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Holiday Gifts for 5 Year Olds

Holiday Gifts for 5 Year Olds

I have no idea what to get my 5 year old for Christmas. I feel terrible about it. I mean, moms are just supposed to know what their kids want and like, right? Well, I don’t have  clue and keep asking myself, “what is it that Max likes to do?”.

5 year old boy

Ben, my preschooler, I have no problem with. He likes all the regular things that 3 year olds like. Trucks, trains, anything from Jake and the Neverland Pirates are a sure win. He’s pretty easy. He is able to use his imagination to play. He’s not much of a block builder, but he is getting pretty good at roads and train tracks. Santa may just bring him a train table if his dad Santa’s elf is successfully able to make one.

Max however, does not do much imaginative play. It’s just not something that comes easily to him,  so this rules out things like blocks or dress up clothes. That, and we got him those last year. His fine motor issues make things like building with Legos or even Duplos difficult and require an adult’s assistance. He already has a bike, a sled, a LeapPad and because his birthday is in the summer, all the yard games a boy could ask for (and our garage can hold).

What he really loves are books. He is also interested in bridges, the states and maps. He also needs things like slippers and snowboots. I do plan to put some on his Christmas list, (books about bridges perhaps) but they don’t really evoke the run down the stairs excited to see what Santa brought kind of holiday image I have in my head. A globe maybe?

I’m at a loss. Any ideas on what I can put on his list? What are your kids asking Santa for this year?



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    Amy November 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Throw out the “run down the stairs” ideal because you’ll drive yourself crazy. If books and maps and bridges makes him happy you’ll get the joy by giving your son things that he likes. A couple of years ago I had to suck up my pride and get my daughter another pillow pet because it was the only thing she asked for Christmas. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to get her but it’s what she wanted. She still sleeps with it every night. And I bet Max will make you read that bridges book every day too.

    Oh and you should check out Barefoot Book’s World Atlas. We got it for Olivia this summer because “she wanted it so bad.” It’s really cool. And she also loves the LeapFrog Maps Tag Reader toy (if you have the tag reader already).

  2. ProgressiveMom November 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    NourishMom, that’s a great lesson. As long as he is happy, I should be too. BTW, we have the Tag reader maps and the Barefoot Books Atlas. We have very generous grandparents in our family and sometimes I feel like we already have everything!

  3. MediaMom November 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I try to remind my husband that we should capitalize on the fact that at 5, our daughter is still as excited about sparkly hair ribbons as she about an expensive gift. But that never really sinks in, and I have to say, it’s pretty cool when she goes gaga over some gift she never knew she wanted until it arrived under the Christmas tree. What about a toy guitar or other musical instrument — that can have some impact. Or, are there other building things that he can work with better? Some magnetized blocks? Or Bristle blocks? I also agree with NourishMom that it’s worth sucking it up and getting that Pillow Pet, or other dopey thing he wants if there are one of two things like that on his list.

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