Gifts for Babies and Kids

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The best gifts for kids help them experience the world in new, exciting ways—and get lots of play over time. We've interviewed a dozen experts and spent hundreds of hours researching and testing toys, games, and other gear to find the best gifts for babies and kids. From building toys for toddlers to bikes and kits for older kids, you’ll find gift recommendations here to fit nearly any budget.
  • The 18 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

    The 18 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    The best gifts for 1-year-olds encourage open-ended play. And embrace the unwrapping as part of the joy of gift-giving.

  • The 20 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

    The 20 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    The best gifts for 2-year-olds challenge their fine motor skills and let them bounce, scoot, and wiggle out their abundant energy.

  • The 16 Best Gifts for 6-Year-Olds

    The 16 Best Gifts for 6-Year-Olds

    by Kelly Glass

    Many of the best gifts for 6-year-olds help inspire an interest, whether it’s an existing one or something novel.

  • The 16 Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds

    The 16 Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds

    by Kelly Glass and Wirecutter Staff

    Many of the best gifts for 5-year-olds are projects or kits to help them explore their newly developing interests, whether in art, music, science, or nature.

  • The 21 Best Gifts for 7-Year-Olds

    The 21 Best Gifts for 7-Year-Olds

    by Ellen Lee and Wirecutter Staff

    Some of the best gifts for 7-year-olds challenge them to think strategically and foster a sense of accomplishment.

  • The 15 Best Gifts for 4-Year-Olds

    The 15 Best Gifts for 4-Year-Olds

    by Kelly Glass and Wirecutter Staff

    Many of the best gifts for 4-year-olds give kids lots of options for building and experimenting with mechanics and movement.

  • The 19 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

    The 19 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    Many of the best gifts for 3-year-olds encourage role-play and make-believe—or help teach cooperative play.

  • The 21 Best Gifts for 8-Year-Olds

    The 21 Best Gifts for 8-Year-Olds

    by Ellen Lee and Wirecutter Staff

    The best gifts for 8-year-olds help them “level-up” their skills and interests with more challenging and complex kits for tinkering, crafting, and building.

  • The 14 Best Gifts for 9-Year-Olds

    The 14 Best Gifts for 9-Year-Olds

    by Ellen Lee and Wirecutter Staff

    By age 9, many kids are ready for toys and tools that aren’t meant just for kids—ones that can help cement hobbies as well as friendships.

  • The 15 Best Gifts for 10-Year-Olds

    The 15 Best Gifts for 10-Year-Olds

    by Ellen Lee and Wirecutter Staff

    Great gifts for 10-year-olds help them deepen interests and explore new ones, spend time with friends, and make space for imagination.

  • Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love

    Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love

    by Courtney Schley

    We spent more than 30 hours trying 35 recommendations from experts, educators, and parents to pick the best learning and STEM toys. Here's what we found.

  • 33 Easter Basket Ideas We Love

    33 Easter Basket Ideas We Love

    by Jackie Reeve

    Make this holiday magical with our Easter basket ideas, including recyclable grass, art supplies, durable toys, popular books, and (of course) the best candy.

  • 21 Great Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

    21 Great Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

    by Ellen Lee

    Whether you’re looking for a token of love or an experience you can bond over, the 21 Valentine’s gift ideas here are sure to capture your little one’s heart.

  • The Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

    The Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

    by Ingrid Skjong and Wirecutter Staff

    Whether Santa’s idea of the perfect stocking stuffers is traditional, practical, or whimsical, the little gifts on this list are chosen to delight.

  • Board Games We Love for Kids

    Board Games We Love for Kids

    by Courtney Schley

    These games can introduce kids to new genres; build skills; and offer provocative and age-appropriate challenges, engaging themes, and distinctive designs.

  • The Best Lego Sets for Kids

    The Best Lego Sets for Kids

    by Signe Brewster

    We interviewed experts and recruited more than 50 kids to play with Legos to find a range of standout sets for beginners.

  • 10 Great Gifts for Family Bonding

    10 Great Gifts for Family Bonding

    by Jennifer Hunter

    The best family gifts help kids and parents bond—and play. That’s why we recommend games, a basketball hoop, and fun gear for hanging out together.

  • The Best Electronics Kits for Kids and Beginners

    The Best Electronics Kits for Kids and Beginners

    by Signe Brewster

    We tested electronics kits with kids ages 7 to 12 and got feedback from moms and makers to find the most engaging ways for kids to learn about electronics.