Top 5 Educational Christmas Gifts for Kids

When searching for children’s Christmas gifts, I always strive to find something a little different, a little special, something that is educational but still FUN! While there’s nothing wrong with picking up the latest Elmo or Barbie dreamhouse (because we’ve had those too!), sometimes it’s nice to get something a little less ordinary!

personalized christmas book for kids

1. Personalized Books

I See Me! creates personalized books for your little ones, adding their name to the story and even using the letters in their names to rhyme with! I like that there’s an assortment of books to choose from, a board book for the toddler in your life and a gorgeous hard-cover story book for your school-aged kid!

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Tea Collection Holiday OutfitsTea Collection Kids Gift Guide

2. Holiday Outfits

As a kid, I always liked getting clothes as presents, I know that might not be the ‘norm’, but a party dress in a pretty box? It was a princess dream come true! I love checking out the latest outfits from the Tea Collection for my darlings. Their globally-inspired holiday outfits are unique and comfortable, and always last a long time.

Little Passports World Edition Little Passports USA edition

3. Little Passports15% Off site-wide until 12/17

My kids have the travel bug just like I do! My daughter is always asking if we can go to Paris, Poland or New York City – sure, darling, on our private jet! Oops, no private jet. Well, here comes Little Passports, inspiring children to learn about the world right from home. You sign up your child or gift a child with a monthly subscription to the World edition or USA edition, and enjoy the monthly adventures that arrive in your mailbox.

Each package comes with letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. And one more important note about Little Passports

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Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug

4. Melissa & Doug

I adore Melissa & Doug Toys – they are high quality toys that seem to last forever and are appropriate for almost any age group! We still have wooden food kits from when my daughter was a toddler, and that was almost 7 years ago! The variety of toys is astounding, wooden blocks, ponies, cupcake and pizza makers, cars, trucks, craft toys – they seem to have everything! Check out the latest Melissa & Doug toys!

Toddler Music Instruments

5. Hohner Kids Musical Toys

This year I discovered these awesome musical instruments for toddlers (and bigger kids too!) and I snatched them up. My toddler currently reaches for a wooden spoon to smash pots and bowls with (and windows, and floors, and…) so what could be more fun than having actually toys meant for music? Hohner Kids makes a variety of musical instruments: percussion blocks, harmonicas, accordions – it will be a noisy Christmas morning in my house!


These are my top educational toy picks for 2013 – educational but still a ton of fun!

What would you add to this kids gift guide?



  1. December 6, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    LOVE melissa and Doug toys!!! They’re the best! I also love B. Toys at target….I love that they’re nontoxic. Robbie loves the keyboard currently. 🙂

    • December 7, 2013 / 7:53 am

      I’ll check those out, I don’t go to Target too often because the closest one is about an hour away, but there’s always some great finds there!

  2. December 8, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Those personalised books are a great idea! And i love the instruments too, buying noisy toys for peoples kids always make me laugh knowing that I can leave whenever it gets too loud and the parents are stuck with it haha 🙂

    • December 9, 2013 / 6:37 am

      LOL! One year a relative gave my then 3-year old daughter a drum set. A full blown kids drum set. It was never opened!

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