60+ best gifts for kids 2023 – USA TODAY

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If you’re gift shopping for a kid or you’re just not sure what a good gift idea is for the kid who has everything, we’ve put together a list of over 60 awesome toys and games for kids of all ages—at a variety of price points. 
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These are the best gifts for kids of 2023, according to Reviewed. To make sure you find a gift appropriate for the kid in your life, we’ve separated our picks by age:
Gifts for teen girls: 41 best gifts for teenage girls
Gifts for teen boys:Best gifts for teen boys
A subscription to Kiwi Crate is the gift that keeps on giving month after month. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, Kiwi has a box that’s designed just for them.
While pre-readers will need some adult assistance to follow the directions, the projects included in each box are fun, creative and educational.
Looking for a new contender for your favorite board game? Bugs in the Kitchen is loads of fun for all ages. Guide the battery-operated bug into your “trap” by strategically adjusting the utensil maze.
The fast-moving game is entertaining for children ages 5 and up, and once it’s set up doesn’t require any reading so that kids can even play it by themselves. 
Squishmallows are all the rage these days for both kids and tweens alike. The super soft and cuddly creatures are collectible and come in a variety of adorable shapes, sizes and colors. They’ll love unwrapping one of these puffy creatures.
Green Toys’ shape sorter and stacking set helps toddlers develop their motor skills. The eight-level stacking set and accompanying sorter with eight lightweight shapes are crafted from food-safe, 100% recycled plastic. And you can toss them in the dishwasher for an easy wash.
Building blocks are a great way to encourage small motor coordination, but classic wooden blocks can be heavy for little hands. Mega Bloks are made from colorful, lightweight plastic, and can be clicked together to build tall towers and other structures.
This set includes 80 blocks—some with curved shapes—as well as a zippered bag for easy clean-up and storage. 
Many of the toys marketed to pre-walkers are really boring, but not so this set of Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles. What makes these soft cars and trucks so fun is that you can rev up the wheels and race them around the house. The set includes a school bus, car, fire truck and police car, and our executive editor TJ Donegan is a fan because they go fast, don’t make a lot of noise, and don’t damage walls or furniture.
Every kid should have a play kitchen, and Fisher-Price is taking it to the next level with one that also includes a pretend garden, the Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen.
Toddlers and preschoolers will love “planting” their garden, gathering eggs, and mixing up smoothies in the kitchen—all while they learn important concepts like numbers, shapes and the alphabet. 
Want to raise a math whiz? Start your baby on the path to counting with the Learning Journey Counting Cookie Jar. The adorable red cookie jar comes with 10 chocolate chip “cookies” and two different modes of play that introduce counting and numbers (plus it has a really funny little voice).
A great choice for babies as young as 6 months, this cookie jar will keep them laughing—and learning—until about age 2. 
For toddlers and preschoolers, the Choppin’ Fun Learning Pot is a fun, hands-on way for them to learn about colors, numbers and foods while they play. Chop the snap-apart veggies and then drop them in the pot to cook up delicious “recipes” like rainbow soup. 
Looking for the perfect gift for the toddler in your life? Look no further than Lovevery Play Kits. The popular baby brand makes fantastic subscription kits for little ones, and it’s full of high-quality toys that are sure to engage any toddler’s senses. 
No space for a train table? Get them a 3-D play carpet instead! Designed by an architect (who is also a mom), the colorful carpets come in five different designs—mini-city, beach house, farm, playhouse and traffic—and four different sizes.
Kids will love steering the wooden vehicles through the streets, and parents will love that the carpets can be rolled up and stored when not in use. 
If you’re looking for a ride-on toy that will entertain your kid for hours, look no further than the Little Tikes Cozy Ice Cream Truck. Parents can push—or kids can peddle—this sweet little ride-on around the neighborhood and serve up (pretend) cones to all of their friends. It even plays a catchy ice cream truck tune to up the authentic factor. 
Hosting a tea party for stuffies and friends is a right of passage for all children. If you’ve been looking for a tea set that’s less “twee,” look no further than the Construction Coffee Set. The unbreakable metal set comes with two cups and saucers, a coffee pot, a tray and an adorable carrying case. All you have to supply is the cream and sugar.
If you’ve spent any time at indoor playgrounds you know that the ball pit is the hot spot for the toddler set, but it’s also a cesspool of germs. You can create your very own—less germy—version at home with a Play Tent and Pop-up ball pit.
Toddlers and pre-walkers will love exploring the two tunnels, and it comes with a carrying case so you can fold it up and store it when not in use. One thing worth noting: The balls have to be purchased separately and come in batches of 200. 
Put them to work helping you clean while they have fun, with Melissa & Doug’s Dust! Sweep! Mop! set. The wooden set includes a broom, mop and duster so they have all the tools they need to do a thorough job.
The long winter months can be torture for kids who prefer life on the sports field. Keep your tiny sports fan entertained during snow days with an Indoor Bowling Set. The pins and ball are made out of rubber, so you won’t have to suffer through the cacophony of crashing bowling pins, and it comes with a pin set-up template as well as a see-through plastic backpack so the game can easily be transported out to the lawn once the weather turns.  
If you’ve got a kid who loves trains but doesn’t love the traditional red-white-and-black color scheme, look no further than Brio’s Disney Princess Castle train set
The 18-piece set includes three magnetic train cars, plenty of wooden track and three figurines of popular Disney princesses Aurora, Belle and Cinderella. Plus, it’s compatible with all other Brio train sets so your child can extend their track as far as their imagination can take them. 
Play-Doh is a classic for good reason: it’s fun, good for their small motor skills and engages their imaginations. The Play-Doh Magic Oven comes with all the gadgets they need to “bake” up pies, cakes and muffins. Plus, the oven lights up and dings when their creations are ready.
If there’s a preschooler on your gift list, a Sago Mini subscription is just the right gift. The monthly subscription boxes include three Montessori-inspired activities designed just for them, as well as collectible Sago Mini figures. 
Go on an (imaginary) adventure with everyone’s favorite animated character with the Bluey Ultimate Adventure Caravan Playset. The camper folds up and out to reveal a whole suit of bunk beds and play area, plus it comes with plenty of Bluey-approved accessories, including a marshmallow and a campfire! 
It is sure to make playtime especially fun. 
You can give your child all the fun of a play kitchen without having to cede an entire half of your living room thanks to the compact Melissa & Doug Blue’s Clues & You! wooden cooking playset.
The adorable little wooden stove comes with 42 different pieces including utensils, an oven mitt and a salt and pepper shaker. Kids will love that the reversible grill top turns into a sink, and parents will love that there’s a built-in storage rack for all the little pieces. 
Take their imaginative play to a delicious new level with the Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter. The self-contained set has everything your children need to run their very own scoop shop, including eight different flavors of ice cream, six toppings, two cones, a cup, an ice cream scooper, tongs, wooden spoon and even six pretend $1 bills. 
If you’ve been looking for a screen-free way to hold your child’s interest, a Yoto Player is the answer. Designed for children ages 3 to 10, it works with content cards that get inserted into the top of the player. The cards can play everything from full-length novels to short stories, kid-friendly meditations and educational lessons.
The best part about the Yoto Player? Kids can operate it without any adult assistance. 
Scooters are always a popular gift, but if you’re not sure which one to buy, we’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing the best scooter. Our kid testers all agree that the Micro Maxi is the perfect scooter for first-time riders. Not only does it come in a variety of colors, but it’s easy to use and super fun to ride—plus it has awesome light-up wheels. 
If you’ve got a kid on your list who already has a collection of Magna-Tiles, take their building set to the next level with Doodle Tiles. The kit enables kids to create their own custom-designed magnetic tiles that they can mix with their set of standard Magna-Tiles. With a set of Doodle Tiles the only thing that will limit their creations is their imagination. 
Kids who are curious about birds, bees, and the natural world will appreciate the gift of a pair of binoculars designed just for them. These lightweight, colorful binoculars are easy for kids to use, and come with a neck strap so they won’t get dropped too often. Pair them with a bird sticker book and see how many feathered friends they can identify. 
Kids who love to build and create will love the ZOOB Mind-Building Modeling System. What sets ZOOBs apart from other building toys is that the pieces include gears, axels and joints that snap together, thereby enabling kids to move and rotate whatever it is that they build. Zoobs have been a favorite toy in our house for years, and we’re planning to add to our collection with a Creepy Glow Creatures add-on set
Encourage your child’s love of reading with a book club subscription from Bookroo. Recommended for kids from newborn to age 10, Bookroo delivers hand-picked books right to your door every month.
Choose the appropriate club for your particular kid—board books, picture books, or chapter books—and get ready to explore a whole new world of children’s literature. 
If the kid in your life dreams of one day performing on “America’s Got Talent,” why not encourage their aspirations with a wireless microphone? The Bonaok pairs wirelessly with Bluetooth so they can perform their best karaoke songs right at home. It also comes in a variety of bright and metallic hues so they can have one in their favorite color. 
Give them the gift of their very own monthly magazine subscription. No matter where their interests lie, there’s an age-appropriate magazine that’s just right. My animal-loving 9-year-old looks forward to getting Ranger Rick every month, and his sister is a big fan of Highlights for kids. 
Blume dolls are cute little dolls with big heads of hair that grow out of their flower pots when kids water them. The Skyrocket Rainbow Sparkle Surprise includes three glittery Blume dolls plus a rainbow that rains. The rainbow can be re-used again and again, and the flower pots can be repurposed to hold mini plants. 
Osmo blends digital games with a physical component for a very cool, interactive experience. The Osmo Genius Starter Kit comes with everything your child needs in order to play five different mind-bending games, including Tangram, Masterpiece and Newton. 
If you want your child to experience other cultures, but your budget is more “road trip” than “international trip,” bring the world to your door with a subscription to Little Global Citizens.
Each box introduces kids to a new country through craft projects, recipes, a picture book and a profile of a real child who lives there. It’s a great way for kids and their parents to learn about new parts of the world—and to cultivate understanding about the ways in which people are similar no matter how far away they live. 
If the kid on your gift list likes bling, Super Smalls is just the place to shop for them. The innovative brand carries a huge selection of accessories from ballgown-worthy faux emeralds, to bejeweled hair clips that will add just the right final touch.
Bright Fairy Friends are adorable little dolls who arrive in their very own twinkling fairy jar. Each doll has light-up wings, and they come with six different fairy surprises like glitter jars and hair clips. You never know which BFF you’re going to get, which means kids will definitely want to collect them all. 
LEGO sets are always popular, but the classic gift has gotten even cooler with a Super Mario collaboration. Kids can build a course for Mario and his friends to travel, and then they can take it to the digital realm by pairing it with an app on a phone or tablet.
Cooler than a video game and good for building STEM skills, too. 
We’re big fans of dolls from the American Girl Historical Collection because they’re a great way for kids to learn about the past while they play. Plus the coordinating book series can engage even the most reluctant readers.
This year, why not splurge on the newest doll from the Historical Collection, Claudie Wells? Kids can take a step back in time to the Harlem Renaissance and play with Claudie as she helps out in her parents’ bakery and gets to know all of her fascinating neighbors. 
Learning to code doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if they have the Root coding robot. Download the companion app and they’ll quickly master putting together sequences of code to make the Root do things like draw pictures, sing songs and walk up a wall.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is our favorite tablet for kids, thanks to how easy it is to set up and use. It also comes with plenty of pre-installed apps and videos so that you won’t be forced to spend too much time downloading—and purchasing—a boatload of games for your kid.
The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition also comes with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which provides access to more than 13,000 age-appropriate games, apps, videos and books. 
Bring the night sky right into their room with USA Toyz 3-in-1 Interactive Constellation and World Globe. During the day, kids can learn about geography on this colorful large globe, and at night simply plug it in and see the night sky come to life on the ceiling of their room. Spin the globe to watch the constellations change based on location. 
Hedbanz is quite honestly one of the best games to play with kids. It moves quickly so no one gets bored, and it almost always ends with someone laughing really hard. We got it as a gift several years ago and it’s still one of our favorites. 
Science-minded kids ages 8 and up will go gaga over GraviTrax, a super cool kit that enables them to design and build their own marble runs. There are no electronics here, just plain old science in the form of gravity, magnetism, and kinetics. Kids will spend hours designing different track systems to discover which is the fastest.
The starter kit includes over 100 pieces and 18 different construction elements, including junctions and a magnetic cannon. Additional add-on sets can be purchased to create even longer marble runs, and make great gifts for future birthdays and holidays. 
If you want to encourage their love of cooking, sign them up for an eat2explore subscription. The monthly themed kits deliver three recipes, some ingredients and a kitchen tool right to their front door. Kids master valuable cooking skills and even learn to try new foods when they cook by themselves—and parents will enjoy letting someone else do the cooking for once.  
Got a football lover who needs to work on their math skills? Blitz Champz is the answer. This fun-for-the-whole-family card game teaches strategy and reinforces math skills. 
Let your fashion-forward kiddo show their true colors with a pair of leggings they can color themselves. Terez Coloring Book Leggings have cute designs and come with a set of washable fabric markers so kids can make their mark (literallyon their clothing. 
Kids who are fans of Star Wars: The Mandalorian—and specifically Baby Yoda—will be thrilled to receive a pack of lip balm tubes all sporting the adorable face of Baby Yoda himself.
With eight different flavors based on the hit show, this is a stocking stuffer that kids of all ages will enjoy. 
Indulge their love of science with the Mega Crystal Growing Lab, a cool kit they can use to grow eight different colored crystals. When the crystal-growing is complete, they can be arranged on a light-up display base that can double as a night light, as well as a way to exhibit their experiments. 
Give your kid the competitive advantage with our favorite Nerf gun, the Nerf Elite 2.0 Commander. Whether they like to shoot targets or battle it out with their friends, the Commander will give them the winning advantage—and it’s tons of fun. 
The Nee Doh is a giant stress ball that’s just the right amount of squishy and stretchy to help them focus and relieve stress. Available in a range of bright colors, this fidget toy is the perfect addition to a child’s backpack. 
Encourage the artistically-inclined kids on your shopping list with an ArtSnacks for Kids box. Each box includes full-size premium art supplies, a palette for their paints, high-quality papers and a link to an instructional video taught by the founder of the company, an artist herself. 
Start your 10-year-old on the road to good skincare (and self-care) with a facial cleansing stick designed just for them. The Bette Green Cleansing Stick is easy to use, contains all natural ingredients and, most important of all, effectively cleans their skin of all the sweat, dirt and other gunk they end up covered in every day. Plus its compact size means it easily fits in a backpack or overnight bag for weekend sleepovers. 
If they already own an iPad, give them the gift of the ultimate accessory: an Apple Pencil. Whether they want to do detailed illustrations or just take notes more easily, the Apple Pencil will enable them to find more uses for their iPad beyond just watching videos or chatting with friends. 
If you’re looking to buy less stuff, give them something they’ll use (and love): An earring subscription from Rowan. Each month they’ll receive a new pair of whimsical hand-designed earrings that they can wear again and again.
Available in either sterling silver or gold vermeil, this is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 
Tweens and teens can take their TikTok videos to another level with the LetsGlow Studio set. They can use all the included props and the LED glow light phone attachment to turn themselves into the coolest TikTokers on the app.
Disco is back, baby, and this Disco Ball hanging planter combines the retro trend with a way for tweens to bring some plant life to their bedrooms. It catches the light just like a real disco ball, and it’s a cheeky piece of room decor that tweens and their friends will love.  
Sure, Wordle is fun to play everyday on a phone, but what if the whole family could compete against each other in real life? 
Wordle The Party Game pits players against each other to see who can solve the Wordle in the fewest number of tries. There’s no computer-generated words here, however. Each player takes a turn a turn coming up with the answer, and whoever ends the game with the lowest score wins.
Perfect for tweens, teens and family game night. 
The teens on your shopping list will appreciate the gift of a great portable speaker so that they can take their tunes with them anywhere. The JBL Flip 5 offers outstanding sound quality and it’s waterproof so it can likely survive whatever shenanigans your teen gets themselves into. 
Older kids will love this game that brings the fun of an escape room right to their house. Escape the Crate sends all the clues they’ll need to solve a series of increasingly difficult challenges. It’s fun for both older kids and parents alike and is a great way to get squabbling siblings to work together.
Give them a truly unforgettable gift: a personalized Cameo from their favorite celebrity. Whether it’s a sports star or a YouTuber, you can order up a video made just for them with Cameo.
There are thousands of personalities to choose from, and the price per video varies. This also makes a great last minute gift idea.
A giant water bottle is all the rage among the teenage set this year, so why not get them one of the oh-so-popular Stanley 40 oz. Adventure Quencher water bottles? They come in a variety of vibrant colors, and the insulated container will keep beverage hot or cold longer than even your teen can stay awake. Plus, the tapered design ensures that it can fit in a car’s cup holder. 
Also in line with the “trendy with teens” theme is a pair of Cloud Slides. The cushy foam sandals are extremely comfortable—and extremely stylish. Available in a wide array of colors and with an under $20 price tag, this is fashion that’s affordable. 
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