Gift Guide for Kids: 10 Ideas Under $50

Gift Guide for Kids_ 10 Ideas Under $50

I am sure there are many of you who are done with your Christmas shopping. For those of you who are still looking, here is my 2017 gift guide for kids! All these items can be found on Amazon for quick shipping and easy returns!

I hope you see something your child will enjoy!!

Happy shopping!!

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1) Who Was book series   

My children have enjoyed many books in this series. They are informative and well-written. There are so many choices that you are bound to find a good pick for your child! And don’t forget that they have the Who Is, What Was  and What Is books, as well.

If you have a middle grade reader, consider Wolf Hollow or Beyond the Bright Sea both by Lauren Wolk. These are even great books for adults. I just recently read both!

2) Connect 4  

Who doesn’t love a good, classic game?! This is one my kids have and enjoy playing!! Adults can get in on the fun, too! If you already have Connect 4, consider Guess Who?. That is probably one of my favorite games from my childhood and Amazon sells the retro version!!

3) Art Set

I included an art set in last year’s post, too. It’s a great option for so many kids! Don’t forget to grab a sketch pad to complete the gift.

4) Razor scooter

If you’re looking for a gift your children can enjoy outside, consider a Razor Scooter. There are lots of color and style options from which to choose.

5) Snap Circuits Jr.

My son has and enjoys Snap Circuits Jr. This is a 30 piece set that brings out the young scientist in your child! For more of a challenge, try out Snap Circuits with 60 pieces.

6) Brain Flakes

This is a toy that all 3 of my kids (ages 4, 8 & 11) enjoy. These colorful interlocking pieces allow for endless creativity!

7) Play tent

We have a few play tents that have been given as gifts over the years. Right now my girls have one set up in their bedroom. They add a little flare to any room and provide opportunity for lots of imaginative play!

8) LEGO City Town Bus Station

Any LEGO fans in your life?  A building kit is always a nice option, and my children have received a few over the years. This bus station stood out to me, but you can find the kit that catches your eye.

9) Floor puzzle

Melissa and Doug offer many floor puzzles that are colorful and detailed! It’s a fun gift to give a family with young children because they can all work on it together. For more of a challenge, check out this one with 100 pieces.

10) Melissa and Doug Imaginative Play Sets

Melissa and Doug sell endless toys and art activities. They have many play sets that spark imagination and creativity like this ice cream set.

What about you? What did you get the children in your life this year? I would love to hear from you, so drop me a comment below!

Until next time,

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Gift Guide: 5 Ideas for Kids for Under $50

I’m guessing you have a child or two that you need to shop for this season. Make your life a little less busy and shop for these items from home. I rarely go to our mall and generally stay away from stores (other than the grocery store and thrift stores) as much as possible. I find myself easily overwhelmed when I am in a large store or mall, and I appreciate the time and careful thought I can put into a purchase when I do it online from the comfort of my own home. I hope these 5 ideas help you make progress on your gift-giving list!

The OrbFactory Plush Craft Pillow. Put a smile on a young crafter’s face with the gifting of this craft whale pillow. The OrbFactory sells a variety of these pillows so pick an animal or item that is a good match for the child in your life. We have gifted this pillow in the past (often for birthday gifts) and have received positive feedback.

LEGO kit. Legos continue to be a popular hit among children of many ages. We have gifted and received many LEGO kits, and this treehouse kit caught my eye. I know it would be a great choice for a special young one on your list.
Fun Pajamas. We are starting a tradition this year and giving our kids new pajamas on Christmas Eve. This is a simple gift they can open that evening, enjoy sleeping in, and then spend Christmas morning with the family wearing their cute pajamas. We have purchased many pajamas from Children’s Place over the last few years. I am particularly drawn to the fair isle print that seems to be quite popular this season.

Art Set. Is there an artist on your list? My daughter has this art set, and it is a winner in our home. There are 142 pieces, and they are all kept safe and corralled in a beautiful wooden box. This provides hours of entertainment in our home and might just be the perfect option for a special young one in your life.

Winter Vest. Like the pajamas, the winter vest falls into the practical gift column, but for some, this might be the perfect option. My children have winter vests that they love and wear in the fall, early winter and spring. Gymboree has a few cute options for the boy or girl in your life.

I hope this list offers some inspiration and ideas for you as you consider the children on your gift list! If you still have some women to shop for, check out my other gift guide.

What about you? Have you found some great gift ideas for the kids in your life?

Until next time,


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Gift Guide: 5 Ideas for Her for Under $50

I am not someone who loves to rush any of the holidays, but I am someone who likes to plan head. Gift buying is one area in which you can plan ahead this Christmas season. I love reading gift idea guides, so I decided to create one of my own. Are you searching for a gift for your mom, your daughter, niece or best friend? Take a look at my 5 gift ideas for under $50!

1. Vera Bradley Triple-Zip Hipster Cross-Body Bag. I own a Vera bag right now, but I have been eyeing the triple-zip hipster. There are so many great designs, and not all are under $50, but this fun one is currently $37.99 + shipping.

2. A warm, comfortable blanket. I have a number of blankets in my home, but my favorite is at the end of my bed. I found so many different options when searching for ideas for all of you. Consider a fun color that might brighten a room….or a mood!

3. A cozy scarf. Scarves are pretty and practical, so they make a great gift idea. I purchased this scarf as a gift for a family member last year. The color options are endless and the price is right. I might just have to pick one up for me!4. An electric tea kettle. Tea is one of my favorite things in the world. I love boiling my tea water in my electric kettle; it’s fast and hot! I have had my electric kettle forever, but it is not as pretty as what I found for you. This $39.88 electric tea kettle has great reviews.

5. A good book. I love a good book. I have read many good books over the last year including this one. Do you have a reader on your list? Consider purchasing this book for her. I loved it, and I think she might, too.

I hope you are inspired to begin hunting for gifts, and I hope this post has given you an idea or two. Online shopping makes the process that much easier. So, plan ahead, consult my gift guide, and check off a person or 2 on your gift-giving list!

What about you? Have you started your Christmas shopping? Any good finds for under $50?

Until next time,


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