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[2020] The BEST Gift for 8 to 12 Year Olds

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your kids? As my kids get older, I find myself having to get more creative about gifts for the holidays and birthdays. This post includes a well-researched list of practical gifts for kids.

Montessori believes children find joy through work. So, you may not find a list of toys for 8-year-olds or the best toys for a 12-year-old girl. What you will find are practical gifts for boys and girls.

Some items listed you may find unusual gifts but trust me these gift ideas for kids will go a long way with engaging a child and igniting a desire to want to learn more.

Gift Ideas for 8 to 12-Year-Olds

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Marnie Craycroft

Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.

Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori learning and living website for parents and teachers.

Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.

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