Over the years we tried to purchase meaningful gifts for our children — useful gifts that would last longer than before the wrapping paper had been thrown in the trash!
Here are a few gifts our children have received over the years that have stood the test of time. Maybe this list will spark a few ideas for your own Christmas giving list. In no particular order:
Good-sized so the text is easy to see, and in relief for those who use their fingers to learn.
- Digital camera.
We started small on these and let them grow with the child. The link is for the one by Canon that has had the most life, room for growth, and best pictures!
- Plain Kindle.
You’ll often find these on sale for $10–$20 off after Christmas. Easy way to read all of those free eBooks!
- Art supplies.
In particular, a Primacolor set that has become a favorite. (One caveat — they do tend to break more easily than a cheaper set.)
- Gardening tools.
- Apples to Apples game.
Great fun…still playing.
- Tool kit.
Pink for girls or red for boys.
- Musical instruments.
- Music stand.
Dad handcrafted a beautiful wooden stand, but there are many nice music stands out there.
- Pen tablet.
A must for the digital artist.
Must-have for the serious student. Now free for some platforms. (Or try the open source app EverNote.)
- Birdwatching guides.
- Book carrying case.
Again, Dad handcrafted a wooden holder with a handle for each of us, but it is a great idea for easily carrying much-used books from place to place.
- Electronic dictionary.
These were invaluable before Kindles, which have a dictionary built in, but still find a place today when reading a “real” book. Although somewhat pricey, the better models not only include the definitions, but also the etymology of the word. Most also come with a built-in thesaurus and other tools. (Be careful what you buy as some models only contain words that are already familiar to most adults. Look for the Concise Oxford Dictionary.)
- Graphing calculator.
If you want to just buy one get the TI-84. It comes in all kinds of varieties but will serve a student through college. A plugin keyboard is also available.
- Electronic circuit kits.
We’ve gone through several of these. Read our full reviews for more options.
- Bulletin board.
- Building plank set.
Great for building or higher education!
- Wooden train set.
Big and chunky for the littlest fingers.
- Coupon books.
These really are among our family favorites. What would someone in the family love for someone else to do for them? A chore? Or perhaps a special treat? Really the gift is one of time! You’ll find ideas to get you started at DLTK.
- MP3 player.
Think books for the ears.
- Books, and books, and books, and books.
Books on a current interest, books from a favorite series, or classic favorites to build a library.
If you read between the lines, you’ll notice that most of the gifts our children received were aimed at fueling a current interest. You’ll find great kits, books, and other ideas for fueling the interests of your own children at Timberdoodle and Nature’s Workshop Plus