The best gift for kids this season!


It’s that time of year again! Kids are making their lists, checking them twice, and today’s generation is texting them to Santa and their loved ones. Solving a Rubik’s cube is easier these days than identifying a child’s interests/trends. Are slimes cool? Do they even pick up real toys? What is Cocomelon?

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But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best gifts for kids of all ages that will delight them and their parents.

For Coding Cuties

(Photo: Brown Toy Box)

Technology is at the forefront of this generation growing up, and we all know a little tech lover. The Brown Toy Box (ages 4-12) and Lingo Coding Kit (ages 13+) empower Black children to explore their curiosity in STEM. Both Black-owned companies develop educational and fun toys to build children’s confidence in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Lingo Coding Kit ($74.99) & The Brown Toy Box Chemistry STEAM Kit ($34.99)


for sprouting green thumbs

Vegetable garden set from Kids Coloring Co. (Photo: Kids Coloring Co.)

We all know those kids who never get their hands dirty. Well, the Garden Set from Kids Coloring Co. encourages kids to dig, customize and grow their own gardens. These kits include pots, paint, paint brushes, soil pellets, biodegradable liners, and seed packets for fun activities and to instill a sense of responsibility.

Garden Kit from Kids Coloring Co. ($15.99–$29.99)


for gamers

Can’t get your kid to put down the controller? Consider enrolling them in Adventure Academy, an online gaming world that combines critical learning with the fun of video games. This interactive multiplayer game allows ages 8 to 13 to customize their players and explore new levels while learning new things in reading, science, math, social studies and more. The game features adventures with famous black characters like author Kwame Alexander and Toni Blackman, the US State Department’s first hip-hop ambassador.

Adventure Academy offers a 30-day free trial, after which it costs $12.99 per month. It also offers an annual subscription for $45 per year. You might also consider Arkadium’s free online games.


For aspiring content creators

Dartwood Kids Digital Camera (Photo: Dartwood)

With social media everywhere, from TikTok to Instagram to YouTube, kids these days are pretty savvy. Whether they want to be a photographer or a YouTube vlogger, kids can use the Dartwood Kids Digital Camera to practice their content creation skills with video and photos.


For flying children and memories

Unisex Cutout ID Bracelet (Photo: AnnDrew Marie Jewelry)

One thing black people love is jewelry with their name on it. This season, chill your child with a custom piece from AnnDrew Marie Jewelry. This mom and me jewelry company offers unisex jewelry for children from newborns to preteens. Available in 14K Rose Gold, 14K White Gold, 14K Yellow Gold, Gold Plated, Rose Gold Plated, and Sterling Silver, this gift can be as luxurious as it is affordable.

Unisex Cut Out Id Bracelet ($60–$470)


for bookworms

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We all remember a book that fascinated us – whether it was Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Narnia. This year, give your young readers a book with that same magic, one written by a black woman and one with a black protagonist. “The Marvellers” is the newest New York Times bestseller and novel for children ages 9-12.

“A wonderful gift for a novel! Fantastic twists and turns everywhere, [Dhonielle] Clayton created a world that readers didn’t want to leave,” said Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling #1 author of “The Hate You Give.”

Marvel ($9.99)


For classic doll lovers

(Photo: Marvel)

Spice up your Barbie doll’s dream home with faces featuring every feature your child can embrace. Fresh Dolls is a black female-owned company dedicated to bringing out the inner and outer beauty of black and multicultural children through dolls. The brand offers a variety of collections, including the “Fresh Fierce Collection” featuring some of the main characters from Marvel’s “Wakanda Forever.”

Fresh Doll ($17.99–$54.99)


for the little ones in the family

(Photo: Evergreen Baby)

While babies may be too young to write letters to Santa, it’s never too early to start celebrating their culture. Evergreen Baby is an eco-friendly, black, artisan-designed company that sells everything a baby needs, from clothing to bibs to hair and skin care. Celebrating black culture, the brand offers practical and uplifting gift sets including a variety of teething toys, swaddles, bibs and books by black authors. Plus, every sale makes a donation to a social justice organization.

Evergreen Baby Gift Set ($50–$150)


Finally, if you’re looking to support black businesses and want to check out kid’s toy catalogs, check out black-owned marketplaces like kidochicago.com and blacktoystore.com.


Haniyah Philogene is a multimedia storyteller and lifestyle journalist covering all cultures. With a passion for digital media, she goes above and beyond to find new ways to tell and share stories.


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