2023 Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids

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Sharing my 2023 holiday gift guide for the kids this year! We tend to stick to the purchasing strategy of: “ Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.” 

Hi friends! Happy Thursday! How’s the week treating ya? I’m on the ups from the flu and had to cancel my Palm Springs trip. Both of the girls are sick, too, so it’s been a pretty horrible week. For now, let’s talk about happy things –  like retail therapy.

I’m really excited for today’s gift guide because kiddos really bring the magic to Christmastime. I’m basically like Buddy the Elf and thought that nothing could possibly make the season more enjoyable… and then we had kids. They just magnify all of the magic of the holidays. We’re getting our holiday shopping done early, so I wanted to put some ideas out there if you’re doing the same thing.

When we holiday shop for the kiddos, we keep things on the simpler side. They get their Santa gifts and stocking stuffers, and then from us, we stick to the “something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.” This checks all of the main boxes and keeps things from getting too bananas with gifts from my parents and their other relatives. [Another hack: any gifts that aren’t opened in the first couple of days are stocked away in the playroom. I bring them out on a rainy day or when the kids say they’re looking for something to do.]

Today, I’m sharing some of the things on their personal wish lists, along with tried and true favorites. I’d love to hear your kids’ gift requests in the comments and any ideas you have! I’ll also be sharing my first ever tween gift guide this year, too.

2023 Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids

Something they want:

Karaoke system

Mini Polaroid

Horse earrings

American Girl doll. These are always a huge hit… I think we’re up to 10 now lol.

A new bike or scooter

Super Gross chemistry set

Puzzle sets

Initial bracelet

Zingo! This is a perfect board game for younger kids. They also love Guess Who, and I recently got them Twister and Bop It

New roller skates or skateboard

The most incredible tutu

Barbie dream house

Magnatiles or anything Lego

Power Wheels. We did this when we lived in Georgia and the girls went wild for them

Science magic kit

Something they need:

New Ugg boots << the waterproof ones last the longest

New Jordans

Rain boots

Art supplies

Pastel set

– Dance or gymnastics leotards

Personalized tote bag

Custom night light

A hiking backpack

A new jacket

– Experience gifts are always a hit, like tickets to a museum or activity they love

A kids’ yoga mat

New water bottle

Practice goal and a new soccer ball

Something to wear:

The cutest unicorn onesies

Dinosaur Christmas sweater

A festive dress or dapper blazer

Holiday jammies

Cozy bear slippers

Something to read:

The Babysitter’s Club graphic novels. I highly recommend if you have an 8-11 year old.

Harry Potter box set

Ivy & Bean

The Pigeon books

– Pig the Pug

Thelma the Unicorn

– Pinkalicious collection

Fancy Nancy

Pete the Cat

Where’s Waldo?

Mad Libs

The Ramona Set

The Boxcar Children (this makes a fun read-aloud)

What’s on the kiddos’ wish list this year? Any previous gifts that were a home run?



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Note: None of my gift guides are sponsored, and companies are not able to purchase spots on my gift guides. These are all items I curated myself and genuinely think they’d make awesome gifts for someone you love. Affiliate links are included, which don’t affect purchase price but enable me to earn a small kickback. Thank you so much for purchasing through these links and supporting our family.

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