eleven gifts for the children in your life

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I'm not going to lie, I actually have quite a bit of fun picking out kids' gifts. There are just so many cute, fun things on the market, some of which I wish I could buy for myself. It's always fun to pick out books or games for my seven-year-old nephew, especially now that he's starting to have interests of his own. 

Whether the kids in your life are into science, books, or the arts, there's a gift here for them.

LEGO Architecture Arc de Triomphe | Any of the sets from the LEGO Architecture line make for a great holiday gift for boys or girls. They're fun, creative, and educational with regards to art history, engineering, and geography. There's options ranging from London to New York to Dubai, but I'm particularly fond of the Arc de Triomphe. Another plus is that, once they've completed the build, they have a beautiful decor piece for their room.

Hanging Theater Playhouse Canopy | Because I was really into make-believe, I would have loved something like this as a little kid. It's a really pretty theater-themed canopy that hangs on the wall. I love the versatility it provides because it can serve as a prop for putting on plays or performing songs, but it also has a really magical vibe that kids might like for other games too.

Vintage Candy Land | This 'nostalgia-edition' of the board game Candy Land would be such a cute gift. The recipient is obviously getting a fun game, but the classic tin packaging is festive and perfect for the holidays as opposed to the traditional, modern packaging. Much like everything else on this list, it has an aesthetic appeal that parents will appreciate. 

Silver Racecar with Black Trim | How cute would it be to see a little kid on this racecar wearing a cable knit sweater in front of the Christmas tree? That's an image worthy of next year's holiday card. 

Dress Up Bird Masks | These quirky, handmade masks would be a great accessory to the playhouse canopy or an addition to a fun costume chest. The vintage look makes these masks feel like they're straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. 

Drawing Machine | From a S.T.E.M. toy company, this gift is a fun learning tool for older kids. It's basically a geometric drawing machine that uses math to create art.

Coloring Placemats | These placemats are a festive gift for creative kids and give them something fun to do at the table. There are six different designs in the set: Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, and Barcelona.

Darth Vader 3D Backpack | How cool is this backpack? It's certainly not your average Star Wars backpack, it's more like a functional art piece.

Jane Eyre Board Book | You all know I love Jane Eyre, so I had to include this one. Design Life Kids offers several other classics in the form of board books, too. Of course, as this is aimed at young children, this doesn't tell the full story but instead focuses on activities like counting candles, pearls, and other objects in Thornfield Hall. It's kind of brilliant if you ask me.

Art Making with MoMA Action Painting Kit | MoMA has a great line of art projects and I think that this Action Painting one would be incredibly fun. Inspired by Jackson Pollack, it comes with all of the materials needed to practice drip and splatter painting which I think are two techniques that are undeniably attractive to kids.

Milk + Cookie Light | How cute is this nightlight? It would be an adorable addition to a nursery or a kids' bathroom as well as a functional item.