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Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids: Best Toys for Pretend Play

You can't go wrong with this kind of holiday gift idea for kids. Toys that provide opportunities for pretend play or role playing are favorites in our home. They grow with a child and tend to be played with for years.

I am sharing our favorite pretend play toys below. Find holiday gift ideas related to blocks and building sets on a previous post. All other holiday gift ideas for kids can be found here.

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Toys that inspire pretend play

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Our Top Holiday gifts ideas for toys that encourage pretend play:

Tiny Target cash register
Tiny Target cash register

Tiny Target register and shopping cart - I love that the register has English and Spanish modes. The accessories that both of these come with are just adorable! Price is $29.99 and $19.99, respectively . Both are available at Target stores and online at

Our Generation dolls and Chip Chip hooray cookie scooter - I wish I had these as a kid. These are also available at Target and have so many fun accessories available.

Doctor set or dentist set - These are great for helping kids prepare for a doctor or dentist visits.

Playsilks and costumes - We use our playsilks almost daily. They go from superhero capes to picnic blankets, and more.

Play Kitchen and accessories- We've had our little play kitchen for 5 years and it's still going strong. Each year we find some new accessories to add to it: from ice cream sets to new pretend appliances.

The Nugget or similar - This one is pricey but well worth it in my opinion because of how versatile it is!

The Nugget as a tent with playsilk holiday gift ideas kids pretend play
The Nugget as a tent with playsilk

I'd love to hear what your top gift ideas for your kids will be this year. Share in the comments below.

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