2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the kiddos

Hi friends! How are ya? Hope you’re enjoying the morning. I wanted to apologize for the blog downtime yesterday. It was experiencing a security error, but all has been remedied in Internet Land. ICYMI, here’s my post from yesterday with some holiday party pics and weekend happenings.

For today’s post, I have one of my very favorite holiday gift guides: for the kids! Why is shopping for kids so much fun?! I’ll admit that it’s verrrryyy easy for things to get out of control on the kids’ shopping front – I just love picking out things for them – but to keep myself in check and avoid excessive purchases, we stick to the “something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read” checklist. This ensures that they get a mix of things they want and need, without going overboard.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

If you’re shopping for a little guy or lady this holiday season, here are some fun ideas that check off all of the major categories:

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2017 Gift Ideas for Kids:

Something they want:

American girl doll. The girls love these so much. Liv has a few, and P has a Bittie Baby that she ADORES. They’re expensive, but very well-made and I love that they encourage imaginative play. I will admit that I’m sad that they’ve gotten rid of many of the “classic” AG dolls. Kirsten, where are you?!

Holiday gifts for kids - American Girl Doll

Mini trampoline

Micro Mini Scooter (or the Maxi if they’re a little older)

Balance bike

Holiday gifts for kids - balance bike

Play house (this Palm Springs one is the best ever)

Karaoke set. Maybe a set of ear plugs for yourself! Just kidding but not really.

Crystal growing lab

Magic Science for Wizards Only kit

A ride-on truck or car (P wants this one SO BADLY but I’m still on the fence for safety reasons. Maybe I can put a helmet on her and full-body safety pads.)

Barbie dream house

Holiday gifts for kids - barbie dreamhouse

Hape doll house. This one is made of wood, and is so beautiful!

Corolle baby doll. This was Liv and P’s first baby doll. They are just the right size to be carried around, and very high quality.

Fingerlings. I guess this is the “it” toy of 2017?? Liv is begging for one haha.

Their own little camera

Holiday gifts for kids - camera

An experience gift! A “coupon” for a special date to an event or activity together. Gift certificates for camps they love or lessons are a great choice, too

Something they need:

A warm coat (this is the one I ordered for Liv, and Miss P is getting this one)

Holiday gifts for kids - patagonia jacket

Beanie and gloves

Art supplies

Holiday gifts for kids - art set

New bedding (Land of Nod has the best)


Something to wear:

Hunter rain boots

Holiday gifts for kids - rain boots

Jeans and sweaters (this Star Wars one is amazing)

Bear slippers

Party dress (<— the ballerinas on this one!)

Holiday gifts for kids - purple dress

Play clothes. You can never have too many long-sleeved tops and leggings.

Something to read:

Billie B. Brown

Charlotte’s Web

Dragons Love Tacos 

Princesses Wear Pants

The Day the Crayons Came Home

Anything Eric Carle

This Book is a Planetarium

Holiday gifts for kids - planitarium book

Anything Llama, Llama

Little Owl’s Day and Little Owl’s Night. P knows all the words to these ones, and they’re sweet and simple reads. 

Amelia Bedelia

Usborne Books (especially the lift-the-flap and the flashlight books. I don’t sell these books, but my friend Courtney does. Check out her Usborne page here!)

Stocking stuffers:


Coloring books

A journal and gel pens

Play-doh or slime

A slinky



Bath bombs

Nail art

Holiday gifts for kids - Nail art

Mad Libs


Their favorite candies or snacks 

Melting snowman

Holiday gifts for kids - melting snowman

Bracelets (like this cute ice cream cone bracelet!)

Holiday gifts for kids - bracelet

Are you shopping for your kid, niece or nephew this holiday season? What are some of the things are their wish list?

Have a great day and I’ll see ya soon!



Don’t forget to get in today’s Advent Workout here.

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  1. Brittany Taylor on December 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Great list!
    My oldest is 6 and LOVES American Girl doll. That is what Santa is bringing her (a new doll with the teacher/student accessories). She is obsessed with playing teacher. She is also getting a craft bin, paint by sticker books and a drawing book, Jenga, a couple of puzzles, boots, and a Matilda Jane Dress. In her stocking will be Disney Dance Party tickets (our experience gift), bath bombs, candy, a gift card for a mani/pedi, a bracelet or necklace, and a pick a day you want!
    My youngest is 1 1/2. Santa is bringing her a ride on toy. She is also getting pretend cleaning supplies, blocks, baby stroller, Noah’s Ark little people set, a pretend dishwasher that uses real water, and a Matilda Jane dress. In her stocking will be Disney Dance Party tickets, a travel toy for the car, stacking cups, candy, little people, pick a day you want (mainly due to my oldest. I will probably have to pick the things I know she likes!)

  2. Brittany Taylor on December 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Oh and my nephew is getting a basketball goal for his room that keeps score (like in the arcade) and my niece is getting a matching suitcase/backpack set.

  3. Emily on December 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I am due with my first daughter on December 28th. I am not sure if she will be joining us for Christmas or not, so I bought some little gifts from Santa just in case! My husband has no idea, and hopefully I can keep it secret from him until Christmas! She is mainly getting books, and 2 Lamaze toys (that I got from a recommendation on one of your old holiday gift guides)

  4. Whitney on December 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the gift guide! As always, it is super helpful! I especially love that you included Usborne books on this one- how sweet of you to support your friend! I’m also an independent consultant with Usborne, because the books are the absolute best! My older daughter loves Billie B Brown and All Better! and Little Bear Needs Glasses are my 2 year old’s favorites. If P doesn’t have those already, you should definitely look into it. She would love them!

  5. Elizabeth on December 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Love gift guides! Have a 3 and 1 year old and love to get ideas. On a totally different note you travel a bunch with your little ones and we are taking a Disney trip this winter. What type of sleeping arrangements have you found work best? Sleep in bed the oldest or bring an mini air mattress? Tips for sharing same room? Thanks!!!

  6. Janice O'Kane on December 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    OMGosh! Help! I have no little kids in my life, scratch that as I might not share if I did – I WANT the Palm Springs Playhouse! Super adorable!!! I would like an adult version to use as my own mini sanctuary. 🙂

  7. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on December 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I always love your gift guides! I don’t have kids but think it’s fun to see what is “cool” because I have absolutely no clue!

  8. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on December 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Ah, I feel like I should have looked away on this one because I should be done with kiddo shopping already, but it is just so hard to resist all the cute little people stuff. We got my son a balance bike that I think he will love. We also picked up a lite bright for the little miss, which I am pretty excited about, it was one of my favorite toys when I was little.

  9. Brynn on December 8, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I still have my American girl doll from over 20 years ago. I cannot wait until my daughter is a little older and I can get one for her as well. Love the gift guide so much!

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