Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids: Editors’ Picks

In a kid’s world, is any season more exciting than holiday season? Sprinkled cookies, twinkling lights, special programs, carols, skating — it’s all a magical lead-up to the main event. And at, we’ve got your back to make sure the big reveal doesn’t disappoint. After all, there’s magic, too, in those so-excited Christmas-morning faces. 

Intended for children ages 2 to 6, the Radio Flyer Blaze Interactive Riding Horse is consistently a top gift selection for little cowboys and cowgirls every holiday season. This realistic riding horse produces lifelike electronic sounds triggered by three stages of riding: walking, trotting, and galloping. Unlike the models from my time, this one comes with an E-Z Climb step for easy on-and-off mounting as well as built-in safety straps covering the springs to prevent pinched fingers. Included are a brush and feeding carrot to keep Blaze groomed and fed. Gitty up, gift givers … you don’t want to miss out on this winning horse.


If you know a future Mozart, the Schoenhut 30 Key Red Fancy Baby Grand Piano is a fantastic gift option. This piece not only is adorable as a shrunk-down version of a grand piano but also features Schoenhut’s patented learning system. It promotes hand-eye coordination and musical creativity. Bonus: It’s been proven that kids who learn to play a musical instrument do better in school! A matching bench made of hardwood with a bright red finish is also included. Don’t worry, parents; with small hammers striking metal rods to make a chime-like tone, it won’t keep you awake at all hours.


What kid wouldn’t want to hit the hills on a sled with “screamer” in its name? Sure sounds like fun to us. The Flexible Flyer Snow Screamer is made of laminated foam and features vivid blue and red graphics. This combination of a lightweight material and a super-slick exterior coating practically guarantees a fast ride in the snow. Two kids can ride together and there are handles for both, or one kid can really stretch out for increased aerodynamics. Find a tree-free space, bundle up the kids, and enjoy the ride!


Imaginative play is so important! Not only is it fun, it also builds essential life skills and familiarizes kids with new concepts and social situations. The Melissa & Doug Grocery Store/Lemonade Stand is perfect for encouraging little entrepreneurs and entertaining big imaginations. This piece is perfect year round, too – it can be a store or a lemonade stand depending on the season. Going for the best gift? Stock them up on faux food and throw in a pretend cash register to complete the package.


Every kid needs his or her own special place to dive into those Christmas picture-book spoils or cozy up with cocoa for some brand-new movie viewing. Kidz World’s Stretch Maple/Natural Sleepover Sofa is perfectly sized for kids 2 to 8 years old, stuffed with bouncy polyurethane foam and upholstered in a sweet giraffe print that’s subtle enough to slip in amid grownups’ chairs in the living room. The convenient folding sleeper design makes it especially perfect for little friends sleeping over or weekend stays at Grandma’s.


Remember when it was a huge deal at school if your teacher picked you to write an answer to a question on the chalkboard? Now your little one can be the star student every time with the Classic Playtime Deluxe Easel. Serving double duty, this easel features a magnetic chalkboard on one side and a dry-erase board on the other side – so two kids can create masterpieces at the same time. The optional paper roll adds another element of fun, and the matching accessory pouches on each side and included storage bin are ideal for holding supplies and keeping them easily accessible and organized. This easel also plays a dual role by providing a fun way to keep your kids occupied, giving you a little extra downtime.


Perfect for a first jewelry box for children 8 or older, the Mele Kelsey Glitter-Fly Musical Dancing Ballerina Jewelry Box features the classic pop-up ballerina, lots of storage compartments for sparklies and pretties, and two interior mirrors. Best of all, it’s only $20.


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