Great gifts for a richer life

Smart gifts for children

Whatever it is that junior’s been clamoring for, chances are that it isn't necessarily something he’ll use after this season. Instead, why not try to sneak some learning and long-term fun into the mix?

I Spy Game Pack: These computer games for Mac or PC feature I Spy Fun House and I Spy Universe, two of the more popular titles. Included are scores of riddles and hundreds of levels of play sure to keep kids occupied for hours. ($19.99; amazon.com)

Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Paint Palette: This product adds a new spin to the notion of painting. Perfect to keep at grandma's house, this translucent paint shows color only on Crayola's treated paper. Mess-free fun for everyone. ($24.95; toysrus.com)