Christmas is right around the corner, and if you are like most people, you must be wondering what presents to buy for the children this season. Here's a brief guide to solve your dilemma.
Make Use of the Age Category
When choosing gifts for children, always pick the ones with the age category, where their age is the lower limit. For example, if you are picking a gift for a seven-year-old, it's better to go for something in the 7-10-year-old category than a gift in the 5-7-year-old category. Doing so will ensure that the child won't get bored with your gift too soon, and the gift you're spending your hard-earned money on won't be used to play fetch with Bruno.
Also, try to buy gifts that can be used throughout the year. Multi-level games, educational kits, Lego sets, chemistry labs etc. are good choices.
Consider their interests
If you know their interests, it can help you to choose gifts they will really love. If the child loves playing cricket, you can choose a cricket bat or a pair of batting pads. If you are buying a gift for a young Star Wars fan, how about picking up a Darth Vader mask? The point is, if you are familiar with the children's interests, you don't have to shoot in the dark while selecting gifts.
It's not necessary for the gift you buy to be directly associated with their interests. The child who loves playing cricket is most probably also fond of being outdoors. So, you also buy something related to outdoor activities, like an outdoor tent or a boomerang.
Gifts for the whole family
If you want to buy something that will be appealing to the entire family, or all the siblings at least, your best bet is to go for a board game. Board games that are amusing, fast-paced, and easy to play in pairs or more can entertain the whole family. If your idea of board games is limited to chess and ludo, just ask the salesperson in your local toy store for help.
Yes – books! If the child already loves books, you don't have to worry about finding a good Christmas gift anymore. Even if the children you are buying gifts for aren't bookworms, how about being the first person to invite them into the beautiful, mesmerizing world of books? If you are afraid of disappointing the children, just buy children's Christmas books that will enhance the Christmas spirit.
These are items that will be used repeatedly – water bottles, umbrellas, backpacks, pencil cases, tiffin boxes etc. The best thing about these gifts is that the children won't just grow out of them. But as you are buying them for children, make sure you're buying what's appropriate for their age group. If the child is younger than 7 or 8 years, you pick colourful gifts. But for older children, you should go for more muted colours. And at the risk of sounding politically incorrect, the child's gender matter too. Your nephew most probably won't appreciate you gifting him a Frozen themed backpack for Christmas.