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Gifts For the Kids

by Erin Clotfelter on 10/30/2012

I know some people who have their Christmas shopping lists halfway done by now- that’s just not me.  We are just starting to make out our list, brainstorming ideas for family and friends.  With the addition of 11 new teachers/ therapists/ aides to the mix this fall (bring our total to 19, not including drivers), our budget is stretching even further.  I don’t even want to think about that yet though.  Right now we are focusing on what to get the kids.

It’s tough to buy toys when toys don’t get played with and you are already tripping over them all day long anyways.  Books top the list for our avid readers.  A kitchen they can all use.  Slippers (but maybe not since I doubt they will actually wear them!).

Here is yet another gift giving guide from my friend Sam- the guru of guest posters.  You can find her other gift giving guides here and here.

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With holiday advertising geared toward urging kids to covet and parents to buy the hottest toys, it’s no surprise that many adults end up feeling like they’ve spent a fortune on video games and kid-friendly electronics. Often, what gets lost in the shuffle is the idea of simple, classic gifts that will have meaning to children long after Christmas morning.

Most kids love getting a bath robe for Christmas. It’s an item they’ll use everyday, and if it features the face of a favorite superhero or cartoon character, they’ll be proud and happy to wear it. At CrazyforBargains.com kids bath robes are available in many sizes, colors and styles. Boys will enjoy wearing a bath robe that shows their love of basketball or depicts favorite Phineas and Ferb characters. For girls, favorite bath robe themes include kittens, cupcakes and Disney princesses. A bath robe is a warm and cozy gift that most kids can’t resist.

Even with all of the flashy video games that are on the market, parents shouldn’t underestimate the power of a classic book. Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever includes 82 stories and poems, each one illustrated with Scarry’s favorite animal characters. Kids and parents will get endless hours of entertainment by thumbing through the pages of this unforgettable children’s masterpiece.

Budding artists will love finding some new supplies under the Christmas tree. Consider getting a sketch book and a big, colorful box of pencils or crayons. Some new paints and coloring books are always welcome additions that are easy to find and inexpensive to boot.

Some toys are such classics that they go into stockings and under trees year after year. Their concepts are simple, and they allow a lot of latitude for creative play. Lincoln Logs and erector sets are widely available. They’ve been delighting kids for several generations now, and they are likely to continue to do so for many years. The Lite Brite, Etch A Sketch and Slinky are all still going strong. Buying these will give parents a tug of nostalgia. They probably won’t be able to resist playing along with their kids.

Christmas gifts for kids don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Thoughtful everyday items like bath robes and classic toys that have delighted generations are still ideal choices to find in every home on Christmas morning.

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1 Shanna October 31, 2012 at 4:58 am

Oh boy… I haven't even started thinking about Christmas yet. We recently moved back to Hawaii, so I haven't got much of a savings built back up yet and it seems like the more expensive the toy, the less it gets played with. I'm thinking of buying most of their gifts used and making some awesome toys I found inspiration for on pinterest. Does that make me sound like a total cheapass?
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2 Bonnie October 31, 2012 at 6:52 am

A robe – excellent idea! Thanks! I'm on it.
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3 Elizabeth November 2, 2012 at 2:31 am

You are a true saver for idealess people like me. I had no idea what to buy my kids as gifts for christmas but after reading this I think I know what I need to do. Thanks for sharing.
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