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 gifts out there for a range of ages. 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”.
Mad Mattr Ultimate Brick Maker
The secret to a well-behaved child? Going anywhere well-prepared and armed with the best toys to keep little hands and minds busy. Exhibit A: our friend Jessica, who keeps outings drama-free with Mad Matter, squishy kinetic sand that comes in a variety of colors and can be molded with this addictive little brick-maker.
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. “This is a toy kids can continue to enjoy from age to age. They are durable and well made and extension packs are available. Because they are magnetic, it makes it easy for smaller children to build with them but there’s no limit to what they can create, making it a great toy for all ages. Bonus: not messy!” — Tum Cohl
Parista Really Big Coloring Poster
Also file under “Well-Behaved Children.” Our creative friend, Cricket, “brings these to family gatherings to keep kids of all ages entertained and working together harmoniously on a single project”. Available in a variety of themes but in always-stylish illustrations. With the ability to roll it up and unroll again later, “it’s the gift that keeps on giving.”
“Our 6 year-old son loves building and rebuilding complex marble runs and towers. He’ll often incorporate them into other structures such as Magnatiles. We set up races to see which sides go fastest. And when we feel really bananas, we dump all the marbles in and call it ‘rush hour’!” – Alexandra
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.
Chibitronics Chibi Lights - LED Circuit Stickers STEM Starter Kit
This kit includes a notebook that leads the child through different circuit-building activities. Our friend Alexandra swears by these because it’s a STEM starter toy that is both scientific and artistic. The LED stickers, batteries, and copper tape work together to create little lights that get kids thinking about electricity and “how things work.” Alexandra says that “as a photographer, my passion is blending art and science, and I love how this activity integrates creative expression and formulaic scientific principles.”
Sushi Go Party! Card Game
Sebastian, 13, says that Sushi-Go is “quick, fun, not-too-easy and not-too-hard, and who doesn’t love sushi?!” His brother, Jasper, 12, says that “there are no games like it. You have multiple options of what type of game you want to play, and it’s a fun, fast-moving game to play with friends and family.” Their mom, Monica, says “I have no idea what it’s about. But they love it. Really.” A great gift for the kid who has everything, because they don’t usually have Sushi Go.
Spot It! Card Game
I can’t believe I didn’t swear by this sooner! Oh man, this is a great one. The kids always are super focused and happy when playing this game. It’s our go-to at restaurants because it’s so portable. And it’s challenging enough for adults, the kids can honestly beat us at times. 😉 – Regina Lawrence
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
My Audio Pet
These adorable, itty-bitty speakers have SwearBy user Heather saying they are “super durable” and give off “incredible sound” despite their tiny frames. What’s better? They’re cute enough to delight any burgeoning lover of music or picky pre-teen. Comes in cat, panda, bear, pig, mouse, etc.
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. What do you SwearBy?