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By Lisa Tolin

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 2018 gift guides:

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 2018 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 2018 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 2018

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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.

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 2018 Gift Guide

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Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but Shop TODAY's up to the task. No matter who you're looking for, we've got gift guides for everyone on your list, including:

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