Christmas Gifts for Kids

Christmas Gifts for Kids

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By Tania Tod

The holiday season is almost here again, which means it is time to worry about gifts for your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or your friend’s kids. The stores are full of expensive toys, but it can be difficult to know what will really be a hit with kids, especially if you have to buy gifts for multiple kids and want your them to be fun, educational and personal all at once. What are some of the best Christmas gifts for kids? Read on and we’ll take a look at age appropriate toys for children up through age eight.

For the tiniest ones

The under twos are easily pleased, as long as their gift allows them to express their creativity. Most toddlers are into stacking, demolishing and rebuilding. If you want to give something a little more exciting than a plain old stacker, there are many fun and unusual wooden stackers on the market, in various shapes. Indoor cars for toddlers or rocking horses always do well with little ones too and they can provide years of entertainment. Another great idea for babies and toddlers is a lullaby glow worm which will light up when it’s cuddled and give small kids a sense of security at night.

Three- and four-year-olds

Preschoolers love imaginative play and crafts. A play kitchen with wooden vegetables is almost guaranteed to be a hit with both boys and girls. Basic craft supplies like finger paint, large beads and thread, or crayons do well too. Train sets are good for hours of play and develop children’s creativity as they build their own routes and go on journeys.

Kindergarteners

One gender neutral and unusual toy that I am sure most kids would be overjoyed with is a bouncing ball maker I found on the web. A gift like this encourages creavity and gives kids a long-lasting finished product too. Construction toys – Lego, Playmobil, and K’nex — can be used to build their own worlds and play together which will make them happy that Santa has been around! Computer games are popular with five- and six-year-olds, but for those who prefer their kids to have less screen time, outdoor toys like a bike or even a football are totally marvelous! Of course, books are always a good gift for children who are just starting to read on their own.

Seven- and eight-year-olds

Are your kids into Wii, but you prefer more educational and creative toys like Lego? Why not combine the two and get them a “build your own” Lego remote control kit for Nintendo Wii? It looks great and will remind kids that there is more to life than video games even as they are playing them! For girls, I found a great custom perfume lab which they can use to create their own wonderful (hopefully!) odors, Finally, if you have decided that the computer games can’t be avoided, there are electronic board games for Wii that can keep the whole family entertained.

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