Monday, December 24, 2007

Helpful last-minute gift ideas for children

For those of you who have put off shopping for your nieces or nephews, here are some clever last-minute ideas. Each of these is meant to encourage and expand a young person's interest in science; these gifts are thrifty AND educational! All of these items can be had at whatever Walgreen's or Jewels is open late on Christmas Eve.

Give them a big bottle of Diet Coke and some Mentos. Watch what happens.

Give them a big bag of marshmallows, and instructions on how to cook them in their parent's microwave oven. If you're feeling
really generous, give them that old microwave oven that you keep down in the basement.

Give them a box of baking soda, a bottle of vinegar and some red food dye. It's volcano time!

Believe me, their parents will thank you!

Merry Christmas!


justacoolcat said...

All of your suggestions are great, but I opted with books. Mainly because my special lady friend wouldn't allow me to buy little keyboards and noise makers.

Merry Christmas!

Bubs said...

Merry Christmas to you too Coolcat! I was going to also offer the option of giving them drums made out of coffee cans and oatmeal tins.

Johnny Yen said...

We had a young relative who pretty much ruined a family gathering, one in which a lot of my relatives met saw my then-newborn son for the first time. We were seeing them at Christmas, so she and I decided on a Christmas gift for the young rascal. We narrowed it down to a drum or finger paints. We ended up getting the finger paints. That would have the maximum irritation effect on his neat-freak mother.

Anonymous said...

I like to show them the severed tongue trick. Take a bite of hot dog, peel off the skin, put a bunch of ketchup in your mouth, and spit everything out while screaming, "My tug!!!"