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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time to start planning your holiday gifts list. Kids have really big expectations of what they want to find under the tree on Christmas morning. It can be hard for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to find the perfect gifts for kids. Especially gifts that they will actually play with after a few weeks, and that mom and dad will like too! Here are our picks for the best gifts for kids in 2021.  

PonyCycle Ride on Horses and Unicorns

Is your child asking for a pony or unicorn for Christmas? Well, you’re in luck! PonyCycle unicorns and horses ride like a real pony. It will be the most memorable holiday gift they receive this year. Parents will love it too because it doesn’t need a battery or to be charged. The entire design is curated to be simple and sleek so that kids can quickly hop on and have the time of their life. They just get on the toy pony and use a bouncing motion to propel the toy forward. There are two different sizes, ages 3-5 and 4-9. Make sure to order in advance to avoid peak season.
Starting at $289 on Shop PonyCycle 

Budsies Custom Stuffed Animals from Art

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Bring your child’s drawing or art creation to life with Budsies custom stuffed animals. Kids of all ages love seeing their masterpiece brought to life as a huggable plushie. They will play, snuggle, and hug their Budsies for years to come. It’s super easy to make. Just upload one of the child’s pictures, crafts, original characters, or any artwork that they love. Then Budsies will hand-sew a stuffed animal that looks exactly like it! This one-of-a-kind gift is sure to win the hearts of children of all ages.
$129 on Budsies.com

Buddy Pillows are the Perfect Social Distance Present

The holidays will still look different this year for many of us. Some families won’t be able to travel to visit loved ones due to the Coronavirus. Buddy Pillows are the perfect holiday gifts for those who you won’t be seeing due to social distancing. These soft and cuddly pillows make it so you can hug grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends again! Buddy Pillows are a gift that kids of all ages will love! They come in three different styles and two sizes. The hard-to-buy-for tweens and teens will love the face pillow option which are perfect for making silly TikTok and Instagram videos.
Starting on $39 at Budsies.com

Ultimum Kick Scooter that Grows With Your Kids

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Kids have been playing more at home and outside the past year and a half. That means bikes and scooters are popular holiday gifts for kids again this year. Check out the Ultimum Kick Scooter from award-winning Globber. Everyone can ride this 3-wheel scooter thanks to its curved, 6-height adjustable T-bar, and adjustable steering system. A lot of families are on a budget right now, so it’s great that this scooter can work for both a 5-year-old and an adult!
$149 on amazon.com

Selfies Custom Dolls Make Great Holiday Gifts

Create a custom doll that looks like your child or a loved one. The ideas are limitless! Celebrate a school milestone or accomplishment, have the Selfie wearing a fun costume, or dressed in their favorite outfit. Selfies are handsewn and include all the little details that make a child unique, like hair color and style, any birthmarks, and fun accessories. This personalized holiday gift is really special for kids as they get to see themselves represented in doll form. Selfie dolls that are made to look like a child’s parent can also help relieve the stresses of separation due to military deployment, business trips, or divorce. It will be a Christmas present your child will remember for years to come.
$99 on Budsies.com

Feltman Brother Collectible Doll

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The latest endeavor for Feltman Brothers is an exquisite line of lifelike dolls. They’re made of vinyl that’s soft to the touch with a soft huggable body. The dolls and their accompanying accessories reflect the standards of craftsmanship that the company has maintained for over 100 years. Each doll comes dressed in a Feltman Brothers onesie and bonnet and includes a birth certificate. Beautiful traditional accessories enhance the play experience for your little one.
$99 on feltmanbrothers.com

[UPDATE: You can now turn custom artwork into a one-of-a-kind plush! Make your own stuffed animal by clicking here to get started!!]

Support Small Businesses this Holiday Season

We know small businesses are still struggling this year, so we want to highlight some of our favorite holiday gifts for kids that also support mom-and-pop stores. Many small businesses have set up websites and are shipping nationwide. We know they thank you and appreciate all the help this holiday season.

Tutu Cute Dance Fashions for Dress-Up Clothes and Dancewear

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Kids love to play dress-up and have fun with their imaginations. That’s why costumes, tutus, and dancewear are very popular gift choices for kids! Support a small business and find a ton of fun and affordable options this holiday season from Tutu Cute Dance Fashions. They carry all the best brands from dance, gymnastics, and athletic wear, so you can find the latest trends for kids of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a soft tutu, a dance dress, or a full glitter costume, you’ll find it at Tutu Cute Dance Fashions.
Prices Vary on 
tutucutedanceboutique.com

Unicorn Baking Kit from The Cookie Cups

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The Cookie Cups is bringing the baking experience to your home with their magical Unicorn Baking Kits. Kids will feel like they’re in their very own fairytale cooking up delicious mini cookie cups! The kit from the family-owned business includes everything you need including an apron, measuring cup, baking pan, unicorn plate, and all the necessary ingredients. If your kid loves baking, they’ll love this kit.
$49.99 on thecookiecups.com

Have Some Family Fun with the Making Memories Box

Keep your little one’s minds active this holiday break by sparking their creativity. Making Memories Box takes the hassle and fuss out of planning engaging activities, shopping for crafting essentials, and prepping. Making Memories Box offers monthly curated boxes of creative supplies and outlined instructions to get straight to the fun! Choose a single box or monthly subscription. Each box includes five a family activity, a kid’s art or craft, a game, activity, and a keepsake.
Single Box $49.95; Monthly Subscription $39.95 on makingmemoriesbox.com

Paint with Crystals 3D Clock

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Crafts are great gifts for kids so they have something to do over Winter Break. The Painting with Diamonds 3D Diamond Clock is an easy-to-assemble kit for kids that combines creativity, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. They’re great for decorating a kid’s bedroom, playroom, or hang it up where the kids are doing their virtual learning. They will actually love learning to tell time off a clock that they made. It comes in four different styles, mermaid, butterflies, soccer, and football.
$13.95 on amazon.com

Petsies Pillows

If your child is obsessed with their pet, Petsies Pillows are the perfect gift for them. They are custom pillows made from a picture of your pet. And they can make any and all pets! From dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, pigs, even rats or snakes! You just upload a photo (the higher the resolution the better), and they’ll print the image directly on a soft, cuddly, huggable pillow. These personalized pillows are made in the shape of the pet and printed on both sides. They are great for kids of all ages and especially the hard-to-buy-for tweens or college kids who miss their pets while away at school.
Starting at $49 on MyPetsies.com

You have a lot of great options for gifts for kids of all ages this holiday season! Don’t forget to order early because shipping times have greatly increased with more people shopping online this year. Looking for other gift ideas?

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