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Good Age 2-6 Under $200 Kid's Gift Ideas 2015
Fewer Gifts, but Better Quality for Kids
While some may think that $200 is a lot for one gift, in my opinion getting fewer gifts that cost just a little more goes a longer way. When my wife and I first had kids we bought them lots of different small toys which they enjoyed, at first, but then casually got tossed around after that.
As these small toys accumulated the kids played with nothing, and simply made a big mess of everything. I reached a point where eventually we donated most of what we had previously purchased, and completely started over.
How we fixed the problem:
I thought back to my childhood. My parents were good at getting me gifts that would either require me to be active or take time building or putting something together. We didn't have a lot of toys, but the ones we did have just made sense and allowed us to use our imaginations.
Fast forward to today and now I'm the Father of 4 children ages 2 to 8. Instead of burying our kids in bulk, we chose to buy things that are a little more costly, but of better quality. In turn our kids are finally starting to play like they should be!
Gift Ideas for Kids Under $200
1. A Good Gift Idea for Energetic Young Kids
Here's a few gift ideas that my wife and I currently use and some that we're getting this year. Be sure to let me know what you end up getting for your kids in the open discussion area below.
Step 2 Up and Down Roller Coaster
I like this Roller Coaster because you can keep more than one kid entertained at a time. It's very easy to move and put together, which makes it easy for you and your kids to use anywhere.
This Step 2 Up & Down Roller Coaster is a perfect gift for toddlers and preschoolers that can be used either indoors or outdoors. The manufacturer states the age recommendations are 24 months to 5 years old.
The manufacturers age rating was accurate as I found that age 6 was just a bit too old for this toy. Although, it probably depends on the size and interests of the child. This super fun toy comes with interlocking pieces to make a small track to ride a small car on.
There are two non-slipping steps that lock onto the track so the child can climb up and onto the car. It is designed to keep the car in place while your child climbs onto it, then they simply push off to drive down the bumpy road.
The car has a high back and a high front to cradle a child, with a handle in the front for security as well. Small foot rests are stationed next to the front of the car for more stability.
Overall this is a great gift for kids under $100 and one that will last them a few years if you get it early on.
2. Strider Bike - A Perfect Gift Idea for Toddlers
My kids have some friends in our neighborhood and they all love to stroll around like they own our neighborhood while riding their balance bikes. I love watching my kids outside having a ton of fun on their bikes and I like knowing that I don't have to pay a whole bunch to get a quality balance bike.
Children 18 months to 5 years that want to start learning how to ride a bike will love this Strider ST-4 No-Pedal Balance Bike. It is best for children that are 30 to 44 inches tall.
It comes in several colors to choose from and is very lightweight for children. My husband and I were recently arguing about getting a bike with training wheels even though our daughter is a bit old for them, or just having her learn to ride baptism by fire.
Once I did a bit of research on these balance bikes, we decided to start with it first. The handlebar can be a adjusted as your child grows, and is a great prerequisite to a traditional bike.
This strider bike has our younger kids riding bikes at a much younger age. This, along with peddle cars, keeps them entertained for hours on end.
Here's the Step 2 Up and Down Roller Coaster I mentioned above. You can usually find it under $100 when it comes on sale.
Good Pretend Play Gift Ideas for Young Girls Ages 3 - 6
3. Kindkraft Vintage Kitchen
For children 26 months to 7 years is this KidKraft Vintage Kitchen in Blue. This could be an appropriate toy for either a boy or a girl.
The manufacturer also makes a couple of different styles and colors if the blue is not to your liking.
Kids love to be like Mom and Dad:
Almost every child has loved to pretend to cook and copy mom and dad in the kitchen. This wonderful kitchen has everything you could possibly want. A fridge, a sink, a stove, an oven, a microwave, and some shelving.
The fridge even has a mock water and ice dispenser. All the doors open and close and it is fixed with silver handles. The only drawback I noticed to this kitchen is that the paint scratches easily.
This gift admittedly isn't for every child and more for kids that like to use their imaginations. If you do decide to get it, then I recommend getting a few pretend plates and food items to go along with it.
4. KidKraft Majestic Dollhouse
Along the same lines of pretend play is this KidKraft Majestic Dollhouse. What little girl hasn't dreamed of having her own doll house to play with? This darling set comes with 34 furniture pieces and accessories.
This is definitely a great purchase since you don't need to buy anything additional. There are eight rooms to decorate as well as a working elevator and garage doors that open and close. The only drawback that I noticed is that it does not come with any dolls.
However, any fashion doll up to 12 inches tall can easily make her home in house. The house stands 53 inches high so there is plenty of room. An age recommendation for this is 36 months to 7 years.
Building Gifts for Kids
5. Magna Tiles Construction Set
If your kids are builders like mine, they will love these tiles. These are the latest and greatest. The thing that I like most about these tiles is there is not one specific thing that kids can build. I like seeing the creativity in my kids and seeing how they all come up with something different. I think that these tiles help your kids develop and use their motor skills.
Little builders will love this Magna Tiles Translucent Colors set. The pieces are very easy to stick together because of the magnets, and because they do so, they reduce frustration that children get when trying to build with blocks that easily tip over.
The set includes 50 small squares, 4 large squares, 15 isosceles triangles, 11 right triangles, and 20 equilateral triangles. This is recommended for children 36 months of age up to 8 years old.
6. Kids Jumbo Block Legos
When I was a kid, there was nothing greater than getting an awesome LEGO set. I remember spending days on end putting my LEGOs together and play with them with my friends. I personally think that you can never go wrong when buying LEGOs, but when kids are young they often get lost.
Enter these giant jumbo blocks.
We recently purchased two sets of these and now my kids can literally put together things that can sit, play, and ride on. It's a lot of fun and great for early builders.
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