Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

I wanted to round out our 2013 Holiday Gift Guides with the kiddo version. I tried to find gift ideas that were unique and gender neutral. Also keep these ideas in mind for birthday parties. Give something incredible (and avoid the last minute rush to Target).

1. Campfire $69 – DIY a teepee and get this great accessory for it! Win-win!

2. Bow + Arrows $22 – Start training your child to be Katniss now.

3. Pirate Rattle $88 – A little pricy for rattles, but this is a gift that I can see both my children playing with together for a long time. And it’s adorable.

4. Instagram Camera $40 – The play camera for the especially hip tot who is also into social media.

5. Grand Piano $103 – It’s the one toy that makes noise I don’t mind. Ramona has the upright version that sits next to Nick’s Rhodes.

6. Fingerprint Art Set $9.50 – Great stocking stuffer. Plus you could use it to make cards for people throughout the year.

7. Explorer Case $78 – Admittedly this makes me think of Moonrise Kingdom, but I could see Ramona outside with this for hours. Outside of the house for hours. Think of all the blogs I can read.

8. Airplane Puzzle $10 – You know we are crazy about airplanes around here, so yeah this is making the list. It’s also cheap and great for young tots…you know for that weird stage before they can play with all the cool toys meant for ages 3+.

9. Carpenter Set $40 – Start your child on the road to DIY incredibly early while simultaneously keeping them out of your tools.

10. Slingshot $18 – A classic made beautiful.

11. Blocks $48 – These seems way less painful to step on than pretty much any other block out there. I don’t really need to say more than that, but they are also wood blocks that you can make monsters out of!!

12. Balance Bike $250 – I’ve heard amazing things about balance bikes. They don’t get any prettier than this one.

Merry Christmas y’all!

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24 Responses to Holiday Gift Guide for Kids
  1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Both of my kids had an expensive wooden balance bike like that from Germany and neither one of them ever needed training wheels. They look awesome, are super fun for the kids and no training wheels are an awesome side affect 😉 right?
    Love that camp fire too.

    • Amber says:

      That’s awesome! It’s the biggest plus for such a splurge, but totally worth it since you get to skip the training wheels and the painful process of learning to ride a “big kid” bike!

  2. ooh, so much adorableness! Abe is definitely getting a balance bike. Well, not this year.

    • Amber says:

      I got Ramona one at the flea market last month for $10. It isn’t as nice as the one in the gift guide, but I was shocked to find one. She was with us, so I can’t give it to her for Christmas. She’s always with us.

  3. You guys have stellar taste in gifts. Love the series!

  4. All such cute ideas!! I ordered Finley a wooden camera for Christmas….I seriously hope she likes it or I might just steal it and use it as decor. I also love that carpenter set…and the fact that they have a girl using it :)

    • Amber says:

      I know that totally warmed my heart! It’s so frustrating to see the suggestions based on gender from retailers. Don’t get me wrong I buy very girly things for Ramona, but there’s more than barbies for girls and guns for boys.

  5. I kinda want all of them for me! That campfire would be too cute outside a play tee pee and the explorer kits makes me want to go collect bugs! Great guide as always.

  6. I love that little carpenter set!!! so cute! xo Kristin

  7. Oh what a wonderful list! I’m very much not into plastic-y big box store toys that clutter up peoples’ houses. My favorite on this is the camp fire! It’s so adorable. I can imagine all the imaginary camping trips happening around it.
    love love love!

  8. I love all your picks. When B was little I felt like he was the only one in his neighborhood without Fisher Price overload and instead he had wooden toys.

    I think you can never start your kids down the DIY road too soon. B was 2 when he got his first “tool/belt” :)

    • Amber says:

      Wood toys are definitely the best! Ramona has always played better with toys that require imagination because she loves to talk to herself. They keep her attention much longer than anything else.

  9. Allison Lawson says:

    Love the bow and arrow! It really is never to early to train a future Katniss right! And we definitely need the tools! We have lots of stuff to build for our new house and it would be such a great distraction!

  10. Donna says:

    Hey sweet friend……You’re going to have to help me get started with my blog when I get ready to plunge into it!!!

  11. Tamsyn says:

    I am so in love with everything in your lists!! Seriously, you should be selling your services as a product finder. You find the absolute best things!

    • Amber says:

      Aw thanks Tamsyn. I have no idea who would pay me, but I do know where I can find some gorgeous pillows! 😉 Did you notice a teepee tutorial in there for that campfire? That way my way of telling you Max needs that campfire!

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