Kids can be surprisingly hard to buy for, particularly when they’re relatives you don’t see often enough to know what they already have or if the kids live far away.
The hottest toys were sold out long ago, but you can still find some cool items that’ll bring smiles to young faces. A big advantage to ordering gifts online is that you can have them wrapped and directly shipped to recipients.
This saves you the trouble of wrapping, packing and standing in line at the Post Office or UPS counter. Here are a few ideas to consider.
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Kids LOVE to get packages in the mail, so they’re thrilled with monthly subscription services. With Little Passports (read my review here), your recipient child receives a monthly box, shipped with his/her name on it.
Little Passports offers four different age-appropriate subscription types:
- Early Explorers (ages 3-5)
- World Edition (ages 6-10)
- USA Edition (ages 7-12)
- Science Expeditions (ages 9+)
Every Little Passports box deftly mixes education and entertainment for a truly fun experience and hours of constructive playtime. The first month’s box contains a starter kit with items such as maps, pretend passports, stickers and a case for all of their Little Passports treasures.
Each monthly box has a theme, such as a country or states (depending on the subscription), and includes items such as maps, travel souvenirs, activity sheets and stickers. Kids will feel like it’s Christmas morning all over again every time they excitedly tear into their Little Passports box!
Little Passports subscriptions start at $11.95 per month, and you can choose month-to-month, six-month or annual plans. Plans renew automatically to your credit card on file if you don’t cancel. The company also sells a variety of non-subscription educational toys and other products for kids.
Games (Not the Video Kind)
Remember when games were, well, actual games? When was the last time you had a family game night, or that you saw a kid play an actual board game, or other type of real, physical, touchable game that didn’t exist on some sort of screen?
Winning Moves offers a selection of creative, totally fun games that kids are sure to enjoy, including Pass the Pigs Big Pigs and Brynk (see my review with videos here).
Pass the Pigs Big Pigs is kind of like a dice throwing game using pigs instead of dice. Brynk is a fabulous balancing game – you try to stack colorful hard plastic game pieces as high as you can.
My 6-year-old daughter and niece were fascinated by Brynk. They didn’t even play it as a game – they just individually tried to see how tall they could stack the pieces.
Winning Moves also offers all of your favorite classic games, including:
Kids Glow-in-the-Dark Quad Chair
Every time we see a camp chair in a store, my younger daughter has to sit on it. She loves sitting on store chairs in general, but there’s something about camp chairs
This Coleman’s glow-in-the-dark quad camp chair really caught my eye. It’s kid-sized with a 10.2-inch sitting height and includes a mesh cup holder.
Kids of all ages love Lincoln Logs. I used to play with these as a kid, and you probably did, too!
Kids can build all sorts of creative constructions with Lincoln Logs. Parents need to keep a camera ready to take photos of kids’ masterpieces so they can be torn down in favor of new creations.
Marbulous Marble Run
My younger daughter (then 6 years old) got a Marbulous marble run for Christmas last year and loves it. She’s put together dozens of different marble runs using Marbulous’s sturdy plastic pieces.
Marbulous was one of her favorite gifts, and she continues to play with it off and on almost a year later. It’s also fun for grown-ups to see all the great marble runs the kids devise.
How About You?
What are your favorite kids’ toys and gifts? What have your kids or grandkids asked for this year for Christmas?
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