Gift Guide 2012 ~ BOYS!

It’s that season again where we’re all shopping and spending and shopping and spending…


So we’re here to give you a few ideas to help.

We’ll start the Gift Guide series started with BOYS.


Kristan and I both have boys around the same age (7-9), so this is in our wheelhouse…

We’ll try and cover all the basis over the course of the next few weeks…but you have to start somewhere.


Let’s talk boys gifts!

First up my boys have this and they love it.  LOVE it.  We included the original Skylanders on our gift guide last year, and of course the marketing geniuses over at Skylanders have upped their game and released the “Skylanders Giants” version of the original.  You can get it for the Wii , Xbox, PS3 or PSP..whatever gaming system you have!  And the little characters make great stocking stuffers!

While we’re talking about video games…let’s discuss the new Wii U.  I wasn’t completely on board with this one, I have to say, but my kids are really excited about it!

Here’s the explanation form the Wii people:

New ways to play: With the television and the Wii U GamePad working as two integrated screens, Wii U creates unique possibilities for gaming, allowing ”asymmetric” game play where each player can have different goals, challenges and views within the same shared gaming experience.



If your guy has an iPod, here’s a really fun game from Lego called Life of George. The game comes with 144 Lego bricks and as your kiddo builds things, he scans them into his iPod with the App he downloads and what your guy has built appears in the game to help George along.  I think it’s totally brilliant!



If your boys have an iPod, then there is a chance that they play the game Minecraft.  I have no idea what it’s about, except it looks like a game I would have played on my Atari and there is mining involved.  BUT my kids are really into it.  Lego jumped on the trend and have their own Lego Minecraft set…


And since we’re talking about Minecraft…my kids are obsessed with these hoodies



Also, if you have boys, chances are yours read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series…Well, the new one is out and it’s called The Third Wheel.  They’ll love it!



My kids saw the commercial for this and have become convinced they need it.  I love Crayola products and the creativity they spark…this Crayola Light Designer doesn’t disappoint.

Here’s the product description from Amazon:

The Crayola Light Designer responds to the touch of the included stylus to give children a mess-free and exciting way to draw–with light! Since the dome works by displaying light, drawings can be easily erased, re-created, or colored over. The dome also features pre-programmed scenes, with drawings of butterflies, flowers, spaceships, and more, which children can animate or alter.



Finally, my guys love electricity…and last year we both got our kids a Snap Circuit set.  This year I am going to take that to the next level with the LittleBits Starter Kit.  It takes the snap circuits up a notch, allowing for a bit more freedom, and tons of learning creativity!


My guys love lava lamps.  Don’t ask.  This fun idea from Orbeez allows your kiddo to create their own Lamp… They grow their Orbeez…it’ll make sense when you see it…and they can fill it themselves!





For a fun outdoor toy, this Razor Rip-Rider 360 Drifting Ride-On is a favorite of my 7 year old.  The age says 3+, but my 9 year old rides this and loves it too!  We had a neighbor over who is 4 and he was able to ride it, so its a ride-on that will last for many years!  Love that!



So there you have it.. a great start for you holiday gifting!

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    NorthernPayne says:

    I’ve got boys 9 & 11, and I have to say, you got it right. My boys are pretty much just asking for Lego anything. BTW, did you know you can do multiple wish lists on Amazon and share with others? I’ve done that this year so it’s easier for the long-distance relatives (and me!). I like being able to see a picture of exactly what they’re looking for and can shop in a price range. It’s a nice tool to use.

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    Melissa says:

    What are you doing to me? I am done shopping for my kids but he would love all of this! What am I going to do? Especially that mine craft Lego thing, I don’t know what it’s all about but minecraft+Legos=best Christmas eva! Good choices,

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    I was gonna tell you to add the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book– and then there it was! My littlest guy is 9, but both my boys love those books. I need to find that minecraft lego set!!!! That would soooo be the gift of all gifts. If your boys are readers, the Kid Lawyer Series by John Grisham is a winner over here. Also the Genius Files by Dan Gutman :)
    Thanks for great ideas!

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    I second the Snap Circuits. My 5-year-old got it for his birthday this year and LOVES it!

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