There’s nothing like getting a present when you’re a kid. I still remember the anticipation as my birthday or Christmas approached. For the most part, I was never really hoping for any one item in particular. I was just excited that I was going to get SOMETHING. I couldn’t wait to tear apart the paper and discover what gift awaited me!
In all those years, it never occurred to me how challenging it would be to think of a cool gift to get kids someday when I became an old grown up. But here I’ve been, futzing around the last ten years trying to think of what my little cousins, goddaughter, and friends’ kids would enjoy as gifts. I feel like it’s been easier the last couple years for people with kids around the same age as my kids. I use my own experience and my own children’s interest as reference, but I’m always a loss for kids who are a bit older than my own. So when Sierra from Gifts.com shared this fantastic guide to age appropriate toys with me, I knew I had to share it with you! Not only are there great, gender neutral gift ideas, but they promote growth and are developmentally appropriate!
This visual is a great summary, and be sure to also check out the detailed guide here. I promise I’m only sharing this with you because I think it’s a genuinely useful list! The detailed guide includes a more comprehensive list of gift ideas, and also provides a little blurb at each age group explaining how the child is developing at this stage. This is really helpful in understanding how the items listed will be beneficial to the child.
If you’re the person in charge of thinking of and purchasing and wrapping and giving all the gifts to/from/in the family (let’s acknowledge that this is, indeed, a lot of work!), then this is going to save you a lot of stress on the thinking part! I know I’ll be coming back to this list to help me in the years to come, and I hope you find it helpful too.