Gifts · Parenting

Kids’ Gifts That Build Creativity and Thinking Skills

Shopping for kids is a huge part of the holiday season. Instead of going on a search for the latest toy fad of the year, consider giving some gifts that will encourage creativity and active learning in children. When I’m shopping for kids, I try to find gifts that will be engaging, appealing, and fun, but still help kids develop skills. My own children are well past the toys stage, but when they were younger, we got them each a couple of the traditional toy items, and the rest of their gifts leaned heavily toward activities, games, and items that would help them spend time productively. More than the toys, they appreciated the chance to try new things and feel a sense of accomplishment as well as spending time together as a family working on a project.

Time spent playing a board game, flying a kite, or learning a new art technique is valuable for children and provides a much-needed break from screen time.

Here are some of my top picks for fun and engaging toys available from Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. Please see about page for full information. Thanks so much for supporting my blog! πŸ™‚

PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks

This beautiful magnetic building set offers hours of creative fun.

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner

Highly-rated game encourages spatial reasoning and logic skills.

126 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set with 2 Drawing Pad, Art Supplies in Portable Wooden Case- Crayons, Oil Pastels, Colored Pencils, Acrylic Paints, Watercolor Cakes, Brushes – Deluxe Art Set

Everything needed to explore new art techniques

5000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) National Geographic Kids) Hardcover

Encourage curiousity and wonder about the world around us with this great book

Eezy Peezy Monkey Bars Climbing Tower – Active Outdoor Fun for Kids Ages 3 to 8 Years Old

Free time outdoors is so important. Here’s an easy solution to provide a play space in your yard.

My World Interactive Map – Educational Talking Toy for Kids of Ages 5 to 12 Years

Help kids discover world geography with this award-winning interactive map

2 Pack Kites – Large Rainbow Delta Kite and Red Octopus with Long Colorful Tail

Classic kites are always a fun gift

Exploring Nature Journal for Kids: Observe and Record the Outdoors 

encourage writing and observational skills with this journal

Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit

Paper and instructions for creating a variety of paper airplanes.

150 Piece Set Wooden Castle Building Blocks Set FAO SCHWARZ Toy Solid Pine Wood Block Playset Kit with Bridges and Arches

Classic building set encourages imagination

FAO Schwarz Kids 8-Piece Arts and Crafts Weaving Loom Set: Create Your Own Weaves and Fabric Projects with Colored String; Kit Includes Loom Frame, 4 Colored String Bundles, 3 Wooden Shuttles, Ages 4+

Weaving set for kids who love unique artistic projects

Quiksilver Mission Mittens Kids

Recycled Fabric: REPREVE traceable, recycled 4-way stretch polyester blend made from plastic bottles
Insulation: WarmFlight x3 technology for extra warm and breathable insulation for Winter outside play

Kids Dinosaur Knitted Hat

Kids look adorable in this warm hat that lends itself to pretend play

Clay Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Make, Model, and Mold with Air-Dry, Polymer, and Homemade Clay

Fun and engaging clay projects

Thanks for reading my blog today. Enjoy the season shopping for all the kids in your life, and have a beautiful day! πŸ™‚

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Great Ideas For Holiday Shopping: Classic Gifts in Sophisticated Neutrals

Now is a great time to begin to think about holiday shopping and get started on finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. When I’m shopping for myself, I look for a good quality item at a great price. But when it comes to gift giving, the focus shifts a little more to the quality side. After all, there are only a couple of gift-giving occasions throughout the year, and I want to give my loved ones a gift as special as they are. Don’t get me wrong, the budget isn’t thrown out the window with these Amazon finds, but I’m also looking for some other qualities. What is the star rating on Amazon? What reputation does the brand have? What kind of materials is the item made of? How unique and original is the gift? Is it special, for example artisan made or made in a country known for that product?

This gift guide is for the person on your list who appreciates the classics. Nothing super flashy, but beautiful, understated, high-quality gifts that are sure to be appreciated.

Here are some of my favorite Amazon picks, delivered straight to you!

First on my list is the mulberry silk sleep pillow. Silk pillows have become a top gift item this year because of the gentle treatment they provide for your hair and skin as you sleep, and because of the emphasis on the comforts of home. I love the deep steel gray color of this pure silk pillow.

The traditional tartan plaid scarf is made of a high quality cashmere wool from Scotland. These neutral tones will complement any look, from a blazer to a denim jacket.

Vera Bradley is an immensely popular brand for all kinds of beautiful bags. I love this soft and sophisticated Vera Tote in teddy fleece. Unlike the colorful prints, this bag is incredibly versatile and goes with a multitude of looks.

You can’t go wrong with a leather messenger bag. Anyone on your list will appreciate this classic and beautiful handcrafted bag in a warm brown leather.

The artisan Aleppo soap is made in Syria from an ancient recipe that is known to help alleviate skin problems. I think its distinctive look and packaging will make it a great addition to a holiday gift.

These attractive Turkish cotton hand towels are perfect anywhere in your home, equally useful in the kitchen, bath, or even gym bag. Made in Turkey from 100% fine cotton.

The sterling silver ring is just stunning, featuring multicolored genuine quartz stones channel set in the band and a large central gemstone.

The frosted faux fur blanket is so soft and pretty. What a beautiful gift!

Wristlets are a great little bag to add to the recipient’s collection, perfect for holding a cell phone and cards. This one is from Sakroots, one of my favorite brands.

Noise isolating blue tooth headphones from Skull Candy are a great gift for someone who spends a lot of time on a computer. This is especially true with so many of us trying to optimize all our online time neccessitated by 2020.

The tortoiseshell finish watch by Anne Klein is classic and fun.

These gorgeous earrings are the real deal: 14 karat gold fittings and Tahitian Black South Sea pearls. This is truly a special gift sure to be treasured.

The Dionis goat milk body and hand cream is made by a small company and would be perfect combined with other thoughtful gifts or as a stocking stuffer.

If you want a classic gift, a signature Coach logo wallet in khaki is a terrific option.

Scented candles are always a nice gift idea, and this set is pretty and versatile in neutral tones. The candles are hand-poured soy with an embossed design.

This s’well water bottle keeps drinks cold for an incredibly long time. I love the teak finish on this little beauty.

Finally, these custom made bracelets can be ordered in your choice of metal, stamping, and with an engraved message. They are so pretty and thoughtful. What a wonderful gift!

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Have a beautiful day, and happy shopping! πŸ™‚

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Twelve Creative Gifts Sure to Wow Any Artistic Soul & All Available On Amazon

Prime Day is still going on! YAY! If you’re not yet a Prime Member, now is definitely the time to join! Score some great deals for yourself and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

If you have an artistic person in your life, they will appreciate being treated to some gifts meant to spark the creative juices. High quality supplies are always appreciated, and I’ve also found some other fun items that show you appreciate their originality and spirit.

Take a look at these great Amazon finds!

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Have a beautiful day, and have fun doing some holiday shopping! πŸ™‚

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The Best Stocking Stuffers On Amazon: Get A Head Start On Your Holiday Shopping With 16 Small Gifts She’s Sure To Love

Today is Prime Day on Amazon! YAY! Prime Day offers amazing deals for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not already a Prime member, I highly highly recommend the service. I have been a member for years now, and it’s one of the best purchases we made. The best benefit is the fast free shipping on a multitude of items. I rely on that more and more during the pandemic. Amazon lets me check a box to display only Prime items, and I get a huge selection of merchandise that will be at my home in two days with no shipping fees. If it’s important to you to support small business, Amazon also has a handcrafted category and a small business category which they will often give you a bonus for supporting. A prime membership is something that has been valuable to me and my family, and we will continue to be loyal customers. I have recently become an Amazon affiliate, meaning I receive a small compensation if you purchase from them as a result of my recommendations. I do very much appreciate your support of my blog!

If you’re interested in a prime membership, click here for details.

Now on to the gift guide! It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about the perfect gift for everyone on our shopping lists. Today I’m recommending some items that I personally love. Again, I’m a big Amazon customer, and I have either given or received these gifts and others from the same companies.

Finding gifts for all the women or your list can be a daunting task. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, a gift exchange, or a meaningful gift for someone special in your life, I’ve got some good ideas for you today.

First, the Luca and Dani bracelet stack is just so pretty. The cardinal, red stone, and pearl bracelet set makes a terrific gift!

Everyone I know loves a journal, especially a gorgeous leather one like this. A beautiful journal is always appreciated.

You’re going to see quite a bit of Kendra Scott in this gift guide. That’s because I LOVE Kendra Scott jewelry. I had never heard of the brand until I bought the abalone cuff bracelet at a small store on the beach (after much internal debate about whether I should buy something for myself, which I don’t usually do) and I just wore the thing constantly because I loved it so much! Since then, I have received a number of jewelry gifts from my family from Kendra Scott for my birthday and Christmas, and it just makes me happy. These are updated classics you can wear with anything. The brand is not so pricey that you don’t want to ever purchase, but it’s not a cheap costume either. It’s quality that has held up for me. These cobalt drop earrings are just gorgeous for someone on your list who likes statement earrings.

I also very much enjoy the C O Bigelow brand. They have a very consistent quality with all of their products, and there’s just something about that classic vintage-y packaging. This amber scented candle is a great gift.

For the beauty buff in your life, consider this limited edition eye shadow set from Cargo Cosmetics. It actually comes with four palettes in super cute packaging.

Alex and Ani is another brand I have found is always appreciated for a gift. They have a ton of stylish options like this silver statement ring.

Anyone on your gift list would appreciate a classic coach item like this khaki wallet.

This Kendra Scott fringe necklace is another striking piece that makes a great gift.

Pearls are always so pretty, and this ombre pearl bracelet from Luca and Danni adds a modern twist.

The cashmere scarf in ombre blue is just gorgeous and sure to be appreciated.

Here’s another fun item from Alex and Ani. This wrap ring has a Wizard of Oz theme, with the emerald colored stone and yellow brick road motif.

Know someone who likes candy? Try some delicious candy from Mrs. Cavanaugh’s! Pecan and chocolate is my personal favorite, but the company has many other delicious choices.

A great hand lotion is always a good gift idea. This white tea hand cream is a fabulous option.

These days, we all could use a mindset of gratitude. This bestselling gratitude journal is a reminder to be thankful.

This bracelet by Kendra Scott is the original one I bought for myself that started my enthusiasm for the brand. I love this bracelet and think it makes an awesome gift. πŸ™‚

Finally, this waterman pen in a gift box is an excellent choice for anyone on your shopping list.

I hope you will hop over to Amazon to check out all the excitement over the next couple of days! That’s where I’ll be doing my holiday shopping! πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day, and happy Christmas shopping! πŸ™‚