December 19, 2013

3 Cool Christmas Gift Ideas for Young Boys

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Last night, I finally got on the ball and did a little shopping via the internet (my favorite way to shop!) and “knocked off” three people from my holiday shopping list. They were all little boys…as the mom of two boys myself, it makes shopping for other boys much easier and they are usually the first ones to get scratched off the list.

However, just because I am able to get the little boys gifts before all the adults on my list, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a hard time coming up with ideas for them. This is why I start shopping early for them. As a result of my online shopping trip last night, I actually found three cool Christmas gift ideas for young boys and I wanted to share them with you because I know that some of you are at a loss for what to get your little men this year for Christmas…and possibly even their birthdays?

1.      Heavy Duty Metal Trucks – It’s common knowledge that little boys enjoy playing with trucks. For the last 5 years, my son has continuously asked his grandparents, aunts and uncles for trucks for birthday and Christmas gifts. However, boys are ROUGH on those trucks and sadly, not many of them have withstood his rough playing habits. This year, my husband and I are going to get him a big truck for Christmas, but it will be a heavy duty metal truck that he shouldn’t be able to break. These trucks are more expensive (usually starting at $50 or so), but when you figure how much you (and relatives) will spend on cheaper trucks that break, the extra money is well worth it…and, at Christmastime, you can’t go wrong with the big trucks!

2.      Magformers – If you have a little man who enjoys building, then check out the Magformers. I just discovered these last night, but it is my understanding that they have been around for years. Magformers are building sets that consist of different shaped pieces (hexagons, triangles, pentagons, rectangles, squares, etc.) that are all magnetized so that they can easily connect together to construct three-dimensional items. While you may be concerned when you see the price for these sets, based on the reviews I have read, Magformers are great quality and keep kids entertained from as low as age two (2) to age fifteen (15). Plus, there are a wide variety of sets available at all different prices ranges and each set can be combined with other sets so they sound like a pretty good investment. I ended up purchasing three sets, one for my son and one for each of his two cousins.


3.      Etch A Sketch – I know, this is definitely a throwback for most of us, but do you remember how cool it was to draw something with an Etch A Sketch? For parents who are looking for creative gifts to help keep their boys entertained while using their imaginations (and not bouncing off the wall), an Etch A Sketch is a great option. Not only will it help boys concentrate, but it will also help young boys work on their fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.