My personal picks for cool kids gift ideas, small shops, and more! When I need to find a great kids’ gift, this is the list *I* use.


My Favorite Etsy Finds

As a small business owner myself, I love supporting other independent makers when I can. I have found so many amazing one-of-a-kind gifts from cool creators and lovely small shops on Etsy – you might even recognize some as play accessories from our projects.

One quick note: Most of the items in these collections are from US-based shops, but not all of them. If you’re hoping to have a gift delivered in the next few weeks, be sure to double-check the shop location and estimated delivery time.

*Disclosure: Barley & Birch participates in the Etsy Affiliate Program and as a partner, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Top Gift Picks

Kids Maker Kits

Stocking Stuffers

All Etsy Collections

Cool Kids Toys

My Favorite Places to Shop for Well-Designed, Modern Kids Toys

Our Amazon Collections

When I’m desperate for 2-day shipping, I head to the collections I’ve put together over on Amazon.

Treehouse Kid & Craft

From toys and books to art projects and super fun dress-up clothes, this cool small biz has it ALL.

Moon Picnic

Every insanely creative toy Moon Picnic makes is a joy to look at, and even more fun to play with.

Uncommon Goods

This site has something for every kid on your list (and then some!) – totally imaginative and unique toys.

MoMA Kids Store

Always innovative and impeccably constructed, MoMA’S shop is a true treasure trove for toy lovers of all ages.

Tender Leaf Toys

With fresh color palettes and adorable themes, these beautifully designed wooden toys are perfect for little ones.

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon. No, seriously!


Because Nothing Beats Handmade

Over the years I’ve shared quite a few tutorials for handmade toys I’ve gifted to the littles in my life, and you can find them all here on the blog.

Experiences to Gift

Give Activities Your Kids Can Enjoy All Year Long

Art Activities from ART CAMP

If you’ve ever perused our blog before, you know I’m a huge fan of the ingenious children’s projects developed by Arielle of ART CAMP. Print a few of the elevated kids’ art project guides to gift along with an ART CAMP box or two (or three!).

Join The Creativity Project

Fans of creative learning will adore this printable subscription to monthly guides featuring 20 actionable invitations to foster imagination and curiosity every day. A lovely way to give your kids the gift of quality time spent learning and playing together.

Classes from Brave Kids Art Club

Perfect for kids with a passion for sketching, sign up for virtual drawing classes led by sensational Illustrator and Graphic Designer Brad Woodard (I’ve taken his adult illustration classes and he’s an amazing teacher!).

Cooking Boxes from Raddish Kids

Scrumptious subscription boxes for the young sous chefs of the house!

Join Wild Explorers Club

Outdoor adventures await with this fun online program’s weekly experiences…

Gift Doing Good Together

Join and invite your kids to discover the joy of spreading cheer through good acts.

Kids Art & Craft Supply Gifts

Small Gifts for Little Artists and Crafters

No matter my age, I have always been thrilled to find art supplies under the tree or in my stocking. Good art-making and crafting materials are the gifts that keep on giving.

*Disclosure: Barley & Birch participates in the Etsy, Woodpecker’s Crafts, and Amazon Affiliate Programs and as a partner/Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The Supplies we Use

Kids Art Supply Gifts

Kids Wood Craft Gifts

Art & Craft Supplies on Etsy


The Best Places to Find Great Children’s Books (and Recommendations!)

Birchbark Books

A local neighborhood gem that has an incredible selection of books for young readers of all ages.

Brave + Kind Bookshop

SO MUCH children’s book goodness! Books, book bundles, book subscriptions – they have it all!


Arts and crafts meet story time with this fun monthly subscription box.

KidLit in a Nutshell

For the very best kids’ book recommendations, sign up for this monthly newsletter. I’m over the moon for these selections!

Diverse BookFinder

Discover and explore multicultural picture books with this amazing tool.


A great way to find local independent booksellers stocking the titles you’re looking for.