Best Creative Gift Ideas: Arts and Crafts for Kids 2023

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Discover the best creative gift ideas in arts and crafts for kids that will provide hours of creativity and imaginative thinking!

From the best of 2023 ideas to classics that will never go out of style, here you’ll find arts and crafts gifts, kits, and supplies to make any child happy.

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Best Creative Gift Ideas Arts & Crafts for Kids

Arts and Crafts for Kids

Play-Doh Activity Table
ages 3+
Use the flat side and the playmats or the 3D side with a pretend river and other features. This includes 15 accessories and 6 colors. When you want to clean up, simply place everything inside the table and put on the lid. My kids would have loved this table!

Colors of the World Markers

ages 3+
These 24 new Crayola colors represent the skin color of people from around the world and are essential for homes and classrooms.

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My First Scribble
ages 2+
This is a classic gift for young children who like to draw and write. My daughter carried this exact notebook around with her for a year until she filled it up. Of course, I saved it because it’s so precious! The spiral binding makes it so easy to use. LOVE!! Pair with jumbo crayons or jumbo colored pencils in a cute carrying case.

Tara Toy Barbie Necklace
age 3+
Make Barbie-themed jewelry with beads, necklaces, and charms. Makes five necklaces!

Colorforms Classic Set

ages 3+
Stick and restick the colorful shapes to create a scene or a story!

Sticker Palooza

ages 3+
1500 stickers with lots of cute subjects from animals to aliens.

Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cookie Creations

ages 3+
Make cookies out of Play-Doh using the cookie cutters and rolling pin!

Jumbo Coloring Pad

ages 3+
Give your preschoolers a blank sketch pad and watch as they develop early writing and drawing skills.

On the Farm: Color & Erase

age 3+
Color in this reusable activity pad of farm scenes with the included washable markers.

Highlights Hidden Pictures Sticker Book
ages 3 – 6
Younger learners can use the stickers to find the hidden objects. Talk about fun! My kids prefer these hidden picture sticker books to the coloring hidden picture books because they are so interactive.

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Scrub Tub

ages 3+
Color & customize your animals, then wash them and start again! Isn’t this a cute arts and craft for kids gift?

Cat Mermaid & Friends

ages 4+
Make a seahorse, narwhal, and cat mermaid using the directions and included supplies.

Foil Fun
ages 4+
Pick from any theme (unicorns, animals, space, dinosaurs), then create pictures using the foil sheets and picture canvases. What a wonderful creative craft that develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!

Bluey Aqua Art
ages 3+
Do your kids think these are magical? Mine did! Add water to your water pen and color the images. Watch as the colors appear! Once it dries, the colors disappear and you can do it again.

Otter Sketchbook
and Jumbo Otter Pencils
Imagine, draw, and doodle in this cute 60-page sketchbook.

Flashy Fish & Silly Swimmers 3D Puzzle Kit

ages 8+
Put together a fish with paper pieces and LED lights.

LEGO DOTS Panda Tray

ages 6+
Make a cute and useful panda tray with your LEGO DOTS.

Elmer’s Squishies
ages 6+
Make your own squishy toys that you can squish, stretch, and scrunch. But first, follow the directions to mix and pour into the molds.

Diamond Painting Light
ages 7+
Make your own night light with diamond painting gems.

Make Your Own Dinosaur Lantern Night Light

ages 6+
Make a dinosaur lantern/night light with step-by-step directions. Choose where to place your dinosaurs on the vellum landscape.

Unicorn Terrarium Kit

age 5+
Design a unicorn garden with crystals, mini mushrooms, and a unicorn.

AquaBeads Star Bead Studio Kit
Aquabeads Star Bead Studio Kit
ages 4+
Kids can make all different kinds of animals, plants, and more with this unique aquabeads craft – the possibilities are endless!

Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad
ages 6+
This pad comes with over 100 images that kids can trace by putting their blank sheets over the awesome light-up pad and drawing away.

Watercolor Wonders

ages 6+
I don’t want to give away this book of darling illustrations to watercolor– because I want it for myself. (That’s ok, right?) The 54-page book also has 18 pages of instructions plus 7 pretty colors of paint, a paintbrush, and a mixing tray.

American Girl Dress Up by DK
ages 6 – 9
If your children love American Girl dolls and books like mine, I predict this sticker book will be a new favorite. Dress the characters in signature outfits and create new outfits and styles.

Paint by Number Kit
ages 7+
With nine designs, follow the directions to paint wall art.

A Million Dogs: Fabulous Canines to Color by Lulu Mayo
ages 7+
Adorable, cute, lovable dogs fill these pages. Which will you color in first? Lulu May’s coloring books are enthusiastically endorsed by kids! If you like the Lulu Mayo drawings, also try her BearsOwlsCatsSloths, and Unicorns coloring books. (Her drawing books are also fantastic, both my girls love them!)

Craft-tastic DIY STring Art Sea Turtle & Hibiscus Flower Patterns

ages 10+
Use push pins and string to make a turtle and hibiscus flower.

Tiny Ceramics Studio

ages 8+
Use the materials provided (including a pottery wheel) to sculpt, paint, and glaze projects from the 24-page book of ideas.

Latchkits Yarnimals

ages 6+
Latch hook crafts like this owl are calming and fun! Easy to learn — just follow the pattern.

Paint Pour Art Set

ages 8+
Create beautiful works of art by pouring the provided different colors of paint into the provided tray.

Mermaid Potions

ages 8+
Mix up mermaid options with the included supplies and put them in potion bottles or necklaces.

Spirograph Mandala Designs

ages 8+
Create beautiful Spirograph mandalas with easy-to-use wheels and stencil designs.

Clay World Cute Cafe

ages 8+
Make and bake a clay food, decor, and animals for your cafe using the step-by-step instructions in a 32-page book! You’ll find directions for cakes, roses, waffles, and kittens. My youngest daughter loves all the tiny things so this is perfect for her.

Woobles Beginning Crochet Kit: Pierre the Penguin

Step-by-step crochet kit including yarn, eyes, a needle, crochet hook, stuffing, and bag.

How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps
by Lulu Mayo
age 7+
Do you love Lulu Mayo as much as my kids and me? In this new how-to-draw book, you’ll learn how to draw so many CUTE animals including a guinea pig, bunny, and duckling, plus a sloth on an Easter egg, a llama bunny, and a unicorn. The directions are easy to follow and the book gives you plenty of space for your own drawings next to the directions.

Lite Brite Oval

ages 6+
Make light-up designs on this redesigned retro toy shaped in an oval!

Pierre the Maze Detective Coloring Book
We did this coloring search and find book as a family activity after dinner for several weeks — it was a blast! We liked how it combined coloring with a search and find. (If you want just a search-and-find book, you can buy the full-color Pierre the Maze Detective book.)

Sew Mini Gardens

ages 10+
Sew your own garden plants — using the book of colorful, step-by-step instructions and the provided materials like felt and stuffing. Darling.

One by Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet

ages 10+
The original Wacom tablets cost $500+, so this is a more affordable option at $60 for kids who want to get started with digital art. Plug into your computer and start drawing!

Faber-Castell Dual Tip Watercolor Markers
ages 10+
Your artist will LOVE these beautiful markers because they blend smoothly and beautifully. (My artist daughter loves hers.) Use them with heavyweight mixed media paper like the sketch pad below.

Arteza Sketchbooks
These are specifically for wet mediums such as watercolor, acrylics, and watercolor markers. The paper is 300 GSM / 140lb, meaning it’s very thick and won’t bleed through.

Even More Classic Arts and Crafts Gifts

My First Crayons

ages 2+
Build hand strength (which is important for handwriting) with these colorful crayons designed for toddlers.

Playhouse Blank Castle

ages 4+
Customize your castle with stickers, markers, crayons, or paint!

Arts and Crafts Gifts

Melissa & Doug ABC 123 Wild Animals Dot-to-Dot Coloring Pad
ages 3+
Follow the letters or numbers to complete the scenes. I love how this does double duty — it’s fun and educational!

Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers
ages 4+
This carrying case makes it easy to carry your markers anywhere. And washable markers are a must-buy arts and crafts gift for creative kids!

Arts and Crafts Gifts for Creative Kids
Crayola Art Studio Supply Case
ages 4+
Here you’ll have everything you need for your arts and crafts projects with 64 crayons, 20 short pencils, 40 washable markers, and 15 sheets of paper.

Created by Me! Flower Magnets
ages 4+
Use the provided paint, stickers, glitter glue, and paintbrushes to decorate your wooden flower magnets.

Craft-tastic Make a Fox Friend
ages 5+
Make your own fox stuffie, clothes, and accessories with a few simple stitches through precut holes.

Create with Clay Mythical Creatures
ages 5+
Create a unicorn, dragon and phoenix sculptures with this colorful clay set!

Chalkboard T-Shirt
Use water-based chalk markers to decorate your t-shirt. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and change your design. Machine washable. (Comes in many colors!)

Ninja Kitties Coloring Book

ages 4+
Even my teenager loves this book — the illustrations are darling and the messages positive and encouraging. Aren’t these kitties cute?

Quick Knit Loom

ages 7+
Your child gets to make two knit hats using the provided loom and chunky yarn!

Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio with Stencils

ages 6+
My kids LOVE these! 40 sketch sheets with pre-printed models’ silhouettes to make fashion drawing easy for beginners or for anyone who wants to improve their drawing techniques. Use the removable stencils with over 50+ clothing and accessory shapes to help create different outfits and styles.

Give this Book a Cover: Spark Your Imagination with Over 100 Activities
by Jared Lerner and You
ages 6+
Drawing and writing prompts will give kids fun activities to complete on their own. They’ll get to finish a comic panel story, write a story about a cactus, learn to draw in steps, and much more. Engaging, perfect for summer.

Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit
ages 7+
Kids can grow magical fairy gardens with this cute craft kit that comes with a paintable potting dish, a flower house for their very own fairy, plus a lot more!

Blank Comic Book – Draw Your Own!
ages 8+
Kids can come up with their own comic-book-style stories with this exciting blank journal, where they can take their imagination to new heights!

Paint By Stickers Unicorns & Magic
ages 7+
Use the sheets of numbered geometric stickers to match the numbered shapes and make a sticker mosaic of a mermaid, unicorn, castle, fairy, and more.

Creativity for Kids Rainbow Sandland
ages 6+
My 8-year-old self wants this toy for Christmas– isn’t it adorable!? Create a magical world with colorful sand, glitter, playful stickers and an adorable mini unicorn!

Kawaii Doodle Class
by Pic Candle, illustrated by Zainab Khan
ages 6+
This is a learn-to-draw cute cartoons type of book — it appeals to my girls, especially my oldest who picked up a copy at our local bookstore.

Doodle Pillowcase
Color this beautiful world map illustration packed full of fun facts, wild animals and exotic sea creatures on a 100% Turkish cotton pillowcase complete. It comes with a set of 10 doodle color wash out pens; the ink washes out completely on a warm machine wash.

Magnetic Mini Tile Art
ages 8+
This DIY kit is a few years old. However, it’s a great pre-holiday gift because it gives kids the chance to make gifts for people in their families. Use this to create works of art that you can apply magnets to for fridge or locker decor.

Super Cute Notebook Doodles
32 fun notebook doodle animal designs to color with watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, or gel pens. I love that it has perforated pages.

Arts and Crafts Gifts for Creative Kids
Melissa and Doug Created by Me Flower Fleece Quilt
ages 6+
Knot together this soft and fuzzy quilt in any pattern design you like using the fleece squares provided. Talk about a fun and cozy arts and crafts project for your creative child.

Butterfly Bag

ages 6+
Use the 10 washout fabric markers to color this crossbody bag — then wash out and start again with a different color scheme.

ALEX Toys Rock Pets Turtle
ages 8+
Paint your own pet turtle with weatherproof paints.

ages 6+
Kids love these scented pencils!

WikkiStix for Doodlers
ages 3+
This minimal mess craft is perfect for helping kids become imaginative by letting them experiment with 2D and 3D doodles through the use of the colorful WikkiStix!

The Ultimate Art Museum by Ferren Gipson
ages 8+
WOW — this is the MOST impressive, well-organized, and beautifully designed art history book for children that I’ve EVER read. It’s a curated book that takes children chronologically through 18 galleries from geographical regions and cultures such as the Far East, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, and Byzantine period. Colorful borders and design, photographs and paintings with descriptions. Gorgeous — I highly recommend this incredible book!

Kids love these scented pencils!
creative artistic and craft gifts for kids
Harry Potter Coloring Book
ages 8+
Intricate illustrations and elaborate designs let kids color in explorations of Hogwarts Castle, the Forbidden Forest, magical creatures, and iconic scenes from the films. Want more? Look for Harry Potter Magical Creatures and Magical Places.

Scented Glitter Gel Pens
Add some sparkle to your drawings!

Color Your Own Water Bottle
ages 6+
Get creative coloring and decorating this water bottle! This is a great activity that keeps kids hydrated and imaginative!

Create Your Own Bead Pets
ages 6+
Kids will love making all sorts of beaded animals with this awesome set that comes with cool accessories, including key rings and lanyard clips!

Harry Potter Create by Sticker: Hogsmeade

ages 8+
Use the stickers to complete the Hogsmeade-related mosaics starting with a Marauder’s Map and ending with a landscape of Hogsmeade Village. Cute cartoon illustrations and a brief narration take you on an adventurous experience. Harry Potter fans who like to puzzle together mosaics will enjoy these memorable sticker scenes. Also in the series: Create by Sticker: Hogwarts.

Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars
ages 6+
Make three cool wooden race cars, each with their own vibrant designs and moving wheels!

National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab

Ages 8+
Do your kids love slime? This is a great starter kit for kids to make 8 types of slime and putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, and glow0in0the-dark putty. Not only is it great for crafters, but it’s also very helpful for children who need sensory play. Includes storage tins and accessories and a 16-page guide. Non-toxic.
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  1. We also bought our daughter Kawaii Doodle Class, she really liked it, now we are looking for something like this to buy, maybe you will advise?

    1. I’m so happy to hear that she liked it. The same author, Pic Candle, also has Mini Kawaii Doodle Class and Kawaii Doodle Cuties. My daughter also liked How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals by Lulu Mayo. Hope that helps!