Buying gifts for grade school kids can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are so many options, and kids’ interests vary so widely that you might feel like falling back on a pair of mittens and a scarf.
We don’t think that’s the best plan. As useful as mittens and scarves are, they are not likely to thrill your young gift recipient.
Here are some better ideas, direct from our staff:
Kids this age are soaring in terms of math and reading ability, and they have the patience to sit and play games. Help them to develop critical thinking skills with choices like chess, checkers, Uno, and Sequence.
Let them go pro
These kids are becoming more and more responsible, and it is okay to trust them with real gadgets. A budding photographer may like a point and shoot digital camera; a bookworm might like her own Kindle Fire.