It’s not a secret that kids can be rough on the things they have. They can somehow manage to lose anything that they can carry or fit in their pockets, and it’s important to find items that kids will love and not lose or destroy – and it’s easier to ensure longevity if the gifts are geared towards inside play.
- Art Supplies
Encouraging children’s creativity might be the best thing for them. Art is powerful to kids, and giving them the tools to create can work wonders. It’s also the gift that keeps on giving, because children can create many works of art. This can also be something that parents and children can use together.
- A bean bag chair
I’ve never met a kid who didn’t think bean bag chairs were awesome (check out these super-cool options from http://www.ahhprods.com). These are great for bedrooms, game rooms, and anywhere else that kids spend a lot of time. They are comfortable options for kids who love to read, or play video games, or hang out and watch movies.
More than likely, kids won’t take books out onto the playground. But, if they like to read, books can be some of the greatest gifts kids will ever receive (when asked what the best gift I ever got was, I have to say the first Harry Potter book, which I got for Christmas when I was 11.) Books can literally change their lives, and it’s important to get them reading as soon as possible.
- Easy bake oven
If the kids are into cooking or baking, this classic toy is a great idea. These ovens actually work, and kids seem to love them. And don’t think that these toys are only for girls – in 2012, Hasbro developed a gender-neutral oven because a young girl petitioned the company so that her brother could have an oven without feeling embarrassed by its color.
- Small pets
Obviously, this gift needs to be age-appropriate. But small pets such as fish or hermit crabs can be great for little ones, to teach them responsibility and give them a friend. I just bought an 8-year-old a hermit crab, and he adores it. If the parents/guardians are okay with it, I’d definitely suggest little pets for kids age 8 and above.
- Movies and video games
While it’s essential to make sure that kids limit their screen time, finding appropriate movies for children can provide hours of entertainment. Again, check with the child’s parents/guardians to make sure 1) the movie or game is something they will allow in their home and 2) that the child doesn’t already have it. These are great gifts for rainy days, and the kids will appreciate them for years to come.