5 Picks for Practical Gifts for Kids

There certainly are no shortage of gift-giving occasions when it comes to children. Birthdays, the holidays, and the birth of a younger sibling come to mind. Instead of racking your brain to come up with an ever-fancier gift, take a step back and think basic. Sometimes practical is best.

Here are 5 picks for practical gifts that any parent would welcome:

1. Art supplies. We bought out most of the supply of Todd Oldham's Kid Made Modern line of art supplies at our local Target. While we're keeping most of it, a few of the items have been earmarked as gifts.

2. Food storage containers. You can never have enough of quality food storage containers in my book. A good assortment of sizes comes in handy when quickly packing snacks and lunches for kids. These are stainless steel Lunchbots.

3. Butcher paper. Buy them by the roll in white or brown and your friends will never run out of reasons to draw.

4. Straw & Sippy Cup Top Cleaning set by OXO. This little set is a fantastic gift for parents of young kids. Whether they are using bottles, sippy cups, straws, or all three, they'll be squeaky clean!

5.Wooden Blocks. You can't go wrong with quality wooden blocks. Kids can never have enough. Our favorites are the maple wooden blocks by Montgomery Schoolhouse.

(Images: 1. Janie Lee. Others as linked)