Hi there! I'm Kara Layne. Wife to the Bearded Gent and mother of five, blogger, and serial entrepreneur with a love for old fashioned ways and making things beautiful. I hope you feel the comforts of home and the joy that comes from simple living.
So far I have shared gift guides this year for Him and Her. Today I am finally getting around to sharing with you the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids. Now, I want this guide to be helpful, but I also wanted to know what I was talking about and offer helpful and friendly advice so you can feel confident in a friend’s opinion or review on something. So instead of covering every age, especially those that I don’t have experience with yet as a parent, I went ahead and based these gift ideas off of what we have on our own shopping list for our kiddos as well as past gifts and items we have purchased for them and love. Start scrolling!
The first part of this guide will give you ideas for the newborns up to about 18 to 24 months of age. Because Brooks will only be 3 months old at Christmas and not remember a single thing, I’m going to make it really easy on myself and buy things he needs. There will definitely be additions to his wardrobe, but below has a few items that I added to my shopping list as well as ones that we already have and our other babes have enjoyed.
Next up are ideas and my list for our Miss Blair who is 4.5 years old and Owen who just turned six. What is nice is that they are close enough in age where they are somewhat enjoying the same things so larger toys like the art easel and sit n’ spin can be shared and enjoyed by both.
One gift I remember loving as a kid was a personalized book my parents had made for my older sister and I. This company is one that I have heard great reviews on from other moms so I am planning on creating something for both Blair and Owen through them.
We have purchased quite a few scooters in the past with having the amount of cubs that we do, but Owen just got this one for his birthday last week and it is by far our favorite one!
Please tell me that you fellow 80’s kids remember spinning for hours on our linoleum kitchen floors on those things! I was pretty excited to see that they are still making them because we have to get one. For the kids, of course – wink!
Miss Blair talks a lot about Shopkins and Num Noms. And while I don’t know extensive amounts on either, I did find this great carrying case for her to keep them all in one place.
Earlier this summer for Blair’s 4th birthday, we gifted her an Our Generation doll. I love this brand from Target which gives you that same look and feel of the American Girl Doll line, but much more reasonable in price. They have so many things to purchase with the dolls, so I have my eye on this new winter outfit for her’s and maybe a few other things.
Lego’s are a big hit in our house and we all enjoy playing with them. So of course we will be shopping for new sets and I have my eye on this Avenger’s one for Owen.
When it comes to electronics and devices, we try not to go overboard and because Blair and Owen are still quite young to be trusted with expensive ones, we purchased two of the Kids Fire Tablets last Christmas. While they are obviously not as robust as the Apple products we love dearly in our home, they definitely do the job and have been wonderful for both of them! Not to mention, that kids case is absolutely indestructible!
If you follow me on IG, you have heard me talk about the KidsKraft vintage kitchen we jumped on and bought on Black Friday for Blair (you can still score it for under $100!). So of course I am searching for the cutest accessories to go with it and these pretend donuts are a must!
The kids got the Nintendo WiiU two years ago and we have loved it so this year we are planning on adding some games to our collection and Splatoon is one that Owen and Blair both talk about and we have heard good things about.
Do we all remember that lady in the video with the Chewbacca mask that went viral? For all of those kids that are Star Wars fans, here it is!
Last up are the ideas we have for our Miss Blake who is 9 and Tanner who will be turning 12 soon. When it comes to these two, we have noticed that have graduated through toys pretty quickly and enjoy a little bit more mature things. However, they will still find time to enjoy a good LEGO build or have a friendly competition on MarioKart.
Blake LOVES hanging out in her room and will hang out on her bed doing homework, sketching or doodling so I thought this lapdesk from Pottery Barn Kids would be such a good fit.
Another WiiU game we plan to add to the collection and I think it will be a big hit with them.
This might be my favorite gift we are purchasing. Tanner has his own phone and loves listening to music – even when he is skateboarding on our family walks and when he goes out and about in the neighborhood. However, I have such a hard time seeing him on a skateboard with such an expensive electronic in his hand. This is a bluetooth beanie and it comes in a variety of styles. How brilliant is that! And you can catch it on sale right now for under $40!
We love the Ten Toes brand ever since we bought Tanner’s long board last year – such great designs! We have our eye on this one for Blake and I love that the price is reasonable as well for the amazing quality they are.
Tanner has been asking for a Cardinals jersey for awhile now so be sure and check out the fan wear for your little one’s favorite team!
Another thought for Tanner was his need for an official wallet now that he is a young man. My idea is to purchase this Tommy Hilfiger one and then fill it with some cash.
Another LEGO set and this one will be for Blake – we love them!
Blake will be getting an iPhone this Christmas (I will be blogging more about kids and devices and how we approach it in our home next week), but I loved this personalized charging keychain for her to go with it.
Because we are Apple users and purchase all music and movies through iTunes (we don’t own a single DVD and it is heaven), the kids always love getting iTunes gift cards to buy the latest songs they are loving, new movies they want or apps they have their eye on.