The Ultimate Kids Gift Guide for the Littles in Your Life

Is there anything better than the look of pure joy on the faces of kids when they unwrap a gift? Don’t think so. We asked members of the SwearBy community to share some of the gifts that they swear by for the littles in their lives. What we found was some inspiring, creative, and cleverly-produced (hello, mud boots with kid-friendly handles!) gifts out there. From toys to accessories, we rounded up the gifts your little will love (and let's be honest, you will, too).

Osmo Genius Kit Tool

These award-winning games transform your iPad into a hands-on learning tool. Editor Deborah Bae says it “makes her feel better about screen time” and Colleen Collins says it’s one of the “most clever games around”. Kate Cihon Swears that it’s “super fun, educational” and a “must for Christmas”.

Victoria Road Girls' Dresses and Matching Doll Dresses

“I’m the co-founder of this business, but that is not why I’m swearing by our matching girl and doll dresses,” says Megan Brosterman. “In fact, my daughters and their friends can’t get enough of these, and my 7-year-old was extremely involved with product development and pushing the idea to fruition! Talk about target market feedback.”

Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Clear Colors Set

Yes, we rave about Magna-Tiles all the time, but there’s so much love for this magnetic building toy on SwearBy, making it one of our top-ranked kids’ items. “These are an ‘investment toy’, but you get a lot of bang for your buck with these super-versatile magnetic building blocks. Magna-Tiles have a looong lifespan from little to bigger kids. My son and daughter love them equally, so this toy is constantly in play, whether they’re adding little cars to make garages or little animals to build pretend zoos.” —Kate Foster Lengyel

Bogs Kids Durham Solid Mud Boot

“My son and I both adore these shoes. We have owned them in three different sizes and just ordered the next size up. They are insulated and keep my son’s feet warm and toasty – so we take them snow skiing; but, they have great wicking / no-stink technology – so are also perfect for everyday rain. They have worked great on outdoors trips tromping through the mud, and clean-up is super easy. The handles also make them super easy for my son to put on himself, even when he was just a little one.” —Jessica Leggett

Lego Boost Creative Tool Box

Neda Telabian Funk says that her LEGO-loving son loves the interactive nature of this set, perfect for 7+ year olds to learn the basics of coding, engineering and robotics. “It’s quite cool – you can program it using an app on your phone or iPad,” Swears Neda.

Paint by Sticker Kids

“These are so much fun for my kids (ages five and six). They’re easy to take out (restaurant, airplanes, drives) without the many pieces and mess of coloring books and crayons. Just one thing to grab.” —Lauren Manthripragada


“The cutest backpacks—perfect size for a little one starting preschool and older.” —Kristina Baynes-Reid

Islandborn, by Junot Díaz

“Our family loves this sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging. The illustrations are also so vivid and imaginative.” —Veronique Nguyen

KiwiCo Koala Crate

“I have a pretty intense job. And though all I wanted to do when I came home from work was spend some time with my three-year-old daughter, in reality that translated into plopping down on the couch with her and putting on Daniel Tiger. I wanted to do something more creative and educational, but never had any ideas. Koala crates (by KiwiCo) has made that so much easier. Every month they send me a thematic crate with crafts I can make with my daughter. There’s always an educational component to the crate too. She absolutely loves them and I feel like a ‘better’ mom.” —Sonali D

Maileg Play Tea Set

“I love this tea set. My daughter is very whimsical. She has a huge imagination, like many kids, and this helps her get into ‘princess zone’ in a second. It’s so easy to grab, whether you’re traveling or on your way out to dinner. Quaint. Adorable. Nostalgic.” —Katya Libin

We think you deserve to buy only awesome things. We've asked the most discerning women out there to share what they honestly, truly swear by so you can get on with life and find your next favorite product, faster (and without all the sponsored BS).