What To Get Every Kid You Know This Year

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When it comes to gifts, adults are surprisingly easy to please. Get them a fancy cheese board or a cozy robe, and they're set for the season. But, children...children are trickier. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to picking out the perfect present for the kids on your holiday list. You can't buy a 5-year-old girl the same thing as her 10-year-old brother. The difference between ages is vast, and often inscrutable. And, it becomes even more apparent this time of year, when you're trying to decipher exactly what those lil' tykes want — especially if their parents forgot to share their letters to Santa.
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Sure, you can make some sweeping generalizations: For example, kids these days seem to really love Frozen. But, unless you want to build a snowman and break into song, there might not be much there for you. Luckily, we've tracked down 18 gifts sure to please children and adults alike. From teeny-tiny cheetah slippers for your brother's baby to glittery accessories for your pre-teen tutoring charge, cross all those younglings off your list — without setting foot in a toy store.
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It's never too early to get into cheetah print.
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In case you thought coloring couldn't get any more fun.
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To infinity and beyond— all in your living room.
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For the dapper little gentleman in your life.
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This hat is meant for kids, but you know you secretly want one for yourself.
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Sparkly kicks will make your kid the coolest on the playground — no questions asked.
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You'll be hearing "thank you"s for months to come when you gift a budding fashionista her first crossbody bag.
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Camo, with a twist.
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Foster that green thumb early on with a DIY terrarium.
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Contained arts and crafts are the best arts and crafts (for the adults, at least).
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Travel the world without dropping the big bucks on international airfare.
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Umbrellas are always incredibly practical gifts — regardless of the age group. And, kids get all the cool patterns, anyway.
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Have the little shutterbug document your holiday festivities.
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When in doubt, add some glitter.
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Cue Jaws theme.
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This is Grumpy Cat's world. We're all just living in it.
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Whether it's holding a bunch of friendship bracelets or simply accenting a bare wall, this zoo-themed jewelry rack is a crowd-pleaser.
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Any kid with a sweet tooth will be delighted to wear this watch.
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