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Whether it’s birthdays or Christmas, I’m the one always looking for the unique gift for my daughter, friend’s kids, and little family members. Often, I make personalized gifts, but sometimes the occasion sneaks up on me. In those cases, I’m looking for something different, in an effort to not duplicate someone else, while also hopefully being a little memorable. If possible, I also like my purchased gifts to be educational (without them knowing it, of course!), and I like to get as much bang out of my buck as possible. If you’re not looking for cheap plastic, excessive batteries, or screen time, here you are!
Here are my top picks for toddlers through young elementary school this year (ages 3-7). Whether you’re shopping for a girly girl, the adventurer, the family action hero, or the budding scholar, here are gift ideas they’ll wish were on their list already, and won’t soon forget! I actually wish it were appropriate for me to get some of them for myself…but I’ll settle for picking these up for our daughter and several nieces and nephews. 😉
They won’t have a clue that they’re learning, and you won’t break the bank. I did put a couple of bigger gifts in there, for those looking for something amazing there, but most are under $25.
This is the age bracket that people learn at a very rapid rate, so it’s important to make learning fun for them. This is also the time that many of their interests will come to life in their personalities – draw on them!
See also: The Easiest Way to Build an Afternoon of Meaningful Toddler or Elementary Child Activities ~or~ The Only Thing You Need to Do to Be a Good Mom
–The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity – Challenge the World Around You!
–Constructive Eating – Construction Combo with Utensil Set, Plate, and Placemat
–Wood Eats! Slice & Share Picnic Basket by Imagination Generation
Games & Puzzles
Arts, Crafts, and Music
–ALEX Toys Craft Giant Art Jar (or make your own version!)
Sports & Outdoor
These are AWESOME, because kids have something to keep looking forward to. My favorites are
Local experience passes
If you are not the parent, you will win BIG time with parents if you go this route. From a mom perspective, I can tell you that my child seriously needs no more stuff. Experiences last a lifetime, and especially for families that have to get creative with their funds and can’t afford to take their kids to special things, this is a fantastic route to go. Think of local museums, swimming pools, play areas, movie theaters, and plays (Disney on Ice, anyone?). Check into their local community ed classes, or pay for a few ballet or swim lessons.
Obviously, memberships are large gifts…but ask if they will do day passes, most do. A year-long zoo membership can be quite pricey, while paying part or all of day passes for the family can be pretty reasonable. If you’re a family member, consider offering to take the kids on the experience, giving the parents some time off (while you get to soak up the fun, win win!)
If you are in Minnesota like my family, consider places like the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Science Museum, the Minnesota Zoo, Nickelodeon Universe passes, the Sea Life Aquarium or Crayola Experience in the Mall of America, Pinwheel Play in Chanhassen, The Works Museum, Bunker Beach, Minnesota State Park pass, Minnesota Transporation Museum, Eagles Nest, Como Town Amusement Park, Wishing Tree Cafe in White Bear Lake, Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, Water Park of America, Big Thrill Factory, and the local YMCA. There are SO many options here!
Pick up books that star the child’s favorite characters. My toddler LOVES this. It’s a great and simple add-on too, if you’re looking for just a little extra something. Plus, there’s several companies who will personalize books with kid’s names, which is also an option. It’s such a great way to get and keep kids interested in reading…put their favorite TV characters into books!
I hope this helped you brainstorm some ideas for the littles in your life, no matter the gift’s occasion. I had a lot of fun shopping and pulling the list together for my gift-giving list, and sharing with you! I would love to hear your thoughts – what could make this list better?
Your turn: Does your family have unique gift traditions? Is there anything you would recommend for making learning fun in this critical age?
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