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The best gifts for kids by age, according to our 2021 gift guides

The best toys, books and games for any baby, kid or hard-to-please teenager on your list.
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If you've ever struggled to find the best gifts for kids, babies or teenagers, don't despair. Finding the right toy or book for kids is a struggle, even for their parents.

We've taken the guesswork out by speaking to experts about the just-right gifts and toys for children of any age. Here are the best gifts for kids 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!

The best gifts for babies, according to development experts

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The best baby gifts stimulate their senses — and can withstand a good layer of drool.

The best gifts for 1-year-olds, according to development experts

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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.

The best gifts for 2-year-olds, according to development experts

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The best toys for 2-year-old boys and girls may not be toys at all, but things you already have in the house.

The best gifts for 3-year-olds, according to development experts

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The best gifts for 3-year-olds will include plenty of opportunities to explore as toddlers grow and develop more imaginative play.

The best gifts for 4-year-olds, according to development experts

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The best gifts and toys for 4-year-olds help their imaginations come alive.

The best gifts for 5-year-olds, according to development experts

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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.

The best gifts for 6-year-olds, according to development experts

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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 gifts for 7-year-olds, according to development experts

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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, according to development experts

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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-old boys and girls from our 2021 gift guide

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The best gifts for 9-year-olds mean moving away from toys — except for the really special ones.

The best gifts for 10-year-olds from our 2021 gift guide

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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.

The best gifts for 11-year-olds in 2021

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To simplify the struggle that is shopping for tweens, we've rounded up a list of the best gifts for 11-year-olds.

The best gifts for 12-year-olds in 2021


From board games to gadgets, these gifts for 12-year-olds get the stamp of approval.

The best 13-year-old gifts for boys and girls

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If you ask the average 13-year-old how successful their parents are at gift-giving, they'll likely tell you it's a struggle. Luckily, these gifts are a slam dunk for 13-year-olds.

The best gifts for 14-year-olds for 2021

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Shopping for a 14-year-old can be tough, but these popular gifts will tickle your 14-year-old's budding interests.

The best gifts for 15-year-olds in 2021

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We put together a list of teen-coveted presents that'll put an instant smile on your 15-year-olds face.

The best gifts for 16-year-old boys and girls in 2021

From trendy sneakers to must-have tech toys, these gifts are perfect for 16-year-olds.

The best gifts for 17-year-olds for 2021

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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.

The best gifts for 18-year-olds in 2021

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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.

The best gifts for 19-year-old girls and boys in 2021

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Maybe the teen in your life is an avid gamer, maybe they're a beauty queen. Either way Shop TODAY has rounded up plenty of options to make your 19-year-old smile.

The 20 gifts for 20-year-olds that they'll love this holiday

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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.

The best gifts for 21-year-olds in 2021

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We’ve got 29 killer gift ideas for your favorite 21-year-olds home, kitchen, closet and more.

Gift ideas for teenagers who are hard to shop for

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This year, forget gift cards and video games and opt for one of these gifts for teens instead.

TODAY Gift Guide

Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:

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