Back to Basics Christmas Gifts for Kids


christmas gifts for kids

Tired of technology? We can suffer from digital overload at times, and so can our kids. This Christmas, try going old-school for at least some of their gifts and let them discover how fun simple toys can be!

1. Wooden Toys.

Lincoln Logs, basic wooden blocks, wooden cars, trucks and trains. Durable and great for imaginative play. Check out this cool Personalized Stacking Toy, Organic Wooden Toys for Kids, and Melissa & Doug for ideas.

2. Art Supplies.

For preschoolers, it might be modeling clay and finger paints—for older kids, let them explore a new medium like watercolors or pastels. Look at your local craft store or online here.

3. Board Games.

Always a great idea for family night. Check out Good Housekeeping magazine’s 12 Great Games for 2012.

4. Puzzles.

From the big chunky styles perfect for preschoolers to the 1,000+ piece versions for ages 9-99…puzzles rock!  Especially these handcrafted wooden puzzles.

5. Outdoor Play Basics.

Hula hoops, jump ropes, kick balls, etc. Hours of fun and relatively inexpensive.  And if your kids have never tried to Chinese jump rope, it’s old school fun they’ll love.

6. Craft and Model Kits.

It’s fun to make stuff! Lots of great options at online specialty retailer Fat Brain Toys.

7. Magic Tricks.

For just a few dollars and a little practice, your budding illusionist can become The Amazing (insert name here). Peruse Magic Geek for options.

8. Bikes and Scooters.

They never go out of style because all kids like to feel the wind in their hair from time to time. Read iMom’s guide to choosing the right bike and teaching your tike to ride safely.  For reluctant learners, the Pedal Magic program works like a charm.