Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids – Toys They Will Actually Play With

I feel like we are always hearing the commercials for the next hot toy! Especially around this time of the year. And this toy tends to be overpriced and something that will be used for a couple of weeks because kids will get bored with it.

My kids have a lot of toys – it honestly feels like they are multiplying at night. We have a very generous family members that have been showering kids with toys for birthdays and Christmas. But there are a few toys that they play with every single day. These are the toys that I will be sharing with you here.

As a reference point, I have a 6-year-old boy and almost 3-year-old girl – and both of them are playing with these toys on daily basis.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids - Toys They Will Actually Play With

1. Magnetic Tiles

I was introduced to those tiles by my son’s godfather who had gifted them to him when he was probably 2.5 years old. So we have been playing with them for almost 4 years! My kids build towers, tunnels, houses, roads for cards, barns for animals, and you name it. I’m actually thinking of getting them another set this Christmas.

2. Drill Activity Center

I got this toys when my son was 3 years old. And my daughter started playing with it a few months ago as well. It comes with different patterns that you can replicate or make your own. As a side note, while there is a drill that you can use to insert screws into the plate, kids can also easily do that with hands only – which mine tend to be doing most of the time.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids - Toys They Will Actually Play With Christmas gift ideas for kids.
These toys are always on my living room floor at the end of the day ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Wooden Blocks

I wish I would have gotten this toy much earlier but this is a purchase made earlier this year. My kids usually use those blocks right along with the magnetic tiles. They like to mix and match their constructions ๐Ÿ™‚ They are very lightweight and durable.

4. Kitchen

We have had this kitchen set for two years now – we got it for our kids as a Christmas gift. They like to pretend that they are cooking and playing with all the play food, pots and pans, and cookware set. I even caught my daughter warming up her coffee in her kitchen microwave – ‘just like mommy’ she said ๐Ÿ™‚ #momlife

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids - Toys They Will Actually Play With Christmas gift ideas for kids.

5. Tool Bench

It makes me smile every time my kids go bring their tools to help daddy with a project that his trying to complete. Whether it is putting a dresser together or fixing something around the house. And I don’t have to worry about them hurting themselves with the actual tools.


6. Easel

Our easel has been used so much that it looks a little sad ๐Ÿ™‚ Mainly because my kids like to color outside of the coloring area. We had ours for over 4 years now, and I was not able to find the same one online (it’s from Cra-Z-Art). But here is a comparable one except, instead of a chalk board on one side ours has a doodle drawing board.

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8. Hot Wheels Cars

The only drawback to these toys is that I have to walk very carefully when they are playing in the living room, because they tend to get everywhere! They also have a track that they use probably once every two weeks, but mostly they use the cars by themselves. Usually to race each other or drive them through the tunnels, roads, and bridges they have built with the magnetic tiles and building blocks.

9. Letter Magnets

These go great with the easelย or can be used by themselves, as they come with a small dry eraser magnetic board. Great learning resource for kids to become familiar and later to practice their alphabet and spelling skills.

10. Strollers/Wagons

My kids love to put all kinds of toys in their strollers and wagons. Sometimes I see my daughter walking with her stroller that carries a baby doll inside, and sometimes it is full of building blocks – because why not ๐Ÿ˜‰ They got both of those toys for Christmas last year (my son actually put toy wagon as one of the toys he wanted in his letter to Santa) and they both put a lot of miles over the past months! I could not find the exact stroller that we have (it is a Garco brand) but the one linked below looks very similar.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids - Toys they Will Actually Play With


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