When holidays and birthdays come around I have to field questions from every aunt, grandparent, babysitter and neighbor about what to get for the kids. Luckily my kids have lots of interests so we can get away so many things. They would ultimately choose gifts associated with gaming if it was left to them but would also be excited to receive any of the below gifts and ideas that I want to share.
Gift giving to kids that aren’t yours can be stressful. You want the child to not only appreciate the gift but to also really enjoy it. A gift that ends up in a re-gift or return pile is no fun. These fun and battery free ideas can make you the hit of the party.
Costumes-Dress -up can be the start of dreams for a bright future. Capes, masks and microphones can transform a simple bedroom into a stage or pool of hot lava.
Puzzles- Aim for a theme such as animals or trains that the child is already very interested in. Even the littlest fingers enjoy chunky wooden puzzles.
Blocks-Blocks come in all types of sizes, shapes and technical difficulty. Invest in a little engineer’s future with a set that fits their age and interests.
Board Games-Stick with classics such as Life or Sorry for years and years worth of use.
Arts & Crafts-Everyone has even the littlest creative bone in their body. Spark a new passion for painting, beading, paper-crafts or even sewing with a gift that will get their fingers and minds moving.
Food Play-Playing pretend restaurant or kitchen is one of the best past-times. Gift a set of realistic felt or wooden food or pots and pans to get their kitchen going with the next best meal.
Trains-A train-set is an instant magnet for children of all ages. Sets can be built out to extraordinary size and elaborate design to engage many children at once.
Outdoor Toys-Get them up and moving with a gift of classic toys such as a kite, basketball, jump rope, hula hoop and sidewalk chalk. No more excuses to be sitting in the house.
These are just a handful of ideas for getting your kids unplugged and playing something new or old. What kind of battery-free gifts do you like to gift to the children in your life.