My Top 10 Must-Have Gifts for Kids

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With Christmas right around the corner, most parents are on the lookout for the perfect gifts for their kids. There are so many different choices that sometimes it can become overwhelming. I am sharing some of my top picks for young kids as well as my top picks to help parents out with their children. These are all items I have in my home. I love them!

Ten gift ideas for young kids:

10. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes This toy is great for babies on up to preschoolers. It plays classical music which I love, and it has two volumes as well an easy to reach on/off switch.

9. VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube Once again, this is a toy that’s great for the younger kids. It is very sturdy and has lots of fun buttons and music.

8. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Learning Workbench This toy is geared towards younger kids. However, it is not super stable for kids to pull themselves up with. It has lots of music, leavers, and buttons.

7. Paw Patrol-The Lookout Playset with Chase This is a fun toy for preschoolers and up. It is a pretty basic toy, but for the price, it’s great for the child who loves Paw Patrol and the parent who is on a budget.

6. Just Play Lion Guard Training Lair Playset A great for preschoolers and up, the Lion Guard playset will keep kids busy for hours. There is sound and secret doors that the kids love.

5. Melissa and Doug on the go Water WOW! My kids love these books. They are great for keeping kids busy and quiet when you are out and about. The pens are water filled and “paint” the white pages which reveal pictures and lots of colors.

4. Ladybug Girl book with add-on costume Ladybug Girl is a fun group of books that little girls love because of the activities in the stories. I stumbled upon dress up clothes that encourage girls to pretend they are Ladybug Girl and to live out their own adventures.

3. Mr. Potato Head An old classic that kids still love today. Children can use their imaginations and make Mr. Potato Head look normal or like a monster.

2. Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox This is very much like what most of us grew up with, however, the plastic is thinner than what I remember. It can comfortably hold 100 lbs of sand, which I picked up at my local Lowe’s

1. LeapFrog Gaming System I have tried to avoid video games on this list because I feel like kids today have plenty of electronic devices already. However, I love our system. It keeps my kids busy, moving and learning. They feel like they at getting away with extra video game time and I know that the games won’t be too violent and that they are having fun while “secretly” learning.


Sometimes we, as parents, are looking for more than toys for our kids. I am always looking for something to make my life a little easier when dealing with my children. I composed a list of my top 10 children items for the home.


My top 10 items to make life easier with kids:

10. Elf on the Shelf  Don’t roll your eyes at this one quite yet. I know some people hate this idea. Yes, children should behave without the threat of a toy watching them. Some people think it’s a creepy idea. I’ll tell you what, it works for me. My six-year-old likes to push boundaries as most kids will. She really shapes up with our Elf visits. This helps make our holiday season much more enjoyable.

9. Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons I love learning. I love having my children learn. This book may seem a little odd at first, but it works! So far, I have used it for Little S. She picked up on reading pretty quickly. I love this book.

8. DaliWay Baby Diaper Organizer for Nursery If you are like me, you like things to have a place. When we bought our house, we had to downsize on a few items. I had been using a convertible crib, which I loved. It had a changing table attached, as well as a laundry drawer. The bedroom that my two youngest are sharing is smaller than their previous room. I had to give up the crib and all of the luxuries that came with it. Bones sleeps in a standard toddler bed but is not potty trained. I had nowhere to put her diapers. The dresser had to be set inside the closet which gave me no surface for a diaper station. I found this item and hung it up on the door (other hardware was needed). It is lightweight and has been perfect for our smaller space.

7. Stork Craft Easy Walk-Thru Metal Safety Gate Once we bought our house, I knew that I needed to install child gates. Our house is a split-level home, which does nothing but works the nerves of any parent with young kids. The gates I purchased have been fantastic at keeping my kids from falling down the stairs and are so much more secure than the pressure mounted ones I had known growing up.

6. Child Safety Lock Bundle The last thing I want to do to my kitchen cabinets is to put holes in them. Child safety locks are usually a pretty temporary need. I found these amazing child locks that use a very strong double-sided adhesive tape and use a magnetic key to unlock. These locks are amazing!

5. Deconovo Room Darkening Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains During the summer months I enjoy having my children sleep in a little bit. I also like to have my kids go to bed without a fight over the daylight. These curtains are amazing. I’m sure they are like any blackout curtain; however, the ones I chose have a fun star print which goes excellent with my daughter’s superhero themed room.

4. Primo 4-In-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool As every parent knows, potty training must happen at some point. I love how this potty seat is so simple for my kids to use, whether on the toilet or the little potty itself. When used on the toilet, the base becomes a stool to help your little one get up to the seat.

3. Le Petit Prince Constellation Projector Night Light This little nightlight is great for any room and travels well. It has three colored lights to choose from, or you can have it cycle through all three colors. It runs on batteries and turns off automatically after 45 min. My children love to look at the stars as they fall asleep and I love how it gives off just enough light to see what I need to in most cases.

2. Mirari OK to Wake! Alarm Clock Since we just discussed sleeping, let’s talk about waking up. This clock has a feature that will allow a light to turn on when it’s OK for your children to get out of bed. This is great to train your children to stay in bed until you’re OK with them getting up.

1. Rinse Ace Children’s Shower Head My daughter was terrified of the thought of taking a shower. She didn’t like how the water would get in her face. I found this item and knew we needed it. This shower head extends down and attaches to the wall with a suction cup to allow the waterfall to be at the child’s level. I can’t keep my daughter out of the shower now. This is a great transition item for kids who are getting too big for the bathtub but still too short for a regular shower.


I hope you enjoy these items as much as we do in my home. They have made our lives more enjoyable and helped in various ways. I would love to hear from you if you have any products that you love or think would be good to add to my list.


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