One of the best parts of the holiday season is being able to watch kids bask in the pure joy of Christmas morning. All the careful planning that goes into that moment, however, can be a little more stressful. There's a lot to juggle, from trying to fulfill all their adorable but lofty gift requests to the hours of wrapping.
In an effort to help out Santa and his elves this year with a little more guidance outside of the pony and puppy realm, we created this wishlist of 21 Christmas gifts for kids that will make them very happy. Warning: Our selections might make you want to go back in time to rewrite your own letters to Santa.
Now this is one of those toys that's so awesome we wish we could have played with it as a kid. Complete with 8,550 pieces, this motorized Ferris wheel will offer hours of constructive fun for the whole family.
If your child loves jewelry and arts and crafts, help them learn how to create their own while having fun with this kit. It comes with more than 2,000 beads, offering endless jewelry-making options.
For whatever reason, kids love to pretend they're grown-ups. This doctor kit will take their role play adventures to the next level.
Here's a card game that will actually help them sharpen their memory skills while also igniting a sense of wanderlust. The cards are beautifully created by two Parisian graphic designers.
For the little one who cannot have enough dolls, this vintage doll from the 1990s inspired by the original Barbie from the 1950s is going to enhance their collection big time. Don't worry—it's never been used.
If you want to gift them something more that's more than just a toy but just as fun and exciting, opt for this pretty pink baby grand piano. The keys are made smaller for their tiny fingers.
For the kid who loves art, storytelling, and goofing around, a comic book kit will be a fun, exciting gift they can actually use. It has 32 blank pages to fill.
Give your child something soft, quirky, and adorable to cuddle with that can also double as room décor. This pink and gray ostrich is a great bet.
This interactive globe is designed to let kids explore the world and learn through trivia games, challenges, and more. The included pen reads the symbols on the globe to offer facts about the world to your child.
You may not have delivered on that real-life unicorn request, but this rocking lion will definitely do the trick. Steiff stuffed animals make for timeless, lovely gifts.
Though this camera may not feel like a throwback to us, it will definitely offer some nostalgic fun for the iPhone generation. Plus, it looks a whole lot more stylish than the film cameras of our day.
There will never be a dull moment with this fully loaded arts and craft set. It comes with fuzzy sticks, sequins, pom-poms, stickers, and more.
Gift avid readers with a thirst for adventure this set of Hardy Boys books. Juniper Books makes gorgeous slipcovers and offers a huge range of customized sets, too.
Educational, fantastical, and meditative, this puzzle is the perfect stocking stuffer. It's something the whole family can work on together.
This charming blue bike boasts a handsome leather seat and includes a wicker basket as well as a silver bell, making it the picture-perfect ride for toddlers learning how to keep their balance. With this bike, no training wheels are necessary.
Gift the kid who loves getting their hands dirty and learning about animals this hummingbird garden set. It includes a field guide and notebook for writing down observations.
The messier the better… Well, maybe not for those of us cleaning up, but there will be guaranteed smiles with this finger paint set.
This classic guitar is the perfect gateway instrument for aspiring rock stars ages three and up. It comes with a carrying case, extra strings, and a pick.
If your child loves storybooks and make-believe, opt for something that brings their favorite fairy tale to life, like this Goldilocks toy house. There's a picture book included for extra inspiration.
You can draw on this putty with an included blacklight keychain. Put it in their stocking for a colorful, fun de-stressing tool. It glows in the dark and changes colors in the sun, too.
Your little one will really feel like a grownup playing house with this toy wooden coffee maker. The set includes a coffeemaker, cup, spoon, milk, and coffee bag.