Here are the best gifts ideas for the minimalist kids in your life. 10 Simple gift ideas that any family will love.
December is here and Christmas is only a few weeks away. We have spent the last year decluttering our home and simplifying what we have kept. I am not looking forward to filling our house back up any time soon. I decided to come up with a simple gift guide for all the minimalists with kids. We will be getting our kids gifts this year, but they might not be something they store in their room.
When looking for a gift I always try to find something that’s high quality and durable. We love gifts that can get our children thinking outside of the box and interacting with us. I try to steer clear of toys that make a lot of noise and anything fragile. Nothing is worse than a toy you don’t want to hear or a toy you are worried will break. Kids are meant to play rough (if they want) and make their own noise (that is hard to stop).
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1. Building Toys
Lego and Duplo are a great option for any child. The age range on LEGO is huge. I have found my 2 year old all the way to my husband is entertained by LEGO. Any toy where you can build different things and use your imagination is awesome. Magnetic building blocks are a great quiet imaginative toy.
Most children love to create! There are so many great art sets that include watercolor, pencils, and markers. For young children you could get dot paint and paint sticks. Don’t forget to give paper or a canvas with the gift, that way they can start creating right away.
3. Board Games
Board games are a great way to bring the whole family together. As my boys get older we are having more game nights. Games are a great gift for any age. Our 2 year old loves “Let’s go fishin” and our 4 year old loves Candy Land. I always like to check the age range of the game, its best to find a game that is intended for the age of the child. When my 4 year old was 2 I bought him a few games that were intended for older kids and all it did was frustrate everyone.
4. Wood Toys / Train Sets /Doll House
Wood toys seem to stand the test of time! My boys love train sets and Linkin Logs. They can use their imagination while building and designing the village. There are some fantastic wood doll houses that are super fun to play with and nice to look at in your home. I find wood toys look a lot nicer than the bright plastic toys that seem to break almost immediately.
If you know the person well give them a book you know they will enjoy or a book that you love. To go the more minimalist route you can give an older child a subscription to an online book service. My 4 year old loves activity books, especially the kind where you can wipe them clean and keep using them.
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Give the gift of an experience. Museum passes, theme park tickets, or movie tickets are a great idea for all ages. One gift I remember giving my friends when we were teenagers was movie tickets and a big bag of candy and popcorn. This will also work for someone you might not know very well.
When I was about 8 years old I remember getting tickets to Disney on Ice for Christmas. The funny thing is I can’t remember any other gift I received from that year. This proves most experiences we have are remembered over things we get.
Another idea is saving up for a trip! Try to get the kids involved with saving. Maybe they can save up their allowance during the year and around Christmas time the whole family goes on a fun trip together. The possibilities are endless.
7. Special Treat
For parents that don’t want more things in their house, I would suggest the gift of a lesson. What is the child interested in? Can you buy them a gift certificate for piano lessons or karate? Here is another idea, give the child the choice by printing out a homemade gift card telling them they get to choose what they want to learn and you will pay for it.
9. Clothing That’s Needed
My children always seem to need pajamas! If I am purchasing clothes for a friend I like to double check the child’s size and see what they need. Another good option for an older child is a gift card to a clothing store they like. This way they don’t have to return anything, and they still get to pick out their own style.
Money is the best gift for a child! Nothing is better than when you turn 18 or 21 and have some savings to help you get started in life. When I was little my grandparents always gave me a check for every birthday and most holidays. This money went into my savings account (even back then I was into saving). When I turned 18 and needed a car I had a large amount of money set aside to help pay for my “new to me” used car.
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I hope some of these ideas help when trying to find a gift that won’t take over your home. I love giving my kids the gift of an experience!