It seems like every year I get down to the end of the shopping but then I need a few little gifts. You know the ones that you need to balance out the totals for various kiddos. Or the Stocking that is a bit under stuffed. These are really great year round options for gifts too.
Family games are always a hit in my family. Finding games that work for a variety of ages and are fun with a bit of education are always winners. The Rory’s Story Cubes are a great game to get your kiddos to become story tellers. You roll the dice then you make up a story from the drawings on the dice. This one scales to lots of ages by allowing littles to pick 2-3 dice and making older kids take on trying to use all the dice. This one works as a writing practice too. Roll and take a photo of the dice and challenge your cousins to a story contest, grandparents would love to get all the stories from across the miles.
Qwixx is a great game for small families and involves math and strategy. This one goes fast since you play on every turn it keeps your engaged in the game. You will want to have more scoresheets, this is a winner and works with 2-5 players. More can play but it would be better to split the group to keep the game moving along.
The last one in this photo is Sushi Go! this one is deceptively simple. It is just a pick and pass game but as you learn the game the challenge of denying your competitors combos is almost as much fun as getting your own.
Left Center Right Dice Game is another dice game that makes for a fun way to disperse prizes. It comes with chips to collect. If you want to step it up a notch I am sure that a stack of quarters would be fun or even a pile of candy canes. I know my mom has enjoyed this one at a few of her quilting retreats with fabric fat quarters as the prize.
UNO is a classic but great game. Our family wore out at least one deck of Uno cards.
I love to put together a kit that gives the recipient a project. This package of gingerbread cookie mix, frosting and a cookie cutter is a great for a wide age group. The cutter in front makes the adorable little houses that you see perched on the edge of a mug.
This group of wooden color in animals make a great little socking stuffer with a box of paints or markers.
The Dollar spot at Target is one of the places I often find great little activity gifts this kit of trucks and cars with lacing strings will get lots of use I have a feeling.
The holidays are a great time to indulge a little in the those favorite candies too. I remember my cousins on one side of the family always got the lifesaver storybook in their stockings. We always got oranges and candy canes in ours. This came from a tradition in my mom’s family. I guess it was that citrus would be in season but was not a common food that they had in Wyoming when my grandfather was small.
One year, I was out of ideas for my dad so I went with the fairly easy big box of chocolate covered cherries and new handkerchiefs. Yep, those little sugar bombs were a huge hit.
I will continue to add more little gifts to my list as the holiday draws near.
What are your favorites?