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My Top 10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Kids

presentI have 2 sons, 3 nephews and 3 nieces.

While I would love to use my shrinkray to hand them the moon, sadly enough, shrinkrays do not exist.  Most kids know exactly what they want and have already told you twice to make sure you know.

So if you find yourself with only one shopping day left, and unable to afford the real pony or  Xbox One, or if you would like to surprise them with something they didn’t know they wanted… here is a list of things most kids would love- and you could probably find easily enough- even on the last day…

And since this post is last-minute, you’ll have to google them yourself-

1. Classic Disney Movie – Most kids are missing out on the classics (Snow White, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Aladdin, Lion King… such great musical genuis)

2. Costume (ballerina or superhero, we all love to dress up) or a t-shirt with their muse (Superhero, Transformers, Star Wars)

3. Classic board games – (You know, the kind you find in a box and not a glowing rectangle) Sorry, Trouble, Uno, Battleship, Cranium, Apples to Apples to name a few.

4. Discovery Kids Build and Play Construction Fort. $20 I love that you construct a different tent form every time and then it breaks down for storage. The possibilities are endless.

5. Flashlights, headlamp, glow sticks… anything to light up the dark or go on a night-time adventure.

6. Nerf Bow and Arrows (Release the inner Katniss within).

7. Giant Gummy Bear – what kid wouldn’t love to tear into a gummy bear bigger than his/her face! $30 redenvelope.com

8. Air Simmer Remote Control Inflatable Flying Shark- It’s a remote controlled blimp- that ominously flies through your living room. Fun for hours! $18 amazon.com

9. Event Tickets. Take her to Disney Princess’s on Ice. Take him to a Basketball or Hockey game. (Kids don’t mind nosebleeds seats either) Movie tickets are some of my families faves!

10. Think outside the wrapped box and give the gift of an experience. Go on a day trip. Find snow, go to a petting farm… Also consider giving a Family Gift: Create a certificate that allows the recipients (kids) the most epic  eat-candy-stay-up-all-night-sleepover ever! (You can see how this is a great gift to the parents too!)

I will end with a challenge.

Teach them the Gift of Giving. As their ‘toy boxes’ are about to be filled twice over, talk to your kids about choosing some old toys to donate to a childrens charity or goodwill. While I don’t want to burden my boys with the heartbreaking reality that other children live in, I do believe that its important to make them aware that they have more than they need and there are others who have much less. Make them a part of the process, let them pick the toys to give away and let them give the box of toys to the charity. And then praise them and thank them for what they have done. Younger kids will not fully understand what donating is, but every kid will understand the praise and encouragement they receive from you and they will want to do it again. Their understanding and joy of giving will grow as you help them create a lifestyle of giving. And of course, lead by example.

Merry Christmas and good luck with your gift list.

CONTjoy– Joy