gift guide 2016

34 Charming Gifts for Kids

This year’s kids gift guide has finds for all the little ones in your life, from infants to tweens. Ahead are 34 playful suggestions, including the must-have toys of the season, dressy sneakers, dress-up clothing, cuddly creatures, and more. Plus, for the new parents, a high-tech bassinet that gently rocks babies to sleep.

Clemmy Turtle
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Clemmy Turtle
From $23 at Amazon

Turtle Plus Blocks
An award-winning choice in the Baby Soft Toys competition, the Italian Clemmy Turtle holds 15 huggable blocks within its shell.

SkyPaper Paper Plane Launcher
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SkyPaper Paper Plane Launcher
$20 at Toys “R” Us

Paper-Plane Launcher
The Sky Paper PPL-1 blasts paper planes up to a hundred feet and can stack three at a time for rapid-fire launch.

(Update: This toy is sold out everywhere, but you can pre-order it here for January 2017.)

Kid O Mix and Match Animals Toy
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Kid O Mix and Match Animals Toy
$22 at Amazon

Hybrid Animals
Animals don’t like labels either: Mix and match interchangeable parts to create, say, a giraffephant.

Infant Boys Knit Coverall
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Infant Boys Knit Coverall
$25 at Spring

Little Levi Jumpsuit
This infant one-piece looks like cool-kid denim, but is knit in soft cotton.

The Original Stretch Armstrong
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The Original Stretch Armstrong
$20 at Target

Stretch Armstrong
The original gel-filled action figure, whose legs, arms, and torso can be pulled to four times his size, is primed for a comeback thanks to a new Netflix series on him scheduled for 2017.

Taco Booties
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Taco Booties
$25 at UncommonGoods

Taco Booties
Dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by hand in Kyrgyzstan.

Large Paper Costume
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Large Paper Costume
$28 at Perfectly Smitten

Paper Lion Costume
Because 3-year-olds love playing dress-up in thick recycled paper printed with nontoxic ink.

Plush Toy Llama
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Plush Toy Llama
$28 at Etsy

Cuddly Llama
An incredibly plush fleece llama who, according to his Etsy creator NaBakir, “loves hugs.”

Baby Mermaid Tail
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Baby Mermaid Tail
$30 at UncommonGoods

Baby’s First Mermaid Tail
The mermaid blanket sweeping your social-media accounts is also available in kid form, thanks to the artisans who weave these cozy tails by hand.

Girls’ Double Pom-Pom Beanie Hat in Pink
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Girls’ Double Pom-Pom Beanie Hat in Pink
$32 at J.Crew

Baby Beanie
The wool-cashmere blend provides warmth; the pom-poms just look really cute.

Cold Gear Long-Sleeve Top
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Cold Gear Long-Sleeve Top
$34 at Under Armour

Girl Gear
An Under Armour pullover with dual-layer heat-trapping interior is a guaranteed-to-be-worn gift for kids.

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama
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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama
$35 at Amazon

The Return of The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid paired with Yayoi Kusama’s haunting undula­ting line drawings.

Girls’ or Little Girls’ School Days II Sneakers
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Girls’ or Little Girls’ School Days II Sneakers
From $30 at Nordstrom

Dressy Sneakers
A two-tone pair of little-girls’ Keds that can be dressed up with a cute skirt or down with jeans.

Hatchimals Toys
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Hatchimals Toys
$60 at Target

The Must-Have Toy of the Season

Listen for your Hatchimal’s heartbeat; wait for it to break through its shell; then teach it to talk and play.

FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon
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FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon
$60 at Amazon

Animatronic Dragon
Rub his tummy and Torch displays over 50 sounds and motions. He also breathes fire, a.k.a. red mist.

Girls’ Tiered Glitter Tutu Skirt
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Girls’ Tiered Glitter Tutu Skirt
$64 at Bloomingdales

Pre-Tween Tutu
An elastic-waisted tulle skirt from Kate Spade that is surprisingly machine-washable.

Matchbox Stinky Vehicle
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Matchbox Stinky Vehicle
$66 at Amazon

Stinky the Garbage Truck
Sometimes Stinky’s all business (zooming, collecting trash), sometimes he’s up on his hind legs giving high-fives.

Lionel Mega Tracks
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Lionel Mega Tracks
$49 at Amazon

Build-Your-Own Racetrack
Tracks are easily twistable, making for complex, looping courses.

Budsies
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Budsies
$89 at Etsy

Fridge-Art Doll
A Shark Tank–birthed start-up that’ll turn your kid’s drawing of a head with seven arms into a stuffed doll.

Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House
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Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House
$89 at Amazon

Modular Dollhouse
Mini-architects can create whatever kind of dwelling they have in mind — a two-story townhouse or a Venice Beach bungalow — with the 41-block Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House set.

Lux Blox
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Lux Blox
$100 at Amazon

Next-Level Legos
Lux Blox can be connected via a snap-and-lock hinge, allowing for bendable structures.

3-Bottle Gift Set
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3-Bottle Gift Set
$185 at Armani

Armani Baby Bottles
Only the best for bambino. Comes in a pack of three.

Horse Stable Playhouse
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Horse Stable Playhouse
$199 at Land of Nod

Westworld Fort
Turn the playroom into a dystopian cowboy prestige drama. Tree stump and bale of hay sold separately.

Mercedes-AMG GT S Children’s Ride-on Car With LED lights
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Mercedes-AMG GT S Children’s Ride-on Car With LED lights
$199 at Mercedes-Benz

Baby Benz
Comes in white or yellow and features real LED headlamps and taillights.

Nerf Battle Racer Non Powered Ride On
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Nerf Battle Racer Non Powered Ride On
$200 at Amazon

Nerf Battle Racer
A pedal-powered go-kart outfitted with a Nerf gun, for kids ages 4 to 10.

Cubetto
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Cubetto
$225 at AHAlife

Minimalist Robot
Unlike clunky DIY tech toys, Cubetto is a smiling wooden bot on wheels that subtly teaches coding.

Mongoose 24V Mini Bike
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Mongoose 24V Mini Bike
$250 at Amazon

Mini Motorcycle
Ten-year-olds with a need for speed will get their fix as the Mongoose MGX 250 revs up to 10 miles per hour.

Kai Jacket
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Kai Jacket
$235 at LIVLY

Mini Moto Jacket
Real leather, quilted patches, and an asymmetrical zip for the badass-in-training.

Barbie Hello Dreamhouse
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Barbie Hello Dreamhouse
$299 at Amazon

Barbie’s Smart Home
Her new Hello Dreamhouse uses Wi-Fi-enabled speech recognition to open doors.

Step2 Grand Luxe Kitchen
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Step2 Grand Luxe Kitchen
$268 at Amazon

Covetable Baby Kitchen
The Grand Luxe comes with a mosaic backsplash, Keurig-style coffeemaker, and working stove lights.

Emma Long-Sleeve Stretch Wool Fit-and-Flare Dress in Ice
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Emma Long-Sleeve Stretch Wool Fit-and-Flare Dress in Ice
$325 at Bergdorf Goodman

Flare Dress
A zipper straight down the front gives this little girl’s Milly number some edge.

Wolverine Pants
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Wolverine Pants
$375 at Neiman Marcus

Heavy-Duty Kids Snowsuit
The seat and knees are reinforced with an extra waterproof layer.

Simon Denny’s SIxSD Legacy Selfie Stick Luxury Tech Reissue
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Simon Denny’s SIxSD Legacy Selfie Stick Luxury Tech Reissue
From $500 at Swiss Institute

Fashion’s First Selfie Stick
Courrèges and Minolta’s 1984 AC301 camera has a front-facing mirror and self-portrait “extender.”

SNOO Smart Sleeper
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SNOO Smart Sleeper
$1,160 at Happiest Baby

A Sleeping Baby
The SNOO, a collaboration between pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp and designer Yves Béhar, is a sleep-training bassinet for babies up to 6 months old. Designed to mimic the womb, it rocks your baby while playing gentle swishing noises and turns up the volume and speed if he starts to cry. It worked like a charm on the 1-month-old in this very picture.

*This article appears in the November 28, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.

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34 Charming Gifts for Kids