The BEST Pretend Play Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s getting close to Christmas – and you may need a few more quick gift ideas. Here you go. Pretend play gift ideas for kids!

Pretend Play Gift Ideas for Kids

Fairy Tale Finger Tattoo Puppets

Fun, temporary tattoos that turn normal little fingers into finger puppets!
Each pack contains 20 finger tattoos and full instructions
Finger Fairytale includes: Witch, Princess, King, Prince and Dragon


Pretend & Play Spy Case

Investigate this spy supply for the little undercover agent in your family. Secret marker pens that let you write invisible messages and read them with a special developer pen. Includes a broad tip secret marker, developer marker and 100 sheet pad of paper


Magnetibook Crazy Face

Make a million silly faces with our Magnetic Crazy Face Game. Each set features twelve different stock faces to choose from and dozens of face accessories, all magnetic and easy to store. Includes 67 (eyes, mouths, hats, hair and glasses) magnets and 12 character cards.



Kids can create a magical circus town with characters, a train and track. And the striped, tent-shaped box with circus graphics can be used as part of the play scene! The 19 wooden pieces have fun retro designs and include a ringmaster, animals, car pulling a trailer, acrobats—even a ring of fire!


Buy Big Top Circus Now

Mixed-up House Magnetic Build-its

Mix and match magnets to build your own magnificent homes. It’s like being a one-person architecture firm.


Cars, Planes and Trains Magnetic Travel Tin Collectors Edititon

Mix and match magnets to make your own magnificent airplanes. It’s like being a one-person engineering corps.



The tin is the size of an Altoids tin and will fit in a purse or pocket. The lid features a one-of-a-kind original collage featuring a city map (Minneapolis/St. Paul/Mississippi River) and my rabbit drawing. Great for keeping kids occupied while waiting for appointments or on an airplane, for example.


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Inspired by Peggy Orenstein’s book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, we put these tees together for the girls in our lives!


Buy Call Me President Now


Download the PDF, print, cut out and adhere the pieces to wooden blocks to create a fun and functional toy, exciting for all ages!

$5 – $12

Buy Olliblocks Now

Storybook Puppets

Give little ones a hand learning the classics by heart with these adorable, portable puppet sets inspired by the iconic children’s stories “The Three Little Pigs,” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” These delightful characters are handmade out of 100% cashmere recycled sweaters that have been rescued and re-imagined as finger puppets that are just full of surprises.


Putty Creatures

Shape and reshape the colorful goo around the realistic eyes to create one-of-a-kind monsters that are fierce, friendly, or fantastically funny. The high quality putty won’t dry out like other products, and when play time is done, the putty creatures can be returned to their reusable tin with a window in the lid, so they don’t get lonely.


Bill and Betty Bricks

To play, first choose a challenge and place all the needed blocks and builder figures as indicated in the challenge book.

Complete the building, block by block until you arrive at the finished design pictured in the challenge guide. Make sure your builder is on the building at all times. Finally, when the building is complete with the builder is on top – you’ve found the correct solution!

With 60 challenges, 10 colorful wooden blocks and Bob & Betty characters – playing alone or with a friend is equally fun.



These colorful silks inspire creative dress-up and other imaginative play.

Each set includes four squares of 100% China silk in your choice of season.



Wee fairies, elves, and other woodland friends clamor to claim this wonderful woodland dwelling as their own. Designed to look like a real tree trunk, it has a 3-piece puzzle base, three spacious floors, a spiral staircase, tiny doors and windows, and an open back for easy playtime access.


Buy Fairy House Now


The-Dark Putty casts an extraterrestrial spell over its audience. You’ll be amazed by the crisp, blue brilliance it projects for hours on end.

Twist it, bend it, stretch it, or leave it alone; fun will be had no matter what. Each metal tin comes packed with 1/5 pound of putty. Pair it with small black lights for even more fun!



The soft mesh layers and cotton voile lining make them perfect for everything from a simple plié to a complex pas de deux. It also makes them incredibly comfortable as everyday wear.


Buy Blended Tutu Now

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