Looking for gift ideas for your classroom or home? Here are some of my favorite gift guides:
- One of the internet’s best sites The Kid Should See This publishes an outstanding gift guide with lots of fun toys, books, and games.
- The fabulous Terri Eichholz at EngageTheirMinds.com puts out a gift guide called Gifts for the Gifted.
- Geek Dad has an annual guide featuring books, games, and toys
- The site Toys and Tools has an annual gift guide with everything from games, to cooking tools, to tech toys (that Lego New York print looks amazing!).
- Update: Lisa Van Gemert’s 2018 gifted gift guide is up and I want it all!
Gift Ideas on Byrdseed
Here on Byrdseed, there are several resource lists that might be useful:
- A crowd-sourced list: Recommended Books for Gifted Students
- A shopping list for children (and adults) with intensities
- I’ve also put together a small gift guide here (which I need to update!).
If you’d like to do some giving to groups or people, I like the following:
The Internet Archive – This non-profit crawls and archives past versions of websites (here’s Apple.com back when the iPod was brand new. It’s an incredible service that you don’t appreciate until you need it! When a site goes down, it’s gone forever, unless Archive.org has grabbed it. I’ve found several resources that disappeared using this service. Naturally they have incredible server and storage costs.
Wikipedia – Maybe you’ve heard of this website? Such a world-changing free resource. If kids want to give back, this might be a worthwhile place to toss $5. I do a monthly $5 donation (which honestly seems miserly given how much I use Wikipedia!).
Child’s Play is a charity that provides video games to children who spend their holidays in a hospital. Since 2003 they’ve raised tens of millions of dollars. Best of all, you can find a local hospital, search their Amazon wishlist, and give something specific the kids there really want.
Happy Holidays, ya’ll! If you have a favorite gift guide or place to give, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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