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Make Holiday Dreams Come True With These Extra-Awesome Gifts for Kids

Glow-in-the-dark bedding and temporary tattoo–level cool.
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If you’re shopping for kids in the 4-to-9-year-old range, we’ve rounded up some winning options that will earn you major adoration from the younger, oh-so-discerning crowd—from cool stocking stuffers to bigger wow-factor surprises (seriously, there’s a mini electric guitar in the mix). Start with their interests and passions—cooking, art, and building, to name a few—and go from there! Below, our curated list. 

Taste Makers

Waffles + Mochi: Get Cooking! cookbook

Penguin Random House
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Based on the much-loved Netflix series starring Michelle Obama, this kid-friendly cookbook introduces each chapter with easy-to-master recipes from around the globe, then builds in complexity. What’s more, budding chefs will learn the stories behind the food we eat.

Anchors Away!

Cool Classic Sailboat

Studio Roof
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This boat arrives as 19 flat pieces of recycled cardboard, which little hands can help assemble to create a colorful, classic 3-D cutter—the building process is part of its appeal, though they’ll enjoy playing with the finished product, too.

Crafty Cart

Studio Art Cart

Crate u0026amp; Kids
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This versatile wheeled cart—designed with art-supply storage in mind as part of Domino’s Crate & Kids collaboration—will grow with your little one, taking on new uses as they get older. The top bin is divided into compartments, making it great for corralling a wide array of small odds and ends—from paint sticks to pipe cleaners.

Scribble Set

Personalized Name Crayons

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Give your aspiring artist signature supplies with a handmade crayon set that spells out their name. The sets are available in a huge range of colors (including custom hues, available upon request), allowing you to further personalize the gift. 

String Theory

Loog Electric Guitar

MoMA Design Store
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Designed to make learning as easy as possible, this three-string guitar has a built-in amp and a coordinating app that includes tuning guidance and video lessons—all of which can be applied to a six-string version when it’s time to advance. 

Fun House

Haus Children's

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Not only is this recyclable plastic playhouse aesthetically pleasing—thanks to a minimal design from the grandson of Bauhaus movement members—but it quickly packs flat and is washable. Kids will love creating a cozy space (either indoors or out) that’s all their own.  

Cover Art

The Kid’s Apron

Hedley u0026 Bennett
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Color! Pattern! Quality craftsmanship! When donning this cotton canvas apron, minis will feel like pros when they’re helping out in the kitchen, art space, workshop, and beyond. 

Balancing Act

Stapelstein Balance Board Set

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A multifunctional play piece that’s all about movement (and burning off some of that endless fidgety energy). The three pieces can be used individually as stepping “stones” and a balance board, or stacked together as an active-sitting stool. 

Ink Wink

Temporary Tattoo Set

Oso u0026 Me
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Elevate your kiddo’s temporary tattoo game with these whimsical, painterly designs—flamingos, palm leaves, lightning bolts—by artist Happy Menocal

Spin Class

Banwood Scooter

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A scooter so stylish we wish it came in an adult-size version. But don’t let the vintage-inspired good looks (and super-charming detachable wicker basket) fool you—this three-wheeler is designed for modern movement thanks to the brand’s Easy-Ride Steering system, rubber grip bars, and a rear-wheel brake. 

In the Arc

NorCal Glow-in-the-Dark White Quilt

Crate u0026amp; Kids
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Domino editors collaborated with San Francisco artist Jeff Canham on this reversible organic cotton quilt that has a surf-inspired print on one side and a modern rainbow motif on the other. (Psst: It glows in the dark, too!)

Catherine Dash

Contributing Editor

Catherine Dash is a freelance design editor and prop stylist based in Oakland, California (a recent transplant from NYC). When she’s not testing new products and writing about interior trends, she’s likely on set sprinkling her styling fairy dust for clients like Nate Berkus and Chairish, perusing blooms at the flower market, or wrangling her charming, yet wily, 2.5-year-old toddler Coco.