Jeanette Nyberg of Craftwhack and I have teamed up again to bring you a holiday shopping series. Today we bring you Gender Bending gift ideas for kids because we are both a little subversive if you haven’t noticed.
November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
Gender bending is sometimes a form of social activism undertaken in response to assumptions, over-generalizations about genders, or transphobia. Some gender benders identify with the gender assigned them at birth, but “challenge” the norms of that genderthrough androgynous behavior and atypical gender roles. from Wikipedia
Gender Gending Gifts … let’s all be a little subversive this year and gift in ways that challenge stereotypes, like coloring books for adults! Check out Jeanette’s list here.
Dolls for Boys that Teach Emotional Intelligence
These dolls for boys include a child-sized matching-piece of adventure gear for the child too, giving them an instant sidekick for adventures! The idea is that this connectedness deepens the imaginative play experience.
Crewmates combine the adventure of an action figure with the emotional connection of the favorite stuffed animal.
Wonder Crew Dolls, $50
Play with toy army soldiers in an entirely new way! This is a non-violent toy that comes packaged in a “mini yoga studio” clear box with a bamboo floor.
STEM and STEAM (STEM with Art) Building Toys
Let’s challenge girls to become engineers and architects and boys to become fashion designers by making these building and design toys gender neutral!
The Craft-Struction Box combines crafting and construction for open-ended play. Kids will think like Goldie to prototype and problem-solve, and with over 275 pieces the possibilities are endless.
With one building block, you can make buildings, planes, vehicles and more. The choice of either making a miniature plane or a whole city that would fill your room with buildings and roads is purely yours. These colors appeal to girls but boys will have fun building with them too! (They come in all kinds of colors too).
Fashion Design for Girls OR Boys
Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker: Mix and MisMatch Styles by Louise Scott-Smith, $15
This is a sketchbook that already has a fashion form drawn in so that you can use the 200+ fashion templates to trace and then color in outfits. Budding fashion designers will be able to create their fashion visions.
LEGOS for Girls to Build Anything They Want
This is from Lego.Gizmodo.com:
Lego Friends Vet Kit, $18
Drawing supplies are gender neutral toys for every age!
I DO 3D Pens, $31
These are pens that exude a kind of gel-like substance that dries into a 3D form. You can attach each design to each other to build 3D structures. It comes in different colors and there are templates and art projects on the I DO 3D TV website.
I actually crave the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers,96 Color Set with Desk Stand but they are pricey at $134, so this is a nice, lower priced option.
Building Tools for Girls and Boys
I really love that girls in this generation are learning how to build with power tools in middle school. It’s a great life skill.
Tool Belt, $15
Project Workbench, $170
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