Each kid on your holiday list has a different personality. There are the busybodies, the intellectuals, the sports nuts and the trend sensitive. And as if shopping for these types wasn’t difficult enough, there are also those who further confuse things by changing likes and dislikes as frequently as the wind blows. As such, the Great Gifts for Kids of all Kinds gift guide seen after the jump should help you navigate the tricky retail waters — gift receipts are always a good idea in case your gift recipient changes his/her taste between now and the New Year.
Sun powered toy robots that creep and crawl and climb. There’s a frightened grasshopper, a walking king crab, an attacking inchworm and a peppy orangutan. All robots arrive as kits that kids need to put together (Designed for ages 10 and up).
Bamboo denim jeans for boys and dresses for girls are eco-friendly and eco-chic. The boys’ jeans detailed with the classic ‘Pass/Do not pass’ truck arrow and the little girls’ dress with dainty satin tie are both designed by Bamboo Kids and are available for purchase on their website.
Some kids are more drawn to Burton than they are to Barney, prefer Halloween to Christmas, and always have a bone to pick. So why not give them a whole set? The Kikkerland wooden bone stacking game is just the thing. Like Jenga but with femurs replacing rectangular blocks, Stack The Bones offers hours of ghoulish fun.
Arty kids are all about color, shape and form. And the wooden color blocks in the new Playshapes set allow for endless 3 dimensional configurations that budding Alexander Calders can explore. They may not realize (or care) that some shapes were inspired by the Beatles’ album St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club band, regardless of this bit of provenance kids will undoubtedly find the set fab.
One-liners. Kids love ‘em. They’re not old enough to understand deadpan deliveries, but the old punch line is all that’s needed to get a roomful of rompers rolling on the floor. Wry Baby offers a line of organic t-shirts emblazoned with one-liners that deliver good, clean eco-fun — no bathroom jokes here.
Cool kids know no bounds. So although these sunglasses are only available in adult sizes, they’ll most certainly fit. Made from recycled plastic and modeled after RayBan’s iconic Wayfarer, you may as well go ahead and purchase a pair for yourself too.
Zap! Pow! Zoom! Recycled fabric capes are almost a necessity for battling eco-baddies. Any kid who feels strongly about home base earth will appreciate these capes made by Frank and Me (who also accept custom orders). Constructed by hand, they protect against Kryptonite — but battling carbon emissions is up to you.
Can’t keep up with your kid’s busy schedule? This chalkboard decal wall calendar from PB Teen is all he’ll need to keep track of events, holidays and special occasions. And because it’s erasable, this board will take him from the days of play dates to the days when you’ll be begging him to pencil you in.
Take a cue from the plastic Toy Stick that is being sold at Urban Outfitters this season and make your own, um, stick. “Stick it to boring,” they say. Indeed. Just one chemical reaction above lumps of coal, a stick is worlds apart. It can serve as a finger crutch or pointer. Pet rocks are outdated, so what about pet sticks? Whatever reason you choose, it will certainly be the most memorable gift she’ll open this holiday.