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The best toys for birthday presents for kids of all ages

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Our blog tends to lean heavily towards our baby gear selection, and there’s a reason for that: it takes a bit more contemplation to choose a stroller (a larger investment on a product you’ll use every day) than it does to choose a toy for any kid. And if you’re shopping for your own kid, it’s not hard to choose which birthday gifts and holiday gifts to buy, since as soon as they’re verbal, they’ll tell you exactly what they want!

So when we offer you advice in this space about which toys to buy as birthday gifts, we’re thinking more about all of those other kids in your life: nieces and nephews, your best friend’s new baby, the children of your coworkers and boss, and the question marks on your Christmas shopping list. Most confounding, I think, are birthday parties for your child’s classmates. Which Isabella or Aiden in her class has a birthday today, and what toy might they like? You could call Isabella’s mom and ask – or you could just choose one of the surefire kid-pleasers on the lists below.

Each of these blogs is divided up into categories appropriate to the age group, and each birthday gift roundup includes toys at a variety of price points so you can find something that fits your budget. I’ve pulled out a few examples from each gift guide below that are at the lower end, but each blog is loaded with other great suggestions, so if you don’t see what you need here, click through and explore.

And finally: if you don’t find a gift you think will click in any of these guides, you can use the Shop By Age page and the menus on the left-hand side of listing pages to narrow down our entire selection until you find what you want. Happy shopping!


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