Happy Thanksgiving! I hope each of you are enjoying some time with family and friends, and some great food as well!
This week I’m sharing holiday gift guides, as the holidays are rapidly approaching. My two sons, ages 8 and 11, were excited to create their gift list this year, and I’ve used it to put together some suggestions for gifts for boys. My sons certainly won’t receive everything on this list though!
As the boys have gotten older, the types of gifts they ask for has really changed. Instead of typical imaginative toys, they now are much more interested in Pokemon and Minecraft. While they’d love to spend all their time on their tablets and computers playing games, we limit screen time to be pretty minimal at our house. So instead they have asked for several toys related to both Pokemon and Minecraft. They have a few already, and spend hours playing with them on the floor using their imagination, which makes mom happy!
They also like to trade Pokemon Cards with their friends, so Pokemon cards have topped their lists for a few years now. Here are some of the ones they’d really like this year:
Both boys also have asked for Pokemon plush toys. I’ve been reluctant to buy plush toys because I didn’t think they would play with them, but I’ve been surprised at how often they both play with them and take them along when we travel. So I am planning to get each of them of the ones they’ve listed.
We have a few Minecraft mini-figures, and they have become the favorite Minecraft toy in our home. Both boys have asked from some additional figures, and I also found this collector case that doubles as a play set – I know they will love it!
A few other classic toys made my sons’ lists – Legos and Nerf Guns. I usually suggest Legos to my family as a gift idea. Here are the ones I’ll suggest this year:
Nerf guns are not my favorite, but the kids really have a good time with these playing outside, so I think they will probably each get one (I actually think I’m going to get one for my husband too – he enjoys playing with the boys with these too). I’m still trying to decide which of these to choose. I’ll buy identical items for the three of them.
I also plan to get a set of spare Nerf bullets for them to share:
I guess you know your kids are getting a little older when they start asking for clothes. Aiden, my older son, has asked for waterproof boots to wear when he plays at his cousins’ home. They live in the country, with 40 acres of mostly wooded land, and the boys love to explore, but need boots to keep their feet dry. The ones I’m considering are adult boots – he is in an adult size already!
Cade received a pair of Adidas athletic pants last year from his grandparents, and they have been his absolute favorite pants ever. But he has outgrown them, and I’m having a hard time convincing him that he shouldn’t wear them (high water pants!!). I think a new pair in his size will be a good way to solve the issue.
My husband suggested we give each boy a flashlight because they often take his flashlight to play with. I honestly think the boys will be pretty excited to get one of their own. I just have to make sure to buy the batteries to go along with them…
Here are the flashlights I’m considering:
The last two items on the list are bigger ticket items. Both boys have been asking for a Nintendo DS for the last three years in a row. They already have tablets, and the Nintendo is so expensive comparatively, plus you have to buy the games separately. Given the cost and that we limit screen time to mainly a little time on Saturdays and a portion of long car trips, I have not yet been convinced that this is a good use of our gift budget. But since it keeps showing up, I’m considering it this year. If I do end up purchasing the Nintendo DS, the number of other gifts I give them will be very small. I’m going to watch the Black Friday sales and see if there are some more reasonable options, and then make a decision.
As far as games, they both want the Pokemon games of course.
Finally, Aiden has his heart set on a drone. Aiden picked out this one:
I’ve decided this would be a good gift for my husband instead though (good thing he doesn’t read my blog!). By giving the drone to Kevin, the whole family will be able to enjoy it together.
So that’s it, all the items my boys have asked for. Just a quick reminder for the moms that Stitch Fix is waiving stylist fees through the end of November if you order thru this link. That means you can get a Fix risk free and pay nothing if you don’t find anything you want to keep.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
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