If you're looking for the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021, here's your list! I've keep it simple and practical, and organized the ideas by type. Note that not all of these gifts were just released this year. In fact, by design, I've chosen gifts that have stood the test of time. I'm not "into" trendy; I want gifts that children will appreciate for a long time to come.
Here's how I determined the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021:
Still with me? Great. You're my people. So, on we go to the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021...
I recommend reading to your baby from the time they're in utero, and never stopping. Here are some of my favorite books for babies:
Why just two books? Choose any from my list below and they're also fine for baby. What matters is that you're reading. Read them anything you enjoy reading, and that's appropriate for children, so that you both grow to love the practice. It does not have to be a children's book at this age! Read them the weather forecast if it makes you happy.
Or, if you want a two-for-one, I LOVE the idea of getting baby their own set of kitchen storage containers -- good for you when baby's not using them, and safe for baby to bang around and experiment with when they want to play in the kitchen. Definitely one of the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021.
This is one of my favorite ages to buy for because, at this age, play is the name of the game 24x7 (no pun intended). Although these gifts are appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, I've chosen them because, with only a couple of exceptions, my own child still plays with every single one of these. She's 8. I'd call that standing the test of time, and why these made my list of best Christmas gifts for kids 2021.
Ravensburger puzzles (might need some help from an adult, but this is a great age to start)
Cooperative games (we prefer these to competitive ones -- heads up, though -- probably not for toddlers, but great for preschoolers)
Train sets (great for early builders and spacial skills!)
Green Toys (for the bath and for general play -- we've loved these for years)
MagnaTiles (still playing with these for YEARS to come -- our whole family likes building)
Although we have these on our best Christmas gifts for kids 2021 list, these, too, are timeless.
Train set (we get this one out only at Christmas and my child plays with it for HOURS every day)
Book making kit (how cool is this?!)
Goodminton game (great indoors or out!)
Ride-On Go-Kart (requires balance and agility!)
Interactive Earth kit with passport (great STEM gift!)
More cooperative games like this one (for older kids)
Carcassonne board game (get the version WITH the extras, because the extras cost a lot more if you buy them individually after the fact)
If I'm going to make a list of the best Christmas gifts for kids 2021, I have to include gifts that give back. These are our favorite kinds of presents, actually.
This is a BIG list of wonderful parenting books that I wholeheartedly recommend. Additionally, how about investing in your relationship with your kids through my short, informal, but information-packed online mini-courses?