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Every year, we take our kids to Toys 'R Us to make a Christmas wish list. It's always a fun day for them.
My second grader, Loki, made a list that was two pages long (and calculated out to about $1,500 worth of stuff...so, that's NOT happening).
But this year, for the first time, it was different for my older kid, a fourth grader.
He's no longer into toys.
Oh, he put some stuff on his list, but the truth is that almost none of it consisted of actual toys.
That shouldn't come as a surprise. But sometimes mom is the last to realize that her little boy is growing up!
Ander is working on a YouTube channel, reading constantly, and likes to play games.
This changes Christmas shopping for him completely. My husband and I have to rethink the kind of gifts we are giving to him.
We want to stay in budget, of course, but he deserves a great Christmas, too. Plus, his little brother will be getting lots of toys.
So I've brainstormed some ideas for gifts for kids who are outgrowing toys but are still too young to appreciate cool clothes and fancy video games.
Fire Tablets are great for educational games, reading e-books (that I check out from the library), and watching cartoons.
Right now, they start at just $50, making them a perfect Christmas gift!
My kid is obsessed with these trading cards.
I let him actually trade. It drives my husband crazy, but I figure he's learning some great economic lessons!
Trunk for Storage
My second grader will probably get something big under the tree, making my fourth grader's stash look tiny (even if it is more expensive)!
Adding storage (for all those collectible cards and books) as a gift makes his Christmas pile look huge, even though we all know the storage is really just to make mom happy.
Webcam with Built-in Mic
Since Ander is working on You Tube videos, a better camera will help him make better little presentations.
This is at the top of his Christmas wish list, by the way. I love that, since it's helping him learn public speaking.
Percy Jackson is the current rage at our house, but any set of well-loved books is a hit here.
What's more fun than drawing and doodling? An art set that looks serious and grown-up encourages regular use.
Really, any musical instrument is great to give at this age!
Light Up LED Soccer Ball
Nothing is more fun than playing soccer in the dark! I think Ander would love a light up soccer ball.
Notice that my gift ideas aren't really toys.
Instead, they are usable, educational, and fun gifts that let my little boy feel a bit more grown up while still having fun!