Almost every day for the past couple weeks I hear a new Christmas present request from my kids. There is so much excitement, and so many possibilities for what might be waiting for them under the tree! But if you are anything like me, you are not looking forward to wading through a bunch of toys that your kids will grow tired of in a few months.
I am constantly on the hunt for gift ideas that will not add to the clutter in our house, or contribute to a consumerism in my children. I want things that will be truly useful to them, something that will teach them something new, or even toys that I know will stand the test of time as they grow. As I sat down to come up with some gift ideas for my boys, that was my focus – gifts that will last, in one way or another.
Gifts That Encourage Creativity
There are plenty of trendy new toys each year that catch my kids’ eyes, but with a limited Christmas budget I like to think of gifts that will hopefully last a little longer than the current craze. If it’s a gift that can encourage my son to be creative and active – even better! Here are a few ideas:
Real Tool Kit – I think this real tool kit would be amazing to help build comfort with tools and also encourage some productive creativity!
Hiking Gear – Get your son a backpack filled with everything he needs before he goes out to explore, like a water bottle, a compass, maps of local trails, an Audubon guide to local birds or plants, or even a swiss army knife (depending on your son’s maturity). All these things will be useful for years to come and will hopefully encourage boys to get outside and use them (and you’ll get to get outside with them too!).
Rubber Band Guns – What boy wouldn’t want a rubber band gun? I think even my husband would like this gift. This site has some great ones.
Subscription Box – Subscription boxes seem to be popping up everywhere, and while doing too many can add up in price, picking one for your child’s specific level can be a fun gift that continues all year. A bonus is that these boxes often are centered around activities or learning something new! Google “subscription box for kids” for some ideas.
Gifts That Give An Experience
Gifting an experience takes a little more creativity, but I also think it’s one of the gifts that will last the longest in a child’s memory. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
A New Sport – Your son may already be involved in sports, but if he is showing interest in something new, why not give him a trial season as a gift? Your local recreation center is a good place to start looking.
A Class On Something He’s Interested In – Hobby Lobby often hosts local artists to teach classes in a variety of mediums, and local museums often have classes on a variety of science and history topics.
Themed Show – If your little guy has a favorite cartoon character, see if there are any touring shows related to that character.
Sporting Event – Buy tickets to a sporting event, and take your son for some one-on-one time (my husband recently did this for our six year old’s first college football game, and he loved it).
Indoor Skydiving – Give your son some bragging rights and take them indoor skydiving! Apparently kids as young as 3 years old can do it (I wouldn’t go that far, but you know whether your three year old could handle it).
Movie And Lunch – You don’t have to plan an extravagant experience to connect with your son. Just some one-on-one time to do anything fun together can be a great gift.
Books That Will Encourage Spiritual Growth
Don’t forget about books! Books are great for not only entertainment and learning, but they are also a great tool for encouraging spiritual growth for our boys too. And a gift that will encourage our boys’ in their walk with the Lord is something that truly will have an impact that lasts forever! Tommy Nelson has some great resources to help boys of all ages to grow in their faith. Here are a few that caught my eye:
I Am Storybook Bible – I recommend this storybook Bible all the time. I love the way the author set it up to highlight a different name of God with each Bible story, and the illustrations are amazing. There is also a devotional companion for more study on the names of God.
Color Code Bible – I have a copy of this Bible that I am planning on giving my son as he starts reading more independently because I love how different sections of the text are highlighted based on the topic they address.
Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God And Science – As someone who loves science myself, I am excited to check out this book! I am thinking that this will be a good resource to get a conversation going with them about God’s infinite power and creativity and how that is so apparent as we study His creation through science!
What are some gifts that have lasted the longest – in actual use or in memory – for your boys?