The Best Holidays Gifts For Kids + Families

Kids are fun, but tricky to shop for each holiday season. You want to get them something they’ll love and actually use, rather than just adding another plastic toy to the pile heap. This year, we combed through all of the latest and greatest from our favorite family-friendly brands to bring you the best holiday gifts for 2020. Any kiddo or family on your list is sure to love these thoughtful, useful and delightful presents.

Read on for our favorite holiday gifts for kids and families:

Think Outside Subscription Box

“My family and I spend so much time outdoors, especially right now while they aren’t in school. Each subscription starts with an Initiation Box, followed by 12 monthly themed boxes to use as your outdoor curriculum. Every month, we get three to five outdoor gear items and an activity booklet with guided resources to help the kiddos master outdoor skills! It’s so much fun for our whole family!” – Taylor


Custom Rainbow Abacus

This darling rainbow toy is not only delightful to look at, but is hand-painted and customized just for your little one. It makes a great gift for new moms and little ones alike.


Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Activity Journal

Everyone needs more Mister Rogers in their life! The prompts listed in this illustrated journal will inspire you to venture out into your neighborhood as a family and share kindness, all while helping little ones develop essential writing, problem-solving and people skills. Just start filling in this journal, and soon you’ll be making every day a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


Doll Stroller

Is there anything cuter than a little mama or daddy and their baby? Your little one will love pushing along their favorite dolls and stuffed animals in this oh-so charming wooden stroller.


Treetops Train Set

Classic wooden train sets can provide hours of entertainment for busy kids. With this whimsical train set, little ones can lead their engine on a scenic sojourn through the trees—perhaps spying a bear, a moose or a fox along the way.


Rainbow Block Wagon

How fun is this set? This beautiful block collection comes on wheels that can be pulled along by its string, while honing your little one’s developing skills, and offers lessons on shapes and colors.

Reusable Spelling Straws

With 44 pieces, including 26 consonants, extra vowels and special characters, the kit lets you create 300,000 possible word combinations by mixing and matching connector components.


The Dough Project

We love The Dough Project jars for everyday play! If you really want to make it fun for the whole family, try the new DIY dough kit. It includes easy step-by-step instructions and an all-natural dry mix to make your own non-GMO, plant-based and chemical-free play dough. 

Vintage Edition Bookshelf Board Game

Who doesn’t love classic board games like Candy Land, Clue and Monopoly? These unique versions look like beautiful hardcover books when not in use, so mom will love them, too!


75 Years Of Little Golden Books

The perfect gift for a young family or a new reader, this heirloom-worthy boxed set features 75 years of beloved children’s tales published from 1942 to present day.


David Bowie Tee

Now your babe can rock their love for Bowie with this tee made from buttery-soft organic and recycled materials. It’s illustrated by 10-year-old Pearl and screen-printed in California.

Geomag GREEN LINE Color Magnetic Building Set

Made with 100 percent recycled plastic, this STEM-based set uses powerful magnetic rods and steel spheres allowing children to create unlimited possibilities. My 4-year-old plays with his set daily creating new structures and I love that it helps him get a hands-on, creative approach to problem solving!


Positive Vibes Yoga Mat

Encourage your kiddo’s inner yogi with a fun, perfectly size yoga mat! Just line it up next to yours for some family time yoga practice.


Kids Mini Golf Toy Set

If you can’t go to the mini golf course, bring the mini golf course to you! Your little ones will love creating their own tricky course with this mini golf set that comes with a variety of bridges and obstacles to build.


Lalo The Play Kit

Every day, I spend an hour or so working on a creative hobby, and my 4-year-old pulls up his Lalo Play Kit right alongside me to work on his. I am in love with the Scandinavian-inspired design that ties right in with the rest of our décor. It’s the first play set I haven’t minded having in our house! You can also mix and match the chairs to suit your preferences.


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram