Here's the 2016 favorite kid gifts list.
This year I tried to focus on the toys we have that interest a large age span, ones that I loved as a girl, and made sure we had in the house for our kids. The older girls are now into more room accessories and clothes and that kind of thing, but we still have plenty of younger kid toys around. My oldest two are baby sitting, the baby toys have come out quite a bit this year, and they are still popular! Babies never change. They all love silk scarves, paper cups, and wooden spoons. It cracks me up.
Ever year we buy at least one new table top game and this was what we got last year. This video on Table Top is a great way to learn and see how it's played. I know I have blogged about Table Top before—we all love it. This game is really fun and has adorable pieces, which is always a good thing. Who doesn't love bamboo eating pandas?
I had to triple check I had not put this on the list before. These are used all the time. I had them, I remember loving them so much, and got ones for the girls about 4 years ago, when they were a bit older, to minimize the inevitable tangling that happens. These are still working great, despite some pretty serious tangles. They are mezmerizing.
Okay, this is one of these toys my middle child begged for for a long time, but after all the silly putty, magic sand, slime, goop, and what-all getting lost in the sofa I had had enough. However, we did end up getting this tub of weird malleable foam years ago and she still loves it and still plays with it. And it's called Bubber, which is hysterical.
Every child needs pots and pans. My babies and toddlers used the normal kitchen ones, but as they all got older, these mini-ones became very important. My 9-year-old still plays with them mostly for her outside cooking involving lots of mud. Countless hours are spent with these.
As the girls have gotten older scrap booking and any paper arts have been a hit. I like both of these—one is much more open-ended and allows for more artistic freedom. The pages of the album are black and so there's a vintage feel. It can be a little intimidating for kids that want more guidance. The second set is easier to start, but more of a specific look—both are fun and have made wonderful gifts.
Drones are my brother's gig. I know very little about them. There are a ton out there and many are hard to control. This one is great for kids, has a good body, and is affordable, so it has been a big winner in our house. It also looks cool. My 9-year-old is really into these, although the 12-year-old is the master with the controls. I noticed this particular one is discontinued, but you can still buy it, the upgraded one is out, but I haven't used it, so I'm not sure what the difference is.
Okay! I hope this helps with some holiday gift ideas. I have linked all these up with Amazon, where I am an associate. I love shopping local, and I hope you all can do that, but if online is your jam, I sure appreciate you using my links. Thank you!