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Stocking Stuffers for Gifted Kids

Stocking stuffers can be so frustrating. It can be difficult to find quality gifts to include in the stockings hung by the fire with care, with such limited space and already over-stretched budgets. It’s tempting to just buy a bag of candy and toss in some socks (which I would love for myself), but when you’ve got gifted kids they’re not always so easily pleased. If a trinket doesn’t hold their attention or challenge them, they’ll toss it aside and you’ll have wasted your money. Gifted kids don’t just need novelty, they crave it. I’m sharing a handful of novel stocking stuffers that will not only delight your gifted kids, but put their brilliant brains to work!

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Stocking Stuffers to Inspire Creativity

I believe that some of the best toys are open-ended items that allow all the room possible for a kiddo to stretch their imagination. My kids don’t exactly appreciate receiving an empty box as a gift, so I’ve found these tried-and-true stocking stuffers that allow for creative play with few instructions. If you’ve had a gifted child in your life for any amount of time, you’ve likely discovered the obsession and absolute passion that they have for tape. Seriously. They go through so much tape that I finally decided to lean into it and put rolls in their stockings, and every year they’re thrilled to get it! My fidgety son loves these mini magnetic balls and will spend tons of quiet time making creations with them, just as all of my kids do with their Plus Plus neon set and the packages of Wikki Stix I keep in my purse. This More Origami pack is compact and packed with creative tasks. This set of dual tip markers is fantastic for creating art, practicing calligraphy, or anything else a creative kiddo might want to try with both brush and precision tips!

      

Stocking Stuffers to Stretch the Brain

My engineer-minded kiddos have most of these items and have gotten years of play out of them. These stocking stuffers are more than toys, they’re challenges, games, or in the case of my son and the speed cubes, obsessions. Kanoodle is a fantastic item to keep for on the go entertainment, and one of the items I always suggest for gifted kiddo gifts. The Cat Stax and Dog Pile bundle is a fun twist on tanagrams and has the added bonus of being a game! This Domino Cube is novel enough to draw your kiddos in, and challenging enough to keep them hooked. A puzzle book like The Best Brain Teasers is always a great stocking stuffer, perfect to keep in the car or a backpack. Did you know that there is more than one kind of Rubik’s cube? This set of 5 speed cubes is a good start to collecting all of the variations, each with their own unique algorithms. Another fun and compact challenge to is this Foldology pack, requiring kids to really wrinkle their brains and use creativity. 

      

STEM Stocking Stuffers

These stocking stuffers come with a little more instruction, but they’re easy and educational for kids. This balloon helicopter doubles as a fun party favor while teaching a bit of physics. Don’t let the age rage on these bath pipes fool you, they’re fun for all ages! Grab a few sets of them and see how much more fun bath time can become, or just use them to trick your kiddos into the bath! Tenzi is a fun gift that the whole family can enjoy, like these fraction and decimal dominoes. I can’t tell you how much I would have loved one of these digital bookmarks when I was growing up, but it may be a good thing I didn’t have a lock picking set, which is a surprisingly well-loved gift among the engineer-minded kiddos! 

      

Don’t fill those stocking with cheap knick knacks and filler candy this year, make them just as exciting as what waits beneath the tree. These stocking stuffers do double duty as both fun gifts and educational tools, so you’ll feel just as good about giving them as your kids will about receiving them. Be sure to share some of your favorite stocking stuffers in the comments, and happy shopping!

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Great Gifts for LEGO Lovers

My kids love LEGO. My husband loves LEGO. Nearly anyone who walks into my home and spots a pile of LEGOs will walk over, without hesitation, and start building with them. LEGOs are universal – open-ended, creativity-building, STEM-encouraging, foot-gnashing fun for people of all ages. There is almost no limit to what can be made with LEGO! Because of their broad and consistent appeal, LEGO gifts are always a good bet for just about anyone on your list. Whether you’ve got a novice builder or a seasoned brickhead, wrapping up some buildable bricks is a surefire way to please.

Not all LEGO gifts are building sets, though. I’m sharing with you some great ideas for the LEGO lover in your life, items you may not have heard of, may not have thought of, but you’ll definitely be excited to buy! 

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LEGO-Themed Gifts

If the LEGO lover on your list has all of the sets imaginable – or just all of the ones that you can afford – consider some of these LEGO gifts that hint at play rather than rattle when you shake the box. More than just a minifigure display, though that’s always a great gift, too, these LEGO gifts can be used for a number of purposes beyond building! This rubber sport watch has the classic look of building blocks but the usefulness of telling time – which comes particularly in handy when trying to keep track of how much time is spent playing with LEGO! These Lego brick top gel pens are one of the coolest items I’ve found yet and will definitely be finding their way into a few stockings at my house. The brick mug is a classic gift for LEGO enthusiasts, whether they build over morning coffee or create a world around a giant water hole. A more recent addition to the LEGO line up, the LEGO DOTS desk organizer turns an ordinary office necessity into a fun building project! LEGO print socks are a wonderfully subtle way for people of all ages to express their love for building blocks, from cozying up on the couch to strolling into the boardroom. And no list would be complete without a family favorite of ours, the Brick Fairy Tales & Brick Myths box set, featuring comic book-style retellings of classic tales, using only LEGO! 

      

LEGO Building Gifts

Too often when someone is in search of LEGO gifts, they limit themselves to the yellow box with the white logo. Not all LEGO gifts have to come from the primary-colored aisle of the store, though – there are tons of brilliant LEGO gifts, building blocks, and more that can be found all over! CreativeQT, for example, has loads of fun and unique LEGO-compatible items that can surprise and delight. This brick-compatible letter board is a fun twist on the farmhouse letterboards that are so popular right now, and make a perfect message board for a dorm room, kids’ room, kitchen, or office. The StoryBricks brick letters are the perfect companion for the board, even including numbers and some punctuation. Something my kids will be absolutely thrilled about are these Pixel Bricks, actual one-by-one pieces that are usually so lacking in LEGO sets. They moan about what could be built if they had single bricks – or if they hadn’t lost the ones they had – and these are the perfect item to truly create anything! This play table and storage case is similar to the one we have, and it’s incredibly useful. Many parents would be thrilled to received this storage basket and play mat that not only keeps LEGO from plotting against their feet, but looks stylish when stored away. And what LEGO lovers room would be complete without a wall plate that they can build right on? Whether attached to a table, a wall, or even a ceiling, these plates make it possible to build anywhere! 

      

Unique LEGO Sets

Now it would be pretty impossible to have a list of LEGO gifts that didn’t include a few cool sets, right? My kids have built just about every Star Wars, Marvel, Architecture, and LEGO Friends set out there, so it gets difficult to find unique sets for them. This LEGO playable piano is a DIY build that actually results in a small, playable piano! The  LEGO calendar set gives function to the fun of building by creating something useful, while this brick art set creates an actual work of art – “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, to be exact. Another instance of utilizing what’s built is this LEGO chess set, the perfect crossover gift for enthusiasts of both! My oldest son adores the Architecture line, and this LEGO Architecture White House set is just one of many breath-taking buildings that he has built. For more flexibility, the LEGO maze is a set that can be changed up and enjoyed many times over, promising more than just a one-time build and plenty of smiles. 

      

LEGO is an institution, almost a pillar of childhood. The pieces age well and offer up the same possibilities as a blank page or an empty box. We can do almost anything with LEGO, so giving LEGO gifts is one of the safest ways to ensure that everyone is happy. You might even want to gift a subscription to Brick Swag! Enjoy this list, grab a few things for yourself, and let me know in the comments what your favorite LEGO set ever was!

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Out of This World Astronomy Finds

One of the most beautiful features of our new home has been seeing the night sky away from city lights and pollution. What my kids once always knew as dark has since become brilliantly illuminated with stars, constellations, meteor showers, and sometimes even planets! And since homeschooling offers us the flexibility to learn whenever we […]

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