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2020 Gift Guide for Kids

Welcome to the 2020 Gift Guides! I’m so excited, guys. The point of my guides is to help you confidently check off your list with quality gifts for the ones you love. 

We always start with the kids, because aren’t they truly the sweetest to buy gifts for? Giving them a gift is a highly anticipated part of the year, but Christmas is also a day of uninterrupted family time.  It’s worth hunting for a few gifts that will provide hours of play that morning and ideally for months and years to come, too.  I’ve stocked this list with classics that won’t break into a million pieces or give you a headache.  Cheers for that, right?

Just an FYI: Most of these gifts fall in the $30-100 price range. I will also be creating my annual stocking stuffer guide with gifts for men, women, and kids under $30.

The Best Gifts for Kids


For hikes, traveling and just bringing along their “essentials,” our kids have been obsessed with their own small backpack. We especially love the durability and design of the mini Kanken.


A dollhouse can be an investment, but we’ve found it provides hours of imaginative play. A modern dollhouse, a treehouse, or a wooden A-frame are great options. The Calico Critter families have been our favorite dolls over the year.


As Mr. Rogers said, ” Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”  Try a tea playset, doctor kit, cash register, or chef’s outfit to let kids’ imagination run wild.

4 // BOOKS

There are so many good books I want to recommend, but if limiting myself I think these 5 are absolutely worth owning: Maps, Usborne Look Inside books on a variety of topics, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Complete Brambly Hedge, and Folk Tales Treasury.

For more of our all-time favorites, check my Best Kid Books shop page on Amazon.


If you have a baby to shop for this year or are expecting, here are a few of our all-time favorite baby items to wrap up and tuck under the tree:

For babies: a set of etched wooden blocks, winter pajamas, or the softest stuffed bunny

For 6-18 months old: wheely bugalphabet puzzle, or a first train set


This instant camera is a great creative gift for older kids (You can also find it at Target). We love seeing the photos they take on trips and around home. We’ve also found fun albums and frames at Urban Outfitters for displaying photos.

7 // LEGOS

Legos truly are a timeless gift. This year, Harry Potter lego sets were a big favorite with our kids. The classic brick set is also a great toy for endless play.


In the Midwest, we’re heading into the winter months when it’s a challenge to get outdoors. Indoor toys, like a wooden balance board or a trampoline, are a gift that help kids get their wiggles out all winter long.


A play kitchen has been one of our best toy investments.  When kids are visiting our house, this is inevitably a toy they all play with together. And play food is constantly in use for make-believe feasts and parties.


My kids play with Magna-tiles constantly, and are always reinventing them into some new part of their play. This is a high quality toy for a huge range of ages. (Also available at Maisonette and Target).

11 // DOLLS

For a soft mini BFF, we love these Parisian dolls. Another great option are adorable Cuddle & Kind animal dolls, which also provide 10 meals to children in need for every doll purchased. 

12 // GAMES

It’s nice to have a little stockpile of games for the kids to choose from, especially for cold winter days.  Lately, we’ve been loving Kingdomino, Rummikub  and Chinese Checkers.

Shop the Post: 1. Kanken Mini Backpack | 2. Modern Dollhouse | 3. Tea Playset | 4. The Complete Brambly Hedge | 5. Wheely Bug | 6. Instax Mini Camera | 7. Harry Potter Lego Set | 8. Balance Board | 9. Play Kitchen | 10. Magnatiles | 11. Parisian Doll | 12. Chinese Checkers

Bonus Tip! Try opening gifts slowly throughout the morning instead of in a big rush.  When a child opens a present, they want to explore and play with it right away.  So giving them time, as opposed to rushing right to the next gift, will set everyone up for a fun Christmas day meant to be savored.


Click here for the entire set of Holiday Gift Guides. I would love it if you shared them with friends and family! If Amazon is your jam, my curated Shop has gift sections ready for you to quickly add purchases to your cart.

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Lindsey is an Indiana-based blogger who writes about everyday style and simplicity. She loves pizza, yoga, novels, and a great pair of jeans.

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