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22 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
From top toys to best books, scroll for everything they really want.
Littles ones add so much magic to the holiday season. Their energy is palpable as they wait for Santa’s arrival and enjoy festive activities, from opening the windows of Advent calendars to enjoying hot chocolate after a day of sledding. When the flurry of Christmas parties start, that’s when the gifting game gets serious—and a little bit of prep goes a long way. Whether you’re shopping for your kids, nieces, nephews, or friends, nothing feels better than giving them a squeal-worthy gift. But how do you know what they really want? Aside from snooping their Santa letter, it can be hard to know what’s trending. That’s where we come in: we’ve done the research and selected the top Christmas presents for kids of all ages. We’ve got stocking stuffers, toys, books, and more of 2023’s best gifts. All you need to do? Scroll, add to bag, and wait for megawatt smiles.
the ultimate Harry Potter guide
The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac
All aboard the Hogwarts Express! If there’s a diehard Harry Potter fan on your shopping list this year, this is sure to be a beloved gift. The bewitching book is a treasure trove of fascinating facts, fun tidbits, and detailed illustrations. With magical maps, readers can explore iconic places like Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and the Forbidden Forest. It’s the ultimate companion to the series and perfect for any kid who’s eager to dive deeper into the wizarding realm.
For ages four and up, this kids’ game will bring loads of fun to family game nights, play dates, and snow days. In a hot potato style, you pass around the chicken (yes, you read that right) until the timer goes off. It’s full of prompts to jump, laugh, and even make animal noises. This gift not only keeps them busy but encourages family bonding, too. Plus, everyone has an equal chance to win—a great confidence booster for kids.
This Indigo Exclusive Squishmallows plush is one of the best Christmas gifts for kids of all ages. Even adults love the ultra-squeezable stuffies, which look as adorable grouped on a bed as they do in a corner. Whether you’re buying for an avid collector or starting a little one’s collection, this Canada goose is extra special and on every plush lover’s list. Complete with a weather-appropriate toque and extra-soft wings, Gertrude is sure to be their new BFF. It’s also just the right size to bring along wherever they go.
If 2022 was the year of the Magic Mixies, 2023 is the year of the Magic Mixies Pixling doll. The mystical creatures will add an enchanting element to kids’ pretend play while offering feel-good messages. (Unia’s potion power is “Dreams come true!”) To reveal the Pixling, mix the special potion and say the magic words “Magicus Mixus.” There are three dolls to collect with fashionable outfits, special gems, and long, brushable hair.
Still searching for the best book to give kids this Christmas? The InvestiGators are on the case. This goofy graphic novel follows Mango and Brash, a quirky detective duo of alligator secret agents. All Tide Up is the seventh volume in the smash-hit series from bestselling author John Patrick Green, taking readers on the hunt for a missing ship and its passengers. The Indigo Exclusive Edition features a bonus poster inside.
Aspiring bakers, ages three and up, will adore this top toy for Christmas, which allows you to “bake” your own stuffy. First, you open the pretend oven’s door to get a recipe and ingredients. Then, you mix up a dough ball and form your puppy, kitten, or bunny. Finally, pop it into the oven for 90 seconds. Ta-da! Out comes a cinnamon-scented friend to snuggle and love.
Whether they dabble in art or are mini Picassos, this kit is all about having the tools to explore different mediums. The handy wooden artist case contains 150 pieces, including chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolours, acrylic paints, graphite pencils, a sketch pad, and so much more. It even features an Artist Technique Guide to help little learners discover new ways to express themselves. Practical and fun? Now that’s a Christmas gift loved by kids and parents alike.
Make their book nook or room a place of their own with this super-comfy bean bag chair that nods to many kids’ favourite prehistoric creature. With a micro-plush cover and the perfect balance of structured yet soft fill, it will be their go-to spot to curl up with a book or watch a movie. It also features a handle at the top, so it can be easily moved around, and an anti-slip bottom. Appropriate for ages one through 10.
Taylor Swift has started many movements, and one of the biggest to have taken hold is the return of the friendship bracelet. Swifties of all ages are partaking in the fun, crafting their own arm candy for themselves and their BFFs. Enter this kit, which makes 10 custom-fit forever bracelets with charms symbolizing hope, friendship, peace, and more.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods
Cool powers. Ancient myths. Wise-cracking characters. It’s easy to see why the Percy Jackson novels are universally kid-approved. This newest release from award-winning author Rick Riordan reunites characters from the original series to face their biggest challenge yet: getting Percy into college. If you’re looking for a chapter book to give a young reader this holiday, Percy Jackson page-turners always make the perfect present.
It might seem like a chore to you, but this playset is actually a top toy for toddlers and preschoolers. With pretend soap, a scrub brush, dishes, and a drying rack, the realistic set allows little ones to play house, engage in sensory play, and feel like grown-ups. Warm water changes the dishes’ colours, and it even includes a working faucet! Start them young, they say. And we say, why not?!
Kids who love space will be over the moon with this gift: a telescope with up to 110x zoom. But it’s not only for nighttime adventures. They can use it during the day to view nature up close (hello, bird watching). The kit also comes with over 100 videos and images from NASA and the European Space Agency to help them build their knowledge of the solar system, star life cycles, constellations, and more. They can also capture pictures of what they’re looking at!
Exclusive to Indigo, this LEGO® Diagon Alley™ Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes set is full of surprises for Potterheads, including seven minifigures with cute accessories. Kids can build the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes™ Joke Shop as well as the Owl Post—complete with mail-drop function. Acting out their favourite scenes? Arguably the best part.
This PAW Patrol playset is one of the best Christmas gifts for little kids who just can’t get enough of the rescue dogs. Inspired by PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, it comes with the Adventure City Tower, which unfolds into a ramp, three Rescue Racer vehicles, and three Pup Squad figures: Skye, Marshall, and Chase. With this holiday gift, you’ll be on a roll for sure.
Stacey's Mistake: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-Sitters Club #14)
Here’s a modern update on a book you may remember: The Babysitter’s Club: Stacey’s Mistake. In this graphic novel remake of the original chapter book, Stacey’s Stoneybrook friends come to visit her for a long weekend in New York City. As her worlds collide, Stacey must figure out how to help everyone get along while pulling off a successful babysitting job. A great series for tweens.
Designed to encourage kids’ imagination and creativity, the soft yet durable Toniebox plays up to seven hours of songs and stories in their favourite themes. This one includes tunes like “Wheels on the Bus,” “Baby Shark,” and more classics they’ll love. Just place the Tonie (the pup-shaped figure) on the top, and let the good times roll.
Toys are always a great gift for kids, and the Our Generation dolls are a guaranteed hit for any child who loves fashion, friendship, and fun. The soft body makes them super cuddly, while their bendable arms and legs rotate, allowing for loads of pretend play and imagination. Their clothes come on and off easily so your child can swap the outfit for other looks and accessories. The flowing hair, vivid eyes, and 18-inch size make this doll a lifelike companion that’s sure to be a favourite toy for years to come.
What kid wouldn’t love the gift of their very own gumball machine? Filled with assorted fruit-flavoured bubble gum, this dispenser brings on all the nostalgic feels. Plus, the sheer joy of turning the crank is almost as good as the sweet reward. If you’re on the hunt for a stocking stuffer for kids, you’ll definitely win points with this fun treat.
What’s better than a new Barbie? A new Barbie that’s packed with seven fun surprises and reveals. Children will love the experience of unboxing this mysterious doll, whose full look is hidden behind a neon tie-dye coating. Fill the tube with warm water, insert your Barbie, and the coating will wash away, revealing her unique features. Discover more surprises within each mystery bag.
If there’s a budding young artist in your midst, help them flex their creative muscles with this high-quality sketch pad. Its light-medium weight paper, with a hint of texture, offers the perfect canvas for pencils, pastels, and crayons. The blank pages will inspire self-expression and the development of artistic skills. Plus, five per cent of profits are donated to Art Feeds International program, which provides access to art for kids around the world.
Calling all Santa fans! This place setting is a must-have gift. With a traditional milk bottle container and matching cookie plate, it’s the perfect way for kids to prepare for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. With dishes this cute, there’s no way the big guy won’t find his treats. Crafted from durable, white-glazed ceramic, it’s the kind of Christmas present that will create lasting memories for the whole fam.
Dork Diaries 15: Tales from a Not-So-Posh Paris Adventure
Middle-schoolers are sure to enjoy the latest Dork Diaries release. In this new book, Nikki Maxwell heads to Paris with her bandmates, but they run into some ups and downs along the way. Mean girl Mackenzie is going too, and Nikki’s French isn’t as reliable as she’d hoped. This blockbuster series from Rachel Renée Russell encourages independent reading, making it an ideal gift for your little bookworm.