Sleepsuit is designed to replace loose bedding and is intended for back sleeping in the crib only. No co-sleeping, and no rockers. If you're looking for something to increase the quality and duration of baby's sleep, this is a good option.

Two sizes are available in microfleece (3 - 6 months and 6 - 9 months), and three colors (blue, pink, and yellow). You can also get a cotton version that is available in cream.

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Ergo Baby Carrier – Price $$
Moving around with baby can be a challenge. The Ergo Baby Carrier meets that challenge with a front, back, or hip-mounted multi-position carrying capacity. You get hands-free mobility with anything from a newborn to a four-year-old. The Ergo gets top marks for comfort and adjustability and is designed to avoid any potential hip or spine development issues. There's a broad range of available add-ons and accessories. The Ergo is a top choice for any parent looking for a comfortable, compact infant mobility solution!

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BabyBjörn Cradle - Price $$$
The BabyBjörn Cradle is a top-rated sleep solution for babies from birth to 6 months old. This compact, cozy, bed is made of safe, washable materials and the spring suspension creates a soft rocking motion to soothe baby. The mesh sides provide proper ventilation, the materials are easily washable, and you can easily carry the cradle to any room in the house. It's not the cheapest item out there, but a good sleep for baby can be worth a great deal!

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Toddlers and Pre-schoolers are starting to develop ideas and opinions of their own, and favorite toys are at the center of their little worlds. Top choices will be toys that inspire activity and creativity and keep them interested for as long as possible!

Rod Campbell Board Books - Price $
You can't beat a board book for babies and toddlers! One of Rod Campbell's classics, Dear Zoo, has been around for 25 years and is still incredibly popular! Board books are tough, and your little one's little fingers won't turn this book into origami. These books use simple text and repeating phrases, both of which are ideal for your little pre-reader, and they are perfect for reading aloud, which is a fantastic bonding opportunity for babies and parents! They also contain flaps and touch-and-feel elements to engage multiple senses at the same time. A classic, practical, budget-friendly item!

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Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Building Blocks - Price $$
Wooden blocks are an all-time classic that never loses its appeal. Simple wooden blocks in multiple shapes engage creativity on many levels and keep kids coming back for hours of play, year after year. If you divide the cost of a toy by the number of play hours it's likely to see, wooden blocks would be one of the great toy values on the market! They ae almost indestructible and provide play-friendly introductions to a range of motor and cognitive skills, including balance, stacking, pattern and shape recognition, and even fractions!

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Strider Balance Bike – Price $$$
If you think a toddler is too young for a bike, welcome to the balance bike revolution! A balance bike is just a tiny bicycle with no pedals or brakes. The feet do the starting and stopping, and the results seem magical. Children as young as 18 months start out walking their bikes and move in days to coasting along and balancing without training wheels. Strider is a highly regarded brand with excellent customer service, and their bikes fit children from under two up to 5 years of age. Most kids ride at a pace similar to an adult's comfortable walking pace, so if you're looking for a way to get outdoors with your child and keep it fun for both of you, this is it! Strider also makes toddler-sized elbow and kneepads, and you'll want a properly sized helmet as well. We like the Nutcase Baby Nutty and Little Nutty models for their adjustability and for kid-friendly designs that make kids want to wear them! When you add in the accessories, it's a significant purchase, but your child can use it every day for years.

Check out the Strider Balance Bike and Nutcase Little Nutty and Baby Nutty on Amazon.