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Educational gifts for Christmas are OK! Don’t tell the kids!

Are you looking for some educator-approved gifts for kids at Christmas?

Here are some last- minute ideas for parents who need “one more idea for Suzy” or “what about Charles, his bag will look empty!”

This educator is me, a school teacher/principal, mother and grandmother who recently went out armed with her trusty phone camera and an eye for detail and value.

I’ve returned with more information and some photos to help!

My recent reading about Christmas gifts for kids confirms what Santa used to bring our kids … this is my version:

  • something for fun
  • something to do
  • something to wear
  • something to read

The above photos are incidental ones I took when browsing for this post. It’s from one of the bigger chain stores in our area but I am in no way recommending it over any others.

However, it was all reasonably priced and educationally-helpful items that caught my eye.

I have put my age-range recommendation which is more about relevance and safety. Especially with little people who may not know you do not put a piece from a magnet in your mouth!

I do hope this helps!

I know that not all readers celebrate Christmas and I do not wish to exclude them from this post….however, keep these items in mind for other occasions including birthdays.

  • Blocks, letters and magnetic boards are inexpensive, and help children learn about different concepts. Good for ‘rainy’ days. 5 years +
  • Books are a must for Santa to remember. Any age!
  • Chapter books are a hit once reading takes off. 6 years +
  • Art smocks and simple art supplies. 3 years +
  • Activity books of various kinds for kids. 4 years+
  • Enid Blyton. Chapter books to read with/to your child. Nostalgia revisited. 5 years+
  • Magnetic letters are awesome for the fridge too and try to include lower case letters. 4 years+
  • Whiteboard and chalkboard in one. Ideally one child on each side. Don’t forget bargain chalk. I’ve seen buckets for under $5. 3 years+
  • Stickers and more. They appeal to boys and girls. Especially good for quiet days. 3 years +

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