Post # 1
My niece is turning 10 and I have no idea what to get her?
When I was her age I loved reading but DH pointed out that she may not like it because they are currently working on her dyslexia.
What are kids into these days?
Post # 2
What about a craft kit – making friendship bracelets or something. and personally I wouldn’t let the dyslexia get in the way of buying a book as well. Sometimes just the right book can be super motivational to children who have difficulty reading, and if she’s receiving dyslexia training, she is probably catching on quickly – the dyslexia teacher where I work says that the kids who are motivated to work hard in her class progress swiftly. I’ve seen kids who hate reading suddenly get hooked on Harry Potter or whatever that Dragon book was that became a movie.
Can you ask her parents if there’s a fad book or toy going around lately? I bet they’d know!
Post # 3
skunktastic : Eragon.
Just because she has dyslexia doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to read. Personally, I think a book is always a great gift and that all kids should be encouraged to read.
But if you want to get something else, I would ask her parents what she would like.
Post # 4
I think your best bet is to ask her what she wants for her birthday. I have a 10 year old niece who LOVES Build-A-Bear. She also loves the Justice Store.
Post # 5
iTunes gift cards are a hit with all kids who have a phone or a game system.
Post # 6
stephaniee24 : Her go to answer has always been legos . My SIL was very clear in no more legos because she has WAY TOO MUCH. haha.
Thanks for responding, everyone. I think DH didn’t want to step on toes with her dyslexia. We migh seriously consider the iTunes gift card route but it still doesn’t feel “thing” enough if that makes sense? Will look into those craft kits!
Post # 7
What about lego related toys? Or maybe some kind of box where she can store her legos.
I’m the kind of aunt that will get my nieces/nephews something they want even if parents say no LOL. Unless it’s some sort of live animal. haha. Maybe you can make her a basket? include a small lego kit, a book maybe a lego shirt, bookmarks gc, candy, etc..?
Post # 8
My go to – Amazon – search, “gift for 10 year old girl”
My neice just turned 8, so I got her a cute little watch in her favorite color. Now she’s learning to tell time.
Post # 9
summerlove23 : I didn’t think to do that! It seems so obvious to use that search!!!!
Post # 10
There are books written for dyslexic readers. I can’t remember what the series is called but my coworker was just talking them up. I’m a teacher to 8-10 year olds. Some things my students love are those rubber band jewlery, drawing books, or really anything crafty. They also love getting new art supplies (mr. Sketch markers are huge in my classroom). Granted I know they like more, but the items come to school a lot!
Post # 11
Swebs14 : Can you let me know one of the names of the books if you find out? The thing her and her dad do regularly is to read together before bedttime. It’s really quite sweet.
Post # 12
janvier : I heard about Kiwi Crate (http://www.kiwicrate.com/) from a friend who bought it for her little brother–it was a huge hit with her brother and I think it’s really cool. It’s a hands-on project kit that is delivered to the child monthly for however long you decide.
For the 9-16 year old age group, they have the Tinker Crate (STEM-related projects) or the Doodle Crate (art projects). If your niece is interested in building things with Legos, I would go for the Tinker Crate.
Post # 13
I would say cool craft type stuff, or something like this http://www.roominatetoy.com/ Roominate was invented by two female engineers who didn’t have toys growing up that were aimed at females, but that promoted the development of that area of the brain. If she likes lego she must like building as well!
However, if the mum is really sick of lego she might not want more stuff that messy.
Post # 14
janvier : craft kits are usually a hit.
Are there any books that she has been enjoying? I’m sure her dyslexia is hard on her, but I would imagine that having things she enjoys reading might help?
I agree, I hate giving gift cards because they don’t feel like a ‘thing’ but at that age I was all about picking my own clothes – a gift card to her favourite store or offering to take her shopping for a new outfit? (not sure what the budget is)
Post # 15
I think it really depends on the kid. Some kids can be a young 10, while others an old 10….if that makes sense.
I know 10 year olds who really like books, games, american girl, etc.
When my niece was 10 she had already sort of grown out of the the childish stuff and much preferred craft stuff, or clothes, or movie tickets.