Gift Ideas for 5-8 year olds

Sometimes it's hard to know what to give as a gift, even to your own child. Sometimes I blank when asked what a child of my own might like to have. This list includes gifts for 5-8-year-olds, and most of these gifts are under $20.
I've been wanting to make this list for some time. I'm sure I'll return to it when I need a birthday gift idea or next year for Christmas.
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Gifts for Kids, for 5, 6, 7, and 8-Year-Olds

NERF - Our whole family (ages 3-38) will get a NERF guns or bows this year.

Gears, Gears, Gears Motorized- The remote control will make this a big hit. (See photo above.)
Marvel Mashers- Brother enjoys these, as seen here.
Boogie Board - I'd like one, but I know the kids would borrow it all thetime.
Lottie dolls- Big Sister enjoys hers (and the accessories). Little Sister is getting her first one.
CD player- Both of our big kids have their own CD player. 
Stomp Rockets- I think the whole family will enjoy this one!
Design and Drill Activity Center- Designs with power tools. Cool!
Office supplies- Great for your creative child. 
Razor scooter- Makes the big kids feel grown-up.
Elephant and Piggie books- Great for ages 2-8 for giggles.
Joke books- Needed if their own jokes aren't exactly funny.
American Girl mini dolls- Perfect for the Am. Girl fan on a budget. Big Sister will get her second.
Weaving loom- For the creative child. The Harrisville loom was highly recommended. 
Origami kit- For those who like to create and have good fine motor skills.
LEGOs- For boys and girls alike. LEGO City and Friends are a great way to begin. 
Pop-Up Star Wars Book- May be best for older children. 
Quirkle- Fun family game. No reading. 
Sequence for Kids- More fun without reading.
Uno (or Uno Attack)- The kids giggle over Uno Attack!
Boggle (or Boggle, Jr.)- For readers and spellers.
Hungry Hungry Hippo- Good for families with younger and older kids.

Of course, a gift list from me would not be complete without some more book suggestions.
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CLASSIC Chapter BooksBooks for Advanced Readers 
Books for Middle Grade BOYS (or Girls)
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Preparing Christmas CardsSeveral ideas to prepare now for Christmas cards without actually putting them together yet.
Alternative Gift Giving: Give more time of yourself and experiences instead of more "stuff."
Christmas Gift Planning: Plan now for giving later.
Children's Christmas Letter Printable: Use a simple form letter to find out what the children really want for Christmas this year.
9 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Daily in December: A variety of ways to remember Christmas every day as an adult or with family.
10 Children's Christmas Books: Our favorite Christmas books.
20+ Gifts for Kids, Ages 5-8: Gift ideas we have or want.

Would you join this Christmas journey with me? See all of the Less-Stressed Christmas posts.

~ Annette
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  1. I need to check and see if I can find some more clothes for a Lotte doll.

  2. Great list Annette! Nerf and Lego are always popular around here too but it was good to get some ideas to branch out a bit :)

  3. This is a great list! My little one is a lot younger than five, so I made my own list of must haves here: Did your kids have any of these?

  4. We echo LEGOs, LEGOs, LEGOs. :D

    Great list!


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