Santa’s little helpers are so busy at this time of year, which occasionally makes mama’s spirits anything but bright. Fret not, I’ve scoured Market Mall to suss out what to buy the babes, toddlers and big kids (excluding husbands) on our list. Here’s a look at this year’s top Christmas gifts for kids.

Christmas gifts for newborns

Kate's baby products for Prince George

Sleep sacks are the best!

Baby mamas went nuts when Duchess Kate was spotted swaddling Prince George in Aden + Anais. Score yours at bo bébé. for $59.99.

fashionable girls winter hat

How cute!

For a sweet stocking stuffer, Haute Tots hats ($24.99 ) are not only adorable, they’re made locally and range in size from 0 to 24 months at bo bébé.

Gifts for pre-schoolers

kids wooden fort

Like Little House!

Lincoln Logs foster creativity and fine motor skills in kids aged three to ten (my eight-year-old is still nuts about her set). Start with Sunnyfield Stable ($32.99), or go large with the Fort ($61.99). Available at Toys R Us.

fort building

The Huz and I love this!

Speaking of forts, Crazy Forts ($39.97) are another fun way to fuel kid’s imagination. Aspiring engineers can construct a tunnel, a rocket, or igloo, with little or no parental involvement. And isn’t that what we all look for in a gift? Found at Toys R Us.

Wooden toys

Wooden toys are so Montessori 🙂

Tykes (and Montessori types) are all over Plan Toys Wooden Play Sets (from $14.99), at bo bébé.

child drinking glasses

Because kids are dorks.

Love these affordable Drinking Glasses ($3.99) that can easily be slipped into stockings by Santa. Available at Stokes.

Gifts for school Age Kids

Talking toy

Slightly scary looking, but OK…

Elementary school kids will have a ball trying to trying to baffle this clever creature. Kids think of an animal,  then listen to a bunch of questions they answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or to. Surprise, surprise, Magic Jinn usually guesses the right animal. Yep, magic. Available at Toys R Us for $14.97.

Darth Vader mask

And you’ll use it every Halloween!

The force is sure to be with you by presenting this Darth Vader Voice Changer-Helmet ($24.97) to Star Wars or Clone Wars fans. Just don’t let Dad steal it. Found at at Toys R Us.

Best gift for girls

Because kids love making things.

Who knows why Rainbow Loom is so popular with girls eight-years and up. Who cares when it’s only $20 and bags of bands are only $4.50 a pop at Paper Root Studios.

holiday advent calendar

This is a holiday tradition in our house.

Thanks to Playmobil, parents are off the hook assembling Advent Calendars. Score yours for $24.99 at Toys R Us.

In case you have to lug the wee-ones with you while shopping, be sure to visit Santa’s Playland November 24 to December 24 at Market Mall.

What are you buying your kids this Christmas?