34 Charming Gifts for Kids

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This year’s kids gift guide has finds for all the little ones in your life, from infants to tweens. Ahead are 34 playful suggestions, including the must-have toys of the season, dressy sneakers, dress-up clothing, cuddly creatures, and more. Plus, for the new parents, a high-tech bassinet that gently rocks babies to sleep.

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Turtle Plus Blocks
An award-winning choice in the Baby Soft Toys competition, the Italian Clemmy Turtle holds 15 huggable blocks within its shell.

Buy
Clemmy TurtleFrom $23, Amazon

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Paper-Plane Launcher
The Sky Paper PPL-1 blasts paper planes up to a hundred feet and can stack three at a time for rapid-fire launch.

Buy
SkyPaper Paper Plane Launcher$20, Toys “R” Us

(Update: This toy is sold out everywhere, but you can pre-order it here for January 2017.)

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Hybrid Animals
Animals don’t like labels either: Mix and match interchangeable parts to create, say, a giraffephant.

Buy
Kid O Mix and Match Animals Toy$22, Amazon

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Little Levi Jumpsuit
This infant one-piece looks like cool-kid denim, but is knit in soft cotton.

Buy
Infant Boys Knit Coverall$25, Spring

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Stretch Armstrong
The original gel-filled action figure, whose legs, arms, and torso can be pulled to four times his size, is primed for a comeback thanks to a new Netflix series on him scheduled for 2017.

Buy
The Original Stretch Armstrong$20, Target

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Taco Booties
Dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by hand in Kyrgyzstan.

Buy
Taco Booties$25, UncommonGoods

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Paper Lion Costume
Because 3-year-olds love playing dress-up in thick recycled paper printed with nontoxic ink.

Buy
Large Paper Costume$28, Perfectly Smitten

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Cuddly Llama
An incredibly plush fleece llama who, according to his Etsy creator NaBakir, “loves hugs.”

Buy
Plush Toy Llama$28, Etsy

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Baby’s First Mermaid Tail
The mermaid blanket sweeping your social-media accounts is also available in kid form, thanks to the artisans who weave these cozy tails by hand.

Buy
Baby Mermaid Tail$30, UncommonGoods

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Baby Beanie
The wool-cashmere blend provides warmth; the pom-poms just look really cute.

Buy
Girls’ Double Pom-Pom Beanie Hat in Pink$32, J.Crew

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Girl Gear
An Under Armour pullover with dual-layer heat-trapping interior is a guaranteed-to-be-worn gift for kids.

Buy
Cold Gear Long-Sleeve Top$34, Under Armour

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The Return of The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid paired with Yayoi Kusama’s haunting undula­ting line drawings.

Buy
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama$35, Amazon

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Dressy Sneakers
A two-tone pair of little-girls’ Keds that can be dressed up with a cute skirt or down with jeans.

Buy
Girls’ or Little Girls’ School Days II SneakersFrom $30, Nordstrom

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The Must-Have Toy of the Season

Listen for your Hatchimal’s heartbeat; wait for it to break through its shell; then teach it to talk and play.

Buy
Hatchimals Toys$60, Target

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Animatronic Dragon
Rub his tummy and Torch displays over 50 sounds and motions. He also breathes fire, a.k.a. red mist.

Buy
FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon$60, Amazon

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Pre-Tween Tutu
An elastic-waisted tulle skirt from Kate Spade that is surprisingly machine-washable.

Buy
Girls’ Tiered Glitter Tutu Skirt$64, Bloomingdales

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Stinky the Garbage Truck
Sometimes Stinky’s all business (zooming, collecting trash), sometimes he’s up on his hind legs giving high-fives.

Buy
Matchbox Stinky Vehicle$66, Amazon

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Build-Your-Own Racetrack
Tracks are easily twistable, making for complex, looping courses.

Buy
Lionel Mega Tracks$70, Amazon

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Fridge-Art Doll
A Shark Tank–birthed start-up that’ll turn your kid’s drawing of a head with seven arms into a stuffed doll.

Buy
Budsies$89, Etsy

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Modular Dollhouse
Mini-architects can create whatever kind of dwelling they have in mind — a two-story townhouse or a Venice Beach bungalow — with the 41-block Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House set.

Buy
Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House$97, Amazon

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Next-Level Legos
Lux Blox can be connected via a snap-and-lock hinge, allowing for bendable structures.

Buy
Lux Blox$130, Amazon

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Armani Baby Bottles
Only the best for bambino. Comes in a pack of three.

Buy
3-Bottle Gift Set$185, Armani

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Westworld Fort
Turn the playroom into a dystopian cowboy prestige drama. Tree stump and bale of hay sold separately.

Buy
Horse Stable Playhouse$199, Land of Nod

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Baby Benz
Comes in white or yellow and features real LED headlamps and taillights.

Buy
Mercedes-AMG GT S Children’s Ride-on Car With LED lights$199, Mercedes-Benz

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Nerf Battle Racer
A pedal-powered go-kart outfitted with a Nerf gun, for kids ages 4 to 10.

Buy
Nerf Battle Racer Non Powered Ride On$200, Amazon

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Minimalist Robot
Unlike clunky DIY tech toys, Cubetto is a smiling wooden bot on wheels that subtly teaches coding.

Buy
Cubetto$225, AHAlife

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Mini Motorcycle
Ten-year-olds with a need for speed will get their fix as the Mongoose MGX 250 revs up to 10 miles per hour.

Buy
Mongoose 24V Mini Bike$250, Amazon

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Mini Moto Jacket
Real leather, quilted patches, and an asymmetrical zip for the badass-in-training.

Buy
Kai Jacket$235, LIVLY

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Barbie’s Smart Home
Her new Hello Dreamhouse uses Wi-Fi-enabled speech recognition to open doors.

Buy
Barbie Hello Dreamhouse$299, Amazon

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Covetable Baby Kitchen
The Grand Luxe comes with a mosaic backsplash, Keurig-style coffeemaker, and working stove lights.

Buy
Step2 Grand Luxe Kitchen$268, Amazon

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Flare Dress
A zipper straight down the front gives this little girl’s Milly number some edge.

Buy
Emma Long-Sleeve Stretch Wool Fit-and-Flare Dress in Ice$325, Bergdorf Goodman

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Heavy-Duty Kids Snowsuit
The seat and knees are reinforced with an extra waterproof layer.

Buy
Wolverine Pants$375, Neiman Marcus

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Fashion’s First Selfie Stick
Courrèges and Minolta’s 1984 AC301 camera has a front-facing mirror and self-portrait “extender.”

Buy
SIxSD Legacy Selfie Stick Luxury Tech ReissueFrom $500, Swiss Institute

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A Sleeping Baby
The SNOO, a collaboration between pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp and designer Yves Béhar, is a sleep-training bassinet for babies up to 6 months old. Designed to mimic the womb, it rocks your baby while playing gentle swishing noises and turns up the volume and speed if he starts to cry. It worked like a charm on the 1-month-old in this very picture.

Buy
SNOO Smart Sleeper$1,160, Happiest Baby

*This article appears in the November 28, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.

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