Top Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids!

This list covers the best birthday gift ideas for kids. From band-aids to bikes to personalized candy bars – here is an idealist that is bound to impress the big kids AND little kids. Take a look and see which one is your favorite!

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Kids Birthday Gift Idea List

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1. Cool Bandaids

What kid doesn’t love decorated bandaids? Even teenagers sports bandages with spunky designs. From superheroes to Strawberry Shortcake, those fun little bandages turn any scraped knee into a prized trophy!

I also happen to know from personal experience that kids like to use them as stickers. And that’s okay too. 😉

2. Alphabet Toys

These are especially great for kids in their early reading stages. Children not only love to read, but they love to spell their own words even if they are made up. It makes them feel more independent. Letter building blocks, ABC puzzles, and all kinds of alphabet toys encourage children’s love of learning.

3. Backpacks with Pizazz

Every kid wants a cool new backpack. My little sister got a dinosaur backpack as a kid – and as girly as she was, she adored that dinosaur! My daughter got a Disney princess backpack and won’t get rid of it even though the zipper is broken, she loves it that much.

Whether you choose to give a backpack with sparkles, superheroes or animals, this gift is a winner.

4. Rock Star Gear

Get a “rocker” style jacket, a microphone or toy guitar, and they will jam out on their imaginary stage! They love to perform for various audiences – family, friends, and often just the mirror. 🙂 These are fantastic birthday gift ideas for kids.

5. Nat Geo Magazine Kids Subscription

My kids got a 1-year subscription of National Geographic magazine for kids from Grandma – and they LOVE it! What a great way for kids to get excited about learning. It is a thoughtful gift, one of the best birthday gift ideas for kids that I’ve seen AND it keeps giving all year round

6. Sidewalk Chalk

Save your walls and furniture… let your kids draw all over the driveway! Everyone loves sidewalk chalk – they come in every price range and kids LOVE creating murals over and over again. Your walls will thank you.

7. Etch-A-Sketch

This is an oldie, but a goodie. The etch a sketch never goes out of style! Draw it, shake it, draw again… it keeps little artists occupied for hours.

8. Good Old Fashioned Chalkboards

Every kid loves a chalkboard. You can get small personal size chalkboards handheld fun or large easel chalkboards to put in their room.

If you really want it to stand out, make it yourself! I have an easy little tutorial on making mini chalkboards that I will be posting here soon. Stay tuned!

Once you have the board, get 2 sets of chalk – white chalk and colored – because frankly, chalk is cheap – giving them some variety will make your gift more fun for them.

9. Classic Games

There are literally hundreds if not thousands to choose from! Connect 4, Candy Land and Guess Who are great for the little ones. Chess, Uno, and Twister are more fun for older kids. Teenagers are more into Mad Gab, Settlers of Katan, or Catch Phrase. Let’s not forget the classics! Chutes and Ladders, Cootie, Pickup Sticks, Jacks, Marbles – many come in vintage cases and boxes.

Make sure to play a round or two with them so they will be pros by the time they teach their friends how to play!

10. Personalized Chocolate Bar

Every kid loves to get their own candy bar, but a candy with a personalized wrapper just rocks! Download a printable candy bar wrapper and personalize a few of their favorite candy bars.

This is one of those “disappearing” birthday gift ideas for kids. Anything that disappears is always welcomed (less stuff to store)!

11. Puzzles, Puzzles and More Puzzles

Giant floor puzzles for little kids, 3d puzzles for older kids, glow-in-the-dark puzzles for everyone – puzzles are such a fun gift! You can also turn photos into personalized puzzles with companies like Shutterfly or Snapfish. They make it easy, and the kids love it.

12. Kitchen Set

Boys AND girls love to cook! A mini kitchenette is a great idea, but even just the accessories can be a great gift. Get a set with plastic pots, pans, and cooking utensils (maybe some plastic food… always fun) and you are on your way to a great birthday gift.

13. Books

Board books are great for babies, picture books are better for early elementary age, and short chapter books are great for the older readers. Some kids love a book of random facts or good jokes. Others want adventure and stories. There are thousands of fantastic lists to help you search for classic literature for kids. 

Board Books

  • Guess How Much I Love You
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Good Morning Sun
  • Animal Babies Series

Picture Books

  • Click, Clack, Moo
  • Storm is Coming!
  • Over in the Meadow
  • Bedtime Monsters

Chapter Books

  • Bunnicula
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Fable Haven
  • Peter and the Starcatchers

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