| 1. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls | 2. Rosie Revere Engineer | 3. Ada Twist Scientist | 4. Iggy Peck Architect | 5. A Wrinkle in Time | 6. Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch (here is one for the Wii U) | 7. Nintendo Switch console | 8. National Geographic Rock Tumbler | 9. K’Nex Building Set | 10. Snap Circuits Jr. (there is one for older kids too) | 11. Lego Boost Creative Tool Box | 12. Smithsonian Crystal Growing kit | 13. Lego Architecture | 14. Lego Creator | 15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone Illustrated Edition | 16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition | 17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition | 18. Minecraft Lego Set | 19. Minecraft Bow and Arrow | 20. Minecraft Potion light | 21. Guess Who Retro | 22. Sorry Retro | 23. Candy Land Retro | 24. Clue Retro | 25. Slime Kit | 26. Squishy Human Body | 27. Star Wars Droid Kit | 28. Unicorn Leggings | 29. Ultimate Slime Book | 30. Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn | 31. Unicorn Accessory Kit | 32. Fashion Plates | 33. Fashion Plates 150 Years of Fashion Book | 34. Prismacolor Pencil Crayons |
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Yep, it’s that time of year again guys. Be prepared to be bombarded with gift guides from everyone online ;) I thought I would start with kids because a) I like to get the shopping for them done as early as possible, and b) they are the hardest to shop for (at least for me) because they can be picky, fickle, or completely not interested in “normal” toys for kids. Mine fall in all the above categories so I always have to put a lot of thought in to what I think they would really love. I usually gravitate toward their hobbies, or collections which seem to go over well. So today I pulled a bunch of things that I know my kids would like, and possibly one in your life will too.
I included lots of books, and Stem toys because you can never go wrong with them. A Nintendo Switch is a big one, and the reasoning behind my choice is because it has Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart is the only video game that I like to play and that I am good at. You should see how mad the kids get when I fly by them in my car ;) We only have Mario Kart on the old Wii though even though I still kick ass. I’d like to try the 8. Sometimes you can find good deals on video games (and books) on Ebay.
I found some games that I enjoyed as a kid in the retro edition. They look the same as I remember, and I know my kids would enjoy playing just as much as I did. Anything Minecraft makes the world go round here and Minecraft combined with Lego? Definite winner (we actually bought this as part of Merle’s Birthday present that is coming up in December). There were many other things that I wanted to include but I couldn’t fit them in. Maybe I’ll have a part 2 or figure out a way to include them later.
Kids are really tough because the stores are so overwhelming with toy choices. I swear it gets even harder when kids get older. I find that a Lego set in a collectible series or one that ranks for “expert builders” (like the Ferris wheel, carousel, or city buildings)* are good choices for older kids (and adults). I also find that if I don’t have a list or general idea of what I am looking for then I have the tendency to walk in to the toy aisle and just stare blankly before turning around and leaving because I just have no idea where to start. It isn’t a good feeling and sucks even more as the Christmas countdown gets smaller, so I hope this gave you a few ideas to get you started if you haven’t yet.
*Lego sets can be really pricey but depending on the kid can be well worth it. We got my oldest the Lego Harry Potter sets (they weren’t that expensive when we got them but they are retired now which increases the price insanely) and to this day she has them all set up on her shelves. She has never taken them apart. Well, not intentionally, her sister may have knocked one down but we rebuilt it, so they are also good for family bonding ;)