2019 Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Gifts for Kids (That You’ll Love Too)

Disclaimer: this gift guide for kids is tech-free. And that is a good thing, as we choose gifts that kids will love, and some that will even bring the whole family together.

El: The Chicago Transit Adventure Board Game, Transit Tees, $40

If you have a child that loves the El, this new game is a perfect gift. Players have to decide the best route, so this will really test everyone’s Chicago knowledge.

gifts for kids: El: The Chicago Transit Adventure Board Game from Transit Tees

Wooden Telephone, Kiko at Design Live Kids, $52

With today’s tech-savvy kids, you have to laugh at this one, and we bet the rest of the family will get a kick out of it, too. Kiko toys are made from beechwood and created with a simple design to inspire imagination.

gifts for kids: Wooden Telephone from Design Life Kids

Nugget Play Couch, Nugget, $229

What happens when you combine a couch and a toy? Meet the Nugget, a playroom’s best friend that is a couch, fort, place to rest, and more. Made in North Carolina, Nugget supports livable wages and gives back to worthy causes like Teach for America.

gifts for kids: Nugget play couch

The Ultimate S’mores Kit, Swoon Living, $150

Locally made in Chicago, this s’mores kit is perfect for city living and gives you an opportunity to spend time as a family. You can also engrave it with your family or child’s name for a special touch.

gifts for kids: s'mores kit

Disney Anna Down Cape, Colombia, $300

With the release of “Frozen 2,” “Frozen” fever is again raging and there’s no better way to say “let it snow” during a Chicago winter than with “Frozen”-inspired outerwear from the “Frozen 2” X Columbia Sportswear collaboration. Girls can channel their inner Anna in this down cape that’s as warm as it is chic, and you can feel good buying it since it’s made with Responsible Down Standard-certified down, which protects the welfare of the geese and ducks that provide the down.

gifts for kids: Disney Anna Down Cape from Columbia


Blockitecture Garden City, Areaware at Little Peach Fuzz, $75

Available for in-store pickup only, you can find this sustainably-made city block set by James Paulius for Areaware at local favorite Little Peach Fuzz (1005 N. California Ave., Chicago).

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Piano Power


Piano Power

Available in packages of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months, our private, in-home music lessons make a great gift for a parent in need of some “me time,” a retiree ready for adventure, a beloved grandchild just starting a musical journey — or anyone who would love the gift of music!