Christmas is one of my very favorite times of the year. I love the sights and the smells, the music and the yummy treats. Basically, once October hits, I’m chomping at the bit to throw up some live garland and deck the halls. 🙂
I try to share a few gift ideas every year for those who are interested. I always benefit from people sharing what their kiddos love, so I’m going to share a couple of toys that our kids play with regularly so you can get some ideas for your little ones. I will do a follow-up post on things that I’m personally loving, in case you have a hubby that needs some ideas for you and you are all dried up on what to put on your list.
We try really hard to keep our kids’ gifts to a minimum. We usually fill a stocking for them with things they need like toothbrushes, toothpaste, a new movie, books, new markers, etc. Other than that, we do 4 gifts (sometimes less) for each kid. Not only does gift giving get expensive, but we are reductionists here in this home and prefer to reduce the amount of stuff shoved in every nook and cranny as much as possible. 🙂 So, with that said, I’m happy to share a few ideas that my kids have loved and that were well worth the money.
1 | Felt Board
I cannot even tell you how much this thing has been played with- by every kiddo in the house. It is a quiet toy and there are enough boards for each kid to have one so they can all play together. I also love that it comes with a bag and everything gets put back in and stowed away easily. I keep it in a closet up high and bring it out every few weeks… it’s like Christmas all over again.
2 | Woodzeez
They are adorable, my friends. All three of my girls love these little animals. My mom started giving these to my girls and now they anticipate with excitement which family they will get next every time it’s their birthday. There’s something about the sweetness of the toy that makes them feel nostalgic to me. I grabbed a vintage basket from the thrift store and they stay in there while they aren’t being played with. Those little houses in the pictures were also found at the thrift store. The kids enjoy setting up towns and playing with their legos and woodzeez with them.
This one if for the boys out there that love building and working with their hands. Liam loves doing these kits and using his tools to put them together. Afterwards, he will paint them and then display them in his room. And, if you want to go a different route, cut some small pieces of wood and let your little guy make his own creations. Liam recently made the little girls a table and chair for their doll house and it is so cute.
4 | Wall Doll House
You can get (or make) several doll houses like this one, but I highly recommend the one we have. It is sturdy and I love that we can mount it to the wall to help free up floor space. It is big enough to play dolls (or woodzeez) in, but it’s also perfect as a book shelf for older girls.
5 | Kid’s Drill Set
I will be honest, I usually try my hardest to steer clear of plastic toys, but this one is so good. We’ve had this drill set for years and both Liam and the girls enjoy it. It helps with hand-eye coordination and gives the kids an activity that will take them some time, instead of them needing something else to keep their attention 5 minutes later. Plus, they love using the drill. 😉
6 | Songbird Tea Set
This was a request from Ella last year and my mom snagged it for her for Christmas. We have pulled it out many times and each time I think about how cute it is. The girls each have a favorite songbird tea cup and we serve tea crackers and talk in poorly executed British accents during each and every tea party. 🙂
That is my gift guide round up for this year. I hope it was helpful in some way as you whittle down your list for a little one you’re buying for. Let me know if there are any gifts you would definitely add to the list!