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25 Splurge-Worthy Gifts for Kids

From clothing and books to toys, learn why high-quality, splurge-worthy gifts are the way to go for Christmas.

Updated April 29, 2024

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Is it just me, or do you feel like your child already has everything imaginable to play with? I am trying to be very conscious of what I get my son this holiday season. When he was a baby, we decided to give him four gifts for Christmas: something to wear, something to read, something he wanted, and something he needed. I like concentrating on the quality of what he receives versus the quantity. This helps us avoid overwhelming our home — or him — with too many new items. That’s why I recommend buying a couple of splurge-worthy gifts!

Because we buy fewer gifts, I tend to spend a little more on some of the things I choose for him, whether it’s a nice pair of shoes or a coat, a larger outdoor toy, or a more interactive toy. Last year, he got an indoor play gym, which was a great choice because he still plays with it a year later! This year, we are getting him a Toniebox starter set as an alternative to screen time since he can listen to stories, songs, and more. Below, I’ve included 25 splurge-worthy gifts for kids of all ages to consider this year.

25 Splurge-Worthy Gift Ideas for Kids

Whether you want to go all out with something playful or something more practical, here are some splurge-worthy gift options that kids will love:

1. Primo Classic Ride-On Scooter

Teal ride-on kids scooter
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This gorgeous, classic-looking ride-on scooter looks like it came straight out of the Italian countryside, and I love the stunning shade of mint. It would be perfect for kids ages 1 to 5 who love to be outdoors. Pair it with a cute helmet for safety, and your little one is ready to go!

2. Kids’ Mercedes

Kids' mercedes
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I know my son would have so much fun in this Mercedes-Benz electric car, which comes in white, black, navy, and pink. Kids can drive it on their own, but parents also have the option to operate it via remote control and choose the vehicle’s speed and direction. I also love that the doors (which open!) have safety locks.

3. Kids’ Kitchen

Play kitchen
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This gorgeous, modern-designed play kitchen looks like fun! The sink and stove are separate from the refrigerator component, so you can arrange them as you like. The ice maker has pretend ice cubes, and the knobs on the stove click to mimic a functioning kitchen. There’s ample storage space below the sink, perfect for storing toys.

4. UGG Boots

glitter ugg boots for girls
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I adore how cute these kids’ boots are. I live in my UGGs during the colder months and have some that are over a decade old because they hold up so well. This rainbow glitter and pink trim combination would be perfect for any little girl to add sparkle to the winter. The soft wool lining will also keep their feet nice and toasty.

5. Indoor Jungle Gym

Indoor Jungle Gym
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This indoor jungle gym would look great in any room in your home! My son got a similar play gym to this one when he was about 1 ½ years old, and it has been such a big hit. This set has a slide, a swing, a rock climbing wall, and monkey bars. It is also made with sturdy, natural wood and can hold up to 110 pounds.

6. Bouncy House

Pink and purple kids bounce house and balloons on floor
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In my opinion, this is the most aesthetically pleasing bounce house on the market! This splurge-worthy gift can be used inside or outside, accommodating up to three little jumpers. Your child can enter it using the ramp, which doubles as a slide to exit the house. Our Editor in Chief has one for her kids, and they love it!

7. Foamnasium

Blue, white, and green foam blocks in different shapes for kids to climb on
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This gymnasium is available in blue, mint, and pink/white and includes a toddler step, a large block, and two wedges. It’s made with durable vinyl that you can easily clean and is chemical-free. This is a safe and fun way for your child to get their energy out inside the home while playing.

8. Ball Pit

Grey ball pit with beige, white, and grey plastic balls inside
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This is the most aesthetically pleasing ball pit I’ve seen. You can choose a mixture of pink or blue plastic balls for it. The cover even comes off for washing! My son has had so much fun in his ball pit. It’s a fun activity for kids and will keep them entertained for hours.

9. Balance Bike

pottery barn kids bike
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I adore this classic-looking balance bike. It comes in four colors (white, pink, green, and navy blue), and the wicker basket on the front is so cute. It also has a functioning bell on the handlebars. It’s perfect for kids ages 2 to 5 and is an adorable way to learn balance and ride without pedals or a brake.

10. Sandbox

Kids sandbox with a boy and girl playing and black and white canopy
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This is such a cute sandbox! I love that it includes a canvas canopy cover to shade your kids from the sun. It also comes with two plastic bins that you could use for storing toys or holding water and sand. Some extra sand toys would be a fun addition to this splurge-worthy outdoor gift.

11. Barbie Dollhouse

3-story dollhouse with slide and little girl standing next to it
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This is the ultimate little girl’s dollhouse. I would’ve loved to have it as a kid! This Barbie Dreamhouse is 3 feet high with eight rooms. It has an elevator, a pool, a slide, and over 70 accessories, including expandable furniture. It also has lights and sounds, making it feel more realistic!

12. Sherwood Dollhouse

Sherwood Dollhouse
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If you’re looking for a cute dollhouse with a more classic look, this wooden one from Pottery Barn Kids is a great option. The white scalloped trim and light pink color make it look simple and elegant. This three-story dollhouse for ages 3 and up contains lots of space for your little girl to decorate and play with her dolls.

13. Moxie

Moxie robot
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This splurge-worthy, interactive toy is a perfect gift for elementary-aged kids up to 10 years old. We got to test one out, and it is so cool! Moxie is a robot that promotes social-emotional learning through play. We had a 5-year-old test it, and after he used it for a few minutes, we noticed a positive difference in his communication. He spoke clearer, was more descriptive, and gained confidence. Moxie also has new themed missions, tasks, and activities your child can unlock daily so they won’t get bored.

14. PonyCycle

power pony
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We tested this out last year, and kids love it! This is a pony that your child can ride indoors or outdoors. It has a comfy seat, handles for your little one to hold on to, a handbrake and pedal, and sounds to make the riding experience more realistic. (There’s also a zebra and unicorn option if that’s more your kid’s thing!)

15. Newton X Figgy Play Couch

Newton X Figgy Play Couch
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Play couches are super popular because there is so much you can do with them! We got to test out the Figgy and highly recommend it. It comes with four base cushions, two rectangle cushions, and the option to add an extra wedge cushion and separate waterproof liners. What’s different and cool about the Figgy is all the pieces are separate and can be connected by their strong Velcro on the sides of the base cushions. With this design, your child isn’t limited to what they can create. Let their imagination soar! This play couch does what others do and more!

16. TickTalk Smart Watch

Blue smart-watch for kids
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Holy moly, this watch is cooler than mine. We tested it out, and the kids were obsessed! This is an excellent compromise for your kid if they want a phone, but you aren’t ready to give them that responsibility yet. This smartwatch has a GPS tracker, video, music, a camera, and messaging capabilities. You can choose from AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks to use with this watch.

17. Micro Kickboard

Teal scooter for kids
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We’ve tried several scooters, but this Micro Kickboard scooter takes the cake! This three-wheeled scooter completely folds up for easy storage or travel. It’s lightweight and designed to grow with your child. There’s one design for ages 2 to 5 and another for bigger kids ages 5 to 12. They even have ones with light-up LED wheels! The quality is superior, and the lean-to-steer design allows children to master balance and coordination safely. After testing it, we give it two thumbs up!

18. Learn ‘N Balance Set

Wood balance bean with different colored stepping stones for kids
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Consider this set if you’re looking for a quality gift to help your little one with their development and self-confidence! It includes four folding balance beam sections and four stepping stones. We tried it, and it’s great for indoor play, easy to fold up and transport, and very well-made. This balance set would be perfect for your little gymnast in training.

19. Little Partners Learning Tower

Little Partners Learning Tower
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If your little one loves being in the kitchen with you, this Learn ‘N Fold Learning Tower from Little Partners is a safe way to allow them to reach higher spaces and help you out. Our Editor in Chief tested this one; she loves it and recommends it! The height is adjustable, it supports up to 150 pounds, and it locks into place securely. It’s also very easy to store and not bulky!

20. Smart Teddy

Smart Teddy
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Help your child learn in a fun and adorable way. The Smart Teddy is one of the hottest tech toys on the market, and after testing it, we can see why! This sweet teddy talks and includes games, activities, and stories to help kids work on their vocabulary and critical thinking skills, all through an app you can control it with. It updates weekly, and you can use it for kids ages 24 months to 6 years old. It’s a great way for your little one to play and learn new things that will keep them entertained without a screen.

21. Doona Trike

Doona trike
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We got this for my son when he turned 1, and we love it. It can be used through 3 years of age and includes a five-point harness, UV protection canopy, and steering for the adult or child. The coolest part is that in addition to growing with your child, it will also fold up completely to store in the bag. It can fit into a plane’s overhead bin; we’ve flown with it twice now. Highly recommend!

22. Tonie Starter Set Bundle

Red sound box with toy dog and cars around it
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I’m so excited for my son to receive his Toniebox for Christmas! It is an audio system for kids to listen to stories and songs. You can even create your own audio content. Parents can control it using a smartphone app. The bundle is a great way to get the additional Tonies of your choice and save money.

23. Lovevery Play Kit Subscription

Subscription box with sensory toys for kids in it
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These kits of Montessori-inspired sustainable toys are age-appropriate for little ones. They are designed using brain science research and include learning that supports your child’s current development window. We have been using these play kits since my son was a baby; they are genuinely something he reaches for daily! These toys are well-made and something your child will use for years to come.

24. Montessori Busy Board

Montessori Busy Board
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This is such a fun and interactive Montessori toy that will keep your child entertained for hours. My son received it on his first birthday and has loved it. It has many Montessori-aligned activities that help develop many skills while your child plays. It’s also easy to slide in a closet when not in use to store it.

25. Kids’ Anywhere Chair

Personalized blue plush kids armchair
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This is a must-have for any kid and is perfect for lounging around your home. You can also personalize it for an extra touch. Remove the cover and wash it in a washing machine to keep it clean. Kids love having a special chair that’s specifically for them!

Don’t forget to look at what toys your child already has when shopping for splurge-worthy gifts to avoid purchasing something similar. I like to visualize where we will store the toy to ensure we can accommodate it. I would also consider your child’s current age so you buy something they might enjoy in a few months to a year. Feel free to add these ideas to a list for grandparents looking for something special to give their grandchildren. Happy shopping!

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