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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Best Gifts for Kids 5 & Older

2020-11-13 by Melissa & Doug
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The best holiday gifts for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds are those that inspire them to tap into their imaginations, learn how to connect and play well with others, and express themselves creatively! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for the kids in your life. Plus, you can find even more Gifts That Wow, Stocking Stuffers, and Seasonal Toys for all ages in our Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

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10 Best Gift Ideas for 5-Year-Olds and Up

  1. Deluxe Magic Set

    Age: 8+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: This fantastic set includes 10 professional caliber, yet easy-to-master, tricks for beginners! Young magicians will improve their confidence and fine motor skills as they amaze family and friends with exciting tricks and illusions! Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: Tricks and props store away conveniently in the wooden box.
    Skills: Confidence; social emotional development

    HOW TO WOW: Be sure to have kids open this one early so they can prep to put on a magic show for the family later in the day!

  2. Sushi Slicing Play Set

    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: This elegant 24-piece wooden sushi play-food set is packed in a beautiful storage box and includes sliceable sushi rolls, shrimp, tuna, easy-to-use chopsticks, a cleaver and more.
    Sweet detail: Sushi rolls make realistic chopping sounds when sliced!
    Skills: Fine motor, vocabulary

    HOW TO WOW: Pair this gift with a homemade coupon good for a real take-out sushi dinner!

  3. Love Your Look Makeup Kit Play Set

    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: The 16-piece play set gives kids everything they need to play makeup artist and to practice daily skin care and makeup routines! Application brushes and play accessories for eyes, lips, and face, including an empty foundation pump bottle, compacts for pretend blush, powder, and glitter, pretend gloss and lipsticks, and a play eye shadow palette, let kids imagine different looks.
    Sweet detail: Everything stores in a portable, durable makeup kit with built-in mirror!
    Skills: Confidence, social-emotional development

    HOW TO WOW: Play up the pretend pampering theme with the Love Your Look Nail Care Play Set and the Love Your Look Salon & Spa Play Set.

  4. Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel

    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: With a chalkboard on one side, a dry-erase board on the other, a paper roll holder, plastic storage trays, and four easy-grip clips, this easel has everything. Kids can hone their artistic skills and develop fine motor skills at the same time. Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: Features child-safe paper cutter
    Skills: Fine motor, creativity, confidence

    HOW TO WOW: Make a statement with the easel set up amidst other presents. Place a bow on it (or draw one on the chalkboard) and include a sweet holiday greeting! Don’t forget the Easel Companion Accessory Set with paints, paper, and more!

  5. Cutie Pie Butterfly Camp Chair

    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Your child will be “sitting pretty” with Cutie Pie in this delightful folding chair with its brightly colored fabric and sturdy metal frame. It also has a handy cup holder positioned at your child’s fingertips!
    Sweet detail: Includes a convenient matching storage bag.
    Skills: Social-emotional development

    HOW TO WOW: Continue the butterfly theme by adding the matching play tunnel, kickball, and binoculars!

  6. Deluxe Wooden Stamp Set – Animals

    Age: 4+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Kids can choose from four colors of washable ink (red/blue and green/brown) to stamp animals, then color in and add details with six vibrant markers. Stamps include farm animals, ocean creatures, safari animals, and pets. With an abundance of animals to choose from, this set is perfect for creating art projects, cards, decorating notebooks, and more.
    Sweet detail: All materials store neatly in a wooden crate.
    Skills: Creativity, hand-eye coordination

    HOW TO WOW: Surprise kids by gifting them this stamp set a little early in the holiday season so they can create homemade cards for loved ones! Don’t forget to pick up some quality paper, too.

  7. Mine to Love Baby Dolls

    Age: 18+ months
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: The 12-inch Mine to Love baby dolls feature soft, cuddly bodies, a removable outfit and matching cap, and eyes that open and close.
    Sweet detail: The dolls can suck their thumb or the included pacifier.
    Skills: Social-emotional development, empathy

    HOW TO WOW: Add a doll-size cradle, high chair, or bunk bed!

  8. Animal Care Activity Center

    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: UWith a veterinarian side and a groomer side, plush pets can be examined, treated, and pampered for endless hours of imaginative fun! The sturdy wooden play center features an “x-ray” lens with two removable x-rays, pet scale, blood pressure monitor, sink, treat chute, pump bottle dispenser, and lots of storage. Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: There are hooks and holders for lots of accessories.
    Skills: Social-emotional development, empathy

    HOW TO WOW: To complete the animal care experience, pair the activity center with the Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set and a Veterinarian Role Play Costume Set!

  9. Created by Me Flower Fleece

    Age: 6+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Just tuck the extra-wide and extra-long fringe into slits and tie single knots to piece together a cozy fleece quilt! The fabric pieces are super thick, soft, and fuzzy on both sides for extra snuggling. The 48 12-inch by 12-inch pieces include fringe that’s nearly two inches long, making knotting fast and simple. Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: The finished quilt is approximately four feet by five feet, or piece together fewer pieces to make scarves or smaller projects!
    Skills: Fine motor

    HOW TO WOW: Create a crafty theme by also gifting a Flower Fleece Pillow and Flower Magnets.

  10. Mini Scratch Art Notes

    Age: 4+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Creative kids can jot notes, etch doodles, and make their own exciting masterpieces with Mini Scratch Art Notes. Includes 125 Rainbow Mini Notes, a wooden stylus, and a handy “desktop dispenser” box to keep it all organized.
    Sweet detail: Makes a great stocking stuffer!
    Skills: Creativity

    HOW TO WOW: Pick up an extra set to use as homemade gift tags!

Looking for more of the best gift ideas for kids of all ages?
Shop the Holiday Shop >
Shop Gifts That Wow! >
Shop Stocking Stuffers >
Shop Seasonal Toys >
Go to our Gift Guide for Babies >
Go to our Gift Guide for Toddlers & Kids >

Happy Holidays!


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