A first real chef’s knife, $49, designed in France for kids, along with a peeler and finger guard. (More options here, $15.)
A few of the year’s loveliest books, like This Is How We Do It, Jabari Jumps, City Moon and Sarabella’s Thinking Cap. $12 to $14.
Cozy pajamas, $29.50.
A remote-control cockroach, $9, to make older brothers jump.
Classic games that are actually fun for the whole family, like Connect Four and Guess Who.
A magic little truck, $15, that will follow any line kids draw, no matter how wobbly.
A Wes-Anderson-esque stationery set for spies, $20, including eight cards, eight envelopes, sticker seals and two lucky pencils.
Glittery nail polish, $25, that washes off with soap and water.
My crafty parent friends swear by these tempera paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds, $20, along with a giant sketchbook.
Candy bars with awesome flavors, like pizza, potato chip, popcorn and PB&J. $3.25.
P.S. This year’s gift guide so far, and last year’s gift guide for kids. Plus, an awesome birthday present trick.