My entire family is currently on a TV ban, after we all got too addicted to watching hours of TV instead of doing, well...anything else. If you're like me, and are in search of a gift for the kids in your life that's creative, imaginative and doesn't involve something they can swipe with their finger, then you've come to the right place. And the best part - grown ups can play with 'em too.
1. Kiwi Crate
Full disclosure: I was sent one of these for free by the company. That being said, I'm under no obligation to review it, mention it or pimp it out. I'm posting it first on this list because it is effing awesome. It's a monthly box subscription (you can also just get a single one-time box) with activities and crafts for kids, designed by age. My four-year-old and I have made napkin rings, a play horse, and painted a banner for her room. She calls them her "activities" and asks to do one each day after school. The projects are simple and the results magical, and I had even more fun doing them than my kid.
2. Hazel Village
The stuffed animals of Hazel Village are quirky and cute, and come personalized with your kid's name embroidered on their chest. The clothes and accessories are all funky and unique, like these creatures spend their days shopping at the best Brooklyn thrift stores. Perfect for hours of reenacting The Royal Tenenbaums.
3. Lulu Jr. My Comic Book - Create Your Own Comic
A perfect gift for a pre-teen - kids are given everything they need to write and draw their own comic book. When it's finished you send it off to the company and then send back a printed, finished copy.
4. 4D New York City Skyline Time Puzzle
3D puzzles are a nice twist on your boring old jigsaw, but this puzzle steps it up to the 4D zone. Not only do you build the New York City skyline, but it also takes you through the city's historical growth over the years. (Sidewalks that smell like pee not included.)
5. Make Your Own Cards
Any toy where you kid can churn out something YOU can use is a win-win. Plus these make the perfect thank you cards they can send to thank their grandparents for all those nice gifts.
6. Connectgons Original Building Set
An awesome building toy that's part blocks, part balancing act. Sure, they'll spill all over your floor but at least someone will stay busy cleaning them all up.
7. Band in a Box
Is there anything more satisfying than banging things together? (This is a g-rated question, come on now.) Kids love making music, even when it sounds like garbage. This kit gives your kids everything they need to be the next Beatles...or One Direction. It's up to you.
8. Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms
This journal offers up a safe space for mom and daughter to gossip, bond and connect through writing. And you don't even have to snoop in her room to read it.
9. Camp Set
This realistic camping set (the lantern and stove light up!) let's kids pretend camp in their backyard or under a blanket. And if you're one of those types who realllllllllly likes to commit to things, why not buy this tent too?
10. Create Your Own Designer Doll
The hunt for the perfect doll can end here - just plop your kid down in front of this Create Your Own Doll kit and have them go to town. By the end they won't even remember what American Girls doll are.
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