Shopping for a gift for the kids in your life can be among the toughest of tasks. Figuring out what’s age-appropriate, fun, and perhaps containing a wee bit of educational content is sometimes a Herculean task. And if it’s not your own child you’re shopping for, add an additional layer of complexity in figuring out whether Mom and Dad will love the gift as much as their offspring do. Not to worry, though. Our intrepid correspondent (and mother of three) Jillian Tangen is sharing the best luxury gifts for kids of all ages right now. It’s our ultimate luxury gift guide of over-the-top big ideas for babies, toddlers, big kids, tweens and teens. All parent-approved, of course.
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From holidays to birthdays to graduations to christenings and bar/bat mitzvahs, there are countless times throughout the year where it’s necessary to gift your favorite kiddos a present.
And we know – from having kids, godchildren, nieces and nephews of our own – how difficult it can sometimes be to know what to give. After all, as kids grow their tastes and interests change. What’s a gift-giver to do?
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To assist you in those moments of gift inspiration need, we’ve scoped out some of the most over-the-top fantastic presents we could find for children of all ages – from when they’re in diapers all the way to when they are ready to drive.
Whether you’re shopping for a budding builder, a kid on the go, a fashion icon in training or a creative genius, we’ve got you covered, be it for a special celebration or just because.
what are the best luxury gifts for kids right now?
Here are over 20 of our top picks for the best luxury gifts for kids, from babies to toddlers to big kids to teens. Here’s your tip sheet to remain in top-tier Auntie and Uncle, Grammy and Grandpa, or Mom and Dad status – at least until the next occasion rolls around, that is. You’re welcome!
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This adorable elephant isn’t just another pretty face – Flappy the Elephant ($40) sings and plays too. Babies will love listening to their favorite elephant sing “Do Your Ears Hang Low” and playing a game of peek-a-boo.
Every seasoned parent knows that each step of childhood is a special time in your family’s life. Ferm Living Beginning of My Life Box ($110) is the perfect way to treasure and cherish all of those big, memorable moments. From the start of birth, a letter from the parents, to the first haircut or favorite pacifier, this is the ideal keepsake treasure box that a child will appreciate for years to come.
The Nido Box x TheRealReal ($175) is a charming gift set from Nido Box featuring a soft, pointelle bonnet, a Montessori mobile, a German wooden picture book, an heirloom silver rattle and a wooden toy perfect for any newborn.
You can never have enough baby blankets and a beautiful Burberry Vintage Check Wool Flannel Baby Blanket ($270) is always a good choice.
Created by DockATot Founder, Lisa Furuland, Aristot’s Customizable and Convertible Bassinet ($2,600) are heirloom quality bassinets that can be transformed into sophisticated pieces of furniture that last well beyond childhood. Designed in a variety of easy to mix and match bases and bassinets, finding a look to suit their decor is a breeze. Simply choose a stand and then find the perfect bassinet.
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Get started on the road to becoming a scientist with Hape Discovery Scientific Workbench ($70), a cool junior inventor workbench with more than 10 different experiments to explore science.
Lovevery’s Block Set ($90) is more than just a set of blocks. It consists of 70 heirloom quality pieces that work with each other in more than 20 stage-based activities to help with spatial, language and problem-solving skills.
Help them build balance and confidence with Banwood Bikes First Go Balance Bike ($195), a pedal-free balance bicycle. It is the perfect choice for a first bike, as it supports your mini’s natural motor skills development – encouraging them to use their own balance and body to move forward!
Add to their (healthy) play food collection with these adorable garden-fresh items from Milton & Goose ($58). There’s an Organic Carrot, Local Beet, Onion Bulb, Heirloom Radish and Leek, packaged in a beautiful cotton drawstring bag.
Crate & Kids Treehouse Playset ($200) is a scaled down classic treehouse from Camp Wandawega made to fit into your kid’s playroom. It guaranteed to spark their imagination with hours of imaginative play.
By the time today’s young ones are old enough to get behind the wheel, all cars could well be electric. So getting them this cool McLaren 720S Licensed 12V Battery Powered Kids Electric Ride On Toy Car ($475) will only prepare them properly for the future, right? This little run-around has taken authenticity seriously and is available in six of McLaren’s most popular color choices.
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Got an aspiring chef on your hands? The United Tastes of America ($30) features 51 kid-friendly recipes, from every state across the country. Each dish is equipped with easy-to-replicate steps, plus a little cultural blurb on each place. It’s like a cookbook, travel guide and history lesson for the littles all rolled into one.
The Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Library ($40) comes with over 1,000 pieces so little ones can create their own craft adventure. The best part is that it all comes packaged in a reusable box to store their supplies when not in use – consider that a bonus gift for mom and dad.
Get them outdoors with a pair of old school roller skates with modern flair. Chicago Skates Silver Pulse Skates ($79) have a high-top sneaker design and flashing rechargeable LED lights that can be programmed in 6 modes and 7 different colors.
Habbi Habbi is an easy entrée to bilingual learning at home, private tutor not necessary. The Reading Wand and Bilingual Book Set ($100) comes with four books full of basic vocabulary, available in both Spanish and Chinese, plus a universal silicone reader for near-endless interactivity. Every inch is tappable (words, pictures, even white space) and provides instant feedback that kids love.
Treat her to her very first “it bag” with this colorful Gucci Butterfly Rainbow Tote ($630).
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Penguin Minis: John Green 4 Book Collection ($48) features 4 critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classics by #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green. This set includes Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars.
A pair of cool Stan Smith Sneakers ($80) work for both guys and girls on the go. They’ll even look good all dressed up for Sunday dinner at Nanna’s.
A pair of sleek Chloe Round Tinted Sunglasses ($125) is always a good idea. As is a tie-dyed duffle bag (that you can personalize) from Stoney Clover Lane ($168).
From treasured details like the Munich Clock and statues of Sir Alex, Matt and the United Trinity, to faithful reproductions of the pitch and the Stretford End, the Lego Old Trafford – Manchester United ($300) ensures they’ll never walk alone. Or how about a paper airplane that they control with a smartphone ($50)?
Get them stoked with a Salt Gypsy Shorebird Surfboard ($460). The Shorebird is known for its great float and stability, making it primed for beginning to mid-level surfers. Paddling out is a breeze, and so is cruising low-riding waves.
the ultimate luxury gift guide of the best for kids
That’s it! A summary of some of the best over-the-top luxury gifts for kids right now, from infants and toddlers to teens. Now, the real issue may be what to do with the information. Do the small ones and teens on your list deserve any of these lovely items? Dear reader, that’s up to you!
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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier. Formerly, she was a Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in NYC and is married with three young children. She loves cross country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.