2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids | 3-11

Who else struggles with gift ideas for their kids? Whether it’s for the holidays, birthdays, or a special occasion, I feel like I could have always done better. If you are at a loss, we are here to help. Here’s my 2023 Holiday Gift Guide for kids ages 3 to 11 that will be a guaranteed hit!

If you are looking for a gift for the littles, our baby gift guide is HERE
If you are looking to buy for some teens and tweens, check out this guide HERE

gift guide for kidsBooks:

Many of these books are geared towards kids who are reading pretty well on their own (about 2nd grade and older). I feel there are so many fun picture books for the younger kids easily found, but I always have a hard time finding something the older kids might like. I will say that the “I Survived” series is a HUGE hit in our house. Bonus: They are based on true historical events and written in a way that keeps their attention!

I Survived Series Complete Books Set (21 books – paperback)

Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection: #1 – #6 Box Set (hardcover)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: #1 – #4 Box Set (hardcover)

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: 5 Book Box Set (paperback)

Wonderbly Personalized Books (ages 0+)

I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2021Dog ManDiary of a Wimpy KidPercy Jackson's The Lightening ThiefWonderbly - Lost My Name

Art & S.T.E.A.M.:

Fun and educational – that’s my personal goal with most gifts. I also think it’s really important to try and elicit the artistic side to come out in kids. Therefore, here’s a list of gifts that will provoke curiosity and creativity in your child.

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart (ages 2-5)

Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks (ages 3+)

Air Dry Clay – Modeling Clay (ages 3+)

Scratch Paper Art (ages 3+)

Kinetic Sand (ages 3+)

How to Draw Animals (ages 4+)

Binoculars (ages 4+)

Boogie Board Scribble n’ Play (ages 4-6)

Paint by Numbers Kit (ages 5+)

Dinosaur Lantern Night Light (ages 6+)

Osmo – Genius Starter Kit for iPad (ages 6+)

Crayola Ultimate Light Board (ages 6-9)

83 Hands-on S.T.E.A.M. Experiments (ages 7-11)

Drone for Kids (ages 8+)

Easy-To-Do Crochet Kit (ages 8+)

Drawing Set (ages 8+)

Art Set (ages 8+)

Shaved Ice & Slushie Machine (ages 8+)

Crystal Growing Kit (ages 8-14)

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream CartNational Geographic Kinetic SandGrowing Your Own Crystals


Who doesn’t love a fun game?! Family game nights are an awesome way to connect with your kids, as well as having something low key and fun to look forward to each week. Here are a handful of games that are really fun for any age!

Charades for Kids (ages 4+)

Guess Who (ages 6+)

Guess in 10 (ages 6+)

Not Parent Approved (ages 7+)

Guess in 10 (ages 8+)

Not Parent ApprovedGuess in 10 - Animal Planet


There are so many sports gifts on the market that I feel it’s easy to find on your own. Need a baseball glove? One quick search, and you’ll have one in your cart. So, I didn’t spend lots of time looking for sports-specific gifts, however, I came across this cool glowing basketball!

GlowCity Basketball (all ages)

GlowCity Basketball


Not necessarily the most educational or creative gifts, but kids love all these things! Also, can anyone fill me in on the obsession with Squishmallows? We have an embarrassingly obscene number of them in our house…

Squishmallow, Squishmallow, Squishmallow, Squishmallow (all ages)

Calming Stuffed Toy Companion (ages 2+)

Bluey Mega Bundle (ages 3+)

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari Animals Tub Set (ages 3- 6)

Baby Yoda (ages 4+)

G.I. Joe (ages 4+)

Star Wars Action Figure (ages 4+)

SquishmallowBaby Yoda


The older kids might like these electronics. My daughter has asked for LED strip lights for her room about 4,629 times already. And what’s cooler than having a fitness tracker like mom or dad’s Fitbit, but for their age?!

Smart WiFi LED Strip Lights (any age)

Fitness Tracker (ages 5+)

LED Strip Lights

Other Stuff:

Just a few other gifts that kids would really enjoy. I, for one, like a comfy spot to read books, and what’s cooler and comfier than a bean bag chair? Also, stickers for water bottles and tablets are in high demand for kids. And what about some cool bracelets that also support the environment?

Bean Bag Chair: (ages 3+)

Stickers and Stickers for Water Bottles/tablets (ages 7+)

4Ocean Bracelet (ages 8+)

Fahlo Bracelet (ages 8+)


I hope you were able to find a gift or two in my 2022 Holiday Gift Guide!

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A version of this story was posted December ’22 by Jamie Grimes.

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