The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide for Kids {2018}

Around our house, we typically stick with the Something You Want, Something You Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read philosophy when it comes to kid gifts. The focus is definitely on the “read” (I use it as an opportunity to buy lots of fun books for homeschooling or read-aloud) and one really fun “want” (the “wear” and the “need” are pretty minimal).

Regardless of your gift-giving philosophy, chances are, you’ve still got a kiddo–whether your own or someone else’s–left to buy for. So, I’ve rounded up some Amazon options for your viewing pleasure. Hopefully, at least one of them fills a “necessary” gap.

gift guide for kids

It’s hard to go wrong with crafty presents, and this translucent colored glue would make a great addition to anyone’s art caddy.

And then there’s this Little Experimenter Globe. It lights up and has a petite size (8″) for little hands.

This Crafty Connect building set is a fun, educational alternative to Legos. Cheaper too (per size of the plastic, anyway). (P.S. Theo just saw the picture of these and said, “Mama, I wish I could have some of those.” Okay, kiddo).

We have this fun, colorful adding abacus, and, while the twins are a bit old for it, Theo loves playing with it at this point, and I can see its being a really useful tool when I start teaching him more formally.

A friend turned me onto Yeti in My Spaghetti a few weeks back, and I love how simple, multiple-age friendly/entertaining it is.

I mean, what little girl wouldn’t squeal with delight upon receiving DISNEY! PRINCESS! NAIL! POLISH!

My mom has one of these, and my kids love to pile on it with their cousins and swing, swing, swing!

Okay, so, depending on your kids’ age, this gift would be nothing short of a punishment for yourself. But if you’ve got an art-inclined older kid in your life, this is a really good deal on this many colored Sharpies.

Sometimes, I think my 8-year-old could use these, but presumably, if you’ve got a baby girl in your life to buy for, her mama would be pretty thrilled with the high level of practicality + cuteness.

Is there a child in the world that doesn’t love bubbles? And making messes? Combine the two with this bubble formula kit that’s fun, educational, and (because it’s soap) fairly easy to clean up after.

Speaking of clean, what could be more fun than filling your tub with swirly, colorful suds? Most of my kids take showers at this point, but I can still remember the days when my kids’ taking a bath felt like a major break from mothering to me. And these bath bombs would surely have prolonged the fun in the tub. For them and for me.

These magnetic blocks are intriguing. A little pricier than the conventional variety. But  also cooler.

We bought the twins a calico critter house + some of the critters themselves for their 6th birthday, and they have played with them pretty much every day since. I remember doing the same for hours with my little animal house/sets when I was little. It’s a pretty universally appealing thing for little kids, apparently.

This is what I got Theo for Christmas this year. Of course, I managed to score it at Dirt Cheap for $3 (can you BELIEVE that??), which probably immediately makes the Amazon price tag feel downright usurious. But I can personally attest to how cute and well-made it is, so if you have someone who would love it and just want to get ‘ur done, Amazon is probably your best bet.

This is another one we have at home. Theo was waking up WAY too early about 6 months ago, so we got this puppy clock (which has the ability to set various alarms and shows a green light when it’s okay to get up and red when it’s not) to help curb his tendency to ask for breakfast while it was still dark. And it totally worked!

I’m a bit torn on even recommending this particular item, since I’m not much of a technology girl when it comes to my kids (or myself in many ways) and think that the last thing most kids need is one more distraction from real life. Even so, this one has great reviews for fun features like interactive educational games + a pedometer + lots of other bells and whistles. I wouldn’t give it to a small child, but it would make a fun gift for a responsible tween. Plus, it has parental settings to limit your child’s usage time.

There’s nothing cheap about this American Girl Welliewishers except that it is cheapER (and also smaller) than the traditional dolls. Maybe a good grandparent gift for a younger girl who isn’t ready for the responsibility of the full-sized dolls?

These socks are just too fun to pass up. I’m ordering some for the girls stockings and am already picturing their trying to wear them with, well, everything.

We have two sets of these stainless steel + silicone cups. My kids love the bright colors and that each of them has his or her own. I love that the silicone is free of all of the chemicals found in plastic.

I know, I know. A slingshot? What, do you want them to do? Put out an eye?? Read on, dear friends.

It’d be awfully hard to put out an eye with felt balls as ammo. But still fun to use them for target practice. Just saying.

Love the simplicity of this teepee. I also think it would be fun to add colorful bunting or other fun details to.

Not that any but the most organized kid would get too excited about these, but I can sure think of a whole lot of mamas who would be happy to receive a set of cutie-pie storage bins for their child’s room.

This one is another stocking stuffer I’m considering for my girls. They have definitely been known to accessorize their “play clothes” with a well-coordinated (or not) bow.

Isn’t this llama just the fluffiest thing? I love that it’s kid-friendly without being over-the-top cutesy.

We have this giant jenga set and have been enjoying epic (and epically loud when it falls) rounds of it. Pretty much all of the kids can at least sort of participate, and the older kids can stretch it for a good while.

This is a nice counterpart to the fold and go horse barn above and would make a great little set for a girl with a love of dolls but not tons of space to store them.

Della bought this Fairy Garden (which was considerably more expensive at the time) with her own money a while back and had great fun with it…until she over-watered it, and her tiny green shoots succumbed to mildew. If you’re giving it as a gift to someone other than your own child, that won’t be your problem to monitor. But if you are considering it for your own daughters, a word to the wise: a little water goes a long way.

Did anything strike your fancy? If so, you’d best hop on it (although, I did try to make sure that each of them came with Prime shipping). I’ll be back soon with a book list for the true procrastinators among us (myself included; I’ve got everything but my book order placed).

The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide {$15-$50}

Even though the gifts in this lineup aren’t quite as affordable as my under $15 guide, there’s still a lot to love (the polish package is pretty sweet!), so I hope you manage to score something awesome for yourself  your loved ones.

under $50 gift guide

Another organizer? But it’s so pretty! And practical…especially with all of those New Year’s get-it-together resolutions just around the corner.

Speaking of organization…as someone who has owned several Rifle Paper Co. planners in my time, I can personally attest to the quality, beauty, and usability of the designs.

Got a makeup lover in your life? Then, chances are, she’ll also loved this lighted make-up mirror. Great reviews plus a pretty rose gold finish! Ooh-la-la!

You might also consider this ColourPop shadow palette. Since she’ll need something to apply while using her snazzy new lighted mirror.

You guys! It has gotten harder and harder to find polish packages for great prices (from reputable brands) on Amazon. So I was pretty stoked when I found this 12 piece full-sized bottle polish set from China Glaze (great quality). The colors are a surprise, but at approximately $3 a pop, it’s hard to complain. Would make an awesome addition to any stocking or teacher gift!

I get a lot of traffic on my “How I Style My Curly Hair” posts, but I really should do an updated post now that I’ve switched to “no-poo” (I know…sounds gross) products from DevaCurl. I can honestly say that the experiment (I’ve been using them for about 5 months) is going well and that I can see an improvement in the shape of my curl + texture (much softer). But! The real kicker is how long I can go between washes. I’ve never been a frequent hair-washer, but to be able to go 8 days with nary a greasy strand is LEGIT.

Anyhoo, if you’ve got a curly girl in your life, you might consider this DevaCurl starter kit. Great reviews, plus it comes in cute little bottles that are perfectly gift-sized.

I love these posters from Cavallini. I have several framed throughout my house for high-impact, low-budget art. The funny part? They’re actually pieces of wrapping paper (although I doubt anyone uses them for that). P.S. Ikea has a simple, inexpensive white frame that fits their dimensions perfectly. These would make a great gift for an art-lover in your life.

Had to include this because I’m a Texan, and, well, it’s cute!

Man, do I love me a good (and pretty) woven storage basket. I have various sizes and styles in corners around my house for easy toy clean-up or to store extra blankets/throw pillows. (They also make stylish containers for house plants).

Over the years, I have slowly amassed a small collection (probably 6) of cake stands. And they come in surprisingly handy–at parties or dinners or to hold decor when you need to vary the height of a display. This one would be awfully cute layered with mini-cupcakes at a little girls’ party.

Again with the rose gold. Apparently, I have a thing. As I always say, if it can be pretty and functional, ALLLLL the better!

And then, there’s this cute pie server set (which is another thing I’m always grateful to hvae at leasst one of, even though it might seem like something that wouldn’t get used often).

Here’s the big sister version of the mini latte bowls that I posted in the under $15 guide. Love the ombre pink and white!

I mentioned in the last guide that I was having trouble finding mugs I really loved this year. But I’m digging the bright, funky floral vibe of these. Plus! Since there are three, you can always split them up among friends!

Again with the floral cups, but I’ve found that something my girls love to do is have impromptu tea parties. Even if all they have is PB&J’s cut into squares plus a cup of milk, they get so excited to use my fancy china. Which I get because I like to drink out of pretty things too.

Cute, quirky cutting boards are my favorite. I currently have a rabbit-shaped one + a hedge hog version in my kitchen. But I think my favorite combo ever might be marble + gold + lettering. In which case…tada!

Oh! And this Christmas tree version is super fun too!

Another classic and classy addition to anyone’s kitchen: these gorgeous copper canisters. Endless uses and just the right touch of bling.

I don’t remember how I stumbled on the R. Vivimos brand on Amazon, but they’ve got some pretty great (and comparatively affordable) alternatives to popular Free People pieces. The focus is on flowy, boho, embroidery (which I love), and I’ve bought at least two items that were well worth the $20 I spent.

I get lots of questions about these cute, slouchy overalls when I wear them on Instagram. I have them in both blue and black, and they work great for maternity and beyond. Sadly, when I bought them, there were less than $20, and it looks like they’ve jumped $10 for most size/color options. Still a cute alternative to jeans when you’re not feeling the love for a waistband.

And this floral sweatshirt is just adorable. Not to mention reasonably priced and well-reviewed! Several designs available.

These floral p.j. pants get great reviews for comfort, durability, and style and come in so many color/pattern combos.

If you’re tired of the sweatshirt look or know someone who likes a little quirk with their outerwear, maybe try this pom pom poncho. Excellent reviews + multiple color options!

As much as I love embroidery and florals, I love simple pieces with little details just as much. Two words: elbow patches.

Whereas the elbow patches were a subtle touch, the leopard print on this cardigan is not so much. But it’s still fun and trendy (and comfy!) for not much money.

The next several options would be great for the fitness girl in your life. I have this armband for my phone, and–while I’m not doing much running these days #hellobelly–it sure comes in handy when I do go for a run or walk. Honestly, it’s nice to have available if I’m doing projects or chores while listening to an audio book too.

I also have this muscle tee and am a fan of the quality/softness of the fabric.

Ditto for these compression leggings of which I own two pair. They’re not see-through at ALL and hold everything in and provide true compression (aka: varicose vein relief, in my case) better than many pricier name brands.

After doing all of that exercise in your cute new gear, chances are you’ll need to hydrate. Why not do it stylishly with this pretty stainless steel thermos (more colors available).

There’s a variety of prices listed for particular sizes/designs of these Joules ankle high rain boots, but most are under $50 (my fave are the bees).

I ordered these because I wanted something stylish, close-toed, and comfy to wear during the winter (and was seriously lacking in the goes-with-most things casual shoe department). I haven’t gotten them yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed I won’t have to utilize the free return option.

Another fun tennis shoe option is this retro style New Balance sneaker. I just ordered these subtle neutral + gold accents with some Amazon gift cards and got them yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to take them for a full spin, but they seem well made, cushy after a quick test drive around my bedroom. Definitely my usual 1/2 size up for tennis shoes, and they would have been too short if I hadn’t. There are lots of other fun color combos, and most are right around $50, which, while not cheap, is actually pretty reasonable for New Balance (I saw some similar ones the other day at Marshall’s, and they were $49.99).

I love meaningful jewelry. And not just the kind with your kids’ initials or birthstones in it. I like it when my jewelry says something. Literally. Which is why I think these “inspirational” bracelets would make a fabulously encouraging gift for someone special in your life.

This watch may not say anything deeper than: I like pretty + functional. But…maybe that’s enough? (Love the scalloped edges of the leather band).

In other jewelry news, I think that quirky is always a good thing. Cue: this gold honeybee necklace. I mean.

Stylish bags are also always fun to get and gift. Like this embroidered wristlet.

Or this clutch option.

OR this (genuine) leather fringe ditty with a crossbody strap.

The bold florals of this backpack are fun, and so is the fact that it comes with a matching pouch.

And then there’s this toiletry bag option in a classic stripe + leather look.

And if stripes are your thing…well, you might as well go for this preppy weekender bag, which combines style, durability, and function. Woot!

I don’t actually own one of these cute cross body saddle bags because they just aren’t super practical for a mama who’s pretty much always toting a big bag full of all. the. things. (see striped bag above for that category). But this one sure is sweet (real leather!).

This one too, which, I’m not going to lie, is my fave.

This chunky knit pom pom blanket sure is cozy and stylish–with great reviews for only $20! And there are only a few left in stock. Run, don’t walk! (That rhymed).

Speaking of cozy, these Minnetonka (I’ve heard great things about the brand) slippers are cute and crafted from genuine leather. And! They’re supposed to be super comfy (plus, they come in tons of colors).

These Capri Blue candles (famously sold at Anthropologie) are sooooo yummy-smelling…if a bit (okay, a lot) on the pricey side. $25 is about as cheap you’re going to find them, though, for the real deal.

Are you a fan of Call the Midwife? Know someone else who might be? Then, a season (or two) of this engrossing show might be just the ticket for a movie-lover in your life.

If you recall those calligraphy pens that I recommended in the under $15 guide, then you’ll understand why I think this would be the perfect complement. I have this book and have been fun working on my lettering craft. I find it informative and easy-to-use.

A friend turned me on to the idea of these snazzy inverted umbrellas (when you close them, rather than getting a cascade of water down your arm, it flips the other direction, sending the water away). They have great reviews for function and form, which is always a plus!

And there you have it! I could honestly keep going and going. But I’m hustling to finish up a book guide and a kids’ guide for you, so I’d better cap it here. As always, be sure to check out previous gift guides in the price range (or scroll back for the under $15 + Men’s guide) if you need more ideas.