Sometimes at Christmas, you want to give something a little nicer. These gift ideas also span an age range from toddler to teen, and come with our recommendation and delight.
- $30 Play cash register
- $60 Arduino starter kit (I have no idea. My teenage son loved it, and learned a lot.)
- $26 Hair styling head (I had a foster daughter who loved playing with hair and had a talent for it. She had a grand time with this.)
- $40 Wooden train set, 100 pieces
- $32 Pandemic (We like to buy a shared gift each Christmas, a huge puzzle or a new family game. This was last year’s choice – a complex, engrossing game of teamplay instead of competition. Players join together to beat the game itself.)
- $30 Cube shelves and $18 Cubes to go in them (What a cute way of storing stuff.)
- $21 Snap Circuits 100 (A safe play set that works with live connectors and circuits, and teaches real electronics. There are more advanced sets available, too. Our boys are too old for this now, but loved it at 8-11.)
- $26 Mepps Aglia fishing lures (They light up my fisherman son’s world.)
- $25 BB gun and $5 BB’s (The last one we bought was pink.)
- $33 Gerber multi-tool
- $35 Engraved compass with case (Really meaningful for a special event, like a milestone birthday, adoption, or baptism.)
- $94 Majestic mansion dollhouse (This is what I always wanted as a child. It’s quite nice: sturdy, enormous, real wood furniture. But to be honest, my children are happier with Fisher Price little people sets.)
- $40 Fisher Price “A Christmas Story” nativity set (So, so loved, all year round.)
- $40 Jensen portable CD player (Probably our most-used Christmas gift of all time.)
I told you I love children’s gifts. Tis the season!