Alternatives to Toys this Christmas – Some Gift Ideas for Kids
Posted Aug 26 2008 11:36pm
Many parents and especially grandparents, friends and relatives are concerned about purchasing toys for their smaller loved ones this year. With the recent news out of China…i.e. another day another recall, toys may be slipping from many folks shopping lists. Yet, show me a child that doesn’t want a pile of presents on Christmas day…and preferably something with which to play. I clearly remember whining the years I received more clothes than toys…spoiled child that I was (am?)You too?
But, there are, quite fortunately quite a few gift items that while, not exactly toys, count as play things in most kids books. Some are old standbys, some new ideas. A New York Times article has a few . Here are my ideas.
1. Great books they may not have read but you enjoyed as a child – how about some Caldecott Winners or Great Illustrated Classics . Why not pick up some Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys or Little Golden Books? I was a Bobbsey Twins gal myself.
2. Bags and backpacks – kids love bags of all sizes and materials – small felt bags for shiny rocks or beads, bigger bags for play shopping, backpacks.
3. Sports equipment for a new or unusual sport they may not have tried – bow and arrow, juggling cubes, etc. Try to pass on the cheap plastic stuff that breaks - look for smaller versions of the real thing - Google "Child size authentic"
4. Costumes and accessories - this is one of my favorites and can be purchased cheap after Halloween.
5. Yards of play fabric, buttons or ribbons from any Fabric Store and silks – great for dress up!
6. Educational or Classic Movie Videos – Camelot, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang or The original Charlie and The Chocolate Factory anyone?