Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys & Gifts for Kids by Interest

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Best Holiday Toys & Gifts For Kids By Interest

October 19, 2022

Is the child in your life obsessed with a particular toy, topic, or play pattern? If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for the perfect holiday gift for kids with all sorts of interests, Melissa & Doug has got you covered! 

From cooking and crafts to dinosaurs and PAW Patrol™ and everything in between, Melissa & Doug has curated a complete holiday gift list based on common childhood interests. Plus, you can find even more gift options in our complete 2022 Holiday Gift Guide!

For Kids Who Love Animals

Kids playing with Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

If you have an animal lover at home, give them everything they need to examine and treat pretend pets with this Veterinary Toy Play Set! This pretend play set includes everything little vets 3 and up need to make house calls, including a reusable examination checklist and handy tote bag. 

Check out these animal-themed gifts:  

Wooden Fold-and-Go Barn Toy, 3+
Water Wow! Farm Animals Activity Book, 3+
Farm Cube Puzzle, 3+
Poke-A-Dot: Old MacDonald’s Farm, 3+

For Kids Who Love to Cook

Girl playing with Melissa & Doug La Patisserie Bakery

The 39-piece The La Patisserie Bakery  pretend play food set features everything kids need to imagine running their own bakery. They can pretend to mix, bake, decorate, and enjoy scrumptious-looking treats. It also features a magnetic menu board, and a credit card machine with a signature pad.

More gift ideas for little cooks:

Chef’s Kitchen - Cloud, 3+
Top & Bake Pizza Counter, 3+
Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set, 3+
Fill & Fold Taco & Tortilla Set, 3+
Slice & Stack Sandwich Counter, 3+

For Kids Who Love Dinosaurs 

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids by Interest Land of Dinosaurs Floor Puzzle 48 Pieces

With its dramatic, detailed scene, the Land of Dinosaurs Floor Puzzle is perfect for a budding paleontologist! It includes 48 extra-thick, easy-to-clean cardboard puzzle pieces, and measures 4 feet long when assembled.

Explore even more dino-mite gift ideas below: 
Water Wow - Dinosaurs 3+
ColorBlast Dinosaurs 3+
Dinosaur Floor Puzzle 3+
Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle 2+
Puffy Sticker Play Set - Dinosaur, 4+
Dinosaur Wooden Stamp Set, 4+ 
Habitats Reusable Sticker Pad, 3+
Gentle Jumbo Dinosaur, 2+

For Kids Who Love Crafts

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids by Interest Created by Me! Flower Fleece Quilt

Can’t get enough of crafting in your house? Our Created by Me Flower Fleece Quilt is a fun and easy craft for kids 6 and older. Plus, when they’re done, they’ll have a cozy blanket for snuggling up with all winter long.

Keep the creativity flowing with these fun gift ideas below: 
Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel, 3+
Design-Your-Own Bracelets,  4+ 
Created by Me! Jewelry Box Wooden Craft Kit 4+
Created by Me! Bead Bouquet Wooden Bead Kit 4+

For Kids Who Love the Ocean

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids By Interest Underwater Floor Puzzle 48 Pieces

This giant 2’ x 3’ Underwater Floor Puzzle immerses your child in the deep blue sea! Kids will have a blast as they assemble this puzzle and watch the vibrant scene of fish, whales, sharks, and sea creatures come to life.

Dive deeper into ocean life with these swell gifts below: 
Giant Sea Turtle Stuffed Animal, 3+
FlipFish Baby Toy, 1+ months
Water Wow- Under the Sea, 3+ 

For Kids Who Love Outer Space

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts by Interest Solar System Floor Puzzle 48 Pieces

If your child is an aspiring astronaut, this giant 2’ x 3’ Solar System Floor Puzzle brings outer space to their play space. After completing the puzzle, kids can explore the colorful solar system and learn the names of each of the planets.

These other gift ideas are absolutely out of this world: 
Water Wow Bundle: Dinosaur, Adventure, and Space, 3+ 
Sticker Collection Book: Dinosaurs, Vehicles, Space, and More, 3+ 
Jumbo 50-Page Kids' Coloring Pad - Space, Sharks, Sports, and More, 3+

For Kids Who Love Makeup & Beauty

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids by Interest Beauty Salon Play Set

What’s better than make-believe makeovers? A special place to make them happen! This Beauty Salon Play Set gives kids three and up everything they need to get the full salon experience for themselves, friends, stuffed animals, and dolls!

Complete the experience with these makeover upgrades: 
Love Your Look Nail Care Play Set, 3+ 
Jewelry and Nails Glitter Stickers Pad, 4+
Water Wow! Makeup & Manicures, 3+

For Kids Who Love PAW Patrol™

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids by Interest PAW Patrol Wooden PAW Patroller Activity Center

Climb in the sturdy wooden PAW Patrol Wooden PAW Patroller Activity Center to go on immersive pretend play missions with the PAW Patrol! Fun, built-in developmental features include gears to spin, double-sided flip puzzle, double-sided slider maze, steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, flip-back side mirrors, wheels that can be changed, gas can and cap, dashboard with sound buttons (start engine, voice recorder/playback, locator, phone)

Add on these extra gifts for more PAW Patrol™ adventures: 
PAW Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard 3+
PAW PatrolMatch & Build Mission Cruiser 3+
PAW PatrolPup Pack Backpack Role Play Set 3+
PAW Patrol Jumbo Cardboard Blocks, 3+
PAW Patrol™ Puffy Sticker Book, 4+
PAW Patrol™ Magnetic Pretend Play, 3+ 
PAW Patrol™ Poke-a-Dot Alphabet Adventure, 1+

For Kids Who Love To Play House

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids By Interest Dust! Sweep! Mop!

Little kids love imitating adults—and it’s a critical pretend play activity for both boys and girls. This Kids Dust! Mop! Sweep! Cleaning Set has all the housekeeping tools kids 3 and up need to keep it clean!

Keep the pretend play going with these fun picks below: 
Rotisserie & Grill BBQ Set, 3+
Fill and Roll Grocery Basket Play Set, 3+  
Shopping Cart Toy, 3+ 
Mine-to-Love Baby Doll, 18+ months 

For Kids Who Love To Play Rescue

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids by Interest Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set

If your little one loves to rush to the rescue, give them everything they need to look the part with this official Fire Chief Role Play Costume. This gift for kids 3 and up includes everything they need in an emergency: a bright red, machine-washable jacket trimmed with reflective material, a fire chief helmet, a "fire extinguisher," a bullhorn with sound effects, a shiny badge, and a name tag to personalize.

Did someone call 9-fun-fun? We’ve got even more rescue gift ideas below: 
PAW Patrol™ Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard, 3+
Emergency Vehicle Carrier, 3+
Classic Wooden Fire Truck Play Set, 3+

For Kids Who Love To Play School

Melissa & Doug Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for Kids by Interest Deluxe Double-Sided Tabletop Easel

Whether it be friends, dolls, or stuffed animals for students, if your child loves to play school, they need this Deluxe Double-Sided Tabletop Easel for kids 3 and up. The easel features a magnetic dry-erase board on one side and a chalkboard to make lesson planning official.

A real pretend teacher needs these essential classroom supplies: 
School Time Classroom Play Set, 4+ 
Deluxe Wooden Stamp Set, 4+
Drawing Paper Pad, 3+ 

Looking for more of the best Christmas and holiday gift and toy ideas for kids of all ages? Check out these blog posts:

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10 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

5 Holiday Gifts that Wow

Best Throwback Toys & Gifts

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