Gift guide for the creative kid in your life

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All kids are special, but some kids are… extra special. You know the ones I mean. The creative kids. The artsy kids. They walk to the beat of their own drum. They enjoy drawing, painting, cooking, and discovering the world around them. They see the world a bit differently from others. They see the possibilities, they are on the lookout for things that are different. When other children are playing with Barbie dolls, they are designing and making clothes for them. While their friends are trading Pokémon cards, they are drawing comic books, writing stories, or trying to figure out how to crochet their own toys.

These kids can be a challenge to buy presents for. They’re often not all that interested in the popular toys. But don’t worry! Even if you are not creative yourself, you can figure out how to choose a fun, thoughtful present that will be well received.

Are you trying to find the perfect gift for that creative kid in your life? Here are our favorite ideas that are guaranteed to be a hit!

Practical Art Books

Books that teach creative skills in a step-by-step manner are both inspiring and practical. They break down the complex to show kids how to get results fast. I love The Drawing Book for Kids. It includes step-by-step instructions for 365 things to draw, giving your child a present that will last all year, and in a way, a lifetime.

Sketch Books

A great companion gift for an art book would be a cute sketchbook. Or maybe even four! These Melissa & Doug sketchbooks are compact, easy to take along, and just waiting to be filled with beautiful art!

Big Storage: Backpacks

A quirky backpack to keep all their supplies in keeps the house tidy and their favorite tools together. I am kind of tempted to get this amazing Go Bananas backpack for myself! If the bananas are a bit too out there, you’ll find some other really beautiful, fun, and unique prints available. There is definitely something for everyone!

Minted kids backpacks

Small Storage: Pencil Cases

Minted.com also has some great pencil cases available. All the prints are done by individual artists and you can find a huge variety of beautifully illustrated prints on high quality materials, and just like the backpacks, these can be personalized. Fill it up with some good-quality pencils or paints, and any kid would be excited to receive it!

For the kid who likes to use their hands

My oldest boy got into origami through the wonderfully weird book series Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. Now that he has perfected his Han Foldo, his Fortune Wookie, and his Darth Paper, he is ready to spread his origami wings and try some new (non-Star Wars-related) things. This Origami Bug Kit is high on our wish list! It includes two full-color booklets with instructions and 100 colored origami sheets (including some gold foil ones!) to make your own bug zoo. This is definitely going to be a hit.

For the kid who loves cooking

How about a cool kid’s apron? These are great for kids who like being creative in the kitchen or for kids who get very expressive (read: messy) when doing their art projects.

Talking about baking, the Little Cookery book by our very own Lottie is a go-to gift in our family. Baby shower? Birthday? Christmas? This book is a great present for any occasion. Jam-packed with honest insights, this complete guide will equip you with everything you need to teach kids as young as 2 to cook. My nine- and four-year-old love using this book and have created lots of delicious goodies for the family. Everyone wins!

For the free-thinker

I love art kits that don’t tell your kids exactly what to do. I like the kind of sets where they are given some materials, a couple of examples, and then encouraged to let their imagination run wild. This awesome clay set does just that. It includes fifty different colors and several tools. I think any kid will love the fact that the set includes materials to turn their artwork into keychains. This would be a great gift for kids of almost any age.

For the kid who loves to write

Is your kid into writing and storytelling? This book, Secrets of Storytelling by Natalie Rompella, is a creative writing workbook for children. It's packed with dozens of short, creative fiction prompts and plenty of space to write in.

More of a cartoonist than a writer? There are lots of blank comic books available that are just waiting to be filled in with your kid’s awesome stories!

How to give a gift that kids will love

I want to leave you with a final piece of advice, something I learned the hard way: Stay away from ready-made craft kits, unless you are 100% sure they will be appreciated. They can be fun, but for children who enjoy thinking outside the box and doing things their own way, it can be boring or even frustrating when an art kit gives extremely detailed instructions with only one correct way to do it.

Rather, try to look for something open-ended. Something that can be used in more than just one way. You want to encourage this special, creative part of your child—this part that is unique to them—and supplying them with the materials and the opportunities to express themselves artistically is going to be the best gift you can give them.

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