It’s that time of year again! Black Friday deals are coming out earlier than ever — probably because so many of us are anxious to move on with things and get to the most wonderful time of the year. The irony is that after spending many months of quarantine purging every room of our house the last thing I want to do is add more clutter to our lives. Since we spend so much time together, at the top of my list are larger gift ideas for the whole family to enjoy. I’m also focusing on gifts that will bring us joy and comfort and keep my kids’ brains occupied and their bodies moving when they are stuck inside.
Gift Ideas For the Whole Family
- Pool Table. // We recently bought a pool table for our family. Ours is sold out but I like this one for the modern design and the relatively affordable price point for a pool table.
- Ping Pong Table Top. // If you don’t have space for a ping pong table, a portable ping pong table top is a good substitute. Bring it out when you want to play.
- Trampoline. // I’m a big fan of the Springfree trampolines. We’ve had ours for eight or nine years and it’s still going strong. Just when I thought it was time to give it away, COVID quarantine renewed interest in it.
- Universal Yums Subscription. // Last year we got a subscription to Universal Yums. The whole family enjoyed the arrival of our snack box filled with treats from around the world from a different country each month.
- Wii Console. // Despite the arrival of bigger and better technology our Wii console is still a hit because we have so many fun games to keep us moving and having fun even when we can’t be outside.
- Movie Projector. // As long as movie theaters remain closed, an outdoor movie projector you can set up in your backyard may be the closest thing you get to a movie night with friends.
- Bumper Pool Table. // If space is tight, this bumper pool table is a close substitute for a regular pool table.
- Basketball Hoop. // This driveway basketball hoop served us well for a long time. I like that the height is adjustable for younger and older kids.
Gifts Ideas For Early Elementary Kids
- Book-Of-The-Month Club. // Lollipop kids book club will send your young child a monthly book and a lollipop.
- Personalized blanket. // My kids are always stealing quilts from our living room and taking them up to their bedrooms. Create a keepsake quilt made up of tee shirts from camps and their old sports teams to snuggle up in.
- Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands. // Harry Potter fans will love these motion sensitive wands.
- Card Games. // Sleeping Queens, Rat-a-Tat Cat, and Wig Out have all been a hit at our house.
- Cooking Utensils: Measuring cups and spoons and safety knives. // These tools will inspire your kids to initiate their own creations in the kitchen. If only they came with someone to clean up the kitchen afterward! Shop measuring cups and spoons and safety knives here.
- Plasticine Clay and Movie Maker Kit. // I talked all about how fun this is for inspiring creativity in this post. The plasticine clay is great for the early elementary set and the movie maker kit is satisfying for the upper elementary age groups too.
- Pancake Molds. // Sunday morning pancakes have always been a hit in our house. These Mickey Mouse and Star Wars-themed pancake molds are under $20.
- Magnatiles. // You just can’t go wrong with Magnatiles. We got our sets in preschool and my youngest still loves to make creations with them. They are pricey but worth it.
Gift Ideas For Upper Elementary Kids & Teens
- Just Dance Video Games. // Dance like no one is watching. Just Dance is an energetic dance game for your playstation gaming console.
- Fun Bedding and Room Decor. // As my daughter has gotten older the idea of personalizing her room has become more of a thing. Get her a fun set of sheets for her bedroom like these. Also, cinema light boxes and felt letter boards are fun and popular decorating ideas for teens.
- Coding Kit. // I’ve heard great reviews on the Boolean Box, a self-contained coding kit for girls.
- Wallets and Purses. // Older kids need a place to stash their school identification and a debit card. This RFID card holder is perfect for boys and this wristlet is perfect for a teen girl.
- Video Game headphones. // These seem to be a universal want for any kid who likes gaming. This headset is under $20
- A watch. // If you really want to splurge, get them an Apple Watch. But a regular old sports watch like this works just as well.
- A diary or journal. // So old school, but a journal like this is great for recording memories and getting out the teen angst.
- Canvas Print For Your Child’s Bedroom. // Enlarge a favorite photograph of your kid playing a sport or with a bestie for their bedroom.
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