The Ultimate Guide to Gifting Your Niece or Nephew This Holiday Season

Updated: March 18, 2019
If you're an aunt or uncle without kids yourself, finding the perfect gift for your little niece or nephew can be an exhausting task. Does he still like Thomas the Train? Does she still play with dolls? This is the ultimate guide to the toys that will have them calling you aunt or uncle of the year.

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It’s that time of year where you are supposed to buy your adorable little niece or nephew a gift. What do you get? What is age appropriate? Should you stick with trends or classics? With kids, it is best to stick with classics.

Young children are curious and explorative by nature. They want to manipulate, touch, and engage with their toys. Parents want toys that will stimulate their child’s brain, keep their attention sparked, and be durable all at the same time. Here is a simple guide of the best toys to get that special little person in your life that is sure to be hit.

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This list covers all of the age groups and all major developmental domains. Both the parents and kids will be thanking you for these toys this year!

Babies: 0-9 Months

M Moohan Wooden Baby Educational Cube $24.99

wooden cube toy

This wooden activity center is fantastic because it grows with baby. For a non-sitting baby, it provides visual stimulation, for a sitting baby, it provides tactile interest, and for the moving baby beginning to stand and cruise, it also provides a sturdy balance.

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Ages 18 months & Up

Lego Duplo Creative Play $23.99

Lego Duplo set

These are great because this is another toy that can grow with a child and span over multiple age groups. They are safe for families with an older child and a baby, without having super small pieces to choke on. Once a child is about 18 months, they have enough fine motor control to begin snapping the pieces together and are still a favorite for children well into kindergarten.

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Ages 2 & Older

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pound & Roll Wooden Tower Toy with Hammer $14.33

wooden tower toy with mallet

Wooden toys are sturdy and durable. This toy is literally supposed to take a beating. A wonderful toy that helps with gross motor with banging the ball, fine motor by placing the balls back into their spot, and cognitive thinking by figuring out how the ball makes its way through the maze.

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Picasso Magnetic Building Tiles $36.96

Magnetic tiles toy

Magnet tiles are safe and fun for multiple age groups. This is another great toy for families with older and younger siblings, without worry of small pieces to choke on. Great for cognitive thinking and introduction to engineering.

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Playskool Sit n Spin $49.99

Sit n Spin toy with animal face

Perfect toy for both inside and outside and spans over multiple age groups. Great for working those large muscles in the arms as well as core, helping to maintain balance.

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Ages 3-6

Just Jump Can Steppers $12.49

can stepper toy

Perfect for inside or outside and such a fun way to practice balance and exercise patience.

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Kidtastic take-apart toys set of 7 $39.99

kidtastic building set

This concepts of take apart toys are beyond cool and a sure favorite of kids. Children are such explorative creators and when given the opportunity to completely take apart their toy, they will jump at it! Works cognition and fine motor skills.

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Ages 4-7

Lego Juniors $32.92

Lego Juniors Horse Toy Set

This is a great next step up from the duplo Legos for an older child. They come with easy to follow instructions. This toy will take your child from preschool to early elementary school and help with cognitive thinking as well as fine motor control.

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Slime Kit Supplies $31.99

DIY slime kit

This is a great sensory and art toy that will keep kids busy and entertained for hours. They not only get to customize their slime, but then get the endless hours of playing, squishing, and stretching it.

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Ages 5-8

Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot $52.46

coding robot toy

A robot toy? Yes! This is such a great find for an older child that introduces beginning programming skills. A super fun way to promote STEM learning.

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