EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: 2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids

I've carefully selected a list of amazing products that will make the best gifts this holiday season! I've personally tried each and every item recommended to you and love them all. I hope these gift suggestions help to make the holidays special for the loved ones on your list. Check back often, as I'll be adding gift recommendations throughout the season!

The Mobo Explorer Balance Bike introduces little riders to the adventure of bike riding by developing strength, balance and coordination skills while increasing confidence. Young children will learn to glide and steer without pedals, giving them the skills to transition to a pedal bike when they're ready. As they become more independent, they'll begin using the footrest while zooming around. I like this scaffolded approach for young kids because it ensures a more positive experience with biking in the long run. 

The Mobo Explorer Balance Bike has adjustable handlebars and seat height, allowing it to grow with your child. Its durable frame, never-flat tires and ergonomic design promote proper posture and balance for safe and comfortable riding. As someone who spent a large part of my childhood on a bike, I completely agree with Mobo when they say that a child's first bike encourages their sense of freedom, curiosity and wonder. This bike is recommended for ages 2-6, or up to 60 lbs, and is a gift that will bring so much joy for years to come! Learn more here.

The Plus Plus Advent Calendar provides a daily excitement and imaginative play, with a new challenge awaiting your child each morning. This unique calendar encourages creativity, fine motor skills and STEM learning in a sustainable way, with over 25 unique builds, which culminate into a festive scene made from 600 pieces. Each Plus Plus piece is a miniature work of art that improves fine motor skills through a need for steady hands and keen attention to detail. As kids fit each piece together, they're refining their hand-eye coordination and dexterity. What's even better about Plus Plus is that it is made from recycled polyethylene plastic, BPA-free, phthalate-free and created by a 100% wind-powered factory in Denmark. It's a gift you can feel good about gifting for its eco-friendly practices, brain development and pure happiness! Learn more here

As a passionate advocate for STEM education, I love giving children gifts that provide creative learning opportunities like those that MAGFORMERS offers. This MAGFORMERS Giant Wheel Set is the perfect gift to inspire creativity and ignite a love for learning. It not only provides hours of imaginative play, but also builds critical thinking, problem-solving and spatial reasoning skills. With its magnetic pieces, kids can construct a wide variety of models using wheels, geometric shapes and accessories. This hands-on approach allows them to explore concepts like symmetry, structural stability and magnetic properties in a fun and engaging way. It even includes a figurine to encourage imaginary play after the vehicle is built. Expect hours of fun as the set fosters open-ended play and encourages kids to think outside of the box. The magnetic pieces themselves connect to each other so easily that they alleviate a lot of the frustration that can come with traditional block building sets. MAGFORMERS products are also made from high-quality, BPA-free plastic and the magnets are securely encased for children's safety. We love MAGFORMERS so much that our whole family enjoys them. It makes for the perfect family fun night for everyone. Consider giving the gift of limitless learning with MAGFORMERS this holiday! Learn more here.

I wish I had know about Bababoo and Friends earlier because the quality of their toys is nothing short of outstanding. I'm already having dreams of filling the shelves in my pediatric clinic with all of their sets! One exceptional set for little ones this holiday is the Wonder Tree Shape Sorting Clock. Not only is it visually appealing to children, it also lays the foundation for essential skills such as shape recognition, counting, motor development, early time-telling and more. What makes this toy extra special is that it integrates a fictional story into the activity (included on a beautifully-illustrated card inside the box). As the story-telling journey begins,  it sets kids up to 'help' the characters solve their problem in order to complete the activity. This type of play fosters immediate engagement and I love that they've weaved literacy into their toys. If you've got little ones on your list this year, I highly recommend the Wonder Tree Shape Sorting Clock as a holiday gift for little ones ages 18+ this season. Learn more here.

If you're looking for an extra special gift for the children on your list this year, look no further than Kelly Hughes Designs. I absolutely love the personalized dinnerware sets and know that they will be a cherished keepsake for years to come. I chose the 'Dig It' pattern for the bowl and plate set shown above since my little one is very in to construction vehicles at the moment and I can't wait to see his face when he opens it. There are many other patterns to choose from and the personalization adds an extra layer of thoughtfulness. These sets not only add a whimsical touch to the dining table, but encourage a sense of ownership and pride in kids' own space. It's the perfect balance between fun and functionality! As children move through their meal to uncover the designs on their dinnerware, they'll discover a newfound enthusiasm for mealtime. Certainly a standout gift choice for this holiday season! Browse the collections here!

Yeti Snowbrawl game is a high-energy gift that will bring the family together with a lot of laughter this season. The soft, durable snowballs make for safe and spirited play for ages 6 and up. The excitement and energy it brings to our family is a sight to behold! Simply draw a card, be the first to stack 10 snowballs, and win the game. But remember, it's a competition so you'll be battling fellow Yetis trying to knock down your stack and potential snowball fights along the way! It's the perfect fun and festive game for family game night and holiday gatherings. This game includes 42 cards, 40 snowballs, 4 Yeti lairs, and one rulebook. It's recommended for 2-4 players, Ages 6+ and play is typically 10-20 minutes per game.

Card games are very big in our family, so we are excited to add the Camping with Sasquatch Card Game to our collection. It's a family-friendly game for ages 6 and up, but it's the kind of game the adults in our family play without kids, too! It's described as "Rummy meets Slapjack" and when the Sasquatch card is released on other players, it gets us laughing every time! This game includes 128 cards, rulebook, Sasquatch foldout poster. It's designed for 2-8 players, with play lasting around 10-20 minute per game. Order both games at Big Discoveries!

I love gifting children's books during the holidays and Kane Miller has some of the very best! Their stories are so engaging for kids and the illustrations are always so bright and inviting. Even as Halloween has past, my little one insists on reading The Pumpkin Who Was Afraid of the Dark several times a day, which speaks volumes about the picture books in their collection. Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers or gift sets, consider giving gifts that support literacy this year. Learn more here.

Whiskware stackable snack containers are a favorite among our friends and family and we love gifting them during the holidays. Give them as they are or fill each section with goodies as an extra special DIY present. We like to fill them with delicious holiday treats for our kids to open and snack on Christmas morning. These durable on-the-go containers will be much appreciated by parents for their functionality and by kids for the fun characters adorning each section. There are so many popular designs to choose from that you're sure to find the perfect container for each kid (or kid-at-heart!) on your list. Choose from Mickey and Friends, Star Wars, Disney Princesses, seasonal colors and more. Each container is comprised of three sections: 1/3 cup, 1 cup, and 1 cup, as well as a removable handle for easy transport and Twist 'n' Lock compartments to prevent spillage. Importantly, they are BPA & phthalate-free as well. Whiskware snack containers are the ultimate gift of convenience for travel with little ones this holiday! Learn more here.

Whether your child is a budding artist or simply has a love for stickers, Stickers for Everything: A Sticker Book of 500+ Waterproof Stickers by Brita Lynn Thompson offers endless hours of imaginative fun. With over 500 durable waterproof stickers to choose from, kids can adorn notebooks, water bottles, laptops and more to add their own personalized touch to everyday items.  It's the perfect gift to encourage self-expression. From animals, sports, food, nature, adventure/travel, quotes, letters and numbers, holidays, and other fun designs, it covers just about any interest kids may have. Made to be used inside and outside, these stickers can even hold up the dishwasher and harsh outdoor weather. Most stickers are 2-3 inches in size, with a mix of brightly colored and black and white designs. This holiday, watch their faces light up with delight as they embark on a sticker-filled adventure! Be sure to enter our holiday giveaway for your chance to win a copy of your own here!

Give the gift of worry-free music and learning this season with the Puro Sound Labs BT2200-Plus Volume Limited Kids’ Bluetooth Headphones. Parents agree that ensuring our children's well-being is paramount, and these headphones are designed with just that in mind. As a speech-language pathologist, I often work with children who suffer from hearing loss, so spreading awareness about proper hearing protection for children and teens is especially important to me. Not only do these Puro Sound Labs headphones safeguard children's hearing, the sleek design, which comes in six different colors, is so appealing that they're going to want to show them off everywhere they go! Learn more here.