Great Gift Ideas For Kids

Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

 Great Gift Ideas For Kids - Originally posted at Cleveland Real Estate Blog


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Are you looking for gift ideas for your kids that will also bring the family together?  The following is a list of games that our kids love and can be played by the entire family. 

QWIRKLE- This is a game that we had never heard of until it was recently given to one of our children.   It's simple enough that you can learn to play it in about 10 minutes, but there is still strategy involved that will keep you on your toes. If I had to describe it, I would say it is a mix of Scrabble and Dominoes and uses colors and shapes. No reading is involved here, so children that haven't learned how to read could play. It is geared for ages 6 and up.

APPLES TO APPLES- This comes in two versions, the regular version ( in a red box) and a Junior version ( a green box).  It is a game of comparisons where every game is different depending on who is playing.  The regular edition has words that are a little more conceptually difficult or even a little dated.  The Junior version is better for younger children, and it can also be played together with teens, parents, and grandparents. We prefer the Junior version and have played it for hours with groups of all ages. This game is really a ton of fun for the entire family. One thing to note is that players must be able to read to play on their own. Otherwise, younger children who cannot read will be better off pairing up with an adult.

CRANIUM CADOO - Cadoo is like a mixture of Charades, Pictionary, and trivia.  It is a fast moving game so kids don't get bored of it very easily and it involves them using their hands, bodies, and minds.  It also comes with special glasses that reveal secret words ( like 3-D glasses ). 

UNO - This game has been around awhile, but is always a hit, and easy to learn and play. It is a card game that can be played by as little as 2 players. The fact that it is small makes it portable, so can be taken on small trips.  There are even themed versions (Dora, etc) for little ones to teach them how to play until they are ready for the original version.

RACKO - This game has been around a long time, and is often hard to find.  It is a combination of skill and luck and involves putting your 10 cards in numerical order from lowest to highest. The concept seems simple but still provides some challenges.

We hope this short list helps you with some ideas as you complete your holiday shopping.  We wish you a safe holiday season filled with love and good cheer.


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Dan and Amy Schuman live on the East side of Cleveland and specialize in Cleveland Luxury Homes, working with buyers relocating to Cleveland, and first-time buyers.

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Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Okay, what do you have in that bag for 20 something year olds???  I loved playing UNO when they were little.  We are heading out on a vacation with our three girls (21, 23 and 26) later this month and are taking Scattergories (I think that is how it is spelled) and we always have fun with it. 

Cindy in Indy

Dec 11, 2010 11:43 AM #1
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

Thanks for the suggestions...

Dec 11, 2010 01:23 PM #2
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD

What a clever idea to share your favorites with your readers!!! Becca is a bit young but I will keep these in my back pocket ;)

Dec 11, 2010 10:08 PM #3
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Cindy - Scrabble is always fun for older kids and adults. At that age, it's nice if you can pin them down to actually play anything.

Linda - It's our pleasure. Sometimes it's a challenge finding gifts, so we just wanted to help.

Betsy - You still have a few years, but the games get fun as they get older.

Dec 12, 2010 09:29 AM #4
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

I appreciate this list of suggestions. We always play games at family gatherings. Never heart of Qwirkle or Racko, but I will have to take a look for them! Merry Christmas!

Dec 12, 2010 05:05 PM #5
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

Always looking for good Christmas gift ideas!

Merry Christmas!

From your friend who sells Charlottesville Real Estate

Dec 14, 2010 08:27 AM #6
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Dawn - Qwirkle is fun and Racko has been around a long time and is hard to find, but a good game as well. You should check them out.

Charles - Happy holidays to you as well and I like your festive holiday photo.

Dec 14, 2010 10:41 AM #7
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

A great idea!

Dec 14, 2010 12:06 PM #8
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Dan & Amy,

Great ideas for game night!  It's funny how some of these games have stood the test of time and are still enjoyed today. Happy Holidays!

Dec 14, 2010 01:25 PM #9
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Joshua - Thank you for commenting.

Michelle - It's always good to have a good mix of new and classic games on hand. My kids get a kick out of some of the really old games. Happy Holidays to you as well.

Dec 14, 2010 11:48 PM #10
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Dan & Amy great list of games. I haven't heard of Qwrikle. I am in hunt for some last minute games I will check it out.

Dec 15, 2010 12:01 AM #11
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Ritu - I hope you have a chance to check some of these out, you won't be disappointed.

Dec 15, 2010 01:02 AM #12
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