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Best LEGO sets 2017 Christmas shopping guide

Happy holidays! This is a wonderful time to be thankful for friends, family, and all the blessings in our lives, as well as for the hardships that make us stronger and bring us closer with others. This weekend is also the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, which can sound stressful and commercial, or could be an opportunity to really connect with people and understand what makes them happy. For LEGO fans the answer to that question is very easy; more LEGO. And the good thing is that even if you are not exactly sure which LEGO set they would like, you can’t go wrong with any of them. There is really no such thing as a LEGO set that doesn’t fit, as the parts are always useful. So now that you can relax and know that all LEGO is good LEGO (as long as it is official LEGO brand and not some imitator), let’s look at what’s available and what might be a good fit for your LEGO-crazed family and friends. 🙂

THE BEST LEGO SETS FOR FAMILIES: “The family that builds together stays together.” For many people LEGO is a family affair. This is especially true when the parents also grew up with LEGO and they appreciate the educational and creative aspects of the hobby, along with the family bonding experience. 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. If your budget allows it, I would recommend getting a larger LEGO set for this family 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. For a lot of boys LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Minecraft and LEGO Nexo Knights are the rage, 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, so 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 Elves and LEGO Disney Princess are two other themes 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: LEGO 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 once they hit 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, as they start designing their own LEGO models with astounding skill and creativity. This can lead them to a future career in architecture, engineering, design, robotics, art, programming, or even landing a job at LEGO. If the teen you are shopping for is on their way out of the LEGO hobby you might still consider one of the excellent LEGO books from No Starch Press that may rekindle their interest, or if they are still deeply 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 responded to their adult fan-base by releasing LEGO sets specifically targeting older LEGO fans. These are usually very large sets with complex building techniques and intricate details, taking many hours – even days – to put together. They are basically modeling kits with LEGO bricks. Adult-oriented LEGO sets are usually expensive too, in the 100+ 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 are into, 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 from 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:

Again, as I have mentioned, there is no such thing as a bad LEGO set, and 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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  • brickmaster November 23, 2017, 10:41 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Will use the shopping guide after the food is settled. 😀

    • admin November 23, 2017, 10:56 AM

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! 🙂

  • Legostuff71 November 23, 2017, 10:48 AM

    Happy holidays everyone! Remember all the blessings we have and remember those that are without. Keep them in our hearts. I already know what I ‘m getting for Christmas , NINJAGO city. How I know you ask, well Mom needed help with redeeming my V I P points . So, she asked me if this is the set I really want ( because this would be it for gifts for me ). I said “YES”!!!! The catch is I have to wait until Christmas to receive it. I can wait , I think? LOL!

    • admin November 23, 2017, 10:55 AM

      Ahhh… that’s a wonderful gift! I think you will really enjoy it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  • TomTom November 23, 2017, 10:57 AM

    Do we know yet which sets will be on sale this weekend? And happy thanksgiving!

    • admin November 23, 2017, 12:06 PM

      The sets on sale have been revealed for the UK, but not for the US and other countries. So we will just have to wait and see. 🙄

  • rainey November 23, 2017, 1:28 PM


    • admin November 23, 2017, 3:11 PM

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well! 🙂

  • JasonK November 23, 2017, 3:19 PM

    Happy thanksgiving!!!!!! I will be building some new sets this weekend!

  • Laurie November 23, 2017, 8:34 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone May you all have A Wonderful Christmas with family Friends and Loved ones and a Bright and Beautiful New year full of Adventures and positive Energy.

    Hugs Everyone.

    P.S Remember to Keep Christ in Christmas for he is the Reason for the Holy Christmas Season 😉

    • Håkan November 23, 2017, 9:05 PM

      In Sweden we celebrate Yule, though in practice, it’s pretty much the same thing…

    • admin November 23, 2017, 10:52 PM

      Laurie, happy Thanksgiving and holiday season for you as well! 🙂

  • Legostuff71 November 23, 2017, 10:47 PM

    So, Christmas is looking better and better. My Dad called me from a Target store and happened to be in the Lego section and asked me what I want. So, to complete my jungle theme , I asked for the jungle exploration site set . I’m a happy little elf.LOL!

    • admin November 23, 2017, 10:50 PM

      Ahhh! Nice! Santa must think that you have been really good this year! 😉

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