$5–10 Kids Gifts that Make Me Squeal


This post is brought to you from Idaho! Our trip is going swimmingly, and I am snapping many pictures to share with you.

But first, I have to say how much I am loving your comments on my Ann Clark giveaway. The things you do with cookie cutters and the cookies you make and eat have me inspired. I am thinking of launching a full-on kitchen experiment to find a good chocolate sugar cookie recipe. It is going on my must-do list along with making this skirt, mussels, and artisan bread (I updated the post on making these magnificent loaves with a few details you may need if you’re missing the book). I’d better get busy.


But first, something I promised long ago. Remember when I shared every last thing in my gift and wrapping closet? I told you I like to keep $5 and $10 gifts on hand to mix and match as gift emergencies require. Well, here are a few favorites (with more to come). Do you have any favorite emergency gifts? I’d love to hear.

for twisting, and a good bookto show how.
(image from here)

A blank umbrellaor parasoland fabric markers.
(I know, the parasol is over $10, but still affordable, and I knew you’d love it.)

Gumballs and a vintage-looking machine.

A ball on a band. Kids will be busy outside for hours, making this a good gift for mom too.

The bilibo mini.

Bath crayons,for little ones whose best ideas come in the tub.

Lollipops! Really, if you’re going to eat pure sugar, isn’t this the way to do it?

A coloring page that goes forever.

A super classic top.

Binoculars. Of course.

A can of chalkboard paint,for doing something like this.

Brain food. Fun for hours.

And finally, crayon rocks. And maybe a fun handmade pouch for toting them everywhere.
(Pouch found via here.)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry Cartwright April 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

K-girl has the roll of coloring pages and looooooooooves it!


Kelly April 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

Great, great ideas! Love them all!

(and again, way to go Idaho! I don’t know where in the state you are but here in the Boise area it is unfortunately snowing again!)


Linda Schaffer April 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

Love the gift ideas! What child wouldn’t want a bag full of crayon rocks? I want to play with them myself! And binoculars are my sons’ favorites!


Monica April 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I love all the gift ideas! And yay for Idaho because I live there:)

Also, if you’re looking for a good chocolate sugar cookie recipe, check out smitten kitchen’s brownie roll-outs. They are the best!


BrendaLea April 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

My boys have the balls on the band.. they have used them for years and love them. Love all of your ideas,


mavis April 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love love love these ideas!!! If I have to give one more Pokemon figure or princess I might … I don’t know what, but I can’t wait to stock up on these ideas! Thanks.


Stephanie April 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

I totally love rock crayons. So bright. So colorful. So fun(ctional). :)


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