Gift Guide: 5 Ideas for Kids

Kids can be tough to buy for, especially if we don't know what's out there. Here are a few inexpensive and unique ideas for kid gifts this holiday season.

If you're wondering what to get the kids on your list this holiday season, look no further. Danvers Patch has consulted with the experts at Scholastic Books and the to find out what's hot. With their help, we've compiled a list of unique and different kids gifts that will be a sure-fire hit.

According to the Green Elephant Toy Store in Danvers, here are some ideas:

1.  Air Swimmers: Said to be the most popular item on the shelves at Green Elephant, these giant, helium-filled shark and clown fish are remote controlled, and swim through the air.

2. Tegu: This generations take on lincoln logs, Tegu are magnetic wooden building blocks. Plus, you can start off with the starter 40 piece set, and build from there.

3. Brilliant Beads Rings: If you have a crafty kid on the list, Brilliant Bead Rings is the latest title from Klutz Kits: sweet little bead rings for children to make.

4. Chewbeads: Geared towards babies who have a fondness for chewing on their mothers necklace or bracelet, these safety beads are fashionable and fun. Teething jewelry that mom wears so baby can safely teeth on it rather than mom's expensive pearls!

4: Books- We consulted a Scholastic expert for the top book picks this season. Here's what they came up with.

Scholastic Top Picks By Age Group:

Picture Books

  • 10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert (Simon & Schuster)
  • Can You See What I See? Toyland Express written and illustrated by Walter Wick (Scholastic)
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins)
  • The Man in the Moon written and illustrated by William Joyce (Simon & Schuster)
  • Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Treasury written and illustrated by Victoria Kann (HarperCollins)

Transitional Readers and Chapter Books

  • Clementine and The Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Disney Hyperion Books)
  • Fly Guy: Fly Guy vs. The Flyswatter! by Tedd Arnold (Scholastic)
  • Magic Tree House: Dogs in the Dead of Night by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca (Random House)
  • Rainbow Magic: Magical Holiday Boxed Set by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic)
  • Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by Dav Pilkey, George Beard, and Harold Hutchins (Scholastic)

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion Books)
  • The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 2: A King's Ransom by Jude Watson (Scholastic)
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Scholastic)
  • Wonderstruck written and illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

The Green Elephant's top picks for books:

  • Rule The World: 119 Shortcuts To World Domination, by Klutz
  • Its a comical take on how a young boy or girl can practice world dominance.
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