I just finished our Christmas shopping for the kids! (I know, don’t hate me for it!) There were of course a lot of LEGO sets on the list, and with good reason. Our kids live and breathe LEGO. But what LEGO gifts do you buy kids who already have a lot of LEGO?!
Here are my favorite sets of the season because of their versatility, creativity and educational value. We, of course have shelves full of the various themed LEGO sets, and those are always on top of the kids’ lists. However, they love it too when we mix things up and “bring the bricks back to basics.” This list will help you tremendously, if you also have a kid who has a lot of LEGO on your shopping list.
LEGO Pirate Chess set. Click here for more details.
LEGO has made several different versions of the classic chess set over the years, and they sell out really quickly and become hot collector’s items – and understandably so. I bought this set for Jacob (9) this year. He and my mother play chess every time she visits. It is a tradition they both love.
LEGO Creator Rainforest Animals. Click here for more details
LEGO sent us two of the LEGO Creator sets for the kids to play with, and they became instant hits. These sets are very reasonably priced and they include instructions for three different builds. Our kids couldn’t decide which creature to build, so they ended up making all three for each set – a day apart. These relatively small sets kept my kids busy for days: building, playing with the creations and then building something new, exactly what you want them to do with LEGO.
LEGO Classic Creative Brick Box. Click here for more details.
This is the gift that truly keeps on giving. Not only does it come with basic bricks, wheels and other fun parts. But there is also a great instruction booklet to get the creativity flowing and the box itself is made of durable plastic and is a great LEGO storage container. You cannot go wrong with this box.
LEGO City Straight and Crossroads. Click here for more details..
I had to include these LEGO City road plates, because I remember them from my own childhood, over 30 years ago. (Yikes – that is the same as several centuries in dog years!) These baseplates add versatility to any set, above and beyond its original purpose. I know our truck and construction-loving preschooler will be so excited when he gets these on Christmas morning!
LEGO Technic Power Function Accessory Box. Click here for more details..
If there is a future engineer or otherwise a STEM-lover on your shopping list, then this set will cause jumps of joy and lots of smiles! Couple this with most any of the Technic sets, and you have yourself a motorized LEGO set – and a child who will be entertained for hours. We have two of these accessory sets, because you just never know when a set needs extra “juice”.
LEGO Minecraft sets. Click here for more details..
Minecraft! For the life of me, I don’t understand the game and it just makes me dizzy to watch my kids play. But if there is ever a toy that lends itself perfectly to Minecraft, it is clearly the basic LEGO brick. This is a match made in a square heaven. With one of these Minecraft sets and a pile of other bricks, your kids can play “LEGO Minecraft” for hours, without you feeling guilty about screen time.
LEGO Education Wheels set. Click here for more details..
This set oozes of creativity and hours of silence from happy and content children. Add in a plywood ramp and your kids are off to the races. We went to a birthday party where they had LEGO car building stations and then LEGO car races as the entertainment. Each child got to keep their creation, which was such a great party idea. The kids were occupied, had fun and did not walk out of there with the dreaded “goodie bag” – a birthday party success.
LEGO Ideas book. Click here for more details..
Our kids LOVE this book. You get 200 pages of LEGO inspiration, building instructions, pictures and best of all: tips from REAL LEGO Master Builders! (Yes, that is actually what the creative geniuses behind the LEGO creations are called!) Our kids love to also just look at the pictures and get ideas for their own signature builds. This is a really nice hard cover book, making it durable, but also coffee-table worthy.
I hope some of these ideas have given you some tangible and creative gift ideas. There are so many ways to give LEGO that doesn’t involved the theme-specific sets. It is hard to buy LEGO sets of children other than your own, unless you have their specific wishes. However, this list of LEGO gifts will make any LEGO fan happy, and will keep them busy creating for hours upon hours – and that is the object of the gift-giving game!
And remember the golden rule of LEGO: There is no such thing as having “enough” or “too much” LEGO!