Post # 1
Coincidentally, all the small people in my life are girls, and I’ve just been matched with a little boy for my workplace holiday drive. I’m excited but a bit lost, as my usual go-to gifts of dolls and doll clothes may not be well received. So tell me, 4 year old boy, what do you want for Christmas? I’m thinking at least one book and some pajamas, but I want to get something fun too.
Post # 2
FI says Legos (more like the big ones Duplos), cars, action figure toys.
I need to think about this for my own nephews hehe
Post # 3
OmbreBee: I was considering Legos, good to know I’m on the right track. They’re also good, I think, because a good sized set can stand alone. I don’t want to get anything that needs 5 million accessories to be fun, and I don’t know what this kid has.
Post # 4
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xstitchbride425: A Penguin.
No but seriously, lego is pretty great. Or a train set.
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Post # 6
How about something that he can create? There are plenty of artsy type kits out there where kids can create art, food, ect.
Some of my favorites to buy for kids are paint/crayon makers, play doh, magnetic sand [they even have ones that come with a pan and toys to use with the sand!], or even ceramic piggy banks that you can pick up at walmart, or really any hobby/craft store.
Here are some other ideas :
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xstitchbride425: My son is 3, with that dinosaurs, tonka trucks, matchbox cars, legos, lincoln logs, tinker toys, play doh, make believe tools, action figures, super hero costumes.
Post # 8
My best friend’s son is 4 and it’s all about the Ninja Turtles right now.
Post # 10
I teach a 4 year old preschool class part-time and Sassygrn: ‘s reply is spot-on with what the boys will gravitate to play with during free play. They really enjoy anything that involves showcasing motor skills and dexterity, like the Legos or Tinker Toys, as well as pretend play, like the costumes. They also enjoy using real scenarios for pretend like dressing up as policemen and firefighters. At that age, they’re still very creative. By four, they can play easy versions of sports like basketball or cornhole too, and most of them are not self conscious yet about typical gender norms so if you know this boy is artistic or creative, definitely encourage that with art supplies that perhaps an older boy wouldn’t appreciate. Love the book idea, although don’t be discouraged if he’s still in process of learning to read. Books the boys do really enjoy are those “search and find” books, just make sure they aren’t too hard. (They love this Finding Nemo (by Gordon McAlpin and Art Mawhinney) one, and I read the text to them.) They also love books about animals, especially dinosaurs. I’m sure you’ll pick an amazing gift. Oh, and throw in a snack or candy if you think his mother won’t mind and he doesn’t have any allergies! I’m sorry, I’m writing a really long response here, good luck!
Post # 11
Legos are good. You can buy a pretty large kit at Walmart for $30. Playdoh sets are also pretty good. Depending on the mother of the child, foam swords are pretty fun for that age.
The great thing about kids under the age of 5 is you can buy a whole bunch of cheap stuff, and it’s the best thing in the world to them 🙂
Post # 12
xstitchbride425: Duplo is a good one. My little brother was super in to cars and trucks at that age. Trains or construction vehicles were always a hit.
Big Puzzles were also good, picture books about cars and construction were also always hits.
When I do holiday toy drives I always throw in socks and underwear – but fun ones that parents probably can’t afford – you know, the disney ones. A cool t-shirt with a car or dinosaur would probably be a hit as well – my nephew is 2.5 and he definitely has favourite clothes.
Post # 13
Thanks for all the ideas, ladies! I have Kohl’s cash, so I’ll be hitting up their website shortly.
Post # 14
I do not like to buy toys for children. I notice that children will often play with toys for a period of time and then get bored with them quickly.
I know most kids do not want clothes for Christmas, but that is what I always buy for any child that I give a gift to. Kids are always growing and need new clothes.