We are just about done with Christmas shopping here, but in case you’re still looking for gift ideas, I have another Gift Guide to share — this time for the bigger kids in your life.
As I mentioned, I do try to avoid toys as gifts if possible because I know that as a parent, we get SO MANY toys that another type of gift is often much appreciated.
For the slightly older kids, these are my favorite gift ideas:
H. Nichols art prints for a girl’s room
I do really love giving wall art as a gift, and this artist, H. Nichols, is so fun! Bridget and I both follow her on Instagram and any of her prints would be a sweet gift for a fashion-forward tween, teen, or even an adult! I’d hang these in my room over my vanity as inspiration.
Map wall art for a boy’s room
I think boys tend to have fewer options for cool wall art, but it’s really important to make sure they have some so they don’t end up thinking art is just for girls! This wall map comes in a ton of sizes so it could be a real statement. I know my boys would like this in their rooms. Actually… not a bad idea!
Penny Board skateboard or long board
My kids are sort of obsessed with these. They’re fun, they come in tons of color combos, or you can even personalize your own. Technically these are sort of a toy, but they would live in the garage or shed and therefore wouldn’t clutter up your living space, so I’m okay with it. Make sure the recipient has a bike helmet. (And maybe wrist guards too, just in case!)
Each of my kids has one of these on their beds and they use them every night for reading before going to sleep. Plus they take them to the living room for movie watching. They’re functional and useful and comfy. And you can gift them along with…
…a few books!
Obviously we love Harry Potter around here, but some other great book series for older kids are the Golden Compass books, The Penderwicks series (these are aimed more toward girls), or the Fablehaven books. We also really love and recommend the Magic Tree House books and Fact Checkers for slightly younger readers (say up to age 8 or 9).
Finally, my kids really, really, really love office supplies, and I’ve had it verified by other parents that they are not alone in this! Notebooks, cool pens, markers, stationery sets, highlighters, colored pencils, stickers, stamps, and cases to hold them all have always been popular at my house. Strange but true.
Before we moved, one of our neighbors put together a Letter Writing kit for us, complete with paper, envelopes, stickers, pencils and pens, and even international stamps! You could definitely put together a cool box like that and have it go over really well.
There’s only ONE MONTH left until Christmas Eve, so get shopping!
Also, here’s what we do for Sibling Gifts each Christmas, and these are the Gift-Giving Rules we try to follow each year.