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Great Gifts for Kids That They Will Enjoy for Years to Come

Updated on July 16, 2014

Wooden Blocks and Puzzles

Wooden blocks are great manipulative toys for younger children and a source of more complex creativity for older children.

Wooden puzzles of maps, the alphabet, and numbers are great learning tools and hold up better than cardboard puzzles.

Matchbox Cars

These are cheap, collectible, and durable toys that can last for decades.

Floor Mats

A construction site, city, or farm scene floor mat is a nice companion for matchbox cars. There are also decorative or educational floor mats, for example, board game themes, alphabet and number themes, map themes, and vehicle themes.

Play Kitchen

A play kitchen can be enjoyed by both boys and girls. Once you have the kitchen, the accessories are cheap and endless.

Board Games

Candy Land, Sorry, and Pictionary Jr. are just a few of the many board games that can be played by the whole family.

Card Games

A deck of cards will cost you a few dollars and card games can "grow" with your child. Young children can play Go Fish, Memory, and Battle while older children can learn to play Hearts and Rummy.


Classic movies such as The Wizard of Oz and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or a collection of Disney movies are treasures that can be enjoyed again and again.

Music Box or Jewelry Box

Pick a decorative box that has a theme that can be enjoyed by both younger and older children, such as hearts or ballerinas instead of Barney or Sesame Street.

Stuffed Animals and Blankets

This is an obvious favorite for younger children, but as they get older, these items are still useful as personal bed decorations.


Books such as the Dr. Seuss series or Little Golden Book collections are great choices that children will enjoy being told while young, and then reading for themselves as they grow older.

Musical Instrument

A nice guitar or violin would be a great gift for a child that possesses a desire to learn to play, and one they can continue to use for many years to come.

Miniature Tea Set

A real mini version of a porcelain or china tea set will be a cherished item even after the child reaches adulthood. It could become an heirloom item that can be passed on to the next generation.

Barbies and Dollhouse

Barbies are something that every girl should have at least one of. The many accessories that can be purchased can serve as additional gifts.

A dollhouse that accommodates Barbies or other types of dolls is also a nice gift.

Duplo Blocks and Legos

These are some of the most durable and well loved gifts of all. Both can be added on to with additional block packages such as people, vehicles, pet shops, cafes, construction, farming, or dinosaurs. Both block brands offer more girl targeted items too, with pink colors and female characters.

Sports Equipment

Classic items such as a baseball glove and ball, basketball goal and ball, soccer goal and ball, or a football are great gifts for the sports loving child.

Video Game System and Games

Game systems such as the Wii are designed to keep kids more active as they play video games. Sports, dance, and action video games are some choices that children will enjoy for many years.

Outdoor Toys

A scooter, sandbox, sand table, swing set, bike, or wagon are some examples of long lasting gifts that kids can enjoy playing with outside.

Have a great long lasting gift idea for children? Please comment below!

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      You seem to have some memorable toys/gifts listed in here. I voted it up, interesting and useful.