Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom
Do you still have a bit of shopping to do for the little people in your life?
If so, I’ve created the list below of 20 creative gifts to help you out! Some of these we’ve chosen for our own kids this year. (Shh–don’t tell!) Other ideas came from those of you on Facebook, who mentioned what will be waiting under the tree for your children.
I’ve tried as much as possible to put these in order by price, but I haven’t actually listed the amount since costs fluctuate on Amazon. Just click over to find the current rate.
If you’ve completed your shopping already, you deserve a round of applause. Save these ideas somewhere for next year!
Star Wars Classic Peel & Stick Wall Decals
Age Range: 6 years and up
Relive the tales of the Star Wars saga with these classic wall stickers. Each set includes your favorite characters, like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Yoda, and more.
Every decal is completely repositionable, so you can decorate in seconds and move the designs around as you please.
Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
Age Range: 5 years and up
The Grow N’ Glow Terrarium is a complete kit for helping kids to create their very own miniature eco-system. You just assemble, decorate, water and watch it grow.
Everything you need is included for 2 full planting life-cycles.
Melissa & Doug See & Spell
Complete a puzzle to spell a word! This handsome wooden puzzle set helps children gain familiarity with the letters of the alphabet and their sounds as kids develop a sight-reading vocabulary.
Kinetic sand is the squeezable sand where you can feel the fun! It’s kinetic – meaning it sticks to itself and not to you. It stimulates children’s creative skills allowing them to create anything they can imagine.
Rock On! Geology Game w/ Rock Collection
Age Range: 5 years and up
Rock On! is a quality rock collection and a game at the same time. It comes with real rocks and geological specimens and includes a see-through container perfect for kids to use in their collecting.
Age Range: 3-8 years
Construct castles, block by block and tower by tower, flexing your logic muscles with this beautifully crafted 3-D wooden puzzle.
Assemble the wooden blocks and towers to match the challenge you have selected in the included booklet.
Magic Penny Magnet Kit
Age Range: 8 years and up
Perform astounding feats of magnetism as you playfully explore magnetic forces, motion and stability. Great conversation starter for geometry – discuss shapes, positions, planes, symmetry and more.
This new version includes additional coins and a whopping 44 activities.
Ticket to Ride
Age Range: 8 years and up
Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.
The longer the routes, the more points they earn. The game can be played by two to five players.
Learning Resources Handheld Digital Microscope
Age Range: 4-8 years
This Handheld Digital Microscope displays images, up to 43x magnification, on your computer screen. Hold the child-size, egg-shaped device in your hand and move over any object to easily view.
LED illuminated, turn-top focus, and captures still photos and video.
Age Range: 3 years and up
Magformers are easy to use. The Magformers magnets always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect.
High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time that is creative, stimulating, and constructive.
HABA Doorway Theatre
Age Range: 2 years and up
This whimsical set can adjust to fit in different sized door frames. The curtain dimensions are 67″ tall and 31″ wide, but the poles extend further for larger door frames.
Easily set it up and you are ready for hours of puppet fun.
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope
Age Range: 8-13 years
The Duo-Scope is a dual functioning biological microscope that incorporates modified objectives with dual cool LED illumination.
This allows the user to view both microscopic sized specimens on slides as well as macroscopic (solid) objects like bugs, stamps and coins.
Age Range: 6-13 years
When kids interact only with a touchscreen, they spend less time engaging with the physical world. Osmo bridges the physical and digital worlds by taking gameplay beyond the screen.
Set your iPad on the stand, place the red reflector over your iPad’s camera, and you’re ready to play!
National Geographic Rock Tumbler
Age Range: 6-15 years
This top-of-the-line rock tumbler from National Geographic includes many unique features that will give you faster polishing times and better results.
It includes everything you need to get started, including 1lb of rough gemstones to polish for your rock collection.
Still don’t see the perfect gift for a little someone you love? Check out last year’s post for even more ideas!
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Oh, my kids would love the doorway theater! Thanks for the ideas, my kids have birthdays in January and trying to think of gift ideas right after Christmas is always a challenge!
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I know, I would have loved that doorway theater when my gang were little, too!!
This is a wonderful list! Do you happen to have one for husbands!?????
Ha! I don’t, Marianne, but my friend Tsh has put together an awesome gift guide that might help: http://theartofsimple.net/gifts2015/ Merry Christmas to you and yours!
I really appreciate your article that you discussed about order online gifts so we can easily bring these items at home …
but we can make these gifts at home like Recycled Pencil Star, Scraps of Starlight and Paint Me Plaid/Handmade Charlotte… ordering these gifts online make everything easy ..i like all the above pictures…thanx for sharing your experience so i also order these gifts for my cousins…
Wow, these are some cool and unique gifts for kids. The Laser Pegs Car and Kinetic Sand looks like something that everyone could enjoy. Thanks for sharing.