25 Kids' Gifts They Won't Outgrow

No more play-with-it-for-a-day toys that get relegated to the back of the closet. We've found 25 gift ideas that your kids will continue to enjoy, use and play with year after year. Let's knock out that holiday shopping list!

By: Chelsey Bowen

Photo By: J. Muckle

Photo By: Alexander Abed Photography

LEGO® Juniors

Whether your child loves to follow step-by-step instructions or would rather have the freedom to create anything he or she can imagine, LEGOs are the perfect gift. The Junior sets have simple steps that kids as young as four can follow, but since they're the same LEGOs in older sets, they transition easily and continue to get a lot of use as your kiddo grows up. $29.99; LEGO

Magna-Tiles

Math + imaginative play = a toy both parents and kids will love. Magna-Tiles appear on the best of toys list year after year for good reason: They're educational, teaching kids math skills, spatial relationships and critical developmental skills — and they're just plain fun. Build a castle or a house or a maze or a . . . the possibilities are endless and encourage the best part of our kids — creativity. $49.99, Magna-Tiles

Harry Potter Book Series

No matter your age, as soon as you step into J.K Rowling's world, you are impatiently waiting for your letter to Hogwarts. The newly illustrated versions instantly immerse young readers into the story and are a true delight for older readers (even those well into adulthood). $31.99, Amazon

Stop-Motion Animation Kit

Your budding director or artist will have a blast creating their own stop-motion animation characters and film. The comprehensive kit allows your child to build their own characters, learn how to film and edit with software, and then share their masterpiece. $60, UncommonGoods

Ukulele

The ukulele's smaller size and more affordable price makes it a fun way to get kids interested in music and singing along to simple tunes. As with all musical instruments, these are truly skills that last a lifetime. Who doesn't want to learn to play Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere Over the Rainbow? $69.99, Kala Music Brand Co.

Kidizoom Camera

Hand the photographer reins over to your child with this durable, kid-friendly camera. The Kidizoom camera from VTech® takes pictures and videos; plus, features lots of fun add-on filters and borders, as well as voice-changing effects. $80, VTech®

Nintendo 3DS

No one ever outgrows Mario. The Nintendo 3DS is a great way to introduce your kid to all your favorite characters. Just as you loved the GameBoy, your kids will delight in the latest iteration of the handheld game console. Plus, its portability makes it perfect for long car trips, doctor's waiting rooms or when you just need a minute. $199.99, Nintendo

Board Games

If you're looking for a gift that gathers the entire family, board games are your key. Ticket to Ride First Journey is fun for both kids and adults, teaches strategic planning and doesn't fall into the mind-numbing monotony of Chutes and Ladders. Though the game says age 6+, even younger kids enjoy setting out the trains and playing the colored cards with a little adult help. $34.99, Target

Fire Kids' Edition Tablet

Kids will love having a tablet of their own to watch shows and movies, read books and play games. The Fire Kids' Edition gives parents peace of mind with a durable kid-proof case and a 2 year worry-free guarantee. If they break it, Amazon replaces it for free. Additionally, there are parental controls to manage time limits and what content they can access. $79.99, Amazon

Puffy Panda Bank

Every kid needs a piggy bank to help them learn the value of saving money. But it doesn't mean that lesson has to be boring. The Puffy Panda Bank has a baby panda that squeals, then snatches coins to keep them tucked away safe. Kids will love giving the panda money! $24, Amazon

TeePee

A playful teepee goes from decorative element to secret hideaway to a cozy reading nook, spanning from nursery to preteen bedroom. Land of Nod offers a variety of patterns, so you can find the just-right design for your kid's bedroom or playroom. $119, Land of Nod

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Easel

Calling all artists. This double-sided art easel has a dry-erase board, chalkboard and paper roll holder. Also, the height of the easel can be adjusted as your kiddo grows up. $79.99, Melissa & Doug

Dash Robot

Give your kid a head start in coding with the Dash robot. It comes out of the box ready to respond to your voice, navigate, sing and dance, but multiple free apps allow your kids to program Dash with new behaviors. The apps give your kids a simple introduction to programming and coding without needing a lot of adult help. $149.99, Wonder Workshop

Boost Creative Toolbox

If your kid is ready for the next level in programming and coding, you must check out this cool toy from LEGO®. The 837-piece set has instructions for building five different models, from an awesome robot to a working electric guitar. Your kiddo builds, programs with the free app, then will play for hours. Plus, it's the best kind of play — educational while having a blast. $159.99, LEGO

Wooden Tetris Puzzle

Taking a note from the classic Tetris video game, this puzzle uses colorful wooden blocks that fit together in multiple different ways to teach kids (and adults) creative problem solving. At under $11, it's a great buy that will get tons of play. $10.99, SainSmart Jr.

Maxi Deluxe Scooter

Get moving! This grow-with-me scooter lasts from ages 5 to 12, so even though it may be a higher price point, your child will get years of use. Its durability and quality ensure it'll last through multiple kids, too. Choose from 10 colors to find the ideal scooter for your kid. $139.99, Micro Kickboard

K'NEX

Cultivating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is such an important part of a child's education today so having toys that foster innovation is essential. K'NEX not only teaches problem solving and spatial awareness, it also encourage kids to get creative and design a moving car, a helicopter or anything else they can imagine. $49.99, K'NEX

Spirograph

This classic toy has been enthralling kids since 1965. Mixing the science of gears and wheels with the art of colors and design, Spirograph is such a fun gift for kids (and their parents)! $29.99, Spirograph

Portable Telescope

For your little star gazer, get a beginner telescope. The Celestron Travel Scope 70 Portable Telescope packs away in its backpack, is easy to set up and has high-quality viewing. What an enchanting way to get kiddos to start exploring the universe. $89.95, Celestron

Scratch-Off Map

Adventure is out there. Thrill young explorers with a map of the United States, where they can scratch off all the places they've visited. Not only does it teach geography and track their travels, but it also gets them excited about their next journey. Already continent hopping with your young ones? There's a map of the world version, too. $33.95, Maps International

Magazine Subscriptions

A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps giving month after month. Ladybug is full of charming stories and poems for three-to-six-year-olds, while Ask or Spider is geared toward six-to-nine-year-olds. Anything that engages your child to read is a win in the parenting book. $33.95, Cricket Media

How to Draw 101 Animals

Learning how to draw is a skill your kids will have for the rest of their life. This easy-to-follow book takes kids step-by-step through drawing over a hundred animals. Whether it inspires more artistic endeavors in their future or just gives them fun doodles to create, this book will be a hit. $4.99, Amazon

Janome Fast Lane Fuchsia Sewing Machine

If your youngster is interested in fashion or home design, consider getting a beginner sewing machine. At only five pounds, the Janome Fast Lane is portable and comes in a variety of fun hues so you can pick the ideal shade for your budding tailor or seamstress. $69.99, Amazon

Make Clay Charms

Jewelry making has been a favorite activity for elementary-age kids for decades, and now there are so many creative and fun kits for them to enjoy. This clay charm kit has a step-by-step book with colorful illustrations to help your kid create custom, adorable designs. After they've baked and glazed their creations, they attach them to an included bracelet for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. $19.95, Fat Brain Toys

KiwiCo Crates

With KiwiCo's goal "to inspire kids to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators and makers," they've created age-appropriate crates from 2 to 16 years old to make learning about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) exciting. Combining education with creativity and fun, the crates come with everything your kid needs to create a thrilling project every month. $19.95/month, KiwiCo

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