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75+ Gifts For Kids By Age

by Kristin Bustamante

Nov 23, 2021

Wondering what to get for the kid who has everything? These unique gift ideas for kids of all ages will delight even the pickiest kids on your list.

Best gifts for kids from Etsy
Photo by: Luca Venter for Horton Handmade

Whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday, graduation, or just because, choosing gifts for kids can be nerve-wracking for even the most seasoned gift-giving pro. Will they like it? Do they already have it? Will it even be taken out of the box? Never fear, these unique gift ideas for kids, sorted by age to make things even easier, are fun, funky, and full of personality—just like them.

As you begin shopping for gifts for the kids on your list this year, take a few moments to ponder which presents might be the best fit. Gifts that really stand out are the unique picks you simply won’t find in other places. They’re creative, often handcrafted, and embody something super special about the recipient like one of their passions or pastimes. From baby gifts to toddler toys all the way to tweens, teens, and all ages in between, these are the best, most unique gifts for kids to show them just how great they really are.

Unique gifts for babies

Wooden baby toys

Best gifts for baby from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Wooden counting toy from Beige Bois, $51; baby’s first car from Heirloom Kids, $18; wooden alphabet blocks from Gladfolk, $48

Babies just might be our favorite little ones to buy gifts for because they’re so interested in any new goodie they lay their eyes on. You’ll find all kinds of beautiful, heirloom-quality wooden toys from many different Etsy sellers. These picks work well as birthday gifts for one-year-olds, too. The kid-friendly designs are sturdy and designed perfectly for tiny hands to play with for years to come.

Stacking toys for babies

Silicone stacking toy from Etsy
SHOP: Silicone mountain stacker from Bannor Toys, $30

Stacking toys are a great way to keep tiny hands and minds busy for at least a little bit. Handcrafted takes on traditional ring stacker toys are a thoughtful twist on this traditional gift, or you can pick something unexpected like this stacking mountain toy from Bannor Toys.

Playful plush toys

Best gifts for babies fun plush toys from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Knitted charcuterie sausages from Colette Bream, from $46; big albino octopus from Big Stuffed, $206; crocheted woodland toys from The Warm Cats, from $39

As babies transition to toddlers, it’s the perfect time to introduce a sweet stuffed toy for them to love for years to come. Whether it’s a traditional crocheted woodland creature, an oversized octopus, or a clever charcuterie-inspired set, these handcrafted plush toys make a great baby gift idea.

Cute baby beanies

Crocheted baby beanie from Etsy
SHOP: Teddy bear beanie from Anzhelika Crochet, from $20

Can wee little ones ever have enough beanies to coordinate with their outfits? We think not, especially when they’re as cute as this teddy bear beanie from Anzhelika Crochet. Both practical and precious, adorable baby beanies like this are guaranteed to be a hit.

Personalized baby gifts

Personalized baby spoons from Etsy
SHOP: Personalized baby spoons from Unmistakably Mine, $30

Personalized baby gifts are always a thoughtful choice, and these custom baby spoons from Unmistakably Mine are a unique baby gift that doubles as a keepsake.

Handmade baby headbands

Headbands for babies from Etsy
SHOP: Pick n mix baby headbands from oonaloo, from $22

A sense of style starts early with this mix and match set of fabric headbands for babies from oonaloo, a shop specializing in African print clothing for babies and toddlers. Pick anywhere from two to five headbands and then share your fabric selections for a completely custom set made just for the tiny fashionista on your gift-giving list.

Custom baby dolls

Custom baby dolls from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Crocheted doll from Vicky Toys, $33; doll with limb length discrepancy from A Button and a Stitch, $39; baby girl doll from Littles by Bella, $35

Imagine the thrill of a little lovey that looks just like you! These Etsy sellers have designed dolls that can be customized to look like the baby or toddler on your list. In addition to sharing similar features with the lucky recipient, like hair and eye color, these one-of-a-kind baby dolls can have matching abilities, too, thanks to dolls that are thoughtfully designed with special needs.

Best gifts for toddlers

Personalized books for kids

Personalized childrens books from Etsy
SHOP: “The Day You Were Born” personalized book by From Lucy and Co., from $33

Turn the pages on these personalized books and the toddler on your list will be delighted to see themselves on the pages. Kick-off a toddler’s library with a custom story of their birth like the new baby book “The Day You Were Born” designed by From Lucy and Co.

Name crayons for kids

Personalized name crayons from Etsy
SHOP: Personalized name crayons from Cool Crayations, $15

Right around this age, toddlers begin to learn to grasp objects and work on their motor skills, making large crayons a great gift choice. The large size of these personalized name crayons from Cool Crayations makes them easy for budding artists to use.

Fun backpacks for toddlers

Fun backpacks for little kids from Etsy
SHOP: Dinosaur backpack for kids from MUNI shop, $58

It always seems like toddlers have their hands full when leaving the house, so make it easier for the tots on your list to take their treasures with them thanks to a cute kid-size backpack. This dinosaur backpack comes in different sizes so you can match it perfectly to the young explorers you’re buying for. Perfect for preschool or trips to the park, kid-size backpacks are totally rawr-some.

Educational gifts for toddlers

Educational toys for little kids from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from left): Rainbow rings or balls from Chickadees Wooden Toys, $23; sensory table from Monkey Tables, $242; climbing gym from Toddler Toy, $326

Stacking, sorting, and all sorts of fun can be had with these educational gifts for toddlers. Whether it’s learning colors, shapes, and sizes or climbing and exploring, educational toys take sensory play to hands-on heights

Personalized name puzzles for kids

Personalized name puzzles from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Engraved name puzzle from Woodily Toys, from $16; farm-themed name puzzle from Shoppe at Little Creek, $70; floral wooden name puzzle from Bloom Owl, $35; personalized baby name puzzle from Emmy’s Toy Chest, $32

Slow play gifts like puzzles are always a welcome addition to a young child’s toy collection. Not only do they teach kids to slow down and practice mindfulness, they give parents a bit of quiet time, too! Personalized name puzzles are a popular gift for young kids (and they can help preschoolers learn to spell their name, too!).

Best gifts for little kids

Best gifts for little kids from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from left): Big dipper and little dipper matching shirts from Blackbird Supply, $55, personalized drawing T-shirt from My Art Doodle, $25; train and car playmat from SO Handmade, $70

At this point in life, little kids have lots of toys so the best gifts for little kids are the ones that really stand out. Skip the toy aisle and look for personalized gifts that feature their own artwork, like these custom art print t-shirts for kids. Matching shirts are a picture perfect present for siblings and cousins. And here’s an insider tip: You’ll score some major parent points with gifts that take up minimal space—like modular balance beams and playmats that stack or fold down to store away.

Educational toys for kids

Educational toys for little kids from Etsy
SHOP: Printable weather wheel from Steph Hathaway Designs, $2

Whether it’s learning important skills like tying your shoes or learning to recognize letters, numbers, and emotions with flash cards, developmental toys for young children are a smart gift idea. If you’re searching for a last-minute gift for kids, look for printable gifts like a printable weather wheel download and tangram pattern cards to add to their collection.

Alphabet toys

ABC flash cards from Etsy
SHOP: Illustrated ABC flash cards from The Glow Brands, $20

A great educational stocking stuffer for kids, these colorful illustrated ABC flash cards feature letters matched with inspirational phrases and positive imagery. Even better, they’re made from durable linen cardstock and can be easily wiped clean.

Educational puzzles

Educational puzzle for little kids from Etsy
SHOP: Moon phase puzzle from Gladfolk, $48

Whether it features letters, shapes, numbers, colors, animals, the solar system, or the whole moon, a puzzle is a developmental toy for kids that feels like fun, not learning. Small hands will love placing the pieces just so on this out-of-this-world moon phase puzzle.

Pretend play toys for kids

Animal dress up toys from Etsy
SHOP: Knitted animal tails from Colette Bream, $38

From puppet shows to afternoons brimming with make-believe moments, pretend play toys encourage kids to use their imaginations in new and creative ways. Budding sous-chefs love food sets and play kitchens, and who doesn’t love a trip to the ice cream shop (even if it’s just for fun)?

Unique gifts for big kids

Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala from Etsy
SHOP: Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala from Meenal Patel Studio, $18

The best gifts for big kids help them explore their passions and what makes them unique, whether that’s reading, enjoying the outdoors with a little tree swing magic, or crafting and creating. Personalized gifts for kids—like a savings bank with their name on it—are a thoughtful choice that kids this age will cherish for years to come. Books are an educational gift idea for big kids, especially books that represent their own cultures and perspectives like "Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala".

Skateboards for kids

Custom art skateboard from Etsy
SHOP: Artist collaboration cruiser from Southpaw Board Co, $199

Big kids love anything “cool” and what’s cooler than cruising the streets on a custom skateboard? The sturdy hardwood designs from Southpaw Board Co feature artist collaborations and various lengths from mini boards to cruisers.

Craft kits for kids

Craft gifts for kids from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): DIY heart keychain kit from Jill Makes, $35; miniature brass house model kit from Another Studio, $15; African American girl paper dolls from Paper Play and Wonder, $5; personalized rainbow craft from Whisker Works, from $26

As big kids become more and more interested in electronics, gifts that ground them in creativity and crafting with their hands are a welcome escape. Craft kits for kids come in all shapes and sizes and may even help the big kids on your list discover a new hobby like woodworking, sewing, or painting.

Best gift ideas for teens

Best gifts for teens from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Empowerment stickers from Brown Crayons, $6; bath bombs gift set from Zaaina, $50; Together We Rise T-shirt from A Tree of Us, $24; colorful socks from Maple Propeller, $11; Bad Apple pants from Sonia Lazo, $70

The teen years are full of figuring out just who you are and some of the best gifts for teens help them express themselves through their personal style choices. Grooming and beauty products are another popular gift for teens, like handcrafted bath bombs (or a kit to make their own).

Neon signs for teens

Neon signs for teens from Etsy
SHOP: Neon signs from Neon Dancing, from $49

A trendy spin on nightlights, custom and handcrafted neon signs are a bright and bold gift idea for the tweens and teens. Choose a youthful design like these speech bubble neon signs or shop for a custom neon sign made just for them.

Unique keychains for teens

Keychains for teens from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Colorful leather keychain from Lolafalk Leather Goods, from $30; nautical knot keychain from Mystic Knotwork, $12; macrame fringe keychain from Entwined Design, $13; resin flower initial keychain from NALY Officials, from $12

One of the most momentous occasions in a teens life is finally claiming the title of “licensed driver.” Celebrate their newfound freedom and mobility with a personalized leather keychain featuring their initials or a short message from you.

Earrings for teens

Best gifts for teens earrings from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): “Naranja” earrings from Amano Craft Studio, $15; boho clay daisy earrings from Pepper and Pink Co, $20; paint-at-home earring kit from River City Sass, $40; macrame dangle earrings from Momma Macrame, $20; pastel rainbow heart pom earrings from Titina Accessories, $38

Accessories make great stocking stuffers and small, everyday gifts for teens. One-of-a-kind, handcrafted accessories make even better gifts for teens! Pick a new pair to add to their collection, or let them design their own earrings with a DIY earring kit.

Electronics accessories for teens

Gifts for teens electronics holder from Etsy
SHOP: Reclaimed wood phone holder from Heimlich Woodcraft, from $23

Embrace your teen’s love of electronics and help the teens in your life get at least a little organized with a cord keeper. These handy organizers help keep charging and headphone cords untangled. A wireless phone speaker is great for music-loving teens so they can carry their tunes with them wherever they go. Just make sure you add your favorite songs to their playlist, too!

Bold artwork

Gifts for teens art prints from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Book Smart art from Lovely Earthlings, from $21; Record player print from Tabitha Brown, $27; Moon Print artwork from Sonia Lazo, from $24

Teens spend a lot of time in their rooms, and a great way to make it feel more like “them” is to pick some bold artwork for their walls. This bright record player print is a funky piece they’ll love, even if they don’t actually know how to use a record player! Colorful hand-drawn stickers are another way to add some artwork to your teen’s everyday life. They can be added to water bottles and notebooks and enjoyed every day.

One-of-a-kind games for teens

Best gifts for teens unique board game
SHOP: Squatch board game from Em Is Crafty, $33

Gifting teens a board game has a secret benefit—the gift of more family time for you. Squatch is a fast-paced game that's guaranteed fun for up to eight players. Escape room-style games are another great game choice for teens who want a totally unique gift this year.

Enamel pins for teens

Best gifts for teens enamel pins on Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Crystal heart enamel pin from Titina Accessories, $12; small cloud moth pin from Lumichee, $10; monstera leaf cat pin from Evryday Monday, $12; banh mi pin from Thai Kim, from $10; river enamel pin from Shannon Talbott, $8; pizza pin from The Avera Boutique, $11

What makes the teen in your life smile? There’s a pin for that! Enamel pins are a popular gift choice for teens because they’re a great way to express things they’re passionate about—from favorite animals and activities to causes and witty phrases.

From babies and toddlers all the way to those hard-to-shop-for tweens and teens, you’ll find the best, most unique gifts for kids of all ages when you shop on Etsy.

Kristin Bustamante

Kristin Bustamante is a brand storyteller, content creator and mom, though the order changes frequently. You'll find her dreaming up new vacations, cheering from the sidelines, and drinking lukewarm coffee on the daily.