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We’ve fostered kids of all ages, and they’ve all had one thing in common: they love getting gifts! Like all kids, foster kids are usually pretty thrilled to get a surprise. And since they likely had to leave many of their belongings behind when they came into foster care, a gift can feel extra special.

As a reminder, please don’t expect a foster child to show gratitude for a gift. They’re going through a hard season of life and might not express gratitude, even if they love the gift.

Gift Ideas for Kids in Foster Care

  • Comfort Items: Soft stuffed animals, cozy blankets, or cuddly pillows that can provide comfort during times of change.
  • Art Supplies: Crayons, markers, coloring books, sketchpads, and craft kits to encourage creativity and self-expression.
  • Books: Age-appropriate books that cater to their interests, fostering a love for reading and imagination. There are great books written by former foster youth that could be inspiring for older kids.
  • Puzzles and Games: Engaging puzzles, board games, and card games that promote cognitive development and social interaction.
  • Personalized Items: Customized backpacks, water bottles, or t-shirts with their name on them can make them feel special.
  • Sports Equipment: Balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, or other sports gear to encourage physical activity and play.
  • Educational Toys: STEM toys, building blocks, and learning kits that enhance their problem-solving skills and knowledge.
  • Arts and Crafts Kits: Kits that allow them to create jewelry, pottery, or other crafts, fostering a sense of accomplishment.
  • Musical Instruments: Simple instruments like a keyboard, ukulele, or a set of drums to introduce them to the joy of making music.
  • Outdoor Exploration Gear: Binoculars, magnifying glasses, or nature exploration kits for outdoor adventures.
  • Clothing and Accessories: Stylish clothing, shoes, hats, or accessories that let them express their individuality.
  • Journal or Diary: A private space for them to jot down their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
  • Building Sets: LEGO sets, building blocks, or magnetic tiles for imaginative construction play.
  • Interactive Learning Toys: Educational toys that teach letters, numbers, and other concepts in a fun and engaging way.
  • Gift Cards: Gift cards to their favorite stores, restaurants, or entertainment venues to give them a sense of choice.
  • Music and Story CDs: CDs with their favorite songs or audio stories that they can listen to whenever they want.
  • Cooking or Baking Kits: Kits that allow them to explore the world of cooking or baking under adult supervision.
  • Room Decor: Wall decals, posters, or decorative items that let them personalize their living space.
  • Outdoor Gear: Bikes, scooters, helmets, or roller skates for outdoor play and adventure.
  • Membership Passes: Passes to local attractions like zoos, museums, or amusement parks for memorable outings.
  • Gifts of Experience: Enroll them in classes like art, dance, music, or sports lessons to explore their interests.
  • Virtual Reality Sets: Age-appropriate virtual reality headsets that offer immersive experiences.
  • Technology Accessories: Kid-friendly headphones, tablet stands, or tablet covers.
  • Luggage or Duffel Bags: Practical items for them to carry their belongings when moving between homes.
  • Hygiene Kits: Personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and gentle skincare products.

Have an idea for a great gift? Share it below!