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.

VTech Learn and Spin Aquarium

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$14.99  $11.00
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic

Build, stack, and explore endless construction possibilities with this award-winning set of 80 building blocks in classic colors! Now your little one can build anything they ima...

$24.99  $12.26
Gund Baby Animated Flappy The Elephant Plush Toy

GUND is proud to present Flappy the Elephant - an adorable singing animated plush with two different play modes. Press the left foot to play an interactive game of peek-a-boo, a...

$40.00  $28.97

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.

Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set (Amazon Exclusive)

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Melissa & Doug, Let’s Play House! Dust! Sweep! Mop! Pretend Play Set, 6-piece, Kid-Sized with Hou...

This six-piece play set gives kids all the housekeeping tools they need to keep it clean! Sized just for kids and built to last, the broom, mop, duster, dustpan, and hand brush ...

$29.99  $22.88
Toddler Musical Instruments- Ehome 15 Types 22pcs Wooden Percussion Instruments Toy for Kids Pres...

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$48.99  $33.99

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.
Pre Schooler Educational Toys Wooden Bead Maze Game Baby Math Calculator 12-18 Months Early Learn...

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CifToys Cashier Toy Cash Register Playset | Pretend Play Set for Kids | Colorful Children’s Super...

Did You Know Your Kid Could Develop Basic Math & Money Skills While Having Fun? Looking for a fun, exciting and educational toy for your pre-schooler? Want to help your grade-sc...

$27.99  $25.25
Peaceable Kingdom Preschool Write and Wipe Games to Go! Activity Book

Get ready to learn with this fun filled activity book! Master the ABCs, find hidden pictures, practice counting, draw shapes, play first games, and solve simple puzzles - it's a...

$9.99  $6.99

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!

Active Kids Chair – Wobble Chair Pre-School - Elementary School - Age Range 3-7y – Grades K-1-2 -...

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BLUEFAIRY Boys Backpacks for Kids Girls Primary School Bag Kindergarten Bookbags (Black,Red)

Approximate Dimensions of the backpack: 17" H X 12" W X 6" D. This lightweight school backpack with stars print is perfect for elementary aged kids' daily use. This day pack has...

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School Zone Big Workbook, Third Grade - Ages 8-9

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...

$11.99  $11.54

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!

Not Parent Approved: A Hilarious Card Game for Kids, Tweens, Families and Mischief Makers

Only $24.99
Craft-tastic – String Art Kit – Craft Kit Makes 3 Large String Art Canvases – Owl Edition

Designed for children age 10 years and above, this best-selling arts and crafts kit features three different 8.5” sturdy foam canvases pre-printed with an owl, a starburst, and ...

$19.99  $19.95
Klutz Nail Style Studio Book Kit

Nail Style Studio is the perfect big sister to our bestselling title Nail Art, providing simple step-by-step instructions to create 25 tween-approved designs for budding fashion...

$24.99  $16.01

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!

Geekercity Mini Flying RC Drone Helicopter Infrared Induction LED Remote Ball Mini Aircraft Toys ...

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Spontuneous - The Song Game - Sing It or Shout It - Talent NOT Required (Best Family / Party Boar...

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Lightning Reaction Reloaded - Shocking Game

Lose most games, it hurts your feelings. Lose THIS game, it REALLY hurts. Here's how Lightning Reaction works -- Anywhere from two to four people can play at once. You remove a ...

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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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