I have to admit I have an 18m DS and never have a clue what is age appropriate for him either but we are both invited to a 4 year old boys birthday party next weekend and I haven't a clue what to bring as a gift. Sigh.... adults so much easier, usually happy with a bottle of wine ( I suppose wine is out of the question?)
I'm in the US ( I'm from Ireland and this is an Irish boy I'm buying for) Was thinking of spending $10-$20. The main problem here is to find something not from Toy's r US or overtly branded. Found a great indepedant toy shop the other day but was bamboozled- hadn't a clue what to get either the birthday boy or my own son.
Thanks for tehs suggestions. Think we'll go for colouring book or similar.
DS loves board games aimed at that age. Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Guess Who, the fishing game, Whack-a-Mole, Hungry Hippos, and he really loves Jenga. He rarely plays Jenga, but builds a lot of things with the blocks.
He does love coloring books, stickers, etc. We were going on a trip shortly after DS' 4th birthday, and somebody got us that Color Wonder stuff by Crayola, that was great for taking on the plane.