Gift Ideas for Kids
Category : Gifts
Gift Ideas for Kids and Children
Buying a gift for a kid aged 12 or under can be difficult if the kid is not your child. If you are a parent, you know exactly what gifts your children want because they tell you, frequently, oftentimes hourly.
However, if you are searching for gift ideas for kids who are not your own, purchasing a gift can be tricky. You want to get them a cool gift they can enjoy, but you don’t want to break the bank either.
Some popular kids gift ideas include:
Gift Ideas for Children – Boys
1. Light Saber Umbrellas
It’s an umbrella. It’s a toy. It’s a “Star Wars” light saber. The light saber umbrella lights up with LED lighting. It also makes that cool “light saber” sound. This is a very cool gift for boys aged 12 and under. The light saber umbrella is also one of the most unique gift for kids currently available.
Yes, even after all these years the Lego sets are still cool. There’s something about all those little blocks and the intricate diagrams that appeal to boys. For the younger set, consider the Duplo blocks, which are larger Lego blocks.
These are little balls or spheres that open and convert into small action figures. The coolest ones are the black and green ones. Naturally, they are usually the hardest to locate. These are not recommended as gift ideas for children, due to small parts.
4. Matchbox Cars
If you’re looking for a gift idea for a child, these are still very popular in the younger set. I recently picked up a small pack of these for my six-year-old nephew and in terms of popularity, he stopped playing a Wii game he had just gotten in order to play with his toy cars.
Other Children Gift Ideas
Other kid gift ideas for boys include anything that features SpongeBob, remote-controlled dinosaurs and cars, Batman or Spiderman play-sets, walkie-talkies, NERF guns, which, by the way, are still popular with grown men, and sports equipment.
For boys who like to read, books are a great gift. Popular books among the boys at this time are the Harry Potter series, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the Percy Jackson series. Note: These books are also popular with girls.
Gift Ideas For Children – Girls
1. Fur Real Pets
All girls seem to fall in love with these stuffed animals that purr, roar, or bark when turned to the on position. Cuddly like a stuffed animal, yet interactive, these pets are the next best thing to having a live pet.
2. Pillow Pets
Does anyone else have the jingle stuck in their heads? These come in assorted shapes such as dolphins, ladybugs, unicorns, cats, and dogs. It’s the pet that turns into a pillow.
Barbie is still popular as are the Disney Princess dolls. With the advent of the new Ken, Barbie is expected to be even more popular than ever. For the pre-teen set there is even a Justin Bieber doll. Just think of the fun Barbie can have dating Justin.
4. Sing A Ma Jigs
These are cute plush toys that sing and “jabber” both to their owner and to other Sing A Ma Jigs. Each one sings its own song and can harmonize with others. They come in a variety of colors and are the newest craze. Note: Some boys will enjoy playing with these also.
Cool Gifts for Girls
Other popular gifts for girls include the Littlest Pet Shop gift sets, anything that features Wizards of Waverly Place, dress-up costumes, and for the pre-teen set, anything that features Edward, Bella, and Jacob from “Twilight.”
Girls who like to read are currently enjoying the Twilight Series, the Allie Finkle series, and the Immortal series. The hottest, coolest gifts for girls seem to lean toward anything that I like to term “brooding, handsome, vampire.”
Unique Gift Ideas for Kids
Of course, any of these kids gift suggestions can be for either sex. Younger kids seem to be currently enjoying the Leap Frog and vTech Readers, while older kids always appreciate mp3 players and video games. Old-fashioned gifts such as board games, crayons, art kits, bikes, and wagons are still extremely popular.
Older board games such as Clue, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit are still popular, but there are some really cool new board games on the market also. The hottest current games include Farkle, a dice game, very similar in nature to Yahtzee, Qwirkle, a game of matching shapes and colors, and Blokus which pits each player against the other.
For the smaller and youngest toddlers, old stand-bys such as doll houses, kitchen sets, Tonka trucks, dolls, Fisher Price toys, and Disney Babies are always a good choice for a gift.
You may also want to consider personalized kids gifts such as the new books where you record the story using the child’s name or personalized blocks, backpacks, room organizers, toy chests, photo albums, or puzzle step-stools.