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The Best Kid-Tested (and Parent-Approved!) Gifts for Every Age


By Courtney Thompson

As a parent, when it comes to presents for your brood, you’re looking for two things—one, gifts that are sturdy enough to last past noon on Christmas day, and two, products that will capture your kids’ attention. In my mind, there’s nothing better than quiet play—a toy or game so fantastic that your children’s imaginations are exploding and their creative little minds expanding by the second. (And while they’re quietly playing? Yep, I’m reading a magazine on the couch. #winning)

On the flip side, there’s nothing more irksome than a crappy toy that falls apart after ten minutes. Waste. Of. Money. Below, we’ve rounded up 20 great gifts—some brand new and some oldies but goodies—for kids ages one to 10 years old, and all the products have one thing in common…they’re kid-tested and parent-approved. That’s right, every single product on this list has been test-driven by my kids or by my extended family and friends, and I’ve only included the ones that are durable and have piqued kiddos' interest for a long amount of time. (That plush barn you see below? My three-year-old still sleeps with the animals—two years after receiving it for his first birthday!) And the great news is that all can still be delivered in time for Christmas. But hurry up, because these classics will be gone before you know it.


Plush Barn with Squeaky Animals

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.99

Radio Flyer Kid's Folding Wagon

BUY NOW: Amazon, $139.99


Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

BUY FROM: Amazon, $41.50

Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter

BUY FROM: Amazon, $71.99


Magna Tiles 48-Piece Set


BUY FROM: Amazon, $74.50

Freezy Dream Ice Cream Truck Tent

BUY FROM: Land of Nod, SALE $149.97 (Regularly $249, 40% Off!)


LeapFrog LeapReader Reading & Writing System

BUY FROM: Amazon, $27.87

The Original Stomp Rocket: Jr. Glow in the Dark 4-Rocket

BUY FROM: Amazon, $14.85


UGG Bailey Bow Boots

BUY FROM: Amazon, $119.95

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $32.50


Keep Out Lock & Key Diary

BUY FROM: Amazon, $9.99

Easy Weaving Loom

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $30


Singing Machine Top Loading CDG Karaoke System with Bluetooth

BUY FROM: Amazon, $49.99

7TECH Kids Walkie Talkies, Set of 2

BUY FROM: Amazon, $29.99



BUY FROM: Amazon, $16.99

Simon Air

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24.75


Basketball Mug with a Hoop

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24

Ticket Stub Diary

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $12


3D Deco Spiderman Wall Light

BUY FROM: Amazon, $38.95

LEGO Architecture White House

Buy From: Amazon, $79.90

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