Gift Ideas for Kids--Top Toys for Any Age Group

by vbchica14

A comprehensive guide to great gift ideas for kids of all ages. This guide will help you find the best toys to buy kids of any age group and also the best toys for boys and girls.

Are you an adult who always gets the wrong gift for kids? You know, the aunt or uncle who is totally clueless and always gets the lames gifts?  Maybe you don't have kids or maybe your kids don't offer you any advice or suggestions on what the hottest toys are.

Kids can be incredibly picky, if they don't get the hottest toy or you buy them a gift that is too old or too young they want nothing to do with it.  If you don't have kids, it may be tough to know what toys are appropriate for children.  Afterall, a gift for a grade schooler is not appropriate for a baby--and you certainly do not want to get a teenager something that a grade schooler would be getting.

Therefore it is important that when you are shopping for a gift for a child for their birthday or for Christmas or any other gift giving occassin that you make sure the toy is not only the hottest and latest toy but also that it is age appropriate.  So the first step in purchasing a gift is to check out the best toys for that child's age group is. That way you don't buy something that is "too old" or "too young" for the child to enjoy.

Once you have determined what age the child you are purchasing a gift for is you want to figure out what the hottest and most popular toys for that age group are.  Luckily, this site breaks up for you the top 10 toys for every age group.  So whether you are buying toys for a baby, a toddler, a pre-schooler, a grade schooler, a tween, or even a teen you will have an age appropriate and popular gift.

Below is advice on what gifts to buy for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, grade schoolers, tweens, and teens as well as lists of the top 10 toys for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, grade schoolers, tweens, and teens.  There is also advice on the best toys to get for boys and the best toys to get for girls. With these lists you will find the perfect gift for any child!

Gift Ideas for Babies

What to Buy Babies

Whether you're shopping for a baby shower, a new born baby, a Christening, the holidays or any other occasion, you may be stuck on a great gift idea for babies--especially if you have never had a baby yourself.  Things to consider when shopping for new babies is that you should look for bright contrasting colors, soothing music, cuddly toys and mobiles. Other great ideas include gyms and playmats that encourage kicking and tummy time.

For those who don't know, babies are ages 0 to 11 months old.

Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys, Purple

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VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)

From baby steps to big steps the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker by VTech helps your child develop from a crawler to a walker through adaptive technology.

$34.99  $19.99
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

$8.99  $8.29

Gift Ideas for Toddlers

What To Buy Toddlers

Toddlers, ages 1 to 3 years, are mobile and imaginative. They are eager (or more accurately their parents are eager for them) to strengthen their new found hand-eye coordination, show off their independence, and experiment with art. In order to achieve these goals, look for gifts that will encourage creativity, building and lots of action.  Toddlers don't understand the concept of rules so they are too young for games such as board games.  They are also prone to putting objects in their mouths, so make sure to avoid toys with small, detachable pieces that may pose a choking hazard.

AquaDoodle Drawing Mat with Neon Color Reveal

Aquadoodle has been inspiring creativity for over 10 years! When you use Aquadoodle it never makes a mess and never runs out! Draw and doodle as much as you want using only wate...

Only $19.99
Battat Pound and Roll Learning Toy for Toddlers (Includes Hammer + 4 Balls)

This toy will have your little one hammering away all day! Hammer in the morning. Hammer in the evening. Hammer whenever you’re heart desires. Toddlers will have a ball hitting ...

Only $13.25
Cartoon R/C Race Car Radio Control Toy for Toddlers by Liberty Imports (ENGLISH Packaging)

Cartoon R/C Race Car This r/c race car is bright, colorful and perfect for young children learning to play with remote control toys for the first time. It is lightning fast and ...

$36.98  $15.98

Gift Ideas for Pre-Schoolers

What to Buy Pre-Schoolers
Pretend play is the favorite activity of most 3 to 5-year-olds.  They love to pretend and use their imagination. When shopping for pre-schoolers, look for gifts that encourage them to mimic mom and dad's roles.  Also look for gifts that are playful educational toys or action figures so that they can utilize their imagination and creativity. Kids that are pre-schoolers are able to understand rules, therefore games are a great and appropriate pre-school aged gift.
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Toy Cash Register Cashier Playset, Pretend Play Set For Kids, Colorful Children’s Supermarket Che...

Toy Cash Register Cashier Playset, Pretend Play Set For Kids, Colorful Children's Supermarket Checkout Toy With Microphone & Sounds | Ideal Gift For Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers (Wh...

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Active Kid Chair - Active Sitting for Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers & Children Who Can’t Sit Still - Gr...

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Gift Ideas for Grade Schoolers

What to Buy Grade Schoolers

Grade schoolers are ages 6 to 9-year-old and they know exactly what they want.  Grade schoolers want to be like the older kids and just like tweens & teens, electronic toys are high on grade schoolers' list. When picking out a toy for grade schoolers, be sure to pick a toy that has major fun potential.  Try to also pick out a toy with an added value of keeping kids active, teaching something new, or stimulating creativity.  That way your gift will be loved by the child and his or her parents!

School Memory Book Album Keepsake Scrapbook Photo Kids Memories from Preschool Through 12th Grade...

This scrapbook is perfect to capture your child's special school-time memories from preschool to 12th grade. 34 pages - highlighted with colorful illustrations featuring poignan...

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Deluxe School Memories Keepsake Photo Album Scrapbook from Preschool Through 12th Grade

SCHOOL MEMORIES KEEPSAKE BOOK BRAND NEW!! FACTORY SEALED!! NEVER OPENED!! What a wonderful way to never forget your child's school years. With this spiral bound, hardback Keepsa...

$29.95  $17.90
School Zone Big Workbook, Third Grade

SCHOOL ZONE-Big Workbook. This book is packed full of exercises and activities that makes challenges more fun! It contains hours of creative learning and helps sharpen skills. T...

$18.10  $10.81

Gift Ideas for Tweens

What to Buy Tweens

Many 10 to 12-year-olds are starting to outgrow traditional toys as they increasingly want to be more and more "adult."  But that doesn't mean that they are ready to give toys up all together. Try searching for a toy that has a compnent that can be used online.  There are plenty of electronic games and toys that have an online component that helps tweens interact with friends.  Pick such a toy up or get a tween the hottest new video game and your gift will be a surefire hit.  You may even get a genuine thank you--remember tweens aren't surly teens quite yet!

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Sleepover Slumber Party Game- Young Tween Teens Girlfriend Fun Activities

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California Costumes Girls Tween Red Riding Hood Costume, X-Large

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$31.59  $26.12

Gift Ideas for Teens

What to Buy Teens

Toys aren't just for kids! There are toys for all ages and while teenagers want to be as "grown-up" as possible, as long as you get adult-like toys, they'll be sure to be happy.  Also, as much as teens want to be adults they don't want to let go of having fun. Purchase toys that will make sure that teens have fun and don't get old and boring before their time. Some of good gift ideas for teens are those that may spawn a hobby or collection that grows with them into adulthood. Other great gifts for teens are the latest electronic gadgets including mp3 players, portable video game devices, cell phones, and tablets.  Teens love whatever the "latest thing" is.  So as long as your gift is new and hip, it will be sure to please.  And if you buy a teen a gift and he/she seems less than please, don't take it too much to heart--teenagers are supposed to be surly and miserable, they have a hard time smiling and showing they are actually happy!

Teen Talk

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$9.99  $7.99
Lightning Reaction Reloaded - Shocking Game

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Toys for Adults

Gift Ideas for Adults

Kids aren't the only ones who love toys---what about adults?  You can't forget the "big kids" when doing your Christmas shopping or thinking up a great gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or any other special occasion.  Adult toys (the non x-rated version) are typically electronic gadgets.  Every year more and more great electronic gadgets come out that are perfect toys for adults.  The latest must have gadget such as a tablet, iPod, iPhone, ereader, portable video game devices, or 3D HDTVs will make every adult kid thrilled.  You will be the best gift giver this holiday season if you pick up the latest electronic gadgets this holiday season for the adults on your shopping list.  The one downside of adult toys? They're typically super expensive--but you can certainly find great deals and every year there are typically, affordable or deeply discounted gadgets and adult toys for the holidays.

Updated: 03/26/2014, vbchica14
 
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