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Previously, I promised that I would do a series of inexpensive and great gift ideas and this time, we’re going to look at some inexpensive and great gift ideas for kids. Since I love developmental or education gifts for little ones, that is the criteria we’ll be using. Of course, they should be fun as well! Click on any picture for more information.
For babies and toddlers, I love this bumpy ball. It has great colors and textures and encourages reaching, grasping and develops their vision and motor skills.
LeapFrog’s Scout and Violet 100 Words Book is a great place to start with verbal skills. Touching the words on the pages will teach them words, sound effects and fun facts. This is rated for ages 18-48 months, and can also teach in both English and Spanish, so it’s an inexpensive and great gift idea for kids.
Snug as a Bug in a Rug teaches counting, colors and shapes as well as how to play with others. With this, they can develop problem solving skills, social skills and collaboration. Suitable for ages 3 and up, this is an excellent way to continue the learning and development of your little bug!
Have a budding chef in the family? Encourage their desire to learn to cook with a starter kit full of utensils made for your little helpers. Not only does cooking set them on the path to self-sufficiency, it can also be helpful in learning math and science. This really checks off the criteria I mentioned earlier, making it one of my favorite inexpensive and great gift ideas for kids. You can also search for kids bakeware packages and cookbooks, even for foodies with food allergies! What I love most about this kit is that it’s suitable for ages 4+ and has easy to follow recipe cards so even if they aren’t great readers yet, they can still have fun in the kitchen!
Another great idea for kids over 3 might be this marble run set. Helps build hand eye coordination, patience and problem solving skills and encourages them to be creative. I bet this would keep your little builder busy for a while!
Now, I have to tell you that I loved torturing my older brothers by giving their kids noisy toys, but musical gifts are always a great option as well. I caution you though, you know what they about paybacks. Whatever new noisy gift I gave my oldest brother’s kids usually found it’s way into their overnight bag when they were coming to stay with me, along with a message that it should be left at my house for future sleepovers. Anyway, I think musical gifts are great because they teach a lot more than music!
The possibilities are endless when you’re looking for inexpensive and great gift ideas for kids, but when you’re sending gifts out of town, sometimes a gift card is your best option. Although they are less personal, they are pretty much suitable for everyone.
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