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When it comes to gift giving, my favorite type of gifts to give my children (and nieces and nephews) are ones that get them thinking or help them to be creative. I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite items that we have gifted over the years. We personally owned every single one of these items and I can vouch for their awesomeness. You seriously can’t go wrong with anything on this list.
A received some ThinkFun Games, Magic Stix, and Disney coloring books in exchange for possible inclusion in my gift guide. These are items that we honestly and truly love. In fact, I was contacted by ThinkFun after they read my road trip post where I raved about our love for their games. I will always be honest and upfront with you when it comes to sharing my opinion. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
ThinkFun Games – We love the ThinkFun games. We started with Rush Hour and just kept adding to our collection. One of the things I love most about these games is that they are solo games, your kids don’t have to wait until a sibling or friend wants to play a game with them, they can play when ever they want. Many of these games are portable so they are great for traveling or even when you are at a restaurant and your kids are bored. I mentioned how much we love the ThinkFun games back in my road trip post and ThinkFun reached out to me and sent me few of their new games to try out. When I said we own a ton of these games, I wasn’t kidding! These are all of the ThinkFun games we own and I can personally recommend each and every one.
- Rush Hour Logic Game
- Gravity Maze
- Sweet Logic Board Game
- Circuit Maze Board Game
- Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
- Hoppers Game
- Shape By Shape
- Brick Logic Board Game
- Code Master Programming Logic Game
- Think Fun Math Dice
- Coding Board Game: Rover Control
- ThinkFun Izzi
Perler Beads – My youngest son has so much fun with these. He will create with them for hours. He will create images on his own or print out an image from the internet and lay it underneath a big pegboard and fill it in with Perler Beads. It is so much fun to see him being creative. We are big fans of Perler Beads at our house.
Kwik Stix and Magic Stix – I was introduced to Kwik Stix last year and we fell in love with them. Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! They dry in 90 seconds and the colors are bright and vivid. You can paint on so many surfaces like pape, posterboard, cardboard, wood, and canvas. They recently came out with the new Magic Stix which are just as amazing as the Kwik Stix. These are Washable markers that won’t dry out even if the cap has been left off for 7 days (they even guarantee that)! This so handy! I can’t tell you how many pens I have had to throw out over the years for this very reason. I highly recommend these items for your kids that love to draw, color and create.
Snap Circuits – These sets are so much fun for kids. These help teach your kids about how electronics work and makes it so much fun by helping them to assemble things like a flying saucer, alarms, doorbells and much more. I don’t know a kid that hasn’t loved these fun sets. I recommend the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit as a great place to start.
Klutz Books – The Klutz books have been a big hit at our house for years. They have so many different varieties of books you are sure to find one that speaks to your kids. They have craft kits, activity kits and just plain fun and silly books. Here are just a few of the Klutz books that my kids have enjoyed.
- Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
- The Encyclopedia of Immaturity
- Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit
- Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Craft Kit
- Klutz Juggling for the Complete Klutz Craft Kit
- The Shrinky Dinks Book
LEGO – LEGOs are probably most loved creative item at our house. I’m sure we are not alone. It is interesting to see how each of my kids have played with their LEGOs differently. My oldest would build a set like it was supposed to be, then almost immediately tear it apart to build something new with his own imagination. I had another child who would build a set and make sure it stayed complete…forever. My favorite LEGOS to give as gifts has always been the LEGO Creator sets. In addition to LEGO sets, there are some great books for LEGO fans that my kids have loved too.
Coloring Books and Colored Pencils – I always loved coloring as a kid. Coloring has gotten even cooler now with all the adult coloring books that are out now. Kids love these adult coloring books too. I love the fact that the pages are a little more sturdy and their is so much detail that older kids can really get into coloring again. We highly recommend the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. Here are a few coloring book recommendations:
- The Percy Jackson Coloring Book
- Notebook Doodles Super Cute: Coloring & Activity Book
- Pusheen Coloring Book
Here are a few more highly rated items that would be great to spark your kids creative imagination: