We all know one of “those” kids. They have everything. They couldn’t possibly need anything else. And yet, like clockwork, that birthday party invitation arrives. You can’t show up empty-handed, but what do you buy for the kid who has everything?
We all know one of “those” kids.
They have everything: the latest fad, the coolest toy, the hippest clothes. If there is a toy marketed for their age group, it’s already sitting in a pile of long-forgotten playthings. They couldn’t possibly need anything else.
And yet, like clockwork, that birthday party invitation arrives. You can’t show up empty-handed, but what do you buy for the kid who has everything?
Lucky for you, the Rock River Valley has quite the selection of gifts for that hard-to-buy-for youngster. Check out a few:
Find It is a unique game and particularly handy for kids on the go.
This $21 game consists of a long tube filled with colorful beads and other items, such as a penny, candy cane, marble and top hat. Players are challenged to roll the tube around until they can find all 48 items hidden inside.
“It’s not as easy as one would think,” said Erin Taylor, who stocks the game at her shop, Wonderland Books & Toys in Rockford, Ill. “It’s great for car trips or going to a restaurant.”
The game is designed for children elementary school age and older, but it could prove addictive even for adults.
When you have to buy for a fussy kid, candy is almost guaranteed to be a home run.
Examples of kid-favorites: chocolate cars, gold coins, gummy worms, Swedish fish and Jelly Belly beans.
Also consider more traditional candies such as meltaways, turtles and fudge.
Melissa and Doug puzzle collection
No longer are basic puzzles enough for today’s kiddo. So if you’re in the market for bells and whistles, check out the Melissa and Doug puzzle collection at Pepper Creek in Cherry Valley, Ill.
These handcrafted puzzles, which have peg handles for tiny fingers, make a sound when the correct piece is replaced. For example, the dog piece might bark while the trumpet piece might sound a horn.
The puzzles, which cost $9.99, come in a variety of themes: Pets, dinosaurs, vehicles, instruments and construction. Each has between three and eight pieces; they’re designed for children ages 2 and older.
‘Gallop!’, a Scanimation Picture Book
Most kids have pop-up books, interactive books or textured books. But when’s the last time you saw a kid with an animated book?
“Gallop!” a Scanimation Picture Book, sells at the Discovery Center Museum gift shop. Written by optical artist Rufus Butler Seder, the book shows a different animation on each page.
“Gallop!” is a fairly short book with no real storyline, but through some magic of technology, the young reader will see a horse gallop, a monkey swing, and a butterfly flutter.
The book is marketed for all ages, but it would probably be most enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers.
Professional Cartoon Kit
If the child in your life is a whiz with a crayon, take him or her to the next level with a Professional Cartoon Kit.
Selling for $20 at the Discovery Center gift shop, the kit has tapped the help of professional animator Gene Hamm to teach kids how to draw. Aimed at children 7 and older, the kit includes equipment to create comic strips and animation.