With so many toys available for both boys and girls, you'd thinking finding clever Christmas gifts for kids would be a simple task. However, it's not always easy to pick out a present for a child who already has plenty of toys to play with and very few specific Christmas list requests.
If you're looking for creative and unique Christmas gift ideas for children, here are some suggestions that may be helpful.
The problem with most Christmas gifts for kids is that they're quickly discarded. One way to make sure your present has staying power is to give a kit that the child can use to complete some sort of special project. Popular kits for girls include kits to make jewelry, kits to make lip balm, and kits to learn how to knit hats or small accessories. Popular kits for boys include kits with instructions for basic woodworking projects and kits for science experiments. Kits for making puppets are fun for children of both sexes. Craft stores such as Hobby Lobby have a variety of projects kits available, as do larger toy stores.
Children love things that are marked as especially for them, which is why personalized gifts for kids are very popular. Stores such as Lillian Vernon sell a number of personalized items for both boys and girls, including bean bags, bookshelves, wall art, blankets, and school supplies. Just remember that gifts with engraving, monogramming, or other forms of personalization generally can't be returned.
With so many commercials on television for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3, board games are often overlooked as Christmas gifts. However, these can be inexpensive presents that are fun for the whole family. If you don't want to purchase a classic game such as Monopoly or Scrabble, there are plenty of new board game titles to pick from. For example, Lego makes several different games that challenge players to earn points by building various types of models.
Pets can make wonderful Christmas gifts for children, but only if they have previously expressed an interest in the idea and both parents are willing to help with the care of the animal. Cats and dogs are obviously the most popular pets for children, but fish, hamsters, and turtles make good pets for kids as well. If you decide to get a pet as a Christmas gift for a child, remember to include an age appropriate book on how to care for the animal.
Gift Certificates or Memberships
If you're looking for a very unique gift, consider purchasing a gift certificate for lessons or a membership to a place the child can enjoy throughout the year. Athletic children might enjoy karate or gymnastics lessons, while artsy kids might appreciate a membership to a children's museum that has workshops for painting and learning how to play an instrument. Zoo memberships are also great Christmas gifts for children. If you're worried that a gift certificate or membership card isn't "fun" to open on Christmas morning, include a small token that represents your gift. For example, a zoo membership could be packaged with a stuffed lion.