Tis the time of year when we are all looking for gift ideas for our kids. Here are some ideas that I have found for you!
This is a fantastic idea for kids in the 8 – 13 age range. You get to choose from two different mysteries, with a third option on the way. Your kids will receive a series of clues related to the mystery in the mail over a period of six weeks. Our kids are in the midst of the pirate mystery and they love it. They keep wondering when the next envelope will arrive.
The first letter included a message in code and they took copies of the letter to school and a significant portion of the kids in their grade three and five classes were working hard on cracking the code and then we had half a dozen kids come home with us after school and with some efforts they broke the code and figured out the message.
Full disclosure: we are receiving this mail order mystery in exchange for a review blog post. So far it is excellent and I’ll write more about it when it is wrapped up and the mystery solved.
Handmade Gift Ideas
As a small business owner and maker myself, I thought I would help promote some of my fellow Etsy vendors this year. I am not being paid to promote any of these products, although if you do make a purchase through any of these links I will receive an affiliate commission. It will not impact the price of the product you purchase.
Most of these will be making an appearance in our house this year.
Because every kid needs to look like they are being eaten by a shark while watching TV!
My eight year old in particular is regularly challenging me to a tic tac toe game – convinced that if she plays me enough times she can win, as soon as she figures out the system. This handmade travel game looks great and will cut down on the amount of pieces of paper lying around our house covered in x’s and o’s.
Each of my kids have been found wearing superhero capes at various times in their lives. The bonus is that these capes and masks also fit adults. There is a certain three year old in my house who will be very excited to get her own cape and mask.
Sadly this one is not in my price range this year, but as a fellow woodworker I love to see what other wooden toys people are making. My kids love fairies and building with blocks, so this one is a winner for me. This one might make an appearance in our house for a birthday present later in the year.
These are intended for kids and I think would be pretty great not only to get your kid talking at dinner, but also for date night if you are stuck for conversations that don’t revolve around your kids and poop. I look forward to the conversations to come!
It is the unicorn of the sea! Our house is already overrun with stuffed animals so I’m not getting this one. That said – I know you want it because it is a narwhal and a very cute one at that!
So Cute! A friend made my three year old a couple of hats that look like a wig. They were gifts when she was a newborn and she still regularly wears the larger one that still fits. Once she grows out of that wig/hat, I’m coming to this page to pick out a new knit hat for her because she loves her wig hat!
I would be remiss if I didn’t also promote my own stuff. You can find wooden toys and decor for kids and adults alike in my Etsy shop. Check it out and help me make some sawdust!
I am a fortunate, privileged man. I am married to an amazing woman. Together we produced three great kids who we keep around the house in spite of the amount of time they spend locked in mortal combat with one another and us.
I have a job that generally allows me to pay the bills and keep food on the table. I had a good childhood and adolescence with parents who love and support me. I have a kid brother who is taller than me and still acknowledges that I am the greatest brother ever. [Read more…]
Happy Christmas y’all! We have had a busy few days visiting family and tomorrow we transition to stage two of this operation. As we’ve been travelling around visiting family I have had some time to think about the Christmas story. Particularly the journey that Mary and Joseph were on when they had to duck into the manger for a little birthing action. [Read more…]
It is the Christmas season. Not just because the stores are playing the music or because I got the xmas lights up last weekend. Christmas is now a daily topic of conversation around our house. At least ten times a day the phrase “I can’t wait for Christmas” is uttered around our house and sometimes it is said by the kids.
I love Christmas. I am always the first up on Christmas morning – I take after my dad and my late Poppa in this regard. I love thinking about what to get people and then watching them open their gifts. I also love the gathering of the clans that comes with Christmas. My Christmas is an entirely secular affair and has nothing to do with Jesus.
Over the past few years we have had conversations with the girls, primarily driven by their questions, about this Jesus fellow and why people celebrate Christmas to mark his birth. We are not church goers so education about religion happens around the dinner table. I always make sure to talk about different religions and the reasons for various celebrations and holy days throughout the year. I want my kids to understand the different perspectives people have and how different faiths can inform those perspectives.
Earlier this week we were having anther one of these conversations about Christmas and why people celebrate and my oldest daughter said something along the lines of “that’s because we are Christians…” I can’t remember the rest of the sentence. I remember that part because it set off bells in my head. I am not a Christian [Read more…]