Tried and True Gift Ideas for Kids ages 2 to 13+

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With Christmas only a few weeks away, hopefully, you’ve gotten a head start on your holiday shopping. But if not, I’ve got an awesome list of tried and true gift ideas for kids, broken down by age plus my secret for saving even more money on all your Holiday Shopping!

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It’s no secret, I enjoy shopping and finding the perfect gifts for kids, my family and friends. But, even more, I especially love saving money and finding good deals on those gifts. While everyone may not love the actual shopping experience, I know I am not alone with the saving money part!

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Gift Ideas for Kids

Today’s post focuses on gift ideas for kids, but I have a couple other gift lists for coffee lovers, kitchen gadget lovers and a list of Oprah’s favorite things for those that are especially difficult to shop for.

For the kids list, the Gift Ideas list is broken down by ages: 2 to 4, 5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 12 and 13+.

The 13+ category is a hard one to shop for as the older the kids get, they either want money or very specific items (usually $$$) based on their interests. 

Almost all of the gifts I have highlighted have been well-loved by the children in our family and can be found at both in-store and online at Walmart, Target, Best Buy or online at Amazon.com. 


Gift Ideas for Kids Ages 2 to 13+

gift ideas for kids


Gifts for 2 to 4-year-olds

Gifts for 5 to 7-year-olds:

Gifts Ideas for 8 to 10-year olds: 

Gifts for 11 to 12-year-olds.

Gifts for teens aged 13+ and up:

This is where it gets really hard to shop.  Most times they just want money, but if you just want to have a gift or two under the tree here are a couple of options

  • Pop Socket PopGrips (phone holder – even I love these) found on Amazon
  • Make Your Own Beauty Masks: 38 Simple, All-Natural Recipes for Healthy Skin found on Amazon
  • ION Audio Block Rocker Plus (karaoke machine) We rented something similar over the thanksgiving break and a karaoke speaker and microphone set is on our list.  This one is found on Amazon and you use a separate app for the music and lyrics
  • HP® Sprocket Printer for your phone found at best buy (We have one of these, they are great for printing mobile images.
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • Go Pro or similar HD camera that will take a good amount of abuse. If it is not waterproof, be sure to include a case- found on Amazon or Best Buy
  • Ipad or other tablets found at Best Buy
  • Hoodies Found just about everywhere. (I will say Nike hoodies are quite popular with my 15 yr old)
  • Ear buds (so many to choose from) with a charging case. (Samsung Galaxy Buds or Air pods for Apple fans.) I actually have a pair of the Galaxy buds – they’re pretty nice, and pair with my fitbit for walks.


That’s if for our tried and true gift list for kids. Of course, it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things kids want.  If you have something else your kids loved, please suggest it in the comments below


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  1. Sorry this comment is AFTER Christmas but I have been so busy! I will be keeping this list for future gift giving – not only at Christmas. I have 4 grandchildren all under the age of 9 so they are still pretty easy to do gifts for but I know that as they get older, it will become a challenge.

    My daughter and son-in-law have chosen to not make gift giving a big deal at Christmas but birthdays are a different story altogether! We do still exchange gifts but they make it all about Jesus and family and not so much about getting all the gifts on the kids’ wish lists! For their birthdays, however, the birthday person gets to decide what they do for the day, what foods are going to be served and the birthday person has a wish list that mom and dad splurge on. Last August, my 2nd grandson chose to go camping, have hot dogs, chips and smores for his birthday dinner. He also wanted Fruit Loops for breakfast (the kids only get sugary cereal for their birthdays if they choose to do so). I was able to spend the birthday weekend out camping with them and we had so much fun.

    Also, I have already made the decision that when the kids turn 13, that will change how and what I give as gifts. Because teenagers tend to want much more expensive gifts than they do when younger, gift cards will be the way to go!

    Thanks for this list.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I love your daughters idea about birthdays. I think I may have to borrow that. It does get harder after 13, that is for sure.

  2. Great list! I do find that it gets harder to shop for my kids as they get older! I’ll have to order some of these for my younger neices and nephews.

  3. Neely Moldovan says:

    Duplo blocks are a huge hit in our house! We have a few sets and my son is obsessed!

  4. These are great ideas, I never know what to get my sisters kids.