Post # 1
Anybody have any generic gift ideas for children? I have a bunch of generic ideas for adults…but kids?
We have to get presents for about 10 kids this year, both boys and girls, ages ranging from 3-13 years old. Budget is very small as my husband and I have A LOT of expenses and are already stretched pretty thin. I usually give these kids gift cards for $10 each to Barnes & Noble (that should give you an idea of what we can afford to spend), but I always feel like that’s kind of a sucky gift because they have nothing to unwrap and open. But it’s the only thing I can think of that would work.
Is there something else I’m overlooking? Should I just stick with the gift cards? Any help is appreciated! 🙂
Post # 2
Books and games are my go tos. You can search on amazon for age related ones, but I just picked up Sequence for Kids and Suspend Jr. for a 5 yr old with some developmental delays.
Post # 3
I was also going to say books are great! I have 10 and 12 year old boys who love books… and games! They are getting into series books so if you are comfortable asking parents what books they are into you could easily get each child a book or game for under $10 and they would be very happy!
Post # 4
Books are always good. I also love to get kids toys I use at work: kid k’nex, magnet construction (think magnetix but stronger), slime, water beads and other gunk to play in (plus a container). Perplexus or other puzzles. Starter craft, cooking or science kits for those with a speacialized interest. Maybe an iTunes gift card for the older ones to get apps or music with.
For the kids I buy for, my book choices this year werr “P is for Pterodactyl” and “Tuesdays at the Castle”
Post # 5
I think games are usually a pretty good bet. Also some sort of arts and craft thing is usually well liked, at least by my nieces anyway. For younger kids, I’ll often get a stuffed animal.
For my nieces and nephew, I’ll usually just ask my brother/sister-in-law or sister what the kids are into currently. Then I’ll go on Amazon or go to Target and look for toys or clothes that are related to their interests. They tend to like different characters/shows/whatever every year, so I always have to ask. Clothes can be a good option too, as long as you know their size and generally what they like (for example, my 4-year-old niece loves dresses that make her look like a princess, my 11-year-old niece likes clothes that look stylish/more grown up, my 10-year-old nephew likes t-shirts with video game characters).
I’ve also found toys that help the kids be active are universally liked. Like nerf guns, toy bow and arrows, a pogo stick, one of those balls you hop on, frisbees, toy sports, etc.
Post # 6
llevinso : I used to always send gift cards for Chapters or Toys R Us to my nieces and nephews for Christmas, but the last few years I have tried to do somethig different and send them gift certificates/passes for activities they can do as a family. One year it was passes for the whole family (Mom, Dad, kids) to go to a nearby tube park. Last year it was passes to a waterpark. This year I’m thinking of getting them passes to some touristy stuff they can do here because they are going to be visiting for a few weeks in the summer for my brother’s wedding.
Post # 7
- Wedding: Chateau Lake Louise
Ok, these are silly, but i think they’re so fun!!
I definitely think games are a great way to go. This one is SUPER fun – it’s more than you were talking about spending, but I’d give it to them as a group
Mad Libs, a puzzle they can work on, one of those coloring posters are always a big hit with my niblings, too.
Post # 8
I would do simple games and activities. Rubik’s cubes or small craft kits (think needlepoint kit or crochet hook and ball of yarn) for older kids and something like a magnetic doodle pad or memory cards for the younger ones.
Post # 9
Go to Ross, TJ Maxx or other discount retailer. You can find gems of gifts if you look. Kids books, games, stuffed toys. Alll cheap. Just pop in to a couple retailers that are discount! This is what I did when I was broke.
I once got a brand name baby toy that retailed $40 for a coworkers baby shower for $7. She was so excited for it too. You just gotta look around at the discount bins.