10 Best Holiday Gifts for Kids

10 Best Holiday Gifts for Kids by Smile Is It (1)

It’s that time of the year again! Even though I’m not a big fan of winter, I definitely love the holiday season. I’m like a big kid who wants to decorate her Christmas tree the second Halloween is over. I love all the holiday vibes around and especially enjoy gift shopping for my loved ones. This doesn’t mean finding the perfect gifts is an easy task in my book. It’s never easy yet fun! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas for kids. I like fun, quality, and educational gifts that can keep little ones’ attention for quite some time, and found all of the below-mentioned ones competitively priced at Kohl’s. Have a look at my top picks:

Gift idea #1. LEGO Classic in a Suitcase

You can’t go wrong with a classic LEGO set. The one featured below consists of 213 pieces and comes with an illustrated booklet showing some creative things you can make with it. It’s also a great addition to any themed LEGO sets you might have. Last August, I took Isabelle to the flagship LEGO store in Manhattan where we picked a couple of Disney-themes LEGO sets for her birthday. Those are beautiful but a little bit too complicated for my 4-year-old at the moment. This time around I tried this classic LEGO set, and it was a hit! As a mom, I especially appreciate the durable suitcase to keep everything organized once the play time is over. The suitcase is quite roomy and comes with adjustable dividers to sort all pieces by colors or sizes. I’m always on a mission to keep our house clean and organized as much as possible and to teach Isabelle to clean up after herself so this set in a suitcase is my top pick. It’s also very convenient to take with you when you are visiting friends or relatives to keep your kid busy.

Recommended for ages 4 years and up.

Buy: LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase

Gift idea #2. For a Crafter

This gift is something that will encourage creativity and patience for years. Melissa & Doug weaving loom is quite large in size and is very easy to use. It comes with a large wooden needle that substitutes a shuttle, 2 skeins of rainbow yarn to create fun and possibly wearable art from scarfs to bags, and colorful strips to create three tapestry projects. I like that even though it’s a kids’ loom, it’s made of solid wood and allows you to create projects in various sizes. It’s probably a little complicated for my 4-year-old at the moment but I’m planning to introduce it again next year. One thing I have in mind is to start with using fabric stripes instead of knitting yarn to make our first projects easier to complete.

Recommended for ages 6 years and up.

BuyMelissa & Doug Multi-Craft Weaving Loom

Gift idea #3. For Future Hair Stylist

Do you have a future hair stylist or makeup artist on your hands? Make sure to check out this cool Disney princess styling doll head. The set includes rubber bands, earrings, hair clips, ribbons, tiara, mirror brush, and a water applicator that can change Belle’s lips and eyelids color. There is also a built-in storage space underneath the head to keep all accessories organized. I secretly thank Disney every time I see this doll head because finally, nobody is trying to “style” my hair by pulling and rubbing them. You would probably have to help your little one with brushing the doll’s hair the first time around since it comes with her hair being styled and set with a hairspray. After that, your little ones are good to play on their own!

Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

Buy: Disney Princess Belle Majestic Styling Head

Gift idea #4. Educational puzzles

Sometime last year, Isabelle received a small Minnie Mouse puzzle in a goody bag. She was meticulously putting it together for a good half an hour until she was done. That puzzle is definitely outgrown by now, and I wanted to get something else that would interest her. If you know that your child likes puzzles, definitely have a look at educational Melissa & Doug puzzles. The ones that got my attention are the USA map puzzle, the world map puzzle, and the one showing our solar system. I like that those are not just some random pictures but actually something to learn along the way and discuss once a puzzle is completed.

Recommended for ages 4-6 years and up (the solar system puzzle is the easiest puzzle; the world puzzle is the most challenging one).

Buy: Melissa & Doug 33-pc. World Map Floor PuzzleMelissa & Doug USA Map Floor PuzzleMelissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle

Gift ideas #5. For a Little Helper

Have you ever noticed how little kids are always eager to grab your kitchen mop and clean up if there is a mess? Don’t stop them! Encourage your little helper to help you more by getting them their own cleaning tools. You’ll thank yourself later. This Melissa & Doug cleaning play sets will be loved for quite a long time. I’d say it’s especially a must if your little one has a play kitchen.

Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

Buy: Melissa & Doug Dust, Sweep & Mop SetMelissa & Doug Spray, Squirt & Squeegee Play Set

Gift idea #6. Play Cash Register

I like pretend play toys in general, and cash registers are one of my favorite ones. Whenever we go to kids museums, it looks like cash registers at play stores are always in demand. Playing pretend store is fun and also a great opportunity to teach your little one numbers and basic math. The cash register shown on the left features a working calculator, a functional scanner, a receipt dispenser with stickers, and a working microphone.

Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

BuyDisney’s Mickey Mouse Cash RegisterDisney’s Minnie Mouse Shop N’ Scan Talking Cash Register 

Gift idea #7. For Future Veterinarian

Do you have a little animal lover? If yes, what about care and grooming set? This deluxe play set by Melissa & Doug includes plush toys, grooming and vet tools, as well as a storage tote to keep everything in place.

Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

BuyMelissa & Doug Deluxe Pet Vet – Care & Grooming Play Set

Gift idea #8. Training Bike

This is a great bike to learn how to ride. It features turbo grip gauge that lights up when revved, a racing shield and two pad set, a colorful tire tread, coaster and front hand brakes and comes with adjustable training wheels. This is the bike that your boy will love and use.

Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.

BuyHot Wheels 14-in. Bike

Gift idea #9. Auto-lift Expressway Set

This set is a pure fun for both boys and girls. It reminds me those vintage railroad sets where train never stops but with a modern twist. Kids can race their cars down and watch as they pass fun activation points, like tollgates and short-cut diverters along the route. When the cars finally reach the bottom, the elevators instantly take them on a return trip to the top so the fun never ends! This set comes with 5 cars.

Recommended for ages 5 years and up.

Buy: Hot Wheels Auto-Lift Expressway Set

Gift idea #10. Chef’s Play Kitchen.

If you don’t have one, get it. I like that this Melissa & Doug kitchen comes in neutral brown. It’s wooden and presents a sturdy construction for years to enjoy. To add the realistic feel, the kitchen features oven and stovetop have dials that turn, a microwave with a turning plate, a refrigerator with ice maker and freezer, its sink has a moving faucet and handle, and there is quite a lot of storage for all the kitchen utensils your kid might have.

Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.

Buy: Melissa & Doug Chef’s Play Kitchen

You can also find a fun collection of Fisher Price toys at Kohl’s.

What’s your favorite gift idea from the list?

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  1. I don’t have kids, but I will definitely share this post with some of my friends who do – I think they will find it really useful!

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