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Gender Bending Gifts for Kids: Day 3 of 12 Days of Shopping

For Day 3 of the 12 Days of Shopping, Jeanette and I wanted to break down gender stereotypes with gender bending gifts for kids. We want to celebrate mighty girls AND sensitive boys; crafts for boys and science kits for girls; and imaginary play can go beyond tiaras and tutus!

How about you? What are your favorite gender bending gifts for kids?


Tools and Ovens for Boys and Girls

10 Piece Tool Set from Red Toolbox, $43

Combine this set of REAL woodworking tools with a book and a trip to the local hardware store! My girls and my son took woodworking classes at summer day camp and in middle school. It’s a great life skill and a lot of fun too!

If you are not handy (like me), you can take it slowly, step by step, and learn together!

gender bending gifts

The Kids’ Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together by Craig Robertson and Barbara Robertson, $10

Here a project from Lowe’s for inspiration!

Gender Neutral Easy Bake Oven, $44

The Easy Bake Oven was geared towards girls. Notice how it was pink and purple for decades? Well, times they are achangin’. Here’s a sleek black and silver model you can gift to all your kids — boys and girls — to play with together! After all, when it comes out, everyone wants some, right?!

gender neutral easy bake oven

Modern, Cool and Gender Neutral Dollhouses

modern gender neutral doll houses

This toy town is $75 from Manzanita.

gender neutral doll tree house


This treehouse is $88. We really love that TV show Ultimate Treehouses. Have you seen it? It makes me partial to treehouses!


Board Games of Strategy: Can Boys Beat the Girls?

How about games of strategy? My son and I love this wooden artisanal Connect Four from Monkey Pod Games, $75

connect four monkey pod games

 connect four wooden monkey pod games

My husband is teaching our kids to play Go, an Asian game of strategy like a reverse version of chess. This set is $79.

kids playing Go

go strategy game

12 Days of Shopping with Jeanette of Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Day 1: Gratitude Advent Calendars (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 2: Gifts That Give Back (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 3: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 4: Gifts for Those Impossible to Shop for (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 5: Gifts to Open Minds (Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading, Jeanette’s Reluctant Artists)
Day 6: Oops, I Did It Again; Worst Gifts Ever (Ugly Holiday Sweaters, Oh So Tacky Christmas Gifts)
Day 7: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 8: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 9: Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten & Unique Client Gifts
Day 10: Gifts for New Year’s Resolutions (Mine, Jeanette’s)
Day 11: Giving and Receiving Unwanted Gifts & 15 DIY Gift Ideas
Day 12: The Art of the Thank You Note (Mine, Jeanette’s)

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. You found the coolest stuff ever! I want all of it. I remember you mentioning the game Go in a previous post, so I downloaded it on my phone, but I would much rather have a real board to play on. And that Connect Four? GIMME.
    Jeanette Nyberg recently posted…10 Funtastic Gender Neutral Gifts for KidsMy Profile

    • Hi Jeanette,
      My kids really like that tactile quality of the GO pieces…smooth like marbles so I would highly recommend the set if you don’t mind that it takes up space. The wooden ConnectFour is a pleasure to play; my son keeps his on his bureau where it looks good when not in use! I am loving your list as well! I think we really need that bean bag toss game! And those suction toys are way cool!
      Pragmatic Mom recently posted…Difficult To Shop For Gifts: Day 4 of 12 Days of ShoppingMy Profile

  2. I recently read a great newly published picture book entitled “Made by Raffi” by Craig Pomranz about a boy who learns to knit and becomes comfortable with who he is, despite feeling different from his classmates. His classmates too eventually come to appreciate Raffi and his gifts.

  3. That treehouse is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!
    Alison B recently posted…20 Busy Bag Ideas for Busy Little People | Part 1My Profile

  4. You find the coolest ideas. Loved the games you shared. I wouldn’t recommend toy guns, but that’s what I grew up with — cap guns my grandmother made at a toy factory after WWII. I was the envy of all the boys in the neighborhood. I wouldn’t hand them to kids today, but it was a different time. We played cops and robbers all day.
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  5. We have the Manzanita castle town. It is awesome. And Emma got a toolkit for her last birthday – at her request 🙂
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