With the holidays right around the corner I thought it was the perfect time to bring you a new post of “gift ideas”. Just like my other posts in this category, this is not a sponsored post, the links are not affiliate links, and every thing I feature here is something my daughter either has or has at least used and loves! I also want to add that I’m sure there are little boys in this age range that will also love some of these items!
Ty Beanie Boos – ARV $5.00 – $40.00 depending on size
I think just about every little girl in my daughter’s grade one class has a collection of Beanie Boos. When I was a kid it was the Beanie Babies that were a collectible hit. Now it’s the Beanie Boos. With their colorful soft fur and big eyes, they really are adorable. They come in a full range of sizes from little key chain size to large almost pillow size stuffies. They are also pretty easy to find at most toy stores, book and card shops or even girl’s accessory stores like Claires.
Num Noms – ARV $5.9 and up
Yes we actually have reviewed Num Noms on this blog, a few times. And they are still a hit. They are like the modern day scratch and sniff stickers. They are cute, colorful, scented collectibles. Most of them are sweet fruity or candy smelling but there are also some, ummm different ones like sushi for example. My daughter and her friends love opening these surprise collectables. You can buy them in individual surprise containers (which make perfect stocking stuffers) or in sets. You can find them at most stores that sell toys. Toys R Us generally has a pretty good selection.
Osmo – ARV $29 and up
This is not a “budget” gift but it is pretty awesome. The first thing you need to know about Osmo is that you need an iPad to use it. As of right now Osmo is compatible with: iPad 2, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Osmo is an app enable gaming/learning accessory for the iPad. The “guts” of Osmo is just two pieces – a base that your iPad sits in and a small reflector that sits on top of the iPad. It looks incredibly simple yet this clever accessory does some pretty amazing things. You can buy the basic Osmo base online for about $30 and actually with the base there are a number of free apps including Monster, Masterpiece and Newton that you can use without having to purchase any more pieces. There are also a number of add on games that you can buy like Coding, Pizza, Numbers, Words and Tangram. Basically there is a game to suit just about everyone – the budding artist, the coder, the math whiz, etc. I can’t possibly sum it all up here so check out the Osmo website to get more info.
Bow and Arrow – ARV $35
Now you have to make sure you have the space to let your kid safely use this, but if you do I say go for it. We picked this up on a whim when were were shopping for camping gear at Cabela’s and Molly LOVES it. She’s also very good at it. We have a lot of space in our yard so she can safely go out (supervised of course) and practice without any fear of hurting anything or anyone. But no matter how much space you have make sure you teach weapon safety right off the bat, because make no mistake this is a weapon and even a six year old can seriously hurt someone with a bow and arrow. But used, and taught, responsibly this makes an awesome gift!
Round Knitting Loom Set – ARV $25
My daughter still loves crafts but she’s well beyond just slapping glue and glitter on things. She actually prefers to create something that isn’t going to end up in the trash in a few months. And knitting looms have proved to be just the thing. When I first bought her a kit (which comes with five different sized loom) she had knit a hat in two days. Right now she is busy making winter hats for her teachers for Christmas presents and is super proud of herself. And that hats look amazing. You can find these at most facbric or craft stores, online at Amazon or even Walmart sells them.
Scooter – ARV $60 and up
We spent a lot of time camping this year since we managed to get a seasonal spot at our favorite park. My daughter already has a love of skateboarding so when she saw all other kids at the camp ground whipping by on their scooters she was so excited. I knew nothing about scooters so I spent some time doing a bit of research and reading reviews and realized pretty quickly that Razor was the brand to get. Affordable, well made and cool. Perfect. They have a huge selection of models from super basic for beginners to stunt versions for experienced riders. I ended up getting Molly the Razor A Kick Scooter It’s a very classic design that is perfect for her age group. And with the adjustable handle and a weight max of 143 pounds she will be able to use this scooter for a while. It was amazing how quickly she got the hang of using it too which was awesome. Seven year olds (at least mine) tend to get frustrated easily so her being able to pick this up and get scooting so quickly was a huge bonus. Scooters, and especially the Razor brand, are available at retailers like Canadian Tire, Toys R Us, and Amazon .
Gift Cards – ARV is up to you!
Some people don’t like giving gift cards. And that’s ok. But I can tell you my daughter LOVES to get them. Walking in to her favorite store with a gift card and being able to pick out whatever she wants to spend it on is a real thrill for her. There’s a certain amount of independence involved that makes kids this age pretty darn happy. Here are a few suggestions of some of my own daughters favorite places to use a gift card:
- Justice (her current favourite store)
- Mastermind Toys
- Cineplex (get enough that she can invite a friend to a movie)
- Itunes if you have a music lover