Best Kids Gifts Christmas 2016

by spirituality

Great gift ideas for kids to give at Christmas or their birthday.

Do you have a child that you are looking to give a gift to and are not sure what would be appropriate? The best kids gifts are often ones that will help them in developing skills while in the guise of having fun with a toy. They may not realize that the toy is educational which is just as well. It is sort of like trying to get them to eat something and telling them that it is good for them. They don't want any part of it then.

Finding toys that are part of a line that features characters from their favorite television show or movie is always a good idea. There is no shortage of options when it comes to toys with popular characters. Knowing which one is going to be the most appealing to the child we want to give a gift to, might be a tad confusing. If in doubt, ask the Mother or Father. They will be able to tell you who the "hot" personality is at home these days.

A Group Of Kids Toys

Kids Toys
Kids Toys

Gifts For Baby And Toddlers

When choosing toys for a baby or a toddler there are a few things to keep in mind. Babies put just about everything placed in their hands in their mouths. In their little minds, everything is to be tasted and chewed on. Make sure that the toys that you choose do not have toxic paints that could harm the baby in any way. 

Toddlers will often still have the urge to place items in their mouths, too. Be sure that there are no parts that are small enough that they could be swallowed or become a choking hazard. 

This has become easier than it used to be because manufacturers are using paints that are soy based or vegetable based and letting the consumers know. You often see on the packaging or description of an item whether it will be a choking hazard or not.

Also, read the label of a toy that you plan to give as a gift to see what the age recommendations are. 

LEGO DUPLO My First Zoo 6136

LEGO DUPLO My First Zoo 6136

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LEGO Friends Heartlake City Pool 41008

With the Heartlake City Pool by LEGO Friends, every day can be summer vacation. This colorful set has everything the Andrea and Isabella mini-dolls need to have some fun in the ...

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LEGO Ninjago Temple of Light 70505

The final epic battle for the Land of Ninjago has begun! Take Sensei Wu and Lloyd, the golden ninja, deep into The Temple of Light. Sneak past Lord Garmadon and his minions to p...

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LEGO Monster Fighters Haunted House 10229

The crooked Haunted House is home to the scariest ghosts and monsters. Tremble in fear as you open the gate, go weak at the knees as you step onto the porch and gasp in horror a...

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Kids Of All Ages Love Lego

The plastic building bricks that we played with as kids are even more popular than before. The Lego company has designed some really fun sets for kids of all ages to enjoy building with. These make great gifts for kids and you can find sets that are age appropriate. 

When giving a gift of Legos to a small child you can choose one of the many Duplo sets. They are made with little ones in mind and have bigger building bricks for them to work with. The themes of the sets are more little kid oriented, too.

Pre-teen kids are finding they like to build with Legos in a big way. The company has not disappointed with several lines that appeal to the younger school aged children. There are sets that girls love to collect such as the Friends series. Boys can choose from several themes. One of the most popular with the boys is the Ninjago line of Legos.

Teens want sets that have a challenge to them with more pieces to work with. There are some wonderful options for the older kids to spend time building.

The company has done a really good job of including step by step directions on how to build a set that will look just like the picture on the box.

More construction sets and building toys for boys and girls

Cameras Make Great Gifts For Kids

What do we start doing the minute a child is born? Take their picture! Well, first we cuddle them and then we take their picture to share with the world. And we find every opportunity to take photos of them as they grow.

It just seems natural that even a toddler will want to take pictures, too. Obviously the littlest kids can not take real photos so giving them a toy camera that they can pretend to take photos with is the best idea. Most models include already loaded photos that the toddler can start to learn colors, shapes and sing a long songs with.

They make actual digital cameras for young children that are built to be durable under the stress of hard play that young kids participate in. They can learn about how to stand still and hold the camera still when they take a shot. Many models give them the ability to share their photos with Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa.

Once a child becomes a tween or teen, they will want a camera that is a little more sophisticated than the toy models. There are options in cameras that keep the pricing down but have enough features that an older child will enjoy taking photos with.

Happy Kid / My First Pretend Camera

Because toddlers love role play, too! This play camera does much more than other play camers - it flashes, snaps, and plays music like other toddler cameras, and has a clicking,...

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VTech - Kidizoom Digital Camera

80-122700 Features: -64MB Built-In memory.-Photo editor.-Two games.-Stores 400 photos.-Add 12 silly frames and stamps or two Kaleidoscope effects.-Batteries: 4xAA (not included)...

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Vivitar ViviCam iTwist V7028 Digital Camera - Blueberry

The Vivitar ViviCam iTwist V7028 Digital Camera has 7.1 megapixels, and a fixed lens that has a 4x digital zoom. Compose your photos from both high and low angles with the 1.8" ...

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7" Zeepad 7.0 Allwinnwer A13 Boxchip Cortex A8 Android 4.0, 4GB Capacity, 512 MB RAM, Multiple To...

New 7" Zeepad 7.0 Capacitive 512M/4G Tablet PC All Winners A13 Android 4.0 Cortex A8 Supports Skype Video Calling and Netflix Movies Features: 1.Personal online entertainment an...

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Apple iPad Mini MD528LL/A, MD528E/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black)

Apple iPad XX6LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + AT&T 3G, Black) NEWEST MODEL

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Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers

World's most advanced 7" tablet with stunning HD display, exclusive Dolby audio, and the fastest Wi-Fi found on a tablet. When it comes to HD displays, great resolution is just ...

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Tablets For Kids

We live in a connected world and tablets are the hottest thing out there right now. They are so convenient and mobile. Schools are beginning to use them more and I think that we will soon see a time that tablets will replace the computers in classrooms. 

There are tablets available with small kids in mind. They are loaded with or have the capacity to load educational apps for kids to use. Most have features that allow parents or teachers to check to see their child's progress and these tablets are restrictive to what a child can access if they access the internet. Some even come with a "Mommy" button that allows an adult to have full access to the internet. 

Older children do not have to use a kids tablet. There are nice options for them to have for using for their schoolwork along with the ability to connect with friends, watch movies, play games and listen to their favorite tunes. 

These tablets make for a great gift for kids that will grow with them and they will find fun and useful.

Dolls and Plush

Fun dolls are so the rage this year, it's weird. In fact, it's worse: it's weird dolls that are in fashion. Which is fun...
Sweet little baby dolls for little girls to love and nurture

Other Christmas Gift Ideas for Children

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Gift suggestions of the most wanted presents by women, men and children.
No matter what your budget, you are sure to find the perfect toy for a toddler (boy or girl) right here.
Updated: 05/19/2016, spirituality
 
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katiem2 on 03/30/2013

Very nice list of great kids gifts this is a useful go to list for baby showers, birthdays and the like. Thanks :)K

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