10 Christmas Gift Ideas That Kids Will Play With For Years

 Do you have any Christmas gift ideas for kids this year? I don’t really want to buy anything trendy that they won’t play with in a few months. I want to buy a few things that will last and keep their interest.  –Ann

I thought this was a great question, mainly because I’m struggling with gift ideas this year too!  I thought through the gifts we have given and received over the last few years. When I think about all the toys we don’t play with it makes me realize how much I need to have a yard sale this spring. But, there are also a few that have brought years of fun.   Here is  a list of gifts we have enjoyed for years and I would buy again.

PLEASE comment and share your best lasting gift ideas!


Number 1 has to be the Little Tikes Jump and Slide Bouncer (on sale $188).  My mom kept asking me for gift ideas last year. I just kept thinking we have no more room for toys! Even if she got each boy three things that is 12 more toys I would have to find a home for. So, I went with a combined gift- the  Little Tikes Jump and Slide Bouncer.

Y’all this has been a one of my favorite gifts ever!  It sets up easily in our play room and the boys bounce in it all the time!  Lots of energy on rainy or snowy days- go bounce. Too hot outside but need to wrestle and be crazy- go bounce. Don’t judge me but I have been known to set a timer and not let them come out of the bouncy until it goes off. :) Here is a short video of the craziness.

This comes with the blower and stakes to keep it from flying away if you want to use it outside too.


2. PlasmaCar

We actually have three of these, and we have had them for years. We love our PlasmaCars. I have to settle a whose turn is it on the PlasmaCars scuffle at least once every few days. Maybe a fourth should be on my list this year, but we only have so much garage space. :)

This video is from two years ago when I still let them ride their PlasmaCars in the house.

As a side note, we got our 5 year old a Mini Micro Scooter last year and all the boys love that too.


3. Benny the Bull Bouncy Horse

We have this and a dinosaur made by the same company. I am pretty sure there was a group buying site deal for them when I got them. My boys love them. Benny comes with his own little pump and is thick and durable. These bouncy horses have been raced, punched, lassoed, thrown and jumped on by 4 boys for about three years and look very much like when I bought them.



4. Adventures in Odyssey Audio CDs

Lest you think all we do is bounce around the house. :)  Someone gave us some Adventures in Odysey  CD’s over a year ago and they became an instant favorite.   We have a couple in the car for longer trips but my favorite way to use them has been at night.  A couple of my guys have a hard time falling asleep at night. On those nights we turn on a CD, low enough that they have to be really quiet to hear it, and it seems to really help. (We also do this with the Jesus Storybook Bible CDs)

5. Board Games

The classics have started to make a come back at our house. Uno, Connect FourSorry  and Spot It are all the rage at our house.


6. Melissa & Doug Magic Set- If you stop by our house it is highly likely you will be treated to a magic show by the older two boys.

7. Little Tikes Slide-  – this is a staple in the playroom too. It is a slide, a ladder, a jumping off point and part of most of the forts they boys make.


8. Play Tent– The play tent and tunnel has been the source of many adventures. :)

9. Play Food– Believe it or not all my boys have loved playing with play food.  Melissa & Doug Food is my favorite.

10. Books– All The Pigeon books, The Day the Crayons Quit, Magic Tree House,  and Mad Libs just to name a few.  Of course McKay’s is my favorite place to get books on a budget!

Of course, Legos and art supplies make should make this list too.

** I should also add one of my favorite ideas for gifts aren’t toys at all. It’s experiences.  One of my sisters gets the boys (our family) a Knoxville Zoo pass, one gets a season pass to The Muse of Knoxville. We have also gotten Dollywood season passes as gifts. I LOVE this.  These kind of gifts allow are family to have so much fun and make some special memories! Not to mention they don’t clutter the house and they don’t require batteries. :)

You could also do just one day passes to some fun places around town. (Great for stocking stuffers.) Sites like   (who right now has 50% off a family to to The Muse of Knoxville) are a great way to save on these kind of gifts! You should also check out (they offer a lot of deals and often run extra % off deals!) Right now they have Adventure Rainforest Zoo passes for $3!


Half Off Depot Extra 50% Off Coupon Code, Great Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

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Half Off Depot  is offering an extra 50% off local deals, making some great last minute gifts and stocking stuffers! Use code stuffer50  at checkout to get your extra 50% off!

You can see all the Half Off Depot deals here.   There are gifts for everyone. These are just a few :

oak ridgeGrab a family trip to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge for just $6 after code!

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 2.03.51 PMA handgun carry permit class would be only $21 after code!


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The code stuffer50 will also work on the two Enjoy The City Knoxville coupon book deals going on right now. Making this the best deal I see!!  These Enjoy the City coupon books have coupons that don’t expire until December 2014. So, there is plenty of time to save money with them.

These books are great to buy for yourself or they would make perfect gifts for anyone who lives in Knoxville. Why? In the book I have (2013) there was a coupon for a FREE oil change from Firestone, FREE Papa John’s Pizza and FREE Donut and Bagel from Dippin Donuts all with no purchase required. There are also coupons for Burger King, Regal Cinemas, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and more. To see all the coupons in the book go HERE.

Here are the deals :

• $6 ($26.95 value) for 1 local coupon book & Free Shipping
$20 ($106.95 value) for 5 local coupon books & Free Shipping

Sam’s Club Holiday Open House Dec. 20-22nd (Non-Members Invited to Shop Too!)


For all you last minute shoppers, check out Sam’s Club Holiday Open House. You don’t have to be a member to shop at Sam’s Club this weekend!

Sam’s Club invites the public to save big on sought after brands and gifts this weekend during a three-day Holiday Open House, Friday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 22.  Last minute shoppers can discover more than 100 new items plus lowered prices on the season’s most popular smartphones, notebooks and gifts without paying non-member upcharges.

The Holiday Open House extends to, where guests can purchase items without fees by entering their email address prior to checkout.

This could help you save on big ticket items and food if you are feeding a crowd this Christmas!

Old Navy Winter Warmer Sale- Deals Start at $1!

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Old Navy is hosting a huge Winter Warmers Sale  this weekend. Get hats for $1, scarves for $2, gloves for $3, kids’ tees for $4, and long-sleeved tees for $5. This sale runs through December 24, 2013, in-store only.

You’ll also find up to 60% off items throughout the store!

Walmart: K’NEX 521 Piece Value Tub Only $10


Walmart has the K’NEX 521 Piece Value Tub on sale right now for only $10. Choose in store pickup to get free shipping!

Amazon: $20 off Kindle Wi-Fi 6″ just $49 Shipped Today 12/17 Only!

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Today only, is offering $20 off  the Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ Display . That makes the Kindle only $49 ! with FREE Super Saver Shipping. Amazon Prime members will also receive FREE 2 Day shipping. This is a great gift idea for any reader on your list.

  • Less than 6 ounces – lighter than a paperback, fits in your pocket
  • Hand-tuned fonts for easier reading
  • Reads like paper with no glare, even in bright sunlight
  • Download books in 60 seconds with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Holds over 1,000 books – take your library wherever you go
  • Massive book selection. Lowest prices. Over a million titles less than $4.99
  • Hundreds of thousands of Kindle-exclusive titles that you won’t find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
  • Supports children’s books and includes parental controls

Shutterfly Extra 25% Off Sale Prices Coupon Code & Economy Shipping By Christmas (today only!)

If you have been waiting to order you Christmas cards or photo gifts today is the day to order from Shutterfly ! If you order to today, Dec. 17th and use  the code JOY25 you will get an extra 25% off sale prices!

Photo Books are already up to 50% off the coupons code JOY25 will take an additional 25% off! Stationary, Photo Gifts and Photo Calendars are all up to 40% off right now too! You can use the code Joy25 to get an extra 25% off!

Shutterfly ship date 2103Also, today is the last day to chose economy shipping and get your photo deals delivered by Christmas!

Offer expires December 17, 2013 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 25% off qualifying merchandise orders through Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, cards sent using mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad, Android or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.