Celebrate the Season of Giving with These Go-To Donation Gifts

12/12/2017 10:37 am ET

As parents, it’s easy for us to get swept up in the holiday madness, on a mission to fulfill every item on our little ones’ wish lists. Though there’s nothing wrong with some good-natured holiday spoiling, we can’t forget the many kids who may not be as fortunate as our own.

Organizations and charities are always in need of donations, and there are so many ways to give back. The Toy Insider team is lucky enough to donate toys to kids nationwide year-round, and we always keep in mind a few factors as we ship them out. Gender-neutral and low-tech toys, or toys that require little or no battery use are important to keep at the forefront of every donation. Before boxing up an item to give away, check out some of our favorite toys to send along and why they make such great options for donations.

Folkmanis

From alligators to bears, turtles to birds, this collection of mini finger puppets has something for everyone. Each adorable little friend has a spot for one or more fingers, and kids can insert and wiggle their creature to life. Whether kids use them as puppets or mini plush pals, they’re affordable enough to gift a bunch so that kids have a wild array of tiny friends to join them on a safari, into the jungle, or under the sea!

Alex Brands

ALEX Play All Day (Alex Brands)

This set will keep a kid busy all year long thanks to its endless play value. With seven different creative and engaging activities available, boredom will never be an option. Little ones can tell a story with blocks, match and count numbers, create emojis, and more. Best yet, everything fits into the confines of the convenient cardboard carrying case, so kids can take it with them on all their journeys to and from home. It’s the one-stop shop for fun!

Schleich

Schleich makes beautiful hand-painted figures with tiny details that let kids play out their superhero dreams and encourage them to participate in imaginative fun. Depending on your budget, these figures are available to purchase alone or in an assortment. Additionally, toys like these are great add-ons to other action figures or dolls that kids may already have, so they can use them to extend their play. Super fun!

Basic Fun

Mini Arcade Games are a blast from the past that give kids their own replica arcade games in handheld form. The machines are small and compact, shaped like the original contraptions with a teeny joystick to control movement and buttons to start, mute, and fire. Now gamers don’t have to spend the big bucks on a gaming system and accompanying accessories, because they’ll get all the thrill they need from these charming, throwback games. Start it up!

Winning Moves Games

Clue Suspect Card Game (Winning Moves Games)

The classic murder mystery game gets a modern look and new way to play. Players use their hand of cards to determine the suspect, weapon, and location of the crime. Kids will get lots of play value, as they can play it over and over again, gathering different clues and conclusions each time. Once they are done playing, they can neatly store it, packed away inside the tiny box. I suspect that this will be a hit!

Laurie Schacht, also known as The Toy Insider Mom, has covered the toy industry for more than 20 years. The Toy Insider is a year-round resource for parents, grandparents and other gift-givers looking for the best toys for their kids. The Toy Insider also produces an annual holiday gift guide featured in Family Circle magazine. Visit thetoyinsider.com for the latest toy news, reviews, giveaways, and more.

Follow Laurie Schacht on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ToyInsiderMom

This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.
CONVERSATIONS