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The best gifts for kids by age, according to our 2020 gift guides

The best toys, books and games for any baby, kid or hard-to-please teenager on your list.
From age 1 to 21, we found great gifts for every type of kid.
From age 1 to 21, we found great gifts for every type of kid.TODAY Illustration / Getty Images
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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 2020 gift guides:

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020

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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 2020

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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 2020

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

The 41 best gifts for 15-year-olds in 2020

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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 30 best gifts for 16-year-old boys and girls in 2020

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

The best gifts for 17-year-olds for 2020

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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 holiday shopping, and instead, pick out a gift they're sure to love.

The 30 best gifts for 18-year-olds in 2020

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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 2020

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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 this holiday season.

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 29 best gifts for 21-year-olds in 2020

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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.

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Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:

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