The following is by editor Kara Fleck.
Unless you’re one of the lucky few who is already done with their holiday shopping (and, yes, I do know a few folks who claim to be finished) then you are currently looking over your list and checking it twice.
Here are a few gift ideas for kids to get you started, all under $25.
First on my list because I believe that books are a can’t miss gift. Books are great to give kids young and old, boys and girls alike.
A few of our current favorites:
- The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
- The World Almanac for Kids
- A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
- my list of favorite books for parents from 2011
You could combine a gift of the book Strega Nona with this adorable wooden Strega Nona and her magic pasta pot from etsy seller Crunchy Family Rising and you’d have a lovely gift for just under $25.
Check out our Books & Music category for more ideas.
2. A Hippopotamus for Christmas
Photo by Happy Bungalow
Speaking of etsy, I have recently been introduced to the Happy Bungalow shop. Don handcrafts wonderful items from wood. Does your child want a hippopotamus for Christmas? This adorable stocking stuffer is extra special because Happy Bungalow will donate 40% of all its handmade hippo sales between now and December 31st to Heifer International and Cincinnati charity The Neediest Kids of All. Be sure to check out the wooden chickens, giraffes, and the doll house furniture, too.
My ten year old has two of these creativity inspiring kits from Artterro and loves them. This award winning company produces eco friendly art kits. I love that one of their company goals is to get kids and adults to experience art together. From dolls to bubble-wands to books, there is a lot of fun to be had creating these art projects.
Like books, I believe that music is a gift that holds appeal to all kids. If you are looking for ideas for kid friendly music then you should check out Simple Kids contributor Jennifer Brown’s reviews. Most of the kids music we listen to came from one of Jennifer’s recommendations.
Boys and girls need something to cuddle and love. I think dolls are great toys, and we have a few that have become like part of the family at our house. If you have the time and the ability, a homemade doll is a lovely gift, destined to become a family heirloom.
If you’re looking to purchase a baby doll, I have found the dolls from Manhattan Toys to be very good for their price point – we have the Sweet Pea Snuggle Pod doll and one of our kids is getting a Baby Stella doll this year.
6. Uno Moo
My family really enjoys Uno Moo, a preschool game with a clever take on traditional Uno. The farm theme is clever and engaging, it all packs up in its own barn storage case, and the game goes quickly, even when four people are playing. I love that my three year old can play, with very little help from mom and dad, yet my five year old and ten year old enjoy playing, too.
7. Art Supplies and Paper
One of my favorite gifts for children is art supplies. Paper, crayons, paint sets, markers, and glue sticks are such treats to receive. A good set of drawing pencils and a sketch pad is one of my standard gifts for kids from elementary on up.
Art supplies are a great gift idea that can fit with just about any budget. I believe children benefit from good, quality art supplies but I’m certainly not going to knock the joy that can come from a dollar box of crayons and a package of construction paper.
8. Fun Organic Clothing
A fun tee shirt or onesie is something that, while not every kid will appreciate it, their parents will. Barley & Birch is my favorite source for kid-sized tees and onesies. Yes, you might pay a little bit more but you do get what you pay for: quality, well made clothing with a conscience.
9. Play silks
Play silks are one of my favorite open ended toys for children. They don’t have to be silk, they can be cotton or linen. You can make own by purchasing silk blanks or using cotton fabric squares and dying them. You can also purchase them from companies like Sarah’s Silks or browse the sellers at etsy.
To stay under the $25 budget, I’d recommend either a set of smaller playsilks (the handkerchief size) or one large multicolored silk. Both can be used in a variety of ways for play and are a kid favorite at our house.
10. Sparkle Stories
If you’re looking for a unique gift, may I suggest Sparkle Stories? The tales are engaging and fun. A subscription a great gift that doesn’t take up any room in the toy box, kids can share, and will last beyond the holiday season. Subscriptions cost between $7 to $17 a month.
What are some of your favorite inexpensive gift ideas for kids?
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