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Best LEGO Sets 2019 Christmas Shopping Guide

As LEGO fans, we are pretty good at selecting sets for ourselves, but may still struggle with purchasing LEGO as gifts for others. We tend to think that others will like the same LEGO sets and themes as we do, but that may not be the case. There are no hard and fast rules for purchasing and gifting LEGO, but some guidelines can still help. So, lets take a look at what might be good gifts for friends and family this holiday season.

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR FAMILIES: LEGO has been around for so long that several generations grew up with the hobby. So, it’s not uncommon that parent, grandparents, and children all build together. If you are Christmas shopping for a family like this, you probably already know what kind of LEGO sets they are into; perhaps they have a LEGO City layout in their basement, or LEGO Star Wars sets all over the living room, or they are into building castles, or robots, or trains. For a family like this, you could consider getting a set that they can build together, or a LEGO bucket with loose bricks that everyone can enjoy. Good candidates are:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR BOYS: If you know their wish-list, or the LEGO themes they like to build, get something from those categories. Super popular themes with boys are LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Minecraft, and LEGO Super Heroes, so anything from these themes would make a great Christmas gift. Also, the LEGO Creator line is excellent for kids who like to build their own designs. These sets are mostly priced in the $10-$50 range and are quite affordable:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR GIRLS: If you are Christmas shopping for a girl who is already into LEGO Friends, you can’t go wrong with any of the currently available sets. There is a great selection in the $10-$50 range, and there are also larger sets for special occasions. LEGO Disney is another popular theme that use mini-dolls instead of regular LEGO minifigures. Girls also tend to like the LEGO Creator houses and other sets that are not centered on conflict:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR TEENS: Shopping for teens is a bit more challenging (I guess shopping for anything for teenagers is challenging). First of all, make sure they are still into LEGO. Even kids who have been building with LEGO all their life may put the hobby on pause during their teen years. However, this is not true for all teens; many of them will continue the LEGO hobby, and in fact take it much more seriously then before. They may be interested in architecture, engineering, design, robotics, art, history, and programming, and their LEGO builds will reflect that. If the teen you are shopping for is on their way out of the LEGO hobby, you might consider one of the excellent LEGO books from No Starch Press that may rekindle their interest, or if they are still involved with LEGO, there are many LEGO sets specifically designed for teens. Good candidates are:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR ADULTS: LEGO is not just a childhood toy, but also a lifetime hobby for many adults. The large number of LEGO clubs, blogs, forums, and conventions geared towards adult LEGO fans are a testimony of the thriving adult LEGO fan community. LEGO has been releasing more and more sets specifically for their adult fans. These are usually very large models with complex building techniques and intricate details. They are basically modeling kits with LEGO bricks. Adult-oriented LEGO sets are usually expensive too, in the several hundred dollars range, however there are also smaller sets that adults would appreciate:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR GRANDPARENTS: LEGO has been around long enough that there are fans of the brand who are now grandparents. And grandparents deserve gifts too – especially if they are fun grandparents who are into LEGO! They would likely appreciate the same LEGO sets as all adults, but there is also something else I would recommend for them; LEGO books. Older LEGO fans have likely seen it all, built it all, even have it all, but they can still get inspiration from LEGO books with amazing creations or interesting historical details about the hobby:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR CO-WORKERS: You may be working with someone who is a LEGO-nut. Perhaps you have not seen their whole LEGO collection, or know exactly what LEGO themes they prefer, but you can get them something funny and LEGO-related that fits in the office:

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR YOUR BOSS: Yes, your boss may be into LEGO too! Or, perhaps you are the one who is known as the LEGO geek, and you want to surprise your boss with something related to your hobby:

THE BEST SMALL LEGO SETS (UNDER $20): If your budget is small, but you would still like to surprise a LEGO fan, or you are just looking for LEGO stocking-stuffers here are some ideas:

THE BEST LARGE LEGO SETS (OVER $100): These are the best of the best LEGO sets, mostly recommended for teen and adult builders, although some younger kids may like them too. If money is not an issue, any LEGO fan would be very happy with these sets. Here are the best of the currently available large LEGO sets:

Ultimately, there is no such thing as a bad LEGO set, as pieces can be always reused to build something else. Thus, LEGO fans would appreciate any gift that is related to their hobby. These are just some guidelines, in case you don’t know where to start. I hope it helps in your Christmas LEGO shopping! Also, if you have your own suggestions, feel free to share them in the comment section below!

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  • alan first December 14, 2019, 7:25 PM

    They didn’t make as many small Christmas sets this year as in previous years. That’s my only complain. Small City and creator sets are okay, but a few more Christmas sets would be better.

  • Patrick Wallace December 14, 2019, 8:19 PM

    Bought the Disney train station during black friday from LEGO and got it $100 off. Built it in two days! I must say, the build was actually VERY VERY easy and with 4 instruction manuals it is great for families. I can’t wait to get the DISNEY castle with $100 off due to my VIP points being so high! 🙂 I have accumulated a lot from double points and haven’t spent any since they updated the system. Just itching for that discount! Great article, as usual.

    • admin December 14, 2019, 8:52 PM

      Patrick, the Disney Train is a great family build! I love how there are four manuals, so up to four family members can build together. I’m glad to hear you had a good time with it. I would say that the Disney Castle is even better, but would love to hear your opinion after you built it! 😀

  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi December 14, 2019, 10:20 PM

    My first choice this year is the Treehouse. It’s a beautiful set. The Gingerbread House is my second favorite.

  • The Other Mark December 15, 2019, 3:46 PM

    The small classic sets and the collectible minifigures are a couple of other good choices for stocking stuffers.

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