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When it comes to Christmas gifts for kids, it's a smart move to shop early. Not only will you be able to skip the last-minute stress of realizing the holiday season's most popular toy is out of stock, you'll be able to fully enjoy the Christmas festivities knowing you've secured the presents that will truly impress all the children in your life.
So what's the secret to finding a toy that they'll love to play with? For starters, factor in the child's age, but be aware that while you should absolutely use age ranges on products as a guide, it's important to remember not all kids develop the same way and at the same time. Next, consider their interests and hobbies. Is he into Bluey? Does she love science? Are they a budding artist? Finally, decide if you want to go with a classic — like a tried-and-true board game to add to the family library — or one of the hottest new toys of the season, like a DIY craft kit, an educational STEM toy, or a gift inspired by one of 2023's most popular movies, like Barbie or the Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Our editors did the research to find all the toys, games and more that kids are guaranteed to be adding to their wish lists this year — here, find our top picks for the best Christmas gifts for kids in 2023. And if you're on the hunt for gifts and toys for specific age groups, be sure to explore our gift and toy guides for 1-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, and 8-year-olds, plus our guide to the best gifts for teens.
Michelle is the deputy director of the Hearst Lifestyle Group, where she helps oversee multiple brand's strategy efforts on digital. Previously, she was the deputy editor and managing digital editor for Good Housekeeping. She has over 10 years of experience writing and editing lifestyle content.
Ysolt Usigan is a lifestyle writer and editor with 15+ years of experience working in digital media. She has created share-worthy content for publishers Shape, What To Expect, Cafe Mom, TODAY, CBS News, HuffPo, The Bump, Health, Ask Men, and Best Gifts. A working mom of two, her editorial expertise in parenting, shopping, and home are rooted in her everyday life.
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