It sounds obvious, but I feel like it bears repeating at this time of year that there’s no admission price to the holidays. It’s lovely to give a heartfelt gift at this time of year, but I firmly believe that gifts can be simple and that we can stay within a modest budget. Toward that end, I’ve been wanting to compile a list of some of my very favorite, very simple, gifts for kids (the grownup version is on its way!).
Junky stuff gets jettisoned toward kids in general, and at the holidays especially, and so I’ve tried to compile a list of items that hold up well to raucous play, that provide a bit of out-of-the-ordinary magic, or that otherwise get enjoyed and used up without adding too much in the way of additional clutter (or eventual waste).
Wherever possible, I’ve provided links to sources for these gifts online, but I intentionally kept the list general and tried to relegate it to items that you might also easily be able to find in the brick and mortar shops in your own communities. Many of these are gifts, for example, that you can source from local hardware stores, cooking shops, or art supply stores. Some of them are things you can make (or make better) yourself. Others are a bit more specialized. All of them are under $25 and many by quite a bit. As always, I’d love to hear your brilliant ideas, too.
+ A crinkle knife.
+ A kazoo.
+ A homemade bubble wand and solution.
+ A bandana.
+ Flower seeds.
+ A two-pocket apron.
+ A dough scraper. (Excellent for the aforementioned.)
+ Bubble bath.
+ Nail polish.
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This post was updated November 21, 2022.
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