Beyond Candy: Treats and Gift Ideas for Boys 4-7

I had always thought that I’d have little girls.  I loved stuffed animals, Barbie dolls, playing house, etc. and looked forward to sharing these girly things with my daughter someday.  Well . . . God had a different plan so now I often find myself scrambling to figure out what these two foreign male creatures are interested in when I’m looking for presents and treats.  Luckily, one of them is artsy like his mom so that’s easy but the rest of the time, the disastrous duo loves digging in dirt, rocks, cars, planes, Legos, trucks, motorcycles, and taking things apart and putting them back together in “inventive” ways.

Here’s my list of non-candy treats that my boys (ages 4 and 6.75) would love to receive.  I decided to share them with you if you’re also scrambling days before Easter (or a birthday/Christmas-time!) to figure out what to get those adorable little men.  I starred (*) all the items that would also be great for filling eggs on an Easter hunt.

  1. Play-Doh Retro Canister
    Play-Doh Retro Canister (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    *Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars – a mother of boys’ best friend (easy treat) and worst nightmare (we now have hundreds that are everywhere)

  2. Magic Towels/Socks – those wash cloths or socks that are super shrunk when packaged and expand to full size in water.
  3. *Stickers
  4. *Mini Slinky
  5. *Temporary tattoos
  6. Classic toy cars – my oldest has been wild about “old cars” since he was 2.
  7. Books – especially a fun reader book for a beginning reader or an Easter theme
  8. Coloring/Activity/Paint with water book – abundant at dollar stores and Wal-Mart
  9. Markers
  10. Paint
  11. Crayons
  12. Chalk 
  13. Glue Sticks
  14. Glitter glue
  15. Duct tape – in fun patterns for your budding engineer
  16. Pencils/Pencil top erasers/pencil gripper
  17. Pencil sharpener
  18. *Mini shaped erasers
  19. *Grow-a-creature pellets – little capsules that reveal foam shapes when immersed in warm water
  20. Play-doh
  21. *Bouncy balls – extra points if they glow in the dark
  22. *Foam stickers
  23. *Folded Dollar Bills – the boys are recently very interested in buying their own treats at stores with their own money
  24. *Coins – see above
  25. Silly Putty
  26. *Chapstick  – having your own chapstick is all the rage in 1st grade
  27. Small action figures (mine are expressing interest in Batman and Spiderman at the moment)
  28. Kites
  29. Punching ball – the kind you blow up and the kids irritate you for 4 days banging around
  30. Socks/Underwear – I don’t know about you but we’re CONSTANTLY running short of these!
  31. Pajamas – Ditto
  32. Dinosaur figurines
  33. Small Flashlights – a huge hit with my guys
  34. Legos – small $6 sets are great for little gifts
  35. Beginner Wordsearch/Crossword puzzle book – for the 6-7 year old who is getting more vocabulary
  36. Disposable camera
  37. *Marbles
  38. Glow sticks
  39. DVD from the $5 bin at Wal-Mart
  40. Children’s Card Game
  41. Small puzzle – they’re extra interested if it’s got vehicles, superheros, or animals on it
  42. Movie tickets/ gift cards
  43. *Printable Coupons for fun treats like: “You choose what’s for dinner/dessert”, “Stay up late 15 min”, “No chores day”
Dinky Toys - 1953-54 Cadillac Eldorado (#131)
Dinky Toys – 1953-54 Cadillac Eldorado (#131) (Photo credit: The Brucer)

 If you’ve got any suggestions based on any little boys that you know, feel free to add to the list!

  1. I’m anxious to see how the guys like their next box that is on the way from marmie. Let me know what was a hit and what was a miss.

  2. I have been wondering what to get. I’ve decided no candy this year. We have to do peeps tho! Thanks for the ideas Emily! 🙂

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