The All-Ages Children’s Holiday Gift Guide for Clueless Adults
Guys, we’ve officially reached the age of adulting — yep, now that you’re in your 20s, 30s and beyond, your brother/co-workers/BFF/cousins or even YOU are having little ones, and things just got super real. Getting something for your bestie of 20 years might be easy peasy (check out our holiday gift guide for her for some ideas), but what are kids even into these days? Who knows? Don’t worry. We do! We have your back with the gift guide that covers kiddos of all ages.
gifts for infants
1. Owlet Baby Monitor ($250): This little high-tech sock gives the ultimate gift to new parents: peace of mind. The Owlet sock, which comes in three sizes as a baby grows, has a built-in oximeter (which is used commonly in hospitals and ICUs) that measures a newborn’s pulse. A dock linked up to the sock will light up and alert the parents in case heart rate drops. While Owlet is careful to note the bootie is not intended to “diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition,” it will *hopefully* help an exhausted new parent get a little extra ZZZ.
2. PopSugar Gift Collection ($50): In case you don’t want to wrack your brain over what to get a newborn, PopSugar Gift Collection does the curating for you. The boxes cost $50 and come in gender-neutral, boy or girl and are super chic. Trust us, every parent is going to want one of these boxes.
3. Little Lotus Swaddle ($75): This is a sweet gift for every baby from preemies to infants. This NASA-inspired swaddle helps wee ones maintain the perfect body temp. Plus, it’s a gift that gives back. For every purchase of a Little Lotus product, the company gives an Embrace Infant Warmer — a portable, reusable and electricity-free replacement for a traditional incubator — to a developing country.
4. The Library: Baby Keepsake Box ($80): Babies grow up so fast! Before you know it, they’re walking, talking and going to school. One way to help preserve all those precious early moments is with this gorgeous baby keepsake box. These boxes are custom-dyed and can be personalized with a kiddo’s initials. It comes with 17 different drawers and two envelopes to help store all the memories.
5. POMO Bebe Activity Tracker ($119): POMO Bébé is the baby’s first activity tracker! This little gadget clips onto clothing and is packed with features. It can track a child’s health and development over a 10-day period, monitor sleep quality, body and milk temp and more. All in all, it’s a good way to help a new parent stay on top of things.
6. Lost My Name Book ($30): This totally customizable children’s book is sure to please a little one. The Lost My Name books spell out a kid’s name letter by letter, accompanied by stunningly gorgeous illustrations. You can also add an extra touch of personalization with a printed dedication page.
gifts for ages 1-3
7. The Brushies Storybook + 4 Brushies ($30): Getting toddlers to brush their teeth at night can be quite a chore, but with Brushies, the task can actually become fun. This set includes four finger puppet tooth brushies and a book that follows the characters in an adventure to good dental hygiene habits!
8. Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo ($25): These bright stackers are a refreshing upgrade to your average building blocks. Tobbles are a fun, interactive way to help a tot refine his or her fine motor skills, and it doesn’t hurt that the grippable balls come in bright, beautiful colors.
9. Cubetto + Adventure Pack by Primo Toys ($225): The Cubetto is a kid’s first robot and intro to programming, with function blocks you can place on a queue board and have the Cubetto execute. Sure, the price is nothing to scoff at, but this beautifully crafted toy isn’t just pretty to look at — it’s smart too!
gifts for kids 4-6
10. Ruby Rails + Goldieblox Dynamic Duo Set ($47): Goldieblox was founded by Stanford-educated mechanical engineer/product designer Debbie Sterling with the mission to “disrupt the pink aisle” at the toy store and get little girls interested in engineering. Goldieblox and Ruby Rails action figures are the anti-Barbie, thanks to their high-tech gadgets and butt-kicking adventures.
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12. Goldieblox Craftstruction Box ($40): The Goldieblox Craftstruction Box comes with over 275 individual pieces (which is why it’s an over six-years-old toy) that allow a kid to get really, really creative with construction. The kit helps kids get acquainted with engineering principles like prototyping and problem solving. And parents will thank you too, because it’s guaranteed to keep ’em occupied for hours.
GIFTS FOR KIDS 7-9
13. Omiebox Bento Box ($40): The bento box trend has taken kids lunch boxes by storm, but they can be painstaking to execute. The Omiebox Bento Box comes with multiple compartments and is the sleek and easy way to organize lunchtime. It even has different temperature zones to keep hot foods from interfering with cold foods.
14. Kidbox Subscription ($98/box): This is a gift for li’l ones (and not so li’l ones) from age two to 14. Once a season, Kidbox will send you a box full of six to seven items of clothing that are custom curated to a kiddo’s personality, interests, age, gender and more. Send back what you don’t like after seven days, but keep your faves. The prices range from $12 to $16 per item, or pay $98 if you decide to hang on to the entire box.
15. littleBits Rule Your Room Kit ($100): Every kid dreams of having a room that is personalized to their desires, and with the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit, you can make that wish come true. With seven bits and 19 accessories, the kit can build everything from a touchpad to a superpowered mechanical LEGO toy.
GIFTS FOR TWEENS
16. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera ($60): In a world where everything is going digital, a Fujifilm Instax Instant Film Camera is a good way to bring back analog. It’s also just a snazzy and affordable way to help your tween preserve her middle school memories with friends and family.
17. Livly Sleeping Cutie Backpack ($59): This adorable Livly Sleeping Cutie backpack is made with a lightweight yet durable fabric and is decked out in easy-to-zip oversized zippers. It’s a surefire way to make your preteen stand out (in a good way!) in the halls at school. I mean, just look at that face!
18. Bucketfeet Bamboo Slip-Ons ($35): These awesome kicks are guaranteed to keep your fave tween happy. Each pair of Bucketfeet shoes is designed by an artist, like these Bamboo printed ones by Berkeley-based artist, Aaron Firestein. Psst… in case you’re digging these comfy slip-ons for yourself, they have several options for adults too!