Our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: What to Give at Every Age
When your list includes everyone from your newborn niece to grandparents, finding the right present for all can be a task. We've rounded up presents that are sure to put a smile on their face, no matter how young or old they are.
The Christmas countdown has begun and I'm willing to bet your list, like mine, is full of family and friends at every stage of life. We all have our gift sweet spot. I'm pretty good at scouting out what a six- and eight-year-old want since I live with them every day, but a teenage gift took a bit more thought.
With a little digging and some tried-and-true ideas, I've taken the guesswork out of what to buy for every age range, from tot to teen to senior, regardless of gender. Let's start checking names off our lists with sure-to-wow gifts.
Crawler: Animal Shape Sorter
An adorable twist on the classic shape sorter, this teepee-style toy is perfect for exploratory crawlers. It comes with six shape cut-outs, including four woodland animals, a mushroom and a cloud. Not only does the toy help develop motor skills, such as shape and color recognition, but it's also a charming accessory for any nursery or playroom.
Keep your preschool-age kiddos entertained for hours with this pretend-play ice cream cart. The register reads the colorful recipe cards and gives step-by-step ice cream orders to help build sequencing skills. Then, use the magic scooper to pick up the ice cream, and the cart knows whether they've followed the correct order. So fun!
Whether they're chatting with their sister from room to room or taking it on outdoor adventures, kindergarteners will have a blast with walkie talkies. And these take the fun up a notch with a built-in flashlight and voice activation, so they don't even have to push a button to talk. Plus, these have a range of up to three miles.
As kids reach the age of advanced reading, they'll be introduced to the magical world of Hogwarts. Let them take a trip to Ollivanders' Wand Shop with this educational and fun game. This kit allows your elementary-age child to build his own wand and learn to code with over 70 step-by-step challenges, such as growing pumpkins, multiplying goblets and making feathers fly.
A new version of the Nintendo Switch, the Lite is a sleeker lightweight gaming system dedicated to handheld play. For those at the end of elementary and into middle school, this gift is a little more affordable than the original Switch and comes in three colors: yellow, turquoise and gray.
Even if they already have a phone (and especially if you're holding out until they're older), an instant camera gives your middle schooler a fun way to document his life — with a little old school flair. The newest version comes with a built-in selfie mirror and four color filters.
Stylish and functional, these headphones will top your teen's head every day. He can grab them for a run or just hanging out at home, and at least with these (unlike hidden earbuds), you'll know when he can hear you or not. Listening, of course, is a different story.
If your high schooler has been dying to have an Apple Watch, snap up the Series 3, which continues to have strong ratings even with Series 4 and 5 available. Plus, the Series 3 comes at a much more affordable price. Teens can stay connected with friends (and you!), keep up with the constant stream of information and track their workouts.
Gift this handy wireless charging station to your college-age kid so her essential devices are always powered up. Perfectly sized for a nightstand, the dock provides the fastest wireless charging speed for her iPhone and Apple Watch and has a USB-A port for charging an additional device.
No matter the person you're buying for, a foodie basket full of goodies is a complete delight. Adults will love this mix of salty and sweet comes in two different sizes: the Bite with six yummy nibbles or the Mouthful with 12 can't-miss snacks.
One of the never-ending tasks is getting dinner on the table every day. A subscription meal kit service would be such an appreciated gift for parents, who are already running around working, getting kids to school and activities or entertaining littles at home all day. The meal kits mean no last-minute grocery store runs. All the ingredients are already prepped and they'll still get a home-cooked meal on the table.
Grandparents are usually one of the easiest ones to buy for since they love receiving recent photos of their kids and grandkids. This year, make them a photo book they can flip through and show off to their friends with all the joy-filled photos from 2019.