Gift Guide: The Best Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens


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If you’re looking for great gift ideas for kids, you’ve found them! From elementary aged boys and girls to pre-teens and beyond, we have clever ideas that will make you the most popular gift-giver on the planet. Plus, download a free printable printable wish list for kids to write about what they’d like from Santa this year!

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If you’ve ever struggled with what to get kids for Christmas, I’ve got your back with the best gift ideas for all the kids on your list. I’ve focused on elementary and pre-teen aged kids because that’s the stage we’re in right now, but some of these ideas swing younger and older so you can find something for just about everyone.

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Great Gifts for Elementary Kids

These gift ideas encourage creativity and outdoor play, as well as being active and exercising (even if kids don’t know it, ha!)

Ring Fit

Ring Fit Adventure– the whole family loves this set! It’s an interactive game that makes you part of the adventure while exercising. This set comes with the game, a Ring, and a leg strap to use with your Nintendo Switch. Kids won’t know they’re getting exercise while running through the course, and you can customize it to your own needs (it even takes your heart rate!)

kids kindle

Kid’s Edition Kindle– We’re officially a Kindle family now because of the ease of getting books. You can synch it with your library card on the Libby app and get free library books, too! It really makes reading a breeze.

Radio Flyer go kart

Radio Flyer Go Kart– this looks like a blast, and a fun way to play outside.

Magna Tiles House

Magna-Tiles– every year since the beginning of my blog, Magnatiles have made the list. Why? Because my kids STILL play with them (right now they’re making ‘elf houses’ using Magnatiles, I love that they’re still relevant even at this age!) This is a fun add-on set to the original Magnatiles that includes elements for making a house.

Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite– We got the regular Switch last year and the entire family plays with it. Due to the pandemic, they’ve been hard to find so the Switch Lite is a good alternative. We love the Switch because some of the games are interactive and fun for the entire family.

cloud humidifier

Cloud cool mist humidifier– A beautiful way to add humidity to rooms during the dry winter months. Humidity has health benefits during this season so it’s important to use one right now. If you have a child on your list who loves to decorate their room, they will love this.

Nerf gun

Nerf gun– We’ve been trying to find creative ways to play with friends outside and Nerf guns are a huge hit. Right now we’re doing everything we can to encourage outdoor play with friends, and these fit the bill 100%.

zipline contents

Slackers Zip Line: Speaking of outdoor fun, the zip line has been one of the most popular gifts we gave our kids last year. It definitely makes our yard the hit of the neighborhood!

Lite Brite

Lite Brite– The Lite Brite is such a classic! It’s fun for all ages and a nice and quiet indoor, creative activity for ages 4+.

PlayDoh Slime

Play Doh variety kit– Slime mania is real, and for kids that need sensory input it’s been great (even if it makes most parents squeamish, haha!) There’s so many kits out there, this Play Doh kit is perfect for younger kiddos.

DIY Slime Kit

DIY slime kit– This is a creative slime kit for older kids because it allows you to DIY your own slime combinations. Perfect for rainy or snowy days!


Super Mario Lego kit– Wish your kids would get off screens and play creatively? LEGO Mario is the solution! You need the Starter Course first, then there’s lots of other sets to add on from there. Mario has eyes that light up and there’s sound effects too. It’s a fun, interactive set that kids will continue to use even after putting it together!

eraser set

Mini eraser making kit– My daughter got this as a gift and it provided hours of quiet, hands-on fun.

microphone for karaoke

Bluetooth karaoke mic– who doesn’t love a microphone? And this one has all the bells and whistles to make karaoke happen in one compact piece.

earth science kit

Earth science kit– Here’s another gift perfect for rainy days. Kids can learn about earth science while conducting experiments and hands-on activities.

snapcircuits arcade

Snap Circuits Arcade– We love Snap Circuits, and there’s so many sets you can buy! This is a fun set for kids who love arcades– they can build their own mini-arcade and see how the electronics of arcade games work.

Harry Potter LEGOS

Harry Potter Legos– Any Potter fans in the house? My kids still love Harry Potter LEGO sets, especially ones around favorite books and movies (I mean, have you see the baby Yoda one yet?!)

extreme dot to dot books

Extreme Dot to Dot– My mom bought these for my daughter (and my nephew) and they are OBSESSED. It’s great for improving focus, practicing numbers up to (and over!) 1,000. M daughter spends hours working through these books, they’re a fantastic screen-free activity.

Great Gifts for Preteens and Teens

This can be a tough age group for which to buy gifts, but these are sure to be hits with most because they are fun and on-trend, with a focus on ways to enjoy being home during the current circumstances.

polaroid printer

Polaroid pocket camera– this is high on my pre-teen daughter’s wish list!

Canon ivy Cliq+

Canon instant camera and printer (and don’t forget the photo paper!)- as is this one! It has sticker paper for the photos which makes it extra fun and useful.


Razor hoverboard with LED lights– my kids got this last year, and it’s a BIG hit. At first they were scared to stand on it so they used it sitting down, but now they’re zipping around like pros. Great for practicing balance.

portable table tennis set

Table tennis set– get the family involved in a table tennis tournament! I love that this set is small and portable, so you can take it anywhere and it doesn’t take up much space.

popcorn popper bowl

Popcorn popper bowl– who doesn’t love popcorn? And this popper bowl makes it easy to make in the microwave without using all the chemicals found in most microwave popcorn bags.


Hydroflask- my kids (and husband) LOVE their Hydroflasks, and they come in so many colors. They keep water super cold and encourages hydration.

leopard print scrunchie

Darling Draped Bow Scrunchie- I’ll admit I have one of these myself, they’re fabulous for dressing up simple outfits!

CC hat

Pom beanie– This cozy and stylish Pom Beanie is lined with fleece and is perfect for using while social distancing outdoors this winter.

pink fuzzy slipper

Faux fur slides– all the rage this year, everyone loves a fuzzy slipper!

hair waver

Bed Head Deep Waver– if your daughter is into hair styling, they’ll love this Deep Waver for creating cascading waves in one simple styling too.

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My kids have so much fun creating this gift guide each year, I hope you find lots of ideas for the kids and teens on your gift list!

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What favorite gifts have your kids been loving this season?

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