I have to admit, I love shopping for gifts. It is exciting to find things I love and share them with others. Part of the fun is knowing the recipient and picking something personalized. However, sometimes you need a more generic or universal gift and for those times, I am sharing some of my go-to gifts. One thing that everyone loves is a good book, so I look for a favorite story to go along with each gift.
Infants: Let’s be real, this is more about the parents. I like to avoid toys and stuffed animals and go for practical things that parents will appreciate. Think teething rings, pajamas, or dinnerware. I like Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats paired with a pair of booties.
Toddlers: What toddler doesn’t like building and trucks? I love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. You can pair this with a set of trucks and/or some kinetic sand.
Preschool: Gifts that allow your preschooler’s imagination to go wild are best. That’s why I love this gift, which was actually one given to us:. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers and a kite.
Because this is one of my favorite ages, I’m going to include a bonus gift. Every time we have children at our house, they are obsessed with Floof. This is my new favorite thing to gift because it provides endless entertainment and is easy to clean up. Pair this with Frozen board books, which we use in the car because most preschoolers can’t get enough Anna and Elsa and it makes the ride quieter. Give it with some hot chocolate and marshmallows for a sweet winter gift.
Grade School: I love how this age range soaks up knowledge. What’s better than inspiring them in STEAM activities? One of my favorite series is by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, including Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. These pair well with science kits, MagnaTiles, or GoldieBlox. As an alternative, you could also do a monthly subscription to Kiwi Crate, where you get the tools to build a project as well as other activities to spark creativity and learning.
Tween: There’s a lot going on with our pre-teens and it can be hard to predict what type of gift they want. In my experience though, these kids are very thoughtful and reflective, but also silly. Help inspire them with a book like Wonder by R.J. Palacio and a philanthropic gift, like a gift certificate to dosomething.org, or a temporary tattoo stand for charity. When they are looking to relieve stress, there is an emoji Uno game and a stress relief toys for their cell phone.
Teens: Help your teen escape reality with Caraval by Stephanie Garber and tickets to a local amusement park or outdoor gear to help them at their next concert, camping trip, or day at the boardwalk.
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