Buying for younger children is relatively easy I find, but as they get older it does become more difficult to pick out the right thing. It’s got more tricky as my tween boy has grown as some of the easy present options of earlier years are now a bit old hat and he does need something a bit more grown up. I’ve picked out a few suggestions though that have proved popular with my tween boy for this Christmas.
H is keen to make his new room look as good as possible now that it has been redecorated. We have recently added this great looking map from Maps International to decorate his room. It provides a good-looking focal point with its different colours. It comes in a smart black frame and is ready to hang when it arrives. H is really pleased with his map because it does look so good on his wall above the fireplace. I like the fact that it can help him with his homework and his knowledge of the world. It also has the flags of the world underneath the map, so there’s a lot of information available there. Maps International have a great range of both maps and frames to choose from, so you should be able to find the right one for you.
We like to have something we can do together as a family in the stocking at Christmas. We’ve had a lot of fun in the past doing a Treasure Trail. A little while back we did one with some friends which was called the Tipton Slasher. The kids had great fun tracking down the answers to the questions asked along the way and we got to explore a local town that we didn’t know much about. It’s great that you can just print it out yourself if you want as a last minute gift (although you can have it printed and sent to you or you can opt for a personalisation option).
Nerf guns have been so popular over the years, but the darts get everywhere. H has been enjoying these new Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint guns. As a parent they are a game changer because there are no darts! H loves them too because he can track his performance in a fire fight on his phone, but you can use them without a phone too. We have been taking with us when we have visited friends and they have been a major hit. And once again with no darts to worry about, you don’t have to try to find them and pick them up before you leave. H has now got his eye on some of the other guns in the range.
Last year I gave H a Young Driver lesson for Christmas and it was a big hit. An experience based present like this doesn’t clutter up your house and provides lasting memories. In this case because it helps to develop an important life skill too, it’s especially valuable. I love that H has a greater appreciation of what is involved with driving (much more than he thought) and I think it will be good to do more lessons as he gets ever closer to the age when he can think about taking lessons on the roads. You can read my full review of one of H’s Young Driver lessons here.