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Kids are so advanced...what do you buy?!
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Member Name: MsTricia
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Advantages: lovely seeing their bright and happy faces open their presents
Disadvantages: having lots of kids means shopping seems endless!
I haven't normally found Christmas to be such a challenging time for buying kids presents, as up until my daughter 3 years ago I didn't really have many kids to buy for! I had one niece and that was it. However, now I have my daughter, 2 nieces, my cousins 2 kids and my best friends 2 children to cater for....it is so hard to try not to break the bank. Even as a parent I don't know what to get her that doesn't seem OTT...today her dad was saying we should get her a kindle fire?! The thought didn't even cross my mind...it seems too much to get such advanced technology, surely there is a tablet more child friendly that she can play games on? So I sat down and had a think about what can you get kids for christmas that they will enjoy and you won't bankrupt yourself in the process lol.
1 year and under
These are hard to buy for as there isn't much they can do and they don't really understand. Personally I have always found bath toys a big plus and anything colourful and vibrant that they can interact with! It's good at this age as presents can easily be £10 and under lol. If parent's appreciate it, I am sure clothing can always be a big hit.
2 - 3 years
This period was easier for me somehow as my daughter appreciated simple things like a kitchen set, a toy baby doll as these kind of toys are good for the role play and creative mind young children have. Something simple as colouring pencils and a sketch book always keeps young ones entertained whilst they scribble away! My friend's son is 3 and he is into puzzles which you can buy on eBay or amazon, or I even got a cute Jake and the neverland pirates puzzle in the disney store for a fiver so this is educational and still fun!
4 - 5 years
My niece is in this category and I find she has proved difficult! I think that by this age they are much influenced by what they see around them and wanting what others have. I also think children are quite active by this age so maybe a scooter or a skipping rope will be fun! I have realised that by this age, receiving a book does not go down a treat as a gift so unless it's really fun, or the child loves reading, perhaps steer clear.
6 - 7 years
I do actually think that by this age children don't mind receiving clothes! My nephew is 7 and has been harping on about a Ben 10 top (mind you I have not seen this top anywhere, but he has decided he wants one lol) and my niece has asked for a onesie...who says pyjamas have to be boring?
8 years +
I definitely think that by this age most children are excited about the prospect of christmas and will give you a list as long as their arm of what they want! This could be all sorts, but remember to talk to their parents first and see if they don't mind....for example my friend is totally against guns, and any kind of gun as a gift to her son she sees as an insult so I have made a mental note not to get him any kind of nerf gun or water gun!
Overall I think christmas shopping for children is so much fun, and I love buying them presents as opposed to getting them for adults! I find wandering around my local Toys R Us store gives me great inspiration but I always just make a note of the item and then find out if its cheaper to buy online on amazon or argos etc. I don't think it's always about the size of the present but more the thought gone into it, so spending more is not necessarily better....9 times out of 10 by boxing day they are bored of it anyway!
Summary: I personally love getting kids presents - better than buying them for adults!