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If you’re a parent or relative of young children, then you’ve got birthdays to attend. For me, this lifestyle doesn’t lend to parties often, but I sure remember the days when it was an every weekend thing! Finding the appropriate gift can be time-consuming, and a bit stressful – whether it’s coming directly from you or from your child to their pal.
Never fear! Here is a handy a gift guide so you can focus on enjoying time with loved ones (and getting on with your day!) rather than hemming and hawing at all of the options. This gift guide is appropriate for any time of year so you can bookmark this page as your gift that keeps on giving.
The gifts are organized by age group from toddler to teen, and all of them are under $40. Happy gifting!
Gifts for Ages 3-5
Tegu Blocks combine fun colors, geometric shapes, and a magnetic snap to create a playtime experience that’s fitting for the living room or the classroom. Encourage little ones in their imaginative and creative play with these innovative blocks! Parents (and littles!) love this toy because its production has positive environmental and social impact.
This game helps children develop their memory skills with adorable wooden dinosaur chips! The beautiful hand-drawn images are a treat for parents and kids alike. Perfect for picnics, play dates, and rainy days, this game is small enough to carry in your pocket and hip enough for the coolest of pre-k birthday parties.
Gifts for Ages 6-8
Get kids on their feet and brimming with ideas! This high-quality wooden game is a perfect gift for outgoing children and it creates an atmosphere of fun and creativity. The goal is to “become” an animal as you draw one from the pouch. Have your family/friends guess which animal you are! Or work together and have everyone join in on the animal-action fun!
This board game is cleverly disguised. Kids will be having so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning math from an award-winning program! Kids get to search for hidden treasure while trying to outsmart a tricky leprechaun in this engaging game.
The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket is the perfect gift for budding scientists who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in the name of…scientific learning! But they’ll be too busy having fun to realize they’re learning the basics of chemistry.
Coloring books are always a great gift idea! These garden flower coloring books are perfect for child and parent, and can make a great group activity. All 40 coloring pages are one-sided and perforated so you can proudly display your child’s work around your home.
Gifts for Ages 9-10
Quartex is a board game and a puzzle all in one! Get the entire family involved in this engaging strategy game where you match sides, complete shapes, and earn tokens. But there’s a twist–and sometimes less is more!
Building dreamcatchers is a classic crafting activity and this colorful kit has everything kids need to make something unique and beautiful!
Families love these experiments! Little parental oversight is required, and they’re so easy to do right at home! Girls and boys, readers and scientists alike will love this colorful kit. Using ingredients usually found in your home, kids can create natural science experiments–just add the milk!
Gifts for Ages 11-13
Budding scientists and tweens who like hands-on fun will love this all-in-one Rainforest Biome. They get to start a whole ecosystem right at home! The biome includes cacao beans (a favorite), clay, an apple snail shell, and more to create a full-on biofeedback loop. Super cool!
Who doesn’t love to solve a mystery?! The One Minute Mysteries series takes a simple concept and turns it into an awesome book. Kids will read mysteries, then use their powers of deduction and knowledge of math and science to find the solution. Each is as satisfying as the next!