The holiday season is upon us, folks. We have a ton of loved ones to buy gifts for. Besides Thomas and Lily, we also have nieces and nephews and god children and kids of our dear friends… there is a long list. Which means, like you, we are overwhelmed.
Here is a handy gift guide for all things unplugged. So no techy items here. These gifts are for boys and girls and all ages. We have all of these gifts in our home and have really loved and cherished them. There is endless play with these classic toys.
You can never ever go wrong with art! I usually make my own art kits with my favorite materials and cater it to the age I am making it for. Every year I give Lily a little hodge podge of crafting and art supplies and looove how excited she gets about it all! Kid Made Modern – found at Target- makes a really awesome ArtTool Box which I love! The materials are really great – bright pigments, soft crayons and acrylic paints! I am a total art supply snob!
The gift of music is one which keeps giving. We have this gorgeous Schoenhut Piano for Thomas and he loves it. He’s been playing and singing on it since he was 15 months. Schoenhut is a great company which make top notch products… so think heirlooms when you buy these gorgeous musical instruments. This might not be your grandmother’s piano… but it will probably be your grandchild’s.
My favorite toy growing up was a doll house… or rather doll houses… I had multiple. Even as an adult the magic of a dollhouse with little dolls living inside and miniature everything brings back the best memories! Dollhouses encourage play in ways no other toy can ever compete with. A must in every playroom… a dollhouse! This Chalet Playhouse from PlanToys is one of our favorites! It’s all wood and really durable and so funky!
A train set is a classic. We had trains sets with Lily and now they have been passed down to Thomas. Our favorite sets are the wooden train sets. We’ve found Thomas and Friends trains to be our go to. Even if your kids are not into Thomas and Friends, the train sets themselves are great, they are elaborate, whimsical and of really good quality. The sets comes in all sorts of themes and sizes so start with a small one and keep adding through the years!
Building blocks are always a win! There are some pretty amazing and creative building blocks on the market so instead of the classic blocks, I say go for a little something different. We picked up a set of Areaware Alphabet Blocks at a local specialty toy store. And we love them. These are not just for kids but make a strong design statement in any decor.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with gift giving… I hope this little guide helps you along the way!
Also look for more themed guides coming soon!