Gifts for kids. Seems I’ve got a few of those to buy this year. 😉 As much as the practical in me screams NO MORE STUFF at Christmastime, the sentimental wonder in me delights in giving my children a few things I know they’ll enjoy. With 5 of our own children and 20 nieces and nephews, we’ve learned to balance cost, practicality, and fun.
Once again, I’m partnering with Jen from Saving & Giving as we share some of our favorite products for babies, kids, adults, and the home. This has been a fun gift guide to put together, because Jen has one 7 year old daughter and I have a house FULL of 5 children, ages 9 to almost 3 months. What works for one family doesn’t necessarily work for the other, but still… if Jen hasn’t used and loved it, I have, and if neither of us has, then one of us wants to give it a try! We’ve also got another great giveaway for you today!
1. Craft Kits for Kids 
You know what I love most about craft kits for kids ? They enjoy making their own creation, and then they can give it as a gift to someone else! There is satisfaction in creating, and children delight in giving. Win-win. (And yes, mom delights in less stuff in the house!) Win!
2. Ariel’s Bath Time Playset 
This toy  has gotten some serious mileage at Jen’s house. There’s a slide, a vanity with a mirror, a pearl necklace, a swing… all the fun stuff that a mermaid needs. Emma has really enjoyed being a bathtub mermaid with this one.
3. Green Toys Fire Truck 
Aw, this one brings back memories. When our oldest daughter was 18 months old, she was going to be a “frierfrighter” when she grew up. 😉 She got a fire truck that Christmas! The Green Toys Fire Truck  is made from recycled milk jugs and is recyclable. Bonus… There weren’t any twist ties holding it in the box!
Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-ie-ooooooo is heard randomly throughout the day at our house. (His favorite animal to sing is the turkey.) Fisher-Price Little People  is a much trusted name around here. Their Nativity Set  has become a centerpiece for our Christmas play, and I’m watching for this sturdy barn (that he plays with constantly when he visits cousins) to go on sale so I can snag it with some Swagbucks .
5. Child’s Print Pink Flower Beanbag Chair  (available in other prints, too!)
We are in the process of cleaning up the girls’ room (again!), and I’d love to set up a little reading nook for them. Jen’s Emma uses her beanbag chair nearly every day. She loves to crash there and read books or listen to music. Plus it still looks great years later.
I’m not much of a video game fan, but we finally got a Wii two years ago (for my husband’s 40th birthday!) and even cranky old me has to admit that the games  are fun and a great workout, especially during the winter months when we’re stuck inside. Wii games are also great for our scheduled “one on one” time with mom or dad!
We’re having a heckuva time keeping our older kids in books lately. (What a great problem to have!) They are voracious readers. I know our first grader will enjoy reading the Imagination Station series. These faith-filled books are action-packed and full of history. Kids can walk alongside people like Corrie ten Boom, Leif Eriksson, Miles Standish, and other famous people from the past. If your kids love the Adventures in Odyssey audio programs (or even if they’ve never heard them), they’ll love these awesome adventure books.
8. Tangoes Junior 
Being a teacher, I love a good educational game. This one gets the kids using tangrams to create specific pictures. There are two levels, one where the individual shapes are outlined and one where they have to figure out how the pieces fit together. Can’t wait to try Tangoes Junior  myself!
9. Time for Kids Books 
Bold colors, real photos, fascinating information. When I taught sixth grade social science, we used Time for Kids magazines to study current events, and my own children now enjoy the Time for Kids Books . When my daughter had her surgery last year, a friend brought one of the books to the hospital. It was perfect for short snippets of reading between resting. These books would also motivate and hold the attention of reluctant readers.
10. Personalized Tees from Petite Lemon 
What child wouldn’t want a t-shirt with his or her name on it?! High quality, lots of designs, and so very cute, the personalized tees from Petite Lemon  would be a fun splurge to find under the tree. (And it’s not another toy. Yay!)
11. Folding Trampoline 
See now, this is why I need a basement! 😉 Emma got this Folding Trampoline  when she was 3. She used it with the safety bar then. She still uses it – DAILY – and will be able to up through 77 pounds. I would love to send my kids to the basement to bounce out some energy during the winter months.
12. Vtech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet 
If you have an iPad (I don’t), I’ll bet your kids are dying to get their hands on it. This is a great alternative. The Vtech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet  has a built-in camera, ebook reader, MP3 player, and video player. This might be a good way to protect your iPad and help them learn at the same time.
To enter, simply leave a comment: What’s the most sought after kid gift at your house this year? (My children are getting older and learning that some of their requests are not.gonna.happen. 😉 ) Feel free to earn an extra entry or two by sharing this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, just be sure to leave a separate comment that you did!
Giveaway ends Sunday, November 4, at 11:59 pm, CST. Winner will be randomly chosen and emailed.