Staying up all night playing Santa Claus around the tree on Christmas Eve is totally worth it come morning—even if you're still half asleep by time the kids are tearing the gift wrap to shreds.
Knowing you nabbed the perfect thing for the little one in your life might be one of the best feelings out there. This year, skip the video games and electronics, and get the kiddos something a little more creative.
Whether you've got a budding artist or future inventor on your hands, these five gift ideas are bound to become instant favorites.
1. Eco Kids Finger Paint (ages 2 and up)
What kid doesn't love getting messy during arts and crafts? Finger painting is one of the great joys of childhood, and these eco-friendly paints are the best way to fill any little artist's palette. Made from natural, plant-based dyes, they're safe for even the tiniest of hands.
2. BeginAgain Toys Dinosaur A–Z Puzzle (ages 2 to 5)
Playtime has never been so educational! As tykes put together this colorful wooden dinosaur puzzle, they'll also work on mastering the alphabet.
3. Seedling Design Your Own Birdhouse (ages 4 and up)
Little boys and girls will love painting this wooden birdhouse. Help them hang it in the backyard and wait and see which feathered friends take it over come springtime.
4. Seedling Make Your Own Indie Bangles (ages 6 and up)
Pint-sized fashionistas will jump at the change to design their own wooden bracelets. This kit comes with all the fabric, ribbons, and embroidery thread they need to give jewelry a personal stamp.
5. Yoxo Fyre Dragon (ages 8 and up)
With this kit, budding architects can build a dragon—over 3 feet long!—plus a frog, rocket ship, and tricycle from recycled, eco-friendly materials.
Photo credit: Alicia Cho