The No Fail Christmas Gift Guide for those that Stink at buying Gifts
I’m just going to be honest, I’m not a gift giver. I cringe at the idea of buying someone a birthday, anniversary, baby, or Christmas gift. I’m not good at it. I spend hours thinking about what I should buy and hours more researching reviews and prices, not to mention the anxiety that comes with wondering if they will even like it! I’m terrible at it. I would rather someone just tell me exactly what they want, and I’m more than happy to wrap it! So this no fail Christmas Gift Guide, is less about what I have purchased and more about what my family has really loved over the past few years.
Let’s start with the 2-4 year old crowd.
We received one of these remote control cars for a Christmas gift a few years ago and my daughter loved it! It doesn’t have complicated buttons, it’s easy to maneuver and they are able to successfully drive it right away. It’s still a hit with younger guest that visit our house. There are lots of different cars to choose from as well.
You can never go wrong with little people, or the weeble wobbles for that matter. Oh, how we loved to play with those little figures and their houses. I can still hear the music in my head!
These Magna tiles are awesome. If you have a child that loves to build these will keep them occupied for hours. Seriously. They are addicting. We also have the Magformers, they work the same way but are a little more substantial. We loved them both.
Blocks, We have always had a bin of blocks for our kids to build with. There was nothing fancy about them, but they loved building fortresses and setting them up and knocking them over. And you can never go wrong with Duplos. Another classic toy is the wooden train set, now that our children are older I am passing ours off to my nephew who loves trains.
I really prefer to have toys that are not necessarily gender specific. Don’t get me wrong, we love our dolls, doll houses, princesses and nerf guns, but I have found that things that everyone can play with takes up less space, and allows for more playing together and I’m always looking for ways to build sibling relationships.
Toys for the 5 and 6 year old crowd
If toys with parts puts you into a panic, this one will do you in good. Pro-tip, keep it in a small tote and only bring it out when the kids say “Mom, I’m bored.” This toy has given me hours to myself to sit back, eat Bon Bons and catch up on my Netflix shows. OR at least get the laundry finished.
My son also had a set of these take apart toys when he was little. His were cars but the concept was the same. He loved being able to use the tools to put together and take a part the cars. These dinosaurs look fun!
If you have children that love a little drama the puppet show theater might be the perfect Christmas Gift for them. My father in law built us a curtained puppet show and we bought these great puppets that have kept the kids entertained for years. They love putting on shows for us. We have collected a lot of puppets over the years!
Keeping with the make believe theme, we have always had a dress up trunk that has served us well over the years.
Toys for 7 -9 year olds
The Stomp Rocket, has been number one on my list of gifts that I give any 5-10 year old boy. My girls had fun with it too!
Legos, Legos and Legos. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how many legos we own- believe me when I say…it’s a lot. Like a lot. For nearly a decade it’s almost all my children asked for at Christmas and on birthdays. My oldest will still play with them! Pro tip: Use the train table that they have grown out of to build and house their Lego cities.
This racing car was a pleasant surprise when we received it as a gift. It is controlled by a mobile device.
Do you have any crafty kids. This non-hardening clay is a step up from play-
Gifts for 10-15 year olds
What kid doesn’t want a drone! This drone was my son’s favorite Christmas Gift last year.
No one has broken anything yet! knock on wood, because we love these outdoor toys.
Do you have any readers? My son isn’t the biggest fan of sitting down with a book, but this series had him hooked. He would even sneak past his bedtime to read more. So you know they have to be awesome!
Do you have a child interested in playing the guitar?
You can also check out this post on online Guitar Lessons.
Games, Games and More Games
We love games! Over the years we have collected a lot of them. I’m only going to share the ones that we play regularly.
The gifts that keep on giving:
If you are looking for non-traditional Christmas gifts consider these:
–Magazine subscriptions to magazines like Time for Kids, National Geographic, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks
-Memberships to Museums, Zoos, Art clubs
-Music Classes, Art Classes, Cooking Classes