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!).
- 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 crazy 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.
- Lisa Van Gemert speaks frequently of Kiva, a micro-lending tool to loan small amounts of money to people around the world. Give her article a read!
- Child’s Play is a charity that provides video games to children who spend their holidays in a hospital. Since 2003 they’ve raised nearly $45 million. Best of all, you can find a local hospital, search their Amazon wishlist, and give something the kids there really want.
Happy Holidays, ya’ll! If you have a favorite gift guide or place to give, get in touch at email@example.com or @IanAByrd on Twitter.