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We've taken the guesswork out by speaking to experts about the just-right gifts, toys and books for children of any age. Here are the best gifts for kids of all ages from our gift guides.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Finding the best gift for a 1-year-old might be easier than you think: It’s that age when the box really can be more exciting than the toy inside. Favorite activities include pushing and pulling, putting things together and taking them apart and — yes — moving things in and out of boxes.
The best toys for 2-year-olds may not be toys at all, but things you already have in the house. Two-year-olds are using pretend play and love kitchen items, trucks and baby dolls to be part of the adult world.
The best gifts for 3-year-olds will include plenty of opportunities to explore as toddlers grow and develop more imaginative play. Three-year-olds are highly social and love toys that help them practice tasks like dressing themselves.
The best gifts and toys for 4-year-olds help their imaginations come alive. Four-year-olds are enthralled by storytelling, pretend play and exploration.
Five-year-olds are becoming truly social and love group play and games, so the best gifts for 5-year-olds include classic board games.
As they move from kindergarten to first grade, the best toys for 6-year-olds capture their senses of humor and fair play, and help them work together.
The best toys and gifts for 7-year-olds help them write stories, draw detailed pictures, build and create things.
The best gifts for 8-year-olds help them engage in elaborate fantasy play and bury their noses in good books.
The best gifts for 9-year-olds mean moving away from toys — except for the really special ones.
Finding the best gift for a 10-year-old means reaching a kid teetering between still being a kid who lights up when he gets a toy and turning into a tween who can’t be bothered.
To simplify the struggle that is shopping for tweens, we've rounded up a list of the best gifts for 11-year-olds.
From board games to gadgets, these gifts for 12-year-olds get the stamp of approval.
Shopping for a 14-year-old can be tough, but these popular gifts will tickle your 14-year-old's budding interests.
We put together a list of teen-coveted presents that'll put an instant smile on your 15-year-olds face.
From trendy sneakers to must-have tech toys, these gifts are perfect for 16-year-olds.
Here's your go-to gift guide for the 17-year-old in your life, so you can take the stress out of shopping, and instead, pick out a gift they're sure to love.
Whether they're surviving their first year of college or are about to graduate from high school, these gifts are ideal for your favorite 18-year-old.
This year, forget gift cards and video games and opt for one of these gifts for teens instead.
This gift list has an option for every budget, so you won't have to worry about breaking the bank while shopping for a 20-year-old.
With so many toys on the market nowadays, it's helpful to see all the hottest toys for the holidays in one place, with options for everyone from toddlers to tweens!
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- Fun gifts any toddler might like more than the box
- Cutting-edge gifts and gadgets for kids of all ages
- The best toys for children with special needs, according to a behavior expert
- Brain-boosting gifts that kids will actually love