Are you reading this post because you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? Eep — I haven’t either!
But, hey, there are still SIX WHOLE DAYS before Christmas Eve. And you know what that means? Yep, anyone who has all their shopping done before Christmas Eve is a super-organized super-star!
So if you have a young boy on your list, like I do (my son Max is 5 years old), I have some great gift ideas for you!
For the boy who loves his Playmobil toys, these puzzles are immediately attractive because he will recognize the characters as those from his own playbox! My son really enjoys working on puzzles — he is beyond the “starter” puzzles, so I am always looking for sets with a minimum of 65 pieces.
These puzzles feature some of the most popular Playmobil playsets for boys including Pirate Island, On the Farm, and Dino Country and the number of pieces range from 100 – 200. Also included in each set is an exclusive figurine. Price is $13.99 and available locally in store or online via Tag Along Toys.
Boys sure love their parents’ tablets … but do you really want to hand over your $400 device to a rough-and-tumble kid? Not so much. That’s why I love the LeapPad Ultra as a gift! He can do all his favourite things — make videos, play games, and take photos — and I don’t need to worry because it has an ultra-tough frame and screen.
The game apps available for LeapPad feature all sorts of favourite and memorable characters like Bubble Guppies, Disney Planes, Monsters University, Cars 2, and countless others! And with LeapFrog’s focus on learning, you can also choose apps based on skills such as: reading and writing, mathematics, science and social studies, creativity and life skills. Price is $159.99 and available locally in store in Indigo Books or online directly from LeapFrog.
Bed Time Books
It’s a bed time ritual in our home to have a story each night. Not only does my son welcome new books but it sure makes things more interesting for Mom and Dad too! It’s a often-heard complaint that good books for boys are hard to come by, so I thought I’d share two really gorgeous books that I’ve come across from Canadian publisher Raincoast Books.
The first is titled Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, and I can’t decide if I love the illustrations or soothing rhythms the most. In this story, the hard-working trucks on the construction site begin to slow down and get ready for a goodnight’s sleep. Moving from vehicles to creatures is The Snatchabook, where the rabbits must solve the mystery of the disappearing books. The illustrations of the bunnies in their warm, cozy burrows are enough to want to tuck myself in right after reading this heart-warming tale. Both books are priced at $14.43 from Indigo Books.