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.
Hexbug Nano v2
For inventing and creating
Frames 5 software
This book is full of interesting information about paper airplane flight, and includes paper and instructions for building twenty different models.
For game night
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
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
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. ;)