With my son’s birthday party coming up this weekend, I’ve been thinking about what to get to him. He’s 8 and every year I go through this, picking and choosing the right gift for him. I tend to find I get him certain things and a month later he’s done playing with whatever I had chosen. It’s a waste of money and time. It’s even harder when I have to shop for a younger child. There is no guide for How to Choose a Perfect yet Practical Gift for kids. But there are some ideas that won’t break the bank, and help get you started if you are on that gift search hunt for little ones.
Shopping for a new baby or young child can be tempting ground if you find yourself quickly distracted by cute onesies and soft toys. However, when choosing a gift it’s important to think about the practicality of items, not just their aesthetic appeal. The best presents for children are not just those that kids enjoy but also help to make their parents’ lives a little easier. Think about selecting items parents would want to buy, or remember those treasured items that your own children might have received in the past and how much they were used. Consider the practical, day-to-day lifestyle of the child and their family, and you’re sure to come up with a gift that is appreciated and remembered. Read on for five tips to help you choose a gift that both parents and children will love.
Refer to Gift Registries or Wish Lists
Gift registries and present wish lists certainly make gift giving easier for everyone involved. Parents of children have a chance to edit gift options (and can remove noisy options like drums or whistles), and buyers have a list of items to guide their choices. While in the past registries might have been frowned upon by people who wanted the autonomy to choose whatever gift they liked, in the busy digital age a list can be a huge help. Apart from knowing that whatever is chosen from a gift registry or wish list is actually needed or desired by the recipient, purchasers also have the freedom to opt for presents on the list that fall within their budget.
Choose Personalised Articles
A great option for kids’ gifts is to buy something that is personalised for the recipient. While a pencil case, backpack, lunch box and other practical gifts can seem a little boring at first glance, once you add on the child’s name your gift will really stand out. Children love to feel special, and gifts that are made just for them are a great way to show the child that they are unique and loved. The practical benefit is also there for parents as well — items that are personalised are much more distinguishable from other kids’ belongings and less likely to be accidentally taken home by other children. Gift-givers can easily find a range of gift options that can be personalised. Order name labels online and you can have them delivered straight to your door.
Create Gift Baskets
Many children prefer lots of little gifts to one major (expensive) gift, and really can’t tell the cost of items when they’re young. As a result, it can be great fun presenting them with a beautiful gift basket that you have personally put together. This basket can contain a variety of small, fun items that don’t have to cost a lot but will keep kids occupied for hours. This not only satisfies the children, but also gives their busy parents some much-needed quiet time as well! Not only can you load the basket with items such as play dough, a mini flashlight, a small book or coloured pencils, but you can also add in presents that will be handy for their household. Think about buying some character-themed Band-Aids to help keep tears at bay, or reward stickers that parents can use to encourage the child to help around the house or to congratulate good behaviour.
Opt for Educational Gifts
Children love to learn and be challenged, so a great way to not only stimulate their mind and keep them entertained is to purchase educational gifts. Consider their interests when shopping — creative children might love a book on learning to draw; nature lovers might be interested in a memory game that features a variety of animals; science fanatics will be thrilled with a laboratory kit or similar type of science-based activity.
Give an Activity Certificate
Kids love to go on adventures, and when they’re young most outings can be classified as an adventure. A practical yet fun gift idea is to present them with an activity certificate. Take them to the movies, to a museum, an art class, a concert or the zoo, where they will be entertained and enjoy some quality time with their favourite relative or friend. This is also a great way to give their parents some time alone or the chance to catch up on jobs, making the gift a winner for everyone involved.
What Gift Ideas Do You Suggest For Kids?