Gifts Ideas for Kids Coming Up!
How nice would it be to be a kid again! These are some of the best, most fun years of life. Today, shopping for the perfect gift for a kid can be quite the challenge! With so many different toys out there, it’s hard to know how to make the right decision. What gifts are cool? What gifts are exciting? You might not know the answers to those questions, but we do!
Who is it you’re shopping for? Whether it’s your child, grandchild, nephew, or godchild, you know you want to impress them and make them smile. Making a child smile and laugh is one of the best feelings, and we want to help make that happen! Our gift guides for children will give you ideas for some of the coolest, most unique gifts you can get for kids of all ages.
How to nail a gift for the kids of today: practical tips
Getting it right can be a wonderful experience for the giver and the child, but getting it wrong spells complete disaster. You’ll forever be known as the person who really screwed up the gift, and it’s a reputation that could take years to live down. Having said that if you stick to some basic rules, you should be able to nail it every time.
✓ The Cost Doesn’t Count
You don’t have to buy the most expensive toys for children, as certainly young kids fail to understand the value of toys. If they don’t understand, they often look for gifts that are more expensive and bigger every year. What you should be doing is getting kids to treasure every gift they receive, no matter the price. It’s surprising when you give a kid a present of a toy, how the most expensive are not necessarily the best or the most engaging to a child.
Every Christmas there is a ‘must-have’ toy, and it’s surprising how many get discarded after just a few minutes. Often the simplest of gifts can be the most engaging, and can be part of the learning process through play. Always giving expensive gifts can lead to a dissatisfaction with anything less, and can give a child a warped sense of value.
✓ Quality Over Quantity
Particularly at Christmas, we seem to overbuy presents for children. When the kids are small, it seems every relative thinks it’s their duty to buy a present for the little one. We can all remember a mountain of presents under the Christmas Tree of which only a few will ever get played with for more than an hour or so in its whole lifetime. Small kids are happy when they see a pile of packages for them which gets them excited. So, much so that it’s not about appreciating the gifts but opening them that becomes the thrill.
One family I knew used to have a strict rule that at Xmas, only one present could be opened each hour. It prolonged the gift opening all day, and allowed the kids to really appreciate each one they received. Even though some other families thought it was torture on the youngsters, the learned to appreciate each gift they were given.
✓ Getting the Age Right
Especially with young kids, it's always difficult making sure the gift is appropriate to their age. As we know children develop at different rates, and a toy that may be aged for a seven or eight-year-old on the box may be too complex or too simple for your youngster. It’s important to find a toy for a child that they can master.
Otherwise it will be discarded and never see the light of day again. If you don’t know the kid intimately, then get in contact with the parents and discuss your thoughts for a gift to see if it is appropriate for the child, as they will have the best inkling of their child’s ability and development.
✓ Fun and Safe
Safety is the key, especially when it comes to very small children. Babies and toddlers are more than likely to put a gift in their mouth, so make sure it has no sharp edges, and that if it is painted the paint is non-toxic. Nowadays there are clear safety marks on toys that have passed rigorous safety tests.
Watch out for imports from the Far East that may not have gone through these checks and could, therefore, be a danger to the child’s health. Small parts that can easily break off and swallowed are another danger that gift givers need to be aware of.
✓ It’s the Thought That Counts
No matter how big, or how expensive the gift you give to a child, it’s the thought and action of giving that is more important. Giving some thought to what a child might like, wrapping it in paper, and handing it over in person, can be one of the most satisfying feelings imaginable. Seeing a child’s face light up when they open your gift is priceless. If the gift becomes a firm favorite with the child that can add to the pleasure.
✓ When Is The Best Time To Give a Gift?
Giving a child a gift for no particular reason is inappropriate, and can be very counter-productive. If a child receives gifts without a valid reason, they will come to expect them all the time, which does away with the reason for gifting. They also can undervalue a gift if it becomes a regular occurrence. What can happen if kids take it for granted they are going to be given presents, and then they fail to understand the essence of gratitude?
What you are doing, in that case, is spoiling the child, and building up an unintentional exchange relationship. What I mean by an exchange relationship is that a gift is given as a reward. Parents often give gifts to reward good behavior, however being good should be the norm and not something special that requires as gift.
That brings us to the best times to gift a child. A birthday is obviously a time when you want to gift a child. Some years are more special than others, such as their first birthday, the year they start school or kindergarten, and of course the 18th birthday at their coming of age.
Christmas is probably the other great gift giving day of the year. Other holidays are great for gifting sweets or chocolates such as Easter, Halloween, or Thanksgiving. A gift to a child can be used as a reward, but the child must have done something exceptional to deserve it. Parents often think that when children graduate from school, it is appropriate for it to be marked with some type of present.
✓ Picking the Right Present
Getting a present appropriate to the age of the child is one of the basics as we’ve discussed before, but it’s also good to know their sex and understand their interests. Buying a gift for a boy is very different from buying a gift for a girl.
The younger the child, the more diverse their interests tend to be. If you want a contented child, no matter if it’s a boy or a girl, if you gift them a toy they are interested in, they will be much happier than if you bought them something they couldn’t care less about. A little research before purchasing a gift will pay handsomely.
Gifts Ideas for Kids in All Price Ranges
If you don’t know all the latest trends with toys, or know what is a gift perfect for an 8 year old, not to worry. Our guides will help you find a gift no matter how old the child is. We know what kids like and are happy to help you find the perfect gift via our collection of gift guides!
Whether you have a big budget to spend, or have a smaller budget but still want to find something unique and special, you’ve come to the right place. Our gift guides have a large variety of gifts that are suitable for all ages, interests, and budgets. If you know someone that has a birthday coming up, or if there’s a holiday right around the corner, take a look through our guides and see what you find. We are confident you’ll find the perfect gift.
We don’t all have a ton of money to spend on presents, especially toys that will eventually be grown out of, but our gift guides cover that too. You can still give an awesome gift without breaking the bank. Just remember the best gifts are those that have thought behind them. No matter your budget you can find an awesome gift to give the kid or teenager in your life. Have fun with our gift guides and getting just the right gift at the best price!