Fun Kids Gifts for Every Age
NEWBORN TO 1: PLUSH PLAYTHINGS
For every one of their soft toys (circus-themed finger puppets, mouse rattle, jester hat) you buy, the Ikea Foundation will donate $1 to help educate kids.
Buy It Now! Assorted Soft Toys, .50 to $15, ikea.com
NEWBORN TO 1: MUSICAL TURTLE
Not only does it introduce your babe to colors and sounds with its shell, but it comes alive each time your little one presses the colorful panels.
Buy It Now! Lamaze Turtle Tunes, $25, toysrus.com
NEWBORN TO 1: CLASSIC COMEBACK
In honor of his 80th anniversary, the lovable Babar (complete with his fave crown and green three-piece suit!) is back with his suitcase filled with printed mementos, including a letter from Queen Celeste and a slice of cake.
Buy It Now! Babar Anniversary Plush Doll, $48, saksfifthavenue.com
NEWBORN TO 1: WOODEN BOOK
Your little bookworm will love this sturdy read, which features adorable animal illustrations printed on maple plywood.
Buy It Now! Big Picture Book, $13, landofnod.com
NEWBORN TO 1: STUFFED DOLLS
Too small to visit the big top? Bring the circus to him with this whimsical set. Each doll (lion, ringmaster, clown and elephant) is hand-silk-screened by an artist and rings when shaken.
Buy It Now! Circus Stuf Doll Collection, $12.50 to $25, mysweetmuffin.com
NEWBORN TO 1: MINI SOCK SET
Adorned with adorable critters, these bright socks will give her a serious case of happy feet. Even cooler? They come in a reusable bamboo basket.
Buy It Now! pipopipo Friends Sock Set, $35, pipopipoclothing.com
NEWBORN TO 1: ANIMAL ROCKER
From the cuddly chamois fleece to the solid wood runner, this little lamb will (gently!) rock your baby's world.
Buy It Now! Lamb Rocker, $119, potterybarnkids.com
CELEB PICK: WOOD PUZZLE
2 to 3: ANIMAL RIDE
Put a twist (or spin!) on their indoor play with this fun ride-on toy, which can move into every direction and features a comfy seat. Plus, there's also an adorable cow, mouse, pig, tiger and bee version.
Buy It Now! Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, $36 to $70, amazon.com
2 to 3: FUN RIDE
Your tot will be spinning circles around you in no time with this new design from Radio Flyer, equipped with EZ-Glide wheels (no getting stuck!) and sturdy handles that provide cool sound effects.
Buy It Now! Spin 'N Saucer with Lights amp Sounds, $30, radioflyer.com
2 TO 3: ORGANIC ART KIT
Who knew spinach and beets would make great materials for your mini Picasso? You'll never have to worry about exposing your aspiring artists to harmful chemicals with these eco-friendly chalks, crayons and finger paint.
Buy It Now! Veggie Art Supplies, $54 for set, romp.com
2 TO 3: REMOTE CONTROL TRAIN
This easy-to-operate Thomas the Train engine comes with all the bells and whistles (literally!) necessary to keep your pint-size conductors engaged for hours.
Buy It Now! Fisher-Price Thomas amp Friends Steam n Speed, $40, target.com
2 TO 3: FUN BLANKET & BOOK
When Céline Dion's twin boys wind down for a nap, they reach for this soft mat featuring characters from the popular Jim Henson Company and Sprout-created show, Pajanimals. Added bonus: It also comes with a book that converts into a kid-size pillow.
Buy It Now! Pajanimals Snuggle Up Story Mat, $40, fao.com
2 TO 3: NESTING DOLLS
This modern twist on the Russian classic will make your curious cuties squeal with delight as they uncover each surprise.
Buy It Now! Wee Gallery Nesting Dolls, $38, weegallery.com
CELEB PICK: BOUNCY HORSE
4 to 5: HIGH-TECH DINO
Your pint-size paleontologist will love this interactive (and customizable!) prehistoric pal, which is loaded with tons of cool facts about dinosaurs.
Buy It Now! Vtech Switch amp Go Dinos, $16, toysrus.com
4 TO 5: TALKING DOLL
4 to 5: SHOPPING CART
This well-crafted kiddie cart sports a roomy canvas basket with plenty of room for all their yummy buys.
Buy It Now! Playfully Delicious Shopping Cart, $70, giggle.com
4 TO 5: D.I.Y. WOOD BUILDING SET
Have tools, will build! At least that's the thinking behind this D.I.Y. kit, which has everything your mini carpenters will need (pre-cut wood pieces, nails, hammer, glue) to create their wooden masterpiece.
Buy It Now! Lakeshore Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit, $30, lakeshorelearning.com
4 TO 5: KID-FRIENDLY GAMING
4 TO 5: COOL STICKERS
Whether you're gifting a boy or a girl, they'll love to mix and match these fun stick-on characters (fairies, firefighters and more!) for exciting adventures.
4 TO 5: DRAWING APP
From the easy-to-follow drawing lessons from real Disney artists to the simple connect-the-dot templates, this cool download – plus kid-friendly stylus – will turn your iPad into a virtual art studio.
Buy It Now! Disney Creativity Studio Smart Stylus, $50, store.apple.com
CELEB PICK: COLORFUL DOLLHOUSE
6 TO 8: MAKEUP KIT
Lip gloss! Nail polish! Eye shadow! This kiddie beauty set has it all, including a pretty pink case.
Buy It Now! My Princess Academy Makeover Set, $15, toysrus.com
6 TO 8: TRAVEL ACTIVITY BOX
Put the whole world at your tot's fingertips with this cool subscription service, which features fun facts and trivia (along with crafts, goodies and games) from cool destinations all over the globe.
Buy It Now! Little Passports, $12 a month, littlepassports.com
6 to 8: OLD-SCHOOL BIKE
Once your on-the-go girl gets the hang of this vintage-inspired ride, which features a low frame for easy mounting, she'll be cruising the sidewalks like a pro.
Buy It Now! Schwinn Sprite Bicycle, $360, schwinn.com
6 to 8: SHOELACE SAVER
Bye bye bunny loops! Whether he's still struggling with shoelaces or just wants to kick up the cool factor, these elastic bands turn lace-up sneaks into instant slip-ons.
Buy It Now! HICKIES Rainbow Pack, $20, hickies.com
6 TO 8: COOL PLACE MATS
Keep your children busy before meals with these doodle-friendly mats and washable markers. Made with food-grade silicone that's silks-creened by hand, they easily wipe clean so your kids can color them over and over again.
Buy It Now! Modern Twist Kidz Place Mats, $17, modern-twist.com
6 TO 8: PUPPET THEATER
This well-crafted stand (check out that chalkboard marquee and retractable gingham curtains!) will have you grabbing the popcorn and a front row seat for all the kiddie shows in your house.
Buy It Now! A Night at the Puppet Theater, $89, landofnod.com
6 TO 8: REMOTE CONTROL CARS
Talk about a wheel good time! From the intricate design to the natural finish, these mini wooden vehicles put a whole new spin on floor racing.
Buy It Now! Remote Control Wooden Vehicles, $59, potterybarnkids.com
6 TO 8: INTERACTIVE PAL
Simply slide your iPod or iPhone into this plush plaything – and presto! – your new furry friend comes to life with tons of stories, games and jokes that are updated monthly.
Buy It Now! Ubooly, $30, ubooly.com
CELEB PICK: SLEEK SCOOTER
9 to 10: 3-D BUILDING SET
Forget a cardboard box! Put your tot to work creating a bulldozer, princess carriage or stunt plane for hours of imaginative play.
Buy It Now! Kids Construction Wearables, $25 to $30, toysrus.com
9 to 10: COOL TWO-WHEELER
Your kids are sure to have a wheel good time courtesy of this half scooter, half bike creation, which blends two functions into one cool (and smooth) ride.
Buy It Now! Kickbike City Cruiser, $270, kickbikeamerica.com
9 TO 10: COOL HANDHELD
Sony's latest system connects wirelessly to the Internet so your mini gamers can play friends remotely, download apps, interact through social media and stay up to date on the latest news.
Buy It Now! Playstation Vita, $300, playstation.com
9 TO 10: ECO-FRIENDLY WATCH
This stylish (and green!) timepiece not only runs on mercury-free batteries, but it features organic cotton straps, a corn resin bracelet and bamboo dials.
Buy It Now! Sprout Kids Watch, $30, sproutwatches.com