The 2022 Gift Guide: Child’s Play

There's something for every little one, from bookworms to explorers.

December 2, 2022

I find endless joy in holiday shopping for all the little ones on my list–it’s a magical feeling to see a kid so happy when they open that perfect gift! But as someone who’s obsessed with design, I have to admit that even momentary joy can’t trump the pain of plastic toys that come in a million tiny pieces. (Legos, I’m coming for you!) So this year, I’ve vowed to find gifts that are good-looking, (mostly) built to last, and, most importantly, that the kids in your life will love. Happy shopping!

Eugenia Stantiesteban Soto, Decoration and Design Director

  • Age agnostic and attractive enough to take out of the play room.

    Outdoor Games Giant Jumbling Tower by Sunnylife, $60, saksfifthavenue.com

  • Creamy sophistication for the most discerning toddlers.

    Banwood Scooter, $175, banwood.com


  • For the coolest little doodlers.

    Shape Crayon Set by Areaware, $8, MoMA.org

  • For the future decorator!

    Laurel Dollhouse Kit, $85, greenleafdollhouses.com

  • Juniper Books’ well-designed sets have something for every kind of reader, from nostalgia lovers (Louisa May Alcott) to fantasy fans (J.R.R. Tolkien).

    The Lord of The Rings: The Complete Writings, $245, juniperbooks.com

  • I spotted these adorable chocolates in Paris earlier this year and fell in love with them. They’ll make the best stocking stuffers!

    Box of 3 Chocolate Bars, €18, lechocolatedesfrancais.fr

  • Mobiles that are good looking enough to transition from a nursery to an older kid’s room.

    Futura Mobile, $123, flensted-mobile.com

  • Functional, cozy, and destined to be a future heirloom.

    Custom Baby Blanket, $350, linguafranca.nyc

  • Perfect for pot banging. And better yet, they’re made of 100 percent natural wood.

    Children’s 9-Piece Cook Set, $37, heaveninearth.co

  • Knight or knave? The age-old game lives on with help from this wooden toy sword.

    Medieval Short Toy Sword with Scabbard by Kalid, $28, alderandalouette.com

  • These Belgian trikes are quite stylish, but also built to last a lifetime.

    Foxrider Tricycle, $259, linusbike.com

  • The prettiest art papers for crafty kids.

    1920s Deco Gift & Creative Papers, $19, pepinpress.com

  • Until your budding chef is ready for a Lacanche trade-up, this adorable (and stylish!) play kitchen will do the trick.

    Essential Play Kitchen, $679, miltonandgoose.com

  • I mean, how cute are these little stuffed dogs? Almost lifelike enough to stave off my very real puppy craving.

    Plush Cavapoo, £24, livingnatureworld.com

  • Because every day should be a dress-up-in-a-costume sort of day.

    Blue Flying Superhero Set, $95, lovelanedesign.com

  • Equal parts craft, costume, and wall décor, Omy’s oversize masks also pack flat for easy transport.

    Dino 3D Mask, $29, omy-maison.com

  • An adorable way to keep those baby toes warm.

    Baby Day-of-the-Week Cotton Socks, $165, bonpoint.com

  • More for a parent, but who’s counting?

    The O BABY Tote, $188, kule.com