Practical Shopping Guide by Age 0-10

With all the birthday parties lately, I have struggled with what to get everyone.  I started thinking, and figured I am probably not alone.  So I wanted to put together something as a quick guide to what to get kids, age appropriate.  This works for Birthdays or Christmas that’s coming up.
Ages 0-1

Infants always need diapers, wipes, bibs, feeding accessories, teething toys, and anything that makes noise.  The little toy phones, shining lights, or balls are an easy win.  Books with lots of colors, pictures, and are HARD are also great.  Do not get paper books.


Ages 2-3

This age group is starting to explore and begin really learning and picking up everything.  Color books with the big fat crayons are fun.  Educational books that have lots of pictures and are hard are still good choices here (ABC, Colors, Shapes).  Beginner puzzles with large pieces are another great choice.  If you want something more play worthy, you can always go with sidewalk chalk, BUBBLES, Balls, or even bath play toys.  We moms can never have too many of those.  Dolls or Trucks if you want gender specific.

Age 4-5 (Pre-K to Kindergarten)

This age is really where we are trying to get them ready for school.  Alphabet EVERYTHING is encouraged here.  They make puzzles, refrigerator magnets, dry erase boards, books, seriously, any and everything you can find to help kids learn their alphabet.  Color books are still great as well as BUBBLES.  Why do kids love those darn bubbles so much?  I also recommend books that are more in preparation for school.  Berenstein Bears, Dr. Seuss Beginners, look specifically for books that only have a few sentences per page and still have pictures.  This age kids are usually into specific characters so ask what theme they like and you can always get stuff to match the theme (EX: Kaylee has always been a Minnie fan, so coloring books or other items with Minnie were a bigger hit.)  All else fails, get school supplies.

Age 6-7 (Usually Kindergarten-1st Grade)

Books are strongly emphasized at this age because that is one of the most important things they are learning in school.  As a  mom I really appreciate books that are new to my kid and might help them be encouraged to read.  They need to be age appropriate though (Level 1 reader or if they have letter index A B or C).

Toys for this age group would include: Dry Erase boards, Coloring Books, Primary Journal, and Lego’s.  Girls- Barbie’s, Dolls, Doll Accessories, cookie cutters to help bake, Shopkins or hair accessories.  Boys- Nerf Stuff, Lego’s, Outdoor ball gear, Anything remote control or drone like.



Ages 8-10

From here on up it gets a lot more tricky.  At this age a lot of kids are really into electronics (IPODS, Playstation, XBox, Ipad etc) and tend to be obsessed with those things.  This age group cash or gift cards are a good go to if you don’t know the kid well.  Again, books are always an awesome gift in my opinion.  I have all girls so my oldest likes Glimmer Girls series now but started with Fancy Nancy or Nancy Clancy, Grandmas Attic is a good neutral series.  For boys book series that are good are Hardy Boys or Magic Tree house.

In addition, you can also go with things like the lego’s are still appropriate.

Girls tend to like Shopkin’s, LOL dolls, Journals, Stationary, Stamping, Fairy Gardens, Crafty everything!  They make tons of easy to select crafts.  Hair accessories, brushes, chap-stick etc will also go over well.  Boys seem to be harder but maybe it’s because I don’t have boys.  I would still say the hygiene gift sets would be good.  Board games can work for girls or boys this age as well as card games, fidget toys, etc.


Hopefully this has given you some practical ideas that are not terribly expensive.  If you have any suggestions to add, I’d love your feedback.


  1. Bola Adesanya October 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Great suggestions. I love the gift suggestion ideas.

  2. Valerie Stills October 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I love it. I hate to shop so a ready made list is great for me and I can get all the grand babies in this list! Awesome!

  3. InsomnoMom October 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I loved the LeapFrog products when my kids were little.

  4. jenniferwise4heritagemakers October 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    These are fun. I love the combination of practical and fun. When my youngest was a baby, I put those puffs snacks (they come in veggie and fruit) in his stocking for Christmas and he thought it was the best thing ever!! 🙂

  5. tnmitch November 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Love the gift guide! My niece is hard to buy for and this will make it easier!

    1. November 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      So glad it is helpful! I always used to struggle figuring out things to get kids.

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