By Alexis Posada Testrake

Holiday Gift Guide


The Tiny Ones

Not only are these made of premium fabrics and the cutest prints, but the ease with which magnetic-me allows undressing and re-dressing baby makes middle of the night diaper changes easy on grownups.

The traditional baby book is a thing of the past.

No primary colors here!  This beautiful “ball pit” is soft, sweet and sophisticated.

The Little Ones

Based on experience and parent feedback, in some cases the ages listed here are a year higher than what is listed on the box not because of child capacity, but likelihood of child interest and/or attention span. I have marked those items with a *.

2+ (good through early elementary)

Books for all ages

ages 2+ (stays relevant through kindergarten!)

ages 2+ (keeps interest well into early elementary years)

3+ (good through early elementary)

ages 3 +

(stays relevant through early elementary)

Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad – $7.99

(9 different themes to choose from)

ages 3+

ages 3+

(potential to stay relevant through early elementary)

ages 3+ (stays relevant through elementary)

They Grow Up So Fast!

your Toddler through Pre-Tween giftees ( in ascending age order)

Legos – from $20

ages 4+*

(potential to stay relevant well into middle school)

Playmobil Play Sets – start at about $30 -larger sets $50+

ages 5+

American Girl Dolls fro 6+  -$115+

(if she has the doll, she likely wants accessories for her doll!)

ages 5+

ages 5-10

Lego Boost – $159

ages 7+

Tweens into Teens

Kids Wish Bracelets – $30

For little kids with big dreams

(8 stones available)

It’s all about the aesthetic for girls in this age group and lights are IT.

FatHead Decals  – from $30

These are all the rage among sports enthusiast tweens.  

They can be used and re-used and by all accounts, do not damage walls.

Yogibo beanbag – from $209

The most comfortable and supportive bean bag out there, Yogi-Bo bean bags are an amazing gift for gamers, lounging homework-doers, readers, meditators, and pretty much anyone who likes to be comfortable. As I write this, I’m on my own YogiBo Max.

NIKE Brasilia Training Medium Duffle Bag – from $51 (6 color options)

A super-durable ,training duffel bag with a separate shoe compartment.

Gift Cards

some suggestions

EverythingApple – Amazon -Visa -American Express – Sephora -Ulta -Google play -Starbucks – Bath & BodyWorks -Uber – GameStop – Ulta – Claire’s Boutique – PlayStation -American Eagle -Nike

An Experience

some suggestions

Scuba Diving – Go Karts – Rock Climbing -Learn a Language – Photography – PickleBall – Fencing – HeliSkiing – Golf – Self Defense – Swim with Dolphins -Escape Room – Meditation / Mindfulness -Art – Learn to Play an Instrument – Learn to Surf – concert – sporting event

Tingly | Virgin Experience Gifts || Escape Rooms | Concert or Sports Event | Fender (instrument-virtual) | Sacred Treehouse  (meditation, mindfulness in person & virtual)| Rosetta Stone (languages – virtual) | MasterClass (learn from experts – virtual )

& for the More Sophisticated Teens

some suggestions

For the young men: Luxury leather; wallet, belt, loafers.  A nice watch?

For the young ladies: Forever Jewelry, a timepiece, or a designer bag that isn’t easily destroyed.

sophisticated taste

To get even more great holiday gift ideas, follow me on Instagram @MichtobyAlexis .  As of November 25th, I will begin the holiday counting down with all things gifts !  More categories, great items that didn’t make the cut because not everything could, stocking stuffers, and more!

The Altima-Approved Holiday Gift Guide Series continues…