Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Boys
Linden Hills is a Mecca for the best in gifts for boys—and Patch has a list to help.
Boys will be boys. And they should be. "Imagination is where childhood resides," said Martha Meyer of Wonderment. "It's important that children stay children." So, this holiday season, give the little man in your life something that will foster his creativity, expand his imagination or let out his inner pirate (as well as being non-toxic or locally-made). Here's a quick list of fail-proof gifts for boys.
Every little boy wants to be a pirate - or a knight, or a samurai. Whichever it is, he needs a sword. Wonderment offers a handmade sword from Minneapolis-based family business The Original Tree Swing. Fashioned from all natural reclaimed wood and made in your hometown, this is a gift eco-conscious moms and dads can feel good about buying.
Argh, Matey! For the boy who wants to be Jack Sparrow every Halloween (or every day), give him a gift more interactive than a Pirates of the Caribbean DVD. From one of Wonderment's German suppliers, this ship sets the scene for many a walk off the plank.
Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Set
If your boy is a budding engineer with a passion for the environment, Creative Kidstuff has the construction set that will encourage his interest. For ages 8 and up, the kit includes over 125 projects teaching about geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells and more.
Etch A Sketch
Celebrating 50 years since it first hit the market, the Etch A Sketch is a classic, time honored toy. Providing endless entertainment and encouraging artistic expression, the Etch A Sketch is an affordable option for the boy on your list this year.
13 Words by Lemony Snicket
Does your boy devour the Lemony Snicket books? The latest offering from the beloved author, with illustrations by Maira Kalman, is available from the children's book specialists at Wild Rumpus. In the quirky style typical of this author, 13 Words is a picture book for all ages.