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Editor Picks: Go-To Gifts For Kids

Gifts Under $50:
Melissa and Doug Easel Activity Set

Melissa and Doug Easel Activity Set ($36.99)

Includes everything kids need to explore their artistic sides. Love the triangular-shaped crayons and pencils that are easier for kids to grasp and won’t roll off tables like traditional options. The finger paint is a gel-like substance so it won’t go running all over and it’s washable with lids that screw on tight. Dry-erase markers are non-toxic and chalk is dustless. Fun set that lets kids really get creative but doesn’t leave parents worrying about too much mess.

- Lisa, hayneedle.com editor

Sweet Spot Vinyl Video Bean Bag Chair

Sweet Spot Vinyl Video Bean Bag Chair ($39.98)

The Sweet Spot Vinyl Video Bean Bag Chair was designed with tykes in mind. It’s easy to clean, thanks to a vinyl exterior, and features a “sweet spot” made of stretchy Lycra to provide rapturous comfort. That means, when he sinks into this bean-filled Xanadu for an afternoon ‘toon-up, he’ll be there till the popcorn’s gone. To secure some me-time for yourself, just give him a bigger bowl.

- Braden, hayneedle.com editor

Gifts $50-$100:
Classic Playtime Junior Easel - Licorice Red

Classic Playtime Junior Easel - Licorice Red ($74.98)

This season, Junior’s got a new jam: He wants to be an artist. Support his foray into fine art with the Classic Playtime Junior Easel in Licorice Red. A perfect gift for pint-sized Picassos, it’s made for playtime in mixed media. Dual-sided, featuring both a dry-erase surface and a chalkboard, this easel provides a miniature Matisse the flexibility to sketch his masterpiece before painting it into posterity. And, when the time comes for him to get his Van Gogh on, don’t bristle – unroll the never-ending paper canvas and watch him brush toward his very own blue period.

- Braden, hayneedle.com editor

KidKraft Kayla Dollhouse

KidKraft Kayla Dollhouse ($84.99)

This 3-story house for fashion dolls includes 10 pieces of super-girly furniture like a pink chaise lounge, purple bed, and claw foot-style tub. Nice, extra-special details like a third-floor terrace, working stairs, and real wood railings. Exceptionally detailed graphics add to the realistic touches of this dollhouse. Graphics include lavish drapes, fun wallpaper prints, artwork, oriental rugs, and stainless steel appliances. Fun, fun, fun!

- Lisa, hayneedle.com editor

Gifts Over $100:
Kidkraft Argyle Play Kitchen With 60-pc. Food Set

Kidkraft Argyle Play Kitchen With 60-pc. Food Set ($169.98)

All the modern kitchen amenities in a classic combo of pink and grey. Backsplash features a timeless argyle print and kids will find a memo pad and clock on the side of the fridge. Kitchen features a 4-burner stove, dual-rack oven, and microwave to answer any cooking need. A stainless steel sink and dishwasher will help kids keep their dishes clean while the stainless steel fridge keeps the included 60-piece food set fresh. The fridge even has a pretend ice and water dispenser.

- Lisa, hayneedle.com editor

Fisher-Price Kawasaki KFX Battery-Powered ATV Riding Toy

Fisher-Price Kawasaki KFX Battery-Powered ATV Riding Toy ($239.99)

Vroom vroom! Make way for the Fisher-Price Kawasaki KFX Battery-Powered ATV Riding Toy. Your lil’ guy will have a blast cruisin’ the carpet and exploring the great outdoors with this realistic rovin’ machine. Styled to look like the real thing, this baby beast sports a twist-grip throttle, tops out at 5 mph (speed lock-out option included), and is recommended for kids ages 3-7, with a max weight of 65 lbs. What are you waiting for? Put the pedal to the metal and grab this gift while you can – Christmas is almost here!

- Kelly, hayneedle.com editor

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