Updated: Nov 2, 2021
One of the hardest things right now is not being able to travel to visit our family. Nothing replaces hugs from grandparents. Let’s face it, we’re in survival mode and kids are spending so much time on screens these days. Some of it is educational and social, but it seems all they really want is more video games. If you want to find gifts for the holidays that aren’t on screens, you may need to get creative, but we’re here to help! There are so many wonderful products out there and with the convenience of online shopping, it should be easy, but it can be overwhelming.
For the Puzzle Solver Of course we recommend puzzles! Be sure to check out the Solving Fun Pal Packs, Puzzle Packs, and Sticker Sudoku. Brain-twisting fun, not on screens, can be solved individually or with others. Also, see our blog post on our favorite jigsaw puzzle companies. You can’t go wrong with any of those!
For the Gamer My family loves to play games as much as we love to do puzzles. We have a list of our favorite board games in last month’s blog post, 10 Family Games to Add to Your Collection. We also really like Sushi Go, Tiki Topple, Nmbr9, The Crew, Blank Slate, The Game because these are easy to learn how to play and fun for a family.
Toys My family is in the purging stage of toys, but there are still a few that seem to be long lasting. One toy I think is fun is a magic set. Not “Magic the Gathering”, although my son wouldn’t complain about that. I’m talking about the kind of magic that uses cards and coins and maybe even a magic wand. My daughter recently took a couple of online courses and loved them. You could get your grandchildren magic books, magic kits, or subscribe them to classes to learn more about magic. I also just got Mondrian Blocks for my kids and we love these, too. The idea behind this game, which is VERY toy-like, is that you have to fill in pieces to create a Mondrian-type image. They’re made well and use great visual/strategic thinking.
For the Artist One of my kids favorite gifts was a bookmaking kit. Their grandma bought a paper binding machine, color printer paper, regular white printer paper, markers, scissors and glue sticks. Blank canvases and a set of paints work, too. What kits might your grandchildren love?
For the Avid Reader I see so many posts on what books to buy for my child if they liked Harry Potter. My kids love books by the authors: Rick Riordan, Raina Telegmeier, Terri Libensen, and Grace Lin. They also both liked the 13 Story Treehouse series. My favorite realistic fiction books for this age are Ungifted