20 of the highest-rated toys + gifts from Amazon (under $80) 🙌

When it comes to finding that *perfect* gift for your little, you want to make sure it's an item that's practical and something they'll enjoy playing with beyond Christmas morning. If you're stumped on what that is, we scoured through toys and gifts on Amazon to find the highest rated ones.

Each product has at least a 4.5 stars or above, with many featuring thousands of reviews. So, you can trust that both mama and the kids loved these.

Wooden cookie play food set

kids baking set

With more than 1,300 positive reviews, this is one of the highest-rated pretend play sets available on Amazon. Kids can bake, slice and serve cookies (all while practicing their fine-motor skills!). Our favorite part? Melissa & Doug offer a 100% happiness guarantee so if your child isn't inspired, they'll make it right.

Age:

$16.99

Interactive globe

kids interactive globe

Working with most iPad models, this globe is perfect for curious kiddos who are interested in exploring. The orboot Globe + app takes kids on an augmented reality-based journey around the world, encouraging kids to stamp their passport and add stickers along the way.

Age: 4-10 years old

$49.99

Tool set

kids tool set

Made for both indoor and outdoor play, your child will love getting to help fix things around the house. The 15 pieces encourage fine motor skills and all of the materials are dishwasher safe for those unexpected messes.

Age: 2+

$26.49

Kinetic play sand

sensory sand

This sensory sand is practically magic—it's kinetic so it only sticks to itself, not your kid's hands or your furniture. It feels so fun, perfect for squeezing or putting into molds. Bonus: It never dries out so you don't have to worry about purchasing more in a few months.

Age: 3+

$27.99

Osmo starter kit

kids stem toys

Can't seem to escape the digital world? Osmo will turn your little's iPad into a learning game—that requires no WiFi!—and bring imagination to life. Pair it with the pretend play costume pieces and silicone rings to practice letter forming, create costumes and make magic happen.

Age: 3-5+

$79.99

Be Kind book

kids be kind book

For the little reader in your life, Be Kind is a beautiful picture book that explores all aspects of kindness.

Age: 3-6 years old

$9.98

Terrarium science kit

terranium kit for kids

Kids will get to mix science and art as they grow their own habitat in this terrarium kit. We love that it glows in the dark at night and the chia and wheat grass seeds grow within a few days.

Age: 6+

$12.19

Kidizoom duo camera

kids camera

Kids will love getting to play with this digital camera, whether it's taking pictures of the family or playing a game that's pre-programmed on the device. Connect it to a computer for even more activities.

Age: 3-9 years old

$47.24

Drum set

kids drum set

With three drum pads and a cymbal, your child will work on their sensory development while having hours of fun. They can follow along to the tune by keeping up with the lights on the pads, make up their own songs or play games to work on numbers and letters.

Age: 2-5 years old

$14.49

Wooden ice cream counter

kids ice cream set

Encouraging independent play, littles can imagine endless possibilities in their own ice cream shop. Scoops fit into the cone, along with toppings on top, helping kids work on their development skills. It even comes with $1 bills.

Age: 3+

$37.46

Musical toy

baby toy on amazon

As baby is learning to recognize sounds, this toy lets them explore their love of music. We love the volume control so parents can turn it down if baby likes playing with it all day long. 😉With nearly 10K reviews, it's still a 4.5 star item.

Age: 3-36 months

$8.99

Animated plush pal

singing plush toy

Toddlers and babies will adore this animated bunny that plays peek-a-boo and sings. It's soft enough to cuddle, but durable enough to last for years to come.

Age: 0+

$32.48

Tinkertoy building set

tinkertoy building set

With 200 pieces, this building set is sure to provide endless hours of entertainment. We love that there are so many different creations to make and that it helps kids works on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Age: 3+

$41.23

Little Tikes trampoline

kids trampoline

This trampoline is perfect for kids to burn off a little energy without having to purchase a massive one for the backyard. At 3-foot tall, it won't take up too much space, and the handle bar helps them bounce away... safely. Plus, it has nearly 4,000 top reviews.

$47.21

CamelBak sippy cup

camelbak kids cup

Gone are the days of having 20 sippy cups all over the house—this CamelBak will replace them all. You don't have to worry about spills since kids have to bite on the valve for drink to disperse, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. 🙌

Age: 3+

$8.95

 Musical bench

musical bench for kids

If your child loves music, this instrument offers so many ways to play, from the xylophone and keyboard to using the hammer. Plus, the balls can fall on the keys or slide out to make even more sounds.

Age: 1-3 years old

$25.93

 PlasmaCar

kids riding toy

With more than 4K reviews, this toy still has 4.5 stars—and for good reason. Kids can ride it indoor or out without having to worry about batteries, pedals or gears. Pro tip: It works best on flat, hard surfaces so a driveway is better than carpet or grass.

Age: 3+

$79.95

 Crayola art case

crayola art case set

This set provides just about everything your child needs to get creative, including markers, paper, crayons and more. The storage case makes it easy for travel and ensures all of the 140 pieces have a place to go once they're done playing.

Age: 5+

$24.99

 Wooden building blocks

wooden building blocks

You can never go wrong with blocks, but this wooden set has a 5 star record with more than 1,700 reviews. Each piece is smooth sanded so you don't have to worry about splinters and it comes with a wooden tray for storage.

Age: 3-8 years old

$54.88

 Ferry bath toy

ferry bath toys

Made from 100% recycled milk jugs, this bath toy isn't just fun, it's also eco-friendly. The ferry boat floats steadily, making it the perfect toy to for any bath adventure. Plus, it comes with two mini cars and is dishwasher safe.

Age: 3+

$21.45


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When it comes to holiday gifts, we know what you really want, mama. A full night's sleep. Privacy in the bathroom. The opportunity to eat your dinner while it's still hot. Time to wash—and dry!—your hair. A complete wardrobe refresh.


While we can't help with everything on your list (we're still trying to figure out how to get some extra zzz's ourselves), here are 14 gift ideas that'll make you look, if not feel, like a whole new woman. Even when you're sleep deprived.

Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

When winter hits, one of our go-to outfits will be this tunic-length sweater and a pair of leggings. Warm and everyday-friendly, we can get behind that.

$69.95

Gap Cigarette Jeans

These high-waisted straight-leg jeans have secret smoothing panels to hide any lumps and bumps (because really, we've all got 'em).

$79.95

Tiny Tags Gold Skinny Bar Necklace

Whether engraved with a child's name or date of birth, this personalized necklace will become your go-to piece of everyday jewelry.

$135.00

Gap Brushed Pointelle Crew

This wear-with-anything soft pink sweater with delicate eyelet details can be dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend time with the family. Versatility for the win!

$79.95

Gap Flannel Pajama Set

For mamas who sleep warm, this PJ set offers the best of both worlds: cozy flannel and comfy shorts. Plus, it comes with a coordinating eye mask for a blissed-out slumber.

$69.95

Spafinder Gift Card

You can't give the gift of relaxation, per say, but you can give a gift certificate for a massage or spa service, and that's close enough!

$50.00

Gap Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck

This featherweight long-sleeve tee is the perfect layering piece under hoodies, cardigans, and blazers.

$29.95

Gap Chenille Smartphone Gloves

Gone are the days of removing toasty gloves before accessing our touchscreen devices—thank goodness!

$9.95

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Make multiple trips to the microwave a thing of the past with a app-controlled smart mug that'll keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you prefer for up to an hour.

$99.95

Gap Flannel Shirt

Our new favorite flannel boasts an easy-to-wear drapey fit and a flattering curved shirttail hem.

$59.95

Gap Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket

Stay warm while looking cool in this iconic jean jacket, featuring teddy bear-soft fleece lining and a trendy oversized fit.

$98.00

Gap Crazy Stripe Scarf

Practical and stylish, this cozy scarf adds a pop of color—well, colors—to any winter ensemble.

$39.95

Nixplay Seed Frame

This digital picture frame is perfect for mamas who stay up late scrolling through their phone's photo album to glimpse their kiddos being adorable. By sending them to this smart frame to view throughout the day, you can get a few extra minutes of sleep at night!

$165.00

Gap Crewneck Sweater

Busy mamas will appreciate that this supersoft, super versatile Merino wool sweater is machine washable.

$59.95

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As someone who is currently pregnant with not one, but two girls, I'm really excited for when the time comes to buy hair accessories and help them create fun hairstyles. At the top of my list of things to buy? The Wunderkin Co hair bows, not only because they are absolutely adorable but also because they're already a celeb favorite.

The list of fans includes Jessica Alba, Hailey Duff and more importantly, Chrissy Teigen's daughter, Luna, who is the ultimate fashionista. They are beautiful, made super well and come in a huge array of colors, but you won't break your bank account while buying them. Win-win-win!

Besides all the Wunderkin Co products being pretty, they are all handcrafted by women around the U.S. and are 100% guaranteed for life. So if your little one ever breaks their clip or the bow comes undone, you can send your product back to the team and it will be replaced at no charge. How amazing is that?


Luna has been spotted on Instagram rocking these three adorable accessories:

Petite schoolgirl headband

PETITE SCHOOLGIRL // JADE

This absolutely adorable headband comes in a rainbow of different colors to match any outfit. Plus, the headband comes in three different shades to coordinate with different color tones. The soft nylon allows it to fit all heads, too.

$13

Midi fable bow

MIDI FABLE // INGRID

This bow is simply perfection. It's attached to a right-side alligator clip, which won't allow it to slip out of place even with littles running around. It also comes in a bunch of different solid colors and prints and your kids can choose between two bow lengths.

$18

Flower clip

FLOWER CLIP // ONYX

These hair clips feature four flowers in a row, which can be easily mixed and matched with solid clips or other colored flowers to make the perfect hairstyle. Bonus: They look great on mama's hair, too.

$6

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If you're not familiar with Birdies, Meghan Markle is a big fan (and we're a fan of anything she's obsessing over). The popular flats are incredibly comfy and can be worn as slippers at home or out and about for maximum comfort while still looking as chic as ever. The secret? The insole is comprised of seven layers, starting with memory foam cushioning and shock absorption foam and ending with a soft, quilted satin that has arch and heel support.

And now you can have a major twinning moment with your littlest love because Birdies has taken their best-selling silhouette and created four limited-edition mini-me styles.

Say hello to Little Birdies, the *cutest* shoes for your mini.

The Little Starling in black velvet

little birdies shoes

The Little Starling is available online now and comes in black, two glitter shades and a calf hair cheetah print. Easy to slide on and off, they're made just like mama's so kids can easily wear them without having to worry about buckles or laces. We're all for anything that gets us out the door quicker in the morning.

They're made for kids ages 5-12 (sizes 13-4) and range from $40-$60 depending on the print. The best part? They each have a matching adult pair.

$40

The Little Starling in cheetah calf hair

the little starling shoe

We've tried them and can confidently say the memory foam cushion sole feels like you're walking on a cloud. And, we're not alone. Meghan Markle has been spotted wearing them multiple times and the reviews are amazing. Just check out how cute they can be styled on their Instagram.

The Little Starling fits true to size, just keep in mind the initial fit is a bit snug until it molds to your foot over time. We'll take one in each color, please!

$60

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If you've scrolled through Instagram anytime in the last year, you're probably familiar with the famous Amazon coat. You know the one that doesn't really have a shape, but is essentially the love child of a parka and a puffer—made to help you look effortlessly chic but oh-so-warm in the grueling cold.

It's technically made by Orolay, but the internet went crazy when influencers kept sharing pics in the down ensemble last year because the price point is so good. And the reviews racked up on Amazon—it's even a favorite of Oprah. Editors on our team truly love the coat and swear that it keeps them cozy, even through Northeastern winters.

Well, we've got great news: It comes in a kids version, mama.

Orolay children hooded down coat

kids amazon coat

The Orolay Children Hooded Down Coat is practically the exact same coat, but in a cuter, mini version. Coming in three colors, (black, green and red) it has the same fleece-lined hood that littles will love to wear and a loose style so they can wear as many layers as needed underneath. Plus, it has plenty of zippers to adjust the fit and keep items dry.

Other features we love? It's windproof, water-resistant and machine-washable (just be sure to remove to faux fur before tossing in the wash).

The sizing and shape of it is ideal for kids since they grow out of clothing so quickly. Right now, the sizes range from 6-12 years old but the roomy fit could fit littles of all sizes. It's been marked down (and will likely be on Black Friday, too) so a few sizes are already selling out.

Now the question is...what color should we get?

$129.99

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The older kids get, the harder it can be to find them holiday gifts that make their eyes sparkle. But fear not. While they may have us bested when it comes to celebrity YouTube star knowledge, you have an advantage: #TeamMotherly. Our editors have combed through the internet looking for THE BEST recommendations for toys and gifts, which ensures you get to hang on to #coolmom status.

Here are the best gifts for the older cool kids in your life.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera

fujiilm_instax

With the nostalgia of the Instant camera's from our childhoods and the modern updates like a selfie mirror, the FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera is sure to be a hit with your big kid (that you'll have fun playing with too).

$49.85

Umbra Hangit photo display

umbra_hangit_display

The perfect gift to pair with the camera. Give them a place to (neatly) display all of the photos they take and add instant fun to any space.

$18.03

Love Bubby tee-shirt

love_bubby

I'm only a little jealous that I got this for my daughter and not myself. The Love Bubby shirts are super high-quality, unique, and I love that they encourage my daughter to stand up for what she believes in.

$28

GoldieBlox scratch art projector

goldiblox_joann

The STEM pioneers at GoldiBlox have created the ultimate kits for your artistic scientist. Motherly's co-founder and CEO Jill Koziol got to try one out with her kiddos. The verdict? "Super fun, easy, with a great mix of science and crafts with fun." There are lots of kits to choose from, though we are particularly excited about the GoldieBlox Scratch Art Projector.

$24.99

Ravensburger Gravitrax starter set marble run + STEM toy

gravitrax

Speaking of STEM, this interactive track system that allows your curious and inventive kid to design and build their own race tracks. They'll learn about gravity, magnetism and kinetics, and have a blast doing it.

$59.95

Tea Collection dress

tea collection dress

If your child loves to twirl around or needs a more dressy outfit in their wardrobe, we adore the dresses at Tea Collection. They're high-quality, machine-washable and the brand gives back 10% of profits to The Global Fund for Children—win-win.

$49.50

Amazing Origami

amazing_origami

Amazing Origami: Traditional Japanese Folding Papers and Projects comes with everything your artist needs to get started on the ancient tradition of origami, no matter what their previous experience is. They'll get instructions and project guides, and tons of gorgeous paper so they can start folding immediately.

$16.86

Watercolor United States of America scratch off map

scratch_off_map

Are you a road-tripping family? Let your child keep track of all the adventures with this map. Can you get all 50?

$19.99

LEGO Friends Heartlake City Amusement Pier

amusement_pier_lego

The LEGO Friends Heartlake City Amusement Pier is one of 2019's hottest toys, and we can see why. Your child will spend hours constructing its ghost ship, swing carousel, ticket kiosk and snack stall, and then many more playing with the final product.

$129.95

African elephant adoption kit

elephant_adoption_kit

Inspire your little change-maker by gifting them an African Elephant Adoption Kit. They'll get a Soft plush animal, formal adoption certificate, full-color photo of the species, fascinating information about the animal, and best of all, the knowledge that they've contributed to a cause they can be proud of.

$55

Monopoly 'Stranger Things' edition

stranger_things_monopoly

If Stranger Things has taken over your home, this will be a huge hit (and is another gift that you'll enjoy playing with, too).

$19.99

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Crystal Star fashion doll

omg_doll

L.O.L dolls have a new cool big sister. The one is fun, pretty and trending hard, so grab one before they fly off the shelves!

$49.88

Little Free Library kit

little_free_library

We've been seeing these popping up all over our town, and we could not be more on board. The Little Free Library Kit is a DIY book-sharing movement that allows your child to construct a book-hut, and then share and receive free books from friends and neighbors. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

$329

Darice 120-Piece deluxe art set

art_set

The set is huge and has everything you little artist needs to create masterpieces all day long: markers, crayons, color pencils, oil pastels, watercolor paints, and so much more.

$10.85

Lynx faux fur bean bag chair

bean_bag_chair

As stylish as it is comfortable, you'll love that its cover is machine-washable, and they'll love sitting in it reading for hours.

$268

Rebel gift box

If you haven't yet experienced the Rebel Girls Books, you are both in for a real treat. It shares 200 stories of marvelous women that are sure to leave everyone who reads them inspired and hopeful.

$65

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

atlas_obscura

Give the gift of adventure, in book form! The atlas transports the reader to 100 of the most surprising, mysterious and weird-but-true places on earth with tons of facts and stunning images.

$13.27

Pick-A-Pom ribbed beanie

Leave it to Anthropologie to make your kid want to wear a winter hat. With interchangeable pom-poms that snap on to the top, your child can design something totally unique (that will keep them warm and toasty).

$38

Blank comic book

comic_book

Let their creativity blossom with the Blank Comic Book. It contains 100 plank pages ready to be filled with the hilarious and daring adventures of your child's next comic.

$5.99

JIMU Robot competitive Series: Champbot kit

champbot

Motherly CEO and Co-founder, Jill Koziol, tried this out with her daughter, and loved it! "The directions were interactive and helped her to problem solve. It was a great family activity and she was so proud of what she had built; and she loved operating the robot once it had charged. I love that there are different parts to it so there are wins along the way but also a requirement to keep with it, supporting a growth mindset and building resilience.

"This is fabulous for any budding engineers and especially Lego lovers that are ready to take it to the next level!"

$129.99

Heelys

Anyone who was a kid in the early 2000s just had to have Heelys, and guess what? They're back, mama. The roller skate and shoe in one is such a fun present for any kiddo who loves to zoom around to wherever they're going. But parents will love that they're a super high quality sneaker that will hold up to everything your kids put them through. We like this classic gray style, but they come in all sorts of colorways including these pink hi-tops and these Spiderman kicks.

$65


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