How To Look Like You Know What You’re Doing… when buying a gift for kids

Buying a gift for kids is tough. Most have far more than they need already, and they pull no punches if what they unwrap fails to impress. Plus, I can tell you from personal experience that, most parents are loathe to haul home any more crap!

Below are some gift ideas that are kid tested and mother approved.

bubble machinebubble stuff

A bubble machine, (with batteries and bubbles). I love it by the pool, but it works indoors or outdoors. Don’t forget to throw a screw driver in your purse to install the batteries!

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A book with a matching stuffed animal. I like “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great” because it’s a story that appeals to both boys and girls. I matched it with beanie babies.


Whoopee Cushion. Great for kids of all ages! I bought a package of a dozen and distributed them as needed. The cushion does tend to pop if over inflated.

dollar store balloons

Balloon bouquet. The Dollar Store is a great source for last minute gifts. I like the mylar balloons because they feel more special, and rubber balloons are a choking hazard when they pop. Either way, watch toddlers to make sure the strings don’t wrap around their little necks.

starbucks cups

“Not So Hot Chocolate” from Starbucks. The cup is a mini version of what mom drinks, so little ones feel VERY grown up. I like to stick with warm milk for toddlers, who tend to spill chocolate down their freshly laundered outfits!

Enjoy! If any of these ideas work, (or don’t work), for you, I’d love to hear from you!

– The 40 Year Old Mommy



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