If you have kids, many of your weekends are spent at their friends’ birthday parties. And since you have kids, you’re already short on time. Finding gifts can be time-consuming and a bit stressful, especially if you’re trying to find a gift that pleases both the birthday child and won’t discomfort his or her parents. Is it possible to find birthday gifts kids love and parents approve? Yes! And I’ve put them together in this gift guide for you to save you the trouble of searching.
What makes these gifts slam dunks as birthday gifts is that they are super fun for the birthday child AND educational, which pleases mom and dad. The gifts are organized by age group from toddler to teen, and all of them are under $40. Happy gifting!
For 3 to 5 Year Olds
Tegu Blocks combine fun colors, geometric shapes, and a magnetic snap to create a playtime experience that’s fitting for the living room or the classroom. Parents (and littles!) love this toy because its production has positive environmental and social impact.
This game helps children grow memory skills with adorable dinosaur chips! The beautiful design is a treat for parents and kids alike. Perfect for picnics, play dates, and rainy games, this game is small enough to carry in your pocket and hip enough for the coolest of pre-k birthday parties.
For 6 to 8 Year Olds
Get kids on their feet and brimming with ideas! This high-quality wooden game is a perfect gift for outgoing children and to create an atmosphere of fun and creativity.
This board game is cleverly disguised. Kids will be having so much fun that they won’t even know that they were learning math from an award-winning program.
The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket is the perfect gift for budding scientists who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in the name of…scientific learning! But they’ll too be busy having fun to realize they’re learning the basics of chemistry.
One great idea for a gift is coloring books. These garden flower coloring books are perfect for child and parent, and can make a great group activity.
For 9 to 10 Year Olds
Food Fighter is a board game that has two children face off in a kitchen-themed battle. Children will have fun while developing higher-order thinking skills, mathematics, literacy, and executive functioning skills.
Building dreamcatchers is a classic crafting activity – this colorful kit has everything kids need to make something unique and beautiful!
I love these experiments – little parental oversight is required, and they’re so easy to do right at home! Girls and boys, readers and scientists, alike will love this colorful kit. Not to mention parents!
Gifts 11 to 13 Year Olds
Whether or not they love this pun as much as some of us, this game gets kids flexing vocabulary muscles while having fun with a little challenge and competition. Players build pairs of connecting words in matching patterns, like Scrabble 2.0. Best of all it’s portable – a perfect gift and activity to bring along on sleepovers or for parties. For a little more “pearity,” pair with two more pears!
Budding scientists and tweens who like hands-on fun will love this all-in-one Rainforest Biome – they get to start a whole ecosystem right at home! The biome includes cacao beans (a favorite), clay, an apple snail shell, and more to create a full-on biofeedback loop. Super cool!
Who doesn’t love to solve a mystery?! The One Minute Mystery series takes a simple concept and turns it into an awesome book. Kids will read mysteries, then use their powers of deduction and knowledge of math and science to find the solution. Each is as satisfying as the next!