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10 Birthday Presents for January Kids That Definitely Aren’t Holiday Leftovers

From CAMP Bunk Buddies to Bowie-worthy microphones, these gifts will play on all year!

Megan Baldwin and Sarah Burns


Wondering what to get an awesome, hard-working, super loyal kid who was born in January? Let’s start by avoiding anything that could be mistaken for a misplaced holiday gift or pre-Valentine’s Day prezzie. Now that that’s out of the way, we can focus on gifts that will get your kid dreaming and doing all the things they do best. From inspiring books to personalized puzzles, here’s our short list of gifts for every January birthday kid in your life.

1. The Floor Is Lava Board Game

As temperatures drop, it’s hard to get kids excited about moving around the house. This board game transforms the floor into a magical maze that will get your birthday kid excited to play indoors.

Great for birthday kids turning 5-10 

2. Purrble

Named one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2021 by TIME Magazine, the Purrble is designed to help comfort and calm his people. The trick is in Purrble's dynamic heartbeat: When you pick them up, their heartbeat accelerates, and through calming them, you calm yourself in the process! Stroke Purrble’s super soft fur and feel big emotions dissolve. Purrble is the gift we all need this winter and beyond — that’s no hypurrrrrrbole!

Great for birthday kids turning 3 to 103!

3. Little Likes Kids: Musical Crossroads Puzzle

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in January and Black History Month around the corner in February, this puzzle from Black-owned indie toymakers Little Likes Kids is a timely gift, representing friends of every color and screen-free fun for every age.

Great for birthday kids turning 5-9

4. Rhyme Antics Game

Is your kid the next Kendrick or Eminem? Test their lyrical skills with this fun game for the whole family that challenges you to build raps and battle for the mic.

Great for birthday kids turning 8-12

5. Bowie Bingo

A Bingo game celebrating the enduring legacy of David Bowie, the January-born interplanetary icon who's missed around the world, every single day.

Great for birthday kids turning 8-12

6. Singing Machine Mic Guy Bluetooth Speaker

January kids know how to rock the mic, so this wireless Bluetooth microphone is the perfect way to hone your future star’s singing or talk-show-hosting skills.

Great for birthday kids turning 8-12

7. Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Supply Library

Nothing brings kids' imaginations to life more than a fresh set of craft supplies, and the Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Supply Library is an epic assortment of googly eyes, pipe cleaners, beads, and more essentials — over 1,250 pieces in all! If you can’t make it to a CAMP location for one of our craft activities, this is definitely the next best thing. Find all the necessary ingredients for your child's next masterpiece right in the box!

Great for birthday kids turning 5-10

8. Tomorrow Most Likely

From best selling author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) comes a delightfully whimsical goodnight book that wonders what adventures tomorrow might bring. Upgrade your bedtime routine with a picture book you'll all look forward to revisiting again and again. Because tomorrow is most likely going to be great!

Best for birthday kids turning 3-5

9. Anomia: The Game

Anomia is more fun than it has any right to be! Gather the whole crew ‘round the table and enjoy laugh-screaming at each other to capture category cards in this fast-paced family game that's both easy to learn and addictively fun to play.

Best for birthday kiddos turning 10 and up

10. CAMP Bunk Buddies

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The Bunk Buddies are ready to join your child's everyday adventures, or snuggle up when it’s time to dream about the journey to come! Fearless and loyal Scout, the leader of the Bunk Buddies, is always ready to play, while superhero princess Hazel is ready to wield her wild creativity as your best boon companion! These super premium plush companions, developed by your fun-loving friends here at CAMP, make a snuggly, colorful gift.

Great for birthday kids turning 1 to 92

Celebrate Your Birthday With Us at CAMP!

Hold on to your party hats: CAMP wants to help you celebrate your big day. Our magical spaces and incredible counselors make it all happen! Find out more about how to host a birthday party at a CAMP location near you.

Originally published January 2021, updated January 2022.