Cubby’s Epic Gift Guide for Kids of All Ages
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Confession: I have a secret gift closet. I know it sounds excessive, but hear me out. Throughout the year, I keep small items stored for the loved ones in my life (let’s be honest — 90% of this closet is dedicated to my daughter) in a spare closet no one goes into. If I see something I think someone will like — even if it’s February and nowhere near gifting season — I’ll pick it up and stick it in the closet with a Post-it note with their name on it. Then, when a birthday or winter holidays roll around, I pluck items from my gift closet, wrap them, and send them on to my gift recipient. Magically, my daughter has not caught onto the secret gift closet.
Since I became a parent, I struggled with how many gifts to give my daughter, and how to make those gifts intentional. I’ve found the trick is to stay in tune with their passions and interests (which are, of course, ever-changing), and to think of things they may want to be introduced to. When I saw my daughter diving into the Captain Underpants series? Well, it was high time to grab this comic book kit. When she begged to listen to Taylor Swift on the ride to school? We knew a karaoke machine was in her future.
This year in particular, gifting is bound to be a bit different. With shipping delays already anticipated, retailers are urging shoppers to get a head start. And parents are busier than ever, making it tough to scan all the different options for the perfect gift. But don’t worry — we’ve got you. Our editorial team members at Cubby are the biggest toy enthusiasts you’ll ever meet, and we’re passionate about finding great picks for kids of all ages and interests — at a variety of price points that work for parents.
So here are all our gift guides in one beautiful, easily navigable place, as well as my top picks from all of the gift guides. And parents, don’t despair — we haven’t forgotten you either!