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Just like with our gift guides for him and her, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites gifts for kids.
Off the bat, it probably seems like kids are easy to buy for. For the most part they are. It doesn’t take much to fascinate them, but that stuff doesn’t usually last long or get played with often. These items are all things that our kids have loved and have used for several years before they were outgrown.
When we pick toys for our kids, it’s important to us that they are quality things that don’t break easily, serve a purpose (learning, burning energy, etc) and don’t take up a ton of space or make a ton of noise. We like things for them to do, rather than just toys that take up space (if that makes sense).
Heather’s Favorites Gifts
1. Three Wheel Scooter: I bought these knock off scooters for my kids because I didn’t know if they’d use them enough to justify the cost of the name brand. They use these almost every single day and they just finally broke (The brake came off…not that anyone ever uses it!) after about two years. I’m beyond impressed.
2. EzyRoller: This is definitely a big gift, but is so much fun and will grow with your child! We’re big on being outside and this is a fun alternative to the usual bike or scooter.
3. Trampoline: We’ve had this trampoline for about 6 months and it has been such a lifesaver. Isla and Nolan are major sensory seekers, which means our living room may as well be a UFC octagon. This hasn’t solved all of that, but it’s nice to have the option to send them outside to wrestle! I’m not exaggerating when I say they use this every day (weather permitting). This one is there perfect size. It doesn’t take up the whole yard, but they will be able to use it for quite a few years before they’re too big.
4. Bubble Machine: I have never met a single kid who doesn’t love a bubble machine. This one kicks out the bubbles like crazy.
Brittany’s Favorites Gifts
5. Human body coloring book: Harrison is really in to all things art related. He’s also really in to anatomy and learning the parts of the human body. This coloring book has been perfect for him.
6. Kindle Fires with kid-proof case: My kids are big Minecraft players. The security and affordable FreeTime option have been perfect for their ages. It allows enough freedom so that they can play with each other but they are on lockdown from access to any other players without my permission.
7. Legos: Nothing keeps my boys occupied like a new Lego set. Their favorite toy hands down. The linked Creative Brick Box was the first set Harrison ever got and it was perfect.
8. Two Wheel Scooter: After the big kid learned to ride a bike, the three-wheel scooter wasn’t really age-appropriate anymore. We didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a fancy one, this one has held up nicely!
Here are some things we’re considering as gifts for our kiddos this year:
Heather’s New Gifts Picks
1. Kinetic Sand I’m really hoping this lives up to it’s mess free reputation. I had a lot of time to brainstorm good indoor activities when we were housebound from the wildfire smoke and I think this will be good this winter.
2. Marble Run We need more toys in our house that allow the opportunity to work together and I hoping this is the one to begin with. Plus, not going to lie, I think it looks fun!
3. Teeter Popper balance board I can’t emphasize enough how much my kids move all day long. I’m hoping these help get the wiggles out and prevent them from launching themselves off the couch. A mom can dream, right?
Brittany’s New Gifts Picks:
4. Boxing Ring Inflatable Bouncer: Totally not kidding. On the days when the boys just can’t seem to stop wrestling, this would be amazing and they would totally love it. Plus, great for birthday parties!
5. Boogie Board: Harrison actually already has one of these but Sully has been begging for one too! It’s an LCD writing tablet and it’s great for car rides.
6. Kid Joke Book: Do you know how funny 6-year-olds think they are? This will help, I hope.
7. Crystal Growing Lab: My kids are obsessed with science and figuring out how things work. I plan to gift a few science activities for use when the winter weather has us trapped inside all day.
8. Legos: Yep, more. Plus this one is Jurassic World, so fun!
What are you getting your kids this year? What have you loved in the past? Tell us in the comments! We’re always looking for new ideas!