Last year in December, I published a holiday gift guide for boys, highlighting some of my guys' favourite things, in the hopes of helping others who wanted to choose a well-received gift for a special boy they knew. I thought I'd share a new list this year, filled with more of our family's favourites, and some new things that my boys are either wishing for, or that we've seen somewhere and think are really cool. As I mentioned last year, while I say this is a list of gift ideas for boys (because I've seen the positive reactions my two have given to these items), I'm sure many girls would also very much enjoy them!
For construction fun
Build replicas of famous landmarks and objects (or kids can come up with creative designs of their own) with these teeny, tiny building blocks.
Brightly coloured ball and rod building pieces snap together in various ways to create anything kids can imagine.
Hexbug Nano v2
For inventing and creating
Frames 5 software
littleBits kits come with various electronic modules that click together with magnets to form circuits, allowing kids to experiment creatively and bring their inventions to life.
This book is full of interesting information about paper airplane flight, and includes paper and instructions for building twenty different models.
For game night
For kids who love visual challenges, Q*bitz is a fun game that involves arranging cubes into a pattern that matches the picture on a card. Each game includes three different rounds, to test speed, luck, and memory.
Settlers of Catan
For listening enjoyment
Monster DNA headphones
mini Bluetooth speaker
Kids can connect a mobile device (iPod, smartphone, tablet) to this device wirelessly to play their music virtually anywhere. This speaker delivers great sound for such a small item.
For active adventures
Turn carpets into skating rinks with these fun slides that strap easily onto feet.
Bilibo can be used for almost anything, and is a great motivator for open-ended imaginative and active play. Small children can sit in it and rock, turn it upside down and climb over it, put it on their head as an interesting hat, wear it on their back like a turtle, put things in it, or use it for playing in water or snow.
SKLZ pro mini hoop
This is a mini sized basketball net for indoor use, though it looks and feels just like an outdoor net. It mounts easily over the back of a door.
For thinking and problem solving
Ball of Whacks
It's an excellent challenge for kids who enjoy solving puzzles.
For the love of reading
Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
You'll find other titles that are great reads for boys in A bookworm's breakfast.
For artistic expression
3D drawing pad
For small surprises
Kids can take these mini LED lights with them wherever they go; the legs of these bugs will wrap around objects for hands-free lighting.
Minecraft Creeper wallet
Give kids a place to safely hold their money with this leather wallet designed after one of their favourite characters.
Vanilla Candy Cane lip butter
This all-natural lip balm from Rocky Mountain Soap Company will help soothe and protect kids' lips from the harsh effects of cold winter air (and it smells good enough to eat!)
If you're still looking for more great gift ideas for boys, you might find something you like in our list from last year. Or, just wrap up a little sweater that your mom knit for your boy Cabbage Patch Kid when you were a child and give it to an imaginative young fella you know -- I'm sure he'll find lots of ways to have fun with it. ;)