That's when I told them that Santa is only bringing them socks and books. Seriously. Socks and books. (Unfortunately, I had actually bought my daughter some stuff already.)
I know what you're thinking. The librarian is telling me to buy books? WHAT? However, I know that there are some books that my kids will read over and over and over and then suddenly lose interest in, so that's when I donate them to the library. :)
Suggestions ... think about what your kids actually play with, physical toys or games that turn them into zombies on their tablets. (Yes, mine too become zombies.)
The Lego Ideas Book
by Lipkowitz, Daniel
Features all-new LEGO® building projects, tips to supplement and enhance your LEGO creations, inspirational builds, and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders.
by Wiltshire, Alex
The world of Minecraft is made entirely of blocks. Some help you build, some help you stay alive. Every block you discover opens up new possibilities and exciting adventures. The Minecraft Block-o-pedia is fully illustrated and packed with essential information about each block and how it can be used. From basic plants and ores to enchantment tables and end stone, you'll find it all in here.
ProjectKid : 100 ingenious crafts for family fun
by Kingloff, Amanda
Make: Tech DIY : easy electronics projects for parents and kids
by Lee, Jisun
"Make: Tech DIY introduces younger children to the magic of electronics through the softer side of circuits! Young explorers will learn about electronics through sewing and craft projects aimed at maker parents and their children, elementary school teachers, and kids' activity leaders. Each project introduces new skills and new components in a progressive series of projects that take learners from the very basics to understanding how to use components such as sensors, transistors, and timers."--Amazon.com.