Celebrating the Holidays with Kids
The Best Toys for Kids
We reviewed hundreds of new toys for our second annual awards. Then our toughest testers (kids!) played with ’em. Meet the best of the best.
We send out tons of toys to kid testers every year. Here are our previous picks!
by Sasha Emmons
These gender-neutral toys defy stereotypes—and invite everyone to join in!
Get kids in the pretend kitchen with these cool food and cooking toys, perfect for toddlers to big kids.
These fun learning toys encourage development of reading, counting and more.
Gifts for Everyone on Your List
Who knows where to go to buy something a 17-year-old would actually like? We do! Check out these sites for babysitter gift ideas.
You don’t know her taste — but how many Starbucks cards or candles can a teacher use? Check out these sites for great teacher gift ideas.
Your parents or in-laws can be the biggest stumpers of all. Here are some creative gift ideas for grandparents.
You’d grab the gifts that give back at these sites even if it didn’t help out a really good cause.
Where else can you find creative gifts for office mates, neighbors, and hostesses? Try Etsy for unique holiday gift ideas.
Thinking about adopting a pet as a gift? Read these 4 tips first to make sure you're ready.
Festive Family Fun
These creative homemade gifts are easy to do and sure to wow. The best part: you can make them with your kids!
These easy, handmade crafts add a special touch to holiday gifts!
Designer Todd Oldham shares a creative way to wrap gifts: Help your kids make homemade gift wrapping paper!
Is Elf on the Shelf one of your family's holiday traditions? Here are 13 fun ideas for your little helper.
Here are some doable ways to keep the story of Santa (and the magic of Christmas) alive for your kids.
Volunteering offers many benefits for kids — and the people they serve. Find out which option works best for your family.
We hope our favorite holiday books bring your family loads of joy!
Try these 5 creative ways for the family to count down to the New Year (even if you’re all in bed long before midnight)!
Our Favorite Cookie Recipes
These chock-full, delicious cookies inspired by Curious George will be sure to bring a smile to everyone!
These festive and easy holiday cookies have a secret ingredient you probably already have handy: cake mix!
These sweet pecan treats are a holiday cookie classic. Here's our easy recipe!
Sugar cookies are a staple at holiday parties and cookie swaps. Here's our recipe for the Christmas classic!
These elegant oatmeal cookies are impressive but very easy to make.
Make the countdown to midnight extra sweet for kids with these chocolate-frosted New Year’s cookies!
Swap stories and delicious treats with friends, plus find yummy recipes.
Calmer, Happier Holidays
Follow this easy-as-pie advice to lessen stress and simplify your holiday celebrations.
We asked flight attendants, hotel managers, and frequent mom fliers how to survive holiday travel. You don’t want to miss this advice!
Make sure your celebrations are happy and safe by following these simple guidelines.