Kids…they’re the apple of your eye, one of the greatest sources of joy in life. But picking up after them and stepping on random toys that they’ve left out is no fun. If you’ve got kids and are tired of filling your home with toys, toys, and even more toys, maybe this Christmas you can try something new. Instead of buying the latest action figures or dolls, look into items that your kids will use and enjoy, that can transcend a typical gift into memories they’ll hold on to later on. Here are some ideas to get you started.
For a mess-free way to have your kids express themselves artistically, try the iCREATE Digital Crayon Stylus for your iPhone or iPad. Easy to use, this pen works just like a regular stylus, except it’s made with silicone for a softer touch. If you’ve already got a touchscreen phone or tablet, this is an easy, inexpensive accessory that both you and your little ones can enjoy. You can use this stylus for writing, drawing, and selecting those little buttons it can sometimes be hard to do with your fingers. Talk about a two-for-one investment!
Now for those who are afraid of the dark, Gummylamp Bear Night Lights would be a great present this holiday season. Made to look and feel like scrumptious gummy bears, the Gummylamp night light lights up when you squeeze its squishy belly. Not only will the LED nightlight keep the scary darkness away, it’ll bring a friendly atmosphere to your child’s room. Just make sure your kids know this is one gummy bear that’s not for eating!
What is for eating is the Snack and Stack Utensil Set from Fred and Friends. Each set comes with a fork, spoon, and knife that feature connecting block handles (like Legos), so you can stack everything away neatly and will encourage your kids to finally eat everything off their plate.
Next we’ve got something your kids will really enjoy: a Stuck! Goldfish Bath Plug. I don’t know any child who doesn’t love a fun bubble bath. What’s even more memorable is having a laughable bath plug to make those soapy adventures possible. Like the gummy bear night lights, this is a gift you and your kids will use over and over again.
If you want to get your kids something fun they can play with but still learn from, I’d recommend a Lab-in-a-Bag Test Tube Adventures kit. For ages 8 and up, this kit comes with over 20 activities. You can play with touchable bubbles that don’t pop, learn how plastic molding works by making your own super bouncing ball, grow polymer crystals in a test tube, and write secret messages with disappearing ink for starters.
Your kids can also become botanists with an ItzaBot Robot, a robot planter. It comes with seeds and removable vinyl stickers that you can use to create the look of your personal robot friend. Have your kids plant the seeds, expose ItzaBot to water and sunlight, and watch as their plantgrows–just like them.
To play up your children’s musicality, a DrumStick Pencil set does the trick. This is a set of two pencils that are shaped like drumsticks for those impromptu drumming solos they like to do on your kitchen table. What music to your ears!
A low cost, worry-free way of having your kids tell time is by getting them a paper watch. Instead of having your young ones carry around an expensive watch they could lose, they can wear these customizable tear-resistant, paper-style material watches with a built-in digital watch. While you’re at it, get one for yourself!
I know this next gift is teetering on the edge of being a toy, but the Hog Wild Animal Poppers are so amusing, you won’t even mind. Just squeeze their bellies to shoot soft foam balls up to 20 feet away. The harder you squeeze, the farther they fly. It’s safe for everyone age 4 and up, and it’s one way you could teach your child to develop hand dexterity. Heck, you might have just as much fun with this as your kid.
And finally, for cool parent points, you can give your child a Solar Powered Rainbow Maker. This rainbow maker uses solar power to slowly rotate a genuine Swarovski crystal to create a dotted display of rainbows across the room! Just attach it with the suction cup to your child’s window and let them admire their favorite colors. When other parents try to boast about that awesome gift they got for their kids, you can say, “I got my kid rainbows!” Not very many people can say that!