Monday, December 9, 2019

2019 Minimalistic Kids' Gift Guide

Hi friends! It's been busy around here, with both work and regular life, but I'm on a mission to finish all of my Christmas shopping--and wrapping--this week. We've really minimized the boys' lists this year and tried to stick to the old adage of "Something you Want, Something you Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read", with a fun twist of also adding in "Somewhere to Go", since experiences tend to really resonate with both of them. Still nailing down this last part and where to take them, but for all other categories, I summarized some of our 2019 finds, below!


Teeter Popper: This has been on nearly every gift guide for kids that I’ve skimmed through this year. It’s won the Best Toy for Kids Award, and serves as a unique and creative way to play. The board is covered with sturdy silicone suction cups on the bottom, and how it's used is up to the kids. Rock it, roll it, sit in it, or stand – there are endless ways to play. I feel as though my two perpetual movers would really love this thing.

Magic Set: Oskar, 5y, got a magic set last year and let me tell you, it’s still one of his very favorite things. He loves to wow people with some of the tricks he learned, and even took his whole kit into school when he was Star of the Week.

30 Second Blow Up Fort: This was on my list for August who loves to cozy up in home made blanket forts. This uses a box fan, which most people have laying around the house. It inflates in 30 seconds or less, and can be folded up neatly (and has a REALLY small footprint when deflated to keep it stored away.

V-Tech Watch: a huge hit for any kids 4-7. This comes with a camera, games, and a pedometer built in, all while teaching your kiddo to tell time.

Karaoke Microphone: Just look at the reviews on this thing. Simply connect the microphone via Bluetooth to the app on your phone and sing your little hearts out.

Marble Maze: Oskar has—and LOVES—his marble maze sets. He has this basic set, and then several add-ons (marble catchers, rails) that he’s gotten for birthdays or other occasions.


Bedding: August will be changing bedrooms in the new year to get ready for baby sister, and with this change, we're hoping to bring a big boy room to life for him.

Water Bottle: Always needed, I grabbed this one as well as some personalized stickers for Oskar to label everything he takes to school.


Hunter Boots: The kids are getting Hunter boots this year, and I love the variety with the pull-on handles. These last FOREVER, and are prime candidates for something that would be handed down to littler—or future—siblings.

Book bag: A great time to get bookbags for the following school year. I love this colorful print.

Underwear: Forever our favorite undies for boys, these are just like the pricey Hanna Andersson ones for a small fraction of the price. Girls’ version found here.

North Face Jacket: Built to last, North Face jackets are our boys favorites, and can be handed down year over year.


Still on the hunt for books to gift, I listed some of our absolute FAVORITES that we already own, here.

Nibbles the Book Monster

Interrupting Chicken

The Book with No Pictures

What Should Danny Do

Elephant & Piggie Biggie

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