Kids can be particular. The things kids like change not just with age, but also with evolving trends from TV shows and new technology… and TikTok. If parents are lucky enough, their kid will provide a long list of the precise items they’d like as gifts — but sometimes, it can be as much of a crapshoot as gifting to someone else’s kid.
Instead of buying yet another gift card or random stuffed animal, here are some tips on how to gift to children of all ages.
What to get for a toddler
Everyone is familiar with the “terrible twos” rep that the not-a-baby-but-not-yet-an-independent-kid stage of development gets. At this age, kids are bouncing constantly between the desire to explore on their own and the reliance on parents for most basic needs like eating, getting dressed, or going to the bathroom.
What to get for elementary and middle school kids
Potentially a more daunting phase than the terrible twos: the one where the pressure to be cool is relentless.
What to get for teenagers
Finding a gift that a teenager will think is cool (and that will be on-trend for longer than a few months) might be some of the trickiest shopping you’ll do all year. They’ll probably offer up a few big softball suggestions, but if you’re going the surprise route, remember that they care about brands. Thanks to social media influencers promoting products directly to teens on Instagram, Gen Z kids are loyal to
Here are the best gifts for kids of all ages: