When kids are too old for the “baby stuff,” but still too young for the high-dollar, requires-careful-handling bigger kid items, it can make holiday shopping a bit of a challenge. Here are some fantastic ideas for kids with all interests:
Lotty Dotty Faux Leather Tote
You can’t put an age limit on style, and Lotty Dotty proves it! Their faux leather tote is every budding fashionista’s dream as it serves dual purposes. Use it as a stylish carryall, and play dress up with it as well. Purchase additional dresses for the doll on the LD website. Bonus: it’s a planet saver, too, for its reusability and the fact that no animals are harmed in its making. Style that looks good, feels good and is fun? Yes please!! All ages, though we recommend age 6 and older; $40 at lottydotty.com.
Topps 2014 Complete Baseball Set
Sports fans and collectors alike will appreciate the gift of baseball cards this Christmas. The 2014 complete set from Topps includes 660 base and subset cards from series one and two. Plus, the package includes a bonus five-card pack rookie variation cards. Mauer, McCutcheon … the whole gang’s there. And they all come packaged in a special display box. That’s a homerun gift right there! All ages, though we recommend age 6 and older; $59.99 at topps.com.
Multi-Craft Weaving Loom
A mere generation ago, weaving on a toy loom meant potholders for anyone and everyone. Gone are the days of nylon bands in disasterous color combos. The weaving bar has been raised for today’s children with the Multi-Craft Weaving Loom. The adjustable frame means optional project sizes. The kit includes a giant needle, perfect for kid-sized hands, and 91 yards of rainbow yarn, which means there’s a whole lot of weaving about to go down; potholder projects optional. Ages 6 and older; $29.99 at melissaanddoug.com.
Sending the kids outside for some activity is often met with a whining chorus of, “There’s nothing to dooooooo!!” Nip that noise in the bud with the slackline, which is the perfect antidote for kids of all kinds. You don’t have to be a hoopster in training or a Little League all-star to enjoy this outdoor activity, which challenges kids’ balance skills while boosting self-confidence with every successful pass. Stretch the two-inch-wide nylon line (which spans up to 50 feet) between two trees, hang the training line a child’s height above it, and safe, fun outdoor activity is a go! Ages 5 and older; $59.97 at magiccabin.com.
Minecraft Creeper Backpack
Got a Minecraft junkie in your house? We know. Silly question. We’ll put it another way. For the Minecraft junkie in your house, here’s your knocked-it-out-of-the-park gift for 2014. The Minecraft Creeper Backpack has all the bells and whistles a backpack should have — several compartments, padded straps, a top handle — and parent will appreciate it’s water resistance and … well, the kids will love it! Ages 7 and older; $39.99 at thinkgeek.com.
Flying Dinosaur Assembly Kit
We’ve got a gift idea that’s as educational as it is entertaining. The Flying Dinosaur Assembly Kit has 82 pieces that when glued together correctly, make up an impressive dinosaur to hang from above. A gentle tug of the string that hangs from it makes its wings flap for an added touch of realism. Great for play and for décor! Ages 6 and older; $28. 99 at habausa.com.
Merge a love of crafting and nature with this fabulous flower press. With a flair for the French, the press includes cardboard pressing sheets and 10 thick pieces of white paper, though other paper, or should we say papier, options can be used, such as greeting cards. Pick a flower, spread it out between the cardboard layers, and let it dry out. The result is purely natural art! Ages 6 and older; $22 at acorntoyshop.com.
Stop Motion Animation Kit
With ever-accessible technology for increasingly affordable prices, kids are able to produce some pretty impressive things these days like albums, movies … stop-motion animated films! This stop-motion animation kit, which includes software that is both Mac- and PC-compatible, is a kid’s ticket to endless imagination! Plus, the hands-on experience of creating their own stop-motion film broadens their perspective of “how the magic is made.” The kit includes a camera, software and 101 pieces to create a variety of figures in multiple positions. Pure magic! Ages 6 and older; $60 at uncommongoods.com.