"WOW, what a huge Christmas budget we have this year!!" I've never said that. Ever!
So I focus on creative and purposeful gifts. When it comes to our two kids, we focus in on 1 special thing they really want and a few smaller practical gifts.
Quick side story. This year we made a family trip to Wal-Mart on Black Friday and couldn't resist the tears in our daughter's eyes over the toy she wanted--"THE LAST ONE! I'VE WATCHED THIS ON YOUTUBE ON REPEAT!" So, of course we bought our kids' big toy choice on the spot. And told them to forget. And to add to the confusion, I told them maybe we gave it to Santa. So they are just plain confused.
Back to the reason for this article! I've come to learn over the years the importance of giving our kids gifts that either 1-add to a set they already have, 2-creates a hobby, or 3-increases a skill. It means the gift will be used and not tossed to the side. And it reduces clutter later.
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8 Creative Gift Ideas for Elementary-Age Kids
I've compiled a list below of things we own or are giving the kids this year (shhh!) so I personally recommend them. They are all technology free, and all elementary-age kiddo approved. Happy Shopping!
Needlepoint Kit. We just purchased this for our upcoming Christmas, and I can't wait to show the kids! It seems like the perfect introduction to sewing. Includes yarn and instructions.
Perler Beads. Both of our kids enjoy crafting with these beads. They make the designs on their own and just need support when it comes to ironing the design. I love the themed options.
Instax Camera. We love our Instax camera! If you aren't familiar with them, they are basically a modern polaroid style and perfect for kids to practice taking pictures.
Here Kitty Kitty. We discovered this board game earlier this year and our whole family enjoys it. The cards do have text to read, it makes for great reading practice for our 7 and 9 year old and they love the plastic kittens.
Spirograph. Who else remembers these from their own childhood?! We purchased our kids' set last Christmas. Perfect for kids who like to draw. Our daughter needed some help getting started last year (at age 6).
Plush Craft Pillows. Our daughter has gotten this type of pillow a few times as a gift and enjoys it every time! There are several fun animal characters to pick from (dogs, bears, unicorns, foxes, even a fish).
Camera Accessories. If you buy an Instax camera be sure to get an accessories kit too--our kids love to "decorate" their pictures with stickers and patterns.