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As a rule of thumb, we try really hard to NOT to blog too much about December Holidays until after Thanksgiving, but being a part of online social media … we are feeling the pressure. So, when we compiled this Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 4-7 I knew we couldn’t delay. Some of you are already out shopping. Some of you are already DONE shopping. And some of you have relatives breathing down your neck asking for ideas to buy your kids! (Or is that just my relatives??) Anyway, we felt like we owed it to you all to run this list now so you can be prepared. 

Did you know that major retailers publish their popular Christmas toy predictions in September?! As I was doing research to compile this list of popular Christmas toys, I visited the following websites: Walmart, Squidoo, Target, Toys R Us, and Kmart. Unlike last year, most of these sites had very similar lists. In fact, the first six on my list made the list on at least four of the five sites I visited.

Gift Guide for Kids 4-7 That Keep Them Active

Little Tikes Splash n' Spray Outdoor Indoor 2-in-1 Inflatable Bounce House with Slide, Water Spray and Blower, Fits 2 Kids, Backyard Toy For Boys Girls Ages 3-8 Years

Kids this age are full of energy, so it’s important to find gifts that will help them burn off some steam. Here are a few ideas:

  • A trampoline or bounce house: We scored this bounce when it was on sale for only $99. It barely fits in our living room, but on rainy days we blow it up and get some energy out.
  • A scooter or bike: These are great for developing gross motor skills and coordination.
  • A basketball hoop or soccer net: Encourage them to get outside and play with friends.
  • Swing Set: This is a big gift, so not a bad idea to ask grandparents to contribute to this gift if they are the type that ask for recommendations.

Gift Guide for Kids 4-7 That Encourage Pretend Play

Pretend play is an important part of a child’s development. It helps them to learn about the world around them and develop their social skills. Here are a few gift ideas:


Gift Guide for Kids 4-7 That Encourage Creativity

Kids are naturally creative, so it’s important to provide them with opportunities to express themselves. Here are a few gift ideas:

  • Doodle Board – This doodle board is perfect for taking in the car or plane on a trip. It has a colorful screen that provides no blue light or glare.
  • A set of art supplies: Paint, crayons, markers, and construction paper are all great for open-ended play.
  • A musical instrument: Let them explore their musical talents with a guitar, piano, or drums.
  • Portable Karaoke Machine – This mini Karaoke machine can change your voice to a variety of choices to keep the laughs coming or to just use it as a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Gift Guide for Kids 4-7 That Encourage Play-Based Learning

Learning through play is a fun and effective way for kids to develop their skills. Here are a few gift ideas:

  • Magnatiles: These are great for developing creativity and problem-solving skills. Our girls love Magnatiles. We got some extra accessories to keep the creativity going. This marble run set is a lot of fun and we also got this building board to help build bigger structures on.
  • A puzzle or board game: These are great for developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Kids’ Find It Game comes in a variety of themes and I think this is the perfect game to give a child if you’re facing a long car or plane ride right after Christmas – it will keep them entertained for hours!

  • Subscription Box: Your kid will be excited about getting mail JUST for them, and you’ll love all the learning and interaction that happens as a result! (Plus, of course, this isn’t a toy that will sit in the playroom. It’s an activity that can be used and enjoyed, then you’ll move on to a new one with the next box’s arrival.) Two good options: Little Passports and Raddish Kids.


Gift Guide for Kids 4-7 for an Electronic Learning Experience

Electronic devices can be a great way for kids to learn and explore. Here are a few gift ideas:

  • A Tablet There are countless apps available that can teach kids about a variety of topics.
  • An e-reader with age-appropriate books: This is a great way to encourage kids to develop a love of reading.

  • Yoto Player A lot of people have heard of Tonies, but after doing a lot of research we went with a similar company, Yoto. It is a little player similar to Discmans a lot of you might have had as a kid. Instead of CDs, you use little cards the size of credit cards. You can buy prerecorded or make your own cards. They end up being a lot cheaper than tonies and are much easier to travel with. Pictured is the Mini, but there is also a larger version. Not only do they have music, but they have activities such as meditation, yoga, recipes, riddles, and much more! This is a big hit with my girls. We use it at bedtime while traveling, or just at home playing.

Gift Ideas That Are Not Toys

College Fund
Personalized Book- Make the gift of a book extra special by incorporating your toddler’s name! There are lots of good options for these – including this brand – and your child is bound to be excited to have their name be front and center. Use coupon code “WKV3XRV” for 20% off.

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Subscription to a kids’ magazine – This is a great way to keep kids engaged and learning all year long. They will LOVE getting mail just for them, and you can enjoy the magazine together each time it arrives. Some good options include these from Cricket Media or High Five by Highlights.
Gift Cards
Clothing & Shoes – some popular choices this year are Tree Grandpa Toddler Rain Boots, Crocs, Croc Charms, New Balances
Seeds to plant in the spring
Fun Water Bottles – We go through, so many water bottles and the kids are always excited to get a new character one. We love this brand for its quality and character choices.
Kid-Friendly Cooking Tools
Yoga Mat – Our preschooler loves watching Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube, and now that she has her very own yoga mat (it was a birthday gift), she feels even more like a yogi!
Experiences – get them passes or memberships to local museums, trampoline parks, movies, or play gyms.

Local Businesses for Kids Ages 4-7 Gifts

Toys and Co.
Bibs & Kids
Wynnie’s Boutique
Play! by Cone Health
Greensboro Science Center
Miriam P. Brenner Children’s Museum
Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum
NC Transportation Museum in Spencer
Winston-Salem Alphabet Art & Coloring Book from Doster Paper Co

What do you think? WiIl any of these toys be on your kid’s list? Got any other “must-haves” to add?

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