This is the time of year when most of us are thinking of gifts for our children and grandchildren. The airwaves are filled with commercials promoting plastic and otherwise useless “stuff ‘ companies are eager to sell us.Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 1.31.36 PM

Here is a list of Gift ideas for useful, fun, productive, developmentally appropriate toys that not only will stand the test of time, but bring meaningful experiences too.

All items in lower age categories may also be appropriate for older children. Have fun!