Create Your Child’s Own Book. You can write and illustrate a special book for your child, like Disney made for her daughter Paige. She shares a tutorial on how to make it using Photoshop but you can also use just paper and crayons.
Personalized Books. Choose from a wide variety of hard or soft cover personalized books offered by Freckle Box.You can add your child’s name on the cover, the child’s picture on a dedication page, and a personal message in the books designed by Put Me In The Story. Take a look at their New York Times bestselling children’s book called My Name Is Not Isabella.
Audiobooks. Roald Dahl is considered one of the greatest children’s writers of all times. This Audio CD Collection contains five of his wickedly funny stories brought to life by the author himself.
CDs of Good Music. Kids love music and they will certainly sing along with Raffi, Laurie Berkner or Tom Chapin.
Book Of The Month. GiftLit gives you the option of buying a 3, 6 or 12 month gift of books for children. Their unique book a month gifts for children have been carefully selected by literary experts and grouped by age and theme. Any book can be substituted or returned. The Lollipop Book Club gives the child in your life not only a book but a sweet reading experience, as they mail a lollipop and a book with a special message from the parents.
Magazine Subscription. You may consider Cricket Mag, ZooBooks, Highlights, National Geographic Kids or Ranger Rick.
Monthly Box of the Best Products catered to your child’s age by Citrus Lane. The subscription boxes are for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. They are on our list even though part of the content is toys (good quality toys, I must say),but the rest is books, goodies and essentials. Three options available: 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions.
Library card. How exciting for a small kid to get her own library card! Make it a big deal! Take a picture when the librarian hands her the card! Show your child how to search the catalogue for the books of her choice and how to find them on the shelves.
Journal and shuttle pens.
Musical instruments: mini drums, rhythm sticks, harmonica, xylophone, maracas, ukulele.
Photo album with pictures of siblings, parents, grandparents, closest relatives and friends. It makes a great gift for smaller kids especially if you don’t have your family living close by.
Design and create a Reading Nook – perfect gifts for a book lover. Check out the Reading Nook created by my husband and I for our 3-year old son’s birthday.
Bean Bag Chairs. If you enjoy sewing, you can use this tutorial to create 2 easy bean bags.
Monthly Craft Kit. Kiwi Crate sends a monthly crate of fun activities – educational projects, hands-on activities and experiments and much more- for ages 3 to 16+. Blossom Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box full of simple, yet inspired crafts to your doorstep each month so you and your child can spend time exploring and creating together. Green Kids Crafts delivers 3-4 award winning Creativity and STEM Science Kits (science, technology, engineering, and math) designed by experts to build confidence, flex creativity, and make kids smarter.
Paint Your Own Pottery Trip.
Create Your Own Mosaic Masterpiece.
Create Your Own One-of-a-Kind Candle.
The Painter Kit:You can put one together yourself by choosing different size canvases, several brushes and watercolor paint.
Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media.
Crafts Supplies: ribbons, pipe cleaners, buttons, feathers, glue, construction paper, etc.
Spy Kit: magnifying glass, binoculars, flashlight and invisible ink pen.
Science Kit. Find here the top 11 DIY science kits for kids.
ToolBox: screws, rope, measuring tape, tool belt, goggles, etc.
Binoculars and a bird guide like the National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book for Kids from National Geographic’s Bird Experts.
Strong Magnet or a magnet game like Magna-Tiles.
Amusement Park Passes or Membership.
Stay-Active Gifts: trampoline, tennis racket, ping pong table, bike, scooter, basketball hoop.
Winter sports passes and equipment : ice skating, ski, hockey.
Classes: soccer, karate – there are so many options to choose from.
Extracurricular activity items: sports equipment, uniforms, instruments.
Kid-Safe Kitchen Tools.
Recipe and Ingredients. Children love helping parents, especially in the kitchen. Print out a recipe, buy all the ingredients and set a cooking date.
Monthly Cooking Kit. KidStir‘s mission is to spark a love of good food in kids. The kits contain: 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups, 3 educational foodie pages, 2 kid-sized tools and a specialty ingredient, 3 fun games and activities and more. You can choose a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month gift.
Baking Kit. Option 1 : baking pan, mixes, accessory: wrappers, spoon, decoration etc ( read more here ). Option 2: cake pop pan and cookbook.
Monthly Travel Kit. Little Passports is your child’s ticket to an exciting adventure. You can choose from the USA edition and your child will discover 2 new states every month or the global edition to learn about a new country with every monthly package.
World Map Or Globe.
Tent And Sleeping Bags to camp out in the backyard.
Day Trip or Weekend Getaway: Spend time together at a hotel with an indoor waterpark or visit places your child likes.
Dress Up Clothes. You can either make them yourself or look at garage sales and flea markets. Either way, it will guarantee hours and hours of play for your child.
Design-your-own clothes. The Patchery gives you the opportunity to design your kids’ clothes. All you have to do is choose a style and fabrics and they will handle the rest. You can also let your children design their own clothes, wouldn’t you be curious of the result? Gift cards are available.
Planting Kit. Young green thumbs can watch nature at work by growing a small indoor garden in just days with the environmentally friendly Planting Kit from Green Toys. This planting kit comes with a 100% recycled plastic pot, package of organic sunflower seeds, soil disk, and easy to follow instructions. Made in the U.S.A. from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A small fruit tree to grow.
Make a Birdhouse using this free pattern and tutorial.
Bird Watching Kit: bird feeder kit, bag of seeds and a bird book. Read more about it here.
Bird Feeder And A Bag Of Seeds. Observing nature can be very entertaining for kids (and parents) throughout the whole year. A bird feeder will attract a wide variety of bird species.
Pets. Has your child been asking for one for a long time and you finally decided to cave in? You may consider getting one as a birthday gift but we you should first check out these 8 things before comminting.
The Gift Of Giving: Sponsor an animal or a garden.
Tickets to a concert, theater performance, movie, ballet, symphony or game (hockey, football, baseball), something you and your child could enjoy together.
“Kid Special Day”: A date with grandma/grandpa/aunt/uncle: a sleepover, out for ice cream, movie, mini golf, etc. Check out “Your Perfect Day” plan – a Christmas present made by Tessa for her nephew. It turned out so great that she’s been offering it for 3 years in a row, upon request!
Make Something Together. You can take your little boy to a Home Depot or Lowe’s workshop and build something together. For a little girl, you can choose a jewelry making place.
Piggy Bank and Coins.
Kid’s Bedroom Makeover. Such a project doesn’t have to break the bank. A little paint and some fun wall decorations, bed sheets, etc can make huge differences. Read more about Marv’s bedroom makeover for her daughter, a perfect gift before the arrival of the second baby.
Useful Items: alarm clock, wrist watch, personalized pillowcase, basket filled with bubble bath, bath crayons, a new toothbrush, toothpaste.
Old Stuff can make great new gifts. Old as in something that you already own but no longer use (camera, computer, phone, recorder ) or vintage (typewriter). Read how my old camera became my son’s favorite Christmas gift.
Photo album with pictures of siblings, parents, grandparents, closest relatives and friends. It makes a great gift for babies especially if you don’t have your family living close by.
Footprint kit. Read here how to create one.
Thursday 25th of June 2015
There are so many good ideas on here! I want nearly all of these things for ME and I know my kids would love them too.
Monday 29th of June 2015
Thanks Michelle, I try to update it with great ideas and add links to some of my own projects or of other talented bloggers.