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Christmas Gifts for Kids with Money Saving Tips

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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Christmas Gifts for Little Kids

List of Christmas gift ideas for little kids and money saving tips!

List of Christmas gift ideas for little kids and money saving tips!

What to Buy Kids for Christmas

What parent doesn't love to buy special presents for their children? This time of year, many parents scramble to find the best Christmas gifts for their children. I myself really enjoy trying to find fun toys for my children while staying within a reasonable budget.

Don't forget to look below to find my money saving tips. These you can use whenever and wherever you shop!

Have fun!

Christmas Gifts for Kids

Gifts for a Pre-School Boy

1. Pop-Up Tents—Kids like to 'camp out', even when indoors! The best thing is these tents fold flat and store nicely!

2. Blankets or throws—Blankets are great, especially when they include kids' favorite characters!

3. LeapFrog Text and Learn—My son is at the perfect age to start recognizing letters and their sounds, so why not make learning fun? With this LeapFrog Text and Learn, he can interact with the puppy ‘Scout’ and learn his letters at the same time.

4. Mega Bloks Thomas & Friends Play Set—My son also loves Thomas the Train and blocks, so this set by Mega Bloks was a great idea! He can continuously change the tracks as he wishes, and the bonus for me is that it comes with its own storage container.

5. Train Sets-- Both of my boys love trains. A little wooden train set is so much fun to put together and play with for hours!

Gifts for a Little Girl

1. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stroller Styled Walker—My daughter is still getting the hang of walking, so this Stoller/Walker from Fisher Price was perfect. It can be played with as she’s sitting on the floor or when she’s ready to get up and walk, she can safely push it around. It doesn’t come with a doll, but…

2. Fisher-Price Little Mommy Newborn Nursery Doll--…there’s always the Fisher Price Little Mommy baby! It was really hard for me to find a nice, soft, not-creepy baby doll (you know what I’m talking about…the ones that make noise and move on their own…). This little baby was so cute, soft, and smelled like a newborn. Ah.

3. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smilin' Smart Phone—My daughter loves to imitate how her mommy talks on her cell phone. She uses anything—socks, little toy elephants, her hand—to say ‘Hiya!’ into her ‘phone’. I just had to get her this cute little imitation smart phone. Don’t panic! It’s not real; she won’t have one of those until she’s much, much older…This one is just a fun, musical toy that teaches things like the ABCs, numbers, weather and more.

4. Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace: This I purchased at Toys R' Us where they had an awesome deal going for Fisher-Price. The castle is a medium sized toy and comes with two figures to play with. There are additional figures and carriages to buy, but I'm going to start with just the castle.

5. Broom and Dustpan Set: My little girl likes to steal my broom from me when I'm trying to clean up, so I got her a set of her own. It comes with a kid sized broom, brush, and dustpan (see photo above). I found it for a great price on Amazon.

6. Anything Disney. Whose little girls love Elsa and Ana? Moana? Tiana? Merida? Ariel? Enough said.

Little People Disney Princess Castle

Christmas Shopping Ideas

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How to Save Money When Christmas Shopping

Who doesn't love to save money? Here are a few tips to save money when you are buying Christmas gifts for your children:

1. Plan ahead. Make a list of the items you'd like to buy at home. If you try to shop without a list, you might spend more than you intended.

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2. Compare. With your list, look through the holiday circulars and store websites to find the best price. Keep in mind that some internet prices are sometimes different than in-store prices. On your list, make note in which store (or website) you will buy the gift.

3. Coupons and deals. This time of year, many stores are offering a multitude of coupons and deals, especially for toys. Look again in circulars and online to find coupons (or codes if shopping online). Also look to see if there are any special offers, like BOGO 50% /free or earning money on a rewards card or gift card after making a purchase. You can also join sites like Dealspotr, Ebates or Swagbucks to earn cash back and rewards for shopping online!

4. Shop Only with Your List and Coupons. Stick with your original plan. If you find an item while you are in the stores that you'd like to add, wait until your next trip out and do your homework on where you can find that item for the best price. (If you are spending a lot of money on gas, however, it might be worth it to get the item right then and there. My shopping area is less than 3 minutes away from my house, so it's not too bad for me to make multiple trips...)


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Marissa (author) from United States on December 19, 2012:

staceybeck01, thanks for reading! I'm glad you found the hub useful.

I wasn't able to publish your comment because of the link. HP isn't too fond of links promoting other sites, as you can see in the text at the bottom of this page under the comments box. Sorry about that, but thanks for visiting!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 07, 2012:

Brandon Spaulding, what a thoughtful uncle/gift giver you are ! I bet all of your gifts are appreciated from all the thought that is put into them. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Brandon Spaulding from Yahoo, Contributor on February 06, 2012:

I like to comparison shop and the buy the most affordable option that still makes the best gift for the child. I have purchases games, clothes, cars, crafts, and dolls for my niece and nephew. I love giving them gifts. It is like an honor and a privelage. I am on a mission when I buy for them and pretty much everybody else as well. I love to give gifts and I put a lot of thought into it. I love it. Voted up and useful.

Marissa (author) from United States on December 05, 2011:

ktrapp, the smart phone toy is really cute (or it's just cute to watch babies mimic their parents, like my daughter does). :) Christmas morning is so fun when the little kids open their presents. I'm sure I'm going to miss it too when they grow up!

Thanks for reading, commenting and voting up!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 04, 2011:

I cannot believe there is a smart phone toy! I'm sure the little ones will enjoy it. This hub makes me miss buying toys for my kids when they were younger. Plus, Christmas morning was so much more fun! I am sure parents of young children will find this collection of toy/gift ideas very useful. ~voted up~

Marissa (author) from United States on December 04, 2011:

nancynurse, I'm glad you like my ideas! Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy holidays to you as well! :)

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on December 04, 2011:

Thanks so much for your ideas . I especially liked your coupon link. I am always looking for coupons but struggle to find just the ones I want. Thanks for following my hubs. Happy holidays!

Marissa (author) from United States on November 28, 2011:

tirelesstraveler, I'm glad you think the ideas are great! That's my kids first Christmas card together and my daughter decided to ham it up... ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Judy Specht from California on November 28, 2011:

Great ideas. The Christmas Card is absolutely precious.

Marissa (author) from United States on November 27, 2011:

jfay2011, thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck finishing your Christmas shopping!

jfay2011 on November 26, 2011:

cool hub. I've got to start thinking of finishing. My girls are going to get some webkinz.

Marissa (author) from United States on November 26, 2011:

tillsontitan, it's a great idea to get the grandchildren's lists early. It is so much nicer when you can enjoy the holiday season rather than rushing around. :)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Mary Craig from New York on November 26, 2011:

Some good tips, the best of course is shopping before the Christmas rush when you can take your time and use those coupons. I try to get lists (from grandchildren) early so I can shop stores and the Internet to get the best buy. Voted up.

Marissa (author) from United States on November 26, 2011:

Phil Plasma, sounds like you have everything planned out. That's great! Yes, Cars 2 does go over very well in this son already has so many Lightning McQueens floating around the house, but he loves the movies so much.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on November 25, 2011:

We're also going Tamara's way this year for a gift for my oldest, he's nine.

For the two younger ones (6 and 2) we'll be getting them just a few small things - we have enough friends and family that we generally don't go overboard, others do so.

You've got some great ideas in this hub, the Cars 2 themed stuff I think would go over best. Voted up and useful.

Marissa (author) from United States on November 25, 2011:

tamarawilhite, that's a great tip! Thanks for sharing and reading!

Snurre, I'm glad you liked the tips! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Snurre on November 24, 2011:

Some great gift ideas and practical tips here! Voted up and useful.

Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on November 24, 2011:

Another tip I have is to select one significant item the child wants and have several family members chip in for it. Or one person buys the item and others buy accessories for it.

Marissa (author) from United States on November 23, 2011:

Danette Watt, thanks for reading and commenting, even though there's no little ones in your life (yet, right?). ;) Have a great holiday season!

thewahm, every year is different, is it not? Last year I didn't do any shopping, but then my excuse was a pregnancy and labor three weeks too early! ;) This year I'm set. Good luck with all of your holiday shopping! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Tara on November 23, 2011:

I am so far behind on my shopping. I'm normally done by now and I have yet to start.

Danette Watt from Illinois on November 23, 2011:

Don't have little ones anymore (and no grandkids in sight!) but these gifts look fun. Haven't even started shopping yet although I do have ideas. My list this year will be much smaller for a number of reasons, not just because of the economy. Voted up

Marissa (author) from United States on November 23, 2011:

RTalloni, it's all the precious moments that count in life, right? :) Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

RTalloni on November 23, 2011:

It's always a good feeling to get the shopping done early, giving time to enjoy the moments without distraction. This is a great hub for grandparents, too. Thanks! :)

Marissa (author) from United States on November 23, 2011:

jencooper, I made it a goal to be done early this year with my shopping. Last year I didn't even get to go out since I was in the hospital having the baby, and this year I wanted to be done early so I wasn't stressed about it and I could enjoy more time with my kids during the holiday season.

Ugh, the extra accessories for dolls and everything else. Who needs it?! ;)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

jencooper on November 23, 2011:

I think its great that you are done shopping for Christmas already. I wish that I was. I have only just begun. I was interested to see your list. I have an almost 2 year old and I know what you mean about the dolls. Who really wants a baby that you have to clean up after?

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