I know…what they really are asking for is a Nintendo Switch, but I leave presents like that up to the big guy to decide. Here are some ideas for GREAT gifts for your own kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc., that don’t make noise and don’t require batteries. As an added bonus, they are all Amazon Prime and arrive in time for Christmas, just in case you’re late on the gift-buying train like I am.
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1. Aaron’s Thinking Putty. ENDLESS hours of entertainment with this one. We love the types that are glow in the dark and come with a little light to activate the putty. It’s truly mesmerizing. If your kids like science, you can also get the do-it-yourself kit.
2. Books! The first book in this delightful Narwhal series is a solid win for ages K-2, and Rosie Revere’s project book is full of ideas that will stimulate their brains and keep them busy trying out new tricks. This entire series by Andrea Beaty is fantastic, by the way. Check out Ada Twist, Scientist, and Iggy Peck, Architect, too!). The Bad Seed is a new favorite in our house, as is Here We Are (both of these books are rated as top new children’s books by the “official” sources, too!)
3. Instax camera. HUGE hit for our kids, and for me, too. It’s easy to use, super light weight, and the photographs are a fun way to see life through your kids eyes. I’m linking the accessory pack here because it’s in stock and available through Prime, plus you do want extra film and a case. If you are a Costco shopper, keep an eye out for the film in the future. They don’t always have it, but when they do, it’s a big $ saver.
4. Classic board games – with a twist. We are big fans of Monopoly Junior. It’s a simplified version without too many rules to keep track of, and therefore moves a little faster, keeping the kiddo’s interest. It’s SO FUN to start a simple family tradition like game night. I’m promising you that the kids will enjoy the time with you way more than time in front of a screen, even if you have to pry them away to play! Other favorites: Scrabble (requires a parent/kid team for emerging readers), Life Junior, and Jenga.
5. Project Kits. HUGE fan of these projects-in-a-box as gifts. My boys love to bust open the geodes in this National Geographic kit (messy! Sorry! Take it outside!), and the crystal growing kit really works (and requires patience!). This Kitchen Science kit will keep you busy way beyond Christmas, too. The Rainbow Loom kit has been a family favorite for a few years now, and keeps their hands and mind busy in concentration to create their designs.
So there you go, smart, thoughtful gifts with a week to spare! But don’t wait any longer, add to cart! Add to cart!
Author: Candace Thomas