2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for School-Aged Kids

Looking for gift ideas for your grade-school kids? This holiday gift guide features great gifts for school-aged kids.

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Gifts for School-Aged Kids

In this holiday gift guide for school-aged kids, you’ll find something for everyone.

With a mix of STEM toys, arts and crafts finds, sensory picks, and more, there’s no question your little one will have a magical Christmas morning!

Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for School-Aged Kids


Here are our recommendations for the best gifts for school-age children:

Bikes & More

One of this year’s hottest mobile toys is the Flybar Bumper Car . Built with fun and safety in mind, this kid car performs 360 degree turns, includes exciting flashing LED Lights, and reaches a maximum speed of 1 MPH.

Other favorites include:

STAY SAFE! Protect your child’s noggin with this OutdoorMaster Multi-Sport Helmet.


Look for B-kind Dolls to be a gift guide favorite this year!

Other favorites include:

Building Toys

If there’s one toy that kids never seem to get bored of, it’s a few good sets of building toys. You can never go wrong with the LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box.

Other favorites include:

Outdoor Climbers & Toys

Encourage plenty of outdoor fun with toys in this adventurous category! One of the most wanted? This Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center!

Other favorites include:

Play Kitchen

We always had a play kitchen for our kids, and it’s now one of our granddaughter’s favorite toys!

There are so many different play kitchens to choose from and plenty of deals to be had during the holiday season. A popular one this year is the KidKraft Ultimate Corner Wooden Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds. I can definitely see why!

Other favorites include:

Also, JaxoJoy Complete Kids Cooking and Baking Set is a definite crowd-favorite at our house for playing with pretend food.

Play food and accessories:


You really can’t go wrong with Melissa & Doug. They have created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC news called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”


You really can’t go wrong with Melissa & Doug. They have created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC news called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”

Role Play

Letting kids role-play is a great way to let them enjoy open-ended play. Using their imagination, and a few props, to develop creative and abstract thought processes.

This cute Click N’ Play 8-Piece Girls Pretend Play Purse is loaded with accessories to encourage imagination! Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron by Moose Toys is also a hot toy this season!

Other favorites include:


Games help children learn several critical thinking and communication skills.

For example, they learn to take turns, how to win, how to lose, and methods of sequencing, as well as how important it is to follow rules.

You can start with the classics, such as Connect 4, UNO, and Jenga.

Other favorites include:

TOP FAMILY GAME: Exploding Kittens is a simple card game perfect for all occasions, including a family game night! (ages 7+)


STEM-based education teaches children more than science and mathematics concepts. The focus on hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a variety of skill sets, including creativity and 21st-century skills.” (invent.org)

STEM favorites include:


This category is so important and there are many brands that represent STEM well. You can find many more ideas at NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Creativity for Kids, KLUTZ, and Learning Resources, to name a few.


This category is so important and there are many brands that represent STEM well. You can find many more ideas at NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICCreativity for KidsKLUTZ, and Learning Resources, to name a few.

Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts help children improve their coordination and fine motor skills, express themselves creatively, inspire critical-thinking skills, and build confidence. Show your child the excitement and nostalgia of the Basic Fun Lite-Brite!

Other favorites include:

HURRY ON THIS ONE! Grab the The Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar – 24 Cool Science Experiments to countdown to Christmas by opening a new door each day to discover a new arts & crafts activity!

Education and Learning Toys

The best way for children to learn sometimes is through play. Having a tangible item to engage with or repetitive teaching to memorize, tech and learning toys are great for preschoolers. Coding Critters Magicoders is the hottest tech toy this year!

Other favorites include:

Tech Toys

Moji the Lovable Labradoodle by Skyrocket is already a hit for kids in this age group! Don’t miss out on grabbing this one soon!

Other favorites include:

Just for Fun

Sometimes toys are just for fun! Some toys, such as the crazy popular Globbles, fit in this category best of all.

Other favorites include:


As an avid reader, I always think books make great gifts for kids. They don’t take up space, are educational and there are so many fun titles to enjoy.

Here are some of our favorites books for school-age kids:

Time for School, Little Blue Truck || Magic Tree House Boxed Set || Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever! || Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition || Inside Out and Back Again || A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story || Our Class is a Family || A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Book Box Set || What Should Danny Do? School Day || The Invisible String || The Book With No Pictures

HOLIDAY BOOKS: For holiday-specific book recommendations for kids, click here.

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