Question for parents

lauraska's picture

I have a ton of friends who have had kids in the last year or more and I'm trying to think of gifts for their little ones for Christmas. I was debating giving them all gift cards to Build A Bear Workshop, but I was curious about what people think of the place. Is it suitable for a little little kid? (Like a year old or so?) Is it worth the money or is it just a racket?

Input is appreciated!

teener's picture

All I know is that Build A

All I know is that Build A Bear has more $10.00 bears then ever. Seriously. :)

Nunzio's picture

I would skip Build-a-Bear

I would skip Build-a-Bear and get them something cool at Toys R Us. I'm always surprised how inexpensive good toys are. Last year, Emily was 10 months old at Christmas and we were able to get some decent toys in the $10 to $20 range. Build a Bear would be cool for a kid who could actually help build the bear, but not for an infant or toddler. I'd be looking for things to help them develop their motor skills or something musical that makes them want to dance.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Nunzio wrote:I would skip

Nunzio wrote:

I would skip Build-a-Bear and get them something cool at Toys R Us. I'm always surprised how inexpensive good toys are. Last year, Emily was 10 months old at Christmas and we were able to get some decent toys in the $10 to $20 range. Build a Bear would be cool for a kid who could actually help build the bear, but not for an infant or toddler. I'd be looking for things to help them develop their motor skills or something musical that makes them want to dance.

Ditto

And, to add, if the children are under a year old; they really don't understand what Christmas. So saying that, you could help the parents by buying clothing or a needed item. For instance, if they don't have gates to keep them from stairs or out of certain rooms. Clothes are great because they grow out of them so darn fast. Clothes are easy to buy too; the size is usually their age.

Maggie's picture

I have a 5 year old and 2

I have a 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old, both boys. Books, blocks, trains, balls: all about stuff you can read, build, throw, or zoom around the room.... I've especially loved getting books that my friends loved when they were a child.

Also: as someone who shops at thrift stores for my kids' clothes, we really do cherish the special sweaters or other clothes their godparents have given them....

tudor's picture

When one of my coworkers had

When one of my coworkers had her son, I was agonizing about what to get for him. She told me to just get clothes, almost any size, because he would grow into them one day but wouldn't stay that size for very long. I guess that's true for quite some time before kids develop fashion sense.

nick-bug's picture

I'd skip Build-a-Bear,

I'd skip Build-a-Bear, especially for a very young child. Selecting the right gift has a lot to do with age. For a 1 year old, I believe that clothing is a great gift. Kids that age always need clothes.

IMO, a savings bond is always a nice gift too.

brooke's picture

I like PJ's for kids for a

I like PJ's for kids for a gift. Old Navy always has super cool kids' clothing that is very budget-friendly which just makes sense since they outgrow them so quickly. Then you can justify them to be put on when visiting and you can snuggle with them! :)

dan's picture

It's never too early for an

It's never too early for an NRA Life Membership.

Ftown66's picture

I always liked knives as a

I always liked knives as a kid. You can't go wrong there.

codergrrl's picture

Year old kids don't care

Year old kids don't care what you give them...they'll enjoy the paper more that whatever it is.
Savings bonds are a good idea, (get the I bonds, not the E bonds), and also, I have in the past, given the parents a gift of babysitting...sometimes thats the best gift, the most appreciated, to give the parents some time alone.

nhb's picture

I agree with Brooke the

I agree with Brooke the pajamas are a great idea, besides Old Navy, Target has great kids pajamas too.

MichelleLynn's picture

I have boys and Build a Bear

I have boys and Build a Bear was never really a big hit with them, but again, they are boys and they rejected it on that principal alone, well Johnny did, but Ben went along with him...but we have gotton some great gifts.
Gift cards to movie theaters was always a good one
One year we got passed to the Franklin Institute, so for the under one set, Please Touch would be good alternative
One year we got tickets to ride the ducks and we got tickets to ride the Trolley works trolley. Barnes and Noble is always great, they like taking the train into the City and then picking out their own book, which can be pretty pricey!
Things we can do together have always been the best gifts in my opinion

One year Ben got a chia pet and that was fun too watching to wait for that to grow!

Gift Cards to Whole Foods or any other grocery store is nice too because you can get groceries and diapers.

Good Luck

MichelleLynn's picture

I was also thinking and not

I was also thinking and not sure of the price on these, but maybe some of the area places, like Angler, or Portside have certificates that can be used towards the costs of some classes, they also can be a little pricey for parents.

lauraska's picture

Thanks for the great ideas,

Thanks for the great ideas, everyone! Unfortunately, none of these kids live in Philly (my friends are all over the country, these days), so I can't really give them anything local. But I think I'm gonna go for clothes. I loooove buying kids clothes, so that won't be a problem!

nhb's picture

You know now that

You know now that MichelleLynn mentions it. One year we got a family membership to the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a total family gift. It was the best gift ever. We renewed every year. So if there is a family with multiple children, the zoo membership would be a great gift.

netable's picture

I love buying gifts', it

I love buying gifts', it makes me Happy to see someone smile and enjoy what I gave them.

Kid's are different' and enjoy different things

If they are just Babies 1 and under, I would get a Gift that helps the Parent out, Clothes' Chairs' etc.

1-2, I usually Get something that they can learn on, like the Bear who sings his ABC's and Counts in English and Spanish and you can learn how to tie and zip and button and snap,

I give this Gift to alot of Kids though, it's a Crayola Crayon Art Studio Computer Program, The Younger Kids love it and my Grandsons can sit and play with it for hours

And the older Kids who like Cash' I go to my Bank and get $2 bills and they Like that, plus it gives them an incentive to save the money because they dont want to spend the $2 bills =)

I love Christmas...........

2014 susquehanna's picture

Diapers. Those newborns are

Diapers. Those newborns are crap machines

lauraska's picture

2014 susquehanna

2014 susquehanna wrote:

Diapers. Those newborns are crap machines

Word.

MichelleLynn's picture

I just saw these at Toys R

I just saw these at Toys R Us and thought I would post it, they were stuffed animals, smallish in size so they could be shipped easily and they were really cute, little lambs, dogs, horses, etc. but what was unique about them was that they came with a star regsitry pack and when you bought the toy you took the info out of the sealed plastic tag that is attatched and you can log onto the National Star Registry and name a star after yourself,
I think they were 15.00 or 20.00, but I thought a really unique gift..

Good luck whatever you decide..

netable's picture

MichelleLynn wrote:I just

MichelleLynn wrote:
I just saw these at Toys R Us and thought I would post it, they were stuffed animals, smallish in size so they could be shipped easily and they were really cute, little lambs, dogs, horses, etc. but what was unique about them was that they came with a star regsitry pack and when you bought the toy you took the info out of the sealed plastic tag that is attatched and you can log onto the National Star Registry and name a star after yourself,
I think they were 15.00 or 20.00, but I thought a really unique gift..

Good luck whatever you decide..

It's a nice Idea, but Buying a Star is a Scam

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/advice/20041130a1.asp

Ftown66's picture

Like the saying goes. A

Like the saying goes. A sucker is born every minute.

Skymama1's picture

My kids love Build-a-Bear,

My kids love Build-a-Bear, it's a fun experience for them. I also always think Bath toys and play-dough are always great gifts too.

jmminarik's picture

Nunzio wrote: I'd be

Nunzio wrote:

I'd be looking for things to help them develop their motor skills or something musical that makes them want to dance.

Just do a search on 'infant learning toys' should turn up a bunch. Simple black and white with different patterns and tactile and audible patterns supposedly work well for the less than 1-2 set...probably why most enjoy the paper and boxes rather than the actual presents. Something that tastes good (or at least not bad) probably works too. It's all about stimulating the neurons to build the pathways needed to get the hardwiring in place for adulthood.

As for encouraging dancing, I've been to enough Playhouse Disney shows in Hollywood Studios (nee MGM) to know 'dance like no one is looking' should be replaced by 'dance like you're 3 years old'. They don't care who's looking when then get their groove on.