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2021 Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

what to buy for everyone on your holiday list this year, from babies to teachers

With so many people to buy for this holiday season, your list is starting to resemble Santa’s. Making the list might be easy, but picking what to buy is where things get a little hairy. The editors at DFWChild selected our favorite Christmas gifts and toys to give to your kids this 2021 holiday season, and also to their teachers and your entire family.

Baby & Toddler | Elementary | Teacher Gifts | Family Gifts

Baby & Toddler Gifts

Bella Tunno Plate, Bowl and Spoons

Bella Tunno Speckled dish set, Christmas gifts for kids
courtesy of Bella Tunno

Loved for its modern design and staying-on-the-table power, this set won’t go clank on the floor if dinner time gets a little wild.
Speckle Wonder Plate, $24
Speckle Suction Bowl, $18
Speckle Spoon Set, $10

Bamboo Bailey Bunny Hat

Christmas gifts for kids
courtesy of Maisonette

Made from lightweight bamboo, this hat gives bunny ears a whole new meaning.
Bamboo Bailey Bunny hat, in white/grey, by The Blueberry Hill // Maisonette, $28

Scarlett Play Tent
Christmas gifts for kids
How do you give them a fort, without giving them a fort? By giving them a chic tent instead. This brand also offers other colors and styles to complement just about any decor or gender.
Scarlett Play Tent, Cream Ditsy/Terracotta, by E&E // Maisonette, $275

Greenhouse and Garden Wooden Toy Set

courtesy of Neiman Marcus

While saving the planet might not be on their radar just yet, get them interested in the great outdoors with a gardening play set they without getting their hands dirty.
Greenhouse and Garden Wooden Toy Set, by Tender Leaf Toys // Neiman Marcus, $100

Sissies Adventure Series
Gift Book
The Sissies are going on an adventure! Big sissy can’t wait to show little sissy all the fun things to do, from digging sandcastles and chasing iguanas to riding gondolas in the sky. Join the Sissies in this giftable box set series based on adventure and the bonds of sisterhood.
Sissies Adventure Series

Good Wood Mini Golf Game Play Set

courtesy of Neiman Marcus

If you’re hoping to raise a little Jordan Spieth or Bryson DeChambeau, casually introduce them to the game of golf with this golf set that’s easy on (your) eyes.
Good Wood Mini Golf Game Play Set, by Wonder & Wise // Neiman Marcus, $60

The ABC Kit by Paloroma

courtesy of Paloroma

A chic present for first-time or many-times-over parents alike, The ABC Kit is great for when you don’t know what to get a new arrival, but you know the parents appreciate good clean products (and fun).
The ABC Kit, by Paloroma // Paloroma.com, $75

Custom Hand-Lettered Rainbow

courtesy of Maison Rainbow

Beloved by Instagram star, and three-time mom Eva Chen, Maison Rainbow’s custom hand-lettered rainbows is a perfect and personal addition to any nursery or kid’s room.
Custom hand-lettered rainbow, by Maison Rainbow // Maisonrainbow.com, starting at $100

Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
Give young animal lovers everything they need to examine and treat pretend pets! This 24-piece set includes two plush pets, stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, ear scope, tweezers, neck cone, cast, bandages, and more! Plus, it comes with a handy tote bag so little vets can make house calls. Ages 3+
Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set // little orange fish, $32.49

Louise Prima Ballerina

courtesy of Maisonette

The prettiest ballerina, other than yours of course.
Louise Prima Ballerina, Blush, by Mon Ami // Maisonette, $55

Vault Baby Keepsake Box

courtesy of Maisonette

Keep it together with Savor’s keepsake boxes, this one meant to stow away everything from a first sonogram to her first lost tooth.
Vault Baby Keepsake Box, Slate, by Savor // Maisonette, $64.95

Gifts for Elementary Aged Kids

The Riley Shirt, by Kule

courtesy of Kule

A Kule shirt for your cool kid. And if you get a kick out of coordinating, pair it with a shirt for you.
The Riley Shirt, by Kule // Kule, $62
The Modern Long, by Kule // Kule, $78

Dinosauristos Flik Flak Watch

courtesy of Swatch

Brother and sister duo Flik and Flak, the time-telling relics from your childhood, want to help your child learn to tell time.
Dinosauristos Flik Flak Watch, by Swatch // Swatch, $40

Fuijifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera

courtesy of Target

An analog photo experience that will be so novel to them. Don’t forget the film
Fuijifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera, by Fuijifilm // Target, $69.99

Mini Kitchen Tool Set

courtesy of Pattern

Get them involved in the kitchen with their own set of kitchen tools.
The Mini Tool Set, by GIR // Pattern, $39.95 (sale price)

Over the Rainbow Craft Kit

courtesy of The Tot

For the future visual artists, a kit for crafts of every color of the rainbow.
Over the Rainbow Craft Kit, by Kid Made Modern // The Tot, $23.99

Wonder Women, A Bingo Game

courtesy of MoMA Store

Teach them about great women in history—but make it fun.
Wonder Woman bingo game // MoMA, $20

Kid’s Camo-Print Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Give them their own set so they stop stealing (and losing) yours.
Kid’s Camo-Print Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds, by Iscream // Neiman Marcus, $33

Josefina Montoya Mini Tote

courtesy of Stoney Clover Lane

Take Josefina on the road (or just the spirit of her) with this bag from American Girl’s collaboration with Stoney Clover Lane. Add a little swag to the bag with character patches and scalloped gold lettering.
Josefina Montoya Mini Tote, by Stoney Clover Lane x American Girl // Stoney Clover Lane, $198

Teacher Gifts

Petite Caramel Apple 4-Pack

courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Apple-themed gifts for the teacher might be met with a forced grin, except for these.
Petite Caramel Apple 4-Pack, by Mrs. Prindable’s // Neiman Marcus, $37

Dossier Mixed Personalized Note Pads

courtesy of Paper Source

Gift your kids’ teachers something they’ll actually use—personalized note pads.
Dossier Mixed Personalized Note Pads // Paper Source, $35

Chocolate Panettone

courtesy of From Roy

Sweet Italian bread with chocolate? Sounds deceptively simple, but Chef Roy Shvartzapel dedicates his whole business to just panettone. That’s how you know it’s good—and they will too. While it’s pricey for panettone, it’s worth it, so save it for a special teacher or one your child (or you) might need to win points with.
Chocolate Panettone // by From Roy, $75

Texas and Variety Nut Baskets
Teacher Gift

’Tis the season to go nuts! Gifts for all occasions and great stocking stuffers. We carry assorted nuts, chocolates, dried fruits, and candies.
Texas and Variety Nut Baskets, by Vending Nut Company // $33.95–$58.95

Peppermint Pretzel Snap Tin

courtesy of Milk Bar

From legendary New York dessert shop Milk Bar, give a funky take a Christmas classic. Haven’t heard of Milk Bar? Watch founder Christina Tosi’s inspiring story on Netflix’s Chef’s Table: Pastry.
Peppermint Pretzel Snap Tin, 6 pack, by Milk Bar // Milk Bar, $32

Resurrection Portable Hand Care

courtesy of Aesop

Kids and germs go hand in hand, but add COVID-19 to the mix and a little (fancy) sanitizer and lotion duo has never been a more appropriate (or appreciated).
Resurrection Portable Hand Care, by Aesop // Aesop, $50

Nest New York Holiday Classic Candle

courtesy of Neiman Marcus

A classic Christmas scent that’s hard to find a detractor.
Nest New York Holiday Classic Candle, 8.1 oz., by Nest New York // Neiman Marcus, $44

Monogram Marble Coasters

courtesy of Nordstrom

For the teacher who prefers something a that lasts a little longer than food.
Monogram marble coasters, by Be Home // Nordstrom, $34

Franklin Barbecue Spice Rubs

courtesy of Franklin Barbecue

For the carnivorous coach or meat-eating math teacher, you can’t strike out with the legendary Franklin Barbecue’s spice rubs.
Franklin Barbecue Spice Rubs // by Franklin Barbecue, $35

Sweet & Sparkling 8 Piece Candy Bento Box

courtesy of Sugarfina

End the year on a sweet (and sparkling) note.
Sweet & Sparkling 8 Piece Candy Bento Box, by Sugarfina // Sugarfina, $55

Family Gifts

Fort Worth Zoo Membership
Zoom membership and adoption
Surprise the animal lovers in your life with a Fort Worth Zoo membership, always in stock and ready to gift. Members enjoy an entire year of exploration, as well as perks like free parking, exclusive events, discounted programs and more. Plus, membership supports wildlife conservation locally and around the world.
Fort Worth Zoo Membership // Fort Worth Zoo, $32-64

Family Membership at the Kimbell Art Museum
Membership Kimbell Gift Museum
Give the gift of art this holiday season! Discover fun for the whole family with the Kimbell’s Family Membership. Enjoy free admission to special exhibitions like Turner’s Modern World, special access to member events, and discounts at the museum shops all year long.
Family Membership // Kimbell Art Museum, $120

Reunion Tower Tickets
Tickets Reunion Ball

Make it a holiday gift to remember by experiencing Dallas from a whole new perspective. Whether it’s a family outing or a date night, the iconic Ball has views your loved one(s) won’t forget and plenty of fun monthly events for all ages.
Reunion Tower

Vetro Help Create Ornament Events
Create ornament

Create your own glass ornaments in our studio on select dates through December 31. $50 Extreme Ornament events. Online registration required.
Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery

Looking for family fun events this holiday? Find them on our calendar here.

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