Thanksgiving is over and we are now in what kids think of as the most exciting time of the year—the countdown ‘til Christmas. Kids everywhere are preparing for Christmas plays at church, practicing songs in school, writing letters to Santa, and asking (or begging) their parents for the gifts that they want most. There really is nothing like the excitement kids feel during this time of the year.
Certainly, Christmas is about a lot more than receiving gifts. As parents we make sure our children understand that this is really a season about giving and celebrating the birth of Christ. That said, we still want them to wake up on Christmas morning experiencing a bit of magic. That is absolutely what I want for my kids.
I know considering their requests and going through countless, circulars can make it challenging to figure out what you should get your little ones. Here are a few gift ideas for kids in every age range that are sure to make their Christmas morning a bright one.
Filip. A smart watch designed to keep kids safe and give parents a peace of mind, Filip is a pretty clever device. The best part is, it’s cool looking (and available in 4 bright colors). Giving parents the ability to call, text, and locate their children using their own smart phone, Filip may be just what your kid needs.
National Geographic Laser Pegs: Landmarks & Archaeology. A great 240-piece set that gives your kid the ability to build present-day landmarks, the ancient wonders of the world, and various architectural structures, these laser pegs are impressive. What’s even cooler is the ability for the kids to use LED connector blocks to light up the awesome structures they’ve created. I love it!
Fashion Plates. This gift is perfect if you have a little girl in your life who loves fashion. We recently gave this to a friend’s daughter for her birthday and it was a huge hit. Kids can mix and match these double-sided design plates, use a crayon or colored pencil, and create a design they love.
Oh Snap! Honestly, I just can’ resist talking about a game called “Oh Snap!” just because it’s one of my favorite things to say. But seriously, this game is a great family game that allows for family fun while helping your kids exercise their brains. Focused on spatial strategy and decision-making, “Oh Snap!” is sure to be a keeper.
Little Passports. A great subscription service that encourages children to fall in love with the cultures of the world, I think “Little Passports” is a winner. With three different subscriptions available based on age group, you are sure to find just what you kid needs.
KiwiCrate. My son received this as a gift last year and he truly loved it. Every month he got a new box in the mail and he was always excited to open it up and see what arts and crafts project was in store for him. Anything that inspires creativity (and keeps me from buying a bunch of supplies) is a winner in my book.
Magna-Tiles. These magnetic building tiles are a must-have for kids. They offer hours of fun, promote creativity, and help your kids build critical skills they need to do well in life. Great fun for boys and girls alike, Magna-Tiles are pretty awesome.
BMWK, do you have any new toys to add to this list?