The 17 best unique gifts for kids 2021
A few weeks ago, I went to a dinner for my grandparents’ 60th birthday. My cousins and I are between 18 and 35 years old and have not yet given up our younger generation status by procreating. I say this so that the record will show that not only am I not a mother, but I am also surrounded by very few children. And that’s how I prefer it to be.
Looks like I don’t have any references to tell you what to buy for a child, but that would be wrong. One of my parents whom I cannot explain how we are related has a four year old who hand picked me to sit next to her during dinner. So it was revealed to me that I am in fact a whispering child. Now I am here to share my wisdom.
The Resident Kid and I played with it a plastic Peppa Pig then moved on to an impromptu game with imaginary rocks. The two were equally fun in his book, which shows that it doesn’t take much to impress a child. While you can probably get away with giving the random kid in your life an imaginary magic wand, the unfortunate news is that most adults have lost their sense of wonder and would rather you fork out a little money for their offspring. From Grateful Dead combinations to classic books such as Where the sidewalk ends, I envisioned gifts for the mandatory kid on your shopping list and some gifts for the kid who has it all so you don’t have to.
Start them young
While you’re still planning your summer around the Dead and Company tour dates (so am I.) some of your friends are having babies and wistfully streaming shows on nugs.net. Here’s the one piece of clothing where your two worlds still collide: a jumpsuit with the words “Ripple” printed on it.
Tell our nephew that Jerry Garcia is the real Moon Man:
The child for a child
I’m 24 and proud owner of a crochet Baby Yoda stuffed animal. My mom had it made for me by a kindergarten teacher she works with, who probably didn’t assume I was an adult. This summer we had company and their three year old borrowed my beloved Baby Yoda for the duration of their stay. The separation anxiety was real, and if I ever meet this kid again, I’ll buy him his own Baby Yoda on Etsy.
A pinch of fairy dust
For something truly unique, opt for this personalized Fairy Care package, which includes a personalized handwritten letter from a fairy stamped with an authentic Fairyland postmark among other treasures. When the child becomes a successful storybook author, he will thank you.
Apologize in advance to parents
I was present when a giant remote control shark was offered. My grandmother wasn’t happy to have a flying aquatic creature threatening to disrupt her pristine dining room, but the six-year-olds (and stray fathers) were stunned by the blind fun.
Help revive the magazine industry
In a last ditch effort to save print media, try hooking the random child in your life onto magazines while they are still young and impressionable!
If you really wanna give them coal
Not all children are peaceful cherubs, and we all know that. If you want to get them some charcoal (but know that it would sever your relationship with the creators of the child), go for the geodes! They will be mesmerized by the Hidden Crystals, and you can revel in your own secret passive aggressiveness.
If smashing doesn’t sound like movement, maybe some rock tumbling? National Geographic makes a great beginner’s kit:
Even I want clothes that I can color
Let’s face it, no matter how old you are, you wish you could color dinosaurs on your clothes. Since they are not available in adult size, get them for a child and live vicariously (and longingly) through them.
Somewhere above the rainbow
How else will you show you’re the cool aunt to borrow records someday if you don’t give your niece or nephew a musical instrument? Since drums and electric guitars will have you excommunicated by parents (and frankly cost more than what to spend on someone under the age of ten), a ukulele is the best thing to do!
A book for parents and children
Of course, it can pass years before the child in question obtains the secret of the Little Prince: “It is only with the heart that one can see correctly; what’s essential is invisible to the eye. ”But until then, they’ll be enjoying the story of the fox and the rose, and parents will be happy to read something that doesn’t rhyme.
Children can be wonderfully entertained by the simplest things, and this shouldn’t be overlooked when shopping for them. Where we see a pencil, they see a portal to hours of fun. This giant sketchbook will be the playground of their imaginations, although only a parent could love the resulting artwork.
BAPE makes the kind of beautiful graphic coloring book that will become a keepsake once filled with their scribbles:
Insects are cool
In grade two, my class hatched caterpillars and released the butterflies into the wild. Of course, that was twenty years ago, but the joy of nature is timeless and can be enjoyed by anyone.
Because a treehouse is too much
If you were shopping for your own (fictional) child, you might get him a treehouse. But you’re not buying your own flesh and blood so they can get the next best thing – that cool tree pod swing.
Where we see literal garbage, children see treasure. This metal detector will keep them busy for hours as you try to hang out with their parents without interruption. And if they find gold, they have to part with you.
For those who wish and hope
For the child you see as a soul mate, give them poems to grow. Just follow Shel Silverstein’s invitation: “If you are a dreamer come in, if you are a dreamer, eager, liar, hope, praying, magic bean buyer …”
I don’t need to remind you that it’s not your child you are shopping for. This is one of those situations where it’s really just the thought that counts. As long as that thought leads to a present, of course.