When shopping for kids' gifts, I look for the trifecta of fun, affordable, and educational. I don't always hit all three, but fun is non-negotiable. Below are some of my favorites, all of which are Trevor Approved. If you have a specific age in mind and would like more suggestions, just ask!
- Snap Circuits Kits - a safe and fun way to learn about electricity and circuitry
- Everything by ThinkFun - single-player, travel-friendly games, brainteasers, and more
- Kanoodle - this comes with us during our travels and fits easily on a lap desk or tray table
- Magformers - it's amazing what you can make with these - so much room for creativity!
- Floor Map Puzzles - we've had US and world floor map puzzles for years and Trevor still loves them
- 6-in-1 Solar Kit - no batteries required to operate these once you've built them!
- Keva Plank Sets - such a simple concept with so many possibilities
- K'nex Thrill Rides - what's not to love about building your own roller coasters?
- Fold and Fly Paper Planes - one of Trevor's all-time favorites
- LEGO Chain Reactions - use the LEGO bricks you already have to make chain reactions!
- Little Passports - fun subscriptions for science- and geography-based learning BF40 - 40% off 12 months
You can't go wrong giving teenagers money. I have tutorials for a bunch of creative ways to give money as a gift. Read on for more gift ideas for teens.
- Gift Cards - just as fool-proof as cash!
- International Snack Pack - what teen wouldn't want to try junk food from around the world? CYBER50 - 50% off first order!
- Retro Candy - introduce teens to candy from your generation (great gift from grandparents!)
- Weird Soda - adventurous teens will love this
- Hot Cocoa Sampler - mmm... candy
- CreativeLive Class - 100s of options for photography, video, music, crafting, design, and more every class up to 50% off!
- Endangered Species Chocolate Sampler - their motto is 'indulge with a cause'
Our family loves board games. I've never counted how many we have, but I'm positive it's more than 100 and we play them all regularly. Here are a few of our very favorites that are fun for the whole family.
- Labyrinth - quite possibly my very favorite game and that's saying a lot
- Fluxx - silly, ever-changing, and totally unique
- Quirkle Cubes - the original Quirkle is fun, but Quirkle Cubes is even better
- Tsuro - I usually lose and I don't even care
- Indigo - I always lose this one and still don't care
- Disney Apples to Apples - great with a big group, and it's still fun when it's just the three of us
- Exploding Kittens - the perfect combination of skill, luck, and silliness $5 off!
- Rummikub - loved it as a kid, love it just as much as an adult
- Funglish - this game is difficult, but in a good way!
- Ticket to Ride - hugely popular and for a good reason
- Sleuth - my mom's favorite game - it's a lot like Clue, but better
- Blokus - best for four people, but still fun with three
- Tetris Link - like Tetris without the time pressure
Tomorrow's post will have four more gift guides. Hopefully you'll find something for everyone on your list. And if not, just ask! I have a lot more suggestions that I'm happy to share.