When it comes to finding popular Christmas gifts for kids, it is imperative that you don’t get swept-away by advertisements on the shopping channel, or the holiday ‘wish’ magazines. The gift ideas that are being promoted through those sources are often highly expensive products that are designed to be seasonal. In other words- the items may be of interest (or use) to young children for only a year; sometimes even less.
Kids are growing all the time, and as a result their interests will change as quickly as they outgrow their clothes. Therefore, ‘HOT’ items that are being advertised as: ‘popular for kids’ THIS Christmas season, probably won’t be enjoyed next season. And as parents, grandparents, and relatives; we strive to purchase products that our kids can love for many years to come.
That being so, I have put a list of gift ideas together that are inspired by my personal experiences as a child, and as an aunt! The ideas are classics, and they haven’t steered me wrong yet. For not only do these options bring joy to the young crowd, but they are also valuable keep sakes that can be passed down to your children’s’ children. 🙂
But before I present the list, I would like to share with you the ‘can’t go wrong’ gift categories! (These categories were popular with my brother and me for YEARS as we grew up, and the sets are popular with my nephews who are currently 8 and 6. I have been building off of these ideas since they were both a year old and they have never been disappointed!)
The Gift Categories
- Stuffed Animals- Kids LOVE having something soft and fuzzy to hold. And it does not have to be a common TV Character or story based animal. It can be anything that looks friendly and is made from dense materials that are suitable for long-lasting hugs!
- Story Books- There is no better way for kids to learn and dream than through story books. Authors and their illustrators have been bringing comfort to young ones for generations with their creations, and stories are gifts that can never be a waste of money!
- Colouring Books- Colouring can really help bring out a child’s creative side, and it is also a very soothing activity that can be done on their own or with friends. And as kids get older there are teen oriented colouring books to purchase, that will help keep the creativity and relaxation alive! So in a sense- it’s a gift that can never truly be outgrown.
- Animated Family Films- Having a family movie night is a great way to spend time together. Classic movies that are filled with believable characters have very positive life messages that kids can remember and use to help thrive as adults. (Some of the most valuable lessons I learned came from ©Disney).
Now that we have touched base on the sections, let’s have a look at the list of ideas I assembled with them!
Popular Christmas Gifts for Kids
A Golden Retriever Plush. There is just something about this breed of dog that warms a child’s heart. Personally, I think kids are attracted to them because they are big, fluffy, and have the appearance of a strong protector. I had several golden retriever plush toys given to me over the years, and I fell head over heals in love with each and every one of them!
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An Elephant Plush. Elephants make outstanding stuffed animals! They are wide around, and often made with extra soft fabrics which make them an absolute dream to hug! And there big ears, gentle eyes and long trunk give them an overall friendly appearance that give children comfort. (I still have a small plush elephant that was given to me when I was two).
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A Unicorn Plush. Every small child needs an element of fantasy in their lives. Fantasy encourages children to dream big, and drives them to create wonderful works of art as well. And I can’t think of a better fantasy cuddle friend than the unicorn. These mythical creatures are full of bright colours and playful expressions that give both boys and girls sparkling dreams.
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A Penguin Plush. To children, penguins are adorable little creatures that walk funny and wear little suits! And as plush toys, they can wear little holiday hats with matching bow ties. Penguin stuffed animals are probably the most nonthreatening toys of them all, and children welcome them with open arms. Especially, when they are large, round and extra soft!
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Robert Munsch. This renowned children’s book author has been bringing joy to children all over the world since 1979. His writing style is captivating, and the messages he leaves behind will stay with kids throughout the rest of their lives. Whether your children are sitting on your lap while you read to them, or their in the car listening to Roberts voice on CD- they will be comforted, and eager to share the lessons they learned with their friends. And when your children are all grown up- they will pass down their Robert Munsch story book collection to their kids as well. 🙂
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Curious George. Whenever a child see’s a monkey they call it George. And it’s all thanks to the author H.A. Ray for creating (what is now) a classic book series about an inquisitive little monkey who is always running off on a new adventure. But in the end, he always returns to his friend: The Man in the Yellow Hat. To this day, I jump up and down whenever I see a Curious George book or soft toy. For much like Robert Munsch’s books- the Curious George series will warm the hearts of children forever.
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Franklin. As adults, its hard to imagine our children falling head over heals in love with turtles, as they are very slow and slimy- but author, made it possible by choosing a young turtle to be her leading character in the ever so popular book series: Franklin. This chain is yet another wonderful work of fiction that provides children with positive messages and valuable life lessons that they can carry with them through their childhood journey. Franklin teaches children how to prepare for big life events such as moving, going to school, getting a new pet and even getting ready to visit the hospital! I am very thankful that I had the Franklin books to guide me while I was growing up.
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Clifford the Big Red Dog. I don’t think I’ve ever met a child who didn’t have a place in their heart for dogs- especially ones that are large! Author Norman Bridwell, created an original story-line about a dog named Clifford who started out as a small red Puppy, and was told he wouldn’t grow to be very big. But over the years, as his owner,Emily Elizabeth, took care of him; Clifford grew-up to be bigger (and taller) than Emily’s house! And together he and Emily go on incredible adventures together. In fact they have been bringing joy to children since 1963! That’s right. Clifford the Big Red Dog series is still in production- even after the sad departing of Clifford’s original creator, Norman. And Clifford is a pal I truly believe every child should get to know.
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As I mentioned earlier on- colouring books are fantastic tools children can use to help them unleash their creativity! And when it comes to choosing a colouring book to give as a gift, I find it is best to select one or two that co-inside with the special occasion; which in this case is: Christmas.
Some great examples of Christmas Colouring Books are as follows:
Christmas Coloring Book for Kids by Uncle Amon. The book features large outlined images of famous Christmas scenes such as, flying reindeer, Christmas lights, snowmen and much more. Each outline is the length of regular U.S. paper. (8.5×11)
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Merry Christmas Coloring Book by Santa’s Little Helpers. This book provides access to 50 festive coloring pages for children to decorate. Each page is one sided in order to avoid any kind of bleed through, and the outlined images are large and easy to see.
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60 Christmas Colouring Pages by Lily Joy Press. This colouring books is very similar to the ‘Merry Christmas Coloring Book’ except it contains 10X more pages for children to colour. The designs are simple, easy to see, and frame-able.
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(ANIMATED FAMILY FILMS)
©The Lion King. This animated Classic is by far the most cherished, by both children, and adults alike. ©The Lion King was inspired by the Shakespeare play, Hamlet, and features an unforgettable scene where the leading character, (Simba) see’s his father’s ghost appear in the clouds above him, years after he is chased away from his home. The films creators’ invited real lions into the studio in order to study their movements- and as a result, the movie’s characters are incredibly believable, and very easily worm their way into families’ hearts.
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©Peter Pan. Although it is true that we all have to grow up eventually, the film ©Peter Pan, reminds families’ of all ages that it is important not to keep your fantasies with you as you get older. After all, our dreams are what drives and motivates us to be the very best we can be. And the designers of this feature film ingrained this message into their audiences’ minds by bringing Never Never Land to life through animation!
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©The Fox and the Hound. As children, we think that our friends will be around forever. And sometimes its true. But more often than not, friends come and go. Its just a part of life. And its important for kids to realise that the feeling of friendship never fully disappears- even if your best friend goes away. You will still always be together in some form- ©The Fox and the Hound delivers precisely this message in a very clever and touching way. Its a true family film!
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©Beauty and the Beast. For me, the most important thing that helps me get through life is remembering to always be kind, even if others don’t always treat me the way I want to be treated. Only thinking of yourself and how things effect only you will prevent valuable relationships from forming. ©Beauty and the Beast expresses this thought through magic and memorable sing a longs. And the animation is absolutely gorgeous as well. A very heart warming film for children indeed.
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There, you see? Finding Christmas gifts that kids will love is not hard at all really. You can bring children great joy on Christmas Day simply by building off these four groupings: Something to hug, something to read, something to colour and something to watch. This formula has worked for my family for many years, and I’m sure it will aid you with your gift giving journey as well. 🙂