If you have a child that loves to be creative and build things, a surprise LEGO set could be the perfect gift. The only problem is that there are so many different sets out there in so many different themes that it can be quite difficult to know what to get. Here are some tips to help you find the next set for your child.
What do you get your child when they already have so much LEGO?
The first thing that you need to do is get an idea of their preferred tastes if they have any. Some kids will gravitate towards a theme or type of build, even if they like lots of different sets. Make a list of what they already have and look for patterns in the types of scenarios, number of vehicles and anything else they have a lot of.
When in doubt, always go with a fandom. Kids will love to see their favorite characters and scenes come to life in brick form. You will be amazed at the range. Some of the most popular sets out there include DC and Marvel set from the hit movies. There are also Star Wars sets and Disney sets. The latter is great from younger kids because they are so colorful and typically less complicated.
What if this is their first LEGO set?
Maybe you have a young child that used to play with Duplo and is now old enough to progress onto a bigger Lego set. Start small and look for something with lots of fun characters. Remember that the only thing you have to worry about here is the age recommendation. This lets LEGO recommend sets by difficulty. Age restrictions are guidance, not a strict warning. But, you will find that guidance on every box. This helps to determine the difficulty setting of the set. If kids want to build by themselves, make sure that it is age-appropriate. If they like to build with older siblings or parents, you might get away with something a little harder because of parental supervision.
From there, there is no restriction on what your child can play with if they like the look of something. While some of the mechanical sets may focus on a male audience and the LEGO Friends on girls, there is no wrong choice.
Your child may already have something on their own wishlist.
In all fairness, while it is nice to pick out a surprise present for a child that comes from any of these LEGO themes, you might get a better result by simply asking them for their opinion. There may be a set that they have in mind that will complete a collection or add something new to a storyline they are working on. Show them their options in the right age range and within your budget. The LEGO website can help with that. As long as the set fits in with one of their interests and isn’t too complicated, most kids should be happy to build and play with any LEGO set you choose.