30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life

Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life

 

Buying presents for kids can be extremely overwhelming. There is so much to choose from, kids usually already have a ton of stuff, and you want to give them something that will continue to provide joy as the years go by.

To help make gift giving a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of gifts for kids that are modern, beautiful, and are likely to be treasured for a long time after it’s been given. Here are 30+ gift ideas for the modern kid.


 

WOOD TOYS

Wood toys are a wonderful alternative to plastic ones. Wood is durable, safe, long lasting, and looks much nicer strewn across the floor than plastic.

1. These wood toys have magnets on them to allow for endless configurations and hours of play. The cars are also painted with chalkboard paint so they can be drawn on and customized over and over again.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Cosmos magnetic spaceship and dream car building blocks from Huzi

2. If any of the little people in your life are into boats, islands, or helicopters these wood toys are sure to be a hit.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Wood toys from permafrost

3. Build cities and knock them down with these durable and uniquely shaped wood blocks that come either with a natural finish or in pastel colors.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Blockitecture designed by James Paulius. Available through Areaware.

4. Help your kids learn their ABC’s with these minimal alphabet blocks that be stacked up to make towers or laid out to make words.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Alphabet blocks from Areaware

5. Tiny wood creatures look so much nicer than little colorful plastic people and the expressionless faces let kids use their imaginations more while they’re playing.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Wood Animals by CraftPaperWoodShop

6. Help kickstart your little architects future with these blocks that were inspired by the contents of real drafting kits.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Little Architect Set from Areaware.

7. These wood cameras feature chalkboard squares for creating “photos” and have buttons that actually click when they’re pressed.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Wooden toy camera by Craffox

8. These colorful stacking blocks can be arranged by color, shape, or randomly to create all sorts of patterns and help with fine motor skills.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Rainbow Stacking Toy by Wooden Story

9. It’s hard to finish DIY projects when tiny helpers insist on helping. This tool kit will let them feel like they’re still helping but will keep them safer and let them have more fun.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Wooden tools by Sebra. Available through Smallable.

10. This wood construction set makes it easy to get your daily dose of dump truck without having to turn on the TV or leave the house.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Construction Set from The Land of Nod

11. These doll houses are made from plywood and can be packed up for easy transport. They’re also more spacious making it easier for grown ups to get their hands in there too.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Dollhouse

Wooden doll house and furniture by MilkyWood

12. This lacing sheep is a great gift for the creative kids who like trying new things and working with their hands.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Wooden Toys

Woody Lacing Sheep by Les Jouets Libres. Available at Smallable.

PLUSH TOYS

While wood is good most of the time, sometimes you just want to cuddle with a stuffy. These next few items are perfect for doing just that.


13. This hand-knit bear is just the right size to carry around all day and is soft enough to cuddle with at bedtime.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Teddy Bear

Heirloom Knitted Bear Plush by Chloe Alexa

14. Stuffed dolls are a great way to teach kids how to be loving and nurturing and can also be used to make scary things feel less scary.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Plush Toys

Friend No. 4 from Lauvely

15. These woodland creatures are adorable alternatives to the everyday stuffed animals found on most store shelves.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Modern Woodland Stuffed Toys

Stuffed animals by Hazel Village

BATH TOYS

While bath time is already fun for most kids, adding a few toys to the mix can make it that much more fun and creates more opportunities for the little people to use their imaginations.

16. These little origami boats are made from natural, biodegradable latex allowing them to float freely around in the tub and are easy to clean, preventing the growth of mold or mildew.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // These little origami boats are made from natural, biodegradable latex allowing them to float freely around in the tub and are easy to clean, preventing the growth of mold or mildew.

Origami boat bath toy by Oli & Carol. Available at Tiny Crane.

17. These bath-friendly wood boats are powered by balloons! Blow one up, attach it to the top, and watch as the boat gets propelled in the water.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // These bath-friendly wooden boats are powered by balloons! Blow one up, attach it to the top, and watch as the boat gets propelled in the water.

Balloon-Powered Wooden Toy Boats by Adventure In A Box.

TECH TOYS

It’s no secret that kids these days know their way around technology. Before they can even walk or talk, babies are in complete control of the tablet and phones. Here are a few tech gifts for kids that encourage them to do more than sit in front of a screen.

18. Wearable tech isn’t just for adults. These bracelets are actually wearable mobile phones designed to keep your kids independent but connected. The bracelet connects to an app on your phone which lets you pre-program numbers that your child can call and tracks the location of the bracelet so you always know where they are.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Tech Toys - This bracelet connects to an app on your phone which lets you pre-program numbers that your child can call and tracks the location of the bracelet so you always know where they are.

Wearable mobile phone by Tinitell

19. If your child loves computers and is up for a bit of a challenge, maybe they should build one for themselves. These kits come with everything you need in order to build a screen and a computer and include instructions for coding your own apps, games, music, and art.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Tech Toys - Let your child build their own computer.

Computer Kit by Kano

20. Unleash your child’s imagination with these tiny cubes. Each cube has a different function and can be snapped to other cubes to create mini robots and devices that they are in control of.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Tech Toys - Each of these cubes have a different function and can be snapped to other cubes to create mini robots and devices that they are in control of.

Cublets from Modrobotics

BIG TOYS

22. If your child isn’t quite ready for pedals, these balance bikes are a great way to get your kid moving and working on their biking skills.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // If your child isn't quite ready for pedals, these balance bikes are a great way to get your kid moving and working on their biking skills.

See more of this wooden bike, here. Designed by Brum Brum Bikes.

23. This minimal rocking cloud is a simple and stylish alternative to the traditional rocking horse.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // This minimal rocking cloud is a simple and stylish alternative to the traditional rocking horse.

Iconic Cloud rocker from Maison Deux

24. This modern rocking horse features a soft felt seat, metal foot rests, and handle bars to create a comfortable rocking experience that also looks nice when it isn’t being used.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // This modern rocking horse features a soft felt seat and metal foot rests and handle bars to create a comfortable rocking experience that also looks nice when it isn't being used.

Rocking horse No.1 by Object No.

25. A small kitchen set like this one gives kids an opportunity to be just like the adults they see in the kitchen, and might even keep kids occupied long enough to make dinner prep easier.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // A small kitchen set like this one gives kids an opportunity to be just like the adults they see in the kitchen, and might even keep kids occupied long enough to make dinner prep easier.

DUKTIG Play kitchen from Ikea.

26. If a large kitchen isn’t doable in your house or apartment, a cardboard one might be. They’re quick to set up and can easily be taken apart to put away at the end of the day.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // A small cardboard kitchen set like this one gives kids an opportunity to be just like the adults.

Cardboard stove by Flatout Frankie. Available at Smallable.

27. A small workbench is the perfect gift for the future carpenter. With spots to hang their tools, a wood saw, and a chalkboard for drawing up plans, your kid will be busy building all day long.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // A small workbench is the perfect gift for the future carpenter.

Blue workbench by Sebra. Available at Smallable.

28. Encourage kids to pick up a book and hang out for a while on their own with a comfy rocking hammock that’s just their size.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Encourage kids to pick up a book and hang out for a while on their own with a comfy rocking hammock that's just their size.

Rocking Hammock from Magic Cabin

DRESS UP

Playing pretend is made so much easier when you have the proper attire. It’s much more fun to roar like a dinosaur when you actually look like a dinosaur and it’s much easier to rule a kingdom when you’ve got a proper crown on. Here are a couple of fun gifts to take pretend play to a whole new level.


29. Bring back the dinosaurs with a dinosaur outfit that your child can wear all the time.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Bring back the dinosaurs with a dinosaur outfit that your child can wear all the time.

Dinosaur hoodie and tail from Joyful Adventures.

30. Make getting out the door easier with these wool dinosaur jackets. Putting on a coat is way more fun when it turns you into a prehistoric creature!


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Bring back the dinosaurs with a dinosaur jacket that your child can wear all the time.

Wool dinosaur jacket by Little Goodall

31. These soft knit crowns ensure that your prince and princess are fit to rule to playroom.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // These soft knit crown ensure that your prince and princess are fit to rule to playroom.

Knit Crown Hat Headband by Haru Aki Shop

Money Banks

Teaching kids how to save money is one of the most valuable lessons you can teach them. Start them young with a money bank that gives them the satisfaction of dropping in coins and listening them rattle around. It’ll encourage them to save their money and makes it more fun than simply giving it to mom or dad to hold onto.

32. This matte yellow whale bank looks great while letting your kids save money.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // Piggy Banks - This matte yellow whale bank looks great while letting your kids save money.

Whale Piggy Bank by Maia Ming Designs

33. This fun and quirky piggy bank twists open to reveal how much has been saved.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // This fun and quirky piggy bank twists open to reveal how much has been saved.

Piggy Bank from The Land Of Nod

34. These fun and cute characters help your kids save money, liven up a shelf and could easily double as toys.


Gift Guide - 30+ Gift Ideas For The Modern Kid In Your Life // These fun and cute characters help your kids save money, liven up a shelf and could easily double as toys.

Standing Mouse by Baidecor – available on Amazon.

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