Monday, November 21, 2016

Gift Ideas Galore

For the little girl who loves babies:
These books are Janey's favorites:
Little Mommy
The New Baby
Baby Listens
This is a good little baby doll for very little girls (I bought this for Janey when she was two) as it is small:
Corolle Calin Baby Doll

Bigger girls:
I can't resist the packaging and quality...
...but I don't really think a little girl gives a hoot what "brand" a doll is, there are many affordable options like these for under $35.
Melissa & Doug 12" Jenna Doll
Berenguer 15" Baby Doll with Gift Set


Accessories:
Set of four flannel receiving blankets (only $8)  Janey uses these all the time for her babies.
A front pack carrier.
A stroller: Patrick and Janey both loved to push a little stroller for our walks.

For the little girl or boy who loves crafts:

Play dough recipe found here (can be packaged up cute in air tight containers.)
A large bucket of cookie cutters.
Real rolling pin.
Pink Roses / Flowers - Childs / Kids / Mini -  PVC / Oilcloth Apron - Wipe clean - Childs apron - waterproof apron

A child size apron (these oil cloth Etsy ones are so cute!)

ALSO:

For basic art supplies we use:
Pip-Squeek Markers
Colored Pencils
Drawing Books-  (These are great-Usborne Drawing Books.)
Paper Cutter: This is a favorite item for all kids-obviously be careful as the blade is super sharp but covered-I started letting my kids play with this around 3 when I knew they would be careful.
Construction Paper
Tracing Paper  (So good for learning to draw and hand/eye coordination.)
Clipboard for tracing paper. (Don't forget to show them how to tape down tracing paper so it doesn't slip, or if tracing from a book use clips.)
Watercolors.
Washable paints.
Set of real brushes. (they need decent brushes!)

Activity books:
Usborne sticker books are very nice.
Melissa and Doug sticker books are big hits here, particularly this one and this one.

A homework box is a great idea! Some of the art supplies above, with a notebook and paper in a clear box.  Also these stencils are used here often, (these stencils are super neat for kids!) and envelopes and stickers from the dollar store for notes.

Crafts for older kids:
We loved Shrinky Dinks jewelry, or this kit. 
And this paper fashion set-Abbey LOVED this.
A super cute clay charms kit.
String art for boys or girls-someone is getting this, this year.
Friendship bracelet kit-a classic.
The boys LOVED their rubber band kits.

I think this is SO cute, I remember making these as a kid:
Pom pom pets.

For pretend play around the house:
This grocery cart.
Janey loves this cash register.
This kitchen. (warning: lots of pieces to put together!!! but so cute and sturdy when finished)
We have this food and kitchen set: Hape - Playfully Delicious - Gourmet Kitchen Starter Play Set
We love this cute tea set.
Cutting food and the sandwich maker are a favorite also.
I also found that the reusable kid's gift bags are great pretend grocery bags.

She also might need a purse and a wallet, the more pockets the better!

Janey sets up a "store" all over the family room and I sit at the register, she shops and I ring and put in the bag and repeat, repeat, repeat.

This Fisher Price dollhouse has been a HUGE HUGE hit for Janey this year.  This dollhouse and so many accessories were borrowed from some cousins who have outgrown them and she has played, and played, and played hours with this set.  

For the boy who loves football and soccer and every other sport:
This basketball hoop is a huge hit and takes your living room decor to the next level (a trade off for burned off boy energy, so worth it!  And ours is still going strong with teenage boys playing on it.)
These gloves.
This football.
Kicking tee.
This play white board.
These football guys (or soccer guys and baseball guys and hockey guys).

Favorite sports magazine and books:
Sports Illustrated for Kids. (my boys love the cards that come with every issue.)
Big Book of Who All-Stars.
Sports Illustrated What Are The Chances?
Childhood of Famous Americans Sports Guys books,

For the builder:
All Lego building sets.  My boys have loved anything Lego, especially Lego City building sets. If you start with a big basic box, I would suggest this Lego idea book and one or two base plates.

For little guys the Duplos are great.  We have a huge basic set, than a Thomas Train set, which is discontinued, but they do still have a "generic" train set and track.
Also for little guys, the Build A Road has been a favorite.
Kapla blocks are awesome for ALL ages. 


For the mom who loves outside toys:)
All time favorite is a basic scooter. (Ours has gone through so many boys and jumps and crashes and still is as good as new.)  This three wheel scooter is super fun and is used often.
These rip riders are huge hits and still are played with consistently-they have been crashed into, and once I ran one over that was left in the driveway-miraculously they survive.
For littler guys this plasma car is great.


For the reader:
A headlamp for reading at night.
I agonized over getting this Kindle for Andrew when he was in 5th grade but I love it-he uses it a lot (but still reads "real" books also.  It allowed him to keep up the pace of his ferocious book appetite without driving me mad with library visits-we've never paid for a book either-all rented downloads through the library.)
All of our favorite books are in the sidebar.
Have you read Where the Red Fern Grows to your children?  Or they can read it if old enough, it's our favorite.
Also there is a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid out they've been begging me to get.

For the teenage boy who offers up no gift suggestions ever:
A long board.
Jansport back packs have a lifetime guarantee (I know this because I sent one back and they reimbursed me!)
Gym bags.
Quadcopter.
These head phones work as well as the expensive ones, or so I've heard.
These maze puzzles appeal to all ages, and are irresistible for bored kids (and adults)...we have four of them!

For the teenage girl who loves makeup:
This eye shadow.
Or even more eyeshadow.
Brush set.
Remember caboodles?  If you were a teen in the 80's you do.  We couldn't find them but this art organizer works just as well. (Abbey bought this for college.)
This nail polish.

College kids:
Coffee cups (Anthro always has cute ones, but Janey and I found one just as cute at the Dollar Store. :) or travel cup.
A phone sticker that holds cards.
I love this Mary necklace-I have one and Abbey will also.
A super soft blanket (this one comes in tons of colors) for their dorm.
Nice warm socks (boy and girls).
A soft fluffy robe for girls.  (Aerie also has good ones but wait for a sale!)
Slippers for guys.  (Isaac wore these as shoes in college-also Land's End has great sales.)

Let me know if you have questions or if I missed an age group and you need help.


Tons more ideas all updated this year and for all ages here.
21 Years of Our Best-Loved, Most-Used Quality Toys!

16 comments :

  1. I always look forward to these posts. Thank you for sparking great gift ideas!

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  2. Thank you for all the great ideas. You are always so very helpful and I truly appreciate it. I loved the "for the little girl who loves babies" ideas. Oh how sweet. I would have loved playing with those things when I was a little girl.

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  3. I've been meaning to share a great idea with you for your older kids who are now driving (and even your husband)! Last year I gave all of mine a roadside emergency car kit to keep in their cars. I bought a basic one that was on sale the day after Thanksgiving then got online to see other ideas I could include as their was plenty of room for more stuff. I added a small first aid kit, a bottle of water, a funnel, a roll of duck tape and a pair of work gloves. I also printed out instructions complete with drawings on how to jump start a car. I know one of them has come in really handy already! I have peace of mind knowing they have items that might get them out of a jam or can come to the aid of someone else who does!

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    1. LOVE this idea for my teenage daughter! Instructions/diagram for jump starting a car is genius--I still don't know how to do that--ha!!

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  4. Any ideas for a girl who will be entering the military? I am at a complete loss.

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    1. I think they have really strict rules about what to take? Or maybe I'm just thinking of basic training? Stationary and stamps for sure right?

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  5. I was such a crafter when I was young. Wish my Mum had seen this list years ago!
    - Charmaine
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  6. We loved the Golden Books, Doctor Dan the Bandage Man and Nurse Nancy. They make a nice little set and you could even jazz it up by including a toy medical kit or a package of bandaides. Kids just love band-aides!

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  7. Hi. Have a question about the Kindle. Is your son able to access books thru the local library? Only interested in this if reading can be free (after the cost of the Kindle that is). Thanks!

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    1. Yes! We've never paid for a book. Andrew knows how to do it and the library helps with learning how-it's a matter of downloading it when it becomes available-he can keep it for 21 days and then renew if no one is waiting for it.

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  8. Thank you for the wonderful ideas! Can you provide the link to the kitchen you have pictured? It seems to be missing. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Amanda-I added it. It comes in white like we have, but also pink and red.

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  9. So many fun gift ideas Sarah! I always look forward to your holiday gift posts. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your beautiful family! xo

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  10. Thank you for the great ideas! We added magna tiles to our collection because of it. My boys are just getting into sports now, and we will be getting some indoor or outdoor equipment for Christmas to get their ENERGY out! I love the suggestion of the pipsqueak markers and will be sure to get those for stocking stuffers. Can't wait until my daughter is old enough for more girl classic toys!

    Have a happy thanksgiving with your family Sarah!

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  11. Thank you for these ideas! I often refer back to these for when we have a birthday in the house as well. Merry Christmas!

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