Christmas is right around the corner, and we held off getting gifts for our boys until the last couple of weeks to allow for interests to change throughout the year. In our search for the perfect gift through the years, there are a few things that have stood out in quality and enjoyment in our home. I wanted to share some of them with you to perhaps give you some ideas for your favorite boys!
One of the best toys we have bought has been legos of all types. From the largest ones, down to the smallest, the kids never stop playing with them! They truly do stand the test of time, and many come with a free subscription to Lego Magazine, which encourages reading and features contests in creating that your child can participate in.
Another great toy for boys is the Matchbox MegaRigs. We started buying them when our youngest was three, and they have stood the test of time. Like legos, each of these MegaRig sets are interchangeable with each other, allowing more creativity with more sets. One of the things I liked about these sets for younger boys is that they have basic shaped parts so the child that is not quite able to create the basic vehicle can be quite happy while getting a taste of how to be creative. They have small and large sets, ranging in price from $10-$50.
For the younger child into trains, I have found that the Thomas the Train sets with plastic tracks hold up to heavy use and abuse whereas the wooden sets break. I like the larger set in particular as it uses more floor space which the kids love! They even have trains with batteries that go around the track by themselves and make noise like a train, which is perfect for our little engineers. You can buy track extension packs reasonably, so one set can be added on to without a lot of extra cost. I have found boys as old as eight will still play with this set, though I would reserve it as a gift for ages three to five or six.
Now, for the boy of any age, including a husband. What do you do that they will love no matter what? A go kart! Now, I can’t afford one with an engine, nor the fuel costs, but a pedal go kart is awesome! We found some at Tractor Supply this year that are in two sizes, one for kids and the other for adults. The seats adjust easily, and the adult one even has a hitch on the back to attach a wagon or such. During research we found that there are two other good pedal car manufacturers, Ketcar and Berg.
The prices get much higher from these companies, but I think the quality is slightly higher than on the model made for Tractor Supply. For us, we think the cheaper model will do, and it can hold up to 300lbs., a boon since my husband is 6’6″ and around that heavy. Our children have told us that they don’t need any other gifts this year if they can have a go kart, and they are serious! It would be well-worth checking out if you have paved or dirt tracks to ride on.
Last, I would recommend a tool set for boys over age five or six and a gift card to a local hardware store. There are a lot of plastic and foam sets out there, but they don’t hold up very well and do not teach real skills, so I would buy real tools. A few hardware stores are selling real tools sized for a child’s hands, and even kits of things to build. Here is a site talking about woodworking with children I find helpful.
I hope this helps with your Christmas shopping!