2012 Winter wrap-up #4: Don’t Forget the Kiddos!

Alright, Cyber Monday is over. Back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This time we’re talking about gifts for the kids! Like they would let you forget Christmas…they’ve probably been talking about it non-stop since the 4th of July!

Here are some fun ideas for kids of all ages, including a few things on {Hunter}’s wish list! A lot of these gifts could overlap between age groups, but I placed them where I thought they would fit best at the younger end of the spectrum. (Indulge me for a moment while I pretend to sound knowledgeable about “what the kids are into these days”. You will notice after the “2-4 years” section, I basically start making stuff up, as that’s where my expertise ends.)

 

Birth-24 months

Sophie the Giraffe Teether – This is a wonderful product for a young baby who’s just starting to teeth. It’s the perfect size for little hands to hold at different angles. It’s BPA Free, and made of 100% natural rubber and food paint.

 

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube – My son loves music, and this toy is one of his favorites! The buttons are big, and easy for him to press. It plays classical music, so it’s less annoying (in my opinion) that most other baby toys!

 

Step2 Push Around Buggy – My son got this for his birthday from my SIL, and he loves it. He gets frustrated when he can’t move in it by himself, though. We take him out on walks in this now. It’s a great alternative to a stroller.

 

LeapFrog My Pal – This is one thing {Hunter} is getting for Christmas this year. The purple one pictured is Violet, but his is Scout, the green one. You can customize it to say your child’s name and favorite things. (Internet connection required.)

 

 

2 to 4 Years

Mega Bloks Play ‘n Go Table – {Hunter} got this set for his birthday, also. He doesn’t really understand the concept of these kind of toys yet, so they usually end up thrown all over the living room. The table is nice because it gives him a tabletop to build on, and provides storage for the blocks when they’re not in use. We have Legos also, but these are much bigger and easier for him to put together (and easier for me to see when I’m cleaning up! Have you ever stepped on a Lego?! OWWWWW!!)

 

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – I’ve already purchased this as a gift for {Hunter}’s second birthday. It’s the same concept as the LeapFrog My Pal, you plug it into a computer with an internet connection to customize it. The Leaptop lets your child explore the alphabet, pretend play, music, animals and computer literacy with 6 learning activity stations.

 

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer – If your child keeps stealing your iPad, this might be a wise investment. (Unless of course, you can afford to by them their OWN iPad.) Recommended for ages 3 and up, the LeapPad2 is the ultimate gift with – leveled reading experiences to help reading skills grow, creative play for unlimited exploration and discovery, 4GB of memory, and 325+ game cartridges & downloadable apps. (Five apps included. All additional games and apps sold separately.)

 

KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen – Prefer wooden toys to plastic? Looking for something to spark your child’s imagination? Every kid needs a play kitchen! (I know my sister and I played for HOURS in ours as kids!) This one comes fully equipped with a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave and washing machine! Don’t forget the pots and pans, and the play food!

 

5 to 7 Years

Legos are a pretty safe bet for the 5 and up crowd. With over 30 categories to choose from, you’re sure to find something that will keep your kids entertained!

 

8-13 years

I haven’t shopped for the tween/teen crowd lately, so I’m at a loss here. This Spy Net: Secret Message Invisible Ink looks pretty neat. Or maybe this American Girl Crafts Owls Sew and Stuff Kit for a girl? Of course, there’s always stuff like art supplies and board games.

 

14 Years & Up

For the teens, I wouldn’t attempt anything other than gift cards, unless you know them really REALLY well.

 

Be sure to check out all of the posts in my 2012 Winter Wrap-Up series.

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